Silver Spoon (manga)

Silver Spoon (Japanese: 銀の匙, Hepburn: Gin no Saji) is a Japanese coming-of-agemanga series written and illustrated by Hiromu Arakawa, serialized in Shogakukan‘s Weekly Shōnen Sunday from April 2011 to November 2019. The story is set in the fictional Ooezo Agricultural High School in Hokkaido, and depicts the daily life of Yuugo Hachiken, a high school student from Sapporo who enrolled at Ooezo Agricultural High School fleeing from the demands of his strict father. However, he soon learns that life on an agricultural school is not as easy as he initially believed. Unlike his new classmates, he has no intention of following an agricultural career after graduating, although he envies them for already having set goals for their lives and the pursuit of their dreams.

Not to be confused with Gin no Spoon.

Japanese manga series and anime

Silver Spoon

First volume cover, featuring Yuugo Hachiken
銀の匙
(Gin no Saji) Genre Manga Written by Hiromu Arakawa Published by Shogakukan English publisher Imprint Shōnen Sunday Comics Magazine Weekly Shōnen Sunday Demographic Shōnen Original run April 6, 2011November 27, 2019 Volumes 15 (List of volumes) Anime television series Directed by
Produced by
  • Shunsuke Saitō
  • Akitoshi Mori
Written by Taku Kishimoto Music by Shūsei Murai Studio A-1 Pictures Licensed by Original network Fuji TV (noitaminA) Original run July 11, 2013 March 27, 2014 Episodes 22 (List of episodes) Live-action film Directed by Keisuke Yoshida Produced by
  • Akiko Ikuno
  • Tetsutaka Takeda
  • Hideki Hoshino
Written by
  • Keisuke Yoshida
  • Ryō Takada
Music by Takefumi Haketa Studio Toho Released March 7, 2014 (2014-03-07) Runtime 111 minutes  Anime and manga portal

An anime television series adaptation produced by A-1 Pictures aired for two seasons between July and September 2013 and January and March 2014 on Fuji TV‘s noitaminA block. A live-action film based on the manga produced by Toho was released in March 2014.

The manga has been well received by its Japanese audience. It won the 5th Manga Taishō in 2012, the 58th Shogakukan Manga Award in the shōnen category and the Japan Food Culture Contents Award, both in 2013.

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After failing to pass the entrance examinations for the high school he planned to attend, mild-mannered student Yuugo Hachiken moves away from his suburban home and enrolls at the rural Ooezo Agricultural High School (大蝦夷農業高等学校, Ōezo Nōgyō Kōtō Gakkō) – often abbreviated as Ezonō (エゾノー, lit. “Ezo Ag”) – in the countryside. His relationship with his family is strained at the start of the story, which influences his decision to attend a school far from home. He continues to worry about his future career over the course of the series. He soon finds himself slowly getting used to his new environment despite some initial struggles, and grows into an empathetic and compassionate individual as he struggles to understand the world of agriculture and how it affects the lives of his new friends.

