Already heralded as one of the best new anime series to debut in 2022, Wit Studio and CloverWorks’ adaptation of Spy X Family transcends genre and simultaneously serves as a spy thriller, a humorous comedy hit, and a heartwarming exploration of the concept of found family.
Though fans will have to wait until October for the release of the second cour, there’s still quite a bit to love about the first twelve episodes of Spy x Family. Anya Forger steals the scene each time she’s on screen, and almost everything she says is as wholesome as it is hilarious.
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“Oh, Poor Me! I’m So Lonely ‘Cuz I’ve Got No Momma!”
A renowned spy known by the codename Twilight is tasked with infiltrating the inner circle of a high-ranking political figure, but, to do so, he’s made to assemble a fake family. After adopting the orphan Anya—who, unbeknownst to him, is a telepath—he sets out on a quest to find a wife.
He stumbles upon a woman named Yor at a local tailor, and Anya, after reading their minds, discovers that their unique predicaments make them compatible. In her standard straightforward fashion, Anya launches into a not-so-surreptitious aside about her longing for a mother. Her acting in this instance was hilarious, and it was also endearing to see how dedicated she was to Twilight’s mission of assembling a family.
9 Bondman’s Bullets
“There’s Two-Eighths Bullets Left.”
The eight-episode of Spy X Family’s inaugural season introduces Yuri, Yor’s younger brother who works for the secret police and is viciously protective of his sibling. However, just ahead of his surprise visit, Loid picks up on the fact that Anya is learning basic math from her spy cartoon.
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When Yor bursts in to inform Loid of Yuri’s impending visit, Anya, blissfully unaware of the gravity of the situation, steadfastly interjects with “there’s two-eights bullets left.” Perhaps it was a subtle remark about the state of Twilight’s mission—or perhaps it was just Anya being Anya.
“Do I Look Cute In My Uniform?”
After being admitted to Eden College despite a rocky interview, Yor and Anya go to the tailor shop to pick up her new school uniform. Anya is thrilled with it and asks Yor if she looks cute in it—twice in a row.
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After that, she follows Yor to a nearby park where she shows her uniform off to random strangers. Yor gets caught up in the strange beauty of being a fake mother, but Anya is too busy flaunting her new threads to notice.
7 Baldy, Baldy
“Mr. Benedict Ivan Goodhello.”
The Forgers prepare extensively for Anya’s interview with Eden College, but the process turns out to be much more extensive than they’d imagined. Watched every step of the way, the trio must handle a series of challenges with enough elegance to live up to the expectations of the headmasters.
During the actual interview, Anya is flustered, but she manages to read Twilight’s mind and answer the questions correctly—for the most part. When asked who the school’s founder was, Twilight intimates that it was a man named Benedict Ivan Goodfellow. Anya almost recites the name without flaw, though she says “Goodhello” instead of “Goodfellow.” Fortunately, it doesn’t seem as if anyone noticed the mistake.
6 Show Off How In Love You Are
“Is It The End Of The World?”
The ninth episode resolves a cliffhanger from the prior installment; Yor’s sister Yuri wants to see her kiss Loid in order to prove that they’re really married, but she’s extremely hesitant. In the end, she slaps Yuri, launching him across the room and into a wall.
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This awakens a sleeping Anya, who, in a daze, remarks “is this the end of the world?” along with something about bombs before going back to sleep. Given what she knows about her fake parents’ real identities, her nonchalant attitude about global destruction is absurdly funny.
5 Keeping A Low Profile
“I’m Anya. I’ve Always Been Papa’s Daughter.”
In order to ensure the success of Strix, Twilight needs everyone to believe that he’s a real family man. He says as much to Anya shortly after he adopts her, though Anya’s approach to her role as a daughter is slightly unorthodox.
When introducing themselves to a neighbor in the first episode, Anya spouts that she’s “always been Papa’s daughter,” which seems to have raised alarm bells in the mind of the woman to whom they were speaking. This was the first of many oddly hilarious gaffs from Anya.
4 Dodgeball Dilemma
“Nothing Mama Teaches Me Ever Helps.”
Spy X Family’s Yor may be an expert assassin, but she doesn’t have many other talents. Inexperienced in her new role as a housewife, she’s constantly fretting about her cooking skills and her maternal abilities. However, when Anya hears a rumor that she can earn a Stella star by becoming the MVP of a class dodgeball game, Yor is determined to train her.
Anya develops a special move that she plans to unleash during the game, but, when the time comes, she harmlessly launches the ball into the ground and is quickly knocked out of the game. In the end, she’s accosted by her classmates and remarks that nothing her mother teachers her ever helps.
3 Earning Her Stars
“I’m Gonna Become A Pro Swimmer And Earn Stars That Way, So I Have To Go Practice At The Pool.”
In order to infiltrate Donovan Desmond’s inner circle, Twilight needs Anya to earn eight Stella stars at Eden College. However, with poor grades and a lack of extracurricular talent, he plans to help her earn these valor points through volunteer work.
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Unfortunately, she’s not good at that either. However, she uses telepathy to discover that a boy is drowning in a nearby pool. In order to slip away without arousing suspicion of her powers, she blurts out that she needs to become a pro swimmer and practice at a pool. Her efforts to save the boy earn her a Stella star in the end despite her ridiculous story.
2 Staying Vigilant
“I’m Trying To Not Get Kidnapped.”
During another trip to the tailor, a woman lets slip that Eden College students have recently been targeted by kidnappers and held for ransom. Horrified, Anya is desperate to keep an eye out at all times, something Twilight picks up on.
When asked when she’s behaving strangely, Anya replies that she’s “trying to not get kidnapped,” which Twilight finds funny. Unfortunately, Anya is captured later on in the same episode, but Yor puts her assassin skills to use and springs into action, sending the attackers packing before they could abscond with her daughter or her daughter’s new Eden College uniform.
1 A Family ‘Ooting’
“She Has Boobies! I Can See ‘Em!”
Twilight realizes that, though he’s successfully assembled a facade of a family, they lack the culture necessary to earn access to Eden College. To remedy this, he takes Yor and Anya on a family trip to a museum, an opera house, and a classy restaurant. Unfortunately, Anya’s behavior during the outing is questionable.
After Twilight tells Anya to be quiet in the art exhibit, she immediately begins screaming about a renaissance painting featuring a naked woman. It certainly wasn’t a display of refinement or elegance, but it was an accurate representation of how a child like Anya might behave in such an environment.
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