Silver Spoon is an anime based on a manga series by Hiromu Arakawa. The anime is produced by A-1 Pictures, and is directed by Tomohiko Ito and Kotomi Deai. The series is streaming on Crunchyroll on Thursdays.
Yugo Hachiken is the main character of Silver Spoon, and he’s a city boy from Sapporo who enrolls into the Oezo Agricultural High School in Hokkaido. Yugo failed the entrance exams for the high school he wanted to go to, so he thought Oezo would have an easier academic course so he would have time to prepare for college entrance exams. Unfortunately, since this city boy has no clue about what farm life is like, he doesn’t realize until after he starts attending the school just how wrong this assumption is. From the very first scene, Yugo’s ignorance about farm life is made very clear, and it makes up the basis for quite a bit of the humor and jokes in the first episode.
During this episode, he meets a girl named Aki Mikage who is a member of the school’s Equestrian Club, and is studying here in order to be able to inherit her family’s cow and horse farm. This episode also sees Yugo being put into a team with four other students in his class to do farm practicum. He is put into a group with Ichiro Komaba, Shinnosuke Aikawa, Tamako Inada, and Keiji Tokiwa. Yugo comes to quickly realize that everyone in the school already has a goal they’re trying to attain; everyone that is, except for him.
One thing that grabbed me, and not necessarily in a good way, is the character design. Several of the characters looked a little too close to some of the characters that appear in Fullmetal Alchemist, another manga series by Hiromu Arakawa. The worst of these similarities was that the teacher in charge of the endurance test looks too similar to Alex Louis Armstrong from Fullmetal Alchemist.
After watching the first episode, I was left with the impression that Silver Spoon is a rather typical “fish out of water” story. There were times I found the first episode to be a little on the boring side, but I’m trying to cut it some slack because of the fact that it is the first episode of a series. When a lot of time has to be spent on establishing the premise, the characters, and the world the characters inhabit, there’s always the chance that it can feel a little boring.
I’m going to go ahead and watch another episode of Silver Spoon in order to give the series another chance to try to show that there’s more to it than I saw in the first episode.
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