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銀の匙 Silver Spoon 1 [Gin no Saji Silver Spoon 1]

(Gin no Saji #1)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  1,237 ratings  ·  108 reviews
Silver Spoon (銀の匙 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 ...more
Paperback, 186 pages
Published July 15th 2011 by Shogakukan
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Lois Bujold
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers interested in slice-of-life, manga or otherwise
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 ...more
Dana Salman
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
Shoma Patnaik
Aug 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011, manga, japan, rural, nature
Gin no Saji is one of those series which make you realize that manga is honestly much more than '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
Despair Speaking
This is Hiromu Arakawa's new series about a boy who doesn't know much about farming and yet attends a school all about it. It's a brave turn from magic and action, which is what she is famous for with Full Metal Alchemist. Although I couldn't help but compare the two, I fell in love with Silver Spoon as I progressed.

Silver Spoon isn't really anything special. It's slice-of-life and doesn't have much of a plot. It's simple, unlike FMA. But Yugo, the main character, has a strange way of drawing me
Aug 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
20 Aug 2015 :

Klub Holstein! Butadon!! Daging!!!

Pesona sendok perak masih berlanjut~

Edited 05 Sep 2016 :

Sudah sampai vol.11.., jadi semakin terbukti kalau nilai komik ini berada di level yang lebih tinggi ketimbang komik-2 shonen sepantarannya (^ ^)

Untuk segi gambar, ga ada keluhan. Karena walau bukan tipe gambar yang bikin "wow", tapi maksud dan kekocakannya sangat tersampaikan ヽ(*⌒▽⌒*)ノ

Ceritanya yang mengisahkan keseharian murid sekolah pertanian selalu terasa seru, selain karena aku-
Hannah Heath
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga, favorites, funny
LOVE this series. It makes me laugh and it makes me think. Doesn't get much better than that.
King Haddock
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
There's a beauty to simplicity.

Now, I don't mean that Silver Spoon lacks complexity. However, in a world where I often find myself reading stories with high stakes action and dramatic life-or-death action hero maneuvers, it's beautiful to sit back and read a story about the daily lives of students at an agricultural vocational high school. There's a refreshing and engaging "simplicity" to reading about Ban'ei horse track proceedings or what extracurricular activities exist at the school or how q
Rod Brown
One of the things I love about manga is that they can cover almost any subject. Here's one set at an agricultural high school that introduces us to farming concepts and concerns. I was raised on a Wisconsin dairy farm, so I found lots to like here as the book milks a fish-out-of-water set-up by having a directionless city kid with a purely academic focus transfer to this hands-on technical school. The humor, drama and romance are pretty gentle, but this title could go in some interesting directi ...more
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
4.25 stars! This first volume is so pleasant to read, but it also doesn't shy away from the grit required when raising farm animals. It also made me laugh out loud multiple times - I really liked this and will be getting the next volume soon!
Andrew Kristensen
Apr 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
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.
Sep 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: diversity, rereading
This had me laughing super hard. Hachiken is so over dramatic and I love it
Jan 10, 2019 rated it liked it
I really liked that this manga didn't shy away from hard truths when it comes to raising livestock. I also really liked that the MC doesn't have any concrete goals for his life while everyone around him seems to know what they want to do with their lives. It is something I relate to big time. Some of the humor was a little too juvenile for me, but over all I really enjoyed the plot and the characters.

It was fun that there was a chapter about Ban'ei (draft horse pull) racing. I actually went to
Jon Peder Opsahl
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this manga a while ago since I was intrigued by the fact that it is made by the author behind Full Metal Alchemist. I like the story and characters and Arakawa's style. My only problem is I don't really find a good time for reading manga. I like reading books in the evening and also read some comics during the day, so I kind of forgot this manga. That doesn't mean I did not like the story though. It is a good mixture of sweet and serious and I can see myself reading more of it in the fu ...more
3.5 stars

This laid back tale of life at a vocational high school is surprisingly good. It's especially nice to see teens on a non-college track portrayed as equally intelligent, just at different subjects than the college-prep crowd. Animals, humor, and character development-- not to mention the first plus-sized female character I've ever seen in manga-- make this a good title to recommend to adults and teens.
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
A disinterested student enrolls in ag school but realizes it won’t be an easy ride early on.
Dani (ダニ)
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga, favorites
I'm really enjoying this. Can't wait for the next volume. :)

My first impression on the series:
Dec 03, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels

Silver Spoon is a much slower-paced read than Fullmetal Alchemist, but the characters are fun. There is also a lot of agricultural lingo thrown around.

Anna C
Livestock's only mistake is being born. There are those that are thrown into a world where they are given only two options : be useful or be killed. There are others, however, who even in these competitive society leave behind nothing but accomplishments and are loved and taken care of until the very end.

Dari dulu suka liat komik ini berseliweran di GR, tapi belum kepikiran buat baca. Nah, sekarang karena lagi pengen baca yg slice of life tanpa romance, jadi dicobain deh komik yg topiknya pertan
Sep 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: japanese
"Blue skies... noises of Mother Nature... over-familiar calves... no cell service... Where am I???"

