Spy × Family (stylized as SPY×FAMILY and pronounced "Spy Family")[2][3][4] is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Tatsuya Endo. The story follows a spy who has to "build a family" to execute a mission, not realizing that his adopted daughter is a telepath, and the woman he agrees to marry is a skilled assassin. The series has been serialized biweekly on Shueisha's Shōnen Jump+ platform since March 2019, with its chapters collected in 13 tankōbon volumes as of March 2024. It was licensed in North America by Viz Media.

Spy × Family
First tankōbon volume cover, featuring Loid Forger
Genre
Manga
Written byTatsuya Endo
Published byShueisha
English publisher
ImprintJump Comics+
MagazineShōnen Jump+
DemographicShōnen
Original runMarch 25, 2019 – present
Volumes13 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Anime films
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An anime television series adaptation produced by Wit Studio and CloverWorks premiered on TV Tokyo and its affiliate stations in April 2022, and was licensed by Muse Communication in Asia and Crunchyroll worldwide. The second half aired from October to December 2022. The second season, continuing from last year's adaptation, aired from October to December 2023. A third season has been announced. An anime film, titled Spy × Family Code: White, featuring a returning cast from the television series, was released theatrically in Japan in December 2023, and in the United States and Canada in April 2024.

By March 2024, Spy × Family had over 35 million copies in circulation, making it one of the best-selling manga series of all time. The series received critical acclaim for its storytelling, comedy, characters, action scenes, and artwork.

Plot

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Map of Westalis and Ostania in the manga (left) and the anime (right). Note the strong similarity with the divided geography of Germany during the Cold War.

In order to maintain the state of peace between the rival nations of Westalis and Ostania,[a] a Westalian agent code-named "Twilight" is tasked with spying on Donovan Desmond, leader of the National Unity Party within Ostania. However, due to Desmond being notoriously reclusive, the only way Twilight can get close to him is to enroll a child in the same private school as Desmond's sons and pose as a fellow parent.

To accomplish this and present the image of a happy family, he creates the alias of Loid Forger, adopts a young orphan girl named Anya, and marries a woman named Yor Briar. However, unbeknownst to him Anya can read minds and Yor is in fact a professional assassin. Neither Loid nor Yor are aware of each other's true identities, or that Anya knows their true professions. The family later takes in a dog with precognitive abilities whom they name Bond. Despite these unknown factors and Twilight's occasional lapses of common sense due to years of being a spy, he must learn to play the role of the perfect father and husband in order to carry out his mission.

Production

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Tatsuya Endo and his editor Shihei Lin have known each other for over ten years; Lin was his initial editor on his first serial Tista (2007).[7] When Lin was moved from the Jump Square editorial department to Shōnen Jump+, Endo happily followed, and they began developing a new work. Spy × Family takes elements from three of Endo's Jump Square one-shots: Rengoku no Āshe (煉獄のアーシェ, lit. "Ashe of Purgatory"), Ishi ni Usubeni, Tetsu ni Hoshi (石に薄紅、鉄に星, lit. "The Pink in Stone, the Star in Steel"), and I Spy. Lin said that its reception among the editorial department was so good that serialization was practically decided before the official meeting was even held.[7]

The initial draft was given a working title of Spy Family written in Japanese. When deciding the final name, Endo came up with over 100 options, but they ultimately decided to use the same title but in English and with a "cross" in between, the latter influenced by Hunter × Hunter.[7] Lin said that he and Endo are always conscious of the line where violence, a necessary aspect in a spy manga, is given a pass for comedy's sake. With Tista and Blade of the Moon Princess both having a dark tone, the editor told Endo to give Spy × Family a more cheerful one. Anya was inspired by the main character of Rengoku no Ashe. Her extrasensory perception was decided early on, and Lin cited its use for comedic effect as one of the series' strengths. Lin said that the series has a broad readership among all ages and genders. He also cited Endo's clean art and ability to convey emotions as part of the manga's appeal.[7]

Lin feels that the world and characters were firmly established as of volume two. As such, he revealed that he and Endo would start to include longer narratives in the series.[7]

Media

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Manga

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Written and illustrated by Tatsuya Endo, Spy × Family has been serialized biweekly on the Shōnen Jump+ app and website since March 25, 2019. The chapters, which are released every other Monday, have been collected and published into individual tankōbon volumes by Shueisha. Shueisha also simultaneously publishes the series in English for free on the Manga Plus platform.[8]

