Anime Review: Spy X Family Cour 2

Season 1 of Spy X Family aired as a split cour show – that is, we got 12 episodes, then a break, then the other 12 episodes of this “Season” – so it’s time to get into how the back half of the show turned out.

Spy X Family Cour 2 has a new addition to the family, and a new outside member of the supporting cast – we have a dog who has precognitive abilities, who ends up joining the family at the very start of the season and helping Anya and Twilight to thwart a terrorist attack. On the one hand, it’s probably the most suspenseful and dramatic part of the series so far. On the other hand, it leads to the remainder of the series feeling much more tonally different than the rest.

We actually don’t get much Yor as an Assassin this season.

In particular, the other significant addition to the cast is Agent Nightfall/Fiona Frost. As you’d expect, she’s another member of the same Ostanian Intelligence operation that Twilight is part of. As her name would imply, she puts out a very cold, calculating exterior. In reality, she’s a total kuudere, who has a mad crush on Agent Twilight. This does lead to some comedic moments both when Nightfall meets Anya, and Anya is able to pick up on Nightfall’s internal monologue. The other significant comedic beat with Nightfall comes in an arc late in the season where Nightfall and Twilight have to team up to infiltrate an underground tennis competition to retrieve a painting that has a secret message encoded on it – where we get Nightfall’s internal monologue throughout much of the arc clashing with her outward attitude.

Otherwise, much of the rest of this season leans much harder on the various slice-of-life aspects of the Forger family’s day, with various amped-up degrees of spy hijinks going along with it. Stuff like Yor trying to be less of a lethal chef, with varying degrees of success. Also, Yor trying to sneak onto the school grounds because Anya left something at home. Franky asking Twilight to help him with dating – that sort of thing.

Consequently, if the parts of Spy X Family that you didn’t like were the parts that involved the mundane running headlong into the over-the-top & melodramatic world of cinematic spycraft, there’s a big chunk of this season that will probably bother you. That said, I’m here for all of that – it’s the reason why Spy X Family appeals to me. If that wasn’t fun, I’d probably have given up in the first half of the series. However, I am down for this and am here for the long haul.

Spy X Family is available for streaming on Crunchyroll.

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