Spy X Family is everything we wanted it to be – Polygon

I’ve spent much of the past few months watching depressing shonen anime in which a lot of people die. Needless to say, I’ve needed something lighthearted, adorable, and, most importantly, very funny. I was fully ready to welcome something like , a comedy-action anime about a spy who must assemble and maintain a fake family, into my life.

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

Meet Twilight, the enigmatic spy who must raise a fake family, who also happens to be very attractive and very cool and very aloof. An expert fighter and master of espionage, but with enough of a soft spot to take in telepathic orphan Anya.

Airing this Saturday, the second episode promises that Twilight (under the alias Loid Forger) will find a wife in order to keep up his charade, which will turn this already juicy premise even juicer. “This will introduce a Cold War-era Mr. & Mrs. Smith angle to the series,” Kambole Campbell wrote at Polygon, “as a constant game of deception and espionage plays out within their mirage of domestic bliss.” I can’t wait.

While I’m here, I want to recommend another anime that blends the stakes of love and war, albeit on a less global scale. follows two ambitious high school students, class president Shirogane and vice president Kaguya. After some fellow students suggest they’d make a good couple, the two decide to play a game to get the other to confess romantic feelings first. Whoever caves loses, and they’re each pretty confident that they won’t fall for the other.

Unfortunately, that is exactly what happens, and the two now refuse to confess any attraction, lest they lose their game and their pride. Still, they go out of their way to try to get the other to cave, while also being unsure if both parties feel the same way. It’s a dynamic back-and-forth, fueled by colorful — and blissfully unaware — side characters. Kaguya-Sama: Love Is War makes full use of its hysterical premise, and also captures the feeling of being a teenager and having a stupid, ginormous, all-encompassing, absolutely embarrassing crush — and I mean that in the very best way possible.

kicked off last Friday, and the first episode is just as hilarious as the previous two seasons. Both shows are available on Crunchyroll right now! —Petrana Radulovic

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