Blend S (ブレンド・S) - Anime Review
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4 Star)
Length: 12 Episodes
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 8, 2017 to Dec 24, 2017
"Quit your barking, mongrel." ~ Maika
Our protagonist, 16 years old Maika Sakuranomiya is hoping to study overseas but she needs the money to do so! After countless job applications and interviews she is rejected time and again due to her signature sadistic facial expression unintentionally scaring people despite being an extremely happy and friendly person.
Eventually Maika stumbles upon Cafe Stile where the manager Dino approaches her due to his love of all things kawaii. Dino notices her sadistic facial expression and immediatley hires her to work in the cafe which has the serving staff play various characters. Maika joins the team alongside Kaho Hinata, and Mafuru Hoshika who play a tsundere and a younger sister role respectively. Almost instantly Maika secures her place as the cafe sadist bringing much appreciated but unintentional meanness to the customers!
Blend S is a workplace comedy that is perfect for watching when you are looking for a few good laughs. The main star of the show is Maika's innocence which is highlighted throughout the show as she is unknowingly pursued romantically by Dino. This innocence is also prevalent in most of the plot points as she navigates her way through her first real job, making new friends, and being the all powerful sadistic demon lord cutie of Cafe Stile!
Blend S has great animation and A-1 Pictures gets a commendation for putting a lot of detail into facial expressions which helps highlight the hilarious moments where Maika's attempts at friendliness are misconstrued into cruel jabs and sadistic ramblings!
The OP scores 10/10 for kawaii points while being a fun musical piece that sets you up for the lighthearted nature of the show. It was definitely one I couldn’t get out of my head for a while. The music throughout Blend S is your standard slice of life/upbeat score that can't be faulted for suiting the mood of the show.
My main criticism is due to the short length of the the series characters Kanzaki Hideri, and Miu Amano are given limited time to develop their own stories and are relegated to the comedic supporting role which is a shame because they are unique characters full of surprises. Some of the best moments of the show are when naive Maika reacts hilariously to these two lewd legends and their wild exploits!
It is important to note that the Blend S manga was released in 2012 which can be felt in the show as there are a few aging tropes and jokes that can invoke a little bit of cringe for certain people.
Blend S had me laughing and smiling the whole way through and I genuinely watched it as a pick-me up after long hard days at work. Who doesn't love cute girls in color co-ordinated outfits being as silly as possible??
Similar shows include Working!!! and Polar Bear Cafe which share the working comedy/slice of life genre!
In conclusion I score Blend-S a 4 out of 5 and would definitely recommend for fans of kawaii, comedy, and classic nose bleed shenanigans!
Author: Raine Lovebright
CEO - Let's Go Akamaru!