Silver Spoon (manga)

Silver Spoon (Japanese: 銀の匙, Hepburn: Gin no Saji) is a Japanese coming-of-age[2] manga series written and illustrated by Hiromu Arakawa, serialized in Shogakukan's Weekly Shōnen Sunday from April 2011 to November 2019. The story is set in the fictional Ooezo Agricultural High School in Hokkaido, and depicts the daily life of Yuugo Hachiken, a high school student from Sapporo who enrolled at Ezo fleeing from the demands of his strict father. However, he soon learns that life on an agricultural school is not as easy as he initially believed. Unlike his new classmates, he has no intention of following an agricultural career after graduating, although he envies them for already having set goals for their lives and the pursuit of their dreams.

Silver Spoon
Cover of the first volume of Silver Spoon featuring main character Yuugo Hachiken.
(Gin no Saji)
GenreComedy, slice of life, romance[1]
Written byHiromu Arakawa
Published byShogakukan
English publisher
ImprintShōnen Sunday Comics
MagazineWeekly Shōnen Sunday
Original runApril 6, 2011November 27, 2019
Anime television series
Directed by
Produced byShunsuke Saitō
Akitoshi Mori
Written byTaku Kishimoto
Music byShūsei Murai
StudioA-1 Pictures
Licensed by
Original networkFuji TV (noitaminA)
Original run July 11, 2013 March 27, 2014
Live-action film
Directed byKeisuke Yoshida
Produced byAkiko Ikuno
Tetsutaka Takeda
Hideki Hoshino
Written byKeisuke Yoshida
Ryō Takada
Music byTakefumi Haketa
ReleasedMarch 7, 2014 (2014-03-07)
Runtime111 minutes

An anime adaptation produced by A-1 Pictures aired two seasons between July and September 2013 and January and March 2014 on Fuji TV's noitaminA block. A live-action film based on the manga produced by Toho was released on March 7, 2014. The manga has been well received by its Japanese audience while earning itself awards.


After failing to pass the entrance examinations for the high school he planned to attend, mild-mannered student Yuugo Hachiken moves away from his suburban home and enrolls at the rural Ooezo Agricultural High School (大蝦夷農業高等学校, Ōezo Nōgyō Kōtō Gakkō) – often abbreviated as Ezonō (エゾノー, lit. "Ezo Ag") – in the countryside. His relationship with his family is strained at the start of the story, which influences his decision to attend a school far from home. He continues to worry about his future career over the course of the series. He soon finds himself slowly getting used to his new environment despite some initial struggles, and grows into an empathetic and compassionate individual as he struggles to understand the world of agriculture and how it affects the lives of his new friends.


