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Let me start with a confession: I kinda hate slice-of-life anime. I watch so much live-action programming that I look to anime specifically for stories and scenarios I won’t find in live-action… and yet, I’m completely hooked on Silver Spoon.

Based on the current best-selling manga by Hiromu Arakawa (Fullmetal Alchemist), Silver Spoon follows Hachiken Yuugo, a brilliant but friendless high school freshman who enrolls in Ezonoo Agricultural High School simply to get away from his family in the city. Throughout the first season, he learns that farming isn’t just bumpkin busywork, and is a demanding, sometimes thankless profession that allows modern society to eat, to have clothes, to live.

Silver Spoon’s second season picks up after the initial run’s bittersweet finale, with Hachiken learning more of the ins and outs of farming, equestrianism, and the sacrifices people have to make just to keep their families’ businesses afloat. It’s not all sturm and drang, though--Hachiken gets a dog, meets a hilariously dorky rival (I guess you can call her that) and his refreshingly awkward, realistic sorta-romance with classmate Aki moves forward. Too many anime characters make a dramatic confession of love (or like)--Hachiken somehow works out the courage to ask Aki out on a date, she says yes, and he breathes a huge, relatable sigh of relief.

My disinterest in slice-of-life mainly deals with their focus, or lack thereof. Silver Spoon isn’t about doing cute girls doing cute things cutely--it’s about growing up, about finding direction in your life and not half-assing anything, especially when people’s livelihood is on the line. Characters grow and change, there are pretty high stakes and sometimes painful moments of loss, and just like a hard day’s work, every chance to stop and laugh is a welcome break that you appreciate all the more. Yeah, sure, it’s about farming… but Silver Spoon is a masterpiece.
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Posted 3/7/14
I totally agree. This anime has been a real pleasure for me to watch since the first season. I enjoy the depth each character has and how relatable they can be to the audience. Plus the art work is well done and I'm very satisfied with the cast of voice actors they put in for this series.
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Posted 3/8/14
I felt really fortunate that I found this series early on in it's first season! I happen to like slice-of-life as long as the drama isn't so intense that I start doubting the mental abilities of the characters. This series struck the perfect note with me: a main character who grows, an interesting setting (that's also educational), and entertaining side character. I was a bit worried about the second season, whether it'd be as good as the first, and so far it has not left me down!

If you're on the fence, give this series a chance! It's well worth your time!
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Posted 3/11/14
I too have enjoyed this series since the first season. I especially like the fact that it points out that food doesn't magically appear in stores, that it takes the effort of many living entities to provide us with the necessary sustenance for life.
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Hachiken is a big draw to the series; he's far from stereotypical male protagonists in that he's really honest, not only towards others, but also to himself. He is keenly aware of his own flaws, but he doesn't dwell or angst over them, he lets them be until they get in the way of his goals, and that is when he strives to overcome them.

It's also refreshing to see how every one at Ezonoo loves him not because the script demands it, but because he is a truly likeable and remarkable human being.
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