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Gin no Saji  
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A young boy named Yugo Hachiken aspires to live apart from his family. He enrolls in an agriculture school, one which requires its students to live in dormitories. He thinks that with his talent for studying, no problems will arise no matter what kind of school he goes to. But he is soon forced to discover the inconvenient truth about agricultural life. Enjoy the story of Hachiken as he tries to keep up with his friends, farmers' heirs who are already accustomed to a hardworking farm life.

Note: Won the 5th Manga Taishō Award's Grand Prize and the 58th Shogakukan Manga Award (Shōnen category) in 2012. Won the first Japan Food Culture Contents Award in 2013. Nominated for the 19th annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize in 2015.


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Associated Names
Silver Spoon

Groups Scanlating
Jaimini's Box

Latest Release(s)
c.127 by Sense-Scans & Jaimini's Box 7 months ago
c.126 by Sense-Scans & Jaimini's Box 7 months ago
c.125 by Sense-Scans & Jaimini's Box 8 months ago
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Status in Country of Origin
14 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 9, Chap 75

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User Rating
Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (678 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.5 / 10.0
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Last Updated
December 11th 2018, 7:21pm PST



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English Publisher
Yen Press (6 Vols - Ongoing)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #379 increased(+110)
Monthly Pos #765 increased(+96)
3 Month Pos #942 decreased(-15)
6 Month Pos #890 decreased(-176)
Year Pos #828 decreased(-247)

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Forum Posts
Silver Spoon Manga Goes on Hiatus.... Again. 7 months ago
Silver Spoon Manga Teases Imminent Ending over 3 years ago
Silver Spoon has A Live Action... (In my Country) over 3 years ago
Silver Spoon Gets Anime over 6 years ago

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Starts great but is getting a bit boring   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by PZcolo
September 11th, 2016, 8:21pm
I really liked this one, has a freshness to it but one thing is ruining this for me, having an imbecile interrupt Hachiken each and every time he's trying to make a move on Mikage grows old on the first time and it's been used at least 5 times already, and Hachiken instear of getting angry he apologizes.... So not only the mangaka made the main characters pretty slow on their romance he also made sure no progress is made in the relationship in the worst possible way. There are a few things I hate in stories, among them are ridiculously dense characters, resetting endings and like here unnecessary interruptions to perpetuate something the author has no better idea of how to continue.
Other than that it's great but it's getting dragged and worse, the mangaka had the great idea of making the most annoying guy in the whole series be the third main char....

By the way Udred, how can you say this is rushed, it's true the resumes one year (not two as you say) in 2 volumes, still the pace of the story is rather on the slow side and the third year of school is still going.

... Last updated on September 11th, 2016, 11:24pm
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Good but too rushed   
Rating: N/A
by Uthred
July 9th, 2016, 7:40pm
I really liked Gin no Saiji/Silver Spoon, but, while not bad I like it a lot less with the super condensed time scale. Eighty or ninety chapters to cover one year and then boiling two into around ten chapters? It feels like the author got bored with it. Still very much reading but it feels far too rushed once they get past the first year
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A bit "cynical", I'd say, considering from whom it comes   
Rating: 9.4 / 10.0
by connerity
September 20th, 2014, 2:39pm
Don't misunderstand me, it's a fantastic manga.
I just want to point out a tiny thing I haven't seen anyone mention.
Gin no Saji teaches a lot about the value of hard work, stating hard work surpasses what people would call a genius on many occassions.
However, I would like to pose some questions about the manga in general:
Before reading it, did you put it on hold for some time, because you just couldn't imagine the theme being interesting?
Did you drop it early after just a few chapters because it didn't seem exciting, but came back later?

