Mission: Yozakura Family, Vol. 1

Viz Media. Oct. 2022. 192p. tr. from Japanese by Pinkie-Chan. ISBN 9781974734665. pap. $9.99. GRAPHIC NOVELS
Orphaned Taiyo Asano drifts through school life too scared to connect with anyone after the tragic loss of his mother, father, and younger sibling. The only person who insists on being his friend is Mutsumi Yozakura—to Taiyo’s wonder. When a teacher learns of their friendship and threatens Taiyo’s life, the revelation of Mutsumi’s hidden identity sends Taiyo on a mission to become strong enough to protect his friend from the world’s greatest assassins. The catch? He has to learn from Mutsumi’s family, who just so happen to be the deadliest spies in the business. Taiyo scrambles from one emergency to the next, and seeing his development from clueless outsider to potentially great spy is fun to watch.
VERDICT Serialized on Shonen Jump, Gondaira’s English-language print debut is a wacky and exciting shonen adventure that will appeal to young adults looking for found-family plotlines. Fans of Tatsuya Endo’s Spy x Family and manga with a wild variety of ragtag characters will feel right at home.
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