SPY×FAMILY 1 (Spy x Family, #1)
名門校潜入のために「家族」を作れと命じられた凄腕スパイの〈黄昏〉。だが、彼が出会った"娘"は心を読む超能力者! "妻"は暗殺者で!? 互いに正体を隠した仮初め家族が、受験と世界の危機に立ち向かう痛快ホームコメディ!!

SPY×FAMILY 1 (Spy x Family, #1) Details

TitleSPY×FAMILY 1 (Spy x Family, #1)
Author
LanguageJapanese
ReleaseJul 4th, 2019
PublisherShueisha
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Manga, Graphic Novels, Humor, Fiction, Comics, Comedy, Young Adult, Shonen, Action, Comics Manga

SPY×FAMILY 1 (Spy x Family, #1) Review

  • Briar's Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    Spy x Family has been on my radar for a long time. I heard about it from a friend and then really wanted to read it! Word of mouth is great for marketing, eh?This book is absolutely marvellous, and all the fun of a VIZ book! It's thrilling and yet fun, all at the same time. It felt like the fun that Man from U.N.C.L.E. gave me when that film came out.So, our lead dude Twilight is a spy. He's a great spy, but is suddenly given a very difficult mission: marry and have a kid to complete the next mi Spy x Family has been on my radar for a long time. I heard about it from a friend and then really wanted to read it! Word of mouth is great for marketing, eh?This book is absolutely marvellous, and all the fun of a VIZ book! It's thrilling and yet fun, all at the same time. It felt like the fun that Man from U.N.C.L.E. gave me when that film came out.So, our lead dude Twilight is a spy. He's a great spy, but is suddenly given a very difficult mission: marry and have a kid to complete the next mission. This is not something he is interested in doing, but... ya know, it's the job. He adopts Anya, a super smart six year old from an orphanage who is already finishing crosswords and seeming like a telepath. Things seem to go fine and dandy... until he needs to get a wife too, that other crucial step he forgot about. So he finds Yur Briar, a deadly female assassin and marries her! And thus, the missions begin! I love this premise! The plot is super fun and fast paced, the illustrations are great and the characters are barrels of fun! There's enough of a mystery behind this story to make this series super intriguing... but also the fake family and intriguing characters (spy, assassin and telepath... not your typical trio).Also: Briar's Reviews reading about a girl named Briar... Yup. I'm biased. I love it! Honestly, I really enjoy this book. I hope I can get my hands on the rest of the volumes because this book is so darn good! Such a great read!Five out of five stars.Thank you to NetGalley and VIZ for supplying me a free copy of this book in exchange of an honest review.
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  • Kenzie The Dragon Queen
    January 1, 1970
    4 stars First of all, I'd like to thank NetGalley, VIZ Media, and Tatsuya Endo for generously giving me the amazing opportunity to read an ARC (advanced readers copy) of Spy x Family, Vol. 1 in exchange for an honest review. Release Date: June 2nd 2020 I had so much fun reading this! At first I was hesitant, because this is actually the first manga I've ever read *cue gasp*! I was already a few pages in when I felt a bit lost, and then I remembered that manga is supposed to be read right to 4 stars First of all, I'd like to thank NetGalley, VIZ Media, and Tatsuya Endo for generously giving me the amazing opportunity to read an ARC (advanced readers copy) of Spy x Family, Vol. 1 in exchange for an honest review. Release Date: June 2nd 2020 I had so much fun reading this! At first I was hesitant, because this is actually the first manga I've ever read *cue gasp*! I was already a few pages in when I felt a bit lost, and then I remembered that manga is supposed to be read right to left (my bad). So once I figured that out, went back and re-read, I found myself really enjoying this volume.The main characters are all interesting in very distinctive ways (which you can probably grasp from the synopsis) and it makes for an incredibly captivating group of individuals, that have really entertaining and intriguing interactions. Twilight is a highly mysterious perfectionist, that is so good at his job, no one actually knowns who he really is. Yor is strong, intelligent, and highly capable, but somewhat socially awkward and shy. While Anya is the cutest, most outgoing, and kind little telepath you will ever meet. The story plays with some well known tropes, such as the classic fake dating trope, but it flips it on its head by turning in into a fake family trope. It gets even more exciting when you remember that this is an action sci-fi manga, with a good dose of quality dialogue and great comedic timing. It makes everything so much more exciting to read about the three main characters, because one is a spy, one is an assassin, and the other is a telepathic child. It makes any situation that they're all in together so much more interesting. I found the art to be detailed and intricate, but not so much that it was overwhelming. It made the fight scenes and emotional moments that much better, which is exactly what you want from graphic novels! The art is just as much a part of the story as anything you're reading, and Tatsuya Endo deftly weaves the two together to create an excellent story that is elevated by the lovely and fascinating visuals, and smooth writing.As I read on, I found myself becoming more and more curious and interested about this borderline dystopian world that Spy x Family, Vol. 1 takes place in. So far, you only know as much about it as you need to, and much of it remains mysterious, which I think is a very smart move, since this is only the first issue. The same goes for the main characters, you get snippets of their past and who they are, enough to intrigue you, but not enough to spoil any big reveals or epic revelations that could potentially come up in later issues!By the time I finished reading, I was somewhat upset that I didn't have the next volume, because I really felt like digging into this series. This was a great read, and I can't wait for other people to discover this series. The only reason I gave it four stars instead of five, is because I reserve five star ratings for my all time favourite reads, and the first instalments in series rarely make that list. I highly recommend this title to anyone who's interested in it.
