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Spy x Family Part 2 Episode 13

Spy x Family Part 2 Episode 13

Expanding the Forger Family

Spy x Family is back with the first episode of Part 2. This may be an unpopular opinion, but Episode 13 was better than the entirety of Part 1 in every way. Even before we got to the actual content of the episode, it was better.

The OP for Part 2 is infinitely better than the OP for Part 1. I know people like the song for the first OP. But, I’m going to say that the song for the second OP is better. Also, the visuals for the new OP are leagues better. It’s not even close.

As for the content itself, Episode 13 picks up where Episode 12 left off. After receiving her Stella Star, Anya chooses a dog as her reward. So, in this episode, the Forgers go to look at dogs to adopt. And at first, Loid tries to get Anya to adopt a spy guard dog.

Anya looking at dogs to adopt from the anime series Spy x Family Part 2 Episode 13
Anya looking at dogs to adopt

I can understand why Anya wasn’t too thrilled with the options at the first pet store. All the dogs were muscular and looked aggressive — not exactly what she’s looking for. But, it was a bit surprising that she wasn’t interested in them at all.

After all, these are dogs trained by spies. Isn’t that exciting enough for her? Surely she knew that since she can read her father’s mind, right? I guess since her father is a spy already, a spy dog isn’t as exciting to her now.

In the end, Loid has to go on a secret mission to the bathroom and tells Yor and Anya to go on without him. This is the part of the episode I saw a lot of people talking about online. Anya saves the day with an assist. But, was it really that funny?

The Yor Content We Needed

Maybe I’m a killjoy, but Anya cursing isn’t enough to make me call this episode good. Up until that point (other than the OP), it was an alright episode. What made it a good episode is everything that came after Anya’s assist.

And one thing I liked, in particular, was that we got a fair amount of Yor content. One of my biggest complaints with Part 1 of the series is that Yor didn’t feel like a main character. Anya and Loid were the main characters, and Yor was a supporting character.

She had an episode or 2 in which she shined. But, other than that, she was always just the stepmother. To an extent, that’s still true. When interacting with Loid and Anya, Yor acts like an outsider. In reality, though, she’s known them almost as long as they’ve known each other.

Yor telling Anya not to leave the area with the dogs from the anime series Spy x Family Part 2 Episode 13
Yor telling Anya not to leave the area with the dogs

Anyway, the pet fair was a chance for Yor to shine. With Loid out of the picture, we got to see Yor and Anya interacting more here than in most of Part 1. But, the highlight was once Anya disappeared and Yor was on her own.

We’ve seen before that Yor is overly protective of Anya. Loid is protective of Anya, as well. But, he’s protective in a normal parent way. Yor lets her imagination run wild and then has an equally extreme response. At first, she thinks a dog ate Anya. Then, after realizing that’s unlikely, she determines someone kidnapped Anya to marry her.

I’m not a huge fan of the fact that Yor’s an airhead. We already have Anya to fill that role. But, I’ll admit it can lead to entertaining moments, like Yor looking for Anya from the ceiling. Loid would never.

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Return of Starlight Anya

Before I get to my favorite part of the episode, I feel I should discuss the dog. I know the dog’s name. But, I’m not going to spoil it since we haven’t learned it in the anime yet. For now, he’ll continue to be “the dog.”

The dog fits right in with the rest of the Forgers because he has a secret. He can see into the future — at least a little bit. And he seems to be aware that Anya can read his mind because he communicates with her in this way.

Perhaps he knows about Anya’s power thanks to his own future sight. I have no idea. But, on top of his future sight, he’s also very intelligent. At least, that’s what we’re told. He didn’t seem all that smart when he was running in circles instead of away from the terrorists.

Anya riding a dog from the anime series Spy x Family Part 2 Episode 13
Anya riding a dog

So, what was the best part of the episode, to me? Well, after the terrorists corner Anya and the dog, Yor comes to their rescue. And let me tell you, this was the one part of the episode that actually made me laugh.

Of course, I expected Yor to beat up the bad guys and save the day. That’s what she does when Anya’s in danger. What I wasn’t expecting was for Yor to cause the one terrorist to bounce around the alley like a rubber ball. Okay, Anya cursing came out of nowhere too. But, I think this was way better.

Physical comedy translates better than verbal comedy (when subtitled). I’m sure Anya’s assist would be better in a dub because I’d actually hear it. The language doesn’t matter when I see Yor go Looney Toons on some random guy, though. It’s funny beyond the shock value.

Conclusion

What do you think of Spy x Family Part 2 Episode 13? What part of the episode was your favorite? Which of the buff guard dogs would you choose? And, do you prefer Yor or Loid content? Let me know in the comments.

