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Loid’s Fatherly Instincts Shine With Anya’s Midterm Exam

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The following contains spoilers for Spy x Family Season 1, Episode 18, “Uncle the Private Tutor/Daybreak,” now streaming on Crunchyroll.

The stability of Westalis and Ostania rests on young Anya Forger’s midterm grades in Episode 18 of Spy x Family. Much to Loid’s frustration throughout the series’ first cour, the trend of Anya’s poor academic skills is continuing so far in the second cour. If Anya cannot pass her midterms, not only would she receive negative Tontritus Bolts, but she could put all of Operation Strix at risk.

Agent Twilight’s mission hinges on Anya becoming an Imperial Scholar by receiving enough Stella Stars to gain invitation to a prestigious mixer. At this mixer, Twilight can confront the mysterious Donovan Desmond, stopping him from comprising truce efforts between the Westalian and Ostanian governments. Though Anya has demonstrated time and again that she lacks the academic aptitude to easily secure this invitation, her upcoming midterm exams present the opportunity to either impress her father and grab a Stella Star or two or fail to the detriment of Operation Strix.

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Agent Twilight Is on a Mission to Improve Anya’s Grades

Because Agent Twilight’s approach to Operation Strix rests on the shoulders of Anya’s grades, he will do anything to make sure she succeeds. Unknown to the seasoned spy, Anya could easily rely on her telepathic abilities to cheat her way to good grades. However, a big reveal proves that Anya’s powers have their limits, as a lunar eclipse triggers the disabling of her powers known as “Eclipsing.” Anya can’t count on her telepathy to get her good grades on her midterms, so it’s up to Loid to ensure she passes.

When neither tutoring Anya himself nor allowing Yor’s brother Yuri to help works, Loid takes more intense and questionable measures. Eden Academy takes great care in keeping its students’ test grades secure to prevent tampering and ensure that a student’s academic success stands on its own merits, especially with so many powerful and influential figures involved. Twilight doesn’t let that stop him as he infiltrates the school to change Anya’s grades, proving he is desperate enough to prevent setbacks in his mission that he’s willing to step beyond ethics.

Not only would Twilight be sacrificing his own morality if he alters Anya’s answers, but he would also be depriving his daughter of true academic growth. Twilight is nevertheless focused on his goal, not letting the question of ethics deter him from his mission of maintaining peace. After all, what good is academic integrity if Westalis and Ostania break out into war due to the failure of Operation Strix? Twilight maintains his objective without a hint of doubt — until he sees Anya’s test for himself and his fatherly instincts kick in.

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Loid Prioritizes Parenting Over His Spy Work

Instead of changing Anya’s answers, Twilight leaves her test untouched. As the students checked their test scores, viewers may have expected to see Anya achieve a surprisingly excellent score, which would explain Twilight’s decision to abandon his plan. However, Anya just barely passes. Even seeing that she didn’t fail her exam, Twilight could have changed some of her answers so she would excel and gain a Stella Star, putting him one step closer in Operation Strix.

While Operation Strix remains Loid’s priority in Spy x Family, he demonstrates the importance of his fatherly role to Anya. He recognizes the hard work she put into studying and chooses to honor it instead of dishonestly boosting her score. He may still be disappointed in her low scores, but he is proud of the dedication his daughter put into the exam on her own. Loid’s actions in Episode 18 prove he is becoming just as much a parent as he is a spy.

Though Anya doesn’t succeed in scoring high enough on her midterms to obtain a Stella Star, she passes without Loid’s questionable involvement. Loid is obviously disappointed over her lackluster results, but is proud of his daughter nonetheless. He may be a seasoned spy focused on the mission at hand, but he is proving to be a truly caring father as well.

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