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  • Achillia Herondale
    January 1, 1970
    - Up to chapter 13 -This manga is a breath of fresh air! Its rather original concept and really likable characters make it so fun to read. It has lots of potential and the art is so pretty! Therefore, here, have a peanut ~
  • Lauren
    January 1, 1970
    One of my favourite manga titles EVER! Okay okay so before I start gushing about Spy x Family I need to give a brief overview of the story - we follow a spy (alias Loid Forger) who is given the task to disguise himself as a family man, complete with wife and child, in order to infiltrate a private elite school and prevent Donovan Desmond from declaring war on Westalis. However, along the way he gets embroiled in other side missions and helps retrieve an old lady's purse from a thieving scumbag!N One of my favourite manga titles EVER! Okay okay so before I start gushing about Spy x Family I need to give a brief overview of the story - we follow a spy (alias Loid Forger) who is given the task to disguise himself as a family man, complete with wife and child, in order to infiltrate a private elite school and prevent Donovan Desmond from declaring war on Westalis. However, along the way he gets embroiled in other side missions and helps retrieve an old lady's purse from a thieving scumbag!Now on to the gush - ah, where do I start? I loved all three "family" members - Loid reminds me of Victor Vale from Vicious who I adore <3 he is a tough guy who is very principled but is a big softie at heart! Then there is Anya, the cutest girl with the biggest eyes who repeats her "papa's" words which sometimes gets them into trouble. She is a telepath who can read her "parents'" minds and enjoys watching her daytime spy show. And finally we meet Yor Briar a very beautiful young woman whose secret identity is 'Thorn Princess' (and she is an assassin!). Of course Anya knows about her parent's true identities and thinks their living arrangement is "so cool". This opening volume is incredibly fast-paced with lots of missions, exposition, rescues and even a marriage proposal! I also think (and hope) that Loid will eventually come around to the idea of having "a family" and something wholesome will bloom as a result (fingers crossed). I thoroughly enjoyed every single page of this and recommend it to anyone looking for a smart, sophisticated, hilarious and wholly unique manga! <3
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  • Briar's Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    Spy x Family has been on my radar for a long time. I heard about it from a friend and then really wanted to read it! Word of mouth is great for marketing, eh?This book is absolutely marvellous, and all the fun of a VIZ book! It's thrilling and yet fun, all at the same time. It felt like the fun that Man from U.N.C.L.E. gave me when that film came out.So, our lead dude Twilight is a spy. He's a great spy, but is suddenly given a very difficult mission: marry and have a kid to complete the next mi Spy x Family has been on my radar for a long time. I heard about it from a friend and then really wanted to read it! Word of mouth is great for marketing, eh?This book is absolutely marvellous, and all the fun of a VIZ book! It's thrilling and yet fun, all at the same time. It felt like the fun that Man from U.N.C.L.E. gave me when that film came out.So, our lead dude Twilight is a spy. He's a great spy, but is suddenly given a very difficult mission: marry and have a kid to complete the next mission. This is not something he is interested in doing, but... ya know, it's the job. He adopts Anya, a super smart six year old from an orphanage who is already finishing crosswords and seeming like a telepath. Things seem to go fine and dandy... until he needs to get a wife too, that other crucial step he forgot about. So he finds Yur Briar, a deadly female assassin and marries her! And thus, the missions begin! I love this premise! The plot is super fun and fast paced, the illustrations are great and the characters are barrels of fun! There's enough of a mystery behind this story to make this series super intriguing... but also the fake family and intriguing characters (spy, assassin and telepath... not your typical trio).Also: Briar's Reviews reading about a girl named Briar... Yup. I'm biased. I love it! Honestly, I really enjoy this book. I hope I can get my hands on the rest of the volumes because this book is so darn good! Such a great read!Five out of five stars.Thank you to NetGalley and VIZ for supplying me a free copy of this book in exchange of an honest review.
