After six chapters of Anya being in a sudden death round against dangerous terrorists, Spy x Family Ch. 75 finally gives us a breather from the comedy-drama and action in the form of the aftermath. After all, even when the battle is over, there’s still the after action report to write. Fortunately, this chapter is a lot more interesting than any report.
Spy x Family Ch. 75: Details
Spy x Family Ch. 75 is the latest chapter of this multi-chapter bus hijacking arc (you can read reviews of Pt. 1, Pt. 2, Pt. 3, Pt. 4, Pt. 5, and Pt. 6 here) of the action spy comedy manga by Tatsuya Endo. Casey Loe returns as the translator, with Rina Mapa also returning as the letterer. Shueisha originally published this manga in Japan under their Jump Comics+ imprint in the magazine Shōnen Jump+. Viz Media is the company publishing this manga in English in the NA region.
Spy x Family Ch. 75 released on February 5, 2023. You can read it entirely for free on Shonen Jump on Viz Media. Ch. 75 will remain free for 2 chapter releases after it. Upon the release of the third chapter after it, Ch. 75 will go into the Shonen Jump vault. Once there, you will have to pay a subscription fee to read it and all previous chapters. Admittedly, the fee is only $2.99 per month, so it’s not that big a hit to your wallet. All the same, if you’re short on cash, then you might want to hurry up and read Ch. 75 for free before you can’t anymore.
As a side note: Spy x Family now has an anime adaptation that premiered on April 9, 2022. You can watch all episodes on either Crunchyroll or Hulu. Note though that only Crunchyroll has any of the dubs. So if you like watching the English dub for some reason, then you have to watch the anime on Crunchyroll.
Warnings: spoilers for Spy x Family Ch. 75 below. If you want to read the aftermath of the bus hijacking arc for yourself, then stop here and come back once you’ve finished processing the trauma, just like the kids are.
Spy x Family Ch. 75: Plot Summary
Spy x Family Ch. 75 does not actually pick up immediately where we last left off in the previous chapter. Instead, it seems like it starts us off sometime after the bus hijacking during a ceremony at Eden Academy. The purpose of the ceremony quickly becomes clear when Bill Watkins, Damian Desmon, Becky Blackwell, and Anya Forger all walk up to the podium; and the headmaster awards them all with a single Stella Star each. Becky then gets excited over a newspaper wanting to interview them for a story and the possibility of becoming famous (which curiously, Anya is very much unenthusiastic about) before Henry Henderson mentions that Eden Academy declined the interview for safety, privacy, and SSS reasons. As Becky bemoans the end of her singing career(?!), Henry recounts the actual immediate aftermath of the bus hijacking.
As the police arrest and lead away the Red Circus terrorists, the SSS finally lift the media blackout on this incident, and allow the Berlint police to finally call the kids’ parents. Thus, they quickly pour into the area to comfort their very traumatized kids and bring them home. As the wave of parents driving back home with their kids recede though, Anya and Damian find themselves to be the only kids whose parents haven’t arrived yet. The two of them bond with each other over their respective actions during the hijacking, as well as sympathize with each other for their current lack of parental attention. In fact, Damian even calls Anya a friend. Truly, Anya’s friendship mission has succeeded…maybe? And that’s when Yor Forger finally makes her appearance. In style.
Anya the Now-Somewhat Traumatized Telepathic Kid
Yor Forger finally shows up, leaving a cloud of smoke behind her after apparently having run on foot all the way to the scene the moment she got the call from the Berlint police. Anya initially claims that she’s fine. It only takes her a few moments after that to break down in tears and tackle-hug Yor for comfort. While also comforting Henry Henderson in the process, who’s relieved to see that Anya doesn’t have nerves of tungsten after all. Anya’s telepathy also lets her discover that Loid had also shown up with another WISE agent. Both of them had disguised themselves as SSS stormtroopers to participate in the assault, and assure that Anya survived, bringing even more comfort to Anya.
Meanwhile, Damian’s worry that no one would come for him is alleviated by Yor, who mentions that she ran past Melinda’s car on the way to Anya (?!). Cue Melinda Desmond herself showing up, also to offer comfort to Damian. Except…Anya’s telepathy tells a different story. The moment Damian mentions Donovan, Melinda’s thoughts seem to…splinter, for lack of a better word. One side of her mind is still the lovey-dovey mother to Damian. The other side though seems to despise Damian. Split personality, perhaps? Hopefully, the next chapter of Spy x Family will give us an answer.
Spy x Family Ch. 75: The Good
Tatsuya Endo’s story has always been the strongest part of Spy x Family, and Ch. 75 is no different. This after action chapter is a nice cooldown from all the drama and action-comedy that went down. I know a lot of people are fans of those 2 genres, but the story can’t be high-strung all the time. The quiet moments are important too, and Endo has nailed it here.
That’s not to say that Spy x Family Ch. 75 is devoid of drama though. That bit at the end with Anya mind-reading Melinda’s twisted thoughts was some of the best bit of drama to occur in the whole manga. Anya’s telepathy is so useful at times. Now all we have to do is wait and see what she does with this revelation. Knowing her though, it’s very likely to be entertaining.
Spy x Family Ch. 75: The Bad
As a fan of Spy x Family since I read that first chapter all those years ago on March 25, 2019; I can safely say that I’m heavily biased towards this manga. Even with that in mind though, I can’t find anything to criticize about this chapter. If you just want action all the time with no quiet moments at all, then good luck. Not even the Marvel films have anything like that.