Viz Media began publishing Spy × Family in English digitally on their website for free on September 22, 2019. The Viz version was translated by Casey Loe.[9] They released the first volume in print in Q2 2020.[10]

The manga series has one companion book, Spy × Family Official Fanbook: Eyes Only. The book, serving as a collective information book, was published on May 2, 2022. It includes detailed information and analysis about the series' characters and worlds, colored artworks, early character designs, guests' art contributions, a long interview with Endo, and commentary on most chapters by Endo and Lin.[11] On February 3, 2023, Viz Media announced that they have licensed the companion book for English publication.[12] The companion book was released on October 3, 2023.[13]

Light novel

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The light novel Spy × Family: Family Portrait (SPY×FAMILY 家族の肖像, Spy × Family: Kazoku no Shōzō), written by Aya Yajima, was published on July 2, 2021.[14] The book contains four disconnecting chapters and a seven-page "short story". The first chapter, "Anya's Nature Class" (アーニャの自然教室, Ānya no Shizen Kyōshitsu),[b] tells the story of the time Anya and Damian got lost in the forest on their school nature camp. The second chapter, "Yuri's Day Off" (ユーリの休暇, Yūri no Kyūka),[b] recounts the day Yuri took Anya to experience a mock-up of future employment for kids. The third chapter, "Franky's New Love!?" (フランキーの新たな恋!?, Furankī no Aratana Koi!?),[b] tells the story of Franky's short-lived love with a blind opera singer from a prestigious family. The fourth chapter, "Portrait of the Forger Family!?" (フォージャー家の肖像画!?, Fōjā-ka no Shōzōga!?),[b] tells about the day the Forger family modeled for a famous painter in the park. In the "short story" chapter, "Family (Temporary)" (ファミリー(休), Famirī (kyū)),[b] two waitresses were talking about their ideal family, the Forgers, among many unhappy families they saw. On December 20, 2023, Shueisha released an audiobook version of the light novel, featuring the voices of Miyuri Shimabukuro and Ryōhei Arai. This was also the first occasion that a Jump J-Books' light novel got an audiobook release.[15] On February 3, 2023, Viz Media announced that they have licensed the light novel for English publication.[12] The Viz's English-translated novel was released on December 26, 2023. It was translated by Casey Loe, who was also the translator for official English manga published by Viz; it was edited by Holly Fisher and designed by Francesca Truman.[16]

On April 7, 2023, Shueisha's Mirai Bunko announced that a novel adaptation of the manga is in the works. The first volume, Temporary Family (かりそめの家族, Karisome no Kazoku), written by Hitomi Wada, was released on May 26, 2023. The contents of the novel is described to follow the plot of the manga's first volume.[17][18][19] The second volume, Admission! The Prestigious Academy Eden (入学!名門校イーデン, Nyūgaku! Meimonkō Īden), is also written by the same writer as the first book and was released on August 4, 2023. The contents of the novel is described to follow the plot of the manga's second and third volume.[20][21][22] The third volume, The Mysterious Dog and the Bombing Incident (ふしぎな犬と爆弾事件, Fushigina Inu to Bakudan Jiken), is also written by the same writer and was released on November 11, 2023. The contents of the novel is described to follow the plot of the manga's fourth volume.[23][24]

A novel adaptation of the movie Spy × Family Code: White with the same name was published on December 22, 2023, the same day as the movie premiere. It is written by Aya Yajima, who also penned for the first light novel Spy × Family: Family Portrait. The novel was based on the plot of the movie, which is screenplay by Ichirō Ōkouchi.[25][26]

Anime

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On November 1, 2021, an anime television series adaptation for Spy × Family produced by Wit Studio and CloverWorks was announced via a trailer video and the anime's website.[27] The series was directed by Kazuhiro Furuhashi, with character designs handled by Kazuaki Shimada.[27] The series ran for two split cours and has 25 episodes. The first cour aired from April 9 to June 25, 2022, on TXN stations.[28][29] The second cour aired from October 1 to December 24, 2022.[30] Crunchyroll licensed the series outside of Asia.[31] Muse Communication licensed the series in Taiwan, South and Southeast Asia;[32] they are streaming it on their YouTube channel (limited release in some of the available regions during the first-air run), Netflix, iQIYI, bilibili, Disney+ Hotstar and other regional streaming services.[33] Netflix streamed the series in South Korea.[34] On April 11, 2022, Crunchyroll announced that the series would receive an English dub. It had an early preview on Crunchyroll's Twitch channel on April 15, before premiering the following day.[35]