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  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    I LOVED this SO MUCH. I love the "found family" trope and seeing how three strangers with differing goals all come together to help one another, though to be fair, it is in their own best interests to do so. But while they all started with selfish goals in mind, they are all starting to care for one another and the selfish is slowly starting to change. I LOVE IT!!! It's a bit violent and I don't quite understand the world they are in, the politics of it and so forth, but I'm just going along for I LOVED this SO MUCH. I love the "found family" trope and seeing how three strangers with differing goals all come together to help one another, though to be fair, it is in their own best interests to do so. But while they all started with selfish goals in mind, they are all starting to care for one another and the selfish is slowly starting to change. I LOVE IT!!! It's a bit violent and I don't quite understand the world they are in, the politics of it and so forth, but I'm just going along for the ride and watching the characters interact and start to care for one another. Not sure how old Anya is, but she is so precious! I absolutely love her! It will be interesting to see how Yor takes to being lied to... I hope she is the forgiving type...I can't wait to read the rest of them, YAY SERIES!! 5, this perked me right up, stars. My thanks to NetGalley and VIZ Media for an eARC copy of this book to read and review.
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  • Yodamom
    January 1, 1970
    Twilight’s given up his normal life, he’s a spy. love and family are not in the picture till he gets an order to get married and have a kid is 7 days for a mission. He goes to an adoption house and adopts the smartest girl there. Little does he know she has special abilities, she can read his mind. When he starts thinking about trading her in she gets emotional and things start to get fun. Things get even more fun when he has to find a mother for her. She finds one she’s interested in, and eithe Twilight’s given up his normal life, he’s a spy. love and family are not in the picture till he gets an order to get married and have a kid is 7 days for a mission. He goes to an adoption house and adopts the smartest girl there. Little does he know she has special abilities, she can read his mind. When he starts thinking about trading her in she gets emotional and things start to get fun. Things get even more fun when he has to find a mother for her. She finds one she’s interested in, and either of them know she can read their minds.Oh this book was so much fun. I laughed through so much of it. I loved all the characters and the illustrations were excellent. I can’t wait for the next book.I received a copy from the publisher for an honest review
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  • Camille Oquendo
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this action-packed comedy manga. "Twilight" who also goes under the alias "Loid Forger" has devoted his life to his career of being a spy, where getting married and having children is just not in the cards for him. Until one day, things take an interesting turn for Forger. In order to prevent a war orchestrated by an Ostanian political leader named Donovan Desmond, he has to ironically enough get married and have a kid.And so, his mission to find and form his own little "fake fa I really enjoyed this action-packed comedy manga. "Twilight" who also goes under the alias "Loid Forger" has devoted his life to his career of being a spy, where getting married and having children is just not in the cards for him. Until one day, things take an interesting turn for Forger. In order to prevent a war orchestrated by an Ostanian political leader named Donovan Desmond, he has to ironically enough get married and have a kid.And so, his mission to find and form his own little "fake family" begins. With a telepathic daughter named Anya, an orphan who has bounced around foster homes and an assassin wife named Yor, the three of them together make for an interesting trio.The relationship between Twilight and Anya is just so sweet. Anya manages to chip away at Twilight's hard exterior showing us that there just might be something deeper beneath his whole spy persona. Once Yor comes into the picture, it really makes the whole concept of a "fake family" feel nonexistent. Everything feels complete. From first glance, it wouldn't seem as if the three of them would be able to mesh together but once they find themselves in some hijinks and tight situations, we really get to see how well they work together. I just adored their family dynamic. So fun, kickass and hilarious.Thumbs up to great pacing and a great start to a series, this is definitely one I'll continue on with and one I'm certain many people will find themselves enjoying as well.Thank you to Netgalley and VIZ Media for providing me an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    Part spy caper, part family comedy, part batshit crazy - turns out that's the perfect formula.Full review eventually appearing on ANN.
