7/21 Because “sweetness & lightning” Production Committee kindly provided us with new images, we have updated our review article !
“Tsumugi to Omatase no Hanbāgu” (つむぎとおまたせのハンバーグ)
It’s all about the food with this anime, and our food-of-the-week is as much about feelings as it is about onions and meat.
I hope you have your tissues ready. This episode is about Tsumugi, her feelings, and an amazing way to cook salisbury steak (ハンバーグ).
The first two episodes created a veil of mystery around Kotori’s mom, a restaurant owner and a TV chef who is too busy to attend Kotori’s cooking sessions with the Inuzuka family. The first episode gave me the impression she was inconsiderate of her daughter’s feelings. The second episode portrayed her as a mother who is serious about her vocation but that seriousness is accompanied by a soft demeanor and cute drawn recipes. At last, we get to see her as well albeit through television. We also learn that she is probably a goofy, emotional woman who is very fond of her daughter. When Kotori wakes up, she finds a well prepared breakfast waiting for her along with a note from her mother. She will be on live television and wants Komori to see her. Megumi Iiida is working hard to achieve her dreams but not in the expense of her relationship with her daughter. Her enthousiasm and perseverence act like an inspiring beacon for Kotomi who wants to follow on her footsteps.
Note: Is there anything you CAN’T do on your smartphone these days?
Kôhei-sensei is still working on his cooking skills. His main problem is that he is afraid of undercooking the food. I am not going to comment more on the ‘cooking’ stuff until the themes section.
Tsumugi gets in a fight with her kindergarten classmate Mikio who accuses her of being a thief for wanting to take her friends’ clay home. She is having a rough day analyzing the events of the day and making sense of her feelings. After being the best parent he could possibly be,Kôhei helps Tsumugi and Kotori prepare the most delicious salisbury steak; the perfect gift for Kōhei’s birthday.
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Tsumugi is still in kindergarten and she is having her first social interactions with other children. She is in the process of discovering the world, and how her actions are affecting not only herself but also the people around her. This episode praises a philosophy of giving back what you were given, if not more. It’s a lesson in pedagogy, parenting, and, of course, cooking.
- Cooking: In this episode we learn that:
- Ways to avoid undercooking. I am always afraid of not properly cooking my ingredients. Kôhei-san, I feel you.
- How to cut onions. I have cut my hands more than once trying too hard to do it the right way. As it seems, my definition of the right way was far from being right.
- Caramel color. It will forever escape me the exact point when ingredients are considered caramelized.
- Kiwi enzymes softens meat when stewed. WHAT?
- How to get the air out of the steaks. I’m definitely trying that because it looks like a lot of fun.
That pink sheep that dominates the credits has a name: he is Caligali-san, and I have no idea if it’s something I should have known about or not. I agree with Tsumugi. It looks definitely fluffy.
I have to congratulate the animators and the director, Tarou Iwasaki. Everything from the voice of Tsumugi (her seiyu is a child actor, Rina Endo) and the meticulous attention to the cooking scenes to the facial expressions is excellent. I feel a surge of emotions rushing through my body with every episode and that means that even if I can’t properly put it into words, there is something done right with this anime.
And the rating is…
I don’t know if there is science behind the addictive elements of cooking programs (with so many out there, there must be a theory that supports their success) but I am certainly addicted to the story of the Inuzuka family.
We are not the best cooks here in Manga Tokyo, but after watching the series we are thinking of starting an ongoing section where we cook recipes we encounter in anime, manga, tokusatsu series, and video games from Japan. Maybe even do it in that from-the-top camera style that seems to be all the hype lately.
What do you think?
NEXT TIME: “Kiraina yasai to korokoroguratan” (きらいな野菜とコロコログラタン)
Sweetness & lightning(Amaama to Inazuma)
Based on the manga “sweetness & lightning” by Gido Amagakure originally serialized in the monthly GOOD! AFTERNOON magazine published by KODANSHA Ltd.
Anime official site : http://www.amaama.jp/
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