Silver Spoon (銀の匙 / Gin no Saji) is a slice of life, comedy series about suburban city boy Hachiken Yuugo who transferred to an agricultural high school. Sounds boring, right? Think again.
Here are some reasons why I recommend that you should watch Silver Spoon.
1. It’s created by Arakawa Hiromu (荒川 弘) of the global hit Fullmetal Alchemist (鋼の錬金術師 / Hagane no Renkinjutsushi).
Arakawa-sensei gained a lot of fans since creating the awesome FMA series. I should know. I’m one of these fans. However, don’t expect Silver Spoon to be just another FMA. In fact, remove any thoughts of FMA while you watch Silver Spoon because they belong in different planes of existence. While FMA is action-packed fantasy, Silver Spoon follows its own unhurried pace of Japan’s rural reality. Nevertheless, you can expect Arakawa’s engaging characters and excellent storytelling to shine through even while watching chickens laying eggs and cows being milked.
2. It’s laugh out loud funny.
Knowing that this series is about agriculture, I didn’t expect much. I figured that it would simply stimulate me intellectually with farming facts. Imagine my surprise when I found myself clutching my tummy as I roared in laughter before the first episode even ended. This was me in almost every episode. Silver Spoon is delightfully funny that you’ll already be laughing uncontrollably before you even realize what hit you.
3. It makes you appreciate good, simple food.
Many cooking series such as Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma and Yakitate!! Ja-pan show the complicated technical and artistic aspects of preparing and presenting food. While Silver Spoon is not a cooking series, it does show the importance of appreciating good food, especially when you know the hard work of the farmers who produce them. Seeing first-hand the tireless care and time these farmers put into producing the food that you buy in the market will definitely make you think twice about being wasteful.
4. It’s educational.
I think think that even if you’re not interested in farming, Silver Spoon can still engage you with agricultural facts, not to mention the moral and ethical dilemma surrounding the slaughter of livestock for meat consumption. It doesn’t force you to take sides, but lets you form your own opinions about these issues alongside the protagonist Hachiken while reminding you of the consequences of each standpoints.
5. It’s inspirational.
When Hachiken enrolled to the agricultural high school, he had no sense of purpose. He was an empty shell from his insecurities and failures. But as he finds himself physically pushed to the limit from the everyday labour of farming and caring for the livestock, and also mentally stimulated by his goal-driven schoolmates, he begins to open up and search for a new purpose in life. Being a city boy among farming students forcefully changes his preconceptions. He adapts to his new way of life while also influencing the rigid rural values of his classmates through his own city experiences. As a result, all of them evolve together to become more open-minded and exploratory.
6. It’s relatable.
I grew up in rural Philippines as a child. We had a farm, grew fruits, vegetables and livestock for profit and of course for personal consumption. I wasn’t allowed to help with farming. I was sent to private schools outside our town instead. However, I remember sometimes accompanying family members to deliver meals and refreshments to the farmers. I know the hard labour and physical demands of agriculture, even though I didn’t experience it myself. I know that any pests, diseases or natural disasters are deciding factors of whether an average farmer family will earn a living or not.
That’s why Silver Spoon is so relatable to me. I feel like I’m Hachiken but the other way around. He grew up in the city but had to move to the countryside. I grew up in a rural, agricultural town but had to move to a huge city in another country where I currently live. As I watch Hachiken adjust to his new rural life, I can’t help but be reminded of my experiences as a rural child. I know that not many people reading this post will find this relatable but I still want to share these experiences because they’re precious to me.
Even if you don’t have any rural experiences, I think that you’ll still find Silver Spoon relatable through its characters. You may be like Hachiken who had no sense of purpose but is working hard to find one. Or you may be like most of his schoolmates who already know what you want but still have to go through many challenges and experiences because life is unpredictable and throws unexpected curveballs. You’ll be surprised at how relatable this series is.
7. It’s a breath of fresh air.
If you’re like most mainstream anime fans, then you’re used to action-packed fight scenes and elaborate fantasy worlds populated by characters with super powers like Arakawa-sensei’s best-known work Fullmetal Alchemist. Don’t get me wrong, I love this kind of fantasy anime but I also sometimes crave something different and I found that something in Silver Spoon. This series is so realistic that I can almost smell the fresh, clean air of a rural farm with the not-so-pleasant smell of the livestock. If you’re looking for something different from the typical mainstream anime but still want to be entertained, I recommend Silver Spoon.
8. It’s heartwarming.
This is perhaps the series’ main selling point (next to it being created by Arakawa Hiromu-sensei). If you find yourself becoming one of the many lucky people who have been touched by this delightful series after watching it, then I’m sure that you’ll grow not only as a person but also as a citizen of society. Silver Spoon encourages not only personal growth but also your understanding of every person’s contribution to our society. It’s full of heart, even when presenting cold, hard facts.
Silver Spoon (銀の匙 / Gin no Saji) by Arakawa Hiromu (荒川 弘) may sound boring at first, but I encourage you to give it a try. If you already finished the anime, read the manga to continue the journey. I’m so glad that I watched this anime. It’s now one of my favourites. It’s so inspiring and surprisingly entertaining that I want more people to realize its awesomeness. I can’t promise that you’ll love it as much as I do, but I hope that you’ll appreciate its qualities for what they’re worth. What are you waiting for? Go watch Silver Spoon now.
That’s all for today. Thank you for reading. Have a lovely day. Cheers!
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