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Spy x Family

Spy x Family

Spy x Family anime series cover art
Spy x Family

Series Overview

Spy x Family (same name in Japanese) is an action-comedy series about a spy and his family. We don’t know this spy’s real name. But, for his current assignment, he’s going by Loid Forger. His mission is to get married, have a kid, enroll that kid in a prestigious school, and use that to get close to his target.

Oh, and Loid only has a few weeks or months to get all this done. So, of course, that means his mission is impossible. But, just because his mission is impossible doesn’t mean he can’t accomplish it.

First, Loid adopts a child who seems to be smart enough to get into the prestigious Eden College. Next, he marries some random woman he meets in a tailor shop. And finally, he finds out that having a family — even a pretend one — is going to be the hardest mission of his life.

Spy x Family is one of the best anime of the season. It was also one of the most anticipated anime of the season, if not the entire year. So, yes, it’s a good anime and you should watch it. But, after watching the whole first season, I do think it’s a bit overrated.

Most of the episodes are good. There were one or two I didn’t like all that much. But, I was definitely bought into the hype surrounding the series while watching it. Now that I’ve had a chance to reflect on it as a whole, I’ve lowered my score.

And, the main reason for this is that I don’t feel that this series did anything exceptionally well. It’s a good, solid anime. There are anime that do everything Spy x Family does, but better. Kaguya-sama Season 3 is one example from this same season.

The Forgers

Loid Forger, code name: Twilight, is a spy with the organization WISE from the country of Westalis. His mission is to infiltrate the inner circle of Ostanian politician Donovan Desmond. Loid is a master of disguise and something of a rockstar among WISE’s agents.

Anya Forger is Loid’s adopted daughter. Like her father, she too has a secret. Anya is actually an esper who can read the minds of those around her. Because of this, she’s aware that Loid is a spy — something she finds exciting since her favorite anime is about a spy.

Yor Forger, formerly Yor Briar, is Loid’s wife and Anya’s adoptive mother. Her secret is that she’s actually an assassin, though we don’t yet know whom she’s an assassin for. As an assassin, she goes by the name Thorn Princess, referencing the signature spikes she uses to kill.

Anya and Loid taking a nap on the couch from the anime series Spy x Family
Anya and Loid taking a nap on the couch

While not a Forger, Yuri Briar is Yor’s younger brother, and therefore a part of the family. If you guessed that he has a secret as well, you’d be right. Yuri works for the secret police of Ostania. Specifically, his job is to track down and arrest spies from Westalis.

So, the dynamic between the various members of the Forger family is pretty good. They all keep their various secrets from each other. But, some of them have others figured out. For example, Anya knows her parents are a spy and an assassin respectively. And Loid doesn’t take much time to figure out Yuri’s secret.

I’m assuming that at some point more of their secrets will come out. But, I’m also afraid that could mess with the dynamic they currently have. Would the series have its same charm if they were no longer keeping secrets from each other?

What I Want from Part 2

A second season of Spy x Family is in the works. It’s currently called “Part 2,” but it’s a second season. And there are a few things I’d like to see from this second season that we didn’t get from the first.

The main thing I want is more Yor content. There is Yor content in this season of the anime. There were entire episodes dedicated to her. But, of the three Forgers, she’s the one with the least content by far in the first season. Most of the time, Yor isn’t much more than a background character.

We see a lot of Loid since he’s the first of the main characters we meet. He goes on various missions aside from having a fake family. And we get to follow along with some of these missions. Often, they’re intertwined with the main story.

Anya and Yor having drinks from the anime series Spy x Family
Anya and Yor having drinks

Likewise, we see a lot of Anya. She’s the big draw of the series since she’s cute and funny, so of course, she needs a lot of screen time. And she gets plenty of this screen time while she’s at school when Yor isn’t around (Loid sometimes is).

Yor doesn’t get much in the way of her own content. We sometimes see her at her fake job working for the government. But aside from that, she’s playing the role of the wife. We don’t get to see her going on assassination assignments like Loid with his missions.

The other big thing I’d like to see is more of Yuri. He’s definitely not my favorite character. But, he and Loid are opposites by nature due to their jobs (and relationships with Yor). So, having them interact more could be interesting. Also, Anya never got to meet Uncle Yuri.

Conclusion

In the end, I gave Spy x Family a 7/10. Originally, I had it at an 8. But, after looking back at the season as a whole, I can’t give it a rating that high. While I’m looking forward to this series continuing, it’s not one I would ever rewatch.

