「ヨル’s キッチン」 (Yoruzu Kitchin)
「情報屋の恋愛大作戦」 (Jōhō-ya no Ren’ai Dai Sakusen)
“The Informant’s Great Romance Plan”
They really leaned into Spy x Family’s favorite technique, dramatic irony. From the zoomed out and up close camera shots, the squeaky suspense music, and incomplete knowledge of the situation, we feel the same suspicion and anxiety that Anya and Loid feel when Yor repeatedly arrives home late, emotionally and physically cut up.
When I saw Queen Bitch Camilla huddling with her besties, I was afraid it was going to be soul-crushing time for Yor. Instead, she is enlisted by her boyfriend to help Yor learn how to cook to please her hubby. I feel for Yor, having to live with the anxiety that her newfound family will reject her, all because she doesn’t live up to society’s cruddy expectations that a woman worth her salt will know how to cook. It doesn’t help that Camilla gets her digs in, exasperated that a girl with poor cooking skills could get married at all.
How Camilla takes society’s and her own misconceptions to heart reveals a lot about her. Her boyfriend mentions Camilla is a great cook-her skills perhaps driven by her desire to be of use to him, and her criticism of Yor, a projection of her own insecurities about the image she needs to maintain. How much of her “teaching” Yor stems from a kindness in her heart, wanting to help, and how much from wanting to look good for her man. I say “teaching” because it looked like Camilla wasn’t doing anything other than spectating the disaster area. The least she could do is teach Yor how to chop, peel, and season. In the end, the key is to start with what you know, Yor finding success in recreating her favorite childhood dish of Southern stew.
I strongly disagree that the burden of cooking should fall to the woman alone, however I am baffled at how any person could whip something up like that. Seriously, who peels potatoes to shreds and cooks something like toxic waste-that is outside the bounds of plausibility. While I’ve had my fair share of horrendous cooking mishaps, I have never created something like that. I think the whole death-inducing dish thing is a horse anime has beaten to death so much, they’re just beating the air around it now, the horse itself having disintegrated long ago.
I wish Yor could break free from her misconceptions and take a step back to see that Loid doesn’t really care that she can’t cook. Loid appears perfectly fine with doing the cooking and Anya is happy just to have a caring mother. They both need her as much as she needs them. Unfortunately, when something has been drilled in your head through propaganda and personal opinions, it can be hard to break out of it, especially when you’re so close to it, it becomes hard to see.
Yor is not the only one with domestic troubles-poor Franky is in the dumps for not being able to get his own family life started. While willing to help a friend out, the smooth-talking Twilight has no clue of what Franky is going through. Twilight’s conversation map was like giving a kitchen knife to a 5-year-old- it-in the hands of someone who doesn’t know how to use it, it becomes a weapon of self-destruction. Twilight has the social skills to read people, making the conversations work. Franky in his social clumsiness, does not and no amount of pre-fabricated lines will help him in that-it takes experience.
It was sweet to see Twilight try to help, going the extra mile in disguising himself for Franky’s practice run and sharing drinks with him in the aftermath. In the end, though, Twilight got the better end in the deal in the trade off of his date advice for Franky’s new device.