Spy x Family: Episode 1 – “OPERATION STRIX”

At the beginning of the episode, it’s established that there is conflict between two nations: Westalis and Ostania. In order to maintain peace between the two, a Westalis agent with the codename “Twilight” is given the assignment to spy on an Ostania leader named Desmond Donovan. But he’s a reclusive man, and the only way to get close to him is for Twilight to obtain a wife and child so the child can be enrolled in the same private school as Desmond’s son. Right before getting this mission, we hear Twilight’s thoughts that he gave up on the dream of having a family when he became an agent.

As his first order of business, Twilight takes on the identity of Loid Forger, and goes to a shady orphanage to find a child. He ends up meeting and taking in a young girl named Anya, who, unknown to Twilight, has telepathic abilities. A lot of this episode focuses on Twilight as he tries to learn how to take of a child and adjust to having Anya in his life. Even though Anya may be telepathic, she’s still a child. She ends up getting into Twilight’s things and sends out a signal that’s intercepted by Ostania agents. This leads to Anya being kidnapped and Twilight having to rescue her.

I really liked how this premiere episode was executed. It starts by establishing Twilight as a character, reveals his mission, and then spends most of its time focusing on Twilight and Anya adjusting to their situation. Considering the situation they’re in, I thought the interactions between these two were realistic.

At the end of the episode, it’s revealed that Anya has made it into the private school through the written test, but a letter Twilight gets creates a new hurdle. The second phase of the process is a family interview, which must include both parents (no exceptions). I understand this is to light a fire under Twilight to find a “wife” for his “family,” but my husband brought up a good point. What if a child comes from a home where one of the parents is deceased and the surviving parent hasn’t remarried? Is that child automatically disqualified from going to the school? If I had any complaints about this episode, this would be the one complaint. Again, while I understand this was needed to progress Twilight’s story, there’s that logical question that I believe the author of the manga was hoping readers wouldn’t think about.

I think the animation worked well for the story that’s being told, and Anya’s character design is so cute. I already got to see several of her “faces” in this episode, and I have a feeling that she’s ultimately going to be the star of this show. Even though Twilight is supposed to be the main character, I think Anya’s cuteness is going to steal the spotlight. Not that that’s a bad thing, though, since she is cute. Although, I have to say that Twilight’s a good looking man.

From the preview, it’s made clear that the next episode will be focusing on Twilight trying to find a “wife” so he can continue his mission to try to close to Desmond Donovan. It’ll be interesting to see how the story continues, and the type of woman who will end up becoming Twilight’s “wife.” But after one episode, it seems like this “found family” series is off to a strong start.

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