SPY×FAMILY is a Japanese manga and anime series that premiered in 2019, with the anime series debuting in 2022. The story follows a spy who has to “make a family” to execute a mission. It is slowly becoming a global hit, with fans around the world eagerly waiting for new episodes of this anime series each week. In case you’re among the many fans who like the show, here is a list of the 15 best anime like SPY×FAMILY you need to watch.
1. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Original Run: April 5, 2009 – July 4, 2010
Number of Episodes: 64 (+ 4 OVA)
In the country of Amestris, a country where alchemy is elevated to the rank of universal science, two brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric, travel the country in search of the legendary philosopher’s stone. Their father left them and their mother, Trisha Elric, died a few years later of an illness, leaving her two young children behind.
Sometime later, the two brothers try to bring her back thanks to alchemy, defying the law which formally prohibits human transmutation. They will pay a heavy price. Edward, the eldest, will lose his left leg, his little brother his whole body. Ed will sacrifice his right arm by sealing the soul of his little brother Alphonse in armor.
Edward decides to enlist in the army at the age of 12 as a State Alchemist, passes the exam with flying colors, and obtains his alchemist name: Fullmetal. Helped by Edward’s state alchemist status, the two brothers will seek, at the risk of their lives, the stone that will give them back what they have lost, but the secret of the philosopher’s stone is well kept.
2. The Promised Neverland
Original run: January 11, 2019 – March 26, 2021
Number of episodes: 23
Emma, Norman, and Ray are three 11-year-old orphans who live in a Victorian country orphanage run by a mother figure, Isabella. Their life flows peacefully, between play, rest, and daily aptitude tests, the results of which are used to draw up a ranking of the most intellectually gifted children.
From the orphanage, it is impossible to see the outside world as it is surrounded by high walls which are forbidden to approach.
One day Conny, a six-year-old girl, is taken up for adoption by a family and is preparing to leave the facility, forgetting a puppet she was very fond of. Emma and Norman, therefore, decide to bring the soft toy back to their friend before she leaves for good and they head for the only door in the walls.
Once there, the two discover a shocking truth: after seeing Conny’s lifeless body, they discover the existence of monstrous beings (the “demons”) and their business with Isabella, who gives them the children to send to the “rich” to eat them.
3. The Quintessential Quintuplets / The Quintessential Quintuplets ∬
Original run: January 9, 2019 – March 28, 2019 / January 8, 2021 – March 26, 2021
Number of episodes: 24
In a flashforward scene, as he dozed off in the ceremony hall on his wedding day, the groom, Fūtarō Uesugi, recalls the first meeting with his wife.
At that time, Fūtarō was still a high school student in his second year who obtained excellent grades in school, but on the other hand, he led a difficult life: an orphan of a mother and without friends, he lived in poverty with his little sister Raiha because of her father’s money problems, having incurred heavy debts.
One day, Fūtarō meets Itsuki Nakano, a new student transferred to his high school, who asks him to teach her how to study. However, Fūtarō refuses her request and pisses her off by responding nonchalantly.
Immediately after this conversation, Raiha informs him that their father has found him an odd job of being “tutor to a millionaire’s daughter”, a job he accepts in order to clear the family debt. However, he soon realizes that his job is actually to teach the Nakano Quintuplets, of which Itsuki is the youngest, and must help them graduate.
Fūtarō is very perplexed in the face of the five sisters with different personalities, and who have in common a total disinterest in studies which is expressed by appalling notes.
Most Quintuplets object to the presence of an unknown man in their apartment, but with his diligent tenacity and the support of the Fourth Sister, Yotsuba, Fūtarō continues to interact with the Quintuplets through various events including the summer festival, and gradually managed to gain the trust of the third and first sister, respectively Miku and Ichika.
However, Fūtarō still passes his first midterm exam as a tutor without the cooperation of the second and fifth sisters, Nino and Itsuki. Although the result of the exam was higher than the last time, they do not manage to have the average, and Fūtarō, who had to avoid all five of them failing, decides to resign while giving advice to the quintuplets.
Nonetheless, Nino, hitherto uncooperative, defends Fūtarō by making a false report to his father so that he can continue his tutoring for the time being.
4. Sweetness and Lightning
Original Run: July 4, 2016 – September 19, 2016
Number of Episodes: 12
The young teacher Kōhei Inuzuka lives alone with his daughter Tsumugi since his wife died of an illness. Tsumugi still wishes her mother would come back and make them good food again. Her father regrets that he is not very good at cooking and can only offer his daughter ready meals. When they both meet a student of Inuzuka in the park for Hanami, she invites them both to her mother’s small restaurant.
