Spy X Family is everything we wanted it to be

I’ve spent much of the last few months watching depressing shonen anime where a lot of people die. Needless to say, I needed something light-hearted, adorable, and most importantly, a lot of fun. I was fully ready to welcome something like Spy x Familyan action-comedy anime about a spy who must raise and support a fake family in my life.

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

Meet Twilight, the enigmatic spy who must raise a fake family, who also turns out to be very attractive, cool and aloof. A skilled fighter and master of espionage, but with enough weakness to take in the telepathic orphan Anya.

Airing this Saturday, the second episode promises that Twilight (under the alias Loid Forger) will find a wife to keep up her charade, making this already juicy premise even juicier. “This will usher in an era of the Cold War Mr and Mrs Smith angle of the series,” Kambole Campbell wrote on Polygon, “while a constant game of deceit and espionage plays out within her delusion of domestic bliss.” I can not wait

While I’m here, I want to recommend another anime that combines the stakes of love and war, albeit on a less global scale. Kaguya-sama: love is war follows two ambitious high school students, class president Shirogane and vice president Kaguya. After some classmates suggest that they would make a good match, the two decide to play a game to get the other confess romantic feelings first. Who gives in, loses, and each of them is pretty sure that she will not fall in love with the other.

Unfortunately, that’s exactly what happens, and the two now refuse to confess any attraction, lest they lose their game and their pride. Still, they go to great lengths to try to make the other give in, all the while not sure if both sides feel the same way. It’s a dynamic back-and-forth, fueled by colorful and blissfully unaware supporting characters. Kaguya-sama: love is war it makes full use of its hysterical premise, and also captures the feeling of being a teenager and having a stupid, huge, all-encompassing, utterly embarrassing crush, and I mean that in the best possible way.

The third season of Kaguya-sama: love is war started last Friday, and the first episode is just as funny as the previous two seasons. Both shows are available on Crunchyroll right now! —Petrana Radulović

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