Spy X Family Vol. 2 by Tatsuya Endo {Manga Review}

Spy X Family Vol. 2 by Tatsuya Endo (Spy X Family #2)

Publisher: Viz Media

Release Date: September 1, 2020

Available Through The Book Depository: Spy X Family Volume 2

Summary: 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!

Twilight must infiltrate the prestigious Eden Academy to get close to his target Donovan Desmond, but has he ruined his daughter Anya’s chances with his outburst during the admissions interview? Perhaps the truly impossible mission this time is making sure Anya both becomes an exemplary student and befriends Donovan’s arrogant son Damian! 

My Rating: ★★★★☆

My Thoughts: Spy X Family is one of the most brilliant manga debuts of 2020! This dark, comedic, entertaining series follows a FAKE FAMILY consisting of a spy, telepath, and assassin that each have their own secrets! The mission continues as the Forger family gets a coveted spot in a prestigious academy! This dynamic, action-packed series is propelled by clever humor, phenomenal storytelling, and a stellar cast of characters!

Twilight has been tasked with creating a fake family as part of an elaborate mission to keep the unsteady truce between neighboring countries Westalis and Ostania! Now, his family includes himself (a master spy), but also a telepath daughter and assassin wife! However, each has continued to keep their identities a secret from each other.

This volume follows Anya’s entrance into Eden Academy as the Forgers continue to adjust in their roles as a found family. However, as Loid (Twilight) does his best to carry on the mission in the background he quickly realizes his next step to get closer to his target means Anya will have to befriend his spoiled son Damian!

The plot allows for introductions to some new characters (Damian, Handler, + Yuri) and hilarious hijinks for the Forger family! The comedy brilliantly woven throughout this series makes for so many unexpected plot points you never see coming. There’s mystery, action, high stakes and tons of humor, you won’t be able to put this book down.

While Anya tries adjust to school, she not only wants to do her best for her family, but also continues to use her telepathy (and fighting skills she learned from Yor) to survive the first few days. Its so wonderful seeing Anya make a new friend, Becky and one of the funniest side plots was seeing Loid go undercover to get Anya to apologize to Damian once it was clear they didn’t get along in the beginning, for the sake of the mission. Very interested in seeing the Anya, Becky and Damian dynamic in future volumes too!

While Yor wasn’t given as much page-time this volume, I utterly adored every moment she was in. Seeing her unwavering support to Anya and Loid was so beautiful to read, in fact here was one of my favorite lines between them in Volume 2: “You’re being a wonderful father to that girl…But again, what do I know? It’s not exactly my place”…(Loid): “No Yor. It’s exactly your place…I rely on you to be everything I am not…” (120-121).

Also, seeing Yor beat up a group of people trying to hurt Anya, then teaching her how to fight was a highlight of this volume tbh, especially since early on in the volume Yor talks about wanting to continue being a good mother to mind-reader Anya.

The stakes heighten in different ways, which mixed together with the perfectly-timed comedic moments, make this manga not only entertaining but leave you on the edge of your seat as you continue to immerse yourself in the Forger’s chaotic lives!

Twilight, Anya, and Yor have captured my heart just 2 volumes in, I LOVE THEM SO MUCH! 💕

As with the first volume, the espionage motifs and references continue to build such a distinct atmosphere and world throughout this series. From the telephone booth transport, Twilight’s disguises, and a hilarious moment about overspending the operations budget, its so easy to immerse yourself in this intriguing, captivating world!

The artwork continues to be detailed, making each character and their motives distinct. From the action to the setting, characters, etc., it really builds on the exaggeration, humor, and tone perfectly crafted to match each panel.

There’s just something that’s keeping this series at a 4 for me, but rating aside this series is utterly BRILLIANT and you should read it while it still only has a couple volumes. As I’m sure many other Spy X Family readers can predict, this series will continue to get better and better, I just know it!

Spy X Family Vol. 2 is a stellar sequel that reunites readers with the hilarious hijinks of the Forger family! The dynamic cast of characters, fantastic artwork, witty humor, and page-turning story are just some of the many reasons you should hop on the bandwagon while its still in its first volumes! This series succeeds in so many ways and you don’t want to miss it!

I’m also planning some manga recommendation lists, so keep an eye out for those during the next few months! 😌💞

Spy X Family Vol. 1 by Tatsuya Endo {Manga Review}

Spy X Family Vol. 1 by Tatsuya EndoSpy X Family Vol. 1 by Tatsuya Endo (Spy X Family #1)

Publisher: Viz Media

Release Date: June 2, 2020

Pages: 220

Available Through The Book Depository: Spy X Family Volume 1

Summary: 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!