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Spy x Family Episode 12

Spy x Family Episode 12

Loid’s Side Missions

It was only yesterday, in my review of RPG Real Estate, that I mentioned most anime series flop at the end. It’s surprising how difficult it seems making a good ending is. And while I know Spy x Family isn’t over, Episode 12 is an example of a poor ending.

Spy x Family Part 2 is coming. We’ve known that for a long time now. But, Episode 12 is still the ending of Part 1 and should feel like it. Instead, it wasn’t much different from a normal episode. If I didn’t know this was the last episode, I’d think there was one more.

My biggest complaint with the episode, though, is how it began. We don’t need a recap of who the main characters are at the start of Episode 12. We know who they are. If you’re going to add that, put it at the start of Part 2 Episode 1.

Loid Forger receiving his next mission from the anime series Spy x Family Episode 12
Loid Forger receiving his next mission

After the recap, we see that Loid has been receiving extra missions to complete on top of Operation Strix. For the most part, completing these missions hasn’t been an issue for him. But, because he’s always out, his neighbors have begun spreading rumors.

If rumors are being spread about him, that’s not good for his job as a spy. And so, Loid plans to get his side missions out of the way so he can spend more time on Operation Strix.

I kind of like that Loid has other missions. It reinforces that he’s a spy. If he spent all his time on Anya, he’d lose that part of his character. Also, his other missions add some excitement we wouldn’t otherwise get.

Unfortunately, Yor has missed out on this development. We don’t get to see her working as an assassin.

The Great Penguin Caper

The whole middle part of Episode 12 that took place at the aquarium was great. This is exactly what I’m talking about when I say that Loid’s side missions add excitement. Yes, they were going to the aquarium anyway. But, his mission made the trip more interesting.

If Loid wasn’t on a mission, we would never have seen him disguised as an employee working with the penguins. That’s not a situation that would arise under normal circumstances. So, all that is to say that I’m glad Loid decided to continue taking on side missions in the end.

Now, something I was pretty interested in during this part of the episode was Anya’s use of her ability. It turns out that she can read the minds of animals, too. That’s not something that has come up before. But, I have a feeling that it’s going to be important.

Anya at the aquarium's penguin exhibit from the anime series Spy x Family Episode 12
Anya at the aquarium’s penguin exhibit

This is getting a bit into spoiler territory, so there’s your warning. But, despite the fact that I don’t know much about what happens in the manga, I know the Forgers get a pet dog. I’m on the internet, so I’ve seen people post the family picture with the dog.

Also, earlier in the series, there was foreshadowing that they’re going to get a dog. Remember, after earning her first Stella Star, Anya asked for a dog. In response, Loid said that he would consider it. We also even saw the dog at the end of Episode 11.

When we saw the dog, it was implied that it’s part of some experiment or something. So, I doubt this will be a normal dog. And, since we now know Anya can read the minds of animals, that sets up her being able to read the dog’s mind.

Agent Anya

The final part of Episode 12 focused on Anya playing make-believe. She was pretending that she, her stuffed animals, and her parents are spies. Well, Loid actually is a spy. But, she was pretending that he’s one of her underlings, so it still counts as make-believe.

Don’t get me wrong, I liked this part of the episode. It wasn’t as good as the stuff at the aquarium, though. But, my issue with this part goes back to what I was saying toward the start of this review. I would have preferred some sort of ending over this content.

We could still have the content from the end of this episode placed somewhere in Part 2. I’m not saying to cut it out entirely; it’s good content. But, some sort of foreshadowing or cliffhanger leading into Part 2 would have been nice. Give me something to look forward to.

Anya playing with her stuffed animals from the anime series Spy x Family Episode 12
Anya playing with her stuffed animals

Episode 11 ended with foreshadowing the dog. So, yes, that’s something to look forward to in Part 2. But since it came at the end of Episode 11, I thought we were going to get the dog in Episode 12. And I actually forgot the dog appeared in Episode 11 until I started writing about it in this review.

Nothing from this episode was a clear setup for the future of the series. We could have gotten something about what’s coming up for Anya at school. Or, what about something involving Yor? She needs more content spread throughout.

A simple scene of Anya and Yor telling Loid what’s coming up for them would have been perfect. Anya could mention a new opportunity to get a Stella Star that’s coming soon. And Yor could mention that Yuri is going to visit again while Anya is awake.

Conclusion

What do you think of Spy x Family Episode 12? Am I being too harsh on it? Did you think this was a good ending to the season? Or, would you have rather it included something for us to look forward to, too? Let me know in the comments.

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Spy x Family Episode 11

Spy x Family Episode 11

Anya’s Plan for Cheating Better

At the start of Spy x Family Episode 11, we see that Anya has failed all her tests. The highest score she got was a 7 in math. But, it seems safe to assume that this isn’t a 7/100.