Arrived there in the evening, the shop is empty and only the student Kotori Iida is there to entertain them as her mother is away. She always stands in for her mother, who is usually on the road as a consultant or cooking expert because she wants to keep the restaurant going. Her father separated from his mother a long time ago. But Kotori can’t cook well either – mainly because she’s afraid of knives.
Together with Tsumugi, who has a lot of fun in the small inn, she convinces Inuzuka that the two of them come over more often to cook together. So each time they try to cook a new dish and – Inuzuka for his daughter and Kotori for the restaurant – to get better at cooking.
5. Usagi Drop
Original Run: July 7, 2011 – September 15, 2011
Number of Episodes: 11
When 30-year-old Daikichi returns to his grandfather’s house for his funeral, he discovers the existence of Rin, the six-year-old illegitimate daughter of his grandfather and unknown mother. This girl causes the embarrassment of her whole family and is treated like an outcast. Annoyed by their attitude, Daikichi decides to take care of Rin himself, even though he lives alone and has never raised a child.
Rin then becomes part of his life and Daikichi experiences the difficulties of a single parent. He befriends the single mother of Kouki Nitani, a friend whom Rin meets in kindergarten, and who gives him advice on raising Rin. A year later, Daikichi finds that his sacrifices for Rin were worth it. The first half of the series focuses on Daikichi’s point of view and his difficulties in raising Rin.
Ten years later, Rin is a high school student, and the rest of the series focuses on her, how she tries to come to terms with her feelings for Kouki, and her choice of career.
6. The Millionaire Detective Balance: UNLIMITED
Original run: April 9, 2020 – September 24, 2020
Number of episodes: 11
Daisuke Kambe, a detective with a huge personal fortune, is assigned to the “Modern Criminal Affairs Bureau” where officers who have caused trouble for the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department are sent. From then on, Daisuke is partnered with Haru Katō who is disgusted with Daisuke’s materialistic ways. Nevertheless, difficult mysteries unfold before the two detectives, and they must work together to solve them.
7. Princess Principal
Original run: July 9, 2017 – September 24, 2017
Number of episodes: 12
Next up on our list of anime series like Spy x Family is Princess Principal. Princess Principal is an alternate history, set in a fictional analogue of Britain called Albion. At the end of the 19th century, the kingdom of Albion monopolized a mysterious material, “Cavorite”, to build a powerful fleet of aircraft, allowing Albion to become the dominant power in the world. However, the Albion proletariat rebelled against the country’s ruling class for ignoring their plight, sparking the “London Revolution”, in which the lower classes attempted to overthrow the royal family.
Eventually, the two sides reach a stalemate and a great wall is erected in the middle of London, dividing Albion into two nations: the Republic and the Kingdom; the West and the East. Years later, the Republic launches “Operation Changeling”, aiming to replace the Kingdom’s princess, Charlotte, with Ange, a girl who bears a strong resemblance to her, in order to have an undercover agent within the royal family.
However, the princess is made aware of this operation. The spies must agree to cooperate so as not to be unmasked by the rest of the Kingdom. The princess offers to work with the Republic if Ange and her friends help her become queen of the kingdom. Thus begins the story, where five young Republic spies, including the Princess herself, are infiltrated into the Kingdom as students of the prestigious Queen’s Mayfair School.
Original Run: April 6, 2018 – June 22, 2018
Number of Episodes: 12
Yoshifumi Nitta is an ambitious young yakuza from the Ashikawa-gumi. One fine day when he was relaxing in his apartment, a mysterious metallic object in the shape of an oval suddenly fell on his head.
A young girl, named Hina, was inside; the latter has telekinetic powers and forces Nitta to take care of her. If on the one hand, Nitta sees certain usefulness in Hina’s powers in order to regulate her yakuza affairs, nevertheless she can sometimes lose control and destroy everything around her.
9. Demon Slayer
Original Release: April 6, 2019 – present
Number of Episodes: 34
In Taishō era Japan, Tanjirō is the eldest son of a family of coal merchants whose father has passed away. To meet her needs, he left to sell charcoal in town. Despite the difficulties of life, they manage to find little happiness in their daily life.
One day, due to rumors circulating about a man-eating demon hanging around after dark, he is unable to return home and ends up spending the night with a Good Samaritan in the city. Only, everything changes on his return when he finds his family massacred by a demon.
Nezuko, one of his younger sisters, is the only survivor but she has been transformed into a demon. She initially attacks Tanjirō, but she continues to show signs of human emotions and thoughts, which is when a demon slayer named Giyū Tomioka steps in.