Yuugo Hachiken (八軒 勇吾, Hachiken Yūgo)
Voiced by: Ryōhei Kimura[3]
The main protagonist, Yuugo is a city boy from Sapporo. After failing to pass the entrance exams for the high school he plans to attend, Yuugo decided to enroll at Ezo, expecting an easier academic workload. However, he is proven wrong. Due to his strict upbringing by his father, he is unable to refuse when someone needs his help. Despite complaining when he feels that people abuse his generosity, Yuugo quickly earns the friendship and respect of his peers. Yuugo joins the Equestrian Club alongside his classmate Aki and rises to the position of Vice President of the club. Yuugo is usually anxious about his future as, unlike his classmates who already have their goals in life, he is still wondering about what career he should choose. Much of Yuugo's animosity towards his family is a result of being compared to his more successful older brother, Shingo, and the seemingly uncaring hostility of his father. He has a crush on Aki and they officially start dating after Aki got accepted into university.
Aki Mikage (御影 アキ, Mikage Aki)
Voiced by: Marie Miyake[3]
Aki is a first-year student who is also a member of the Equestrian Club. As the only child of her family, she entered Ezo to study so that she would inherit her family business, a cow and horse farm specializing in raising Ban'ei race horses. She is wary of Yuugo at first. She keeps her desires bottled up and is friendly and seems easygoing, but in reality pushes people away from her problems. She has poor grades. Later, her family experiences financial difficulties and is forced to sell all their horses. After this event, Aki confesses her true desires for the future, and – encouraged by Yuugo – expresses her will to work with horses professionally instead of inheriting the farm. She then starts studying to enter college with Yuugo as her personal tutor. She slowly develops feelings for Yuugo and they officially start dating after she got accepted into university.
Mayumi Yoshino (吉野 まゆみ, Yoshino Mayumi)
Voiced by: Shiori Izawa[3]
A classmate of Yuugo and a member of the Dairy Farming program. Her dream is to open her own cheese factory.
Ichiro Komaba (駒場 一郎, Komaba Ichirō)
Voiced by: Tooru Sakurai[3]
One of Yuugo's close friends at Ezo and a skilled baseball player. Ichiro is Aki's childhood friend and neighbor which is initially a source of jealousy for Yuugo. Ichiro's family owns a small dairy farm. Ichiro dreams of becoming a professional baseball player to earn money to improve his family's farm. However, his family goes bankrupt and their farm is sold to pay their debt. As a result, he is forced to quit Ezo and look for a job to make ends meet and support his mother and sisters.
Shinnosuke Aikawa (相川 進之介, Aikawa Shinnosuke)
Voiced by: Nobunaga Shimazaki[3]
Another close friend of Yuugo, Shinnosuke aims to become a veterinarian after graduation. His goal, however, is complicated by his tendency to faint at the sight of blood. He is a member of the Holstein Club.
Tamako Inada (稲田 多摩子, Inada Tamako)
Voiced by: Ayahi Takagaki[3]
A wealthy classmate of Yuugo whose family runs a huge industrial farm. She is usually an obese girl, but under the extra fat she hides a quite beautiful figure that reveals itself occasionally when she works too hard or goes on a quick diet. However, she feels weak when she is thinner, and usually quickly regains the weight. Obsessed with money, Tamako's goal is to take over her family's farm (humorously depicted as a "hostile takeover" by her parents), and expand it and make it more profitable.
Keiji Tokiwa (常盤 恵次, Tokiwa Keiji)
Voiced by: Masayuki Shouji[3]
A close friend of Yuugo who has a talent of getting himself in trouble due to his difficulty studying and his habit of jumping to conclusions, much to his friends' chagrin. His family owns a chicken farm.
Hajime Nishikawa (西川 一, Nishikawa Hajime)
Voiced by: Kengo Takanashi[3]
A close friend of Yuugo who is a huge otaku. He is sensible and mature and often gives Yuugo good advice. He cares for his friends and is very intelligent, knowing a lot about the crops and their economic value, and technology. He hopes to attend a college of university in Tokyo, mainly because, as he claims, Tokyo is the land of otaku.
Ayame Minamikujō (南九条 あやめ, Minamikujō Ayame)
Voiced by: Sayuri Yahagi[4]
An aristocratic girl to a vast agriculture fortune and childhood rival to Aki Mikage. She often gets Hachiken's name wrong by replacing the Hachi (8) part of his name with different numbers, calling him "Shichiken" (7) and "Jūhachiken" (18).
Tarō Beppu (別府 太郎, Beppu Tarō)
Voiced by: Nobuyuki Kobushi[3]
A first year student and Yuugo's roommate. He will often help out Yuugo, such as the doing the chores he forgot about. He's in the Food Sciences program.
Shingo Hachiken (八軒 慎吾, Hachiken Shingo)
Voiced by: Katsuyuki Konishi[3]
Yuugo's older brother who managed to get accepted to the University of Tokyo, the most prestigious university in Japan. However, Shingo later quit once he realized his father's dream was to have one of his sons accepted there. He decides to pursue his own dream of becoming a great cook, and travels the country to perfect his cooking skills, often with humorously questionable results. He often drops by Ezo unannounced to check on Yuugo, since Yuugo usually refuses to talk with his family. Shingo is carefree and outgoing which is often a source of animosity from Yuugo, but he becomes a little more responsible after marrying Alexandra, a young Russian girl he meets during his travels.


After the completion of her successful fantasy series Fullmetal Alchemist, author Hiromu Arakawa and her publisher Shogakukan agreed that she should begin the more realistic Silver Spoon as a way to challenge herself as a manga artist and recruit new readers.[5] Having grown up in a rural setting, many elements of the manga are drawn from Arakawa's experiences in her youth. For instance, characters such as the piggery teacher Ichiko Fuji and members of the Holstein fanclub are based on individuals she knew in her high school.[5] Though the story contains matters like the protagonist Yuugo Hachiken's ethical dilemma over animal slaughter, Arakawa insists Silver Spoon is not a "green" manga. She states that she simply wants to tell the story of a high schooler's maturation, similar to how Fullmetal Alchemist focuses on the development of the main character Edward Elric rather than promoting alchemy.[5]

Silver Spoon began its publication in Weekly Shōnen Sunday on April 6, 2011.[6] It was serialized regularly until August 2014 when Arakawa announced she would slow the pace of producing new chapters of the manga so that she could care for a family member in declining health.[7] After an eight-month hiatus, the manga briefly resumed in April 2015 until another short hiatus was announced the following month.[8][9] After the release of the manga's 13th volume, the author announced its "imminent" conclusion. She later explained that she had originally planned to depict Yuugo's first year at Ooezo in detail, followed by rushed second year and shortened third year, and his eventual life after graduation.[10] In 2016, new chapters were published from January to February and August to September.[11][12][13] The manga went on hiatus in July 2017, after three chapters were published.[14][15] Four new chapters were published between May and June 2018.[16][17] In October 2019, it was announced that the manga would enter its final arc in the 49th issue of Weekly Shōnen Sunday on November 6, 2019, and it would end in four chapters.[18][19] The manga finished in the 52nd issue of Weekly Shōnen Sunday on November 27, 2019.[20][21]



