Recently, I got to know this pair of father and daughter which is just glowing with a strong, unstoppable energy, in particular the little girl. They are the Inuzuka family; the father is Inuzuka Kouhei, a Math teacher in high school. He becomes the sole caretaker of his daughter Tsumugi, following his wife's death from an unknown illness. Tsumugi goes to kindergarten, loves watching anime shows that feature magical girls, and stands out pretty easily with her big, fluffy hair.
Due to his wife's passing, Kouhei has to juggle household chores with his teaching job and Tsumugi. Unfortunately, cooking is something which he is not too good at. Preparing his daughter's meals is limited to using the instant stuff, or simply takeaway bento boxes. His hectic work schedule prevents him from taking out more time than he could, though Tsumugi is generally very understanding as she is rarely seen throwing a tantrum or anything like that.
One day, Kouhei decides to spend some quality time with Tsumugi by taking her to Hanami. After joining forces to complete the housework, they set off excitedly to see the cherry blossoms. Over at the park, the pair will meet Iida Kotori, a lonely high school girl who happens to be Kouhei's student but he fails to realise that at the first glance. A humourous exchange between Kotori and Tsumugi leads to the former handing out the business card of her mother's restaurant.
Kouhei feels guilty towards Tsumugi for not making proper meals for her, and the lack of quality time between them frustrates him further. After he catches Tsumugi watching a cooking show in quite an exaggerated pose, Kouhei is determined to have a good meal with his daughter. He calls up the Iida restaurant and pleads for the chance to eat something wholesome with Tsumugi.
The other voice turns out to be Kotori's, and to Kouhei's surprise Kotori's mother is nowhere to be seen, leaving a rather helpless Kotori manning the place. Just when Kouhei decides to take Tsumugi elsewhere, a frantic Kotori explains that she is able to cook rice. A bewildered Kouhei relents and stays with Tsumugi while Kotori attempts to cook something edible without setting anything or anybody on fire. Kouhei discovers that Kotori is like himself, not good at cooking but is still willing to give it a go anyway.
After what feels like a really long time, Kotori is relieved that the pot of rice has turned out just fine. By then, everybody has become so hungry. Kouhei notices that Tsumugi's expression is way different from what she usually has while eating meals at home. He is overwhelmed with emotion and tears up, which Kotori is quick to observe. Kouhei promises Tsumugi that he will make an effort to prepare delicious meals for the both of them. A shy Kotori pops a rather peculiar question to Kouhei, which sets the foundation for their future cooking adventures. With that, an interesting relationship is forged.
This is Amaama to Inazuma, or Sweetness and Lightning.
Written by J.Fluffysheep ♪