Spy x Family is an anime about a boy named Yūta Iridatsu who ends up getting enrolled into an elite spy school after he gets caught in the middle of a covert operation by the Japanese intelligence agency, KEstrel. The show has gotten some pretty positive attention from fans and its latest episode, ‘Easter Egg’, did not disappoint. In this episode, Yūta is tasked with finding out what other students at school are spies as well. He eventually comes across a hamster that looks eerily similar to his father’s pet dragon– Yamasenkou (or Yamasee in English). It was pretty obvious that they had done their research on the subject, but it was still quite interesting to see them take this seemingly minor detail and weave it into the plot in such a surprising way. Spy x Family airs every Wednesday on Tokyo MX at 23:30 JST. You can also watch it streaming on Crunchyroll if you have access to Japanese TV services. Read on for more details…
The Spy x Family Easter Egg You Might Have Missed
In this week’s episode, Yūta tries to find out who the spies in his class are. He manages to find a hamster that looks eerily similar to his dad’s pet dragon, Yamasenkou. Yamasenkou is a dragon and dragons are mythical creatures, so it makes sense that the creators of Spy x Family would want to make a shout out to this pet in the episode. Heck, they even went so far as to put a sticker of Yamasenkou on the hamster! Spy x Family is an anime that loves to have fun with its fans, and this was a fun Surprising Easter Egg that they dropped.
Yamasenkou Is A Dragon?
In the scene where Yūta finds the hamster, he calls it ‘Yamasenkou’ or ‘Yamasee’ in English. While looking at the image of the dragon, Yūta notices that it has a sticker of ‘Yamasenkou’ on it. There’s a few things to note about this. First of all, dragons and other mythical creatures are real creatures, so creating a fake one would have been a bit of a stretch. Secondly, this is a bit of a hint that Yamasenkou is real and not a figment of someone’s imagination. The other thing about the name Yamasenkou is that it’s a reference to the name of the main character’s dad. Yamasenkou means ‘dragon of the sea’, which is what his dad’s dragon is called. It’s a subtle nod to the fact that Yamasenkou is a dragon.
Yamasenkou Has A Shout Out In The Background
The most obvious shout out is done in the background in the classroom. The name ‘Yamasenkou’ is written on the board in chalk, right next to where Yūta is sitting. This is a pretty obvious reference to the fact that Yamasenkou is the dragon that Yūta’s dad has as a pet. What’s more, you can also see two other facts about Yamasenkou being written on the board. First, is the fact that its name is written in ‘kanji’ or Chinese characters. Yamasenkou is a mythical creature from Japan, so it’s pretty weird that they would even bother to put this on the board. However, it could be a subtle reference to the fact that the creators of Spy x Family are of Japanese origin. How interesting! Another fact about Yamasenkou that’s written on the board is that it’s a ‘yamaboko’ or a ‘snake’. This is also a bit of a wink to the fact that Yamasenkou is a dragon.
Laughs Are In Sync?
While studying, Yūta hears a laugh that sounds very similar to his dad’s laugh, while the laugh on the other end sounds a bit like the one on the TV that he watches. Soon after, the camera pans to a view of the classroom and we see that a poster has been placed on the board with a rude drawing of the teacher on it. This drawing looks exactly like what he saw on TV, which is pretty hilarious. It’s not hard to imagine that the person who drew this had also watched his dad’s shows and copied his dad’s voice and mannerisms. Yūta eventually turns the TV off and sees that there’s a poster on the wall with a similar drawing on it. The poster even has the same ‘cool man’ voice as the one on the TV and both of them have the same laugh. This is an amazing example of how the creators of Spy x Family can make references to their own show and make the viewers laugh by doing so.
Smells Like A Spy!
Finally, when the camera zooms in on the desk of one of the spies, you can see a pen sitting there with a familiar logo on it. The logo is from a popular Japanese internet browser called ‘POPo’, which is a parody of the popular internet browser, Chrome. It’s pretty obvious from this Easter Egg that the creators of Spy x Family love to make jokes and references about their own work. They even went so far as to make a pen that has the logo for the internet browser that Yūta uses in the show, POPo. This is the perfect way to make a spy, feel like he’s been discovered.
If you thought this was going to be another boring episode in an anime, you were mistaken. Sure, there was a typical training episode, but it was so much more than that. The creators of Spy x Family really went above and beyond in this episode. They made fun of themselves and their work while still maintaining the core of what makes their show great. They also managed to drop a pretty cool Easter Egg as well. Spy x Family is one of the most entertaining animes out there, and it’s definitely worth watching. Make sure to tune in next week on Tokyo MX!