Shin-Ei Animation’s adaptation Amaama to Inazuma (Sweetness and Lightning) based on Gido Amagakure’s manga of the same title has started airing and the first episode was absolutely beautiful. The viewer is given a proper introduction of the characters and the setting. It’s been six months since teacher Kouhei Inuzuka’s wife has died. He is now taking care of their daughter Tsumugi by himself, but he’s not very good at cooking. Therefore the two of them have mostly been having boxed lunches for every meal. Despite the loss of his beloved, Kouhei seems to get by alright, Tsumugi apparently doesn’t seem to realize her mother has died. Or rather she is still too young to grasp what has happened. Probably her dad told her that her mother went on a trip to make her absence easier to understand, since near the end of the episode Tsumugi says “when mum comes back home”or “send mum a letter”.
Kouhei and Tsumugi go to a cherry blossom viewing where they meet a girl crying under a tree. The girl’s name is Kotori Iida, as we find out later, and her mother owns a restaurant of which the girl hands them a card. As the days go by, Tsumugi grows more and more tired of the same boxed lunch every day so Kouhei decides to take his daughter out to have some “good food” for a change. When they arrive at the restaurant of Kotori’s mother, they find out the woman herself isn’t actually there so Kotori tries her best to prepare some rice for them. As they eat the rice together, not only Kotori but also Kouhei become emotional and decide to cook and dine together from now on…
For a slice of life show, it has a perfect pacing, it’s not too fast or too slow, the first characters were established but not too much was given away yet, making the viewer curious for more. At least that’s what I can say for episode 1. The opening is adorable, creative and fits the show really well, and so does the ending. And of course, the cast is full of elite seiyuu. So far we’ve heard Yuuichi Nakamura as Kouhei who aces at portraying a loving and caring father and Saori Hayami as Kotori. Tsumugi is voiced by Rina Endou who is still a child and relatively new in the business but she is doing really well and her voice is adorable.
I’m eager to find out more about the feelings of loneliness Kotori has in connection with her mother, watch Kouhei trying to master cooking to make Tsumugi happy and meet new characters.. I honestly can’t wait for the next episode!