Oh me oh my. This is a whole different type of trouble now. We haven’t quite seen this type of conflict in Spy x Family before. Normally, I would say no one stands a chance against Yor but this…. it’s just not the kind of battle Yor is used to fighting. She’s not trained for it. Heck, she doesn’t even know she’s fighting it. Actually, that might be for the best!
In my latest Chainsaw Man post, I divided up my screencaps loosely by sequence and discussed each in turn. I really liked that format so I’m trying it again here.
We start of with the introduction of agent Nightfall. I really like that codename. Twilight is pretty good too but Nightfall just sounds sexier and more dangerous. More spy-like for some reason. All the spy names we have heard so far have been times of the day: Twilight, Nightfall, Daybreak. I’m waiting for agent High Noon or maybe Rush Hour.
Having someone gunning for Twilight’s position within the organization could be quite a problem with how rocky Operation Stix has been. Hopefully, petty office politics aren’t ging to lead to war! Why am I doing this? We’ve all seen the episode. I thought it was a really good bait ‘n switch though.
Like I said in my introduction, in most cases, when someone is about to go up against Yor, I just feel sorry for that person. The last guy who tried ended up bouncing off the walls. But this is different. Yor is notoriously naive when it comes to anything that isn’t related to her work. And she seems particularly innocent in matters of the heart. I do think that her pretend marriage to Loid is the closest she’s ever gotten to a romantic relationship.
Yor’s sharp intuition might be able to pick up on any threatening intentions from Fiona but I doubt she would realize that someone was after he husband. I mean if no one is plotting a murder then it’s likely to go completely over Yor’s head, isn’t it? And the thing is, as far as we know, Yor doesn’t actually love Loid at this point. Or at least she hasn’t realized it. She does like him quite a bit but that’s easy to explain away with all sorts of other excuses.
Ok, forget about office rivalries, this is much worse. They say hell hath no fury like a woman scorned but as far as I’m concerned, a woman in love is way more dangerous. A highly trained killing machine in love, well I guess that’s maybe slightly more dangerous. Maybe not. Love makes you do some crazy stuff!
We should have seen this coming of course. Spy x Family does spend a lot of time showing us how sexy Yor is and how adorable Anya is, so sometimes we can forget that Loid is also quite a catch and a bit of a lady killer. He is consistently admired by all the ladies in the cast. And someone like Fiona wouldn’t settle for second best.
Obviously, I’m on team Yor. Is there even another team? But to play devil’s advocate for just a second. Fiona does seem to know Twilight better and unlike Yor (for the moment) she actually loves him. It’s difficult to see her as the bad guy completely. Do you know what I mean?
And this is where I walk half of what I just said back. Fiona certainly knows Twilight best but she doesn’t know Loid at all. And I think Twilight has been longing to become Loid for a while. As a spy, he has given up a lot of things and locked parts of himself away. This mission, as frustrating as it might be at times, is allowing him to reconnect with some of those parts. The goofy and imperfect parts. Maybe it’s wishful thinking, but I think those parts are making him happier.
I have to give it to Anya in this part. She’s a practical kid. She wasn’t encouraging Fiona or anything but it was not until she saw how strict Fiona was thinking of being as a mom, that Anya started to try to derail her plans. If Fiona had thought of bribing Anya into cooperating instead, maybe this would have all played out completely differently. Anya is frighteningly pragmatic at times.
I hope all of you stuck around for the little after-credits bonus story. It was adorable. That one was in the manga but I still got all teary-eyed and giddy while watching it. There’s something about Anya and Bond together that warms my heart. Seeing them go through the rite of passage of their first fight is one of the sweetest things to me.
It is quite cute that Bond gets jealous of stuffed animals. I like that the show keeps reminding us that he’s still a dog, regardless of what abilities he may have. The peanuts were a nice touch though. It’s good that they keep them under the counter.
This said, I have to agree with Loid, what type of grim cartoons is Anya watching? why were they shooting Ms. Peguin to death in a kids’ show. This better not be foreshadowing in any way!
I have one screencap left. It’s from earlier in the episode but I kept it for last because I really like it. I wanted it to have its own little moment. I also kept this thought to go with said screencap. Maybe it’s just me, but don’t you think they should introduce Fiona to Yuri? They’re both attractive and similar in age. When he’s not around his sister Yuri tends to be stern and disciplined which Fiona seems to like and Fiona might be able to put up with his weird obsession with his sister since she has something similar (but much less creepy) going on with Twilight. I’m not saying we need to pair off all characters but I think it could work. For the record, this isn’t something that has happened in the manga yet, it’s just my own crazy thought.
- Spy x Family episode 1 – Family Man
- Spy x Family episode 2 – Found Family
- Spy x Family episode 3 – Family Ooting
- Spy x Family episode 4 – The Elegant Family
- Spy x Family episode 5 – Meet the Loidman Family
- Spy x Family episode 6 – Like Mother, Like Daughter
- Spy x Family episode 7 – Extended Family
- Spy x Family episode 8 – Family-In-Law
- Spy x Family episode 9 – Briar Family Issues
- Spy x Family episode 10 – Dodgeball Lessons with Mom
- Spy x Family episode 11 – Family Pride
- Spy x Family episode 12 – Family Finale
- Spy x Family episode 13 – Family Pet
- Spy x Family episode 14 – Future Family
- Spy x Family episode 15 – Family Reunion
- Spy x Family episode 16 – Family Dinner
- Spy x Family episode 17 – Daddy Issues
- Spy x Family episode 18 – Scholarly Family
- Spy x Family episode 19 – The Glooman Family Business
- Spy x Family episode 20 – Family Doctor
6 thoughts on “Spy x Family episode 21 – The Spy Who Wuvved Me”
The after-credits story really showed how good Atsumi Tanezaki, Anya’s voice actor, is. Children aren’t always “cute” – sometimes they’re angry or inconsolable. For a literal cartoon character Anya is very real in a lot of ways.
It was so emotionally resonant for such a short story where nothing much happens
OMG, this episode was so good! I was totally prepared for Nightfall to be a bad guy that wants to steal Twilight’s job, but when it took a sudden turn and she actually has a crush on him! I seriously started cracking up. I was definitely not expecting that!
I don’t usually enjoy love triangles but this one is fun