Influenced by Arakawa's own life experience, as she was raised in a dairy farm in Hokkaido, Silver Spoon was launched in the 19th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shōnen Sunday magazine on April 6, featured on the cover. It became one of the magazine's main features not long after.[22] The manga finished in the 52nd issue of Weekly Shōnen Sunday on November 27, 2019.[20][21] The individual chapters have been compiled by Shogakukan in 14 tankōbon as of August 2017.[23]

The manga has been licensed for English-language release in Singapore by Shogakukan Asia,[24] while in North America, Yen Press announced the acquisition of the manga in July 2017 and published the first volume on February 27, 2018.[25][26]

Volume list

No.Original release dateOriginal ISBNEnglish release dateEnglish ISBN
1 July 15, 2011[27]ISBN 978-4-09-123180-2February 27, 2018[26]ISBN 978-0-316-41619-1
  • 1. "Chapter 1: Spring Volume 1" (春の巻①, Haru no Maki 1)
  • 2. "Chapter 2: Spring Volume 2" (春の巻②, Haru no Maki 2) 
  • 3. "Chapter 3: Spring Volume 3" (春の巻③, Haru no Maki 3) 
  • 4. "Chapter 4: Spring Volume 4" (春の巻④, Haru no Maki 4) 
  • 5. "Chapter 5: Spring Volume 5" (春の巻⑤, Haru no Maki 5) 
  • 6. "Chapter 6: Spring Volume 6" (春の巻⑥, Haru no Maki 6) 
  • 7. "Chapter 7: Spring Volume 7" (春の巻⑦, Haru no Maki 7) 
  • 8. "Chapter 8: Spring Volume 8" (春の巻⑧, Haru no Maki 8) 
2 December 14, 2011[28]ISBN 978-4-09-123427-8April 24, 2018[29]ISBN 978-1-9753-2619-7
  • 9. "Chapter 9: Spring Volume 9" (春の巻⑨, Haru no Maki 9) 
  • 10. "Chapter 10: Spring Volume 10" (春の巻⑩, Haru no Maki 10) 
  • 11. "Chapter 11: Summer Volume 1" (夏の巻①, Natsu no Maki 1) 
  • 12. "Chapter 12: Summer Volume 2" (夏の巻②, Natsu no Maki 2) 
  • 13. "Chapter 13: Summer Volume 3" (夏の巻③, Natsu no Maki 3) 
  • 14. "Chapter 14: Summer Volume 4" (夏の巻④, Natsu no Maki 4) 
  • 15. "Chapter 15: Summer Volume 5" (夏の巻⑤, Natsu no Maki 5) 
  • 16. "Chapter 16: Summer Volume 6" (夏の巻⑥, Natsu no Maki 6) 
  • 17. "Chapter 17: Summer Volume 7" (夏の巻⑦, Natsu no Maki 7) 
3 April 18, 2012[30]ISBN 978-4-09-123653-1June 26, 2018[31]ISBN 978-1-9753-2746-0
  • 18. "Chapter 18: Summer Volume 8" (夏の巻⑧, Natsu no Maki 8) 
  • 19. "Chapter 19: Summer Volume 9" (夏の巻⑨, Natsu no Maki 9) 
  • 20. "Chapter 20: Summer Volume 10" (夏の巻⑩, Natsu no Maki 10) 
  • 21. "Chapter 21: Summer Volume 11" (夏の巻⑪, Natsu no Maki 11) 
  • 22. "Chapter 22: Summer Volume 12" (夏の巻⑫, Natsu no Maki 12) 
  • 23. "Chapter 23: Summer Volume 13" (夏の巻⑬, Natsu no Maki 13) 
  • 24. "Chapter 24: Summer Volume 14" (夏の巻⑭, Natsu no Maki 14) 
  • 25. "Chapter 25: Summer Volume 15" (夏の巻⑮, Natsu no Maki 15) 
  • 26. "Chapter 26: Summer Volume 16" (夏の巻⑯, Natsu no Maki 16) 
4 July 18, 2012[32]ISBN 978-4-09-123772-9August 21, 2018[33]ISBN 978-1-9753-2759-0
  • 27. "Chapter 27: Summer Volume 17" (夏の巻⑰, Natsu no Maki 17) 
  • 28. "Chapter 28: Summer Volume 18" (夏の巻⑱, Natsu no Maki 18) 
  • 29. "Chapter 29: Summer Volume 19" (夏の巻⑲, Natsu no Maki 19) 
  • 30. "Chapter 30: Summer Memories (Part 1)" (夏の思い出(前編), Natsu no Omoide (Zenpen)) 
  • 31. "Chapter 31: Summer Memories (Part 2)" (夏の思い出(後編), Natsu no Omoide (Kouhen)) 
  • 32. "Chapter 32: Autumn Volume 1" (秋の巻①, Aki no Maki 1) 
  • 33. "Chapter 33: Autumn Volume 2" (秋の巻②, Aki no Maki 2) 
  • 34. "Chapter 34: Autumn Volume 3" (秋の巻③, Aki no Maki 3) 
  • 35. "Chapter 35: Autumn Volume 4" (秋の巻④, Aki no Maki 4) 
5 October 18, 2012[34]ISBN 978-4-09-123886-3October 30, 2018[35]ISBN 978-1-9753-2760-6
  • 36. "Autumntime 5" (秋の巻⑤, Aki no Maki 5) 
  • 37. "Autumntime 6" (秋の巻⑥, Aki no Maki 6) 
  • 38. "Autumntime 7" (秋の巻⑦, Aki no Maki 7) 
  • 39. "Autumntime 8" (秋の巻⑧, Aki no Maki 8) 
  • 40. "Autumntime 9" (秋の巻⑨, Aki no Maki 9) 
  • 41. "Autumntime 10" (秋の巻⑩, Aki no Maki 10) 
  • 42. "Autumntime 11" (秋の巻⑪, Aki no Maki 11) 
  • 43. "Autumntime 12" (秋の巻⑫, Aki no Maki 12) 
  • 44. "Autumntime 13" (秋の巻⑬, Aki no Maki 13) 
6 January 18, 2013[36]ISBN 978-4-09-124169-6December 11, 2018[37]ISBN 978-1-9753-2761-3
  • 45. "Autumntime 14" (秋の巻⑭, Aki no Maki 14)
  • 46. "Autumntime 15" (秋の巻⑮, Aki no Maki 15)
  • 47. "Autumntime 16" (秋の巻⑯, Aki no Maki 16)
  • 48. "Autumntime 17" (秋の巻⑰, Aki no Maki 17)
  • 49. "Autumntime 18" (秋の巻⑱, Aki no Maki 18)
  • 50. "Autumntime 19" (秋の巻⑲, Aki no Maki 19)
