The Spy x Family anime release date is set for April 2022, with the anime season set to be in the spring of 2022.
The announcement was made through the official Spy x Family trailer released in December 2021 during Jump Festa 2022. In addition, it was confirmed that the first season will be a split-cour anime.
What is a ‘cour’, you may ask? For those unfamiliar with the lingo, a “cour” is a quarterly block of TV broadcasts based on the physical seasons usually consisting of 10 to 13 episodes.
A “split-cour” is where a single anime season takes a break of several months before resuming TV broadcasts.
In this case, that means the Spy x Family Part 2 release date will likely be Fall 2021.
The cast of Spy x Family includes Japanese voice actor Takuya Eguchi as Loid Forger, Atsumi Tanezaki as Anya Forger and Saori Hayami as Yor Forger.
More importantly, it has been confirmed that the project will be executed by Japanese animation studios WIT Studio and CloverWorks. The producer will be Toho (many expected Aniplex).
WIT Studio established its reputation with the first three seasons of the Attack On Titan anime, but in recent years the studio has produced anime originals such as The Great Pretender and the adaptation of the Ranking of Kings manga.
Studio Cloverworks is known for producing the popular Rascal Does Not Dream or Bunny Girl Senpai anime, co-producing Darling in the FranXX and the Fate/Grand Order anime series.
In 2021, they also released the Shadows House anime, the controversial The Promised Neverland Season 2 anime, and the good-yet-abbreviated Horimiya anime. The Shadows House season 2 anime is already in production. The original Wonder Egg Priority anime was initially well reviewed, but then there was the long delay of Wonder Egg Priority Episode 13 and the ending was not well received.
Some anime fans are concerned about CloverWorks’ involvement, given the way they’ve handled some of the recent adaptations. But anime production committees usually set the restrictions on how a manga or light novel series is adapted, so fans shouldn’t worry too much.
Plus, Spy x Family’s staff has years of experience making good anime. The Spy x Family anime project is headed by director Kazuhiro Furuhashi. He is most famous for directing the Hunter x Hunter anime, Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn and Dororo.
Artist Kazuaki Shimada (The Promised Neverland) will be the character designer. The Spy x Family OP (opening) and/or ED (ending) is created by (K)NoW_NAME.
It was remarkable how the Spy x Family anime was featured in promotions for Jump Festa 2022. While little Anya Forger can be seen in promotional materials for the annual event, the super stages are currently reserved for bigger names such as One Piece, My Hero Academia , dr. STONE, Jujutsu Kaisen and Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba.
- Updated December 17, 2021: Spy x Family release date time frame, added additional cast and trailer.
- Updated November 22, 2021: Added official information about voice actors to be announced at Jump Festa 2022.
This article contains everything that is known about Spy x Family Season 1 and all related news. As such, this article will be updated over time with news, rumors and analysis. In the meantime, let’s get into what is known for sure.
Spy x Family anime leaked by voice actress Mariko Honda
That the Spy x Family anime release date would be set in 2022 was known well in advance thanks to anime news leaks. On October 19, 2021, leaker Sugoi LITE claimed that “we’re going to get Spy x Family ‘super big news'” soon, and it could be at Jump Festa 2022. However, the news outlet warned: “Take it with a grain of salt.”
On October 30, 2021, Sugoi LITE claimed that the Spy x Family release date will be in 2022. In addition, the leaker announced the WIT Studio x CloverWorks collaboration, as well as key personnel.
This Spy x Family anime news leak fits into previous accidental leaks. In June 2021, Ace Attorney voice actress Mariko Honda mentioned during a interview that she’s looking forward to the animated adaptation of the hit Spy x Family series next year in 2022.
When fans noticed the line about the Spy x Family anime, it was quickly removed from the website after June 10, 2021. It seems Honda accidentally mentioned the Spy x Family anime project before it was publicly announced.
In any case, anime fans knew that a Spy x Family anime announcement was inevitable given the overall popularity of the series.
Spy x Family manga circulation passes 12 million copies
The story for the anime would be on creator Tatsuya Endo’s Spy x Family manga series. It was launched online in Shueisha’s Shonen Jump+ magazine in March 2019 and already contains more than 50 chapters, which are referred to as “missions” throughout the manga. The series is up through Spy x Family Volume 7 starting June 4, 2021.
North American publisher VIZ Media has released the official English translation of the Spy x Family manga. New chapters can be read online and the print version is through Volume 6 starting October 5, 2021.
On October 19, 2021 it was announced that the Spy x Family manga sales in Japan had exceeded 12 million copies in circulation.
Spy x Family manga popularity compared to Tokyo Revengers, Jujutsu Kaisen, Dr. STONE
12 million copies is a very good number for a manga series that doesn’t have an anime adaptation yet. To put 12 million copies in perspective, the Jujutsu Kaisen manga only reached 12 million copies at the end of November 2020, which was almost two months after the Jujutsu Kaisen anime premiered.
As anime fans know, Jujutsu Kaisen 0 movie release date is late 2021, and it is very likely that Jujutsu Kaisen season 2 anime TV series will be announced towards the end of the movie. Thanks to the popularity of the anime, manga sales jumped 650 percent to reach 55 million copies in circulation by October 2021.
Another comparison is the Tokyo Revengers manga series, which exploded in popularity thanks to its 2021 anime adaptation. As of March 2021, a month before the Tokyo Revengers anime premiered, there were only 8.5 million copies of the manga left. circulation. The Tokyo Revengers season 2 anime is probably unavoidable, but thanks to the popularity of the anime, the manga series is well over 40 million copies in circulation as of September 26, 2021.
Finally, there is the Dr. STONE manga, with up to 10 million copies in circulation by April 2021. The Spy x Family manga sale in Japan has Dr. STONE has already been surpassed, and yet the anime series has already been confirmed as far as Dr. STONE Season 3!
Needless to say, the future looks bright for the Forger family. Let’s be happy that Twilight/Loid, Thorn Princess/Yor, Anya and Bond are making their Spy x Family anime debut in April 2022. Stay tuned!