  • Dani ❤️ Perspective of a Writer
    January 1, 1970
    Twilight is a master spy who always completes his mission no matter what he has to do. This next one might just be impossible as he’s required to obtain a wife and child to infiltrate an elite private school. Only he doesn’t know his wife, Yor, is an assassin and his child, Anya, is a telepath.I just loved this little family. Well first I fell for a Twilight who is a debonair spy and knows how to do everything elegantly and with flair. He’s never had to rely on anyone but himself to complete a m Twilight is a master spy who always completes his mission no matter what he has to do. This next one might just be impossible as he’s required to obtain a wife and child to infiltrate an elite private school. Only he doesn’t know his wife, Yor, is an assassin and his child, Anya, is a telepath.I just loved this little family. Well first I fell for a Twilight who is a debonair spy and knows how to do everything elegantly and with flair. He’s never had to rely on anyone but himself to complete a mission. And he takes his missions very seriously. I loved Twilight but especially Twilight with Anya, our little telepath. Her telepathy is neat and she’s so funnily adaptable to any situation. She’s realllllly young but has the curiosity and instincts to make having a spy for a dad work for her.Yor is really so cutely dense about social situations but comes to the rescue at the funniest times. She fits Twilight so well already. She’s the best when it comes to keeping clean and cleaning up. I can already see her bond with her new husband and child.The art is soooooo good! The character designs really fit them so well and I just love how their super cool looks contrasts with the funny plot. Spy x Family vol 1 was a wonderful start to a new manga series. I’ve not been so excited for a new series in a while, this one hits the spot. I totally fell for Twilight, Yor and Anya and can’t wait for more family antics in future volumes.
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    I am now dying to read the next update! Thanks again, Amy. You've ruined me!! :P
  • Nelson
    January 1, 1970
    The most wholesome manga ever. Slick art, impeccable comedic timing, well paced character development. Easily among the best manga currently on Jump.
  • Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 StarsI am honestly surprised by how much I loved this one! It's such a cute quirky story so far, and the whole accidental wholesomeness of this 'family' is just too much.
  • Autumn
    January 1, 1970
    This was honestly one of the most enjoyable mangas I have ever read. I know it is only the first volume, but I am already so invested into this series. As I was reading, I was mostly laughing hysterically! The father, an extremely talented spy, is tasked to assemble a fake family in order to complete his newest mission. As he is completely accustomed to working alone and gave up any notion of ever having a family, this proves to be quite a challenge for him. Unknowingly, he manages to get a wife This was honestly one of the most enjoyable mangas I have ever read. I know it is only the first volume, but I am already so invested into this series. As I was reading, I was mostly laughing hysterically! The father, an extremely talented spy, is tasked to assemble a fake family in order to complete his newest mission. As he is completely accustomed to working alone and gave up any notion of ever having a family, this proves to be quite a challenge for him. Unknowingly, he manages to get a wife who is an assassin and a daughter who is a telepath. They all have their own reasons to agreeing to this arrangement, but it is extremely comical to watch them try to pass as a normal family. I also want to point out how much I enjoy the art in general. Every reaction, facial expression, etc. is done so wonderfully and just adds to the humor throughout the story. The face Anya makes when she overhears something sketchy is priceless! If you're looking for a fun, light read, please read this manga!
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  • Shala
    January 1, 1970
    This volume was quite fun actually. We have a spy, and assassin, and a telepathic young girl who form a family for the spy's mission. The way everything comes together in this volume was really sweet. I really enjoyed my reading experience of this first volume, and fully intent to pick up a physical copy once they are available! Thanks to Viz and NetGalley for my early digital review copy!
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  • Shannon ✨
    January 1, 1970
    I got a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Whenever I find a book I really love I find it hard to review. This was everything I wanted and more and it's a story I didn't even know I needed in my life until now. The characters were amazing and I am completely obsessed with them all. I just couldn't get over how this author managed to make me fall so in love so quickly. Spy x Family has the perfect balance of plot, humor, character interactions and action sequences. I got a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Whenever I find a book I really love I find it hard to review. This was everything I wanted and more and it's a story I didn't even know I needed in my life until now. The characters were amazing and I am completely obsessed with them all. I just couldn't get over how this author managed to make me fall so in love so quickly. Spy x Family has the perfect balance of plot, humor, character interactions and action sequences. Seriously please pick this up you will not be disappointed. I have this one preordered because I need to read the physical copy asap. Amazing I can not wait for the next book in the series. P.S Please be here soon!
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  • Elenora
    January 1, 1970
    Was wondering why everyone was raving about it so hard... Well it's because it's one of the best manga I've read, that's why.The art is cool, the characters are awesome, and the humour is off the charts. I'm 100% in love.
