Spy X Family Creator Shares Adorable New Art for Series’ Anniversary

Spy x Family creator Tatsuya Endo celebrates the manga's third anniversary with a piece of adorable artwork.

The picture, which was posted on the mangaka's official Twitter account, shows Anya with a very excited expression on her face, holding three fingers on each hand up in the air. According to a translation by Crunchyroll, her shirt fittingly reads "Birth of a Spy."

The ongoing Spy x Family manga has been serialized on Shueisha's Shōnen Jump+ website since March 2019, and as of November 2021, it has produced eight volumes worth of content. The story follows Loid Forger, a spy with amazing skills in combat, information processing and memory recall. For his newest mission, he is required to pose as a family man, and he unknowingly adopts a young girl with the power to read minds and marries a professional assassin.

Spy x Family quickly gained a passionate fan following upon its release; there are currently 12.5 million copies of the manga in circulation and the series's sixth volume was 2021's 27th best-selling manga. It has also been consistently praised by critics. In 2020, Spy x Family was nominated for the 44th Kodansha Manga Award and the 24th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize. In 2021, it was nominated for the Eisner Award for Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia and the Harvey Award for Best Manga.

Endo's manga series is being adapted into an anime by Wit Studio (Ranking of Kings) and CloverWorks (My Dress-Up Darling). Directed by Kazuhiro Furuhashi (Rurouni Kenshin) with Kazuaki Shimada (DARLING in the FRANXX) designing the characters and Akari Saitō (Vivy -Fluorite Eye's Song-) handling the editing, the Spy x Family anime is expected to headline Crunchyroll's spring 2022 anime season. It stars Atsumi Tanezaki (That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime) as Anya and Takuya Eguchi (Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal) as Loid.

This isn't the first time Endo has shared special works of art online. Earlier this month, the mangaka shared some of his own Dragon Ball fan art. The image showed some of the earliest villains from Akira Toriyama's long-running series: Emperor Pilaf and his followers, Shu and Mai. Endo also recently took part in the Dragon Ball Super Gallery Project and recreated one of the manga's iconic covers to celebrate the upcoming 40th anniversary of Dragon Ball's original 1984 release.

The Spy x Family anime will make its debut on April 8.

Source: Twitter, via Crunchyroll 

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