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Spy X Family is everything we wanted

I’ve spent much of the past few months watching depressing shonen anime where a lot of people are dying. Needless to say, I needed something light-hearted, delightful, and most importantly, very funny. I was ready to welcome something like that Spy x familya comedy action anime about a spy who must raise and support a fake family into my life.

But I got something even better than feel-good fluff in the first episode: I’ve got a new crush.

Meet Twilight, the enigmatic spy who has to start a fake family who also happen to be very attractive, very cool, and very distant. A skilled fighter and master of espionage, but gifted enough to take in the telepathic orphan Anya.

The second episode, which airs this Saturday, promises that Twilight (under the alias Loid Forger) will find a woman to continue his charade, making an already juicy premise even juicier. “This will usher in a Cold War era Mr & Mrs Smith perspective on the series,” wrote Kambole Campbell at Polygon, “as a constant game of deception and espionage plays out in their mirage of domestic bliss.” I can’t wait.

While I’m here I’d like to recommend another anime that combines the stakes of love and war, albeit on a less global level. Kaguya-sama: Love is war follows two ambitious high school students, class president Shirogane and vice president Kaguya. After some fellow students suggest they would make a good pair, the two decide to play a game to get that Miscellaneous to confess romantic feelings first. Whoever gives in, loses, and both are pretty sure that they will not fall in love with each other.

Unfortunately, that’s exactly what happens, and the two now refuse to acknowledge any attraction lest they lose their game and their pride. Still, they try their best to make the other cave in, while also unsure if both parties feel the same way. It’s a dynamic back-and-forth fueled by colorful – and thankfully unconscious – supporting characters. Kaguya-sama: Love is war takes full advantage of its hysterical premise and also captures the feeling of being a teenager and having a stupid, huge, all-encompassing, utterly awkward crush — and I mean that in the best way possible.

The third season of Kaguya-sama: Love is war launched last Friday, and the first episode is every bit as hilarious as the previous two seasons. Both shows are now available on Crunchyroll! – Petrana Radulovic


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