Short Run Show XVI – “Silver” Linings

October 12th, 2014 in Anime, General Reviews, Silver Spoon by


Although I should have expected a second season of “Silver Spoon”, it was one of those shows that could have easily stood on its own just as it was, as Yugo Hachiken (the guy with glasses, if you forgot), learned quite a lot about himself and others.

It’s just that it was decided to ‘up the stakes’, as it were, and, this time, it’s double the prizes and double the risks.

The first story arc is the Yezo Agriculture Festival. Now, remember, this is an agricultural school so, by its very nature, is located way the stuffings out in the boonies, as it HAS to be the boonies. Yugo has ideas to make the festival the best one ever, but that means he has to take on more and more tasks and more and more responsibilities. This leads to two more story arcs.

The second is that he belongs to the Equestrian Club and has major problems with his horse (yup, that arrogant nag up there), but he still wants to put on a performance for the Festival with a jumping event.

That leads to problems at home, as Dad is as big an arrogant nag as his horse and Dad wants him to quit this nonsense and come home (so he can be as big a loser as his loser older brother? Just asking).

Then comes the Komaba Arc. He’s that big square head at the left. He wants to be a major league pitcher so he can save the family farm. Let’s just say that dreams are elusive, but it could cause distress for more than intended when you cannot grasp them properly.

Although I could question why they didn’t add at least one more episode (it comes in at 11 shows), it is a well-crafted show, despite Dad being rather one-dimensional. These students really care about each other and the business they are in and you see, what I feel, are real emotions and reactions to things. This is a fun show, but would never be considered ‘funny’, as the drama is walking right beside it. Since they are breaking the seasons down into ‘semesters’ and the show is far from over, I am expecting at least one more go-around and perhaps two. If you haven’t see it, this is a marvelous time to do some binge watching, as this is a rare show where you can chain and not get overwhelmed by it all. (Yeah, try doing that with ‘Game of Thrones’).
On a scale of 1 to 10:

Artwork 7 (There is still a wild card design to a few)
Plot 8 (Nice change-ups)
Pacing 8 (Moves along consistently)
Effectiveness 8 (Good use of flashbacks)
Conclusion 7 (It reaches a ‘coupler’, but doesn’t really end)
Fan Service 1 (A similar show would be “Ouran High School”)

Overall 8 (The Dad Arc was troublesome to me)

And remember, it’s first run until you’ve seen it. Where’s the vice president?

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