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EDIT: I KNOW SHE’S NOT 6 SHE WAS PROBABLY 5 OR 4 AND LIED TO LOID THANK YOU
Honestly my biggest takeaway from SPY X Family is that Anya Forger is really damn smart.
The series has turned more to comedy lately and it’s a running gag for her to be bad at schoolwork, but I stand by what I say for a couple of reasons:
Intelligence and scholastic success aren’t strictly related despite what society will tell you.
Her pre-story upbringing was split between shady science experiments and living in the crappiest, worst-run orphanage Loid could find, which probably wasn’t great for her basic education.
Eden Academy is supposed to be the best of the best and a lot of what we see the kids working on, at age 6, is really high level stuff. Struggling but passing in a class for the smartest kids is not a failure.
And most importantly:
Anya is doing this while putting in more work than any other character.
I’m not joking! She is the real protagonist here, imo, despite the story starting from Loid’s perspective. Anya, a child, is keeping the entire operation together, going for goals that Loid is unable to ask of her due to the risk, keeping the family together, protecting Yor’s identity, helping both parents keep up their individual and shared fake stories, and hiding her own identity in the process.
Now, between Anya and Bond, it seems that psychic abilities are rare to the point of nonexistent in this setting - so most adults are not going to naturally jump to the serious conclusion of “this child is psychic”. However, the other kids did almost guess and she had to cover up (not the most gracefully but again these are children, her included).
Anya is juggling so many lies. She’s juggling Loid’s, Yor’s, her own (psychic AND her mission, which she’s not supposed to know about), and then that of Yor’s brother and Agent Frost and just about any adult she runs into. She repeatedly protects identities that the holders don’t think she knows about, while also hiding that she knows about it.
That is exhausting. That would be difficult for a regular adult, let alone a small child! The sheer amount of mental effort involved in all of this has to be draining. I suspect that as a psychic, she can actually handle a significantly higher mental workload than most people her age, but much of that bandwidth is eaten up by the telepathy itself so it doesn’t really help in schoolwork.
Anya Forger is carrying the series and her family and she’s a lot smarter than I think some people realize.