Judging by the other reviews, many people would answer at least one of these questions with yes.
Now, where do I want to go with this? The author.
How many mangaka do you think exist that have the ability to take literally any theme and turn it into something of this quality?
Arakawa Hiromu has proven with Fullmetal Alchemist that he is a genius mangaka and by taking the theme of Gin no Saji to this level of quality, manifested it, even though Gin no Saji teaches that being a genius has no value.
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Unique and Authentic   
Rating: N/A
by twistedlogic
May 27th, 2014, 12:09am
When I first read this, I didn't even finish the first chapter. It didn't pique my interest at all. So I dropped it. Lol. Then after I don't know how many weeks and after several manga, I browsed the catalog and saw it again. I was looking for something slice of life-ish. So I picked it up again. Then I found myself reading through all the chapters available in one sitting. It was wordy and may seem kinda boring but it was actually fun to read. Very different from FMA. And I don't know if there's even a plot. Well, it's probably Hachiken's journey or him getting a dream or something. Nevertheless, I'm looking forward to reading more.
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Good start but dragging on too long.   
Rating: N/A
by kanvas
February 3rd, 2014, 7:31pm
This manga started off very entertaining, there are distance events and characters and the plot/arcs move at a good pace.

However, at about vol 8 onward everything feels like fillers. The "love comedy" stops being funny, most of the characters just stop developing, and because of the somewhat large number of characters, you just stop caring what happens with them or even who they were. The farm work and learning disappears (the one thing that were interesting about the series). It slowly become just another run of the mill "school life" manga with bad love-com.
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Handled pretty well, as one reviewer (ShadowSakura) said   
Rating: N/A
by Tsuppi
November 22nd, 2012, 2:43am
A review.

Hiromu Arakawa has veered from Alchemy-and-the-Meaning-of-Religion territory and dived right into the Slice-of-Life Valley with Silver Spoon, or, Gin no Saji (she only mentions the namesake of the manga in one chapter in the first volume and leaves it alone; wonder what it means), which is soon to get an anime adaptation, now as of this writing. This is not the first time Arakawa has talked about the reality of a young dairy farmer. Actually, she's gone into it with another manga about her own life, of which there are only a few chapters scanlated, so far.

This time the main character is a sweet looking kid with somewhat fierce eyes behind his thick glasses, a kid entering an agricultural high school in the northern tip of Japan, Hokkaido. So far there's less than 60 chapters out which I've just marathoned. And my verdict?


Actually this is a classed up boyish-type comedy manga in quite a few ways. Minus the fan service you get cute girls who're realistically characterized but when drawn are not (hallelujah) all that flat, and furthermore there are a horde of cool figure-drawings of humans and animals, plus technical specs on machinery, and plenty of strong images of typical anime otakudom, and to add to pictures of the daily labours of farming, baseball scenes (to complement the many horse-sled--race scenes) along with other sports references.

It's also about education and learning new things.

There's great comedy, visual gags with good pacing, jokes your friends would make, ironic situations you'd NEVER want to be in....

It's also great to see how people live, work, and study collectively to prepare for, make, and eat their own food together and then clean everything up together.

Did I mention a budding romance?

And one more thing... DELICIOUS FOOD (PICTURES)!!!!

Yup, this manga basically has everything.


Really I read it for how well Arakawa can express very human worries and show how people slowly work through things like their fears, their issues, their hangups, and how they work towards things like preparing for a difficult career or going through a summer job for some spending money, all while doing backbreaking labour most people don't really ever do anymore. There are clear moral issues that are taken on that, since they come out so strongly in the plot and so relentlessly, come off somewhat heavy handed, but they are given along with a lot of other good questions, coming from such a hard place as the primary sector of a highly-industrialized capitalist but somewhat isolationist society as Japan: What if you don't have a choice but to work hard to make a profit, or else just go off and die? What if you're the human beings that are deciding this fate for hundreds, thousands of sentient beings throughout your career? What if your own future track in life is like that black and white/life or death situation too? What do you do when for this reason people hurt you both actively and passively? How do you get out of it and properly justify yourself? What about other people that are getting ground down slowly? Why do people love money so goddamn much?

I personally think a single devastating moment in chapter 56 alone is reason enough to read this.


TRY READING IT!! Right now! Arakawa's got a winner!

