Last week I told you about my particular Spy x Family Christmas connection. Well, it continues as we have just had the first real snow of the season (I know, it’s super late) and the world outside my window looks like a Christmas Card.
As I turned on the TV to watch the latest episode of Spy x Family in this quiet winter wonderland, the OP music hit, and I realized that I am going to miss this show a lot. But I’m getting ahead of myself. It’s not over yet, There’s still one more episode to go! Only one episode to go…
I mentioned last week that these two short stories that we got to see today are some of my favourites in the series. And that’s because I think they really make the most of what Spy x Family does best. The family part!
Franky gets a bit of a bum deal in the show but he does have one thing going for him. I think he’s the only adult who’s a match for Anya. They get each other. I can’t imagine anyone else (except her parents obviously) babysitting her.
Loid always pretends that he needs to keep his relationship with Yor very positive for the good of the mission. This is like the third time he’s used the same excuse to have a date with her. The Forgers just don’t know how to be honest with themselves, now do they?
I looked it up (of course I did), and a Red Queen really does look like that. It’s basically a fancy cosmopolitan with cranberry juice and gin instead of vodka. It also adds some lemon juice which I bet is great and Elderflower liqueur which seems unnecessary to me. Since it seems like a fairly easy recipe, I might try some next time I buy some gin. Or maybe I’ll try ordering one at a bar and hopefully not annoy the bartender too much.
I did like how quickly Loid went from complete panic to honeypot mode. A consummate professional that one. And I remember thinking it was a bit cold of him. After all, the entire series is sort of leading us to root for these two to become a “real” family someday. But if Loid is going to treat Yor as a disposable commodity, then he doesn’t deserve her!
I’m willing to forgive him though because he got his comeuppance pretty quickly. And he did seem genuinely disappointed at getting rejected. Well, serves you right for trying to take advantage of someone’s feelings like that.
This is the part I really liked though.
For someone like Loid, sharing a true story about his childhood is a huge deal. It’s an authentic piece of himself and he has been living in a world where sharing anything genuine is extremely dangerous. So he doesn’t do it, ever. But he did it this time. And we can pretend that it was for the good of the mission. I’m sure that it’s what he would say if he was asked. But we all know it wasn’t necessary. At that point, Yor had calmed down considerably and he could have just reassured her without going into his own past like that. He did it because he wanted to share a little piece of himself with his wife. He wanted her to feel better for no other reason than the fact that he doesn’t want Yor to be sad.
Just as Loid is coming back to his sense, the line that Yor sings is: “I don’t know the rest of the words”. I love this. It’s funny without trampling over the emotionality of the moment. But most of all, it’s so completely Yor. It’s a sort of moment that’s distinctive to her. And it prompted Loid to have a moment.
It was a short moment at the end of this sequence. Anya and Frank are waiting back home and Frank asks her if she likes her mom and dad. It sort of fit into the conversation but not perfectly. Frank had to reach a bit for that question. And it is an odd question to ask a child, isn’t it? Obviously, under the special circumstances of the Forgers, it’s a bit less unusual but it’s still odd for Franky to be asking it. And his completely muted reaction to her saying she loves them might be a sign. Franky may be thinking they are getting too involved. But he hasn’t said anything yet.
Now, why exactly would Loid have decided to bring Yor to a bar in the first place is a mystery to me. By now, he is very aware of how Yor holds her liquor. As in not at all. He’s even warned her not to drink in the past. So why this choice of venue. Why not a café or cake shop? Could it have anything to do with why the time she got so drunk she pushed him down in front of Yuri? As Anya says, they do flirt a lot! But he had to at least suspect that she might end up forgetting everything and he would have to go over it again. This one is on him.
Everyone in Spy x Family is charming. I was trying to come up with some line like what’s better than Loid and Yor together and then say Anya and Becky. Except I started thinking, Anya and Bond, Yor and Yuri, heck Loid and Yuri are always tons of fun. Basically, the characters in this show can all hold their own so any pairing is bound to be at least interesting. But there’s something sweet about Anya and her first real friend.
Even though Becky and Anya are so different, the fact that they managed to find each other is adorable. And a huge relief. With her unique circumstances, her natural weirdness, and her ability to read minds, Anya is basically set up for alienation or at least isolation. I worried about that. But Becky is here to make sure that doesn’t happen.
We didn’t see Anya use her powers once in this episode. I do think that part of the reason these two get along so well is that Becky has no filter. She tends to say what she thinks. So Anya doesn’t need to use her powers around her and even if she does, she’s not disappointed or hurt by Backy’s thoughts. Cause they pretty much match her words and actions, for better or for worse.
I like it when one character from a show cosplays as another character from the same show. because the art styles match, And surprisingly, Backy makes for a really cute Yor. Maybe Yor’s character design is thought out to be flattering on most people. It certainly looks comfortable. Talk about cosplay potential!
I admit I liked this part because I thought it was fun to see Anya in a lot of different costumes. What can I say, I’m easy to please.
But I liked this part more. Like I said, I was worried about Anya and Becky is likely her first real friend. But who knew that Anya is Becky’s first friend as well. And that really, Becky is just as prone to getting left out as Anya is. Possibly more so. Anya may have a lot of points against her when it comes to fitting in, but she’s also incredibly friendly and very quick to adapt. With time, she will likely become quite popular. Becky on the other hand could have been alone a long time.
What I’m saying is that the relationship isn’t unbalanced. These two girls actually need each other and like each other. Can I get an awwwwww. Oh and the lamb keychain is going to be important later so that’s cool!
There’s only one episode left. And I’m not ready to let the show go yet. Unless it’s a 6 hour episode and even then. I guess we’ll see next week.
- 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
- Spy x Family episode 21 – The Spy Who Wuvved Me
- Spy x Family episode 22 – The Phony Family