A manga about an agricultural school? In Hiromu Arakawa’s hands, you can bet the farm we’ll be singing its praises ‘till the cows come home!

Just in time for it’s 10th anniversary, we’re doing a retrospective on Hiromu Arakawa’s Silver Spoon, a story about a studious city boy who moves to a country farm school and beefs up to bring home the bacon! Fellow Silver Spoon fans Buggy and Kelly help us put our hands to the plough as we go whole hog on the series’ meaty themes of community and interdependence and gush over Arakawa’s hogwild art! Plus, straight from the horse’s mouth, Buggy shares his personal experiences growing up on a farm in the midwest and visiting Hokkaido, and how he can relate to Arakawa’s detailed depictions of the agriculture industry! We also horse around with some silly tangents about the characters and the food, and what makes them so good!

There’s a lot to digest, so let’s make hay while the sun shines and chew over why this series makes us as happy as a pig in mud!


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PODCAST BREAKDOWN:

00:20 – Intro

03:43 – Introducing our Guests
05:14 – Silver Spoon’s Publication History

09:20 – Our Histories with Silver Spoon
9:40 – LumRanmaYasha
13:10 – Buggy
16:23 – Kelly
18:21 – Arakawa’s Authentic Depiction of the Agricultural Industry
21:31 – Colton
26:00 – Silver Spoon’s Pacing
27:36 – The Equestrian Club Kohai
29:43 – Silver Spoon is like a Dark Nabe Pot
33:04 – Pork Bowl
36:36 – Mentors in Silver Spoon
38:15 – Pursuing Dreams
41:46 –  Komaba
52:30 – Hachiken & Mikage’s Relationship
57:15 – Tokiwa Gags
58:02 – Hachiken’s Father & Family
1:10:30 – Don’t Put All Your Eggs in One Basket
1:13:16 – Tamako, Capitalism, & Fat Jokes
1:18:00 – Ookawa
1:20:38 – Arakawa’s Comedy & Art
1:30:55 – Mikage
1:32:47 – Pizza Toppings
1:35:24 – Sausages
1:37:24 – What Food Would We Want to Make?
1:39:16 – Buggy’s Farming Experiences
1:46:51 – Sharing Food
1:48:18 – The Silver Spoon & Legacy
1:54:28 – Capitalism vs. Collectivism
1:59:00 – Final Thoughts & Recommendation
2:07:48 – Lettering Thoughts
2:12:57 – Q&A: “If Scar and King Bradley moved to a farm together, what hijinks would ensue?”
2:14:43 – Guest Plugs

2:22:05 – Community Shout-Outs! 

2:27:48 – Wrap-Up 

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Music Featured:

“Life” by Fujifabric
“Hello Especially” by Sukima Switch

About The Author Siddharth Gupta

Siddharth Gupta is an illustrator, animator, and writer based in Minnesota. They graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Animation from the School of Visual Arts, and have worked on projects for the University of Minnesota and the Shreya R. Dixit Foundation. An avid animation and comics fan since childhood, they've turned their passion towards being both a creator and a critic. They credit their love for both mediums to Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball, which has also defined their artistic and comedic sensibilities. A frequent visitor to their local comic book shop, they are an avid reader and collector, particularly fond of manga. Their favorite comics include The Adventures of Tintin by Herge, Bloom County by Berkeley Breathed, and pretty much anything and everything by Rumiko Takahashi.