  • 51. "Autumntime 20" (秋の巻⑳, Aki no Maki 20)
  • 52. "Autumntime 21" (秋の巻㉑, Aki no Maki 21)
  • 53. "Autumntime 22" (秋の巻㉒, Aki no Maki 22)
7 April 18, 2013[38]ISBN 978-4-09-124285-3February 19, 2019[39]ISBN 978-1-9753-2762-0
  • 54. "Autumntime 23" (秋の巻㉓, Aki no Maki 23)
  • 55. "Autumntime 24" (秋の巻㉔, Aki no Maki 24)
  • 56. "Autumntime 25" (秋の巻㉕, Aki no Maki 25)
  • 57. "Autumntime 26" (秋の巻㉖, Aki no Maki 26)
  • 58. "Autumntime 27" (秋の巻㉗, Aki no Maki 27)
  • 59. "Autumntime 28" (秋の巻㉘, Aki no Maki 28)
  • 60. "Autumntime 29" (秋の巻㉙, Aki no Maki 29)
  • 61. "Autumntime 30" (秋の巻㉚, Aki no Maki 30)
8 July 11, 2013[40]ISBN 978-4-09-124346-1April 30, 2019[41]ISBN 978-1-9753-2763-7
  • 62. "Autumntime 31" (秋の巻㉛, Aki no Maki 31)
  • 63. "Autumntime 32" (秋の巻㉜, Aki no Maki 32) 
  • 64. "Wintertime 1" (冬の巻①, Fuyu no Maki 1) 
  • 65. "Wintertime 2" (冬の巻②, Fuyu no Maki 2) 
  • 66. "Wintertime 3" (冬の巻③, Fuyu no Maki 3) 
  • 67. "Wintertime 4" (冬の巻④, Fuyu no Maki 4) 
  • 68. "Wintertime 5" (冬の巻⑤, Fuyu no Maki 5) 
  • 69. "Wintertime 6" (冬の巻⑥, Fuyu no Maki 6) 
  • 70. "Wintertime 7" (冬の巻⑦, Fuyu no Maki 7) 
9 October 18, 2013[42]ISBN 978-4-09-124474-1June 18, 2019[43]ISBN 978-1-9753-2764-4
  • 71. "Wintertime 8" (冬の巻⑧, Fuyu no Maki 8) 
  • 72. "Wintertime 9" (冬の巻⑨, Fuyu no Maki 9)  
  • 73. "Wintertime 10" (冬の巻⑩, Fuyu no Maki 10) 
  • 74. "Wintertime 11" (冬の巻⑪, Fuyu no Maki 11) 
  • 75. "Wintertime 12" (冬の巻⑫, Fuyu no Maki 12) 
  • 76. "Wintertime 13" (冬の巻⑬, Fuyu no Maki 13) 
  • 77. "Wintertime 14" (冬の巻⑭, Fuyu no Maki 14) 
  • 78. "Wintertime 15" (冬の巻⑮, Fuyu no Maki 15) 
  • 79. "Wintertime 16" (冬の巻⑯, Fuyu no Maki 16) 
10 January 8, 2014[44]ISBN 978-4-09-159177-7August 27, 2019[45]ISBN 978-1-9753-2765-1
  • 80. "Wintertime 17" (冬の巻⑰, Fuyu no Maki 17) 
  • 81. "Wintertime 18" (冬の巻⑱, Fuyu no Maki 18)  
  • 82. "Wintertime 19" (冬の巻⑲, Fuyu no Maki 19) 
  • 83. "Wintertime 20" (冬の巻⑳, Fuyu no Maki 21) 
  • 84. "Wintertime 21" (冬の巻㉑, Fuyu no Maki 21) 
  • 85. "Wintertime 22" (冬の巻㉒, Fuyu no Maki 22) 
  • 86. "Wintertime 23" (冬の巻㉓, Fuyu no Maki 23) 
  • 87. "Wintertime 24" (冬の巻㉔, Fuyu no Maki 24) 
  • 88. "Wintertime 25" (冬の巻㉕, Fuyu no Maki 25) 
11 March 5, 2014[46]ISBN 978-4-09-124574-8October 29, 2019[47]ISBN 978-1-9753-2766-8
  • 89. "Wintertime 26" (冬の巻㉖, Fuyu no Maki 26) 
  • 90. "Wintertime 27" (冬の巻㉗, Fuyu no Maki 27)  
  • 91. "Wintertime 28" (冬の巻㉘, Fuyu no Maki 28) 
  • 92. "Wintertime 29" (冬の巻㉙, Fuyu no Maki 29) 
  • 93. "Wintertime 30" (冬の巻㉚, Fuyu no Maki 30) 
  • 94. "Wintertime 31" (冬の巻㉛, Fuyu no Maki 31) 
  • 95. "Wintertime 32" (冬の巻㉜, Fuyu no Maki 32) 
  • 96. "Wintertime 33" (冬の巻㉝, Fuyu no Maki 33) 
12 August 18, 2014[48]ISBN 978-4-09-125088-9December 17, 2019[49]ISBN 978-1-9753-5313-1
  • 97. "Wintertime 34" (冬の巻㉞, Fuyu no Maki 34)
  • 98. "Four Seasons 1" (四季の巻①, Shiki no Maki 1)
  • 99. "Four Seasons 2" (四季の巻②, Shiki no Maki 2)
  • 100. "Four Seasons 3" (四季の巻③, Shiki no Maki 3)
  • 101. "Four Seasons 4" (四季の巻④, Shiki no Maki 4)
  • 102. "Four Seasons 5" (四季の巻⑤, Shiki no Maki 5)
  • 103. "Four Seasons 6" (四季の巻⑥, Shiki no Maki 6)
  • 104. "Four Seasons 7" (四季の巻⑦, Shiki no Maki 7)
  • 105. "Four Seasons 8" (四季の巻⑧, Shiki no Maki 8)
13 June 18, 2015[50]ISBN 978-4-09-126059-8February 18, 2020ISBN 978-1-9753-5314-8
  • 106. "Four Seasons 9" (四季の巻⑨, Shiki no Maki 9)
  • 107. "Four Seasons 10" (四季の巻⑩, Shiki no Maki 10)
  • 108. "Four Seasons 11" (四季の巻⑪, Shiki no Maki 11)
  • 109. "Four Seasons 12" (四季の巻⑫, Shiki no Maki 12)
  • 110. "Four Seasons 13" (四季の巻⑬, Shiki no Maki 13)
  • 111. "Four Seasons 14" (四季の巻⑭, Shiki no Maki 14)
  • 112. "Four Seasons 15" (四季の巻⑮, Shiki no Maki 15)
  • 113. "Four Seasons 16" (四季の巻⑯, Shiki no Maki 16)
14 August 18, 2017[23]ISBN 978-4-09-127720-6April 21, 2020ISBN 978-1-9753-5315-5
  • 114. "Four Seasons 17" (四季の巻⑰, Shiki no Maki 17)
  • 115. "Four Seasons 18" (四季の巻⑱, Shiki no Maki 18)
  • 116. "Four Seasons 19" (四季の巻⑲, Shiki no Maki 19)
  • 117. "Four Seasons 20" (四季の巻⑳, Shiki no Maki 20)
  • 118. "Four Seasons 21" (四季の巻㉑, Shiki no Maki 21)
  • 119. "Four Seasons 22" (四季の巻㉒, Shiki no Maki 22)
  • 120. "Four Seasons 23" (四季の巻㉓, Shiki no Maki 23)
  • 121. "Four Seasons 24" (四季の巻㉔, Shiki no Maki 24)
  • 122. "Four Seasons 25" (四季の巻㉕, Shiki no Maki 25)

