“A spy, an assassin, and telepath act as family members to pursue their own interests. But, along the way, they learn the true meaning of family.” This is the premise for Spy x Family — a beloved show-in-the-making that took the anime and manga fandom by storm.
The series is popular because of its unique premise, fun storylines, and of course, beloved characters. Besides, without the Forger family, the series wouldn’t be anticipated as much by newcomers.
With all the right shōnen elements combine, Spy x Family is quickly becoming a beloved and head-turning series for many fans around the world: the plots and subplots are easy to follow; the gags are laugh-out-loud hilarious; and best of all, the interactions of character misfits make the show very endearing to young and adult audience.
As much as I love the series, we must discuss the elephant in the room: Is Spy x Family manga finished or cancelled? Will it get the axe treatment from Shōnen Jump+ publishers, or will it continue for another three to five years?
Without further ado, join me as we dive deep into the aesthetic and lustrous worlds of Spy x Family!
Spy x Family is an ongoing bi-monthly series in Shonen Jump+. It is neither finished nor cancelled. With its soaring popularity, it’s unlikely going to get the axe treatment from editors and publishers.
When Spy x Family’s anime adaptation was announced at the end of October 2021, the manga was just 6 months away from its 3rd year serialization anniversary.
Now, with the anime propelling the series’ popularity, the manga continues topping Oricon week sales rankings.
How Many years is Spy x Family going to Run?
The series just celebrated its 3rd year anniversary on March 25, 2022, but it’s already getting a 2-cour anime adaptation. This fact alone tells us how popular Spy x Family is in Japan.
If the series’ popularity continues to grow, fans will still get to read the Forger family’s stories 3 to 5 more years down the road!
The 3 to 5 years timeline is just my speculation. But like many fans, I wish for the series to continue and at least reach its 5th year.
Why is Spy x Family very Popular?
Make note that the 1st cour of the Spy x Family that’s airing this Spring 2022 anime hasn’t finished its run yet; there’s only a 12-episode count for it. But with loveable characters and a fun storyline, the series continues to attract a large fanbase.
Slowly but surely, fans are creating memes, fan arts, fan fictions, and animated music videos of Spy x Family characters. Then, to display their love for the series, they post their creative works on social media for others to see.
It is interesting to see the growth of a newbie series garner attention worldwide and reach new heights. Its Western setting during the cold war era likely contributes to its popularity.
Not many Japanese manga showcase Western locations during the 1940s to 1950s. But these factors alone, along with its intriguing plotline, make Spy x Family stand out among multiple Shonen Jump+ titles.
CloverWorks and WIT Studio will take a short break before the studios resume working on the 2nd cour of Spy x Family’s episodes this Fall 2022. The studios will likely adapt Volumes 4 to 6 of the manga.
Another thing I’d like to add is the series’ first impression on its viewers.
The premise for the Spy x Family anime doesn’t hit a chord for first-time viewers of the series. The characters’ goals are predictable: “Learn the essence of family life even if it started out as fake.”
We all know how this will turn out: “The characters will build a bond along the way until they accept one another as family members despite blood relations.”
What I didn’t expect from the show is the “laugh-out-loud gags” that come with its slice-of-life themes in it. After watching dozens of anime series, viewers nowadays are too familiar with Spy x Family’s action, comedy, and slice-of-life tropes.
However, what made new viewers like me attracted to the series is its beloved casts. I could watch any action-packed and comedy anime with slice-of-life themes in it. But, I’m not invested in the characters unlike Loid, Yor, and Anya’s journeys.
That’s all I have to say! I hope this article garners you to start watching or continue watching this beloved series! Better yet, start the manga, or read the manga after finishing the anime. Why not? It’s fun. It’s fun to see the characters in the manga as much as they are in the anime.
Long live the Tatsuya Endo, the creator and author of the Spy x Family manga! May his characters reach their goals by the time the series concludes, and may he create more endearing stories for his readers.
About Spy × Family
Spy × Family is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Tatsuya Endo in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump.
The story follows a spy who has to “build a family” to execute a mission, not realizing that the girl he adopts as a daughter and the woman he agrees to be in a fake marriage with are a mind reader and an assassin respectively.
Season 2 and a theatrical film are releasing in 2023.