Silver Spoon and Home Turf

Silver Spoon is available to stream from Funimation, as well as on Crunchyroll and VRV.

Man oh man does anime love to geek out over the most oddly-specific stuff.

Sure, you get that with other TV and film, too. It’s kinda the whole point of documentaries. But fiction on the whole doesn’t go to those lengths nearly so frequently or enthusiastically – even more rarely outside science-fiction. Anime and manga, though? Those writers will talk your ear off about whatever topic catches their fancy.

Asteroid in Love is a relaxing story about kids who’re gung-ho about astronomy. That’s it. That’s the whole pitch.

Haruhi Suzumiya, an especially-formative series for me, was awful about it. The dialogue would regularly veer off to talk in circles about time travel continuity or the Kardashev scale or any old topic that author Nagaru Tanigawa probably read about that week. Did most of it move the story or characters one way or the other? You bet it didn’t. The man apparently loves to ramble on using his characters as mouthpieces.

Famously, Cells at Work looks at a surface level like Osmosis Jones, but more in every way. Two seasons and a movie of animation, five books, and easily half a dozen spinoffs. For what? A slice-of-life show about how your Platelets and Neutrophil interact in your bloodstream. But one that’s so thorough that it’s apparently used as a teaching tool in honest-to-goodness classrooms.

Yeesh, my school wasn’t nearly “cool” enough to teach us using anime.

We went to the farm instead.

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