My Rating: ★★★★☆

My Thoughts: Spy X Family is a debut spy-comedy manga series that’s action-packed and has top tier tropes! Dark, entertaining, and thrilling start to finish! Endo’s manga delivers humor, espionage, and a bit of sci-fi layered in a dynamic story that is the literal definition of FOUND FAMILY!

The neighboring countries of Westalis and Ostania are on the verge of war. In order to prevent any threat to the already unsteady truce between them, mastermind spy Twilight is put on the case!

He is tasked with gathering intel on a political figure named Donovan Desmond, so Twilight’ll need to infiltrate a prestigious academy where he’s usually seen but to do that he needs to create a family: which means he has to find a daughter and wife!

The atmosphere and presentation of the story is reminiscent of the 50’s/60’s spy and noir films. From the heightened stakes of the mission, to clever 007 references, ‘Spy Wars’ tv show, even the characters fashion choices.

Twilight heads to a local orphanage where he finds Anya and as it turns out, she’s a telepath. Even though both are keeping secrets from each other, their dynamic is still so fun and wholesome (especially in the endearing moments they have together 🥺).

As Anya gets entrenched in Twilight’s life as a spy, Yor is undercover as a city clerk by day and assassin by night. Soon due to beneficial circumstances, Yor joins Twilight and the “Forger” family is ready to become the perfect family.

If you love plot-heavy manga, this is a perfect series! There’s different plot threads, characters, and mysteries that make Spy X Family a debut filled to the brim with a page-turning story.

Twilight, Anya, and Yor each have their own unique backstories and I can’t wait to learn more about them! Twilight’s and Anya’s pasts were the more emotionally impactful ones as we get a brief glimpse into his childhood where he’s crying and surrounded by debris. While Anya is a former test subject who lost her family. Then with Yor, there’s a deep sense of melancholy due to the societal ideals that constantly pressure her (like finding a husband or being deemed ‘suspicious’ at her age) whether from co-workers or family, so I LOVED how that juxtaposes her independent role as a ruthless assassin.

What I love about this first volume as it sets up Twilight’s main mission is how they are essentially critiquing and challenging this idea of the “nuclear family.”  It makes sense given the era / aesthetics the series is laying out, even as it comments on gender roles and this society’s expectation for women (seen from Yor’s pov). The manga also comments on this idea of class as these misfits con their way into the prestigious Eden Academy.

So now a spy, a telepath, and assassin are living together! And each has their own secrets! Where can it go from here? What Spy X Family executes spectacularly is the central layer of humor that’s present throughout this entire volume and no doubt, the rest of the series! Anya with her mind reading abilities is rightfully confused about all the things she’s hearing from her new parents and those around her, making for great comedic timing! From the quick one-panel jokes to certain character personalities, its clear that the series has a brilliant approach to its comedy! The situations and reactions the characters have is entertaining and reminds me a lot of Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun.

Now remember when I said this debut has top-tier tropes? Well here’s what you can expect: Found family (obviously), marriage of convenience, misfits working together!! Need I say more?!

The art-style joins perfectly with the panel design/layout! Its detailed in the characters, setting, and with each panel specific details are highlighted to bring more into each scene. Action scenes are accompanied by phenomenal linework and were some of my favorites that I’ve seen in contemporary manga. Its exaggerated to showcase the intensity of the particular scene or an emotion and overall there’s not a single page that feels underutilized. There’s blood, some violence, and the art balances it perfectly with the lighthearted and comforting family moments.

My only issue is that I still felt the world (while interesting), is something were kind of thrust into at the very beginning. While the espionage motifs are great for atmosphere, it still feels like Westalis is a country I’m still trying to fully immerse myself in.

Overall though, I can’t wait to continue with this series because I adore this misfit family a lot and I’m really interested in learning more about them and how their mission is going to continue playing out!

Spy X Family Vol. 1 is a phenomenal start to a spy, action, comedy manga series that you don’t want to miss! There’s a brilliant cast of characters, clever comedic timing, and a unique page-turning story you will not be able to put down!

I’m also shouting out a fellow book blogger review today! 🔎🎉

For a more in-depth look into the aesthetics, artwork and characters of this manga I recommend reading Yon Nyan’s review from Biblionyan. For a look into the great artwork, Yon’s review includes some panels. I have yet to read more of Yon’s posts, but its clear Yon has a lot of great knowledge of manga that makes it into the review and if you need anymore convincing to check out this debut, read this review! ✨