Why You Should Watch “Silver Spoon”

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!

/Wild Arria fled/


Loved what you read?  Share this post with your friends.  Also feel free to connect and follow Arria on Twitter, Google+, and Medium.  Also like Fujinsei’s Facebook page.  Thanks!

Support Fujinsei by using the following affiliate links whenever you shop online with these websites:

CDJapan.co.jp

Play-Asia.com

Amazon.com

Amazon.ca

Fujinsei is also a WordAds member, so if you would be so kind as to turn off your ad blocker when using this site, that would be greatly appreciated.

Read Disclosure Policy for more information about how this site uses affiliate links and ads.  Thank you very much for your support!

Advertisements

28 thoughts on “Why You Should Watch “Silver Spoon””

  1. Silver Spoon is wonderful and inspiring and heart-warming and impactful (Pork Bowl!). It’s every bit as good as her other masterpiece, FMA – the anime does a great job of capturing what’s so engaging about the manga.

    Like

      1. Oh, I see. Well, the second anime adaptation for FMA did follow the manga more loyally than the first one. But the first one will always have a special place in my heart since it was the one that I watched as a child.

        And yay! I’m glad that I’m the one who let you know about the Silver Spoon anime. It also follows the manga quite loyally, so I think you will love it as much as you did the manga. Hope that you watch it soon..when you have the time. Cheers!

        Like

  2. Aaah, Arria why you do this to me, now I have to add this to my list to watch!! 💕
    Funny story, I grew up in an out of town city, though it wasn’t a village we lived near a forest and ended up stumbling upon a village there with farms and we ended up doing our own. We even had pigs, and other kinds of animals like chickens and pheasants, and of course vegetables. You’re reminding me of that time of my life aaah. Only you, Arria! 💕
    Also, glad to see I wasn’t the only one raised more country pumpkin than city gal 😹👌

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Nyahahaha! I aim to add a ton of titles to everyone’s to-do list. Because I also have an extremely long one. Sigh. The struggle of an anime fan is real. Ahaha!
      Oh wow! That’s so interesting. I don’t meet a lot of people now who lived in farms. Most of my current acquaintances are city people. It’s so nostalgic watching this series. I hope that you get to watch this anime soon. Aaaaaw. /hugs/ Thanks, bb! High-five!

      Like

      1. You’re evil, nefarious, dirty, and should be spanked accordingly! 😏
        I actually deleted mine a while ago because it had reached 800 shows, my goal is to finish all the anime I started and try not to raise that lisr :))))
        I still lived in an apartment on a small out of town city, but I do believe I had the best of both worlds really 👌✨
        Same, I know a lot of city folks, none of them were raised with animals, which is why I’m a country pumpkin at heart still 😹
        I will watch it since I love flora and fauna 💖
        Sometimes I think we’d be all happier living on a farm, among plants and animals, than on compact cities.
        /hugs back
        HIGH FIVE 5EVER 😹👌👌👌👌

        Liked by 1 person

      2. Ahaha! I’ll take that as a compliment. 😉

        Gasp! No, you didn’t! Why would you do something like that? You want to start from scratch again? But well, I guess I can understand the feeling.

        Ahaha! High-five fellow country bumpkin. Yes, please do watch it. It’s really good and nostalgic for people like us.

        Like

      3. Haha, well it is a compliment, in a sense 😹👌

        Oh yes I did 😹 because there’s no way in heaven I’m actually watching 800 anime, and I want to prioritize watching the good ones, not just everything that’s popular 😹
        Of course you can understand, you’re buried in your backlog too www
        I’ve done the same with books too, and games on my wish list~
        High five to us! 💕💕💕
        We still have a garden on our house, and even had chickens here too, and we have trees and vegetables on them. So I’m still in a farm at heart hehe 💖✨

        Liked by 1 person

      4. Ahaha. I’ve actually been thinking of ditching my current to-watch list because it’s so long and becoming disorganized. I keep adding! But I’m not ready yet. Brave of you to just ditch it. But I bet that you feel lighter now than you did.
        That’s so cool. We don’t have a garden but I have indoor plants that I take care myself. And that’s just about it. Oh, chickens! As pets? Or do you sell them?

        Like

      5. I ditched mine and yet I already have like 80 anime on my to watch list, why do they grow this easily? 😹
        I felt lighter yeah, it feels like less pressure on me, so do it! Press that reset button as if it was a bishounen’s nipple! 🌚
        Indoor plants are adorable and I love them 💕👌
        We had chickens for laying eggs, but we didn’t have enough space for them to walk comfortably and their feet got hurt, so we stopped having them. It was for the better, we didn’t want them suffering, and we didn’t have plans of eating them, they died of old age.
        You sure you don’t have pets? I have a zoo here, a turtle, 10 birds, 1 dog, a stray cat we feed, 5 fishies in a tank… We’ve had rabbits too 😹

        Liked by 1 person

      6. Ahahaha! Mine has hundreds. Makes me a little dizzy whenever I look at it. I’ll decided to keep it for now. But I may “clean” it up and “reorganize” one of these days…when I’m not feeling too lazy. Ahaha! Gosh, Cat. Nipples…. -___-
        XD
        Oh wow. Good for you. And for the chickens. But did you harvest their eggs? Or did you let them grow into chickens?

        I had a lot of pets while I was still living in the Philippines as a child. Lots and lots of them. But now I live in the city. We really have no time and space to care for them because we’re always on the go. However, I plan to have some cats when I move out on my own.

        Oh wow. Turtles and fish. We used to have a fish pond. And my elder cousin had turtles and an iguana before. My dad used to raise pigeons and he used to give me rabbits and guinea pigs for my birthdays. I used to ask them for a pony, but they never gave me one. Ahahah!

        Like

    1. I really recommend it. Even I wasn’t very enthusiastic and had no expectations at all before watching it. That’s why I was delightfully surprised how good I find it. I can’t guarantee that you’ll like it as much as I did, but I hope that you get to watch it soon and form your own opinions. Thanks for dropping by and considering it. Cheers!

      Liked by 1 person

  3. I am so glad to see you highlighting this series! Silver Spoon is adorable, funny, and fresh. Plus, it’s really interesting to see the more rural side of Japanese life that it presents. I loved it, personally. 😀

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Indeed. I haven’t read a lot of blog posts here about this series. If I did, I would’ve watched this sooner. Indeed, it’s really interesting to watch rural Japan, especially in anime. Thanks for dropping by. Cheers!

      Liked by 1 person

What do you think?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s