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Is It Worth Your Time?
Yes. You need to watch this.
What Should I Watch It On?
So far Crunchyroll.com seems to be the only place that provides Silver Spoon. (Update! Apparently you can also watch Silver Spoon on Hulu. But who wants to see commercials?) I have no problems with that. In fact I love that Crunchyroll offers streaming service on my iPad, PC and Roku device all for one low price. For some reason it just seems to work best on my Roku. Silver Spoon is part of Crunchyroll.com’s Simulcasts offerings. Every week Crunchyroll legally subtitles and offers the show on its websites and web services to paying customers. If you are a fan of anime and want to keep up with the newest shows legally this is the best possible bet.
What Did You Think Without Spoiling It?
I have been nervously anticipating the Silver Spoon Anime for a while because I love the Manga. Silver Spoon is written by Hiromu Arakawa, the genius behind Hero Tales and Fullmetal Alchemist. It was because of Fullmetal that I gave the Silver Spoon Manga a chance, thankfully I have not been disappointed. Silver Spoon is very different, but just as amazing.
Silver Spoon’s anime perfectly captures the magic of the Manga. This isn’t some crazy world with magic powers. This is based in a high school dedicated to teaching agricultural studies for students who are eager to enter farm work. Sounds exciting doesn’t it? I didn’t think so either… And it really isn’t that exciting, but it is very entertaining and very easy to relate to and enjoy. The characters are all relatable and very well written. As the show goes on just like the Manga you learn more and more about the wonderful cast of characters and what makes them tick. Thankfully Silver Spoon does this in a pretty brisk fashion so you don’t have to worry about getting bored. The great art, wonderful crisp animation and great music all work together to create a fun anime. At first I wasn’t too keen on the voice acting, but soon enough it all just clicked.
I can honestly say you need to watch this Anime. It’s fresh, different and feels very honest.
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Why it Works?
Silver Spoon has really great writing that just takes you on this journey with a very relatable main character. Yugo Hachiken is not other main characters we normally see. He doesn’t have an epic quest, or a unshakable dream. He’s just a young man looking for direction and desperately trying to find himself while trying to distance himself from a family he doesn’t care for. I like that. I like that a lot. It’s fresh and it makes him open to new experiences. As viewers we experience those things with him. He plays the perfect protagonist to a world not many people know about. We all eat the food, but we really don’t know how it’s made or the types of ways it’s done. That’s the genius of Silver Spoon, it’s entertaining and educational!
There are no crazy fights in Silver Spoon or gratuitous cleavage and panty shots. Instead we have an honest perspective into the world of commercial agriculture. From small farm life to large industrial efficiency. We have genius character designs that are humorous without being cheesy. If you loved that art style of Fullmetal Alchemist you will enjoy this.
I really can go on and on about the wonderful character growth, and how this show hit close to home for me in a lot of way, but really, just stop reading this and go to Crunchyroll.com and watch it for yourself. You will thank me later. I can’t wait for this to catch on in America.
There is nothing at all wrong with this show. My only concern is what is going to happen when the show catches up to the source material. The Silver Spoon Manga is relatively new so there isn’t that much content. Thankfully the universe is ripe for side stories and hopefully good filler episodes.
22 minutes has never felt so short and far away…
You need to watch this!
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- Season 1 is 11 Episodes
- Ongoing show
- Subtitles only!
- Stream on Crunchyroll.com