Hello everyone, and welcome back to Wrong Everytime. You guys ready for some Spy Ex Family? I’ve personally been looking forward to getting back to the nonsensical family drama of The Forgers, and am doubly excited as we head off to a new Studio WIT episode. That’s not to say that the episodes of Cloverworks are done bad Either way, but only that WIT regularly seems determined to overachieve relative to their assignments, pulling off wildly ambitious feats of staging and anime-original sequences like Castle Raid just because they can . For more mundane episodes like Anya’s admission to school, dynamic layouts and flourishes of animation help elevate Spy X Family’s already excellent base material.
As for our narrative trajectory, we ended the final episode on one of the show’s first real cliffhangers, with Yuri seeking to prove to our newlyweds just how much in love they are. Lloyd and their mutual discomfort with lovey-dovey stuff is more than a little improbable, but while it features hilarious moments of mutual awkwardness and strained gestures of affection, I’m happy to admit that their The pair have the romantic chops of a middle schooler. Without further ado, let’s get back to Spy x Family!
The forgers’ lack of romantic experience points to a natural source of tension in the storytelling. If a set of circumstances feels developed enough, viewers will begin to lose their suspension of disbelief – on the other hand, narrative variables are generally designed with drama in mind, rather than adhering to some sense of realism. should be done. Thus, it’s always a balancing act to incite as much drama as possible without losing audience trust, and different acts will find different balance points on that set of scales. For an extreme example, JoJo essentially creates a new set of absurdly dramatic rules for every single episode, but the consistency of its tonal commitment and the sheer simplicity of rule-making help keep viewers invested anyway.
“I read somewhere that your first kiss tastes like lemon.” The difficulty with the yore is that it often seems difficult to assemble its component parts into a coherent whole. I can easily understand how Lloyd’s professional behavior informs her personal behavior, but of yore it just feels like she switches between two completely different personalities. What I think is a kind of fallacy—the connection between her professional confidence and personal disorganization. It’s a fairly good joke, but a shaky foundation for character building
well, as long as it continues to feature ridiculous expression functions like this, i guess i can accept it
oh come on, you can’t use OP as a another Pre-Kiss Cliffhanger! We’re still hanging by the same rock!
“Show of How in Love You Are.” Oh man, are we getting a full episode of this flirting? happy times
Incredible simulated camerawork as the moment of truth approaches, and both Yuri and Yore go into crisis mode. Once again, WIT’s animators elevate a radically simple gag into the stratosphere, acting out the sequence with yuri and yore’s lecherous gestures with dynamic shifts in camera movement, as if we in the audience are actively following yore. Stumbling before retreating from the slap. Yuri instead
“Is this normal for Briers?” There’s a clever narrative move here to let Lloyd off the hook, using Yuri and Yuri’s already awkward relationship. If Yuri ever gets too close to the truth, some bizarre but clearly Briar-workings of yore could re-establish status quo ante.
And in a character sense, Yuri being such a weirdo actually makes Yore seem more appropriate. He’s No Longer An Eccentric Outlier, He’s From A Really Peculiar Family
Lloyd actually gets through Yuri a bit with his final call for both of them to do their best for yore, prompting a brave tsundere show from his unfortunate brother.
Another cool top-down layout as Yuri makes his final threats, resulting in a visual separation between the two sides that perfectly elevates this act of drawing a line in the sand. The storyboard and narrative drama work in such synergy in this series; The production team clearly set out to be bold in their adaptation of the manga’s panels, resulting in sequences that are all naturally designed for animation. Excessive fidelity to the comic panel in adaptation is basically a death sentence; the mediums just work too differently for this to be effective
And a great final flourish of the character starring as Yuri retreats, this time deliberately reducing the total number of images to emphasize his disarray as he stumbles across the hall.
In bed with the rest of his family, Lloyd is still reading Anya’s favorite comics, wondering when was the last time he felt jealous of someone else. This family isn’t real yet, but now he’s spent enough time with them to want to
Stronger layout and sentiment as the morning dawns. I continue to be impressed by this production’s use of unique angles for framing shots, like this dutch angle shot in a bathroom that helps create a sense of physical space, while leading the eye from yore to anya
Anya is also naturally good material while stomping around in her pajama suit
I appreciate that Lloyd’s professionalism leads him to renew his suspicions of yore in the wake of that meeting. If Yuri’s Possession Hadn’t Raised Some Red Flags He Wouldn’t Have Been Much of a Superspec
Meanwhile, Lloyd’s increasing distance has left Yore to wonder if he is tired of constantly covering for her. Glad to see the show exposing its insecurities instead of being oblivious to this change in atmosphere
Anya can only advise: “Dad and mom need to live together.” She follows it up with an incredible flourish of character acting, as she begins her treacherous climb up the steps of the bus.
It’s a strange sensation to see Yuri having a heart-to-heart with one of his secret police friends. Yuri is so stupid it’s easy to forget his job, but it’s a little surreal to hear “You really need to get a hold of your drinking” from a guy who apparently just came from the interrogation room.
Apparently, catching Twilight is indeed the highest duty of the police. No wonder, considering he’s a top enemy agent
At work, Yore still grapples with her perceived failures as a wife. This conflict also reflects Loyd’s own changing personality – he has now warmed so much to his wife and child that he is returning to his critical detective mode and is clear to both of them.
Suddenly, he is stopped by the secret police! but it’s really lloyd in disguise
There’s a kind of naturally developed tension here that the more Lloyd actually spends time with Yore and Anya, the less fair it feels to see him being manipulated in this way. Obviously he’s acting in the service of higher goals, but every flourish of “cold spy Lloyd” undermines the legitimacy of his familial bonds. it’s a tricky kind of ambiguity
this is a adventure The play, by Lloyd, essentially attempts to force the issue of whether she knows about her brother. whether he succeeds or fails, he’s drawing attention to yore because enemy spies are interested for some reason
Yore affirms her innocence through her commitment to fight for her husband or brother.
“Don’t tell me you feel guilty for doubting him.” And here we are immediately paying for that rising tension, with Lloyd now feeling ashamed of the espionage instincts he’s so carefully crafted.
“Dating a woman while you’re cheating on her is a terrible idea.” “did you just say
And knowing she’s done wrong, Loyd attempts to mend things with Yore, telling her she should feel free to be her natural self.
And it is done
Wow, what a fascinating episode! Looking at the episode’s opening sequence and title, I thought we were in for a bunch of awkward romantic romance shenanigans, but it turned out to be quite the opposite. it was an episode about Lloyd and your Real feelings for each other, the responsibility they feel towards this family project, and their growing sense of wanting to be a person others can trust and rely on. Yore was ultimately able to navigate some miscellaneous emotional hurdles of his own, while Lloyd’s brief return to Speedum ultimately underscored just how much he’s changed. Spy Ex Family has typically focused more on comedy than emotional drama, but this episode proved that we now have the necessary foundation to pull off some heartwarming family conflicts. Great job, scammer.
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