... Last updated on November 22nd, 2012, 3:08am
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A good read to city folks   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by MaiNoKen
August 13th, 2012, 9:34am
This is a manga essentially about how life is in a farm, and how animals are interesting (and cute). Things that are obvious to people live in a farm (or even to folks in "traditional" markets or a butcher) are not obvious to city dwellers.

In many ways, the series reminds me a few things in Aria as both build on the concept that many things in this world (and its people) are interesting as long as you let yourself observe and experience it. Somehow such concepts are lost to people who are stuck in circle of consumerist and fancy modern city life. Anyway, I really enjoy reading this - gives me a good laugh and make me questions am I lost in the jungle of city life :-).
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Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by Auwx
June 27th, 2012, 4:11pm
If someone had told me "you'll eventually find a manga about farm that you'll read in one sitting and enjoy every second of it", I'd have laughed at the guy.

And I would have repented afterwards, 'cause this work is truly great. All the characters are cool (yep all of them, even the ones you don't see more than one time). You really enjoy the great relationships between the different characters, and the art is good even if not baffling.

I can't really say anything about the plot, mostly because there is no real plot, apart from the fact that the guy screwed his high school-exams, and instead of going to a lower ranked one as in every school manga, he goes to an agricultural one. If you ever saw an other manga like this, please do tell me. So with this goes a little trouble one would most likely encounter when faced with such a situation ( Could you eat an animal you named and saw when it was a kid ?)
Afterwards it's slice-of-life-ish, with no real drama apart from a few times.

The really good point of this manga is that it gives of a view of something 99% of the people, including me, don't know anything about. And it is well depicted, there was probably some data searching behind the whole thing.

So a really surprising work from the author of Full-Metal Alchemist, but that's definitely a strike.
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Very good   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by nail80
June 6th, 2012, 12:51pm
I never read Fullmetal Alchemist, only saw a few eps of the anime, didn't like it very much.
But this...
This is right up my alley!
It's so rare for me to comment on an ongoing series but i'm excited about this manga.
First of all it's very slice of life, so unusual from the typical uber strong male protagonists that only care about fighting or whatever. It's refreshing to see such a down to earth piece in the shounen genre. The theme is also refreshing, you don't know that many manga that deal with agriculture and farming in general. It feels adult but at the same time it's still funny, it's still engaging and it's still very approachable.
I'm extremely surprised at how the main character is protrayed: he's still trying to figure out what he wants to do with his life and guess what? There are no easy answers. The attitude surrounding the manga is great: discover yourself at your own pace, don't try to go down one route just because it's the norm or the easy way out. Seriously? I wish somebody told me that in my teen years instead of pushing me towards this or that. It shuns the mentality that you have to compete and destroy others in order to be the best. It promotes learning and self-discovery. There are some very powerful messages hidden in this piece. And there is so much more with only 41 chapters... seriously this is verging on epic. The only other manga that i think can compare to this one in terms of message, meaning and a more down to earth approach is Real, and Real is a masterpiece.
What i also like very much is the fact that you can learn and change perceptions and the fact that it portrays a very organic world. I don't mean this just because of the farming and fields and whatever, it's the relationships between the characters: he isn't friends only with a couple of other characters, he knows plenty of people and interacts with them on a regular basis. How often do you see that in manga? A person isn't just friends with 2 or 3 people. A person doesn't find out what he/she wants to do in a heartbeat, it takes time and searching and trying out diferent things.
It's a very compelling and honest coming of age story and i hope it continues like this for a long, long time.
All in all i higly recommend this because such good, honest manga are very hard to come by.

... Last updated on June 6th, 2012, 12:53pm
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Such a Unique Genre   
Rating: N/A
by emkat
May 5th, 2012, 1:39pm
Slice of life at an agricultural high school setting? That's something that you don't come across very often. Especially from the author of FMA it is quite surprising. I became pretty engrossed in the manga; there's something very romantic of the honest simplicity of working with your hands.
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