Noble Farmer anime adapts Hyakushou Kizoku manga about the life of Fullmetal Alchemist creator Hiromu Arakawa

Key visual for the upcoming anime Noble Farmer.
Key visual for the upcoming anime Noble Farmer. Pic credit: @hyakusho_kizoku/Twitter

On October 26, 2022, on the official Twitter account for Hiromu Arakawa’s Hyakushou Kizoku comedy, slice-of-life manga announced it is getting a Noble Farmer anime adaptation!

The tweet also says to stay tuned for more information regarding the upcoming anime adaptation and to follow the Twitter account.

In 2008, Fullmetal Alchemist creator, Hiromu Arakawa, began writing and illustrating an autobiographical manga, which tells the story of her time working as a farmer in Hokkaido, and the interesting “country smarts” she gained there as a result.

Fans of the Fullmetal Alchemist manga may recognize the distinctive aristocratic cow as seen in Fullmetal Alchemist bonus material and author moments, which featured Hiromu Arakawa as a cow.

What is the plot of Noble Farmer?

Noble Farmer manga page.
Noble Farmer manga page. Pic credit: JManga

The manga begins with the introduction, “If one has no water to drink, then why not let them drink milk? Before Hiromu Arakawa became a mangaka (manga author) she spent 7 years in Hokkaido working in the farming business. She raised cows, planted crops, had some close calls with bears, and was jerked around by naughty seed-stealing squirrels. Rest was scarce and there was always a lot of work to be done. But this is the life of a Noble Farmer. This is Japan’s first manga that describes fun facts about farming. The common sense gained while farming isn’t the same as your everyday common sense.”

Noble Farmer manga page.
Noble Farmer manga page. Pic credit: JManga

The manga’s story begins with Hiromu Arakawa explaining that currently Japan only produces 40% of the food it consumes and about how she’s worried about the country’s future. Hokkaido is known for being the “bread basket” of Japan and this is where Arakawa decided to do her part in order to prevent everyone in Japan from dying of starvation.

Arakawa worked every day on the farm until she was covered in mud, but in the class Shounen Jump hero manner – she never gave up!

Apparently, pet diaries have been adapted into manga form, but a manga about farming is rare. Perhaps, this is why Arakawa was inspired to write and illustrated the best-selling manga Silver Spoon, which debuted after Fullmetal Alchemist reached its end.

Where can I read Noble Farmer?

On December 28, 2006, Hiromu Arakawa launched her manga Hyakushou Kizoku in Shinshokan’s manga magazine Un Poco but the magazine ceased its publication on March 28, 2009 with its 17th issue. On July 28, 2009, Hiromu moved the manga to the publisher’s magazine Wings. Arakawa released chapters sporadically. The manga’s chapters have been collected into individual wideban volumes by Shinshokan and seven volumes have been released as of October 22, 2021.

In 2012, the manga’s English version was digitally published by JManga, a digital manga outlet that is part of the 39 publishers of the Digital Comic Association. JManga has released one volume so far in Japan.

What is the plot of Silver Spoon?

Silver Spoon manga volume 1 cover.
Silver Spoon manga volume 1 cover. Pic credit: Weekly Shounen Sunday Magazine

The story centers on mild-mannered student Yuugo Hachiken, who fails to pass the entrance exams for the high school he planned on attending. Due to the fact that his relationship with his family is strained Hachiken decides now is his chance to have an excuse to move away from his home and enroll in a school that is far away. He decides on the rural Ooezo Agricultural High School located in the countryside.

Hachiken thinks that with his talent for studying it doesn’t really matter what kind of school he attends. However, Hachiken soon discovers the inconvenient truth about agricultural life. Hachiken doesn’t plan on being a farmer when he graduates, but he’s slowly pulled into the world of farmers against his will. Hachiken struggles to keep up with his new friends, who are farmers’ heirs and are already accustomed to a hardworking farm life.

Where can I read the manga or watch the Silver Spoon anime?

On April 6, 2011 Hiromu Arakawa launched Silver Spoon in the 19th issue of Shogakukan’s Weekly Shounen Sunday Magazine and became the manga’s main feature. On November 17, 2019, the manga concluded in the 52nd issue. The manga’s chapters have been collected into fifteen tankoubon volumes by Shogakukan.

Between July and September 2013 and January and March 2014, an anime TV series adaptation produced by A-1 Pictures aired for two seasons on Fuji TV’s noitaminA block in Japan. In March 2014, a live-action film inspired by the manga and produced by Toho was released.

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