If this show had a tagline, it’d be: “WHO KEEPS CHOPPING ALL THE FRIGGIN’ ONIONS?!” Exactly like that.
I’m used to watching slice of life shows, or any kind of show for that matter. What I am not used to, is a legitimate three year old being in my shows. Like, it’s so unusual to see a character younger than 15 or 16, that also happens to be one of the main characters of the show. Normally they’re relegated to the cute younger sibling character or possessive younger sibling. Yet here we have Tsumugi who steals the entire show from the moment she appears in the first episode. She’s just so gosh darn cute. Add in the widower of a father and a high school girl whose mother is hardly ever around, and you’ve got one heck of an emotional story setup. So let me summarize it for you:
“Kouhei Inuzuka is a teacher who has been caring for his little daughter on his own since his wife’s death. He’s no good at cooking, so he and his daughter Tsumugi have been eating packaged meals from the convenience store. A series of events lead him one evening to a restaurant run by the mother of one of his students, Kotori. Her mother isn’t there, but Kotori does her best to feed them both. It turns out Kotori is often alone since her parents are divorced and her mother is frequently not around. The three of them begin to meet and cook tasty food together.” - MyAnimeList Summary.
It’s like “I’ll have an order of Food Wars, but hold the fanservice, the culinary academy, and the wars.” And bam, there you have Sweetness & Lightning. The art is great, the music is great, the characters are great, and the food makes my mouth water. I don’t even think Food Wars put as much effort into its depiction of rice as this show did. Look at it!
... Ok so that wasn’t exactly the image of the rice that I wanted to show you, but unfortunately no one has snapped a pic of that particular shot where you get real close up with each grain of rice. So this is your substitute image. Hope you like it.
The words are flying around about a mile a minute it my head and that’s exactly how I’m reading my writing as well. If you can’t tell I REALLY like this show. And that was just three episodes. The pacing is sloy and really relaxed. Like, there’s absolutely zero urgency. You just kick back, grab a yummy snack, and prepare to be smothered in adorableness. And that is really all I have to say on this show right now, because not a whole lot happens in these first three episodes, but believe me when I say you’ll be looking for whoever is cutting onions each episode. I hope you guys are enjoying it as much as I am so far.
P.S. Am I weird for wanting to marry a girl like Kotori, like, yesterday? She’s beautiful, kind, somewhat motherly, loves good food, and loves to cook. That’s like, my dream woman right there.