How the Spy X Family anime episode animation work is split by the Wit Studio, CloverWorks collab

New special illustation postcard from Spy X Family.
New special illustration postcard from Spy X Family manga Pic credit: Tatsuya Endo

Some surprising news about this spring’s most anticipated anime series and perhaps of 2022 overall has come to light. Spy X Family is being brought to life by not just one animation studio but two: Wit Studio and CloverWorks. A new schedule has revealed which animation studios will be working on which episodes for the first season of this long-awaited manga adaptation.

Wit Studio is best known for animating the first three seasons of Attack on Titan. It is also behind the animation for the new popular series Ranking of Kings. CloverWorks is best known for handling the animation for My Dress-Up Darling and The Promised Neverland. Both of these studios produce top-notch work even if the works they’ve produced are very different.

The premiere of Spy X Family did not disappoint in its quality of animation and it’s been a pleasure getting to see the Twilight Family come to life. Having watched the second episode, I can say that it’s very hard to tell the difference between the two animation studios – only that both are doing a marvelous job.

CloverWorks animated the most iconic proposal in anime history

As mentioned in Shonenleak’s tweet seen below, Wit Studios will be producing the odd-numbered episodes (one, three, five etc) while Cloverworks will be working on the even-numbered episodes (two, four, six etc). Could you tell that the first episode was produced by Wit studio? And the second was produced by CloverWorks?

If you haven’t watched this anime yet, I highly recommend it as the romcom to watch this season. The story begins with a spy receiving a difficult mission to maintain the peace between the rival nations of Westalis and Ostania by spying on Donovon Desmond – the leader of an extremist political party within Ostania.

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Desmond, however, is a notorious recluse and the only way for the Westalis agent codenamed ‘Twilight’ to get close to him is to enroll a child in the same private school as Desmond’s son and pose as the child’s father.

Twilight creates the alias ‘Loid Forger’, adopts a young orphan girl named Anya (who happens to be an Esper and has the ability to read people’s minds) and marries a woman named Yor Briar (she happens to be an assassin) to create a ‘happy family’ that will be accepted in the eyes of society.

Lucky for Loid, Anya loves anything that has to do with spies and excitement so her help comes in handy. Yor nor Loid are aware of the others’ true identities except for Anya who can read their minds.

It will be fun to watch Loid stepping into the role of father and husband in the upcoming episodes. He’s already proposed to Yor in Spy x Family Episode 2 using a grenade pin ring amidst a huge explosion, and who knows what excitement (waku waku) Spy x Family Episode 3 will bring.

Loid proposes to Yor.
Loid proposes to Yor. Pic credit: CloverWorks

Hayami Sayori and Takuya Eguchi return as the best seiyuu duo

Fans have been very impressed by voice actress Saori Hayama’s elegant performance as Yor Forger, attributing her vocal talents to making Yor the top waifu of the season.

Saori Hayam’s major voice roles include Yukino Yukinoshita in My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected, Yumeko Jabami in Kakegurui, Musubi and Yume in Sekirei, Kamisato Ayaka in Genshin Impact, Ayase Aragaki in Oreimo, Shirayuki in Snow White With The Red Hair, Yui Kusanagi in Ludere Deorum, Cardia in Code: Realize – Guardian of Rebirth, Miyuki Shiba in The Irregular at Magic High School, Himawari Uzumaki in Boruto, Shinoa Hirragi in Seraph of the End, Yotsugi Ononoki in Monogartari, Shoko Nishimiya in A Silent Voice, Chiriko Tsurumi in Anohana, Ushiwakamaru in Fate/Grand Order, Shinobu Kochou in Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Rachel in Tower of God, and Yamato in One Piece.

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A fun thing to note is that voice actor Takuya Eguchi voices Loid Forger, which perhaps makes Takuya Eguchi and Hayami Sayori the best seiyuu duo since they brought life to another unique anime confession in the anime Oregairu with the unforgettable line: “Allow me the privilege of disturbing your life.”

Let’s be glad this voice actor/actress duo is disturbing the lives of anime audiences once more in Spy x Family!

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