Silver Spoon – Review
Original Air Dates: July 11th, 2013 – September 19th, 2013
Synopsis: Yugo Hachiken is a young man who’s adjusting to his new life at an Agricultural boarding school after deciding he wanted to be away from home for his high school years. Hachiken must not only adapt to this jarring new setting but must also deal directly with the biggest question hanging over his head, “What is he doing with his life?” As Hachiken struggles to cope with the agricultural life that he expected to be “easy”, he also finds that perhaps this school will teach him more than just the ins and outs of pig farming.
Review (Warning: Some Spoilers to Follow):
Tom: Silver Spoon doesn’t seem like it’d be all that interesting a concept: A young man heads out to farm school? But the story is told with such precision, such solid character work and sprinkling of details about the profession that Silver Spoon is perhaps one of the most interesting and well developed anime of 2013.
Linny: Hachiken, our lead character, is someone that could potentially resonate with a lot of viewers; from his inner conflict and confusion regarding his plans for the future, to his city boy reactions towards the harsher realities of farm life. While it’s obvious that Silver Spoon has elements of the cliche fish out of water story line, the show manages to make the experience genuinely heartwarming and entertaining in its own right. Every single character has some very unique traits, making them memorable and even their ‘country bumpkin’ nature is played out in a very organic manner, without feeling too forced or in your face for the mere sake of a quick laugh.
Tom: What’s truly amazing about Silver Spoon is how farm life is made intensely interesting, sprinkling out knowledge and details when best utilized all between a very fun and diverse cast, which allows for plenty of comedy, culminating in an exceedingly well paced series that does character work, educational information and comedy in a near perfect mix. Inbetween all that we also have some solid human and morale drama about raising animals, using them and even putting them down when the time comes. Unlike Linny, I actually found Hachiken a tad unlikable to start. He felt like the kind of character who judges others based on their appearance. But over time I found him to become more likable, and grows into a much nicer lead that I was eventually able to actively root for.
Linny: I think I chalked down Hachiken as being more ‘anti-social’ than outright rude but I will agree that you might not find him endearing right off the bat. What is undisputed though is how engrossing and amusing it is to watch him, not only learning from and about his new classmates, friends and surroundings but also watching him inject a city boy’s perspective into the country raised people. The show packs in so much into its mere 11 episode run: emotions, morals, laughs and educational information.
Tom: On the animation side of things, Gin no Saji’s art and animation holds up very well over it’s shorter than average run. There’s few, if any, cringe worthy drops, keeping characters looking as they should and the artwork remaining as visually appealing as always.
Linny: One could chalk down the consistent animation to the fact that the show doesn’t really have any major budget blowing sequences like action oriented stories do. Regardless of the reason, it’s worth praising that the show animators and creators ensured that the show looks good throughout. The opening credit sequences and the accompanying music are a peppy start that give you a great indication of the cheerful and cozy tale awaiting you.
Tom: Silver Spoon was a welcome surprise back in 2013, and holds up today as one of the stronger dramas to come out of the anime medium. It’s the perfect combination of slice of life antics, educational tidbits, character work, and a touch of romance.
Linny: Silver Spoon is most definitely a must watch for fans of the slice of life genre or fish out of water stories. Point to be noted is that it is rather frank and upfront about the meat industry. There are some butchering scenes, like the gif above that might make some of you squeamish and to be safe, I wouldn’t recommend this show to vegans, vegetarians and anyone who is not okay with the consumption of meat. The show DOES make note that animals are to be treated well and the characters are shown to care for and respect the animals they are raising even if it is for slaughtering. Other than that, Silver Spoon has so much to offer in the form of laughs and education about all that goes on in animal and produce farming schools that it would be a shame not to give it a try.