To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Japan’s J.League, the popular manga series Spy x Family is collaborating with the professional football league to release a line of collectible merchandise. The merchandise will feature the members of the Forger family, the main characters of the manga, sporting the colors and uniforms of 45 different teams in the league.
Spy x Family, created by Tatsuya Endo, has been a huge success since its debut in 2019. The manga follows the adventures of the Forger family, which consists of a young girl with mind-reading abilities, a precognitive dog, a master spy, and a deadly assassin. The series combines action, comedy, and wholesome interactions between the characters, making it a global hit. It has sold over 30 million copies worldwide and is one of the best-selling manga of all time.
The collaboration with the J.League is not the first time Spy x Family has been involved in promotional campaigns. The series has previously partnered with CAPCOM for the launch of Street Fighter 6 and with Boss Coffee for a line of drinks inspired by the Forger family. Additionally, the protagonist Anya became a mascot for the table tennis World Championships in 2022.
Fans of Spy x Family also contribute to the series’ popularity by creating their own content, particularly cosplay. Professional cosplayer Yaya Han, for example, created a stunning cosplay of Yor Forger’s assassin alter ego, the Thorn Princess. The cosplay replicates the character’s iconic black dress, complete with a rose choker and crown.
In North America, VIZ Media distributes the Spy x Family manga, and the anime adaptation is available on Crunchyroll.
Overall, the collaboration between Spy x Family and Japan’s J.League is a testament to the series’ widespread popularity and the impact it has had on various industries. The collectible merchandise featuring the Forger family in different team uniforms is sure to be a hit among fans of both the manga and football.