Chapters not yet in tankōbon format

These chapters have yet to be published in a tankōbon volume. They were originally serialized in Japanese in Weekly Shōnen Sunday from July 2017 to June 2018.

  • 123. "Four Seasons 26" (四季の巻㉖, Shiki no Maki 26)
  • 124. "Four Seasons 27" (四季の巻㉗, Shiki no Maki 27)
  • 125. "Four Seasons 28" (四季の巻㉘, Shiki no Maki 28)
  • 126. "Four Seasons 29" (四季の巻㉙, Shiki no Maki 29)
  • 127. "Four Seasons 30" (四季の巻㉚, Shiki no Maki 30)


An anime television series produced by A-1 Pictures aired from July 11 to September 19, 2013.[51] Tomohiko Itō directed the series with assistant director Kotomi Deai. Taku Kishimoto wrote the scripts, while Jun Nakai served as character designer and chief animation director, and Shusei Murai scored the music. A second season aired from January 9 to March 27, 2014.[52][53] For the first season, the opening theme is "Kiss you" by miwa, while the ending theme is "Hello Especially" by Sukima Switch.[54] For the second season, the opening theme is "Life" by Fujifabric and the ending theme is "Oto no Naru Hō e" by Goose House.[55]

The anime has been licensed by Aniplex of America for streaming and home video in North America. Aniplex of America released the first season on DVD on July 15, 2014.[56]

