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Just your average family of superspies.note 

Taiyo Asano is shyer than most. In fact, he's so shy that he'll pass out every time someone tries to talk to him. The only person he can confide in is his Childhood Friend, Mutsumi Yozakura. Unfortunately for him, their friendship becomes complicated when their teacher threatens to kill him for being so close to her.

After being swiftly rescued (or kidnapped, depending on how you look at it), he discovers that Mutsumi is the heir to a family of international super spies and that his would-be murderer is Mutsumi's Knight Templar Big Brother. The only way to make it out of this alive is to marry Mutsumi, and so the skittish Taiyo is dragged into a murky world of espionage to protect the girl he loves.

Written by Hitsuji Gondaira, Mission: Yozakura Family is a Shonen action Romantic Comedy that began running in Shonen Jump in August 2019.


Mission: Yozakura Family contains examples of:

  • Acquired Poison Immunity: Part of the family's training is to cook their meals with small doses of poison to gradually build up an immunity. Of course they tell that to Taiyo after he's started eating.
  • Ape Shall Never Kill Ape: The one and only rule in the Yozakura family is that family members cannot kill each other under any circumstances. This rule is what convinces Taiyo to marry Mutsumi, as it was the only way he could protect her and himself from Kyoichiro's wrath.
  • Artistic License – Gun Safety: After being taken to the Yozakura mansion, Taiyo tries to rationalize his situation by thinking it's a prank show and grabs a nearby gun thinking it's a water gun. He then points it into the air and squeezes the trigger, putting a hole in the ceiling in the process. As any gun user would know, it's important to assume that every gun is real and every gun is loaded, as Shinzo tries to tell him before that happens.
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  • Badass Family: The Yozakuras are a family of international superspies who all have superhuman powers and prowess.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: None of the Yozakuras are slouches, but they all have their quirks (i.e. Kyoichiro is one of the best spies in the world but also a Knight Templar Big Brother, Nanao is a Gentle Giant who constantly wears a bucket on his head while Futaba dresses in gothic lolita).
  • Butt-Monkey: Poor Taiyo is on the receiving end of most of the story's slapstick.
  • Casual Danger Dialogue: Mutsumi is so used to being the target of assassination plots that she chastises her brother for misleading Taiyo by giving him a gun, as it wouldn't help against the bombs or poison her assassins tend to use.
  • Childhood Friend: Taiyo and Mutsumi have been friends ever since they were little, but they only became truly close after Taiyo defended her from bullies teasing her for her hair.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Taiyo and Mutsumi have known each other since they were kids and end up getting married in order to escape Kyoichiro's wrath.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Each of the Yozakuras is associated with a particular color, which shows up in their hair and eyes.
    • Taiyo - Red.
    • Mutsumi - Deep blue.
    • Kyoichiro - Black.
    • Futaba - White.
    • Shinzo - Green.
    • Shion - Pink.
    • Kengo - Yellow.
    • Nanao - Teal.
  • Cowardly Lion:
    • Taiyo is the Only Sane Man and thus easily spooked, but if he's on assignment and/or protecting Mutsumi, don't be surprised if you're suddenly hit with his 2-million-volt Lightning Gun.
    • Shinzo is also shown to be this, desperately hiding in his trash can even as his gadgets pop out of it to wreak havoc on everything in the area.
    • Nanao boasts monstrous Super Strength that allows him to flip over a sixteen-wheeler with ease, but is shown to be shy enough to hide behind Mutsumi when first meeting Taiyo.
  • Curtains Match the Windows: All of the major characters have matching hair and eye colors. For instance, Taiyo has red hair and eyes while Mutsumi has blue hair and eyes with the exception of that one white streak.
  • Deadly Training Area: The Yozakura's entire mansion is this. The AC emits nerve gas, every stairwell and room is booby trapped, the food is poisoned and there's a complex lock on the bathroom door. Even the alarm clocks are rigged to explode after ten seconds.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Due to coming from a family of superspies, the Yozakuras and Mutsumi in particular can discuss the most outlandish things with the straightest face. For instance, Mutsumi casually mentions that Shion forces her brothers to play games with her until they collapse from exhaustion and packs guns and grenades into their lunches.
