A disposition suitable for a spy is ‘not having a conscience’
――How would you analyze Ange’s ability as a spy?
First, her physical ability is amazing, and in Episode 2, she was very quick-witted in such a short amount of time. Also, what was extremely interesting in Episode 1 was that she dared to show her weakness, even though it may be a lie, and removed the block on the other person’s heart, getting them to trust her. This was calculated with spy engineering.
There is a similar real life example: the Boganchonkov incident from 20 years ago. 3 officials from the Maritime Self-Defense Force were leaking information to a Russian spy. It seems like the spy approached the officials saying that he had a son with a terminal disease and he needed money. It is somewhat similar to the story in the anime with the sick little sister. Those kinds of cool-headed decisions and inhumane techniques are often found in the world of spies.
――By the way, amongst the characters, who do you think is the most suited to be a spy?
I think everyone has their own talents… but in the end, I think it’s Ange. She doesn’t feel any guilt about tricking people or telling lies and that is the best disposition to be a spy.
On the other hand, the person who was killed in Episode 1 had a decent conscience, I think. They were even told ‘You are not suited to be a spy’, by Ange. I don’t think you can become a spy while saying that you will kill your conscience. You either have to be able to ignore your conscience or not have one from the start.
――Princess’ aide Beatrice seems to be the cutest girl but what do you think?
This show tends to trick its viewers so it feels like the person most unlikely to do so will probably do the most heartless things [laugh]. It is also possible that her uprightness is fake. We saw in Episode 2 that the princess has that much of a desire for power.
I feel like Dorothy is the most likely to have a conscience. It feels like she is the most able to understand humanity. But we don’t know how that will turn out. She is the only adult and she uses her sex appeal well. There might even be a honey trap story from now on [laugh].
――I want to ask about working alone vs working in a team. How do spies actually work?
It is often said that as an organization, the smallest team is made up of three people. Within this, only the team leader knows the superior commander but doesn’t know about other teams. So even if the other two members are arrested, they don’t know the other units or commanders. This is the same course of action for military carrying out secret activities like submarines.
During information wars and intelligence activity, limiting what you know is an iron rule. The girls also think so and it is possible that the organization connected to the top may be different and they may be interacting while trying to see through each other.
――The people from the ‘control’ that the girls are attached to are also very mysterious.
We don’t know if we can trust them. For example, there might be a traitor among them. If there is a traitor in the midst of an information agency, they could obtain tremendous information.
A famous example would be Oleg Penkovsky. He was a CIA collaborator working in the Soviet Union’s general staff headquarters; in other words, he was a double spy. Due to this, he was able to let it be known that the Soviet Union was carrying nuclear weapons into Cuba. This is the other side of the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Also, another interesting thing about the anime is the existence of the Colonel. Information agencies and the military don’t see eye to eye after all. That’s why the military desires their own unique information agency but in this anime, when I see the officers in the control room, I interpret it as there being only one information agency and it is jointly operated.
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