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[[ Read Epub ]] ¹ 銀の匙 Silver Spoon 1 [Gin no Saji Silver Spoon 1] ⚛ Silver Spoon Gin no Saji is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Hiromu Arakawa, set in the fictional Oezo Agricultural High School in Hokkaido It depicts the daily life of Yugo Hachiken, a student from Sapporo who, unlike his new classmates, has no intention of following an agricultural career after graduating Instead, he decided to study there under the misguided notion that he could easily be the top student in the classInfluenced by Arakawa s own life experience as she was raised in a dairy farm in Hokkaido, the manga was launched on the th issue of Shogakukan s Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine on April , featured on the cover It became one of the magazine s main features not long after Ahh Hachiken This manga gives insight into Japan s agricultural sector through the eyes of a boy from the city A lot of Hachiken s views are similar to mine when it comes to livestock and animals in general I d love to hear my father s views on the topics brought up in the manga as he grew up on a pig farm If nothing else, this manga is entertaining and all the characters are relatable in one form or another. Delightful rather than melodramatically gripping Slice of life about an urban high schooler who goes to a Japanese agricultural high school, mainly because dorm life will get him away from his unhappy city home and the cram school grind The carefully realized setting was an all new treat for me in this medium so full of urban high schools, all looking alike, generally haunted by assorted supernatural phenomena But then, I don t read sports manga Protagonist Yuugo s first encounters with th Delightful rather than melodramatically gripping Slice of life about an urban high schooler who goes to a Japanese agricultural high school, mainly because dorm life will get him away from his unhappy city home and the cram school grind The carefully realized setting was an all new treat for me in this medium so full of urban high schools, all looking alike, generally haunted by assorted supernatural phenomena But then, I don t read sports manga Protagonist Yuugo s first encounters with the cheerful brutality of farm realities were pretty hilarious, and it s fun to watch him grow into his new experiences.My first brief paid job was mucking stalls at about age 12, and I grew up around Ohio State University ag science my best friend s dad was an agricultural engineering prof so the underlying gist wasn t alien to me, but modern Japanese farming education and life, plus the unusual Hokkaido setting, were new to my reading explorations Quite a change from Tokyo This was recced to me because I d liked Barakamon, also set in rural Japan, in that case the smaller southern islands Tho Barakamon had for me the added draw of watching a young calligrapher struggling with his art, giving me a glimpse of a new to me art form while simultaneously giving me some personal grins at some familiar emotions the slice of island life was an extra, from my point of view We ll see if the characters in Silver Spoon grow on me I ve only read through Vol 2 so far, which usually just about gets to the end of the runway in longer manga.Ta, L Using her knowledge of chemistry, Arakawa Hiromi sensei wrote the popular shounen manga Full Metal Alchemist Now using the other big aspect of her life dairy farming she went on to write the slice of life manga called Silver Spoon.Now how could something written by the same author as Full Metal Alchemist but so fundamentally different possibly be as good Because it is Arakawa Hiromi Anything she writes will be good, no matter the genre Silver Spoon is not only a good slice of life, it is Using her knowledge of chemistry, Arakawa Hiromi sensei wrote the popular shounen manga Full Metal Alchemist Now using the other big aspect of her life dairy farming she went on to write the slice of life manga called Silver Spoon.Now how could something written by the same author as Full Metal Alchemist but so fundamentally different possibly be as good Because it is Arakawa Hiromi Anything she writes will be good, no matter the genre Silver Spoon is not only a good slice of life, it is different and interesting And even though it differs in plot, theme, complexity, and genre to Full Metal Alchemist, it delivers the same level quality in humor, characters, emotion, and just all around fun in reading it.Hachiken Yugo is a city boy in Hokkaido who moves to a dorm in an agricultural high school purely for the sake of getting as far away from his family as possible He knows nothing about agriculture, but figures that it shouldn t be too hard to get top grades since subjects like Math, English, Japanese, and History are very basic at this school and the students aren t too smart in any area outside, well, farming In any case, it doesn t much matter to him, because he has no idea what he wants to do with his life Isn t he adorable I mean, that right there got me immediately interested in the story Because I swear, Hachiken is just like me He s a great main character He s not just Edward Elric all over again with a new appearance, but someone different with his own personality and problems He s very relatable he s sick of his family, he s sick of his father always raising his standards and then never praising him no matter how well he does, he s sick of his mother basically not knowing a thing about him or what he does with his time, and beyond wanting to do the best he can do in whatever he does, he has no ultimate goal in life, and that depresses him I think every person, particularly those of us who finish high school, reaches that stage where they just want to get away, and leave concerns of the future for thedistant future.Now you d think that, based on what I ve said about the character, the basic plot of the story would be about Hachiken learning the value of physical work and family But the thing is that he is already a hard worker And even though he is nowhere near top physical shape, certainly not enough to do farm work, he always gives it his all despite how much he might not like it That s the way he was raised.That s no to say that he doesn t learn anything through his experiences at Yezo Agricultural High School He absorbs everything people say to him, and he keeps his past experiences in