Episode list

Season 1
No. Title Directed by Original air date
1"Welcome to Ezo Ag"
Transcription: "Ezonō e, yōkoso" (Japanese: エゾノーへ、ようこそ)
Tomohiko ItōJuly 11, 2013 (2013-07-11)[57]
Running away from home, Yuugo Hachiken leaves the urban life at Sapporo to enroll at the Ooezo Agricultural High School and it does not take long for him to learn that adapting himself to his new environment will not be easy.
2"Hachiken Rides a Horse"
Transcription: "Hachiken, uma ni noru" (Japanese: 八軒、馬に乗る)
Ho Pyeon-gangJuly 18, 2013 (2013-07-18)[58]
Getting used to his new environment, Hachiken must enroll at one of the school clubs according to the curriculum, and encouraged by his classmate Aki Mikage, he ends up joining her at the equestrian club. However, he spends the day doing menial tasks like cleaning the stables and just when he is starting to regret his decision, he is invited to experience the joy of riding a horse for the first time.
3"Hachiken Meets Pork Bowl"
Transcription: "Hachiken, butadon to deau" (Japanese: 八軒、豚丼と出会う)
Kazuo NogamiJuly 25, 2013 (2013-07-25)[59]
With most of the students on leave at Golden Week, Hachiken, Mikage and their classmate Ichiro Komaba watch a Ban'ei horse race together, and despite the horse bred at Mikage's farm do not win, she gets some relief learning that he gets well placed enough to have a chance of not being killed for livestock. After returning to the school, Hachiken pities a piglet that is the weakest and smallest among its siblings and giving it the nickname "Pork-Bowl" decides to take care of it, just to later know that it will be sent to the slaughterhouse in three months.
4"Hachiken Bakes Pizza"
Transcription: "Hachiken, piza o yaku" (Japanese: 八軒、ピザを焼く)
Yasuo MuroiAugust 1, 2013 (2013-08-01)[60]
While on cleaning duty, Hachiken stumbles on an abandoned oven and his classmates convince him to make pizza with it, as most of them never ate one before. As Hachiken and his friends gather the necessary supplies throughout the campus, a teacher from his old school in Sapporo drops at Ezo to check on him.
5"Hachiken Runs Off"
Transcription: "Hachiken, dassō suru" (Japanese: 八軒、脱走する)
Ken AndōAugust 8, 2013 (2013-08-08)[61]
The boys take heed of a certain special event to be held at night and come with a plan to slip past curfew to get a glimpse of it. Having no idea about what is it or why his classmates are so pumped up with it, Hachiken ends up dragged along in their scheme.
6"Hachiken Stays with the Mikages"
Transcription: "Hachiken, Mikage-ke ni iku" (Japanese: 八軒、御影家に行く)
Kotomi DeaiAugust 15, 2013 (2013-08-15)[62]
Hachiken learns that the dorms will be closed for summer vacation but refusing to return home, he accepts Mikage's offer to work at her family's farm. However, once realizing that he has not warned his parents about it, he looks for a place with cellphone signal until he gets lost and is rescued by Komaba.
7"Hachiken Goes to Giga Farm"
Transcription: "Hachiken, Giga fāmu e" (Japanese: 八軒、ギガファームへ)
Ho Pyeon-gangAugust 22, 2013 (2013-08-22)[63]
Hachiken and Mikage take a break from work and pay a visit to Giga Farm, a huge industrial farm that belongs to their classmate Tamako Inada's family. In the occasion, Hachiken learns about the rather harsh reality of the animals living there and realizes Mikage's worries about her family's expectations for her future.
8"Hachiken Makes a Huge Mistake"
Transcription: "Hachiken, dai shittai o enjiru" (Japanese: 八軒、大失態を演じる)
Kiyoshi MurayamaAugust 29, 2013 (2013-08-29)[64]
Hachiken's older brother Shingo pays a visit at the Mikage farm to check on him, much to his young brother's chagrin. Just as his part-time job is about to finish, Hachiken's carelessness leads to damage to the farm. Wanting to take responsibility for the accident, he refuses to be paid for his work. However, he is convinced by the Mikages to accept payment as they consider that all the help he provided them during these three weeks were worth it, despite what happened.
9"Hachiken Hesitates over Pork Bowl"
Transcription: "Hachiken, butadon ni mayou" (Japanese: 八軒、豚丼に迷う)
Tomotaka ShibayamaSeptember 5, 2013 (2013-09-05)[65]
Back from summer break, Hachiken learns that Pork-Bowl has not grown as much as its peers and takes extra measures to ensure that it gains weight faster, even knowing that this will make things even more painful for him when the time comes to part with it.
10"Hachiken Says Goodbye to Pork Bowl"
Transcription: "Hachiken, butadon to wakareru" (Japanese: 八軒、豚丼と別れる)
Tomohiko ItōSeptember 12, 2013 (2013-09-12)[66]
The time has come for Pork-Bowl to be sent to the slaughterhouse and Hachiken decides to make use of the money he earned during summer vacation to buy all its meat. After the meat is delivered to him, Hachiken's friends come with several ideas about what to do with it.
11"Take Off Running, Hachiken"
Transcription: "Hashiridase, Hachiken" (Japanese: 走り出せ、八軒)
Kotomi DeaiSeptember 19, 2013 (2013-09-19)[67]
