The following contains spoilers for episode 14 of Spy x Family, “Disarming the Bomb,” which is now streaming on Crunchyroll.
With her quirky but lovable personalities and penchant for warm humour, it’s no surprise that Spy family x It was a huge hit in the anime’s Spring 2022 season with success continuing into the Fall 2022 season. While episode 14 continues to foolish viewers with Anya Forger, Episode 14 also reflects on the series’ darker themes that linger beneath the surface, reminding fans of the dangerous reality of Lloyd’s job as a spy and the tense conflict between Westalis and Ostania.
In the previous episode, WISE captures a terrorist organization’s plans to assassinate Westalis’ Secretary of State using booby-trapped dogs, and pull Lloyd away from his family to help eliminate the terrorists. Anya’s unintended intervention dispels the terrorists from their hideouts, sending Keith and his henchmen on the run. Episode 14 has hot WISE clients on their trail. As they arrest Keith’s frustrated henchmen and come close to capturing Keith himself, Lloyd inadvertently heads toward threatening his life.
Lloyd Forger leads a dangerous life as a spy
For a series centered around a spy’s mission to protect political stability, Spy family x Relatively tamed thus far when it comes to putting her characters in real danger. Court One included quite a few action scenes, but mostly, the story revolved around Lloyd’s steps to build a family according to his mission objective and Anya’s efforts to get the star of Stella. Amid the warm family moments, it’s easy to forget that Lloyd’s role as a secret spy isn’t without its risks.
Although Lloyd’s current assignment requires him to have a wife and child in order to reach Donovan Desmond, having a family isn’t his only focus. Besides assessing the current state of the mission, Lloyd also engages in other espionage work when WISE needs his help. When Lloyd is pulled away to help interrogate a captured terrorist, he plunges into a conspiracy that poses a danger to society and himself.
Anya ESP’s connection to her furry friend reveals not only Lloyd’s absence from the future, but also how he was crushed to death under the rubble of a building after a devastating explosion. As Anya works to prevent Lloyd’s death as best her six-year-old can, she discovers a bomb behind a door waiting for Lloyd and his fellow agents. Even in the midst of comedy of Anya struggling to read the clock, baffling you about how to disarm a color-coded cordless bomb and eventually use ketchup to leave a warning message, the prospect of Lloyd’s death looming over the episode reminds fans of the danger surrounding him. .
The conflict between Westalis and Ostania reflects the dark themes of the spy × family
Because Lloyd’s primary mission in Spy family x It is to prevent Donovan Desmond from jeopardizing the armistice efforts between Westalis and Austania, and conflict between the two governments forms the basis of the series. Even with Lloyd’s goal always in mind, fans can easily get so carried away in the little moments of the story that they momentarily forget the political tension that threatens an already precarious peace.
Episode 14 underscores how dangerous yet another war will break out between Westalis and Ostania. When Sylvia Sherwood, aka Handler, arrested and interrogated Keith’s associates along with Lloyd and two other agents, the young terrorists declared their desire for war. Sylvia expresses her displeasure with their situation, presenting the truth of the sheer terror and devastation that war leaves in her path. This scene deeply reflects the young terrorists’ ignorance of the effects of war and reminds viewers of what is really at stake in Operation Strix.
Episode 14, which mixes the usual sense of humor with some heavier content, shows just how successful it is Spy family x It balances action-packed plot with comedy family drama. Thanks to Anya’s best efforts to prevent her father’s death, fans can look forward to watching the exciting showdown between Lloyd and Keith in the upcoming episodes.