On 9 November 2020, the Twitter account of Elex Media’s editor of comics has posted a list of the publisher’s five best-selling comic books in the month of October 2020. The first volume of Spy x Family, which was released on 14 October 2020, takes the first place in the list.

The other comic books that takes the top five spots in October 2020 are Dragon Ball Super volume 10 (released on 23 September 2020), Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba volume 1 (first released in May 2019), Boruto volume 6 (released in July 2020), and One Piece volume 93 (released in July 2020). Spy x FamilyDragon Ball Super, Demon Slayer, and Boruto are printed on book paper and retail for Rp 40,000 (about US$ 2.8), except for Spy x Family vol. 1 which retails for Rp 45,000 (about US$ 3.2) because of some colored pages. One Piece retails for IDR 28,000 (about US$ 2). Other than Spy x Family and Dragon Ball Super, the books in this month’s list were also in September 2020‘s best-selling comic books list.

Tatsuya Endo‘s Spy x Family has been serialized on Shueisha’s Shounen Jump+ website and app since March 2019, and the English version is also released simultaneously on Shueisha’s Manga Plus website and app. The manga has also been collected into five tankoubon volumes at the time of this writing, with over 5.5 million copies in circulation, both in print and e-book formats. The manga has also won various acclaims, including Best Manga for Men in 2020 edition of Takarajimasha’s annual manga reference Kono Manga ga Sugoi!, 2020 Tsutaya Comic Award, second place in 2020 Manga Taishou award for new comic series (still under eight volumes), and nominations for the 44th Kodansha Manga Award and Tezuka Osamu Cultural Award.

Elex Media’s synopsis of the manga describes the story as follows:

The super spy with a thousand faces, Twilight has never failed to carry out his missions amidst the conflict between the neighbouring countries of Westalis and Ostania.

His latest mission is unlike what he has done before, though. The only way to approach the extremely cautious politician Donovan Desmond is through infiltrating his son’s school.

In haste, the usually solitary Twilight puts together a (phoney) family with an orphan girl named Anya as the (phoney) daughter and an ordinary civil servant named Yor as the (phoney) wife.

The phoney couple brought together by their own interests are not aware of each other’s secret identities: that the husband is a spy and the wife is a fearsome assassin.

Only the telepathic daughter knows it all, and she goes along for the fun.

Elex Media Komputindo is a comics publisher under the Kompas-Gramedia Group. The publisher releases licensed foreign comics, including manga, and also Indonesian comics. Since 2005, Elex Media also published comics that intended for adult audiences under the new imprint called Level Comics.

DISCLAIMER: the availability of books at bookstores / agents may differ from the planned schedule, especially for regions outside of Java island. To obtain accurate information regarding the availability of the book, it is advised to contact the Customer Service of your stores of choice for confirmation. For Gramedia bookstores, the contact numbers can be obtained via email customercare@gramedia.com.

The Indonesian Anime Times

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