Not your father’s cup.
No pepper, no problem.
God is dead.
This week’s Sweetness and Lightning is essentially a strategy guide for getting little kids to eat their vegetables. Various tried-and-true methods are presented, from pairing the nasty greens with other food to hiding them among ingredients that a child might prefer instead. There’s even the “spartan” approach of just forcing the poor kid to deal with it. Of course, none of them work on Tsumugi as the wily little bugger is just too smart for her own good. But as Kouhei says, she can just get used to the things she doesn’t like little by little over time. If it were up to me, I’d investigate if there are any alternative ingredients that offer the same, or at least similar, nutritional value as the things that Tsumugi doesn’t like. Then again, the show puts it best: every family does it differently. And Kouhei’s way of getting Tsumugi excited by helping prepare the meal gives us a chance to see her at her cutest. So I won’t argue with his approach.
I see she is a fellow big eater.
We also get to see a little more of Kotori’s life at school. She’s kind of a loner, with the other girls in class hesitating to call out to her because she’s always eating by herself in between classes. I’m not sure how seeing a big eater snack on her own naturally leads to the conclusion that said person wants to be left alone during meal times. But at least those girls have good intentions in mind and aren’t just alienating Kotori. Seeing as she has a cheerfully loud friend in the form of Shinobu, I think the girl will be just fine anyway. Even if Kotori herself may be a little shy, I’m sure that Shinobu’s outgoing personality will encourage the other girls to open up to her. Speaking of Shinobu, I already like the feisty twin-tailed friend. Not only does she bring more energy into the show, she also serves to develop Kotori as more than just that weird high school girl who got herself into an unusual relationship with one of her teachers and his child.
Tsumugi’s troll faces this episode absolutely killed it for me. I couldn’t stop chuckling whenever she pulled one of them after deviously avoiding the green peppers that Kouhei tried so desperately to get her to eat. Heck, not even Kotori’s machinations succeeded in winning over the little troublemaker this time around. Perhaps it really just takes time for children to get used to food that they don’t like. I know I’ve come to not mind some things that I used to hate, though there are certain others that I will still never touch.
Le troll face.