mind when confronting new ones And Hachiken in turn has an effect on the people around him His classmates all grow to respect him because they know how dependable he is They get exasperated with his antics sometimes, in the way that he always takes certain situationsseriously than they re worth and making things harder for himself, but no one brings him down and, in most cases, everyone gets enthusiastic with his ideas.That s probably all due to the fact that everyone at Yezo High is so friendly I love this school, and I swear, I wish I could go there, even though I know as little about agriculture as Hachiken does Like I said, I am a lot like Hachiken I m not an approachable person because I have a gloomy looking face and I just seriously don t know how to make friends or talk to people but seeing how well Hachiken does at this school and all the friends he makes, I think it would have a positive effect on me as well Hachiken grows bolder, he learns how to smile, he becomes stronger both physically and mentally, and it s all due to the support of his teachers and friends at the school Aside from all that, though, Yezo High is full of edutainment it gets you close up and personal to the life of agriculture, taking care of livestock, food processing, marketing, and all the other things you don t really think about in the city There s also quite a lot about horse riding and horse races in here that really make you want to take up horse riding yourself It is interesting and holds your attention You can see that Hiromi sensei was enthusiastic about sharing this world with other people, and even though at times it feels like there s a bit too much of it, this is after all a school life story, and it s nice to see a school life story that actually shows you what the classes are like rather than just focusing on student drama They re not math classes, at any rate.Even though it s an agricultural school, though, Yezo High is much like any other school, and Hiromi sensei exploits the hilariousness of school and dorm life every chance she gets, which is just great There s a scene where the boys try to break out of their dorms after hours that is crazy There s an inter school competition where the boys act like monsters and the girls just act friendly and leisurely There s a scandalous and phony rumor that spreads about Hachiken and another girl behaving inappropriately that freaks the both of them out when they hear about it.As in Full Metal Alchemist, Hiromi sensei once again displays her skill at making characters that are not only distinguishable in design, but in personality And again, nearly all of them are likeable You have Mikage, horse crazy and completely clueless about boys, Komaba, strong and silent type baseball jock, Tokiwa, the childishly annoying class idiot, Nishikawa, the dead pan otaku, Okawa senpai, the senior who can t find a job and derives his amusement from the misfortune of others, Aikawa, the squeamish veterinarian wannabe, Tamako, the scheming business woman with a magically transforming figure, and Hachiken s own careless older brother Hachiken Shingo, who dropped out of Tokyo University to become a terrible chef The strength in this manga really is in the characters.Need I even mention Hiromi s absolutely rib busting art style And if you do read this manga, prepare yourself to salivate endlessly over fresh delicious food.Seriously there is so much food in this manga MELTED CHEESE It even gets emotional in some parts as well I cried in this scene I won t explain the context, not because it really spoils something huge, but because you don t get the full emotional impact when it s just explained to you When you get to this point you know Hachiken well enough by now to know why this affected him Silver Spoon is not overly plot driven, just basically following the agricultural school career of Hachiken Yugo But if you take away the fact that it s an agricultural farming school, it s a story that most of us are probably living, and it makes you hopeful and happy it s thought provoking, it has life lessons, it has the ups and downs of school life like tests and clubs, and overall it s entertaining in the same way that Full Metal Alchemist is gripping I would really really like for there to be a published English translation I would buy every volume 2015 Edit Got the English printed copy of volume one today So happy Although, it s not by VIZ Signature, so some of the word selection doesn t really fit a few of the characters, and there are typos and grammar mistakes everywhere But oh well The material itself is so good it still shines through a not quite perfect translation Gin no Saji is one of those series which make you realize that manga is honestly muchthan comics The only other work by Hiromu Arakawa that I am familiar with is her Fullmetal Alchemist series although I ve only watched it and haven t read the manga yet , and so this completely different subject life in an agricultural school piqued my interest.I have somewhat romantic views on rural life so I looked forward to this manga but was happy to note that Ms Arakawa doesn t stick to the Gin no Saji is one of those series which make you realize that manga is honestly muchthan comics The only other work by Hiromu Arakawa that I am familiar with is her Fullmetal Alchemist series although I ve only watched it and haven t read the manga yet , and so this completely different subject life in an agricultural school piqued my interest.I have somewhat romantic views on rural life so I looked forward to this manga but was happy to note that Ms Arakawa doesn t stick to the sunshiny golden fields, down home stereotype of agricultural life From the very beginning, she drives home the point that like nature, it is both harsh and beautiful So you have this wonderful scene where Hachiken experiences the wonder of a sunset as seen from atop a horse but you also see his shock at finding out how eggs are laid suffice it to say that I don t blame him for losing his appetite The artwork is simple and pleasant It s not wildly original but it s well suited to the tone and subject of the story I m not sure about the design of the riding club teacher with his incongruous Buddha inspired head but overall, the characters are distinct and likable Anyway, this is a series I will definitely be following in the future and I think it has all the makings of an honest and absorbing story