With Anya’s efforts to reconcile with Damian looking to be wasted, Spy x Family Episode 8 features a new character to divert Loid’s attention from his main mission. Let’s find out who it was in this review!
Spy x Family Episode 8 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 8 and Spy Family Episode 8. You can read our review of the previous episode of the show right here!
– SpyxFamily Episode 8 Review does not contain spoilers –
Spy x Family Episode 8 Review- Meeting The Family
The show took the time to let the cat out of the bag finally with Yor’s brother in this episode, resulting in perhaps its best episode so far. This was riveting television, any way you look at it. There was something in here for everyone, and it is hard not to see everything that this show is getting just right. The Yuri-Yor-Loid dynamic was just what the show needed to bring the quality of the content up a few notches, and it felt great to see it operating at this high quality again.
It feels like the show walks through fire every time the messier and gorier aspects of espionage are discussed, mostly because what the general audience loves about the show is the cute scenes between Anya and everyone else. As the title suggests, the show has two facets of storytelling, and it is obvious that one of them is more popular than the other. While the spy aspect does a lot in making this show more unique and helps out the general story structure, if one of the aspects had to go, it would be the one dropped like a fly without much thought.
What happened in the latest episode was the exact thing the espionage portion of the show needed to put it on par with everything else the show does. Yuri is a fantastic character off the bat, and his interactions with Loid and Yor so far have been golden. He also fits very naturally within Twilight’s mission as an antagonist, the details of which we shall refrain from discussing here because of the no-spoiler rule. Suffice it to say that Yuri isn’t normal, just like everyone else.
However, all of this isn’t to say that the show didn’t feature the usual and expected wholesome family moments with Anya. The show has nailed Anay’s character and tole in the show to a tee and displayed her at the start of the episode just enough that her absence in the second half wasn’t a big deal. It also made a lot of storytelling sense not to have Anya meet Yuri just yet because her psychic capabilities would ensure that the entirety of secrecy based shenanigans that Yuri brought along would be absolutely useless. It also allowed for Loid to flex some spy muscles for once.
There has been a distinct lack of the Yor we saw in Episode 2 since that episode. She has mostly been on the sidelines as Anya took centre stage, but as one of the best parts of the show, her being checked out feels noticeable and awkward. There can be much more to her character than just violence, just like there is for Loid. However, the show curiously never does anything with her, and even the current plot point is more about Yuri than her. That needs to be fixed as soon as possible, as she deserves much more than just being on the sidelines.
Spy x Family Episode 8 was another phenomenal and hilarious outing that had something in it for everyone and balanced the separate worlds of the show very well.
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