The most talked-about anime of this season is back with Spy x Family Episode 2. Let’s see how Anya and Twilight’s relationship gets furthered in this review!
Spy x Family Episode 2 Overview
Spy x Family, sometimes stylised as SpyxFamily, is an action and comedy anime based on a manga written by Tatsuya Endou and serialised in Shounen Jump+. The manga quickly became among the magazine’s most popular ongoing properties, and thus, an anime adaptation was inevitable. The anime adaptation is being tackled by Studios Wit and CloverWorks, and it would be an insult to your intelligence as anime fans to tell you the shows these two studios have made. You are already well aware.
The anime is being directed by Kazuhiro Furuhashi, who has previously served the same position in shows such as Dororo, HunterxHunter (1999), and Rurouni Kenshin. This episode of the show is also referred to as SpyxFamily Episode 2. You can read our review of the previous episode of the show right here!
– SpyxFamily Episode 2 Review does not contain spoilers –
Spy x Family Episode 2 Review- Marry Me, Mister!
This was so much better than the first outing. While the previous episode was sweet and charming in its own way, it lacked the certain something that the show supposedly had and what made it special. However, it was only the first episode, and the show needed some time to steady itself and set its story up properly, and come out of its shell. Patience is a virtue, and those who believed in the show and told the others to do the same were rewarded for it by a fantastic outing that established this show for the heavy hitter that it was supposed to be.
The premise of the latest outing was Loid trying to find someone to pretend to be Anya’s mother for the purposes of getting her into the elite school and for Loid to gain access to the important personalities of this country. This search leads them to discover who is undoubtedly the best character in the show so far, Yor. Yor was the clear highlight of this episode, and by extension, this entire show so far, based solely on the fact that her and Loid’s dynamic feels unique and natural despite being utterly crazy if you think about it for more than five seconds.
Yor has a few skeletons in her closet, just like Loid, and her proper introduction was one of the most engaging and pumped up moments in all anime this year. She is extremely competent and capable so as not to be a damsel in distress leaning on Loid all the time, but she is trusting and airy enough to not see through the charade that Loid has established. She has her own needs to fulfil with this relationship, ones that the show did a good job of not forcing through and developed it naturally.
The dynamic between the would-be couple is fantastic, and the situations the show put them in to demonstrate them were fantastic and inspired. The final moments of Spy x Family Episode 2 could honestly be a highlight of anyone’s week, twice over. This episode was a masterclass in establishing permanent figures for a show while showcasing all of their best qualities. It put its best foot forward in this episode and will be reaping its rewards for quite some time going forward. Yor is a fantastic addition to the show, and I can’t wait to see her interact with Anya more.
The show is best when it is focusing on the relationships between the characters, and the hijinks they get into are what keep it afloat. At this moment, the spy stuff feels very much secondary and unimpressive when compared to the show’s good elements. We have seen most of what the show does in that department done much better elsewhere, so I don’t expect it to be a highlight of the show. However, it can still be executed much better than it is. That makes for a tiny blemish on what was otherwise an amazing episode.
Spy x Family Episode 2 was a tremendous outing that featured the introduction of a character who can carry this series on her back without breaking a sweat and some other delightful hijinks. The show is finally coming true to its high potential.
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