While in the cafeteria, Becky informs Anya that if Anya does poorly on the upcoming tests, Anya may be transferred to another class with low-performing students. They overhear two students talking about a legendary chef who makes a notorious dessert called Knowledge Cake. It can apparently make consumers Royal Scholars. Becky and Anya race to the other school cafeteria to buy these macros. DaKarenn, Emile and Ewen enter the race but realize they are too late. George bought the last set of macrons.
The group felt George wanted to share, but there were five of them and only four macarons. So they play Trump (Old Maid) to see which of the five will get to eat the brownie. Anya uses her telepathy to ensure that she never receives the Joker card, meaning DaKarenn loses. When Anya hears him thinking that she must be a mind reader, she decides to let him go again. This time, Anya intentionally took down the Joker but had a terrible poker face. To that end, DaKarenn took pity on her and lost on purpose. The children ate the brownies but it had no effect.
Elsewhere, Franky gives information to Twilight. Twilight continues to help Franky find a woman’s cat (Kacey). So Franky decided to do it himself with different gadgets he created. Yor ran into him on his lunch break and decided to help. In the end, it was Yor’s assassin skills that got Kacey’s cat. Franky returns the cat and discovers Kacey is in a relationship with another man.
Meanwhile, the girls at City Hall notice how happy Yor is. Their manager summons Yor to his office to take a call from her boss in the Garden assassin organization.
Another lovely episode in Spy×Family 29even though the subtitled adaptations are trash.
Modifications to Source Documents
Chapters 42 and original manga 43 were used for creation Spy×Family 29. As usual for this series, the anime adaptation is quite similar to the manga. And it should have been that way.
Since there is no significant difference in terms of anime, I would like to complain about the subtitles. One of the things I despise about “localizers” is how they will change things just because they can. For example, when Franky returned Kacey’s cat, her boyfriend called her name. However, in the subtitles, it seems like the localizer said, “Yeah, this looks like some toxic, white guy. So he won’t call his girlfriend by her first name. No, he would call her honey!” And so it’s in the subtitles. Why can’t the adapter be both accurate and readable? I could use other examples but I don’t have much time.
To be fair, the Viz converter for manga does the same thing. I don’t have a Japanese copy to verify the text, but I suspect that even there, the guy still calls his girl “Kacey” and not “darling.” This kind of trashy adaptation really annoys me.
Because macarons often appear in anime and manga, I went to a cake shop and bought one. Can’t say I’m impressed. However, brownies are the target of the first story in Spy×Family 29. And it made for a cute story pitting Anya and DaKarenn against each other as Old Maid. Anya using telepathy to win made me laugh. But the fear of her abilities being known forced her to allow a do-over. I appreciate that all of her thinking is done on a childish level of logic, which it is.
On the other hand, DaKarenn once again showed that he has a huge soft spot for Anya. So while he may have been angry about his first loss, he took pity on Anya in the rematch and intentionally took the L. I appreciate Anya realizing this and offering to share her macarons with him, although they later discovered the cookies. There is no magic that affects intelligence.
Romantic attempt fails
Not going to lie, but I’m tired of the “Franky is bad with women” trope shown in Spy×Family 29. It’s true that I already knew this story from the manga, but I was REALLY hoping this aspect of the story would be left out. I want Franky to meet someone good, even if he doesn’t realize it at first.
Besides, the interesting part of this second story deals with the Garden organization. I had forgotten that Franky mentioned to Twilight that one of Franky’s sources had apparently died at the hands of an assassin in the Garden. (I wonder if it’s Yor.) What’s really interesting is that Twilight (and later WISE) don’t consider Garden to be just a rumor. That means the Garden is REALLY good and out of everyone’s attention. It’s no surprise that Yor didn’t activate any flags when Twilight took all the information about her.
Speaking of Yor, she seems clumsy in the episode, but then the assassin in her comes out when she helps Franky catch Kacey’s cat. And then she received a call to duty. Can’t wait to see that anime!
Final thoughts and conclusions
Final, Spy×Family 29 was shown a fun episode that told two separate stories. While the brownie story with the Old Maid battle is the more fun episode, the second story setting up Yor’s quest is the more interesting one. Franky’s content is just “meh.”
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