For the agent known as "Twilight," no order is too tall if it is for the sake of peace. Operating as Westalis' master spy, Twilight works tirelessly to prevent extremists from sparking a war with neighboring country Ostania. For his latest mission, he must investigate Ostanian politician Donovan Desmond by infiltrating his son's school: the prestigious Eden Academy. Thus, the agent faces the most difficult task of his career: get married, have a child, and play family.
Twilight, or "Lloyd Forger," quickly adopts the unassuming orphan Anya to play the role of a six-year-old daughter and prospective Eden Academy student. For a wife, he comes across Yoru Briar, an absent-minded office worker who needs a pretend partner of her own to impress her friends. However, Lloyd is not the only one with a hidden nature. Yoru moonlights as the lethal assassin "Thorn Princess." For her, marrying Lloyd creates the perfect cover. Meanwhile, Anya is not the ordinary girl she appears to be; she is an esper, the product of secret experiments that allow her to read minds. Although she uncovers their true identities, Anya is thrilled that her new parents are cool secret agents! She would never tell them, of course. That would ruin the fun.
Under the guise of "The Forgers," the spy, the assassin, and the esper must act as a family while carrying out their own agendas. Although these liars and misfits are only playing parts, they soon find that family is about far more than blood relations.
Mangaka: "You guys want a Spy story?"
Otakus: "Ughhhh, really? Bet it's going to be digustingly cliched."
Mangaka: "Well, let's reverse the personality roles."
Otakus: "Okay? Let's go home guys."
Mangaka: "You sure? I have an esper loli to spare. Oh! I also have an ultra-sexy hitman and a guy tsundere."
Otakus: "You what???"
(Weebs have entered the chat)
Weebs: "Give me that!"
(Mangaka offers this)
Otakus and Weebs: "Oh shit! You right fam!"
The manga world have been dominated by the ISEKAI genre that injects every people with the it's-so-repetitive-I-want-throw-up plot but people still eat and read the shit no matter what. Almost every update, there's nothing new to fill the table, but dark-horses
really like to show up from the shadows. That dark horse may be fairly new, but the bar for the unprecedented potential is there. It may be basically a Mr. and Mr. Smith approach, but goddamn, it's unique! Spy X Family a read entertains it's readers not just for the aesthetics, but also for the appeal and really comedic story the manga has to offer.
Spy X Family basically has two things: 1) No matter what your job is, raising a kid is still the hardest and 2) Every plan can be executed even without a plan.
Logically speaking, the manga has believable scenarios especially portraying how underground work works. Developing a nice pace and it's really enjoyable. Also having a kid is a pain in the ass, but having an esper kid? You can plead for help.
No action is wasted frame by frame and page to page. The artist is really good at giving life to the work while the readers can follow the story without getting confused. The romance scenes are on the spot with the "sparkles-sparkles" moments and it's basically eye-candy.
What else can I say? A moe kid that can do supernatural shit? That what I signed up for! If you are a fan of Saiki, Hinamatsuri, and Mob Psycho, there's no short of supply in terms of comedy in this one. The whole story gave the enjoyment I wanted since I've been reading alot of rom-coms nowadays.
Overall, this is outstandingly impressive. I RECOMMEND THIS PIECE OF ART TO EVERYONE!
An interesting take on Mr. & Mrs. Smith-style stories. The daughter, Anya, is the one who really drives the story. Her interactions with the cast are a delight to watch, and I always look forward to how she will nudge those around her into performing actions. She really is a child puppetmaster.
The "father" and "mother" are also superb, and make wonderful tsunderes. They are also quite competent.
I really enjoy how even mundane activities are transformed into amazing action spectacles. The authors are really good at writing and drawing action sequences.
In sum, this manga has a great mix of action, romance, comedy, and family themes. I
really enjoy it, and would strongly recommend it.
Spy or Hitman/ “Pseudo Family”/ Comedy+Healing/ Tiny bit of Superpower
After reading the first six chapter, I am completely sold by this manga. Literally, this new manga is filled with surprises and explosive laughter; furthermore, my heart gets warmed with all those sweet “family” moments.