  • Dungeon Bypass: Shinzo upped the Yozakura's booby traps in the first chapter in an attempt to keep Kyoichiro out, but the latter was so pissed at Taiyo that he simply tore through all of them instead of dodging them.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Taiyo is introduced sitting glumly at a desk and constantly shuddering as his classmates try to get him to hang out with them. He begins to froth at the mouth soon after he declines their invitations
  • Everyone Knows Morse: All of the Yozakuras are proficient in Morse and they also teach Taiyo. They can do it so rapid-fire that Kyoichiro can essentially send creepy texts to Mutsumi in class by tapping chalk on the board.
  • Eyes Always Closed: Kyoichiro's eyes are always shut, emphasizing his shiftiness as well as his barely contained bloodlust.
  • Family Theme Naming: All of the Yozakuras have a number in their name.
    • Kyoichiro as in "One".
    • Futaba as in "Two".
    • Shinzo as in "Three".
    • Shion as in "Four".
    • Kengo as in "Five".
    • Mutsumi as in "Six".
    • Nanao as in "Seven".
    • Even Taiyo gets in on this despite not being born into the family, as he's the fourth-eldest son by marriage. The "Yo" part of his name is homophonous to the Japanese word for "four".
  • First-Name Basis: Taiyo and Mutsumi are on this with each other, showing how close they are given how Last-Name Basis is standard in Japan. The Yozakuras also initially refer to him as "Asano", but switch to Taiyo once he marries into the family.
  • Gamer Girl: Shion is one, to the point that she can hack anything by having a program convert its OS into a video game for her to beat to take control of it.
  • Gentle Giant: Nanao is massive and imposing with the Super Strength to match, but he's also incredibly shy and kind, trying to hide behind the much smaller Mutsumi when speaking to Taiyo. He's also the family's doctor and prescribes drugs to help them stave off exhaustion.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: When Taiyo starts putting himself down, Mutsumi gives him a chop to the face to snap him out of it. Futaba repeats this when he works himself to the breaking point in an effort to become strong enough to protect Mutsumi.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: Zigzagged. Taiyo puts himself through hell to train and become strong enough to protect Mutsumi. His single-minded devotion to this goal is what gets him to work to the point of collapse, but at the same time he clears every trap in the Yozakura mansion in a single month. But even then, it isn't enough for him to handle more experienced spies and he quickly gets his ass kicked. It's also discussed; Futaba while trying to dissuade Taiyo from pushing himself too hard tells him that even though she went on her first mission at the age of six, it still took her three years of training before she was prepared even with her talent.
  • Highly Visible Ninja: Kyoichiro is a world-class spy, but he also uses social media constantly, which is why people learn about Taiyo's and Mutsumi's marriage. In fact, Taiyo is shocked on how many professional spies use social media.
  • Idiot Hair: One strand of Taiyo's hair sticks up and curls around.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Taiyo appreciates it when people reach out to him, but he's so terrified of losing them that he shirks any and all social interactions to the point of passing out.
  • Implacable Man: Even with his five siblings ganging up on him all at once, the worst Kyoichiro gets is a few scuffs on his suit as he easily repels all of them. According to Shion, all five of them have only won thirty percent of their fights with Kyoichiro, and there's an 85 percent chance that someone will need six months of recovery time and a 25 percent chance the house will burn down.
  • Ironic Name:
    • Taiyo's name refers to the sun. Taiyo himself is anything but sunny: a shy, meek recluse who struggles to interact with people without falling unconscious.
    • Goliath is a tiny little terrier dog, though he is pretty fierce.
  • It's All My Fault: Taiyo blames himself for his current predicament and is constantly apologizing to people for troubling them, ignoring how his Ax-Crazy brother-in-law is the one who started this whole mess.
  • Living MacGuffin: Mutsumi is this for the Yozakuras, as she will be essential for producing the next generation of Yozakura superspies. Naturally, their rivals will do anything to get their hands on her to produce their own superspies or kill her to end the Yozakura family.
  • Locked into Strangeness: A streak of Mutsumi's hair turned gray after the incident that drove her brother mad to protect her and refuses to be dyed.
  • Loophole Abuse: The ironclad rule of the Yozakura family is that family members may not kill each other. To get Kyoichiro to stop trying to kill him, Taiyo agrees to marry Mutsumi by wearing her cherry blossom ring.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: Kuroyuri heavily implies that the accident that killed Taiyo's family was not truly one.