  • Shāfiya Mū
    January 1, 1970
    Spy x Family Volume 1 by Tatsuya Endo is a shōnen, action, spy, comedy manga series about an extremely talented spy codenamed Twilight who must acquire a family as quickly as possible in order to complete his latest mission. He ends up coming across a couple of gifted oddballs in their own right, completely unbeknownst to him, which make his efforts at completing the missions at hand far more complicated than need be. However, they also show him that a family life may not be completely out of th Spy x Family Volume 1 by Tatsuya Endo is a shōnen, action, spy, comedy manga series about an extremely talented spy codenamed Twilight who must acquire a family as quickly as possible in order to complete his latest mission. He ends up coming across a couple of gifted oddballs in their own right, completely unbeknownst to him, which make his efforts at completing the missions at hand far more complicated than need be. However, they also show him that a family life may not be completely out of the question for a spy either.When I picked this up, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Little did I know that by the time I finished the first volume, I would be gleefully in love with Twilight, his new family, and just about everything this series has to offer. It is without a doubt one of the best newer manga serials that I have read. There are so many amazing traits about Spy x Family that I’m not even sure where I should begin.Twilight, our main character, is marvellously endearing. Between his high intelligence and fighting capabilities and deductive prowess, he reminds me so much of characters from vintage spy films from the 1950s. He is stylish and immaculate when he’s taking down baddies or stealthily stealing information for his handlers. Yet, he’s also a bit of a dweeb that is hilariously dense when it comes to regular everyday things, particularly when it comes to being a family man or just reading typical social cues. So, after he finds himself the necessary “tools” for his current trade, everything becomes a mess and unpredictable, something that Twilight doesn’t particularly care for, which makes it even funnier and entertaining. The 50s aesthetic isn’t limited to Twilight either. It’s in the subtle details that come together to create the entirety of Spy x Family. For example, Twilight’s recently obtained daughter loves to watch spy cartoons and they have the dialogue and designs of the old-school vintage cartoons that played in the Golden Age. The hairstyles and the dapper fashion attires of the men and women are also very retro and chic akin to the time period. The way that the manga portrays elegance and class structure is done in a manner as to ridicule the outrageous pretentiousness of Western ideals on those very concepts, but with a sleek soft-toned comedic approach that is distinctly Japanese. The foreshadowing and the smaller details in the background illustrations or public dialogue exchanges around Twilight and his family (i.e.: gossiping) is also an understated representation of the mouthy and overtly nosy neighbours and social circles of the 50s as well.Even with these attributes, the characters really make this manga series shine like a beacon in the night. Twilight’s daughter has a unique set of skills all her own that he has yet to discover and it contributes to some of the unpredictable shenanigans that the dude gets himself into, while also helping to formulate a foundation for the development of family values, no matter how abnormal they may seem to the average person. The same thing can be said for the woman who falls into the role of “Wife.” She’s got a job that kind of goes along with what Twilight does, but to a whole different extreme (*cough*ASSASSIN*cough*) and it complements him and the narrative so perfectly. Together the trio make the perfect family and I’m unequivocally invested in seeing how they shall grow as a unit and (hopefully) come to become inseparable over time. The final element that ties all the elements together into a stunning package of must-read proportions is the artwork. It is an excellent complement to the humour, which is a brilliant combination of whimsy satire, dry wit, and almost cartoon-like cheesy quips. Pages full of white, clean drawings with a sporadic use of shading and sharp lines give the manga a stunningly unputdownable aura. My eyes felt enticed by how beautiful everything was, especially the character designs and the action sequences. The action scenes were my favourite because they are a complete tossback to retro comics from the1930s to 1950s with a splatter of ostentatious special effects texts and exaggerated beatings of baddies—it all works so marvellous to create a truly entertaining and engrossing manga reading experience. There are so many panels that I would love to frame and hang up on my walls because of how utterly superb they are. Overall, Spy x Family Volume 1 is one of the finest new manga that I have come across and I cannot wait to read the next volume. Twilight and his fabricated family is probably my favourite family unit in fiction right now. They are just a masterpiece portrait of individuals who are extremely different yet come together to formulate the most charming and—to certain degrees—realistic portrayal of what family means, dysfunction and all. If you like shōnen, action manga serials and you’re not reading Spy x Family, you should remedy that ASAP because it’s worth every bloody second.5 brilliant ass-kickings outta 5!Please note that I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review, courtesy of Viz Media.----------------------------------This was so fucking excellent, holy shit. I have a new favourite manga series. Just... damn. That was good.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I received this graphic novel from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.A Goodreads friend of mine read this recently and gave it a great review so I was excited to see it on NetGalley. I've been struggling to keep my mind focused what with everything that is going on in the world right now and this graphic novel was just the ticket. This is a fun and entertaining read. The story is about a spy who is given an assignment which requires him to have a wife and a child. Volume 1 tells the sto I received this graphic novel from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.A Goodreads friend of mine read this recently and gave it a great review so I was excited to see it on NetGalley. I've been struggling to keep my mind focused what with everything that is going on in the world right now and this graphic novel was just the ticket. This is a fun and entertaining read. The story is about a spy who is given an assignment which requires him to have a wife and a child. Volume 1 tells the story of how he goes about acquiring said family. They are not your 'normal' family. Not only is the 'dad' a spy, but 'mum' is an assassin and their 'daughter' is a telepath. I really enjoyed the dynamics between the characters and how everything unfolded. The artwork is really good too. I've read a number of graphic novels before but this is the first manga one and I really liked the style. I highly recommend it and I will definitely be carrying on with the series.
