Review: Spy x Family Volume 1 by Tatsuya Endo

cover185436-medium Master spy Twilight is the best at what he does when it comes to going undercover on dangerous missions in the name of a better world. But when he receives the ultimate impossible assignment—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!

Twilight – also known as Robert Loid – is the best spy around.  There’s no mission, no challenge he can’t complete.  That is, until he’s given a mission that requires both a wife and a child, creating the most difficult mission he’s ever been assigned.  Will he succeed or will he fail?

I wasn’t quite sure what I was getting myself into with this manga, but boy, I was not expecting this.  Never have I laughed so much or so hard while reading manga.  Twilight is great, he’s serious and over-the-top spy-like in everything he does.  Smooth, elegant, and always in control, he’s the perfect spy and fake husband!  Anya, the telepathic child, is hysterical.  The way she reacts to others’ thoughts is often amusing, sometimes sad, but she always manages.  Yor, the fake stepmom and assassin was introduced later in the manga so we don’t get to know her too well, but I like her already.  She’s not one to wait for Twilight to take care of her.  Instead, she steps right up and handles things as they come.  All said, they are not a family to be trifled with.

Probably the best thing about this story for me was how quickly and easily Twilight falls into the role of ‘dad’, even though he questions himself constantly.  As a parent, whenever he told Anya, “If we find one on sale” cracked me up.  Because you know, we parents are notorious for saying things like, “if you’re good” or “maybe later”.

Overall, this was an entertaining and fun manga.  Can’t wait to get my hands on the next volume!


*Thanks to Netgalley, the publisher, and the author for a copy of the manga in exchange for a fair review.

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