Review: ‘Spy x Family’ provides causal watch

Despite slower pace, it never gets stale


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Wit Studio released the dubbed season one finale for “Spy x Family” on Saturday, Jan. 28. The hit action-comedy anime gained popularity when the adaption of the manga released on April 9, 2022. The season spans 25 episodes in two parts and follows an undercover spy, code-named “Twilight,” who’s tasked with easing tensions between the east and west by contracting information from a war-planning eastern political figure, Donovan Desmond. Twilight takes on the name Loid Forger, adopts a telepathic child, Anya, and marries an assassin, Yor Briar. The catch is the newly married couple doesn’t know each other’s secret professions nor their new child’s superpower. 

Anya’s role in the mission is to get enrolled in Eden College, a prestigious school that Desmond’s son, Damian, is at. Loid hopes to be able to get closer to Desmond, as the politician is very cautious and does not show his face anywhere else. Yor agrees to the fake marriage because of complications with her brother and not wanting to seem suspicious as a single lady who happens to be an assassin. 

The show has great humor, showing how Loid is elite at almost everything he does, but is clueless when it comes to parenting. Yor also has immense strength but fails at simple housewife tasks, mainly cooking. Knowing what Loid’s mission is makes Anya try things she would usually never think of doing to help Loid in various situations without him knowing. Her bubbly child wonder overcomes her knowledge of the responsibility she holds a lot of the time, and it’s funny to see her mind work overdrive for her parents’ sake.  

The dynamics between the parents and Anya are fascinating to watch because they start with no real connection to each other yet work hard to be the best parents possible, even if they’re learning most of it on the fly. Yor especially feels insecure about her parenting skills throughout the show, but both Loid and Anya comfort and assure her she’s doing just fine. Loid and Yor slowly develop a real appreciation for each other beyond the fake family they’ve created, and it creates for some wholesome moments between the two. 

This is evident when Loid tells her he’s going to play tennis with another woman. While this is all for a side mission with a fellow agent, Yor gets jealous and suspects Loid is cheating. She tries to tell herself it doesn’t matter because the two of them are not a real couple anyways, but she can’t help feeling deflated and insignificant. The struggle between genuine feelings and the fake origin of the relationship is something both Loid and Yor experience throughout the show. The emotionless, macho spy falling for the socially awkward, clumsy assassin is a very unique and interesting trope that viewers would love to see. But, it’s overshadowed by the main mission and serves more of a foreshadowing purpose. 

While lots of the content is based around the family moments and Anya’s school life, there are also good action scenes. Loid consistently has to work side missions because of a spy shortage at his agency and fights many different people not related to the main plot. While trying to keep relations between the east and west peaceful involve him doing normal spy things, such as disarming bombs and infiltrating schools, the only thing viewers may find lacking from the show is the content of Yor’s assassin life. The show doesn’t show her struggling between assassin life and parent life at all. In fact, the only time it’s seen of her being an assassin is the first couple episodes she’s introduced in.   

Overall, “Spy x Family” deserves a 7 out of 10 for its fun humor, interesting relationship dynamics and fiery action scenes. However, Yor’s character is very surface-level, and doesn’t match the potential of her being an assassin in the story so far. It’s also a little slower paced, but it never gets stale. The base concept of the show is so creative that anybody who is looking for a casual watch would be in for a treat.