It’s the first anime review since June. Today’s review finds us trying to save the world with the Forgers in the first cour of Spy X Family.
The Spy X Family anime is proving to be an instant classic, combining the elements of a spy film with the elements of a family sitcom. The best part about this series so far? A well-written script, that is accompanied by dazzling animated sequences and poignant commentary regarding family and class. Yes, I may be gushing over this show but it does deserve the praise.
Adapted from the manga series written and illustrated by Tatsuya Endo, Spy X Family follows the Forgers, consisting of a Father who is a spy, a wife who is an assassin, and their adopted daughter who can read minds. One does not realize what the other does and can do.
One of the characters that stood out the most was Anya Forger, everyone’s favorite little lady and telepath. Like most family shows you see today, Anya is the adorable child character that steals the scene in any episode they are in. Some people believe her telepathy was only put in for comedic value, but that isn’t the case I believe it for a different reason. It served as a metaphor, for kids being more receptive than adults give them credit for.
I am enjoying the setting for this show (and Manga). It is clear to see that it takes place during the 60s and 70s, the Golden Age of Espionage. This series is wedged between the genre of action, comedy, and slice of life. The Perfect Combination, in my opinion, next we’re focusing on another memorable member of the Forger family, and that’s Yor. She’s clumsy, funny, quiet, and awkward. (A woman after my own, nerdy heart!) but she is also a badass when she jumps in to protect her family. While she could take down an army if she wanted, she has the skills to accomplish it if needed. The series also offers an exploration of societal views and expectations towards women, especially single women.
Even without the fate of the world at stake, the Forgers know their current position is very fragile, and they’ll do anything to keep the illusion of their perfect family together. I enjoyed the first cour, it has plenty to offer current and new fans of the series while staying true to the source material.
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