Accompanying the anime, the guidebook Animation × 1st Mission, which includes anime character designs, storyboards, key animations, promotion images, interviews and comments from the staff and the voice actors, was released on April 4, 2022. The book acts as a starter guide for the anime series and does not contain many details about later episodes beside the first two.[36] The second guide book Mission Report:220409-0625, which provides in greater details of the first half of the first season, was released on September 2, 2022. It includes information for the main characters; details of the first twelve episodes; key arts for location settings and stories; storyboards; interviews and comments from the staff, the actors and the singers of the first opening and first ending songs, Official Hige Dandism and Gen Hoshino.[37] The third guide book Mission Report:221001‐1224, which provides in the details of the second half of the first season, was released on September 4, 2023.[38]

On December 18, 2022, a second season was announced at the Jump Festa '23 event.[39][40][41] Ichirō Ōkouchi replaced Furuhashi as scriptwriter, while the remaining staff and cast reprised their roles. The second season aired from October 7 to December 23, 2023, and has 12 episodes.[42][43]

On October 4, 2023, Wit Studio announced an art book for the anime adaptation, titled Spy × Family Animation Art Book. The book was released on December 8, 2023, containing 200 pages of character designs, background designs, prop and item designs, anime and collaboration artworks, storyboards for season 1's second cour's opening animation by Tetsurō Araki and ending animation by Takayuki Hirao.[44]

On June 9, 2024, a third season was announced at the Spy × Family Anime Extra Mission special event.[45][46]

Film

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An anime film was announced at the Jump Festa '23 event.[39][40][41] On March 25, 2023, it was revealed to be titled Spy × Family Code: White, and the film was released on December 22, 2023. Tatsuya Endo supervised the production and provided original character designs. The film was directed by Takashi Katagiri, while the screenplay written by Ichirō Ōkouchi.[42] On September 12, 2023, it was reported that Tomoya Nakamura and Kento Kaku would voice the movie-original villain duo for the movie named Dmitri and Luka, respectively.[47][48] On September 22, 2023, it was announced that Banjō Ginga and Shunsuke Takeuchi was cast for the role of two other villains, Snidel and Type F.[49][50]

A limited-printed booklet, named Spy × Family Code: White Film File was distributed exclusively for early movie audiences in Japan. It contains an original 8-paged manga done by the manga creator Tatsuya Endo, interviews with Endo, the anime staff and voice actor cast, with its cover also drawn by Endo. The print number is limited to 4 million copies. Along with this announcement, it is also announced that the opening day's earliest screening would be at midnight, when they started distributing the booklet.[51][52] On 9 January 2024, AR illustration cards drawn by Tatsuya Endo were announced to be distributed for movie audiences in Japan. It contained a QR code on the back that can display a 3D pop-out model of Anya Forger speaking her voice lines if read by smart phones.[53]

On July 2, 2023, it was announced that the movie was going to have a collaboration project with Street Fighter 6. An illustration drawn by Capcom's illustrator and designer Chisato Mita was revealed along with the announcement.[54][55] On December 4, 2023, Capcom social media released the animated short video of Yor Forger and Street Fighter 6's character Chun-Li dueling on Suval'hal Arena stage. The animation was made by Wit Studio, with Shunsuke Aoki doing key animation and Kyōji Asano working on storyboard and character design.[56][57][58][59][60] On 9 January 2024, Capcom revealed and released the in-game collab items, which are avatar costumes based on Yor's Thorn Princess dress and Loid Forger's signature dark cyan suit. Yor and Loid's hairstyles are also added to the avatar creation. Players who log in during the collaboration period, which lasted until 31 January, would receive free items like picture frames, stickers, and player titles. The Battle Hub area would also receive a temporary redesign to promote the movie.[61]

On July 10, 2023, a collaboration project with the movie Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One was announced. A parody poster illustration featuring the main characters of the anime replacing the Mission: Impossible cast was released with the announcement, as was a highlight video for Dead Reckoning Part One narrated by the voice actors of the Forgers.[62][63][64] On September 19, 2023, another collaboration project with the movie Wish was announced. A parody poster illustration featuring Anya and Bond Forger, which mirrors the Japanese theatrical release poster of Wish, and a combination trailer video were also released on the same day.[65][66]