Hachiken deals with culture shock in his first semester at an agricultural high school in rural Hokkaido.

My first full manga in Japanese! やった!!! It was recommended to me by one of my students at our crafts high school in rural Hokkaido. He said that could relate to the main character. Let's see... Obscene rural-ness? Check. Over-excitement about Genghis Khan? Check. Warning signs for bears? Check.
Jun 22, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
Volevo proprio che questo manga mi piacesse perché l'idea di base (la vita in una scuola agraria) mi attirava molto, ma non c'è stato niente da fare, ho fatto quasi fatica a finirlo. :-(
Già di primo acchito i disegni non hanno incontrato il mio gusto personale, poi diverse volte ho avuto problemi a leggere le scritte per via dei caratteri piccolissimi (stavo per andare a cercare la lente di ingrandimento...). Infine, ho trovato che l'autore insista un po' troppo nella comicità spinta. Ora, so ch
Sep 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
*vol 1-10

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Indah Threez Lestari
Nggak nyangka deh, cerita tentang sekolah pertanian di Hokkaido ternyata menarik. Apalagi sekolah yang dijadikan latar sepertinya ada aslinya, kalau melihat cerita tambahan mangakanya.

Entah kenapa juga, makan nasi yang dicampur dengan telur mentah sepertinya enak sekali...
Jun 04, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, manga
One of my favourite anime/manga series of all time is Full Metal Alchemist. I've read all of the manga (and kept up with it while it was still being released online), and watched both series of the anime multiple times.

While I had heard about Hiromu Arakawa's latest manga series, I hadn't thought to check it out until a little while before the anime premiered. Before reading, however, I had to repeat to myself: “Look, Silver Spoon may be big in Japan. However, FMA just has to be Hiromu Arakawa's
Yoru || ~Cyanide Latte~
In the event you have not yet taken the opportunity to watch the anime for Silver Spoon [Gin no Saji] on Netflix, I cannot stress enough the recommendation that you do so when you have the chance.

Fans familiar with Hiromu Arakawa from her blockbuster giant "FullMetal Alchemist" ought to have some knowledge already that Arakawa was raised on a dairy farm, and as such, the life of a farming family is very important to her. She puts all of her knowledge and personal experience to stellar use in thi
Aug 06, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
Rating: 3,5 stars (Rounded down for Goodreads)

I've previously seen the Silver Spoon anime adaptation and really loved it.
Diving into the manga I once again felt a real kinship with a lot of these characters. The book touches upon subjects that I'm very familiar with, having grown up on a beef cattle and dairy farm and having spent a lot of time on the farming country through out my childhood and adult years.

The manga is extremely well researched when it comes to the data and facts concerning ca
Apr 08, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think it will take me another volume to decide about this series. Volume 1 introduces a varied cast of new students at an agriculture-focused high school, each with their own plans for the future--running the family farm, becoming a veterinarian, improving the country's food production, etc--except for our protagonist, who only joined this school of reputed academic underachievers to make sure he would be the top student. He has no goals beyond that and, faced with the dreams and focus of his ...more
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this.

Silver Spoon is my first slice-of-life manga. I initially picked this up because I was like:

"Yo, it's written by my manga-ka queen, Hiromu Arakawa? SIGN ME UP."

If you aren't aware, Arakawa-sensei wrote my favorite manga Fullmetal Alchemist. FMA is very much a fantasy story with a magic system that very loosely follows actual chemistry principles. Silver Spoon is very different.

This manga is about Yuugo Hachiken, a city boy who decides to go to Ooezo Agricultural High School
From the creator of Fullmetal Alchemist comes a comedic yet profound story of a nerd that goes to farm school.

From the very beginning , it’s obvious that Hachiken is running away from something and he bit off more than he bargained for when he chose Ezo Ag as his high school.

The general theme is based on two major concepts: dreams and misconceptions. Many a time, Hachiken is forced to reevaluate his opinions as he’s thrust into new situations. Additionally, he has to face the harsh realities tha
It might be a totally different genre, but this has Arakawa-sensei written all over it. The humor, the art style, the panel layout... Everything.

This one is probably sillier than Fullmetal Alchemist, but it also is a lot more real. This is an ode to farming, and so life and death is pretty much constantly in the background.

So far, I'm really liking this goofy-but-real manga about a "normal" Japanese kid in an agricultural high school. It's a fish-out-of-water story that a lot of us who don't kno
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Associated names :
荒川弘美 (real name)

Name (in native language) : 荒川弘

Zodiac : Taurus

Blood type : A

Her self-portrait is usually that of a bespectacled cow, as she was born and raised on a dairy farm in Hokkaido with three older sisters and a younger brother. She worked as a farmer for 8 years before moving to Tokyo.

Arakawa thought about being a manga artist "since [she] was little" and du

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