「豚汁とみせあかり」 (Tonjiru to Miseakari)
“Pork Soup and Restaurant Lights”
Riding off of last week’s momentum, this week’s episode of Amaama kept on pushing forward at full speed.
A Father’s Love
After reading through the comments from last week’s episode, I started to understand where a lot of the Kotori love comes from. And this week’s episode definitely did a better job at highlighting her as a character (something which I’ll dive into in a little). But before then, can we talk about Kouhei and just how amazing he is as a single father? I know I raved last week about just how much he loves Tsumugi and what he would do for her, but I can’t help but reiterate it one more time. Specifically, I loved how much he struggled trying to deal with Kotori’s offer of cooking together. While he obviously wanted to do it, I can appreciate his respect for the teacher-student boundary. Besides protecting himself in a legal sense, it’s nice to know he won’t rush into things haphazardly even if it’s for Tsumugi. Because I’m willing to bet a lot of people were concerned about something scandalous happening with the way the first episode went!
Anyways, if the show keeps hitting us with moments like Kouhei completely going into dad-mode when he sees Tsumugi in a cute apron, I think I might have to get some insulin because it’s just too damn sweet!
While last week’s episode hinted at it, I’m glad we finally got some insight into Kotori’s home life. Growing up without a father (or at least without a father at home) at a young age, things must have been tough around the house. Add in the fact that her mom was probably busy running the restaurant when she was little and is now busy being a food expert on television (which probably is sucking even more time out of her than the restaurant did), and it’s tough not to feel bad for her.
But as we saw, it looks like Kouhei and Tsumugi managed to show up just in time to provide an outlet for her and all her pent up feelings. From getting to let out some of her fears to having some genuinely happy moments cooking all together, I can’t wait to see how Kotori grows as a character as the series rolls along. That and it’d be nice to see her mother.
Staying strong through its second episode, I see great things in Amaama’s future. While things are still pretty open in terms of specifics, I know that I’ll enjoy tuning in to watch our trio cook some good food while filling in the holes that realities of life have left them with.
Catch you guys next week!
P.S. I really hope I’m not the only one who felt like Kouhei when he was at the grocery story. Seeing how I’m slowly integrating into real life, moments like these all feel too real and actually hurt a little when I see them. Why is adult-ing so difficult ;_;