On September 28, 2022, the staff for anime adaptation of Tatsuya Endo’s Spy X Family action, comedy, spy manga released the opening video for Spy X Family Part 2, which features an opening theme song titled “SOUVENIR” by the Japanese rock band BUMP OF CHICKEN.
The digital single “SOUVENIR” will be released on September 29, 2022. You will be able to listen and download the song here.
You can watch the opening video on TOHO Animation’s official YouTube channel here:
Fans of the anime Spy X Family, who haven’t been reading the manga, will be sure to note that there is a new addition to the Forger family – a large white dog!
Who is Bond?
Bond Forger becomes the beloved pet of the Forger Family during the Doggy Crisis Arc. Bond was previously known as “Subject 8” from a research initiative called “Project Apple” that was run by the previous Ostian regime in order to create highly intelligent animals for military use.
Project Apple was terminated by the new administration and the former test subjects, including Bond, ended up on the black market. These animals eventually fell into the hands of a terrorist group led by Keith Kepler and were crudely trained as bomb dogs.
The experiments resulted in Bond gaining precognition abilities (he can see visions of the future). Later, when Anya and Yor decide to go to an adoption fair to find Anya a pet, Anya notices Bond walking past the window and is impressed by his large size. When Anya and Bond make eye contact he is able to recognize her from his previous vision of being a part of the Forger Family. Anya is able to read his mind to see the vision as well. Anya grows very curious about Bond because he had a vision of Loid even though he wasn’t there.
All of a sudden, Anya is swept up in the middle of a terrorist’s plan to assassinate Minister Brantz and Bond shows her a vision where Loid ends up getting killed. Bond and Anya team up in order to make sure that future doesn’t become a reality. Will Anya succeed in saving Loid? You’ll have to watch Spy X Family Part 2 in order to find out!
The Campbelldon Tennis Arc will also be animated in Part 2 and feature the “homewrecker” Fiona Frost. You can read more about that here: Agent Nightfall aka Fiona Frost introduced by SPY X FAMILY Part 2 key visual – Who is that white-haired woman, anyway?
BUMP OF CHICKEN gives flair to many anime
BUMP OF CHICKEN’s band members includes Motoo Fujiwara (vocals, rhythm), Hiroaki Masukawa (guitar), Yoshifumi Naoi (bass), and Hideo Masu (drums). The band formed in 1994 and has since released 23 singles and nine albums. Every release since their third single “Tentai Kansoku” has charged in the Top Ten on the Oricon Weekly Charts – which shows their incredible popularity in Japan.
BUMP OF CHICKEN’s music has been used in video games and as the theme songs for anime. Some of their most memorable songs that were featured in anime include 3-gatsu no Lion’s first ending theme song “Fighter”, 3-gatsu no Lion’s first opening theme song “Answer”, Doraemon Movie 31: Shin Nobita to Tetsujin Heidan’s theme song “Habatake”, Tenshi-tachi’s first ending theme song “Tomodachi no Uta”, Granblue Fantasy The Animation’s first opening theme song “GO”, Hungry Days: Aoharu ka yo’s theme song “Kinen Satsuei”, Juushinki Pandora’s first ending theme song “Spica”, Juushinki Pandora’s first opening theme song “Sirius”, Karakuri Cirus’s first opening theme song “Gekkou”, Kakkai Sensen’s first opening theme song “Hello, world!”, One Piece Movie 4: Dead End no Bouken’s ending theme song “Sailing Day”, Tales of the Abyss’s first opening theme song “Karma”, and Yume ga Sameru made’s theme song “66 Gousen”.
Who are the production team members?
Spy X Family Part 2 production team members include:
- Director – Kazuhiro Furuhashi
- Animation – Wit Studio and CloverWorks
- Character Designer – Kazuaki Shimada
- Art Directors – Hisayo Usui, Kazuo Nagai
- Chief Animation Directors – Kazuaki Shimada, Kyoji Asano
- 3D Director – Kana Imagaki
- Sound Director – Shouji Hata
- Director of Photography – Akane Fushihara
- Assistant Directors – Norihito Takahashi, Takahiro Harada, Takashi, Katagiri
- Music composer – KnowName
Who are the new and returning cast members?
Spy X Family Part 2 cast members include:
- Atsumi Tanezaki – Anya Forger
- Saori Hayami – Yor Forger
- Yakuya Eguchi – Loid Forger
- Emiri Katou – Becky Blackbell
- Hana Sato – Emile Elman
- Haruka Okamura – Ewen Egeberg
- Hiroyuki Yoshino – Franky Franklin
- Kazuhiro Yamaji – Henry Henderson
- Kensho Ono – Yuri Briar
- Manaka Iwami – Millie
- Mirei Kumagai – Sharon
- Natsumi Fujiwara – Damian Desmond
- Shouhei Kajikawa – Dominic
- Umeka Shouji – Camilla
- Yuko Kaida – Syliva Sherwood
- Akio Ohtsuka – WISE Director
- Hiroki Yasumoto – Bill Watkins
- Junichi Suwabe – Shopkeeper of “Garden”
- Kenichirou Matsuda – Narrator
What is the plot of Spy X Family?
In order to maintain peace between the rival nations of Westalis and Ostania, a Westalian agent code-named “Twilight” is tasked with spying on Donovan Desmond – the leader of Ostania’s National Unity Party. However, Desmond is known for being an eccentric recluse, who is very wary of strangers. The only way for Twilight to get close to Desmond is to enroll a child in the same private school, Eden Academy, and pose as a fellow parent.
Twilight creates the alias of “Loid Forger”, adopts a young orphan girl named Anya, and marries a woman named Yor Briar so that he can present the front of a happy family to the school. However, Loid isn’t the only one keeping secrets in the family. Anya is secretly an Esper and can read minds. Anya is aware of the fact her adoptive father is actually a spy and her adoptive mother is a professional assassin.
Neither Loid nor Yor are aware of each other’s identities. Later, the family decides to adopt a dog that was experimented on until it gained precognitive abilities. Anya decides to name the dog Bond after her favorite spy cartoon. As Loid struggles with learning how to be a good father and husband while lacking common sense due to all his years of being a spy he somehow manages to form close bonds with his new family.
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