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Spy x Family is a renowned manga series that has been adapted into an anime. The fundamental concept of the series is that a nameless spy nicknamed Twilight, and subsequently Loid, who disguises himself as a psychiatrist, is assigned the mission, Operation Strix. Donovan Desmond, his target, is the leader of the National Unity Group, a political group that might exacerbate conflicts between Westalis and Ostania.

However, since Donovan rarely makes any public appearance, Loid is compelled to adopt a kid – Anya – to enroll her at the prestigious Eden Academy – despite being unaware that his adopted daughter possesses telepathy – and subsequently gets married to Yor, who herself conceals a little secret; she is a skilled assassin.


There seems to be something troubling about Operation Strix. One thing that stands out is that despite being described as the series’ primary enemy, Donovan appears rather infrequently while being a vital figure of importance. In reality, he is never portrayed as engaging in nefarious behavior. At best, he might be described as a negligent dad who looked unconcerned when his son Damian was punched out across the room by Anya. Eventually, he explicitly states that he considers his family to be strangers in the manga.

Generally speaking, Donovan looks like someone dug up Edgar Allen Poe’s body, ran it through the mud, and left it to dry for ten days. The group Loid works for most certainly exaggerates his level of threat. But, of course, the issue is why?

I believe WISE made up the whole Operation Strix so that Loid could have a life outside of his work by getting married.


It sounds absurd, but it makes sense when you think about it. It was strange that Loid had to expressly obtain a child and later learned that having a spouse would be required for the interview, since why did he have to get this close to Donovan? But, since Donovan isn’t connected to his children since he sees them as strangers, being intimate with him for the task seems improbable. So what if Loid’s adoption of Anya was genuinely unimportant? You could wonder when WISE planned to stage the mission. It’s a possibility we were forewarned from the start. As you may recall, Loid was on one of his missions when he decided to inform his girlfriend they should split up.

Thus, they choose to do the next best thing when that strategy fails. Why is WISE so obsessed with marrying their finest spy or adopting a child? I’d have to go with his backstory: Loid had a hard childhood in the manga series: his house was assaulted by Ostania, and his mother was murdered. He was left to rely on himself, which caused him some grief. That is why he grows drawn to Anya; he sees some of himself in her, particularly when learning she was often taken back to orphanages. And that’s because representing WISE require a significant time investment. With all of that pressure, it’s just another ruse by the company to convince Loid to resign.


One of the pieces of evidence for Operation Strix to be fake is that when Anya finally gets into Eden Academy after being placed on the waitlist, Loid pulls some strings to replicate scenes from Anya’s favorite spy show. 

The biggest evidence that Operation Strix is just a front comes when Anya finally gets into Eden Academy after being placed on the waiting list: to commemorate it, Loid has to pull a few strings to recreate the scenes from Anya’s favorite spy show. Other agents are doing their part, primarily because they were excited to be in the same room as Loid, but what if they were also aware of Strix’s true objective and played through anyway?


One of the key reasons for the family operation, I believe, was also a backup plan prepared by WISE in case they were compromised. So, a smarter method to keep a close eye on him was to devise you must start a family for the mission. To prevent him from questioning anything, they will nonetheless check over him regularly to see how his assignment is going while enabling Loid to do things like recreating Anya’s favorite spy show.

The mission Loid believes he is on is a ruse designed to convince him to retire and start his own family after suffering trauma and things no man should ever experience as a child. He’d take the bait, not realizing that he’d become so devoted to his fake family that he couldn’t tell the difference.

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Bernard Bond

Bernard Bond is a leading expert in celebrity journalism and a television critic.