Alternate titles: Gin no Saji
Manga Adaptation by A-1 Pictures
Simulcast on Crunchyroll
Premise: Yugo Hachiken is an unambitious student from the city who decides to enroll in an agricultural academy in hopes of an easy academic experience. The rigors of farm life quickly prove to be more than he can handle.
Gee’s Verdict: A Mediocre Harvest
Perhaps that’s a little too harsh, but coming from the pedigree of Full Metal Alchemist, Silver Spoon is well, kind of boring. It’s not objectively terrible, and it has its moments, but overall I found myself merely tolerating the existence of this anime. This is not to say that a premise about farming or something equally down-to-earth is bad, there are plenty of stories about seemingly mundane subjects that end up being genuinely engaging. However, Silver Spoon‘s humor and characterization don’t always hit their mark, which definitely don’t help the seemingly directionless narrative. Yes, we get it. Hachiken is the city slicker who doesn’t know what he’s doing. Yes, he’s dumb enough to not know where eggs come from. While I love fish-out-of-water stories, hopefully the show’s narrative and development doesn’t hinge on our main character having the common sense of basement dwelling shut-in. Obviously, it’s a bit much to judge so quickly from the first episode, but the next few episodes will definitely have to do something interesting to keep my interest.
Iro’s Verdict: IT’S AN EGG
IT’S JUST A FUCKING EGG, EAT IT! ARE YOU EIGHT YEARS OLD OR SOMETHING? ARE YOU STUPID? HOW DO YOU NOT KNOW THAT EGGS COME OUT OF A CHICKEN’S ASS? AAAAAAAAAARGH
2 thoughts on “First Impressions: Silver Spoon”
The manga is one of my favorite things ever, and while the anime is pretty faithful on a technical level, all the spirit and joy seems to be gone and I’m not sure where it went. (I should point out that while the mangaka is Arakawa, none of the people who worked on FMA are involved to my knowlegde. The actual pedigree is of Occult Academy and Sword Art Online.
Honestly I love the concept of Silver Spoon, but the anime definitely felt a little lifeless to me. I’ll likely check out the manga, I have a feeling something with such a down-to-earth subject matter probably excels on paper rather than on the screen.