A boy goes to agricultural school and learns what farming is like.
This is a solid show. It’s funny. It has quirky and interesting characters. It has tearful moments and moments of fright. It even makes you genuinely interested in farming. Speaking on behalf of myself at least, that last item is quite the accomplishment.
This show will draw many comparisons to Moyashimon, since they both take place at an agricultural school. Whereas Moyashimon relies on absurdities (talking microbes) and “anime humor” (maids and traps, etc.) for its humor, Gin no Saji doesn’t need this. It’s a much more down to earth show because of this, and I at least learned more from it. (Come on, nobody actually learned anything from those talking microbes at the end of each episode).
- Storytelling – B – A coming of age story that’s both funny, convincing and educational.
- Voice – B – Down to earth.
- Characters – B – Some are a bit goofy with a single weird trait, but it does make them memorable. And there are a lot of characters.
- Attention Grab – B – Keeping my interest in farming is qutie the accomplishment.
- Production – B – Looking good.
- Overall – B-
Recommendations – Moyashimon, Spice and Wolf