Post Reply Flashy or Homey: Which do you prefer?
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So another summer, another hotbox of anime releases! I'm looking forward to quite a lot this summer (D. Gray Man continuation has me ROCK HARD), one of those being the second season of Shokugeki no Soma (Food Wars). But recently, there's another anime, and manga by extension, that caught my eye.



Amaama to Inazuma, or "Sweetness and Lightning," is a manga that is going to be getting an anime this summer alongside the second season of Shokugeki. Now it's weird to compare these two as they almost literally have nothing in common, their only tying attribute being about cooking and food. But as starkly different these two are, it also poses an interesting question. They're two sides of the same cooking coin, so I think it's fair to think about where our preferences lie when it comes to story setting.

I'm sure everyone's pretty familiar with Shokugeki's setting and characters, so I won't dwell on it too long. I'll just say that it has to do with a teenage diner cook who serves amazing food to industry buffs who really like to explode their clothes off. Some of the appeal lies with the...*ahem*..."sights" you see in the anime, but a good chunk of it has to do with the out right spectacle of the creation of the dish. Making food has been played up significantly, with overreactions abundant and splashes of oil and spices. It's the definition of flash.

So how does Inazuma compare? Well it basically is the exact opposite premise, where a single father, Kouhei Inuzuka, is busy constantly with working as a teacher, doing house chores, and looking after his 4-year-old daughter Tsumugi. He settles for buying her TV dinners every night since he doesn't really have time for anything else. He decides to change that after his daughter is oogling at a food television program, and learns to cook delicious meals along with Tsumugi and one of his students Kotori. Because of how down-to-earth this story is, a lot of the time they aren't making anything flashy at all, something anyone could cook at home. But the real draw of the story are the broken bonds that begin to heal the more he cooks with his daughter as she grows up. It's less about the food and more about the people they make it with.


(This warms your heart and stabs it at the same time)



So personally, I find more interest in Inazuma. Shokugeki has a lot of spectacle and interesting foods, but a lot of the time I get lost by how complicated the foods get, and just have to take their word on how good a particular dish is. Inazuma not only has dishes that are simple enough to make around the house, but that's only half of the appeal, the other half having to do with Inuzuka and his adorable daughter Tsumugi. Maybe the adorable daughter with a passed-away mother is a bit of a story cheap shot, but I genuinely enjoy watching these characters interact. Shokugeki has some interesting characters, but they're born more out of gimmick than substance.

But those are my thoughts. What do you guys prefer, Flashy and Fun or Homey and Heartwarming?
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