Also known as Sweetness and Lightning on Crunchyroll. This is a story of a single parent trying to raise their daughter. Once realising his daughter Tsumugi (above middle) might not have the best diet, Kohei Inuzuka (above left)tries to vary his cooking skills with the help of one of his students. Kotori Iida (above left) is the perfect choice as her mother frequently participates in cooking shows on TV.
Together, Kohei and Kotori go through some basic cooking but for me, this wasn’t the strength of the series. For me, it was all about the relationship between the Dad and the daughter. In one episode, Tsumugi has a minor tantrum in a shop at the start of an episode and rather than think she’s a bratty kid, I was trying to think to think of a happy solution. I should point out, this doesn’t happen when I see children normally.
I think this change of focus really helped this series feel fresh to me. I have watched and will continue to watch shows about giant robots and the like, but a personal story will often stand out.
I’m pretty sure Scott has written about this series before. Shokugeki no Souma Ni no Sara (Food Wars The Second Plate) carries one where from the first series ended. More mouth watering meals are made to be judged. And there is more Nikumi.
If the original series did nothing for you, there is nothing here that will change your mind. Souma cooks, cooks and cooks some more. There is an interesting arc towards the end of the series that sends the students to different restaurants so that they will not only get real life experience but they also need to affect the place in a positive way.
How this series doesn’t have a dedicated place in Tokyo to try the food is a surprise. Probably because its a massive pain to cook gourmet food on that kind of scale.
We didn’t end up recording podcasts for the summer and autumn anime series (we were too busy actually going to Japan! it’s a hard life) so I wanted to write up some thoughts.
Mob Psycho 100 was one of my favourites of the summer season. Originally written by ONE (probably best known for One Punch Man) and the animation has kept the rough style.
Mob works for the blonde guy above. He has a knack for dealing with the supernatural. Which his employer does not. Which is bad as the guy claims to be able to deal with any spirit. But this is merely side dressing for the series. It’s more about Mob coming to terms with his abilities and the people around him.
While it starts as more of a comedy show, it turns more serious as the series progresses. Also I forgot to mention the 100 from the title. As more things happen to Mob, a number goes up. Once this number hits 100, who knows what will happen 🙂
There two bottles today as I made a mistake when ordering it seems 🙂 Also hello from up north!
On the right we have Kringly Kris from Lervig brewery (that rings a bell actually) standing at 4.7%. Aroma is christmas pudding like, with raisins and chocolate. Taste is coffee, chocolate, some very light spices that are hard to place. Its also quite a dry beer with a clean finish
On the left we have Blonde de Noel from Caulier brewery standing at 10%. Now this one will be drunk later in the day after dinner. And i didnt realise that i would be elsewhere for the next few days. so this will be updated when I can get to a computer
Here we have Puur la trappe from Koningshoeven brewery standing at 4.7%. The aroma was nothing but hops. While thankfully the taste was indeed hoppy but a lot more balanced, with a light sweetness and bitter. Way more drinkable than I expected.
The final drink of this years advent calendar is Weird Beard’s Black Christmas. A cranberry stout at 4.5%. I can’t really tell the cranberries but you can taste the hops! I’m also getting a little bit of chocolate. It’s a rather pleasant stout. I’d happily have more.
Well this advent calendar was rather fun. I don’t think I’ll get a selection of Christmas beers next year as they tended to be rather similar. I’m lucky that apart from the one that clearly was off before it got to me that none of the beers were bad. Have a good Christmas and we will be back in the New Year.
And here is the latest in the line of Christmas beers, Bob Sleigh by Bishop Nick. A premium ale at 5.1% (not sure whats so premium about it). This might just be me transitioning back off of nights but I’m not feeling this one. No real smell and nothing much to the flavour. It doesn’t taste bad, just not really any discerning flavour. Which is a shame as I seem to recall having a Bishop Nick Porter earlier on this month and it being good.
On the plus side the Nier Automata demo on PSN is pretty cool. It’s a character action game (Bayonetta, DMC) with some bullet hell elements. As with all character action games, I’m rubbish at it but it was really fun. Now to try and get through all my current games so I can play the original before this is released in March.