- Romaji name: Gin no Saji
- English name: Silver Spoon
- Studio: A-1 Pictures
- Original mangaka: Hiromu Arakawa
- Genre: Slice of Life, Educational
- Status: Season 1 completed.
Gin no Saji is about a boy named Yugo Hachiken, who’s in his first year of Oezo Agricultural High School in Hokkaido. Being from Saporro, he experiences difficulties adapting to the harsh way of living on a farm. Unlike his classmates, Hachiken doesn’t have any ambitions to work on a farm, which doesn’t make things easier. However, with the help of his classmates, he finds his way as he learns more about farm life and himself.
Gin no Saji isn’t really an anime that I would normally watch, still, I was really looking forward to this one. Why? The mangaka is Hiromu Arakawa, the mangaka of Fullmetal Alchemist. Knowing this, it’s almost impossible not to compare the two anime. Those who have read (or watched) FMA know that it has an excellent balance between action, story, philosophical issues, and humor. That balance can also be found in Gin no Saji. Times when Hachiken ponders about whether or not he should eat meat and what he should do with his life are well balanced with the humor we all know from FMA. As the anime progresses, Hachiken experiences some character development and as he learns more about agriculture, we learn with him. So, even if FMA and Gin no Saji are anime of two total different genres, the similarities are obvious, which is a good thing.
Gin no Saji is funny, interesting and because the reason why Hachiken fled from his hometown remains unclear, you’re motivated to find out more and keep watching. It’s a real feelgood anime without becoming cheesy. The intro (Kiss You by miwa) and outro (Hello Especially by Sukima Switch, who also did one of my favourite openings in FMA: Brotherhood) fit the atmosphere perfectly. The downside is that the story isn’t really complex and each episode has its own stand-alone storyline, which makes the anime kind of ‘basic’.