It’s a good thing so many of us live so blissfully of ignorant of where many things we ingest/use every day originate. There are so many other “EGGS COME FROM BUTTS” equivalents if your curiosity is ever set aflame.
Much of Silver Spoon‘s first episode is standard “fish out of water” comedy, which is a fine enough introduction for me. It’s tough to get a true sense of a world from the outside looking in, so hey, everything’s gonna be all crazy when you step into the unknown. But maybe it won’t be full of poultry constantly expelling eggs from the cloacas. I suppose that depends entirely on the world in which you find yourself! Maybe ass eggs will be the least of your troubles . . .
I think you all knew this was coming as soon as I could find a kosher place to put it. This is absolutely my favorite part of any show thus far this season. What a beautiful moment of dark humor. I’m having trouble deciding what I liked most: the blood spatter, the pleased look on these guys’ faces as one of them holds a bloody hatchet, or the blood gushing from the neck of the still-convulsing chicken. Oh, who am I kidding? The censored blood gushing killed me. (Pun intended.) I like chickens just fine, but I am more than willing to sacrifice a 2D chicken for such a big laugh. And nothing else quite so starkly demonstrates the difference between the all-business farmers and Hachiken.
Nothing else is quite so amusing, though there’s other stuff I enjoyed. The giant, angry horse gave me a good laugh, and the horse that can’t stop chewing on Hachiken is strangely adorable. Anything with city folk getting their arrogance turned upside down is fun, as well. In general, we probably overvalue the knowledge that serves us well in our day-to-day lives. Obviously it has its place, but there are plenty of places where the knowledge we possess means jack shit. Here, Hachiken finds a place where his normal method of survival is useless. And even when given an opportunity to lord his superiority over the new guy who’s lost in this agricultural world, Aikawa has a nice perspective: “Oh, our knowledge is really skewed, so it’s nothing to be proud of.” He knows his knowledge is useful in some places and not so useful in others. It’s a nice moment of knowing one’s strengths and weaknesses.
But seriously that horse is fuckin’ adorable.