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Gin no Saji   
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Associated Names
Silver Spoon
Silver Spoon : La cuillère d'argent (French)
ملعقة فضية
은수저 Silver Spoon

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c.131 (end) by Sense-Scans over 3 years ago
c.130 by Sense-Scans over 4 years ago
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15 Volumes (Complete)

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Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 9, Chap 75 (S2)

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Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (835 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.52 / 10.0

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August 31st 2023, 11:06am



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Shogakukan Asia
Yen Press (15 Vols - Complete)

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by Confucius Rex
November 6th, 2023, 6:59pm
Rating: 4.0  / 10.0
Silver Spoon starts out fortuitously. Arakawa really shapes what could be a banal setting into one filled with very distinct, grounded, and entertaining characters. As opposed to other, I'll call them "edu-tainment" manga, where chapters are extended treatises, relentlessly expounded upon and some tenuous, trite plot serves as a coat hanger, Silver Spoon manages to balance proper character work, substantiative plotting, and engaging information about modern farm practices.

Unfortunately, hiatuses utterly derailed the series. Whatever the natures of the hiatuses were, they seemed to have caused Arakawa's perspective on the series to change dramatically. The series undergoes what is the clunkiest, least-expected time skip I've ever seen. I don't believe for a second that it was part of the original conception of the series. Narratively nothing would prepare you for it, and suddenly the series emerges shorn of its original concept as well as much of the cast. The rest of the manga could possibly be good if removed from the context of the beginning, but the bitterness of the change is too much. It's unfortunate that I can't justify recommending something which begins so well when it simply loses it soul.
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Hachiken Yuugo & the Non-existent Romance  
by big_red01027
April 26th, 2022, 3:46am
Rating: 8.0  / 10.0
It's hard to follow a legendary work, but....

Well, Mikage was not the best choice for female lead (I would've gone with...almost anyone else, though Yoshino, Inada, hell, even Minamikujou are at the top of the list). The "romance" is pretty much non-existent and progresses so slowly that even the other characters make fun of it.

And then there's "The Four Seasons" arc which dominates the latter part of the manga; it's pretty superfluous and focuses on things that I didn't particularly care about.

Is Silver Spoon worth your time? Yes. Is it a Mizukami-esque triumph following on the heels of another triumph? No, not even close.
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Good Read  
by Silvergoku
October 12th, 2020, 10:32pm
Rating: N/A
Really good read, my only gripe maybe would be lack of an epilogue showing the main characters. Aside from that recommended to all.
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A manga made by the FMA author. Can it hold up to the fame and recognition that Full metal alchemist has made?  
by Shellshock
October 3rd, 2020, 2:09pm
Rating: 6.0  / 10.0
Silver Spoon | Gin no Saji Manga Review. A manga made by the FMA author. Can it hold up to the fame and recognition that Full metal alchemist has made?


Note: I watched the anime both seasons before reading the manga. Though i did also concurrently read the manga while i was at it.

S1 Review:

S2 Review:

Silver Spoon starts off with the the MMC who is highly academic joining a school focuses on agriculture. He later joins the 'horse club', which i refuse to write the official name, cuz you know he's got a crush on the main heroine like all main characters do. Throw in some situations. Parental issues, and character hijinks and you got yourself a slice of life series about farming.

The series actually starts of pretty strong. Making the main character very likable. The side characters funny and not the annoying kind (mostly). The heroine is fun and the series in general is wholesome. Much of the series being SOL is actually very good in trying to keep your attention while simultaneously being funny and important. Some of my favorite are the people working together on a goal.

For the first 2/3rds of the series (the first 2 seasons worth) I was pretty enthralled by the series. They were problems here and there but overall they weren't a big issue. The series was wholesome. The romantic tension was nice. The heroines adorable. The MMC's father had an incredible Chiseled jawline. Like damn. Making me question my own damn heterosexuality. (nothing like making the same joke twice).

But then the series starts slipping. When the idea of the starting there own company starts. The series starts slipping. The cracks started showing in S2 but it still wasn't that big of a problem. But in the last strech, nitpicks become issues, issues becomes problems and so forth. Its quite sad that the series just looses the magic of the original. Its not a lengthy series so i can't just forgive the final arc for being weak since the good part lasts so long.

Part of the problem was that the last arc just felt like it was draggin on and on. The romance felt like it was being extended just out of no reason. And overall the problems just felt like it was piling on and solving without real weight behind it.

They do dive somewhat into killing animals that you consider as pets but that part never really shocked me. I feel like the author was partially hoping seeing farm animals and the reality behind would keep the series more entertaining but honestly i have butchered goats myself. Killing animals isn't really unusual or shocking for me. Including animals that you have may have been a bit more attached too.

TLDR: As far as the farming aspects go its more realistic end. But in terms of power of freindship and everything getting a happy ending it just loses me. Its kind of tough but i just think with the mediocrity of the final arc i will have to drop my score from a must read. 6/10. Also if you think that my review isn't giving it enough credit. Maybe read the TLDR of my S1 and S2 reviews.

... Last updated on October 3rd, 2020, 2:15pm
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Is it returning?  
by CCheshire
November 23rd, 2019, 7:55pm
Rating: N/A
Huh I started reading this manga quite a long time ago and it feels like we're finally graduating HS and moving into college life. The HS parts and farming were OK but glad we see some progress in studies and the MC's farming company progress. The romance is still on standby but then again it's the same manga-ka as FMA so you know they'll get married after 30 vol.

I kinda miss the fantasy setting of the FMA but props for a totally original idea outside the usual SoL HS setting and problems.

3/11/2021 : I finally read the final chapter and it was just OK. I'm glad there was a mini-epilogue for the cast but that romance subplot dragged it down a lot since it's still not resolved 9 years later. I'm like just a scene there they're on a city date... anything really.

... Last updated on April 8th, 2022, 4:12pm
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Starts great but is getting a bit boring  
by PZcolo
September 11th, 2016, 8:21pm
Rating: 7.0  / 10.0
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  
by Uthred
July 9th, 2016, 7:40pm
Rating: N/A
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  
by connerity
September 20th, 2014, 2:39pm
Rating: 9.4  / 10.0
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  
by twistedlogic
May 27th, 2014, 12:09am
Rating: N/A
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.  
by kanvas
February 3rd, 2014, 6:31pm
Rating: N/A
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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