With that being said, if you (a new reader who somehow picks up this manga) aren’t convinced by the first chapter, chapter two is the key person that will hand you the grenade ring to see if you want to marry this manga.
!!Minor Spoilers!! ( -_･) ︻デ═一 ▸
Having read 6 chapters so far, this story of this manga possesses similar elements
of “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” (spy or hitman hiding each other’s identities) and Hinamatsuri (funny interactions between father and adopted daughter that possesses special superpower). Thus, while you are reading this manga, you will find a slight amount of tension while mixing with a ton of humor; moreover, through the darkest hour, this “family” is going to find the light to warm your heart.
With those amount of elements, the manga still manages to pace itself as smooth as silk.
Since this is still a relatively new series, I will give this story category (-0.5) for potential error.
Regardless, this manga is completely unique and deserves a 9.5!
I have to give this mangaka, Endou san, some credits on this category. Few words that can come to my mind on this category are:
1 Clean-> All the action-packed fighting scenes are drawn to the point that I didn’t need to take guesses or stop to imagine what had happened. No obscurity, no pauses, and just smooth reading.
2 Expressive-> Literally within 6 chapters of reading this manga, I have clipped or screenshotted so many Anya's emotions. If possible, I might use them as my message stickers. No worries though, Agent Twightlight and Thornprincess aren't gonna let their "daughter" steal their spotlights ;)
3 Aesthetic-> Endou san definitely did his work on researching the mid 20 Century street scenes, vehicles, and architectures in Western Europe. With those backgrounds, the manga is able to create the elegant and old-fashioned British vibe ever since I touched the first page. I guess the code 007 for Anya isn’t a coincidence for the background setup :D
4 Consistency-> for some new manga, those Mangakas will slowly improve their drawings while slightly modifying the characters' appearances through chapters. Endou san didn't need that kind of adjustment.
Gem of its genre and love the mid-20 century British vibe -> Perfect 10
Because of several undiscussable reasons, three complete strangers are forced to form as a "pseudo" family and take on roles that they have absolutely no experience.
Without knowing themselves, this family is a perfect trio that substitutes each other’s weaknesses and supports each other. Yet, with that being said they have one goal in common, the sense of being united and protecting each other, “the family members”, whenever dangers or problems are ahead. As the story goes, the characters are going to learn what they lack and improve gradually.
The last time I laugh as hard as I read “Spy x Family” was when “Grand Blue” happened.
This manga has set a huge bar of its own. If it continues to be this way, it will be a masterpiece in recent years. Anime isn’t even going to be a question. For now, I am wearing the grenade ring offered from this manga. Let us see where this manga will take me.
Editing Winston Churchill’s quote: “This manga has nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, sweat, and LAUGHTER” －－－＝＝＝＝*~● (ﾉO.o)ﾉ
Spy x Family wonderfully exploits dramatic irony(when the audience knows something characters don't) to put forth a hilarious, thrilling and entertaining story. 3 Characters, a spy, a hitman, and an esper, each with their own agendas, flaws and secrets, are pushed with the common goal of needing to come together as a family. Will they ever find each other out? Will they stay together after their goals have been accomplished?
What drives this story so well, is how the characters compliment each others flaws an needs. (the scene with the lady and the purse)
-The spy is a very strict perfectionist, who is seen struggling between the
choices of doing the right thing at the cost of standing out and compromising his job, or being rationally cynical
-The hitman is less rational, and more emotional, struggling with how to keep in disguise and not stand out too much.
-The esper is lacking both rationality and managing emotions, and is the symbol of what the spy and the hitman want to protect, mirroring the spys childhood and the hitmans sacrifice for family.
Combine all three and you notice that the spy lacks connection to attachment, the hitman lacks connection to romance and people, and the esper lacks connection with parents, coincidentally making them perfect for each other and I can't wait to see how they develop together.
Overall great pacing, superb art, cross cutting characters, 10/10, READ IT NOW! YOU'RE MISSING OUT