OP: 「晴レ晴レファンファーレ」 (Harere Harere Fanfeaare) by みみめめMIMI (MimimemeMIMI)
「制服とどなべごはん」 (Seifuku to Donabe Gohan)
“Uniform and Clay Pot Rice”
One of my most anticipated shows of the season, Amaama to Inazuma did not disappoint. I even made a friend watch alongside and got him to cry!
The premise of Amaama to Inazuma is a simple one, but boy do they execute it perfectly. Revolving around the life of Kouhei and his daughter Tsumugi, the show managed to perfectly bring us up to speed with their crazy life in a matter of minutes. From the subtle shot of Kouhei’s wife who passed away to the cuts of how and what the two eat every day, it paints a clear picture of a slightly dysfunctional family that’s trying their best to be the best they can be. Something that sounds even tougher to do when you discover that Kouhei is a schoolteacher who ends up working late hours.
However, and this is where the true meat of the story comes from, Kouhei is the kind of dad who would do anything for his daughter. Whether that means sitting through a bunch of magical girl anime reruns or dashing through the streets with Tsumugi on his shoulders looking for a real homemade meal, there’s no doubt the amount of love he has for her is immeasurable.
For its introductory episode, I don’t think there was a better place to start. Jumping into the idea that Kouhei can’t cook very well and relies on convenience store food (which in Japan I hear is pretty good and somewhat nutritious) for Tsumugi’s meals, it’s clear that you can’t rely on something like that for your baby girl. Also, even if it’s not all the time, you have to sit down and eat together with your kids! Two things that probably escaped Kouhei’s mind, but you can’t really blame him for since there’s definitely other things that I’m sure are on his mind (like memories of his wife).
Fast forward a little bit and we get to see this glaring issue in his parenting resolve itself pretty quickly. Realizing that he’s been missing the most basic points of truly being together with his daughter, I thought it was awfully cute how they used a simple meal of clay-pot rice to really drive home the meaning of having a home cooked meal together. That and I couldn’t help but tear up a little when the show decided to integrate some of Kouhei’s memories with his wife in-between the cooking. Because, honestly, if you didn’t get a little emotional seeing all that, I don’t think we can be friends anymore.
And don’t get me started on Kotori. I know what’s going to happen since I read somewhat deep into the source material to preview the show, but even from what we saw this week it’s easy to tell that she has her own share of problems and trials to deal with.
Oh BOY I can’t wait for next week’s episode. I want more of all these characters in my lives and I want it now! Anyways, I hope you enjoyed this week’s episode as much as I did and I’ll see you around when we get to see more of Tsumugi, Kouhei, and Kotori. See you later!
ED: 「Maybe」 by Brian the Sun