Music

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The music of the Spy × Family anime series was composed and produced by (K)now Name.[27] The opening theme song used for the first half of the first season is "Mixed Nuts" (ミックスナッツ, Mikkusu Nattsu) by Official Hige Dandism, while the ending theme song is "Comedy" (喜劇, Kigeki) by Gen Hoshino.[67] The opening theme song is "Souvenir" used for the second half of the first season by Bump of Chicken, while the ending theme song is "Shikisai" (色彩, "Color") by Yama.[68][69] The opening theme song used for the second season is "Kura Kura" (クラクラ, lit. "Dizzy") by Ado and the ending theme song is "Todome no Ichigeki" (トドメの一撃, lit. "Finishing Strike") by Vaundy feat. Cory Wong.[70]

The music of the movie Spy × Family Code: White was also composed and produced by (K)now_Name.[42] On October 30, 2023, the anime social media announced "Soulsoup" by Official Hige Dandism as the main theme song.[71][72] On the premiere day, they revealed the song "Why" (光の跡, Hikari no Ato, lit. "Trail of Light"), performed by Gen Hoshino, was used for the ending theme.[73][74][75]

Musical

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A musical adaptation, titled Musical Spy × Family (ミュージカル スパイファミリー, Myūjikaru Supai Famirī), was reported to be in production under Toho Stage's production on May 1, 2022. The musical premiered at Tokyo's Imperial Theatre in March 2023, with a nationwide tour following in April and May of the same year.[76][77]

On September 30, 2022, it was announced that the musical play would debut on March 8, 2023, with Win Morisaki and Hiroki Suzuki playing Loid Forger, while Fuka Yuduki and Mirei Sasaki played Yor Forger. For Anya's role, the actor(s) would be selected via audition. The cast also featured Kurumu Okamiya and Tsubasa Takizawa as Yuri Briar, Kento Kinouchi as Franky Franklin, Manato Asaka as Sylvia Sherwood, Sōma Suzuki as Henry Henderson, and Nonoka Yamaguchi as Fiona Frost. G2 took the director, screenplay and lyric writer roles, while Shuhei Kamimura was in charge of composing, arranging, and directing the music.[78] For the nationwide tour, the musical was performed in the Kobelco Grand Hall at Hyogo Performing Arts Center in Nishinomiya, Hyōgo Prefecture in April and at Hakata-za Theatre in Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture in May.[76] On December 14, 2022, the cast for Anya Forger was announced; she would be played interchangeably by four actresses: Risa Masuda, Aoi Ikemuda, Miharu Izawa, Miharu Fukuchi.[79]

Video games

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A video game based on the series was announced in a Nintendo Direct on September 14, 2023.[80][81] Titled Spy × Anya: Operation Memories,[c] the game was developed by Groove Box Japan and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. The game allows the player to experience Anya Forger's everyday-life activities with her friends and family, in order to take and collect photos for Anya's diary. As a daily-life simulation game, it gives the player the options to visit locations in the series, participate in minigames, and customize the characters' appearances and outfits. The game was released on December 21, 2023 on the Nintendo Switch in Japan, and will be released on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 on June 27, 2024, and internationally on June 28 for home consoles; the game will be released on Windows via Steam at an unspecified date to be revealed sometime in 2024.[84][83][85]

Others

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An amusement park attraction based on the series, named Spy × Family Secret Mission (Spy×Family シークレット・ミッション, Spy×Family Shīkuretto Misshon), opened for visitors at Universal Studios Japan theme park from February 17 to July 2, 2023. Participants were put on the role of a newcomer agent from the in-universe spy agency WISE, trying solving hidden codes at various locations around the park. After successfully solving the codes, they were permitted to attend a live show featuring the Forger family members.[86][87][88]

On April 3, 2023, it was announced that an official art exhibition would be held at Matsuya Ginza at Ginza, Tokyo from July 20 to August 13, 2023. Afterwards, the exhibition went on a nationwide tour, starting at Osaka in August and then to other cities in Japan, including Fukuoka and Sapporo.[89][90] Tickets for the first four days were distributed via a lucky draw lottery while the general admission tickets were sold on a later date.[91] The exhibition included the original artworks by the manga creator among various other exhibits.[90][92] There were "mission keywords" hidden around the venue, which encouraged visitors to find all of them to receive a prize.[93]

On July 10, 2023, Shueisha announced the return of "Manga Dive", an immersive VR experience, at Lumine Zero event hall in Shinjuku, Tokyo. The three Shōnen Jump+ series, Spy × Family, Chainsaw Man and Dandadan were chosen to be the main features of the VR show. The show was projected on five surfaces of the event hall by the use of twelve projectors and the sounds were presented by eight speakers to simulate a stereoscopic experience for the audiences. The screening of Spy × Family show began on August 14 and lasted until August 23.[94][95]

