Sweetness & Lightning is based on a manga series and can be found streaming on Crunchyroll, Mondays at 1:35 PM EST.
From the moment I laid eyes on Tsumugi and heard her speak I was hooked. She reminds me of Naru in Barakamon. Actually the whole episode has a very Barakamon vibe to it. I knew from the OP song to the ED song that this was a series that would capture my heart. Single dad anime stories really seem to touch me and they always have a way of brightening my day.
The light warmheartedness of the episode made it fun, from the way Tsumugi wakes her dad up in the morning to the way she helps him clean the house (riding around on the vacuum cleaner or watching the clothes go around in the dryer), you will smile and laugh. She is the kind of child everyone wishes they had. Inuzuka is the doting father who is trying to take on the role of both parents. From taking his daughter to school, cleaning the house, and knowing the theme song to her favorite show, you know he will do anything to make her happy. Kotori is the complete opposite of them both, she seems to be harboring some loneliness in her life. From her being alone at the park to her being alone at the restaurant, she is hiding something and is looking for some way to fill that gap.
The body language of all the characters are well done as they help to convey the emotions of the character. The OP and the ED are quite fitting and have a nice vibe to them. Group all this with the muted colors and the artistic effort of the great animation and this was a really great first episode. I am hoping that the series continues to maintain its sweet, family vibe and not move into some odd direction. Overall I give this a 5 out of 5!
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