Spy x Family was the unexpected success of the 2022 anime season, with young Anya becoming an ordinary sight like other long-standing anime and manga heroes. But it turns out that young Anya’s iconic and meme-filled looks were actually borrowed from a pre-existing manga character.
Spy x Family launched in March 2019 and is the third manga series author Tatsuya Endo has serialized. However, Endo did indeed create several one-shots between 2012 and 2019, including one called “Rengoku no Ashe”, which was published on Jump Square in 2014. Fans find Sword Rengoku no Ashe today might come as a surprise, given that the main character, Ashe Talton, is the dead bellman for the older Anya.
Spy x Family’s Anya Design by Ashe
In an interview on Shueisha’s Manga Plus site, Spy x Family editor Shihei Lin talked about the series’ origins and how it came to be. According to Lin, Spy x Family was inspired by Endo’s last three one-shots: Rengoku no Ashe; Ishi ni Usubeni, Tetsu ni Hoshi (“Pink Heart of Stone, Star of Steel”); I SPY. I SPY’.Ishi ni Usubeni stars a child, daughter of the legendary Medusa, accompanied by an elderly man with blond hair and a woman with long black hair, resembling Loid and Yor of Spy x Family. Rengoku no Ashe, which tells the story of “witch” Ashe Talton, seems to have contributed mainly to Anya’s character design.
However, Lin points out that the similarities extend beyond their looks, as Anya’s superpowers and Ashe’s witchy nature give both a supernatural feel. Both Ashe and Anya are lonely characters, their abilities making it difficult for them to connect in life. It’s quite interesting to see how these diverse elements from three different one-shot manga come together to create something that resonates with audiences, especially given the Rengoku no Ashe nature much more serious than Spy x Family. In addition to Ashe, Anya’s personality and personality were also influenced by I SPY’s Mamiru Kai, who devoted herself to Anya to achieve her goals, and Ishi ni Usubeni’s Misha, who influenced the influence. Anya’s dynamics with adult characters.
While Anya may be one of the most recognizable anime and manga characters of any running series, her designs and characters only come through through the fusion of the three stories altogether. different. Perhaps these diverse sources of inspiration are part of what has led to it Spy x Family to become a favorite and create a series unlike anything else on the market.
Source: Manga Plus