The bacon Hachiken prepared with Pork-Bowl's meat becomes a fad among the students and it does not take long for it to run out. As Komaba plays in the local baseball team aiming for the nationals, his friends come to the stadium to cheer for him and Hachiken realizes that six months has passed since he enrolled in Ezo Ag and unlike his friends, he still has not decided what path he should take in life.
Season 2
No. Title Directed by Original air date
1"Hachiken Becomes the Club Vice President"
Transcription: "Hachiken, fukubuchō ni naru" (Japanese: 八軒、副部長になる)
Jun SogaJanuary 9, 2014 (2014-01-09)
The seniors from the Equestrian Club appoint Hachiken as the new vice-president against his will. Troubled about it, he later witnesses Mikage crying after having a serious conversation with Komaba and can't stop worrying about them as well, even after they tell him to forget about it.
2"Hachiken Adopts Vice Prez"
Transcription: "Hachiken, fukubuchō o hirou" (Japanese: 八軒、副ぶちょーを拾う)
Yasuhiro GeshiJanuary 16, 2014 (2014-01-16)
Hachiken finds an abandoned puppy during cleaning and decides to adopt it. However, taking care of his new pet is not an easy task, as he not only needs money for vaccines and registration, but has to train it.
3"Hachiken Jumps High"
Transcription: "Hachiken, takaku tobu" (Japanese: 八軒、高く跳ぶ)
Tomotaka ShibayamaJanuary 23, 2014 (2014-01-23)
The newbies from the Equestrian Club have their first jump class, but Hachiken is the only one who fails to have his horse jump an obstacle, bringing some unpleasant memories of his past to surface. Claiming that it needs more than words to have him figure out the reason why, Mikage takes him to a jumping competition.
4"Minamikujou Appears"
Transcription: "Minamikujō, arawaru" (Japanese: 南九条、あらわる)
Hiroyuki KanbeJanuary 30, 2014 (2014-01-30)
Hachiken participates in his first official jumping competition. In the occasion he and Mikage have a short meeting with Ayame Minamikujō, Mikage's childhood friend and self-proclaimed rival, and is startled when meeting his brother again by surprise.
5"Hachiken Has His Hands Full"
Transcription: "Hachiken, ōwarawa" (Japanese: 八軒、大わらわ)
Hiroki NegishiFebruary 6, 2014 (2014-02-06)
With the Ezo Ag Festival fast approaching, the Equestrian Club begins work on Ban'ei horse racing track, despite Hachiken tasking himself with way too much work. Afterwards Hachiken takes initiative and asks Mikage out on a date and his feelings for her are revealed by her friends. However, on the morning of the festival, Hachiken suddenly collapses on the race track.
6"Mikage Gives It Her All"
Transcription: "Mikage, funtō su" (Japanese: 御影、奮闘す)
Yasuhito NishikataFebruary 13, 2014 (2014-02-13)
Hachiken wakes up at the hospital and comes face to face with his father, who wastes no time blaming the Ezo Ag institution for Hachiken's fatigue. Meanwhile, Mikage and the Equestrian Club work their hardest to make the festival a success and praise Hachiken for all his hard work upon his return.
7"Komaba Takes The Mound"
Transcription: "Komaba, maundo ni tatsu" (Japanese: 駒場、マウンドに立つ)
Ken AndōFebruary 27, 2014 (2014-02-27)
The time has come for the Regional Baseball Championship and the students cheer for Ezo Ag's team, hoping for them to reach the National tournament, specially for Komaba who is one of the team's highlights.
8"Hachiken Howls"
Transcription: "Hachiken, hoeru" (Japanese: 八軒、咆える)
Hironori AoyagiMarch 6, 2014 (2014-03-06)
Hachiken discovers that Komaba has lost not only the Championship, but the last chance for him to settle the debts of his farm and is forced to quit school and look for a job to help at home. Despite knowing that there is not anything he can do about it, Hachiken can't bear to accept the fact that Komaba was forced to give up on his ambitions before he could even get the chance to fight for them.
9"The Last Milk"
Transcription: "Saigo no gyūnyū" (Japanese: 最後の牛乳)
Shunsuke MachiyaMarch 13, 2014 (2014-03-13)
Despite knowing that there is nothing he could do for Komaba's sake, Hachiken claims to Mikage that it is fine for them to rely on him and they pay a visit at Komaba's farm to pay their respects as all their cows are seized to pay for their debt. However, Mikage's farm is also in difficulties and when they are forced to sell all their horses, she comes with an important decision with Hachiken's support.
Transcription: "Yume" (Japanese: )
Tomotaka ShibayamaMarch 20, 2014 (2014-03-20)
Determined to follow her dream of working with horses, Mikage is allowed to work under her uncle instead of inheriting her father's farm under the condition of making into college and Hachiken agrees to help her.
11"Over and Over Again"
Transcription: "Nandodemo" (Japanese: 何度でも)
Kotomi DeaiMarch 27, 2014 (2014-03-27)
Hachiken returns home to Sapporo to obtain his brother's study guides for Mikage and has a frustratingly insightful encounter with his father. Afterwards Hachiken's mother visits Ezo Ag to better understand the school he choose and leaves knowing that he is growing into a better person. Finally, as the winter season approaches, Hachiken and his friends begin planning their respective futures.

