What is there to say when one finds the anime that just hits all the right notes. What is one to say when that anime is able to play out an emotion that you have never felt? Sweetness and Lightning is everything that was just written and more. Sweetness and Lightning follows the story of a father and daughter (Kouhei Inuzuka & Tsugumi Inuzuka), taking on the daily life of working through the loss of a mother and of a wife, all the while her father strives to cook the best dishes that he possibly can for her. What strikes me about this anime is just how playful, carefree and emotional this anime is. With just simple shots and slight nods to a past filled with joy and laughs, the anime can extend the arm that is emotion and grab us by the heart strings.
When an anime can get you on that level, with just the first episode, you know you have yourself a keeper. The characters have a wide array of emotion and human-like input, which to be fair most anime can emulate, they just don’t hit you like these characters do. Kouhei is a man who’s first and foremost thought is that of his daughter’s happiness and well being. Just seeing his face when he knows that all they eat are boxed lunches says it all; he wants to do better for her. So, when chance comes a knocking by meeting one of his students in a park and offers him a card to her mother’s restaurant, he takes that chance. Not wanting her to have to go through another night of pre-cooked food, to have a dinner that was made fresh was all he could think about.
It’s the emotion, the father caring for his daughter that gets me the most. It was the pulling factor that pulled me into this anime in the first place. Sure, this anime is cutesy and it does little to shy away from it, but at the same time it is trying to talk about issues in which many single parents often face. While my impression of the first episode is still lacking at best, I can safely say that one recurring theme of this anime will be the parental struggle to always try to ensure their offspring’s well being. Aside from that theme there is bound to be something learned about cooking and a possible love connection between Kouhei and one of his students, Kotori Iida. Now as per my usual first impression, I have to say something in regards to the art and music of this anime. The art style is just beautiful, the characters are lively and amazing plus all the backdrops ooze beauty. This anime’s art style just gets it, the simplicity of the anime is genuine and lends itself to the overall flow and story of the anime. While it’s art is playful it also reflects in the character details. Take Kouhei’s character art for example. He looks so worn, battered by stressful days and shouldering the immense burden of his wife’s passing. I just love the simplistic storytelling that you can get just from looking at these characters.
Now the music is just as phenomenal, especially the anime’s opening. The opening is called, Hare Bare Fanfare by mimimememimi and it actually available for purchase on the U.S. iTunes store page! No Japanese account needed for this opening! Aside from the very uplifting and fun opening, the rest of the anime has such soft and sweet melodies that I find myself hardly picking up on it at all, except when it is in moments that are emotionally driven. That is a positive, sometimes not being able to pick up on the music being there, it adds to the immersion that one gets when watching their anime of choice. Where it a bit more prominent I think it may have been too overpowering and so being more tame and gentle as it is, works best for this anime.
While the second episode is only a couple of days away from releasing, I can definitely say that I am excited to see where this anime goes and if it can keep its tempo along the way. If you are thinking about picking this anime up, I highly suggest that you do yourself a favor and do just that. It is looking to have a 12 episode run and will more than likely become our must see anime of the summer! If you have already started this title please feel free to share your own thoughts on the anime as well! If you have not yet read our first article published to Viewster, feel free to use the link provided below to take you to our piece talking about the new mobile game, Pokemon Go By Niantic.
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