In fact, based on what we’re shown, it looks like all the tests featured in this episode were out of 10. So, Anya’s best score was actually a 7/10. That’s not too bad. But, it would seem that a 7/10 still counts as a failing grade at Eden.

Out of the 4 tests Anya took, we only got to see 3 of the scores. Besides math, she got a 2/10 in science and a 0/10 in language. I would imagine that the test we didn’t get to see had a similar score.

Anya plotting how she's going to cheat better in the future from the anime series Spy x Family Episode 11
Anya plotting how she’s going to cheat better in the future

Loid has figured out that Anya’s higher score in math is the result of her connecting math to the anime she watches. So, his plan is to make the same connections for her other subjects. But, this doesn’t seem to work as Anya can’t remember most of the details from episodes.

Anya has a plan of her own to achieve better test scores, though. The reason she didn’t score well is that she attempted to cheat by using her telepathy. But, since Anya didn’t know which of her classmates are good at each subject, she copied wrong answers.

Her new plan is to figure out who’s good at what before the next test. That way, she’ll be able to make more effective use of her telepathy.

It’s unclear if she’ll actually follow through with this plan. She doesn’t want to score too high because she thinks her classmates will hate her.

Telepathy Saves Lives

I’m not sure what the limits on Anya’s telepathy are. As far as we know, she never had an issue with it in the orphanage. But, as we saw in Episode 3, she can get overwhelmed when in a crowd. And yet, she doesn’t seem to have any issues at school, either.

In this episode, we see Anya use her telepathy in a way that would have seemed impossible earlier. She’s able to pick out the voice of a boy who’s drowning in a different part of a hospital. I would have thought all the other voices would get in the way.

I guess the internal voice of someone in danger stands out more than the rest. But, regardless of how Anya managed to hear the boy’s cry for help, she knew she needed to do something. And, what’s pretty messed up is that she might not have been doing it for the boy’s sake.

Anya trying to save a drowning boy from the anime series Spy x Family Episode 11
Anya trying to save a drowning boy

When I say she might not have saved the boy for his sake, I don’t mean that she saved him to earn a Stella Star. I mean she saved him so she wouldn’t have to hear him drown. Think about how traumatic it would be for Anya if someone died near her.

Because of her telepathy, she’d be able to hear whatever that person thinks in their final moments. And as far as we know, she’s incapable, or at least not very good at, blocking voices out.

Let’s also not forget that she almost revealed her secret to Loid. When she tells him someone’s drowning in the pool, he asks how she knows that. But rather than telling him the truth, she plays it off. It wouldn’t surprise me if Loid still suspects Anya is hiding something, though.

Starlight Anya

Episode 11 was a good episode. There was a lot of nice content in it. But, my favorite part of the episode is when Anya insists Becky calls her Starlight Anya from now on. Of course, Anya deserves this modicum of respect for earning a Stella Star.

Anya correcting Becky and telling Becky to call her Starlight Anya was funny. But, what was even funnier was later in the episode when Anya doesn’t respond to her name. Instead, she only responds once Becky calls her Starlight Anya. That was a great way to circle back to the joke.

Wanting Becky to call her Starlight Anya seemed like it was going to be a one-off joke. So, by the time we got to the callback, I had pretty much forgotten about it. When Becky called Anya’s name, I wondered why Anya wasn’t responding. And then, “Starlight Anya.”

Anya getting attention because of her Stella Star from the anime series Spy x Family Episode 11
Anya getting attention because of her Stella Star

After Anya received her Stella Star and began wearing it on her uniform, I had a question. Would someone with 7 Stella Stars have them displayed on their uniform? That seems like it would be a lot. But, I guess once you hit 8, you swap them out for the Imperial Scholar cloak.

Well, it looks like I asked that question too early. Based on Anya’s classmates’ comments, most students don’t wear their Stella stars. So, after this episode, I don’t expect to see Anya wearing hers anymore. But, I can definitely understand why she would want to.

I doubt Anya has ever won an award before. Unless they’re giving out awards at the orphanage, I don’t see when she would have had the chance. This Stella Star is a big accomplishment for her. And, it’s even more important to her because of Loid’s mission.

Conclusion

What do you think of Spy x Family Episode 11? Do you expect Anya to use her new cheating plan? Were you surprised Anya could swim? I was. And do you think Starlight Anya should continue to insist Becky call her that? Let me know in the comments.

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Spy x Family Episode 10

Spy x Family Episode 10

The Rumored Stella Star

Spy x Family Episode 10 is all about a first-grade dodgeball tournament. This is the first big event of the school year. And, it’s rumored that the MVP of the winning team of the tournament will earn a Stella Star. If the rumors are true, this would be the first chance to earn one.

