Book Review: Spy x Family Vol 1 by Tatsuya Endo

Title: Spy x Family Vol 1

Author: Tatsuya Endo

Series: Spy x Family #1

Page Count: 220

Publish Date: June 2, 2020

Publisher: Viz Media

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Synopsis:

An action-packed comedy about a fake family that includes a spy, an assassin and a telepath!

Master Spy Twilight is unparalleled when it comes to going undercover on dangerous missions for the betterment of the world. But when he receives the ultimate assignment—to get married and have a kid—he may finally be in over his head!

Not one to depend on others, Twilight has his work cut out for him procuring both a wife and a child for his mission to infiltrate an elite private school. What he doesn’t know is that the wife he’s chosen is an assassin and the child he’s adopted is a telepath!

Spy x Family Vol 1

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My Review:

Having already watched the first season of the anime, I knew what I was getting into with this series. However, I was curious to see the original story and see how much of it they changed for the anime – especially since I have heard that some events were delayed in the anime but appear early in the manga.

This was an entertaining read from start to finish.

We get a bit of a glimpse at the world and its current state as we are introduced to Loid Forger aka Twilight. He is a master spy but this upcoming mission is quite different for him and is the basis of the series – he needs a wife and kid in order to get close to his target and save the world.

I liked how each character was introduced and woven into the story. It allows you to slowly meet each player and learn a bit about them as they navigate their way through the hurdles while hiding secrets from each other.

Anya is a cute addition and certainly presents a challenge for Loid as his new daughter – especially since she is a telepath. She is easily entertained by reading others’ minds but that can backfire on her from time to time.

Yor is another fun addition to the family. She seems underskilled and socially awkward but when her assassin side kicks in, she is a skilled killer. I do want to learn more about her boss, Shopkeeper, though I feel like that will come in time.

Watching these 3 interact and figure out how to become this family is highly entertaining, especially since it’s so out of character for all of them. Yet, they do their best to make it work.

We do get to meet a few others who will undoubtedly play key roles as the story progresses, such as Franky and the Housemaster at Eden Academy.

The admissions interview section was particularly entertaining and had me smiling and laughing at some of the crazy things that happened. Especially seeing how Loid and Yor tackled these hurdles.

The housemaster’s obsession with elegance may seem over the top, yet I feel that’s half the reason why it’s so entertaining. He certainly got quite a show from the Forgers and showed a surprising side of himself.

While a first volume will never answer all of the questions, I do feel like it did a great job of setting the stage for what is to come, and the answers to some of those questions will undoubtedly be revealed in the coming volumes.

Overall, this is a great start to the series. It has engaging art, an amusing story, a wonderful mix of characters, plenty of actions, and a decent chunk of world-building. I can see this quickly becoming one of my favorite series.

The series now sits on my TBR and I will be catching up on the current volumes while waiting for the rest to be released.

I hope you enjoyed my review of Spy x Family Vol 1. Have you read this book?

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2 Comments

  1. Never watched any anime. Any beginner ones to watch?

    1. Author

      A good starter anime will depend a lot on your preferred tastes/genres. But one I will always recommend is Inuyasha.

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