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SPY x FAMILY Episode 6 Review – Best In Show

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SPY x FAMILY Episode 6 Review – Quick Summary

In SPY x FAMILY Episode 6, “THE FRIENDSHIP SCHEME,” Anya might have gotten into Eden College, but that only meant a whole new world of challenges opened up for her. First, Loid and Yor had to take Anya to the tailors for her new school uniform. There, Anya learned of a terrifying trend: the seamstress said that kidnapers had targeted many commuter students because most parents of Eden College students were rich! Will Anya even get a chance to go to school? And if she does, how will she overcome the academic hurdles and social cliques – many of which are based on family income?

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.

Favorite Quote from SPY x FAMILY Episode 6

SPY x FAMILY Episode 6: Anya did not want to be kidnapped. Can't say that I blame her!

I’m glad Anya can advocate for herself. But, man, it’s hard to see her go from excited to terrified about school! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

I’m strongly tempted to expand my Favorite Quote section, just for this series, to a favorite-quote-per-major-character section. Because, dang, each episode is just packed with great quotes! However, to be consistent, I’m going to keep the format as is. I’m going to pick the first quote that attracted my attention in this episode.

Loid and Yor had taken Anya to the tailor to get measured for her school uniform. The seamstress went on about the social cliques at the school. She even pointed out that since Loid had not gone to Eden, other families would look down on Anya, and she might even be bullied.

That terrified poor Anya. She had been super excited about going to school. Now, she dreaded it. Then the seamstress upped the ante. She said that many commuter students were getting kidnapped and ransomed, since only rich people could afford to send their kids to Eden. 

That was too much for Anya. When they left the store, she clung to Loid’s leg. Her eyes darted frantically in all directions. Finally, Loid asked her what was wrong.

“I am in fear that I will be kidnapped,” she said gravely (03:24).

I kind of feel guilty for laughing, but her delivery was so child-serious that I could not help myself!

Best in Show Moment for SPY x FAMILY Episode 6

SPY x FAMILY Episode 6: Anya patting Yor's head was adorable

Anya pegged the ador-o-meter this week. But that’s kind of a given, isn’t it? Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Setup: Yor’s Misdirection

Remember in the previous episode, when drunk Yor mistakenly thought Loidman intended to harm Anya? That showed us, with frightening clarity, just how much Yor has some to care about Anya. So when this episode foreshadowed that some criminals intended to kidnap Anya, two thoughts came to mind. The first was that I thought it would get great to see Yor cut loose again. She’s beautiful, she’s graceful, and she’s utterly ruthless – and I find that to be a great combination!

A second thought occurred to me, too. We had just seen Yor in “Strategic Weapon” mode, and it was only one week ago. Would the show really repeat itself? I don’t mind, given how much I like seeing her in action. But I was hoping for more variety.

SPY x FAMILY Episode 6: Yor in combat mode!

I’ll never complain about seeing a scene where Yor cuts loose. But I was almost afraid the show was going to repeat itself! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Oh, me of little faith!

Yes, the show setup the confrontation. Yes, the stupid criminals actually grabbed Anya and taunted Yor. My reaction reminded me of a scene from Gate, season 1, episode 11 when the dark elf Yao Ha Ducy had not only called Rory Mercury a child. Yao Ha Ducy had interrupted Rory as she was trying to seduce Youji Itami. The onlookers felt aghast. One even said, “It’s going to rain blood!”

I expected Yor to make the rain fall.

Delivery: It’s Anya’s Turn

But the show actually faked me out. Yes, Yor switched to combat mode. She even put one guy on the ground. But she then she did something I did not expect. Maybe wanting to provide a good example for Anya, Yor showed restraint. She simply warned them off. Seeing how she had laid out one of their tough guys, they hurried away.

Kneeling amid the wreckage that had been her groceries, Yor hugged Anya and said she should never have let Anya out of her sight. With tears in her eyes, Yor lamented that she was a failure of mother. 

I love what happened next. We see a quick shot of a shocked Anya, then a shot of Yor’s bowed head. Next, we see Anya’s little hand reach out and pat Yor’s head. Opening her eyes in wonder, Yor looked at Anya, who kept stroking her mom’s hair. Anya said (11:05), “But I love that my Mama is so strong and cool. There, there.”

