Spy x Family Is Japan’s Most Anticipated New Anime

A new poll named Spy x Family the most anticipated anime of the season.

As reported by Crunchyroll, Japan's largest entertainment review site, Filmarks, asked its readers to vote for their most anticipated new series of the spring 2022 season, which includes heavy hitters such as the second season of the popular isekai anime The Rising of the Shield Hero, the third season of the acclaimed romantic-comedy series Kaguya-sama: Love is War and the new psychological thriller Summer Time Rendering, which is being released internationally as the first Disney+ exclusive anime series. These juggernauts were all bested by the new anime adaptation of Spy x Family, which earned almost five times as many votes as the second place winner, Kaguya-sama. Shield Hero's second season rounded out the top three.

The results shouldn't surprise anyone who has paid attention to the rise of Tatsuya Endo's critically lauded espionage comedy: since the series' launch in 2019 as an exclusive title for Shueisha's digital  Shonen Jump+ service, the manga has achieved a global circulation of over 12 million copies. Endo's light-hearted take on the spy genre has been a hit with critics as well, with praise being directed at its lovable cast of characters and impeccable sense of humor. In 2021, the manga was nominated for an Eisner Award, but ultimately lost to Junji Ito's Remina.

The anime has also garnered attention for its all-star cast crew. The new show is being produced as a collaboration between two of Japan's top animation studios, Wit Studio and CloverWorks. Wit is best known for producing the first three seasons of the Attack on Titan anime, as well as last season's critically acclaimed sleeper hit, Ranking of Kings. CloverWorks is the studio behind the breakout show of the winter season, My Dress-Up Darling. The show is being directed by Kazuhiro Furuhashi, who previously worked on anime such as Le Chevalier D'eon and Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn.

The show will star Takuya Eguchi as Loid Forger, a.k.a Twilight, a spy who goes undercover as a family man in order to get closer to his next target. Eguchi previously starred in Haikyuu!! and My Love Story. He is joined by Kakegurui star Saori Hayami, who will voice Yor, Loid's new wife who lives a double life of her own as the world's deadliest assassin. Mob Psycho 100's Atsumi Tanezaki rounds out the cast as Anya Forger, Loid and Yor's adopted daughter, who is secretly an escaped government experiment with psychic powers.

The Spy x Family anime will premiere its simulcast on Crunchyroll on April 9  at 11:30 A.M. EST / 8:30 A.M. PST. Endo's original manga is available in English from VIZ Media.

Source: Filmarks via Crunchyroll

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