  • Marriage of Convenience: Downplayed. Taiyo genuinely loves and cares for Mutsumi to the point of being willing to jump off a building to protect her from a bomb attached to him, but they wouldn't have gotten married if her older brother hadn't forced their hand by nearly killing Taiyo.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: Taiyo doesn't get noticeably brawnier after his Training from Hell, but it's obvious that he's nearly superhumanly strong when he can stop people from falling down the stairs with a single hand and toss a baseball across an entire field with pinpoint precision.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: The Yozakura's daily routine is this. Need to change the channel? You better be able to hit the remote with a pistol from 100m away. The food? Poisoned to give you diarrhea. Hope you have the skills to crack a multi-layered lock to get to the bathroom. Waking up? Hurry up. The alarm clock is set to blow in 10... 9... 8...
  • Nice Guy: Taiyo is a little dour, but ultimately a kind person who won't hesitate to put his life on the line for the people he cares about.
  • Noiseless Walker: The Yozakuras can all do this due to being an entire family of superspies. Taiyo learns to do this as well, which creeps people out as they mistake him for some kind of ninja.
  • Obnoxious In-Laws: The Yozakuras are all zany Bunny-Ears Lawyers who repeatedly drive Taiyo up a wall with their weirdness and quirks. Despite this, they appreciate how much Taiyo means to Mutsumi and all of them (save Kyoichiro) accept him as a member of the family without hesitation. Heck, the only one this trope really counts for is Kyoichiro, and the family also find him obnoxious (especially Mutsumi).
  • Older Than They Look: Despite being half Mutsumi's size and dressed in gothic lolita clothing, Futaba is Mutsumi's older sister.
  • One Head Taller: Taiyo is this to Mutsumi after his Training from Hell. The two of them were closer in height before then.
  • Only Sane Man: Due to not being born into a family of superspies, Taiyo reacts appropriately to the insane antics he gets into.
    Mutsumi: [after telling Taiyo about her family's work] Ahh, it was such a pain to keep quiet all these years. I feel a weight off my shoulders. I'll go make some tea.
    Taiyo: Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa!!! Spies?! What? What the heck?! Don't just say that like your family runs a grocery store!
    Mutsumi: Isn't it kind of the same thing? Instead of handling radishes and eggplants we handle guns and intel.
    Taiyo: It's not the same thing!! It's different, right? Huh?! I can't tell anymore!
  • Ordinary High-School Student: Taiyo starts out as this, but it goes right out the window after he marries into the Yozakura family and goes through Training from Hell.
  • The Power of Love: Taiyo is willing to put himself through intense punishment out of his love for Mutsumi to the point of using drugs to forgo sleep and train as much as possible. He continues doing this until his body gives out and he collapses from exhaustion. Futaba even notes that Taiyo's love for Mutsumi is bordering on insanity for him to withstand all of this. Even so, the dedication his love gives him allows him to clear all of the Yozakura's traps in a single month when it took them years to do the same.
  • Properly Paranoid: After being assigned to guard her while Kyoichiro is at work, Taiyo notices that Mutsumi never eats anything she's given right away and never goes anywhere by herself out of fear of the assassins constantly after her life.
  • Razor Wire: Kyoichiro's preferred weapon is Steel Spider, a set of gloves that produce seemingly endless amounts of wire that can rip apart an entire mansion. In addition to tearing things to ribbons, Kyoichiro also has a enough precision with them to interfere with the wiring of a bomb, catch people who are falling to their deaths, restrain people without harming them, and fling said bomb to another building with pinpoint accuracy.
  • Rude Awakening: The second chapter opens with Kyoichirou looming over Taiyo's bed and stabbing at him before yanking him out as Taiyo's house explodes.
  • Running Gag: When some new gadgets and devices are introduced, the descriptions include some standard explanation of the devices...and a non-sequitur comment.
    Yozakura Loungewear: Blade-resistant, bullet-proof, super-lightweight and machine-washable.
    Black Cherry Blossom Telephone: A hotline for just the family. You can't use it to call out, with the exception of making a delivery from the neighborhood ramen shop.
  • Sanity Slippage: Kyoichiro's possessive behavior began after one of his mistakes nearly cost his sister's life, making him an insane siscon who is willing to keep her in a Gilded Cage in the name of ensuring her safety and murder people she loves to make her comply with his wishes. The Yozakuras hope that with Taiyo marrying Mutsumi, Kyoichiro will be finally able to let go of his obsession and return to normal.
