「名門校面接試験」 (Meimonkō Mensetsu Shiken)
“The Prestigious School’s Interview”
Twilight is starting to act more and more out of character (for Twilight at least), but more and more in character with Loid Forger, the family man. The line between Twilight, the top spy and Loid Forger, his family man persona is becoming more blurred. Twilight notices it too, like when he lost his cool during Professor Swan’s ruthless questioning and smashed the table. There were a lot of firsts for Twilight-not only is it the first time he lost his cool, it’s also the first time his mission didn’t appear to be a smashing success-he even surprisingly left before the interview ended.
I prefer to side with Yor that the headmaster Henderson might be able to pull some strings, since this obviously is not the end of the story. The question is-which is the real man-Twilight or Loid Forger? Loid Forger started out as Twilight’s persona, but it seems from flashbacks the past few episodes that his family life is making him remember that families, children, and their happiness are at the heart of his motivation for being a spy.
The thought just occurred to me-why couldn’t the spy organization have sent Loid to the school as a professor, either as a new hire or an impersonation of a current teacher? Sure, Desmond’s only social outings are with his special Eden Academy circle, but surely professors could be included in that. Regardless, I’m happy Twilight needed a family for his mission because their family life and seeing their individual inner reactions make this series highly entertaining. Like with Anya’s “I need to pick my nose” comment or using the spy anime as a basis for what hard work looks like.
Perhaps it’s just me and my Anglophile brain, but Eden Academy’s architecture seems reminiscent of the Tower of London and some of the campus’ other architecture reminds me a little of the architecture that I saw in Oxford. Anyway, Eden Academy is one very imposing place. They even bribed a kid to wallow in a mud trap LOL.
I find the teachers to be an interesting mix and can already see the personality conflicts that will come into play-namely between Mr. Elegance, Henderson, and Mr. Salty, Swan. I’d have to agree with Loid and Henderson that Swan went a little too far in projecting his own family problems onto other people. Especially since he pushed it to the point of making Anya cry (who, based on her orphanage history, has a whole host of bad family memories).
I find it interesting that as much as Twilight prepared for any possibility, bugged the room, and researched the professor’s backgrounds, Swan’s brutality elicited a knee-jerk reaction that he couldn’t prepare for. Ordinarily, I would say that spells the twilight of Twilight’s career if his emotions get in the way. But, in all honesty, I don’t think this is the kind of series that will deal with that, with part of the whole selling point coming from the silly and heartwarming family moments and the dramatic irony.
As expected, the Forger family comes prepared (to the point of not one, but two extra clothing changes), impressing even the master of elegance himself, Henderson. Once again, they show off their brilliant tag team work in quelling the animal stampede, with Loid’s swift rescue work, Yor’s offensive tactics, and Anya’s animal whispering. I had to laugh at Yor’s yoga excuse for knocking the huge cow out-that rivals Loid’s escaped patient excuse. I find it unusual that Anya can read not just human, but also animal minds, which could present some unique possibilities, like with calming the crazy cow. It’s hard to believe that the Forgers were just, well, forged, because they work so well with each other, even without knowing each other’s deepest secrets.