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First Impressions: Sweetness & Lightning

Greetings! Railgunfan75 here again with a new version of my First Impressions series. With this feature, I will be giving my thoughts on the early part of series which are currently airing. I typically will look at a series after it has aired 3-5 episodes. With these numbers, I feel that there is enough material out there to discuss whether a series is worth your time. So without any further delay, let’s get started.

Within the last few weeks we have started a new anime season. This season has had a lot of hype surrounding it especially with series such as Mob Psycho 100, Berserk and the continuation of Re:Zero. I will discuss those series at a later date but there are plenty of other shows as well which have grabbed my attention. One of these shows is a series which is anything but epic in scale or pulse pounding. Instead this series is simple, charming, and something which makes you feel good after watching it. This series is Sweetness & Lightning.

Premise (from Wikipedia)

Kōhei Inuzuka is a teacher who has been raising his daughter, Tsumugi, by himself following the death of his wife. Having mostly bought ready-made meals for her daughter since, Kōhei’s encounter with one of his students, Kotori Iida, leads him to take up cooking in order to provide proper meals for Tsumugi.

Thoughts

I wasn’t really sure what to expect when I started this series. At the time I was scrolling through new series and really checking out ones at random. I’m glad I checked this out because it really went beyond what I expected. It is important to note that despite the food theme, this series is vastly different in tone from Food Wars, the other cooking heavy show this season. This series has a feel and identity all it’s own and is full of surprises.

x01-Tsumugi-Kotori

This first thing which shocked me was how well the characters are done in this show. A series is only as strong as the characters and with these characters they did an amazing job. The characters genuinely feel like real people and you quickly start to care about them and what they are trying to do. You feel for Kohei as he tries to do right by his daughter. He feels disappointed when he can’t be successful in what he tries to do and is joyful when he is able to make Tsumugi happy. What is great about his character is that he is not afraid to ask to help.  Tsumugi is just adorable and steals the show.She is a bundle of cuteness period. If you do not like this character then you are not alive or are incapable of emotions. Kotori rounds off the main cast nicely. While she serves a teaching role, she is also learning along the way as well. So far this is an amazing main cast, the three characters play off each other really well.

The plot/episode structure was another pleasant surprise. Each episode starts with a glimpse into the lives of the characters and uses those events to lead in to the cooking portion of the episode. The formula has repeated itself in every episode but it works so well, that it doesn’t matter really. Also each episode really acts independently from each other so watching the previous episodes is not a necessity here. It is more of a “flavor” of the week type thing and it is a nice change from the long  narratives in many series.

The overall aesthetics of the series are also another positive. The animation looks great and the soundtrack/music works really well with the series. A shoutout has to go out to the voice cast who all have done an amazing job so far. They bring life to these characters and have to convey a wide range of emotions to the table. There is no question that they succeed in doing this.

Is Sweetness and Lightning worth your time? The answer is a resounding yes. At a time where series tend to be epic or deeply philosophical, Sweetness & Lightning doesn’t try to be either. This series doesn’t try to do anything but tell a story of how food and the art of cooking brought them together. The series is fun and heartwarming. It will make you laugh and yes it will make you cry a little as well. The characters are all

This concludes my thoughts on Sweetness and Lighting so far. Are you watching this series? What do you think about it? Please comment below if you have some thoughts on this series or this feature. If you enjoy my content please follow me on Twitter (@Railgunfan75) and Facebook (Railgunfan75’s Geek Blog) for news and updates. So until next time, this is Railgunfan75 signing off. See ya!

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