Right from the start, though, I had my doubts about the veracity of this rumor. Two different sources claim that this information came out of Class 7. But, neither of these sources has a direct line to where the rumor began.

Ewen Egeburg first tells Damian that he heard the rumor from a friend who himself heard it from a friend in Class 7. Next, Becky Blackbell tells Anya the same thing — she heard it from a friend who heard it from a friend in Class 7.

Becky Blackbell sharing a rumor she heard about earning a Stella Star from the anime series Spy x Family Episode 10
Becky Blackbell sharing a rumor she heard about earning a Stella Star

I don’t remember what class number Anya is in. But, we know that the rumors about the tournament Stella Star reach beyond her class. Members of Class 4 have also heard that the MVP of the dodgeball tournament will earn a Stella Star.

Now, it was always possible that the rumors were true. It wouldn’t surprise me if Eden College didn’t announce Stella Star availability. Of course, earning the top score on an exam would count. But beyond that, they may not want the students to be able to prepare to earn them.

With that said, the “I heard it from my friend who heard it from their friend” chain never seemed trustworthy. It would be a different story if one of the students said they heard it from their older sibling. At least then, there’d be an explanation for how they got this information.

Training Arcs

In preparation for the dodgeball tournament, both Anya and Damian have training arcs. They’re both aiming to be the MVP of the tournament so they can earn the Stella Star (that doesn’t exist). And while their training arcs were very different, the results ended up being the same.

Yor decided she was going to train Anya. And on the surface, this seems like a pretty good idea. Yor exercises often so she can stay fit for her job (being an assassin). Between her and Loid, I’d think that Yor is better suited to training Anya on how to play dodgeball.

But, as we know, things don’t turn out well for Anya. Though, this isn’t because of a flaw in Yor’s training. She actually did put a lot of effort into training Anya. The problem is that Anya isn’t anywhere near as athletic as Yor. She was never going to succeed.

Damian training for the dodgeball tournament on Planet Namek from the anime series Spy x Family Episode 10
Damian training for the dodgeball tournament on Planet Namek

Damian’s training arc wasn’t as regimented as Anya’s. He didn’t have a personal trainer to exercise with. But, he did have the power of friendship. Damian’s training included playing make-believe with his friends. There was even a scene of him doing battle on Planet Namek from Dragon Ball Z.

It might be easy to say that Damian’s training arc was always going to be less effective than Anya’s. But, I don’t know if I agree with that. Damian’s more athletic than Anya is by default. So, he didn’t need the same level of basic training that Anya did.

Instead, all the training Damian did focused on teamwork. He learned how to work well with Ewen and Emile. And in a team sport like dodgeball, teamwork makes the dream work. If they weren’t going up against Bazooka Bill, they could have won.

Star Catch Arrow!

Episode 10 might have been the Spy x Family episode I found the funniest. There were a lot of great moments in this episode. Bill Watkins’s introduction was one such moment. My favorite part involving him may have been when we saw the comparison between him and his father.

Compared to the other children, Bill Watkins is a beast. He towers over them. That can be funny on its own, and I’d say it was. But what I found even funnier was when we saw him next to an adult and it’s revealed he’s still child-sized.

I also found Damian’s training arc pretty entertaining. In particular, I liked when he and his friends were “mountain climbing” and Emile fell. I was expecting Damian and Ewen to reach out and catch Emile. But, no. Emile fell all the way off the mountain (climbing structure).

Anya as the last man standing on her dodgeball team from the anime series Spy x Family Episode 10
Anya as the last man standing on her dodgeball team

Let’s be honest, though. The best part of the episode was the reveal of Anya’s killer shot, Star Catch Arrow! Regardless of how effective it was (or wasn’t), you have to admit it was a cool move. And while I never expected Anya’s signature move to work, I also didn’t expect how it failed.

I thought Anya’s throw was going to be gentle and easily caught by Bill. Her spiking the ball into the floor before it even crossed the line wasn’t what I had in mind. But, I have to say, that fits Anya’s personality perfectly.

The only thing I’d say the dodgeball tournament was missing is Loid and Yor in the audience. It would have been good if the parents were in attendance. I’m sure Loid’s and Yor’s reactions to Anya’s Star Catch Arrow would have been great. Also Loid’s reaction to Bill.

Conclusion

What do you think of Spy x Family Episode 10? Did you think the rumors were true? Did you prefer Anya’s or Damian’s training arc? And what are your thoughts on Anya’s Star Catch Arrow? Let me know in the comments.

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