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  • Mark Evans
    January 1, 1970
    Ah, this was really cute and had some fun action to boot. Twilight is a master spy who needs a fake family for an assignment and accidentally ends up with a wife who’s an assassin and a daughter who’s a telepath. It’s very good stuff - Twilight may be a master spy, but wrangling a wife and daughter clearly puts him out of his element to humorous effect.The through-line about this ramshackle assemblage coming to care for one another as a real family is expected, but carried off nicely. Anya, the Ah, this was really cute and had some fun action to boot. Twilight is a master spy who needs a fake family for an assignment and accidentally ends up with a wife who’s an assassin and a daughter who’s a telepath. It’s very good stuff - Twilight may be a master spy, but wrangling a wife and daughter clearly puts him out of his element to humorous effect.The through-line about this ramshackle assemblage coming to care for one another as a real family is expected, but carried off nicely. Anya, the daughter, is a ton of fun and could have been really annoying if done poorly. Instead she adds a lot to the proceedings by being the only person in the story who knows everything (the scene where she’s trying to get adopted by Twilight is one of my favorite parts of the book), yet still acting her age most of the time.Yor, the wife, is a bit more of the standard femme fatale, but she’s so earnest that you can’t help but want her to succeed. She also gets some of the coolest scenes, whether she’s taking on a cadre of guards or disarming a tray of macaroni.It’s a unique shonen style series with both good, genuinely funny comedy and sharp action (the sequence where the family pulls together to take down a crook is excellent). A really nice change from a lot of what we see and it’s definitely on the pull list going forward.
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  • Jon Ureña
    January 1, 1970
    Four and a half stars.This is a very recent series with only 11 chapters, and I'm reviewing everything available. An awesome, wholesome story that I can already see becoming a classic. This is one of those cases in which the concept can carry the series way beyond any single arc.The story takes place in two fictional countries somewhat based on central Europe, a fantastical version in which classical architecture reigns and everyone is white (it's odd how Japan tends to have more respect for our Four and a half stars.This is a very recent series with only 11 chapters, and I'm reviewing everything available. An awesome, wholesome story that I can already see becoming a classic. This is one of those cases in which the concept can carry the series way beyond any single arc.The story takes place in two fictional countries somewhat based on central Europe, a fantastical version in which classical architecture reigns and everyone is white (it's odd how Japan tends to have more respect for our civilization than most people here have for it these days). The country to the east hates the western one, and viceversa. The protagonist is a masterful spy from the western country operating on the eastern one. He's been tasked with infiltrating an elite school to spy on the father of one of the students there, a reclusive man with a plan that could spark a world war. However, the protagonist cannot attend the school by himself, so he needs to procure himself a child, and that school won't allow students of unmarried parents, so he needs a wife as well. Predictably, the protagonist has avoided human attachments of any kind in order to do his job, so he's entering uncharted territory.He finds his fake daughter in an orphanage. She happens to be adorable, and an esper able to read people's minds. Later on he crosses paths with a woman in need to find a boyfriend to keep up appearances: she's actually a very sought after assassin for the western country, and people at her temp job keep prying into her private life in a way which could interfere with her actual profession. We have then three unlikely people that as the chapters go on find themselves more comfortable with their fake family than they would have ever expected.The spying stuff is a mix of Bond and Bourne movies. The focus is on the characters, three people who have never had normal relationships and that have to learn from each other. The protagonist quickly stops seeing his fake daughter as disposable; in the beginning he considered sending her back to the orphanage for any inconvenience. The daughter is particularly endearing not only because of her sweet personality but because, being able to read people's minds, she knows that her fake father is a spy, she knows that her fake mother is an assassin, and as she doesn't want to become a lab rat again, she keeps her own secret to herself. It's a lot of fun to see her helping her fake father on whatever international spying-related mess they've gotten themselves into, and how prying into her fake mother's mind often involves learning about recent murders, dismembering people, and how she resists solving every problem through murdering most people around. I find the assassin quite interesting: she got into that business by necessity, as she had to care for her little brother and she just happened to be instinctively suited to killing people. She combines an emotional instability and tendency towards murder with a genuine kindness and wish to protect her new family, fake or not; I'm thinking of a scene in which she kicks a guy into the ceiling because she thought he was kidnapping the daughter.In all these series I end up loving there's a particular moment when I know I'm going to follow it to the end. In this one it happened when the protagonist was attempting to convince the assassin to marry him, but (view spoiler)[a bunch of smugglers from an operation he recently disrupted ram their car and try to kill them. On the run, after displaying some of her own techniques, she lets him know that she'd be fine with