Reception

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Popularity

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In December 2019, Brutus magazine included the series on their "Most Dangerous Manga" list, which included works with the most "stimulating" and thought-provoking themes.[96] Later that same month, Polygon included it on a list of the best comics of 2019.[97] The 2020 edition of the Kono Manga ga Sugoi! guidebook named Spy × Family the best manga series for male readers.[98] The series ranked first on Honya Club's Nationwide Bookstore Employees' Recommended Comics of 2020 list, compiled by surveying 1,100 professional bookstore employees in Japan.[99] It ranked fifth in a 2020 poll conducted by AnimeJapan of "Most Wanted Anime Adaptation".[100] It was named as the "No. 1 Popular Web Comic of 2019," the "No. 1 Popular Shōnen Jump+ Work," and a "Signature Work of Jump+".[101] In May 2022, as stated by the manga's editor Shihei Lin, the series reached 350 million views on Shōnen Jump+.[102] In August 2022, the series reached 480 million views.[103] About a month later, the series reached 500 million views.[104] The manga topped the 2022 "Book of the Year" list by Da Vinci magazine;[105] it ranked nineteenth on the 2023 list.[106]

Sales

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In 2019, Spy × Family had 300,000 copies in circulation, including digital and physical sales, less than a month after the release of its first volume.[107] The series reached 800,000 copies 2 months later, upon the release of its second volume.[108] This number exceeded 2 million with the release of volume three, and 3 million in circulation by volume four.[109][110] Less than two weeks before the release of its fourth volume, Spy × Family became the second fastest and successful hit, behind Assassination Classroom.[111] According to Oricon, volumes three and four of the series were some of the top 30 best-selling manga volumes of 2020.[112] It became the first Shōnen Jump+ series to receive an initial print run of over 1 million copies with its sixth volume. With its sixth volume released in December 2020, Spy × Family had over 8 million digital and physical copies in circulation. At that time, it was the ninth best-selling manga in 2020, with over 4.5 million copies sold within that year.[113][114]

In 2020, the third volume of Spy × Family had received an initial print run of 400,000 copies.[115] Along with Kingdom, it had an initial print run of 1 million copies, with its sixth volume in 2021.[116] In May 2021, Spy × Family had reached 10 million copies in circulation and increased to 11 million copies by the next month.[117][118] With 537,558 copies sold in its first week, volume six became the series' second consecutive volume to debut at number one on Oricon's weekly list of the best-selling manga.[119][120] Volume six was among the top 30 best-selling manga volumes of 2021 according to Oricon.[121] By November 2021, the manga had over 12.5 million copies in circulation.[122] It was the eighth best-selling manga in 2021, with over 4.9 million copies sold within that year.[123] The series was ranked tenth on Rakuten's Top 20 Best Selling Digital Manga of 2020 and 16th in 2021.[124][125]

On April 3, 2022, on the eve of the release of volume 9 and the premiere of the anime, the manga was reported to have over 15 million copies in circulation.[126] By May 2022, the manga had over 21 million copies in circulation.[127] It was tentatively the third best-selling manga from the last month of 2021 to the first 5 months of 2022.[128] In August 2022, the manga had over 25 million copies in circulation, doubling in number comparing with 9 months before.[129] In October, right around the return of the anime's second cour and the release of volume 10, it was reported that the series had more than 26.5 million copies in circulation.[130] By October, the manga had over 27 million copies in circulation.[131] It was the third best-selling manga series in 2022, with over 10.6 million copies sold;[132] its first ten volumes were among the 25 best-selling manga volumes of the year.[133] The series was also ranked fifth on Rakuten's Top 20 Best Selling Digital Manga of 2022.[134] In December the same year, it is reported that the series has passed 29 million copies in circulation.[41]

On March 23, 2023, editor Shihei Lin reported that the series had over 30 million copies in circulation, on the eve of the release of volume 11.[135] On September 12, 2023, it was reported that the series had reached 31 million copies in circulation with 12 volumes, including volume 12's number that would be released in the next 3 weeks.[136][137] Volumes 11 and 12 were among the best-selling manga volumes of 2023.[138] On December 17, 2023, the series has been report to have over 34 million copies in circulation.[139] Volume 11 was Shueisha's third highest first print run manga volume of 2023–2024 (period from April 2023–March 2024), with 1.55 million copies printed.[140] In March 2024, the series had reached over 35 million copies in circulation with the release of volume 13.[141]

