Sweetness and Lightning

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A widower, his daughter, and one of his students.

Sweetness and Lightning is a Slice Of Life Japanese anime series which is based on a manga series written by Gido Amagakure and published by Kodansha, and it originally ran from March 2013, to present, and it has 10 volumes in total so far. It was directed by Tarou Iwasaki, written by Mitsutaka Hirota, musically composed by Nobuko Toda, produced by Koji Nozaki, Tsuneyasu Suzuki, Koji HIrokawa, Motohiro Oda, Toshihiro Suzuki, Hiroshi Akio, Kozo Ohara, Yoshihiko Yamazaki, Kozo Misawa, and Studio TMS Entertainment, and originally aired from July 4, 2016 to September 9, 2016, and lasted for 12 episodes in total.  

Plot

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 his 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.  

Why It's Full of Sweetness

  1. Despite this not (predominantly) being a cooking anime, this anime makes food look delicious and is sure to make you hungry.
  2. Amazing animation.
  3. Tsumugi is incredibly adorable and so is Kotori.
  4. All three of the main characters, Tsumugi, Kotori, and Kohei, are flawed people, but still come off as incredibly interesting, likable, and relatable.
  5. Great voice acting.  
  6. Despite being a five year old little girl, Tsumugi is somehow able to be very likable. She does have her immature, bratty moments, but it's never overbearing, and it's always outweighed by cute or emotional scenes from her, alongside her well-meaning nature.  
  7. Good soundtrack.
  8. This show has several interesting themes, the most prevalent being a single father, whose wife passed away, having to cope with raising his young daughter. There's also Kotori, who hangs out with Kohei and Tsumugi to fill the gap left by her mother, who is always away on business. All these themes are handled well and seem believable.

Reception

Volume 2 reached the 18th place on the weekly Oricon manga chart and, as of March 16, 2014, has sold 60,643 copies; volume 3 reached the 19th place and, as of September 14, 2014, has sold 81,319 copies; and volume 4 reached the 20th place and, as of March 9, 2015, has sold 108,994 copies.  

It was number 8 on the 2014 Kono Manga ga Sugoi! Top 20 Manga for Male Readers survey and number 24 on the 15th Book of the Year list by Da Vinci magazine.