At First Glance – Silver Spoon

Note: There are spoilers for the first episode of the anime in question in this article.
You have been warned.

Welcome back folks. As a quick reminder for those who are new or have forgotten, the idea of these “At First Glance” things is that I watch the first episode of an anime I’ve never seen and give my thoughts on it. Simple, right?
With that out of the way, let’s get down to business.

Silver Spoon

Yet another one that wasn’t on my list, and I only really know exists because of AnimeLab. The premise was intriguing enough to perk my interest so I figured “why the hell not?”. Not too much else to really say in that regard. Wasn’t really sure what to expect going into this.

As far as the plot goes, the anime follows the story of Yuugo Hachiken, a “city boy” who decides to attend the fictional Ooezo Agricultural High School, assuming it will be an easier workload. While that might sort of be true academically, the agricultural side of school proves his thought to be wrong. Being a slice-of-life anime, Silver Spoon basically just follows the general experiences Yuugo has at the school, and his interactions with the other students.

This anime doesn’t really screw around, jumping right into Yuugo’s first day, and displaying his complete misunderstanding of agriculture right off the bat. It’s not outright stated that he just thought this high school would be less work, but it’s clear he’s much more interested in the academic side of things. He also appears to be the only person attending the school who doesn’t have some sort of family background in farming or any interest in a job this school might help him with.

A very funny moment from this episode is when Yuugo asks fellow student Keiji Tokiwa where eggs come from as they’re collecting eggs in the morning. Keiji flat out tells him they come from the chicken’s anus which grosses Yuugo out. Keiji actually goes into more detail about exactly where they come from and how but Yuugo is still fairly grossed out.

Later in the episode they have to help out with securing a greenhouse during strong winds and end up missing dinner, so they’re brought some food. The running gag of the eggs comes up again, but Yuugo is so hungry that he eats it (with rice and…tomato sauce I think?) and loves it. So it’s assumed he got over that issue.

Arguably the funniest moment in the episode however is when Yuugo and his classmates offer to help catch some chickens, only for one of them to get its head cut off in front of them. Yuugo is a little shaken by it, but one his classmates, Shinnosuke Aikawa, flat out faints from this. Interestingly enough, there is a blood spatter from this whole thing, but as the anime is PG (in Australia) the chicken’s neck is blurred out.

Another character called Aki Mikage seems to be set up as Yuugo’s potential crush/love-interest, but I’m kinda hoping nothing happens there. The anime works well enough as a slice-of-life focusing on the day-to-day high school stuff and Yuugo’s interactions with his other students, that I feel a love story would be a bit unnecessary. That said, if it’s well done I won’t mind.

The supporting cast seem fairly interesting so far, but it is only the first episode, so I can’t say too much about them. And really as this is slice-of-life, I can’t say much else without spoiling more moments in the episode. So, will I continue watching this? Definitely. The whole focus on the high school life itself as apposed to purely the characters (helped by the fact it’s a boarding school) makes this very different to the other high school based slice-of-life anime I’ve seen before, which honestly keeps me interested.

Silver Spoon is made up of 22 episodes across two seasons (11 episodes per season), and is currently only available in Japanese with English subtitles. The mange the anime is based on also has a live-action movie adaptation, which came out during Silver Spoon’s second season, in case anyone is interested.

Well, that about covers it. If anyone has any suggestions for anime I should watch for this in the future, give me a shout and I’ll put it on my list. If it’s already on my list, I’ll bump it up in priority. However if I’ve already watched it then I’m obviously going to have to decline.
I’ll see you next time folks.