How does one follow-up an international hit like Fullmetal Alchemist? Well, Hiromu Arakawa took the approach of writing about an agricultural school in her home region, with a name that invites jokes about an 80's sitcom.
Hiromu Arakawa, known for caricaturing herself as a cow, is now writing about cattle in Silver Spoon. The series follows bright student Yugo Hachiken who schemes to get away from his family by enrolling in a Hokkaidō (Arakawa's home prefecture) agricultural school that requires students to reside in its dorms, only to find it more work than he had envisioned.
Unlike Alchemist or Hero Tales, which ran in Square Enix's Shōnen Gangan, the new series is Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday, home of Detective Conan, Hayate the Combat Butler, and historically, Rumiko Takahashi's shonen work.
A collected volume one was released in Japan on July 15th, with volume 2 schedule to hit in late fall of this year.
Oh, and there's a familiar looking phys-ed teacher...