Spy x Family was the anime of the season. Although the first cycle of episodes has not yet ended – given that Spy x Family will return in October with the remaining 12 episodes – we are now in a stop phase that allows spectators and staff to take stock of the WIT Studio project and Cloverworks.
And one of the two animation studios launches into an interview. The anime Expo was attended by Kazue Hayashi and Kazuki Yamanaka who spoke with Comicbook about Spy x Family.
Request: Spy x Family is already considered one of the best anime of the year by fans. As a producer of the anime, can you tell me when you were introduced to the series? What caught your eye on Spy x Family?
Kazue Hayashi: With the original manga it was impossible to ignore the big sales. But from an animation standpoint, we were introduced to Spy x Family when we launched the first promotional video last December. The timing of the release has excited fans for the anime.
Question: When it comes to production, Spy x Family is interesting because WIT Studio and Cloverworks collaborate on the episodes. Can you tell us how this partnership was born? And what does it mean to work on a co-produced series behind the scenes?
Kazue Hayashi: Yes, actually WIT and Cloverworks split the episodes in half. Primarily, like WIT Studio, we co-produced six specific episodes and the other studio produced the rest of the first cour. So with this structure, the biggest challenge was making sure that both studios were working at the same level of quality in every episode.
Question: You have now supervised a number of Spy x Family episodes from season one so far. Do you have a favorite moment from the series? Or maybe a moment you worked on that you think turned out exceptionally well?
Kazuki Yamanaka: We recommend episode five as it includes original scenes from the anime. The action of the episode prompted WIT Studio to make it cool, the cool twists in the story … We also have enjoyed episode nine. It makes the audience think whether Yor and Loid will kiss or not. It also has a great ending.
Question: In America, Anya has become a very popular character on Twitter, with manga memes and much more, and I understand why it also happened in Japan. What do you think of Anya’s popularity? Why is the character in tune with the fans?
Hayashi: Well, Anya’s funny expressions came first in the original manga. She has a really funny figure so we worked hard to translate and materialize her into animation. We are glad to know that we have been successful because the fans seem to like it a lot.
Don’t miss our Spy x Family Part 1 review.