marrying as well. The protagonist realizes that he's lost the diamond ring he "borrowed" from the smugglers, and that he was going to use to propose, but he looks around and finds a grenade that some dead bad guy dropped. Then this happens (click for a bigger image): (hide spoiler)].I don't know about any other previous manga by this author, but the script is tight and clever, and the art is sharp. The elaborate backgrounds, particularly related to buildings, leave that relatively common impression in some mangas that they hired a single artist for that purpose.I'm looking forward to the next chapters. Despite the spying stuff and general zaniness, I already care quite a bit about the characters. There are interesting conflicts in the horizon: how will the fake parents react when they learn about the girl's ability to read people's minds? How will the assassin working for the eastern country react when she realizes she's married to a spy from the western one? Will the woman's brother, who works as an interrogator for an organization somewhat modeled after the SS, find out that his sister is married to a foreign spy?Good times.
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  • Elena
    January 1, 1970
    I really like the story so far! Is pretty original and the characters are endearing, I’m loving it :)
  • Paula Lyle
    January 1, 1970
    This is hilarious! Not a big manga fan, but this was so fun. The characters are ridiculous and yet they form a surprisingly sweet and remarkably functional family. Can't wait to read more of their adventures.I received an eARC through NetGalley.
  • Ashley
    January 1, 1970
    This is a heartwarming story about finding family in the most unexpected of places with the most unexpected people. The main characters, Twilight, the spy, has to become a father and husband to Anya, a telepathic child, and Yor, an assassin. All three of them need something that each other can give and the story portrays this in such a way that over time, they realize that they've really come to care and depend on one another, as quirky as they all are. The art style is unique and well-done comp This is a heartwarming story about finding family in the most unexpected of places with the most unexpected people. The main characters, Twilight, the spy, has to become a father and husband to Anya, a telepathic child, and Yor, an assassin. All three of them need something that each other can give and the story portrays this in such a way that over time, they realize that they've really come to care and depend on one another, as quirky as they all are. The art style is unique and well-done compared to other manga I've read and aids in portraying the variety of emotions and situations the characters go through. This manga is non-stop action and intrigue as the reader comes to learn more about the characters and the world of deception they live in. Although they appear to all be deceiving on another, they have the best intentions at heart, which makes this manga a fun experience. The people they interact with, whether good guys or bad guys, draws the family into helping one another and brings them even closer. As they grow together as a family, they come to learn how to be 'normal' in the sense that makes them feel safe and happy with one another, despite their secrets and that maybe, just maybe, they should stick together in the long run. I admit, I was slightly apprehensive about a spy manga story with its type of premise of a fake family but the art, setting, and characters drew me in and seem almost believable and definitely have me invested in learning more about this unconventional family and how they will end up in the end. I am hoping for a positive ending! Overall, it is an enjoyable series, and I greatly look forward to the next volume!
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  • Ashley
    January 1, 1970
    This is a heartwarming story about finding family in the most unexpected of places with the most unexpected people. The main characters, Twilight, the spy, has to become a father and husband to Anya, a telepathic child, and Yor, an assassin. All three of them need something that each other can give and the story portrays this in such a way that over time, they realize that they've really come to care and depend on one another, as quirky as they all are. The art style is unique and well-done comp This is a heartwarming story about finding family in the most unexpected of places with the most unexpected people. The main characters, Twilight, the spy, has to become a father and husband to Anya, a telepathic child, and Yor, an assassin. All three of them need something that each other can give and the story portrays this in such a way that over time, they realize that they've really come to care and depend on one another, as quirky as they all are. The art style is unique and well-done compared to other manga I've read and aids in portraying the variety of emotions and situations the characters go through. This manga is non-stop action and intrigue as the reader comes to learn more about the characters and the world of deception they live in. Although they appear to all be deceiving on another, they have the best intentions at heart, which makes this manga a fun experience. The people they interact with, whether good guys or bad guys, draws the family into helping one another and brings them even closer. As they grow together as a family, they come to learn how to be 'normal' in the sense that makes them feel safe and happy with one another, despite their secrets and that maybe, just maybe, they should stick together in the long run. I admit, I was slightly apprehensive about a spy manga story with its type of premise of a fake family but the art, setting, and characters drew me in and seem almost believable and definitely have me invested in learning more about this unconventional family and how they will end up in the end. I am hoping for a positive ending! Overall, it is an enjoyable series, and I greatly look forward to the next volume!
