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SILVER SPOON #1 - - Special Review

Now, who could ever argue with a face like this?

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I feel like a good 5-10 minutes of set-up have been strangely omitted from this pilot. Between the title and the lead’s hilarious ineptitude for farm work, I’d assume this show had the very 80’s sitcom premise of a privileged kid being brusquely forced into doing real work (y’know, the kind that gives you calluses and such). However, despite a latter aside about silver spoons’ linguistic roots in folk lore, that scenario is never actually clarified.

Is this another case of some intentionally obtuse anime going out of their to cut out relevant information in the name of being ‘challenging?’ Nah, probably not. Well, I hope not anyway. The show’s already falling victim to a lot of bad anime tropes like the chibi histrionics our lead kicks up when he meets the girl in the forest, and the unrealistic hysterics he has after learning that eggs come out of hen’s butts.

(Seriously, there are plenty of grosser details of avian anatomy that they could’ve goofed on, and they would’ve made for much funnier jokes. Refer to “Scientifically Accurate DUCK TALES” and experience true disgust).

I hate to shrug off the show, because most of the kids’ 4H hijinks really made me smile, but I’d be lying if I said this wasn’t a stumbling first step for a series. All of these shenanigans would’ve been that much more entertaining - - and that much more meaningful character-wise, no less - - if the show had bothered to actually set things up with a proper intro. As is, it’s just a bit messy… and I’ll stop before I make any analogies likening that mess to the kind you’d fine in a cow stable.

Watch this episode, "Welcome to Ezonoo” here and decide for yourself.

AURON570on July 26, 2013 at 12:52 a.m.

Maybe try watching Moyashimon instead. It is also set at an agricultural school, but centers around a boy who can see microbes. I am watching both Moyashimon and Silver Spoon right now. I'm enjoying both of them, but I'm liking Moyashimon more. Moyashimon feels like it was actually written by someone with a degree in agricultural sciences, so the humor feels "smarter".

Marshal Victoryon July 26, 2013 at 12:53 a.m.

This one i was intrersted in. Then lost intrest an not watched it yet.But to clarify "work" can be any thing .Haveing spent um about 15 years in autobody work being burnt, harmed by chemicals ,cut an my favorite busting my knuckles cause i would break craftman wrenchs .If at all posible id much rather have the non calluses type any day of the week.

as B.T.O would say..

"It's the work that we avoid"

If at all posible make what ever job ya do something ya enjoy.Then its not like work.

rubberluffyon July 26, 2013 at 2:58 a.m.

The second and third episodes start to go into why Hachiken ended up going to a farming school instead of whatever normal high school there was where he lived. Also much more entertaining episodes than the first even though I also liked the first. Also, no comment ecognizing the artstyle? This is the series Arakawa started on a year after finishing Fullmetal Alchemist, drawing on knowledge from growing up on a farm.

@AURON570:

I loved Moyashimon season 1, despite it having some out-of-left-field plot developments, but season 2 I gave up after 3 episodes. It just felt like a different show. Hell, it LOOKED like a different show, considering the drastic (worse) change in art style.

Daniel_Newton moderator on July 26, 2013 at 3:24 a.m.

Well, I think I've found my next caption contest image...

KingOfAshon July 26, 2013 at 3:42 a.m.

It by Hiromu Arakawa (FMA) so I'll check it out

sifter01on July 28, 2013 at 1:14 a.m.

yeah this one is kind of good

takashichea moderator is online on Aug. 1, 2013 at 7 p.m.

I'm not much of a slice of life fan, but I enjoy this series so far. I didn't mind the egg part. It does get better if you continue.

Edit:

The second episode is the one that starts the series properly.

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