SPY x FAMILY Episode 6: Yor felt embarrassed that Anya liked the fighting moves

Anya cheered Yor up. Then she embarrassed Yor by re-enacting select moments from her battle! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

I really like these characters. I like how kind they are to one another. I like how deep down, they’re good-hearted people. You know what? I don’t see any contradiction between that and applauding Yor’s ability to project force to protect Anya. In this world (as in ours!), kindness has to have an edge, or it too often gets shoved aside. We need kind people like Yor to push back. And guess what? She’s going to raise Anya in her own image. 

Eden College better brace itself!

What did you think of Sylvia Sherwood’s reaction to Loid handing her another bill? What were your favorite moments in this episode? Feel free to let me know in the comments!

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10 thoughts on “SPY x FAMILY Episode 6 Review – Best In Show

  1. Definitely a great episode and Spy X Family continues to operate on a top level. I enjoyed both the school scenes and the moments with the folks. The highlight has to be Anya punching that bully out for me. It may not help the mission but nobody’s going to be picking on her! Some good meme material here too

    1. Her expression while she threw the punch was amazing — no anger, no emotion at all, really. Just solid combat form.

      I think Yor’s making an impression on her!

  2. This is definitely my favourite show this season! I also loved the moments between Yor and Anya <3 I agree that they're all kind people at heart, and the way they interact with each other is wholesome and supportive – they boost each other up, even if they don't fully understand. It's another hilarious, feel-good show that I'm glad has aired after My Dress Up Darling, as it fills that same gap.

    Also, I'd be down for more favourite quotes! It's fun to read them after I've watched the episode and remember the highlights. I also like the way you describe them, including why you enjoyed them so much – sometimes it helps me understand why I also enjoyed that moment.

    1. Thank you! I’ll think about adding extra quotes — it seems like this show certainly has no shortage of quotes I like!

      It’s a challenge sometimes to figure out why I liked a scene or a quote. Candidly, that’s one reason I’m staying with this format. I think it’s helping me both understand myself and explain myself!

      At least, I hope so!

      Thanks again for your kind words.

  3. (Looks around) Help! The Review has fallen on its theoretical head! It thinks young girls that young can be enrolled in college… What? They did enroll her in acollege? Not just an average Eat The Rich snob borarding school but… Huh? Really? I need to review it to understand?

    Oh. You mean how Loid belongs to such a rubbish spy agency they don’t automatically enroll his kid into a secured school to make sure enemy nation states don’t kidnap these kids to influence the spy parents. Right… You know plot convenience is such a pain sometimes. Makes some reviews hard to even want yo start… But I will… Eventually. Sigh. Maybe then I’ll see what reading reviews alone isn’t telling me.

    1. I’m guessing that you’re taking exception to me saying “Eden College” instead of “Eden Academy?” I actually went back and forth on that. Most of the translations seem to say Academy. But then there are notes like this that include both:

      And the insignia the kids wear on their collars seems to say EC.

      So I went with College. Certainly, it’s a boarding school for multiple ages, up and including what I’d consider college, or at least early college.

      The reason Loid had to enroll Anya in Eden is less a convenience and more a necessity. Though that might be semantics, because for the same of character development, it could be considered convenient. In this case, I think the threat of kidnapping is there a) to give Yor a chance to show off, b) to give Loid an ulcer, and c) to give Anya something to react against. So while convenient, the device is pretty versatile!

      Watching the show will definitely give you more details and insights about what’s going on. I long ago decided that providing a detailed synopsis wasn’t my strength, and readers can get better ones on other sites. I just try to celebrate what I enjoyed in the episode!

      1. AHHAH! It IS a posh lower level school! Thought so… Besides with Eden College sounds like it’s a school looking to find members of a master race run by Bond villains… Then again Eden Academy also sounds like a cover for Moonraker lever genetic purists looking yo find a master race to take off planet so they can destroy the world and remake it in their own image.

        The only good that came from that movie was the character Jaws became an anti hero and got a girlfriend… Hmm… Does this mean they’re the parents of Hitomi-chan…? Hmmm… No. Anyway yeah. An Academy is not a college. Unless everyone in that universe are Nasa level super smart.

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