The main characters of the Silver Spoon series. From left to right: Tokiwa, Inada, Yoshino, Hachiken, Mikage, Nishikawa, Komaba, Aizawa, and Beppu
Yuugo Hachiken (八軒 勇吾, Hachiken Yūgo)
Voiced by: Ryōhei Kimura[3]
A city boy from Sapporo. After failing to pass the entrance exams for the high school he plans to attend, Yuugo decided to enroll at Ezo, expecting an easier academic workload. However, he is proven wrong. Due to his strict upbringing by his father, he is unable to refuse when someone needs his help. Despite complaining when he feels that people abuse his generosity, Yuugo quickly earns the friendship and respect of his peers. Yuugo joins the Equestrian Club alongside his classmate Aki and rises to the position of Vice President of the club. Yuugo is usually anxious about his future as, unlike his classmates who already have their goals in life, he is still wondering about what career he should choose. Much of Yuugo’s animosity towards his family is a result of being compared to his more successful older brother, Shingo, and the seemingly uncaring hostility of his father. He has a crush on Aki, and they officially start dating after Aki got accepted into university.
Aki Mikage (御影 アキ, Mikage Aki)
Voiced by: Marie Miyake[3]
Aki is a first-year student who is also a member of the Equestrian Club. As the only child of her family, she entered Ezo to study so that she would inherit her family business—a cow and horse farm specializing in raising Ban’ei race horses. She is wary of Yuugo at first. At first, is friendly and seems easygoing. However, she keeps her desires bottled up and pushes people away from her problems. She has poor grades, though, according to Yuugo, better than Keiji’s. Later, her family experiences financial difficulties and is forced to sell all their horses. After this event, Aki confesses her true desires for the future, and—encouraged by Yuugo—expresses her will to work with horses professionally instead of inheriting the farm. She then starts studying (partly because of her poor grades) to enter college with Yuugo as her personal tutor. She slowly develops feelings for Yuugo, and they officially start dating after she gets accepted into university.
Mayumi Yoshino (吉野 まゆみ, Yoshino Mayumi)
Voiced by: Shiori Izawa[3]
A classmate of Yuugo and a member of the Dairy Farming program. Her dream is to open her own cheese factory.
Ichiro Komaba (駒場 一郎, Komaba Ichirō)
Voiced by: Tooru Sakurai[3]
One of Yuugo’s close friends at Ezo and a skilled baseball player. Ichiro is Aki’s childhood friend and neighbor which is initially a source of jealousy for Yuugo. Ichiro dreams of becoming a professional baseball player to earn money to improve his family’s small dairy farm. However, his family goes bankrupt and their farm is sold to pay their debt. As a result, he is forced to quit Ezo and look for a job to make ends meet and support his mother and sisters.
Shinnosuke Aikawa (相川 進之介, Aikawa Shinnosuke)
Voiced by: Nobunaga Shimazaki[3]
Another close friend of Yuugo, Shinnosuke aims to become a veterinarian after graduation. His goal, however, is complicated by his tendency to faint at the sight of blood. He is a member of the Holstein Club.
Tamako Inada (稲田 多摩子, Inada Tamako)
Voiced by: Ayahi Takagaki[3]
A wealthy classmate of Yuugo whose family runs a huge industrial farm. She is usually an obese girl, but she hides under the extra fat a quite beautiful figure that reveals itself occasionally when she works too hard or goes on a quick diet. However, she has to regain her weight because she feels weak when she is thinner. Obsessed with money, Tamako’s goal is to take over her family’s farm (humorously depicted as a “hostile takeover” by her parents), and expand it and make it more profitable.
Keiji Tokiwa (常盤 恵次, Tokiwa Keiji)
Voiced by: Masayuki Shouji[3]
A close friend of Yuugo who has a talent of getting himself in trouble due to his difficulty studying (which has humorously become Yuugo’s means of gauging Aki’s and even his dog Vice President’s learning abilities) and his habit of jumping to conclusions, much to his friends’ chagrin–even putting Yuugo and Mayumi in the hot seat once. His family owns a chicken farm.
Hajime Nishikawa (西川 一, Nishikawa Hajime)
Voiced by: Kengo Takanashi[3]
A close friend of Yuugo who is a huge otaku. He is sensible and mature and often gives Yuugo good advice. He cares for his friends and is very intelligent, knowing a lot about the crops and their economic value, and technology. He hopes to attend a college of university in Tokyo, mainly because, as he claims, Tokyo is the land of otaku.
Ayame Minamikujō (南九条 あやめ, Minamikujō Ayame)
Voiced by: Sayuri Yahagi[4]
An aristocratic girl to a vast agriculture fortune and childhood rival to Aki Mikage. She often gets Hachiken’s name wrong by replacing the Hachi (8) part of his name with different numbers, calling him “Shichiken” (7) and “Jūhachiken” (18). In the anime, she came to Ezo late in the second season (to fill up the slot vacated by Ichiro), but she is in Ezo from the beginning in the movie.
Tarō Beppu (別府 太郎, Beppu Tarō)
Voiced by: Nobuyuki Kobushi[3]
A first year student and Yuugo’s roommate. He will often help out Yuugo, such as the doing the chores he forgot about. He is in the Food Sciences program.
Shingo Hachiken (八軒 慎吾, Hachiken Shingo)
Voiced by: Katsuyuki Konishi[3]
Yuugo’s older brother who managed to get accepted to the University of Tokyo, the most prestigious university in Japan. However, Shingo later quit once he realized his father’s dream was to have one of his sons accepted there. He decides to pursue his own dream of becoming a great cook, and travels the country in his underbone bike to perfect his cooking skills, often with humorously questionable results. He often drops by Ezo unannounced to check on Yuugo, since Yuugo usually refuses to talk with his family. Shingo is carefree and outgoing which is often a source of animosity from Yuugo, but he becomes a little more responsible after marrying Alexandra, a young Russian girl he meets during his travels.

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