Live-action film

A live-action film based on the manga was officially announced in the Nikkan Sports and Sports Nippon newspapers on August 7, 2013. Kento Nakajima played Yuugo Hachiken, with Alice Hirose as Aki Mikage and Tomohiro Ichikawa as Ichiro Komaba.[68] The film was directed by Keisuke Yoshida, with the production companies TBS and Wilco and the distributor Toho. Gin no Saji premiered in Tokyo on March 7, 2014,[69] and was also shown at the Japan Film Festival of San Francisco on July 22, 2014.[70] The film's theme song is "Hidamari", performed by Yuzu.[71][69] Iwasawa Koji wrote and composed the song just for the movie.[69]




Since its first volume, Silver Spoon had been well received by readers. It became the fastest Shogakukan title to reach the mark of one million first printing copies, a year and three months after the manga was launched.[72] According to Oricon, it was also the 7th best-selling manga in Japan in 2012, and the top selling title from Shogakukan, as well as the top selling title of 2012 not yet to have an anime adaption.[73] By October 2013 it has sold 12 million copies in Japan.[74] As of 2014 the series has sold over 15 million copies in Japan.[75] As of July, 2017, the manga had over 16 million copies in print.[76]


In 2012, Silver Spoon won the 5th Manga Taishō Award's Grand Prize [77] and the 58th Shogakukan Manga Award (shōnen category) in 2013.[78] In 2013 Silver Spoon won the first Japan Food Culture Contents Award.[79] In February 2015, Asahi Shimbun announced that Silver Spoon was one of nine nominees for the nineteenth annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize.[80]


In November 2019, Crunchyroll listed Silver Spoon in their "Top 100 best anime of the 2010s".[81]

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