  • Scars Are Forever: Taiyo has a scar running down one eye as a reminder of the car accident that claimed his family's life.
  • Second Year Protagonist: Taiyo and Mutsumi are this, which allows Taiyo to be familiar with his classmates and helping to establish his backstory with Mutsumi.
  • Security Blanket: Despite being a world-class spy who has been in and out of war zones, Shinzo is a complete and utter wimp when unarmed. The mere thought of going into a fight without a gun in his hand makes him curl up in a corner and cry, and his pacifier was shaped like a magnum bullet casing. But give him any kind of weapon and his demeanor takes a 180, making him focused, confident, and analytical.
  • Shotgun Wedding: Taiyo is targeted by Kyoichiro for assassination for the crime of being Mutsumi's Childhood Friend. Despite the Yozakuras' best efforts to stop Kyoichiro, Taiyo decides that the best way to protect himself and Mutsumi is to agree to marry into the family to exploit its Ape Shall Never Kill Ape rule. Kyoichiro even tries to stop them by binding Taiyo's hand with Razor Floss, only to be taken completely by surprise when he grips it in order to get Mutsumi's ring around his finger. Unlike most examples of this trope, the relationship is a happy one despite Mutsumi's hesitation over Taiyo's long-standing trauma.
  • Shrinking Violet: Taiyo is so terrified of social interaction that he froths at the mouth and passes out after the shortest social exchanges. This is because he sees himself as a Doom Magnet and fears that he'll lose everyone he cares about. He mostly gets over it out of necessity after being married into the Yozakura family.
  • Sole Survivor: Taiyo is the only survivor of the accident that killed his parents and little brother.
  • Stern Teacher: Ritsu Katai is a newly hired teacher at Taiyo's and Mutsumi's school who is obsessive about manners and discipline to the point of confiscating Mutsumi's ring even though it wasn't against dress code. Katai justifies this by saying that there are unwritten rules that should be followed and that Mutsumi's ring and chatter with Taiyo are "indecent".
  • Sweet and Sour Grapes: After Mutsumi is kidnapped by Hanawa, Taiyo and Kyoichiro raid a trafficking facility to try and find information on their whereabouts. Despite being told to control himself, Taiyo's Big Brother Instinct takes over when he hears that a kidnapped little girl is going to be taken to "hell". He breaks his cover and ultimately short-circuits the entire facility to save her, costing him his lead on Mutsumi's location. Luckily, the little girl they saved had seen Mutsumi get loaded into a truck, allowing the Yozakuras to track her down anyways.
  • Training from Hell: To avoid being dead weight in a fight, Taiyo puts himself through the rigors of the Yozakuras' training regimen despite lacking the supernatural abilities that let them handle it. Deconstructed when he collapses from exhaustion after three weeks of this training and he only cleared it with help from Shion's analysis, Shizo's practice, Nanao's medicine, and Kengo's fake skin to hide his wounds. It ultimately pays off, as he quickly becomes a Master of Disguise with a measure of Charles Atlas Superpower.
  • Trap Master: Shinzo is in charge of the Yozakura's booby traps and throws up as many of them as he can when Kyoichiro is on the warpath. Shion also ups the difficulty of the house's traps after Taiyo successfully completes all of them.
  • Twice Shy: Taiyo and Mutsumi are close and comfortable enough with each other to regularly defy this. However, Mission 14 shows the pair completely fall apart into blushing dorks who can't look each other in the eye when Taiyo gifts Mutsumi with a rose.
  • Used to Be More Social: Taiyo used to be an ordinary, outgoing kid who loved video games. But the trauma of losing his entire family in a single night from a fatal car accident has made him a recluse who struggles to interact with people.
  • What Does She See in Him?: Kyoichiro is constantly asking this question after Taiyo and Mutsumi agree to marry.
    Kyoichiro: [chewing on his own Razor Wire] Such an admirable girl... S-She's such a sweet girl... So why... is she with this guy.
  • Where Does He Get All Those Wonderful Toys?: The Yozakuras make their own gadgets with the money they get from their jobs. Shinzo made the "Rope Man Belt" that can be used to rappel down a building, Shion builds her own robots, Kengo creates fake skin that can be used for Latex Perfection as well as a lockpick disguised as a normal hair, and Nanao is a doctor and a chemist who creates drugs that can stave off exhaustion.

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