Silver Spoon 2nd Season

Alt title: Gin no Saji 2nd Season

TV (11 eps)
4.425 out of 5 from 6,509 votes
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Yuugo, Aki and the rest of the gang continue their studies at Ezonoo agricultural high school, handling chickens, grooming cows and learning all about a farm worker’s duties. Change is in the air, as the group is becoming more skilled, and the equestrian club has even asked Yuugo to become the new vice president, much to his dismay! Whether Yuugo and his friends are adopting a stray puppy, watching jumping competitions or learning the intimate ways to check if a cow is pregnant, they’re sure to have a fun time at Ezonoo.

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Silver Spoon's second season carries on where the first left off, completing the transition from episodic into semi-episodic with a heavy emphasis on underlying theme. This is a good thing, even if it removes some of the slice of life emphasis and moves it more on the characters. This is done by pushing the main female side character into a full female lead role. While in some ways, it takes away from the special spice that Silver Spoon had in the first season, it is the natural way to develop. There are trials and tribulations, the characters get some real development, and yet the show retains a largely optimistic feel. But the optimistic feel is contrasted by some serious issues, which are broken up by occasional humor. It is a nice way to structure a show. What really makes Silver Spoon tick is how the protagonist adapts to different facets of the agricultural life. The added element of his struggling with his own issues managed to keep everything going without becoming tired. Sure, the second season may be a little less unique than the first, but it still manages to be memorable and fun. This is the natural way for a series to develop, and that is the strongest suit of Silver Spoon. The aesthetic of a series about a way of life closer to nature and a very natural style to the writing and art is maintained. There is a bit more emphasis on the school life aspect, which is something I usually dislike, but ends up being rather elegant. While less unique, the second season is better executed. Writing (Story and Characters): While in the first season the writing was Silver Spoon's strong point due to an original premise, the second season doesn't just recycle it but goes for developing the series alongside the characters. It is a good choice, and adds depth. It isn't quite as reliant on the charm of the setting, and does well to develop the characters well. It goes for less of a goofy feel, but doesn't make it into an all-out drama. As the story becomes more character driven and less slice of life based, it feels like it matches the growth of the characters with a cleaner and more focused narrative. It breaks a little of the heavy reliance on the main character (who is now one of two main characters), and goes for a more modern approach. This shows a hint of ambition, an attempt to make both the world and the characters more well rounded. The sacrifice made is losing a bit of the light hearted edge from the first season, but is executed well. Mentioned earlier was the move from a single main character to two. Silver Spoon does this organically, as a natural continuation of the first season. It allows for character growth and added depth, but removes some of the importance of the supporting cast. This is a good tradeoff as the character section doesn't get stagnant. There is attention paid to the flaws of the characters, and not the classic trivial ones ("so clumsy!" "oh no, I lack self-confidence!", you know). The writing matures along with Silver Spoon. It is something that most shows fail at, but here it doesn't. Perhaps this is because the seasons are so short (eleven episodes?!), but this has to be mentioned. The writing is more streamlined from a story perspective in order to allow the show to move away from the heavy reliance on the main character as a guide, and gives a bit more drama for the viewers. Overall, a good choice. Art (Animation and Sound): Exactly as the first season, Silver Spoon's artwork remains good. The animation is nice and solid, the audio is very intelligently used, and they work together well. It brings life to the writing, and the writing makes the art work. The style and quibbles remain the same, so you can read my review of the first season if you want to go a bit more in depth. Overall: Silver Spoon's second season is a natural development from the first, and is even slightly better (by the slimmest of margins). While it is less slice of life and more teen drama, it remains well executed and charming overall. If you liked the first season, then coming back for more is the natural thing.

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