The Netflix Anime YouTube channel has just released a trailer for Spy x Family, but the hit new series is sadly not available in most locations.

Whilst fans around the world will argue about what the true ‘Golden Age’ of anime is, the entire community will agree that watching anime has never been more accessible. Between streaming platforms, Blu-Ray releases and DVD box sets, there are countless ways to enjoy your favourite shows.

However, this can also lead to some significant confusion online as to where a specific show is actually being shown, especially since the majority of anime have primarily Asian distributors.

Unfortunately, it appears that that confusion is occurring once again following Netflix Anime releasing a trailer for Spy x Family; leading many to think that the platform is now streaming the hit series worldwide.

Spy x Family Netflix trailer causes confusion online

Today, May 12th, the Netflix Anime YouTube channel shared the trailer for the highly-successful ongoing anime series, Spy X Family.

Understandably, many fans have assumed that this meant that the series is now available on Netflix and would be releasing weekly episodes similar to Komi Can’t Communicate, which airs weekly episodes three weeks after the domestic broadcast in Japan.

Technically, Spy x Family is available to watch on the Netflix streaming platform; the problem is that the anime is only available on Netflix in certain international locations.

At the time of writing, the Spy x Family anime is not on either Netflix’s North American or European platforms, with available territories limited to regional streaming services in Central and Southeast Asia.

Similarly, the series is also available on select versions of Disney Plus, Amazon Prime and Hulu, but not for fans outside specific territories, not including NA or EU platforms.

Whilst there is a distinct chance that Spy x Family will eventually be made on Netflix in all locations, the streaming platform has not yet publicly announced plans for this.

The only place to watch Spy x Family is through Crunchyroll

The only place to watch the Spy x Family anime series in North America and Europe continued to be through the Crunchyroll streaming platform.

The anime giant has had a big 2022 already, with the merger with rival Funimation taking effect earlier this year – essentially making Crunchyroll the biggest anime provider in the world outside Japan.

Crunchyroll currently offers a 14-day free trial to new users, with three subscription packages available that will grant access to the simulcasting of Spy x Family episodes each Saturday:

  • Fan Package: £6.50 a month, no ads but streaming only on one device.
  • Mega Fan Package: £7.99 a month, no ads with four streaming devices and offline viewing.
  • Mega Fan Package: £79.99 a year, all the perks as the monthly Mega Fan with a 16% discount on annual payment.

You can find more information on Crunchyroll prices and plans here.

Manga and anime continue to show global success

As the Spy x Family anime moves into its sixth week of broadcasts, the sales from the original manga and popularity of the CloverWorks x Wit Studio TV adaptation continue to show increases worldwide.

On May 9th, it was revealed that the original manga series now had over 18 million copies in circulation. Whilst that is indeed an impressive figure, the success of the manga is even further cemented when you consider that the sales were hovering around the 15 million mark in early April before the anime adaptation had even premiered!

Then we have the amazing TV series, which is quickly becoming one of the fastest-rising anime of all time across the board. In fact, the show is now ranked as the joint-second highest-rated anime in history on MyAnimeList with a score of 9.08/10 with over 175,000 reviews.

Currently, only Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood sits higher than Spy x Family, which is on par with Attack on Titan season 3 part 2, Steins Gate and Gintama.

However, its success is not only limited to MAL, with scores of 78% and 9/10 seen on Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB respectively.

“Even though the show is being done by the studio that brought us Tragic Egg Priority, WIT Studios also has a hand in the table. And it goes without saying that WIT has been nothing short of a TITAN in terms of anime production. From the comedic moments to the heart warming ones, SPY x FAMILY intertwines the elements that make up this show into one complete package that is perfectly balanced, as all things should be. This show truly does not disappoint.” – User Trump, via MAL.

By Tom Llewellyn – [email protected]

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