Manga Review: SPY X FAMILY

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Score: 6.4/10

SPY X FAMILY is one of the most popular mangas on shelves right now and for good reason. It’s wholesome, but still a manga about espionage and assassinations. Personally, I found this comic entertaining enough.

The manga takes place in Europe during the Cold War. The battle between the East and the West is at its height and the use of spies is at its prominence. Enter Twilight, a master spy. He is given a long term mission to reach a specific target, but in order to do so, he will have to create a fake family and infiltrate a school. In order to do so, he unknowingly adopts a girl who can read minds and marries a woman who is an assassin. Now, the three pursue each of their own agendas while finding happiness in this family they’ve created.

At first blush, you’d think this story would be like Gokushufudou: The Way of the House Husband or Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu where they combine vastly contrasting situations for comedic effect. There’s a lot of that, but this is less like those stories and more espionage with a little science fiction mixed in. It’s still very funny.

Most of the humor is centered around the adopted daughter who can read people’s minds. Her reactions to people’s thoughts is where a lot of the humor and plot development come from.

The art is all right.

Overall, this was an entertaining and unique story. It’s mostly a comedy, though there are some suspenseful moments sprinkled in. There’s also some light family drama as well.

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