Genre(s): Slice of Life, Comedy
Age-Appropriateness: 13+ (Minor language, suggestive themes)
TheAwersome Rating: 7.4 / 10 (A lot of great moments, but nothing groundbreaking)
Premise: High school girl Maika has trouble finding a part-time job because of how scary she looks when smiling. However, she is scouted one day by an Italian man who is also the manager of Stile, a maid café where waitresses are given unique roles such as tsundere and younger sister to play. Maika is given the role of sadist because of her looks, despite her kind personality.
TheAwersome’s Thoughts: If you haven’t been plagued to death by the memes, you’ll likely enjoy this one. Like all Slice of Life, Blend-S is a good “snack” anime, but it’s also like, anime concentrate. They packed this show with so much weeby otaku anime tropey nonsense that you’d need to pause every five minutes to explain each joke if you were watching with someone who didn’t know the weeby ways. Bingeing the show in a weekend made me tire of some of the rehashed jokes / scenarios, but if you’re a normal human and take at least a week or more to finish it I don’t foresee that happening. Despite being a show where characters play tropes, they themselves, are all tropes. Maika is the clueless anime girl protag who doesn’t realize the awkward situations she causes, but the situations are still quite funny. Blend-S embraces the current western anime culture of poking fun at all things otaku, which accurately sets the tone of “You didn’t come here for great story or artistry. We know it, you know it; let’s get to the jokes, absurd situations, and cute girls.”
TLDR: If anime is pizza, Blend-S is a solid Pepperoni with extra cheese.
And if you’re wanting the intro that spawned a litany of memes, here it be:
You’ll likely enjoy this if you enjoyed:
- The all-in unashamed weebery of Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid
- Heavy moe character design comedies like Gabriel Drop-out, Ms. