If you haven’t been living under a rock, you’ve probably seen enough edits from a certain anime featuring a beautiful, black-haired femme fatale floating around. With her gorgeous features, rose-themed clothing, and penchant for blades, she’s got everyone asking the same question: Just who is Yor Forger and why is she everywhere?
A new anime season could mean different things for different people. For some, it’s the start of a new obsession. For most, it’s the return of an old one. And for the majority, it is the chance of finding a new waifu – the ideal anime partner with the perfect mix of skills, beauty, and intelligence. And that’s exactly what happened here.
Yor Forger, formerly known as Briar, is a character from the new hit anime series, Spy X Family. To the world, she is a mere 27-year-old civil servant, who ended up marrying Loid Forger and became a stepmother to his daughter, Anya Forger. But in reality, she is a highly-skilled assassin who goes by the codename ‘Thorn Princess’.
Of course, that’s not all she is. Yor’s personality is just as endearing to fans as her appearance. As cunning and ruthless as she is, she’s also known to be adorable and extremely naïve. If you want to find out more about this year’s breakout waifu, keep on reading!
Yor and Loid: Till Death Do Them Part!
So why did this super amazing assassin decide to enter a marriage with a ‘boring’ psychologist like Loid? Well first, Yor is just a sweetheart on the inside! When Loid mentions that he’s trying to get married so Anya can have a chance to fulfill his dead wife’s wishes of studying in an elite private school? Well, she immediately wants to help them achieve their dream. She’s just kind-hearted and empathetic like that.
But also, getting a husband will make her awful gossipy colleagues at her cover job shut up about her lack of love life. And she won’t have to be arrested by the state under suspicion of being a spy. Which would be a nice bonus.
Of course, she doesn’t know that Loid, bless his heart, is actually a bold-faced liar and happens to be a spy codenamed ‘Agent Twilight’. And he’s on a mission towards world peace. But that’s an entirely different can of worms.
Who is Yuri to Yor?
Yuri Briar is Yor’s younger brother and only remaining blood relative. He, too, pretends to be a mere civil servant in the foreign department to hide his true occupation from his sister. When really, he is a Counterintelligence Agent in the State Security Service.
He also happens to have a bit of a sister complex. He is overprotective of Yor and constantly aims to please her, going as far as to reject a promotion because it would mean being distant. This likely stems from the two losing their parents at a very young age and him having to look up to Yor Forger as a mother figure.
Also, because of this complex, Yuri actively believes no one is good enough for Yor Forger. To the point where when he first hears about her having a boyfriend, he actively vows to ‘drive them out’ if they are a bad guy. And then when he meets Loid, well, let’s just say he isn’t very warm or welcoming.
Yor Forger’s Seiyuu: An Industry Darling!
Of course, for a character as important as Yor Forger, they had to use the perfect voice actor. The director could’ve gone for someone who encapsulates that seductive killer vibe that is the Thorn Princess, someone that reflects a more mature tone, but they didn’t.
Instead, they decided to focus more on her inherent personality as Yor Forger, an aloof and gullible newly married wife, and gave her a sweeter, more gentle voice direction. And that is the perfect role for Saori Hayami.
Actress and singer Saori Hayami is a veteran in the anime industry. She started vocal training when she was still in high school and got her first role in 2007, as Momoka Kawakabe in Touka Gettan. And she slowly went to absolutely dominate the anime scene.
Fans can recognize her as the voice of many ultimate waifus. This includes Yumeko Jabami from Kakegurui, Kokoro from Darling in the FranXX, and Maria Campbell in My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! But my personal favorite work of hers was when she portrayed Shouko Nishimiya in A Silent Voice, a Makoto Shinkai feature.
So, are you excited to follow Yor’s tale of deceit and found family with the rest of the crew in Spy X Family? Or do you think she’s just overhyped? Sound off below!