What is your hottest manga and anime series these days? What has achieved much praise from modern fans of Japanese and foreigners is a new spy-themed comedy series titled Spy x Family. Spy x Family began its serialization on Shonen Jump Plus in 2019 and the hot-wired manga is being adapted into an anime series by the famous anime studios CloverWorks and Wit Studio in 2022.
Spy x Family presents a grand story between two superpowers and three unique characters composed of a skilled spy Loid Forger, a professional assassin Yor Forger and a psychic girl Anya Forger while it is mainly categorized as comedy.
For those who like the manga series of Spy x Family and its anime adaptation, this list offers 5 best manga and anime like Spy x Family. There are lots of similar manga and anime that have themes of spy and comedy filled with humors and jokes, and these 5 selected titles are totally worth reading and watching right now!
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1. Kaguya-Sama: Love is War
If you are greatly attracted to the new comedy series Spy x Family, Kaguya-Sama: Love is War (かぐや様は告らせたい〜天才たちの恋愛頭脳戦〜), one of the most popular romantic comedy manga and anime series recently, is recommended to read and watch now. The manga has been serialized on Miracle Jump since 2015 and Weekly Young Jump since 2016, written by Aka Akasaka. The two seasons of the anime adaptation were broadcast in 2019 and 2020, followed by the latest third season in 2022.
Kaguya-Sama: Love is War presents interesting games of hearts and minds played by two main characters as the fake family of Spy x Family live with great secrets hidden from each other. It is set in a prestigious high school Shuchiin Academy, where its student council is run by the president Miyuki Shirogane and the vice president Kaguya Shinomiya. They actually fall in love with each other, however their too much pride makes it difficult for both them to tell their feelings. They try to confess their love for each other in a variety of ways.
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2. Sakamoto Days
Sakamoto Days is one of the most popular manga series similar to Spy x Family, having the theme of a hit-man and an peaceful daily life in a town. The recent action and comedy manga has been serialized on Weekly Shonen Jump since 2020, written by Yuto Suzuki. Given its accelerating popularity, it’s expected to be adapted into an anime series in the near future.
Sakamoto Days tells the story of a protagonist named Taro Sakamoto, who used to be the most feared hit-man in the world and is now a private grocery shop’s owner. After stepping out of the hitman world and marrying his beloved woman, he embraces ordinary days with his family and gaining a lot of weight. In addition to the slice-of-life scenes, this manga depicts battles between him and many thugs who challenge him to a fight humorously.
▽The English edition of the hottest action comedy manga’s first volume will be released on April 5, 2022. Book it right away!▽
3. Mission: Yozakura Family
If you are looking for a latest must-read spy manga like Spy x Family, Mission: Yozakura Family (夜桜さんちの大作戦) is highly recommended to read right now. The trendy comic book, written by Hitsuji Gondaira and categorized as action, romance, comedy and thriller, has been serialized on Weekly Shonen Jump since 2019.
Mission: Yozakura Family focuses on a 16-year-old high school boy named Taiyo Asano, who lost his family for a traffic accident. Shocked by the loss of his family, he avoids getting along with others except his childhood friend and classmate Mutsumi Yozakura. One day, he becomes cognizant of the fact that she is a daughter of a spy family and he is involved in various problems related to her brothers and sisters.
▽The recently popular manga Mission: Yozakura Family just started to be translated into English from the end of 2020, and you can also get the following volumes now!▽
4. Assassination Classroom
For fans of Spy x Family, the famous action comedy manga and anime series Assassination Classroom (暗殺教室) should be added to their reading lists. The Yusei Matsui’s masterpiece was published between 2012 and 2016, which is composed of 21 volumes. The first season of its anime adaptation aired with 22 episodes in 2015, followed by the 25-episode second season in the next year.
With the theme of assassinating a homeroom teacher, Assassination Classroom emphasizes an odd-shaped yellow creature called Koro-sensei, who comes to the trouble-making Class 3-E of Kunugigaoka Junior High School. He orders the students of Class 3-E to kill him by the next March, and he also declares to destroy the earth without the achievement of it. You can enjoy the action comedy story mixed with thriller and science fiction.
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5. Gin Tama
Speaking of famous and popular comedy manga and anime series like Spy x Family, Gin Tama (銀魂) should be recommended to check out in priority to many others. The long-running sci-fi comedy manga was serialized on Weekly Shonen Jump from 2004 to 2018, which finished with the final 77th volume. There are four seasons of the anime series and three anime movies released between 2006 and 2021.
Gin Tama is set in a science fiction world inspired by the Edo period in Japan, which is attacked and taken over by aliens called Amanto. It tells the story of a silver-haired eccentric legendary samurai Gintoki Sakata, an apprentice swordsman Shinpachi Shimura and a young Amanto girl Kagura. Various funny and severe incidents happen around the main characters.
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