I’ve been watching a lot of depressing shonen anime over the past few months where a lot of people die. Needless to say, I needed something light-hearted, cute, and most importantly, really funny. I was all set to welcome something like Spy x Familya comedy action anime about a spy who has to put together and maintain a fake family, in my life.
But in the first episode, I got something better than feel-good fluff: I got a new crush.
Meet Twilight, the enigmatic spy tasked with starting a fake family, who is also very attractive and very cool and very aloof. An expert fighter and master of espionage, but with enough of a weakness to catch telepathic orphan Anya.
Airing this Saturday, the second episode promises that Twilight (under the alias Loid Forger) will find a woman to continue its charade, making this already juicy premise even juicier. “This will introduce a Cold War era Mr and Mrs Smith corner with the series,” Kambole Campbell wrote to Polygon, “as a constant game of deception and espionage set in their mirage of domestic bliss.” I can not wait.
While I’m here, I’d like to recommend another anime that combines the stakes of love and war, albeit on a less global scale. Kaguya-Sama: Love is war follows two ambitious high school students, class president Shirogane and vice president Kaguya. After some fellow students suggested that they make a good couple, the two decide to play a game to find the other to confess romantic feelings first. The one who collapses loses, and they’re pretty sure they won’t fall for the other.
Unfortunately, that’s exactly what happens, and the two now refuse to show any attraction or else they’ll lose their game and their pride. Still, they do their best to try to make the other collapse, while also not sure if both parties feel the same. It’s a dynamic back and forth, fueled by colorful – and blissfully unconscious – side characters. Kaguya-Sama: Love is war takes full advantage of its hysterical premise, also capturing the feeling of being a teenager and having a stupid, gigantic, all-encompassing, absolutely embarrassing crush – and I mean that in the best possible way.
The third season of Kaguya-Sama: Love is war aired last Friday and the first episode is just as hilarious as the previous two seasons. Both shows are now available on Crunchyroll! —Petrana Radulovic
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Three games to play
13 sentries † The latest Vanillaware game was number 15 on Polygon’s best games of 2020 list, but most people missed the PS4 genre bender during the PS5’s launch. utilities 13 sentries is available on Switch, the perfect home for this colossal work of sci-fi. Available on Nintendo Switch and PS4.
MLB The Show 22 † Do you want to know the terrifying truth of annual sports competitions… or do you want to see me some dinger socks?! Available on PlayStation 4 PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and Nintendo Switch.
disaster with ray tracing † The most expensive game consoles in the world are just powerful enough to run the original disaster with ray tracing. Depending on your feelings about PC gaming, that’s either the coolest or the absolute worst. Available on Windows PC.
Free game of the week
The one who draws out the sword will be crowned king † Please extend our condolences to your mouse. Saying otherwise would spoil the fun. Available on Linux, Mac and Windows PC via Steam.