Ranked #287

Gin no Saji

Alternative Titles

English: Silver Spoon
Japanese: 銀の匙


Type: TV
Episodes: 11
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 12, 2013 to Sep 20, 2013
Premiered: Summer 2013
Broadcast: Unknown
Producers: Aniplex, Dentsu, Fuji TV
Licensors: Aniplex of America
Studios: A-1 Pictures
Source: Manga
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.211 (scored by 47,512 users)
Ranked: #2872
Popularity: #449
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Yuugo Hachiken is studious, hard-working, and tired of trying to live up to expectations he just cannot meet. With the ushering in of a brand new school year, he decides to enrol in Ooezo Agricultural High School, a boarding school located in the Hokkaido countryside, as a means to escape from the stress brought upon by his parents.

Initially convinced that he would do well at this institution, Hachiken is quickly proven wrong by his talented classmates, individuals who have been living on farms their entire lives and know just about everything when it comes to food, vegetables, and even the physiology of livestock! Whether it be waking up at five in the morning for strenuous labor or to take care of farm animals, Hachiken is a complete amateur when it comes to the harsh agricultural life.

Gin no Saji follows the comedic story of a young student at as he tries to fit into a completely new environment, meeting many unique people along the way. As he struggles to appreciate his surroundings, Hachiken hopes to discover his dreams, so that he may lead a fulfilling life on his own terms.

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Gin no Saji is an anime adaptation of Hiromu Arakawa's ongoing manga of the same name that has sold over 12 million copies in Japan alone and was honored with a nomination for the 19th annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize. The series aired in 2013 on the famous Fuji Television noitaminA block, which has aired several prominent anime including Anohana, Nodame Cantabile and Psycho-Pass. Gin no Saji has been licensed by Aniplex of America for streaming and home video distribution in North America. The anime adaptation was followed by a live-action film adaptation, of the same source material, that premiered in 2014.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Hachiken, Yuugo
Hachiken, Yuugo
Kimura, Ryouhei
Kimura, Ryouhei
Mikage, Aki
Mikage, Aki
Miyake, Marie
Miyake, Marie
Komaba, Ichirou
Komaba, Ichirou
Sakurai, Tooru
Sakurai, Tooru
Inada, Tamako
Inada, Tamako
Takagaki, Ayahi
Takagaki, Ayahi


Itou, Tomohiko
Itou, Tomohiko
Director, Sound Director
Deai, Otomi
Deai, Otomi
Episode Director, Storyboard, Assistant Director
Andou, Ken
Andou, Ken
Episode Director
Nogami, Kazuo
Nogami, Kazuo
Episode Director

More episodes Episodes(2/11)

Episode Title Aired
1 Welcome to Ezonoo
Ezonoo e, Youkoso (エゾノーへ, ようこそ)
Jul 12, 2013
2 Hachiken Rides a Horse
Hachiken, Uma ni Noru (八軒, 馬に乗る)
Jul 19, 2013

Opening Theme

"kiss you" by miwa

Ending Theme

"Hello Especially" by Sukima Switch

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Dec 30, 2014
Life is what you make it, if anything, it’s far from perfect.

In order to experience the true beauty of the world, we must accept the unimaginable situations we’ve been placed in, no matter how uncomfortable they may be.

Dive into the world of agriculture ‘Gin no Saji’ otherwise known as ‘Silver Spoon’ in English. Our main character, Yugo Hachiken, who in desperation separates himself from his family and their ever growing expectations, enrolls into the boarding school Yezo High School. Carrying a quirky and half assed attitude, Hachiken quickly realizes that escaping the expectations of not only his family, but others as well without read more
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Oct 30, 2013
At the start of watching Gin no Saji, I was unsure of what to think about it. I thought it would be just a fun little slice of life anime, but what I got far exceeded my expectations.

Gin no Saji is the perfect example that we each have the ability to set our own path and believe what we want to believe. And even if we face adversity we still stand by our beliefs.

Personally I have never seen an anime in which a city boy was placed in a farming school, so kudos to the maker of the manga for doing it well. The anime read more
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Aug 3, 2013
“Because of the life they were born into, they are immediately stuck as an existence that can’t even choose their own life and death.”

Such is the life of livestock. Chickens are killed to be eaten if they don’t lay enough eggs; horses are immediately retired or put to rest if they don’t win any competitions or get injured; and pigs and cows are sold at a really cheap price if they do not eat enough. Behind the scenes of our farms and their livestock, the idea of the “survival of the fittest” is more clear-cut and harsh than it is in human society. However, humans read more
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Sep 19, 2013
Everyone has dreams. In fact, dreams can come in all shapes or sizes. It be as simple as getting an A+ on a math exam or to something as difficult as winning a gold medal in the Olympics. The problem with dreams is though is that not everyone seems to be able to follow all the way through. It’s from dreams though that people learn about the world and about themselves. In Silver Spoon, we follow a main male protagonist named Yugo Hachiken as he embarks on a road for his future but one that he never expected to turn out to be.

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Anime: Barakamon
Slice of life series with a taste of realism. Gin no Saji (Silver Spoon) and Barakamon shares a number of similarities. The main male protagonist is abruptly thrown into a new environment where he isn't used to. In the beginning, they cope with their new living conditions. However through experience, they are able to earn the respect of other characters he meets. The relationship dynamics are perhaps the most important element as the MC blends in with others while developing his own character. Recommended for all ages especially those seeking a realistic slice of life. 
reportRecommended by Stark700
Anime: Moyashimon
While both shows are slice-of-life with an agricultural basis, Moyashimon focuses more on bacteria/microscopic organisms and various types of brewed drinks, whereas Silver Spoon looks more at farm animals and dairy.

Those interested in both relaxing and informational shows with fun and quirky characters should check it out. 
reportRecommended by aznk93
Anime: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Both are made from Hiromu Arakawa.
Both animes have a good sense of comedy, drama, and romance.
Even though FMA deals with the supernatural and Gin no Saji is more reality based, they are both extremely good animes that deal with the struggles that occur during life.
The problems that the main character from both series are extremely relatable to normal people.  
reportRecommended by Allice84
Anime: Nourin
Both anime share the same genre and story revolving around agriculture, the protagonists have suffered thru some trauma that has left it's scars, but are still diligently working and growing.
The plot is similar in that main characters in both anime come from the city
and have a fun yet annoying time fitting in. 
reportRecommended by zieek
Anime: Uchuu Kyoudai
The general vibe of a protagonist trying to navigate his life seems similar. The level of humour seems similar, too. 
reportRecommended by flinty17
Anime: Hachimitsu to Clover
Similar in that both series deal with young adults/adolescence either pursuing their dream or going on a journey of self-discovery. 
reportRecommended by Master10K

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