Silver Spoon (Gin no Saji) Season 2 is a 2014 television anime series and the second season based on Hiromu Arakawa’s manga of the same name. The series was adapted into an anime by studio A-1 Pictures with director Kotomi Deai, writer Taku Kishimoto and published by Aniplex. The second season first broadcast in Japan on January 2014 as part of the Winter season.
“The second trimester begins at Ezono as Hokkaido’s fall quickly kicks in. Hachiken is as busy as ever, taking over the position of vice president of the equestrian club, adopting a puppy, competing in his first equestrian event, and being in charge of many activities for Ezono’s school festival.
Even though the usual school life is carried out and they dream of their futures like any other teenager, Hachiken and his friends are forced to confront the harsh realities of agricultural businesses such as financial struggles and successor issues.
Hachiken tries his best to support his peers which ultimately leads him to face and overcome his own problems with his family. This is a coming-of-age story filled with sweat, tears, and literally a lot of dirt!”Plot Synopsis via Anime Limited, October 2019.
If you saw the mention of Hiromu Arakawa at the top of this post, you probably recognise her for writing Fullmetal Alchemist which is a big anime and manga series that pretty much everyone has watched by now. That being said, her other works are not that well-known. There’s Hero Tales, the manga adaptation of Yoshiki Tanaka’s The Heroic Legend of Arslan and the title we’re talking about today – Silver Spoon.
Silver Spoon is all about farming which sounds rather random but both the anime and the manga have received good reception overall. The anime received two seasons, with this post focusing on the second season which aired six months after the first.
Aniplex of America acquired the English rights during its broadcast and released it on a barebones subtitled only DVD for the price of what you expect on a Blu-ray. Fans were not pleased, so fast-forward to the present and it’s now gotten to the point where those DVDs are now out of print.
Fortunately though, Anime Limited managed to acquire the United Kingdom and Ireland rights for a Blu-ray only release which is surprising, but given how it was acquired in 2016 and released a few years later, Aniplex were probably chill about it though it’s still a collector’s first approach. Both seasons came out within the same year though there was a few months gap in-between.
Collector’s Edition Contents:
Anime Limited gave Silver Spoon the collector’s edition treatment which makes sense given the show’s author, Aniplex and the distributor’s passion for offering collector’s packaging for most of their products.
I have unboxed the first season a couple months ago, and the second season is very similar. The end product for the collector’s edition is admittedly rather barebones outside of a few physical items but that being said the overall presentation of artwork is nicely done. You do still have the traditional digipack packaging and clean artwork, but there are also a couple of art cards and a fold-out poster to go with it.
The artwork is free of any information or BBFC content and the info sheet covers the information and specification like previous Anime Limited releases. The collector’s edition Blu-ray has 1000 units printed for an SRP of £59.99. This is also a Blu-ray only release but a standard edition may happen but might take a while due to Aniplex’s strict stance on cheaper releases.
- Rigid Box with digipack packaging and clean artwork
- Info sheet for Product Desc. and BBFC details
- 5 Artcards
- Fold-out Poster
Distributor: Anime Limited
Released: 14th October 2019
Silver Spoon Season 2 covers episodes 12-22 across two Blu-ray discs, with the encode done by an unknown individual who collaborated with Anime Limited. This is also the first Blu-ray release that is accessible for English-speaking territories. The audio options available for the series include Japanese with English subtitles because Aniplex did not provide an English dub.
The white subtitles are locked during playback, and the regions are locked to B for Blu-ray. Amusingly like the first season, these discs also have the classic Aniplex disclaimer intro at the beginning.
|Audio||Japanese Linear PCM 2.0|
|Video||1080p High Definition Native format|
16:9 aspect ratio
Blu-ray On-Disc Extra Features:
- Clean Opening Song “LIFE”
- Clean Closing Song “Oto no Naru Hou e→”
Silver Spoon Season 2 is available to own on Blu-ray from UK distributor Anime Limited. The series is currently available as a collector’s edition set available through retailers like Amazon UK. Season 1 is also available but is close to selling out.
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