「ぐりほんさくせんを決行せよ」 (Gurihon Sakusen o Kekkō Seyo)
“Carry Out the Griffin Plan” 「〈鋼鉄の淑女フルメタルレディ〉」
“Fullmetal Lady”「オムライス♡」 (Omuraisu♡)
Anya’s pitfall is that when she plots a new avenue for the “Friendship Scheme”, she only has 1 attack plan, based entirely on the assumption that “Second Son” will act the way she wants him to. It’s only a matter of course that her plans fail, when she doesn’t know her target. She is only 6 or 7, so this is what you’d expect from a young kid-it would be unnatural if she could give Twilight a run for his money in planning for multiple scenarios. It is nice to see her character writing so consistent in showing how her maturity level is at odds with her abilities.
Anya takes Becky’s romantism “If you have wings you can fly” quite literally, giving Desmond’s gryphon a girlfriend for wings. While cute and fluffy on the surface, it gets dark when you think about how Desmond desperately wants his father’s love. Held down by the pressure of trying to earn that acceptance through exceeding his family name and expectations, he takes it out on others in his demanding attitude, isolating himself from genuine relationships.
Desmond’s character has this divide between his attitude of bratty entitlement and inner insecurities. You get two different views of him, depending on which side you view him from. Take his tearful moment of vulnerability. Viewed from the superficial layer, he looks like a kid who can’t stand not having his way. Viewed from a deeper layer, he is a child heartbroken at not being “good enough” to be loved by his father.
It felt awful to see Anya hijack Desmond’s vulnerability for her schemes. At heart, I think Damian and Anya have a lot in common. Like Damian, Anya is craving acceptance and feels the pressure of carrying out her father’s work so that he will keep her. It’s unfortunately a painful reality that children internalize what adults say and try to meet those expectations the way the adults do- an impossible task, creating a vicious cycle of insecurities and rejection. Fortunately for Anya, Loid is a father who is more involved in her life than Desmond Sr. is for Damian. I would love to see a light at the end of the tunnel with Anya and Desmond overcoming their barriers to be the genuine friend they each need. The whole rom-com in the making angle of the Anya and Desmond scenes certainly show promise for that.
We don’t get a deep dive on Becky, but man is she scary-Anya had better not get on her bad side. The way she unflinchingly crushed her precious Loid sculpture with her own fist upon deciding to make a different creation hinted at a darker side to her. That violent streak in her combined with her family’s weapons industry could be a dangerous combination when she gets older. While she could become an interesting, fully-fledged character, I suspect the series might treat her as Anya’s wingwoman rather than a character in her own right, much in the same way that Damian’s cronies are for him.
The bigwigs sobbing over a child’s crappily made “art”, convinced it wa a peace message was utterly ridiculous-I suppose art is in the eye of a beholder. Seriously, these adults have stupidly high expectations for the artistic and social sensibilities of grade schoolers. I was modestly surprised that a roomful of kids competing to make prize-winning sculptures with limited materials didn’t rip each other to shreds like a pack of hungry animals.
Completely different in subject matter, Part B glimpsed a human side to the “Fullmetal Lady”. I appreciated the “spies are normal people too” moment when Twilight is too scared to tell the boss that she left her tag on. It felt like a genuine, down to earth moment amidst all the heavy spy work.