The power of bacon reaches across all divides.
What They Say:
“Take Off Running, Hachiken”
Content: (please note that the review may contain spoilers)
As this episode begins, the bacon made from Pork Bowl has finished smoking (along with the other food his classmates threw in the smoker) and everyone shows up to take part in the tasting — including Hachiken’s brother. When he overhears Hachiken mentioning he wants to send some of the bacon to Aki and Komaba’s families, he insists that Hachiken sends some to their parents; “Show them what you’re capable of.” While Hachiken at first makes a big refusal — the overheard conversation with his brother and father a few episodes back made it clear that their dad is an unforgiving guy — but he in the end he does send some along, maybe to prove something, though as the episode ends we don’t know if it has any real effect.
The rest of the school is still excited about the bacon, creating a couple jokes as an embarrassed girl comes to his classroom to ask a question (she wants to buy bacon) and some scary third years demand bacon, but then offer jams and vegetables in return. But even after his ordeal with Pork Bowl, and this pretty good result, Hachiken still has issues about not knowing what he wants to do. He does meet a third year that doesn’t have a specific dream, instead perfectly willing to suit himself to a job, and while it’s good to see this difference in opinion I wish it had come from a regular character, and not just a one off guy. A conversation with the principle also reminds Hachiken that even though he’s embarrassed because he ran away to Ezonoo, he has plenty of classmates who don’t have the option of running away because they stand to inherit their families’ businesses. And then, the great distance toward someone’s dream is emphasized when Komaba pitches in the baseball game, and his mess up in the first inning nearly costs the game, and Hachiken realizes that, despite his skill, Komaba’s chances of going pro and making the money he needs for the farm are very slim. So even after all this show’s work of showing us people struggling with dreams and goals, right and even possible answers of what a person should do aren’t clear — something that nags and discomfits in a way that reminds me of how realistic of a view this show takes on people’s lives.
After we see Hachiken’s parents confusedly open a package of bacon and the credits roll, we take one more trip back to Ezonoo, where a new group of piglets have just been born. Despite Hachiken’s continued lack of a focused goal, again his influence is clear as Yoshino reveals that she’s still struggling with the idea of eating meat after witnessing Hachiken’s interactions with Pork Bowl caused her to think about the whole idea. But now she’d like to work on a project where she studies whey-raised pigs, combining her love of cheese with the livestock she depends on, and helping her to think of the two together. As everyone agrees on this endeavor, they also decide that naming pigs is a terrible idea…until Hachiken names on pig Bacon (along with Ham, Char Siu, Ginger Pork, etc.). But even though everyone tells him they’ll hold him responsible if they never eat pork again, he wants to do this seemingly masochistic thing so he never just accepts the death of the animals, and continues to think about it.
Though there will be a second season of Silver Spoon, for now this is the last episode. After the conclusion of Pork Bowl’s story, this is a nice wrap up as we see what becomes of the bacon Hachiken made from him, as he trades it around with his friends and even uses it as a way to finally reach out to his parents after all these months. Of course, even after everything, Hachiken still hasn’t decided on his view of farming, and he still has no dream of his own — except, as he shouts while jogging back to school after Komaba’s game, that he wants to do something. Which is something in itself. Silver Spoon was a delight, both funny and meaningful, as it showcased a different way of life through the outsider’s (our) point of view. I’m now crossing my fingers that the manga will get licensed, and I look forward to January when the second season airs.
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