The volumes of Spy × Family sold well in North America. They were ranked on Circana (formerly NPD) BookScan's monthly top 20 adult graphic novels list since June 2020.[142] Several volumes of the manga were also ranked on The New York Times' Graphic Books and Manga bestseller monthly list since May 2021.[143] According to NPD BookScan, the three volumes of Spy × Family were ranked among the top 20 highest-selling manga volumes in 2022;[144] four volumes were among the top 20 highest-selling manga volumes in 2023.[145] In the United States, the series' 6 volumes collectively sold 220,000 copies in 2021.[146] In France, the series has had one million sold copies as of volume 6.[147] On October 19, 2023, the French publisher Kurokawa reported that the series has sold over 4.375 million copies as of volume 11.[148]

Critical response

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The series has received widespread critical acclaim. In a positive review of the first 11 chapters, Antonio Mireles of The Fandom Post summed up Spy × Family as a great comedy about a dysfunctional family put into uncanny situations that never pan out as planned due to their unique personalities. He described the family setup of Loid as the straight man, Yor the "dumb character" and Anya the adorable child "that readers fall in love with," as the perfect recipe for a comedy. However, he felt the humor that comes from Yor being the dumb character was underutilized.[149] Comic Book Resources' Hannah Collins hailed the first volume as one of the best manga releases of 2020. She had strong praise for Endo's art; writing that "Action-comedy is no mean feat even in animated or live-action mediums. To pull it off so well in still images takes real artistic talent." The reviewer called the artist's range of facial expressions his secret weapon, which he deploys to win over the hearts and minds of readers; particularity with those of Anya, whom Collins said, "steals every page she appears on."[150]

Morgana Santilli of The Beat stated that Spy × Family volume one does an excellent job balancing fun espionage action with heartwarming family moments. She called Endo's art "clean and appealing," which makes his parody of post-war Berlin easily recognizable. Santilli compared its comedy to that of From Eroica with Love, another Cold War-centric series.[151] In a review for Polygon, Julia Lee stated that Endo takes a premise that could make a "typical, corny, action manga" and uses it to make one of the funniest series out right now. Like the other reviewers, Lee praised Endo's art, writing that he has a knack for action scenes, as well as "expressive panels that really show you how the characters are feeling."[152]

Awards and nominations

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Year Award Category Result Ref.
2019 5th Next Manga Awards Web Manga Won [1]
Apple Books Awards Best Shōnen Manga [153]
Kono Manga ga Sugoi! 2020 Top Ranking Manga Manga for Male Reader 1st place [98]
2020 4th Tsutaya Comic Awards Next Hit Won [154][155]
Ridibooks Comic Award Special Prize [156]
Konishi Prize Best Translated Manga Nominated [157]
44th Kodansha Manga Award Best Shōnen Manga [158]
24th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize Grand Prize [159]
13th Manga Taishō Manga Taishō 2nd place [160][161]
Da Vinci 20th Annual Book of the Year Book of the Year 3rd place [162]
15th Japanese Nationwide Bookstore Employees' Recommendations Recommendations Comic of 2020 1st place [163]
2021 14th Manga Taishō Manga Taishō 10th place [164][165]
Sanyodo Comic Award Best Manga 2nd place [166]
Eisner Award Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia Nominated [167]
Harvey Award Best Manga [168]
48th Angoulême International Comics Festival Youth Selection [169]
2022 Eisner Award Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia [170]
French Babelio Readers' Awards Best Manga Series Won [171]
Japan Expo Awards [fr] Daruma d'or [172]
Geeks d'Ouro [pt] Best Translated Manga [173]
Harvey Award Best Manga Nominated [174]
Da Vinci 22nd Annual Book of the Year Book of the Year 1st place [105]
2023 52nd Japan Cartoonists Association Award Grand Prize Won [175]
27th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize Grand Prize Nominated [176]
Harvey Award Best Manga [177]

Notes

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  1. ^ Westalis and Ostania are alternate-world versions of West and East Germany, respectively.[5][6]
  2. ^ a b c d e The official English version, published by Viz, discarded the Japanese chapter titles and followed the manga chapter 's naming practice, which is "Mission" followed by the chapter number. The only exception is the last chapter, which is named "Short Story".
  3. ^ It is titled Spy × Family Operation Diary in Japan.[82][83]

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