Silver Spoon episode 1-3: G-rated Food Inc. of Family Farms


When this show isn’t trying to be funny, it is actually pretty good.

In the age where mechanized corporate farming becomes the norm, we take for granted our blessed abundance of food.  Most people do not care, or just simply do not wish to know that eggs come out of a chicken’s anus before arriving at our breakfast table.  The (in)famous Food Inc. documentary have burst many people’s bubbles.  The security of our collective morality was crushed.  The insanity of the reality, that most of us do not really know what we eat, had left a sour taste on our tongues and a sick feeling in our stomachs.  The farm industry becomes the receiver of massive outraged.  Farmers are evil and heartless bastards to the cute little critters.

I am treading a hot potato topic here.  I believe in the cause of the farm reform advocates and the regulation of animal cruelty.  However, the animal rights advocacy groups are usually very biased and politically charged.  They tend to demonize farmers, accentuate the negatives, details that line up with their ideologies.  They often ignore the facts that in any particular groups of society, there is always a subset of good people who practice moral businesses.  Corporate farming as a whole can appear to reduce our faiths in the goodness of humanity.  But when you observe from the perspective of the right individuals, they aren’t half as bad.  I will make it very clear that corporate farming is not the same as family farming, do the googling yourself.  Silver Spoon, after two terribly directed opening episodes, had shown us a more moderate reality of life as a farmer.

If anything, this episode showed the other side of the argument.  Good farmers are compassionate and closest to the earth.  They understand their livestocks and their various needs, as shown with the piglets and the horses.  They acknowledge that nature’s design dictates animals to compete with each other for food.  The farmers regret having to inflict pains, but at the same respect the animals’ irreplaceable importance within the circle of life.  Hence, some farmers go as far as sending off their dead horses with dignity, a full-on funeral for their faithful services.  The theme of the episode is just as simple as human interdependency on animals’ lives.  It is not easy to have the resolve to kill, even when your basic survival needs depend on it.

The philosophical messages aside, I really enjoyed learning about the biology of pigs and horses.  They also showed some aspect of the culture in rural areas.  It is not something that I usually get to see in real life.  The way these characters know their animals so well was a nice earnest touch.  The farmers know their livestocks as well as they know themselves.  It takes time, efforts and some amount of empathy to observe these behavior.  It makes it much harder on the carers when they finally have to slaughter these animals for meat.

I will not discuss the characters, as they are flat and serve more to make the farm life anime a little less boring.  They cannot tell a good non-toilet-humor joke in the first two episodes to save their lives.  I have already grown tired of the redundant gag of the bland city-boy protagonist receiving various abuses from the animals.  I do not see how they can make this anime more than a massive amount of info-dump that may or may not be fascinating.  Maybe the aim of this anime is not to entertain, but to connect its viewers to their most basic of sustenance: food.  I found a degree of appreciation of that earnestness in this episode.  Other than that, your mileage may vary.

I am aware of the fact that this post has no picture.  That is how dull this show is.  #dealwithit


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