While trying to eliminate Nezuko, Giyū realizes the bond between brother and sister Kamado, and decides to leave them by sheathing his sword. On Giyū’s advice, Tanjirō goes to his master Sakonji Urokodaki to train to become a demon slayer, in order to begin his journey to find an antidote that can make his little sister human again.
10. Kaguya-sama: Love Is War
Original Run: January 12, 2019 – June 27, 2020
Number of Episodes: 24
The Shūchiin Academy is a prestigious school where the country’s future elites, almost exclusively the children of the rich, continue their studies. Within the high school students’ office, the two brilliant exemplary models of the academy, the vice-president Kaguya Shinomiya and the president – from a modest background – Miyuki Shirogane, conceive of love in a particular way: they are attracted to one by the other, but it is impossible for them to confess their feelings because of their too much pride, even if a semester has passed.
Indeed, considering the correlation between inequality of love interest and the relationship of domination in a relationship of this ilk, they each conclude that whoever confesses first, will become the “loser” of the couple and will inevitably come from there. to be submitted by the other. Thus begins their daily life filled with various plots and other stratagems to force the other to confess his feelings.
11. Kakushigoto: My Dad’s Secret Ambition
Original Run: April 2, 2020 – June 18, 2020
Number of Episodes: 12
Kakushi Gotō is a mangaka with certain fame: he is known for his titles with indecent content as well as his salacious jokes, and many admirers appreciate him greatly around the world.
However, his life changes when he becomes a father and decides, after a realization, to hide his real job from his darling daughter, Hime. Having to raise the latter alone, for his own good Kakushi tries to arrange his double life and overcome all the obstacles on his way in order to keep his secret in the eyes of his daughter, and make her happy.
12. Baby & Me
Original Run: July 11, 1996 – March 26, 1997
Number of Episodes: 35
After the death of his mother, it is little Toshio, despite his young age, is the “second mother” of his younger brother Midori, helping his father as much as possible in this difficult task.
The two siblings are very close and even if at times Toshio realizes that the task of raising a two-year-old is not at all easy for him who is still a child, after all, he tries in every way to keep the promise he had made to his mother to take care of his little brother in every situation.
Toshio, despite the events of his life, had forced him to grow up quickly, is still a lively and cheerful child, who likes to play with his best friends Gon and Akihiro, who in turn have two younger sisters (Nako and Ichika) and to whom he asks for advice in moments of despair. Often the three friends meet in the park or out of kindergarten and discuss their little-big problems related to their respective younger siblings.
Life goes on, therefore, quite calm and happy even after the death of the mother. Toshio and Ataru take turns in accompanying and picking up Midori in kindergarten, taking care of the housework, and, above all, trying to raise Midori in the best possible way.
Sometimes they get help from neighbors, who gladly offer to look after Midori in case Toshio or Ataru have other commitments. In the worst moments, however, it will be the memory of the mother to help Ataru and Toshio, giving them the strength to go on.
13. Attack on Titan
Original Run: April 7, 2013 – ongoing
Number of Episodes: 70 (+8 OVA episodes and several movies)
The plot of Attack on Titan revolves around the young Eren Jäger, his adoptive sister Mikasa Ackermann and his best friend Armin Arlert, who live together with the rest of humanity in cities that are protected by huge walls from the attacks of the so-called Titans, gigantic humanoid beings who devour people for no apparent reason.
The walls that promised peace have existed for 107 years. But one day the Titans break through the outermost Wall Maria and the people are pushed back further. Eren’s mother dies and he and many other people flee behind the second wall, Wall Rose. Eren swears when his mother dies that he will wipe out the Titans.
14. School Babysitters
Original Run: January 7, 2018 – March 25, 2018
Number of Episodes: 12 (+ OVA)
Following the sudden death of their parents, high school student Ryūichi Kashima and his younger brother, Kotarō (a preschooler), are left orphaned with nowhere to call home.
The president of the prestigious Morinomiya Academy offers to take both boys into her care, along with a new home and free school tuition, on the condition that Ryūichi helps with the school’s nursery and work there as a babysitter while also attending classes. during school hours.
15. My Hero Academia
Original Run: April 3, 2016 – present
Number of Episodes: 113 (+ 5 OVA)
The last anime on our list of best anime like Spy X Family is My Hero Academia. In a world where 80% of the world’s population has superpowers, here called “Quirks”, we follow the adventures of Izuku Midoriya, one of the few humans without Quirks. Despite this, Izuku still dreams of joining the super-heroic branch of the great Yuei academy and one day becoming one of the greatest heroes of his time.
One day, Izuku had the chance to meet his lifelong idol, All Might, the number 1 superhero. This one will bequeath to Izuku his Quirk, the One For All.