Spy x Family’s Genre Explained: Is it Shounen, Comedy, Romcom?

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Spy x Family’s Genre Explained: Is it Shounen, Comedy, Romcom?

While the anime has only just started, it’s fair to say that the world has already fallen head over heels for the adventures of the fake Forger family in Spy x Family. A series full of charm, laughs and a dash of action, it’s unsurprising that many people are still trying to work out Spy x Family’s genre.

While many fans are discovering the series for the first time, the Spy x Family manga has been one of the most-loved series for much of the last few years thanks to its ability to blend many different concepts into a beautiful series. So, we’ve done some digging to shine a light on the series’ genre for fans that are interested.

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What is Spy x Family’s Genre?

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Spy x Family has a few different genres, but it’s primarily seen as a comedy shounen series.

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The original manga was first published in Shōnen Jump+, where it continues to be released. As the name suggests, this platform is targeted at the shounen market, while popular Japanese manga reviewer ‘Kono Manga ga Sugoi!’ named it the best manga series for male readers in 2020.

Many major shounen series are known for their action elements, and Spy x Family also contains plenty of these. However, the increased dependence on comedy in Spy x Family’s narrative makes it primarily a comedy series (or an action-comedy) in comparison to its genre-defined competitors.

Is Spy x Family a Shounen?

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Yes, Spy x Family is a shounen series. The manga was originally published on a shounen platform and it has won awards aimed at a male readership.

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While many shounen manga are originally aimed at a young male audience, it’s not uncommon for major shounen series to achieve widespread appeal. That being said, Spy x Family has been singled out as one of the most successful shounen series in attracting female viewers, at least in the context of the Shōnen Jump+ platform.

Related: Why is Spy x Family So Popular?

Is Spy x Family a Comedy?

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Yes, Spy x Family is a comedy series.

A lot of the story revolves around the complex dynamic in the Forger family and each character’s dangerous secrets. Spy x Family also plays on each person’s unique characteristics to create comedic moments.

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Is Spy x Family a Romcom?

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Yes, there are romantic comedy elements to Spy x Family, especially later in the story.

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While it’s not a full-on rom-com like Kaguya and Miyuki in Kaguya-sama, there are a few love triangles and interests that develop around the main characters. Fans hoping for a romance might be disappointed as none of these have actually led to much in the manga yet, but it certainly adds another level to the comedy anime.

Part of Spy x Family’s success is its ability to reach a wide audience by almost defying genre norms. Whether you’re a fan of mystery action anime, laugh-out-loud comedy series or cute romcoms, there is something in this series for you to enjoy!

We can’t wait to see how the story unfolds in the Spy x Family anime.