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  • Alana
    January 1, 1970
    It's been a while since I've started a new manga series for my own enjoyment (rather than committee work). This one was a charmer! Was not expecting so much heart or for everyone to be a little awkward in their own way.
  • Daniella
    January 1, 1970
    Lupin the Third by way of Mr and Mrs Smith. 3.5 stars.Legendary spy Twilight is tasked with a mission of great importance -prevent an all out war towards the east and west. To do this, the usually solitary spy must maintain the facade of a happy family. To this end Twilight takes on the moniker of Loid Forger, a psychiatrist, looking to get his child into the prestigious Eden Academy. The problem is that he doesn't have a child. Or a wife. After scouting out a shady orphanage, Loid becomes the g Lupin the Third by way of Mr and Mrs Smith. 3.5 stars.Legendary spy Twilight is tasked with a mission of great importance -prevent an all out war towards the east and west. To do this, the usually solitary spy must maintain the facade of a happy family. To this end Twilight takes on the moniker of Loid Forger, a psychiatrist, looking to get his child into the prestigious Eden Academy. The problem is that he doesn't have a child. Or a wife. After scouting out a shady orphanage, Loid becomes the guardian of the clever but strange 6 yr old girl Anya. And after a fateful encounter with the quiet and beautiful Yor Briar, they enter into a mutually beneficial wedding arrangement. What Yor doesn't know is that her husband is a spy. What Loid doesn't know is that his wife is an assassin. And neither of them know that their daughter is a telepath - but she knows exactly who they are. And she thinks it's the coolest thing ever.What ensues is slapstick company interspersed with heart felt moments. There were several times when the action scenes reminded me of Lupin hijinks. And it was wonderful to see this mismatched family interact all whilst trying to maintain their own secrets and agendas. Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for providing me with a copy of this book in return for an honest review.
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  • Jinghay (these.blank.pages)
    January 1, 1970
    [ I was sent a copy of this manga on Netgalley in return for an honest review.]This is such an amazing manga, and I can't recommend it enough! It's the perfect mix of comedy, action and just generally heartwarming scenes. I'm absolutely in love with these characters and I need to know what happens next! 🤩Anya is such a sweet child, and her expressions honestly made me crack up. I really like seeing her interactions with both Lloyd and Yoru.The whole concept of this manga was just so interesting! [ I was sent a copy of this manga on Netgalley in return for an honest review.]This is such an amazing manga, and I can't recommend it enough! It's the perfect mix of comedy, action and just generally heartwarming scenes. I'm absolutely in love with these characters and I need to know what happens next! 🤩Anya is such a sweet child, and her expressions honestly made me crack up. I really like seeing her interactions with both Lloyd and Yoru.The whole concept of this manga was just so interesting!I'll definitely be checking out all the other volumes ♥️Rating: 5/5
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  • Nicki Markus
    January 1, 1970
    Spy x Family Vol. 1 was a fun read from start to finish. I loved the concept behind the story and it all came together well. While highly comedic in many ways, this story was also gripping, and as I turned each page I was keen to see how Twilight would escape difficulty after difficulty as he tried to fulfill his mission. I liked the artwork style, which suited the story, and I would definitely be interested to read on to see how things work out for the characters.I received this book as a free Spy x Family Vol. 1 was a fun read from start to finish. I loved the concept behind the story and it all came together well. While highly comedic in many ways, this story was also gripping, and as I turned each page I was keen to see how Twilight would escape difficulty after difficulty as he tried to fulfill his mission. I liked the artwork style, which suited the story, and I would definitely be interested to read on to see how things work out for the characters.I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Beth F.
    January 1, 1970
    This has to be one of the most funny manga I've read. I found it also to be intriguing and multi-layered and heartfelt. The art style was interesting and reminded of another manga I enjoyed, Black Exorcist. I thought it was a combination of something like 'Mission: Impossible' and 'Deathnote' along with another. I would totally recommend this to anyone who enjoys 'Deathnote.'I received an ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.
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