The Spy x Family animated series has taken the world by storm. By some estimations, the anime based on Tatsuya Endo’s Shonen Jump manga is one of the most popular shows on streaming networks right now and for good reason. The series follows a fictional spy named Twilight as he attempts to get closer to an assassination target who only shows up during special assemblies at a school where his two sons attend and excel. Twilight’s mission, under the pseudonym Loid Forger, is to assemble a family, get a child into the school, and assassinate his target to prevent an all-out world war.
While doing this, however, Loid finds that he’s getting surprisingly attached to his fake family and keeps putting himself and the mission in danger when it comes to their wellbeing. His wife, Yor, has her own secrets — she moonlights as an assassin. Her brother is also a counter-intelligence officer who has sworn a vendetta to take down Twilight, but has no idea who he may be. The only one who really knows what’s going on is the young Anya, a telepath who hears everyone’s thoughts, but she’s way too into the palace intrigue and spy mission to lay out the pieces for everyone.
In Spy x Family, no one talks to each other about their real thoughts or motivations because they all have something to hide, which is in some ways true to life. This made me realize part of the reason why the show is so compelling: it’s basically Reddit’s r/relationships subreddit made into a narrative. That subreddit is for people to ask for advice about issues they have with other people, both serious and decidedly trivial, and get strangers to tell them to just talk to someone about it.
Realizing that, I decided to skim r/relationships and assign different characters and scenes their own headlines straight from the community.
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