Posted by psgels on 25 September 2013 with categories: Anime Reviews, Silver Spoon


When Noitamina started airing two series per season, it was amazing. It’s a timeslot that on average tends to be aimed at a much older audience than usual, and having two series with the same mentality definitely helped to bring more diversity to anime overall. Unfortunately it’s a schedule that could not be kept up forever: last season saw a rerun, and this time there only is one new anime, with the name of Silver Spoon. But it’s worth the watch!

The series you can compare this to the most easily is probably Moyashimon. Both series are about agricultural college with an oddball entering. Where Moyashimon focused on plants and germs, Silver Spoon focuses mostly on actual farming, and farm animals. The big differences come in the way the series are laid out: Moyashimon is random, silly, and overall rather shallow, compared to Silver Spoon being very meticulously constructed, and deep. And don’t get me wrong, it can get silly at times, but even that is very well plotted out. Compare it to how precise the comedy in Full Metal Alchemist always was.

Watch this show for the depth though: this series takes a look at the less pleasant sides of farming. And it does so with such grace! It doesn’t shy away from showing the fact that the animals in this series are destined for the slaughterhouse. It managed to create these very sympathetic characters who all have different roles and views on it, and they’re all affected by each other’s actions: some people accept it like it’s normal, others really need to take more time. The main character in this series is actually a really good one, because he challenges that view in nearly all of the characters. Of his age, in any case.

Beyond that it’s just an all around fun series to watch that goes into a lot of detail in some of the other aspects of working on a farm. There’s a second season coming up, but you can just as easily view this series standalone. There are a few episodes that perhaps break a it of the flow, or go on for a bit too long with the drama, but overall it’s a series that’s well worth the watch.
One-Sentence Review: This show is about farming, and it shows this in depth.
Suggestions:
Moyashimon
Nodame Cantabile

8 Responses

  1. Mazz says:

    One of the best highschool that has come out in a while if you ask me (I haven’t finished tamayura yet so I can’t compare) . This is how the genre should be done! Less focus on school life and the romance, and more focus on the characters! I should have expected more from the creator of FMA. 9/10

    • JaK says:

      haha romance will in s2 w8 for it :P

      • Mazz says:

        I just hope it isn’t too much. I have a lot of faith in the Mangaka so I’m sure it’ll be fine. I really like how she portrayed the romance in Season 1 (very subtle on Aki’s part, but you know its there without her blushing every episode or something lame like that).

        • Gan_HOPE326 says:

          I mean, this is the mangaka who gave us the most awkward, realistic, and cute love declaration in the history of the medium. Being an engineer/researcher I can relate both to Edward and Winry so much, and their “half of my life” scene which degenerated in discussing percentage was so true XD. I have faith that if and when the time will come for Hachi and Aki, it’ll be as great.

  2. BigFire says:

    Unless they spend time in doing recap of first season, skipping the first season and watch the second one isn’t an option.

  3. Ayu says:

    What’s your final score for Aku no Hana?

  4. Petit Orenji says:

    Everything was perfect except for the ending; it brought a whole new level to rushed endings. I realized it was the final episode two days after watching it.

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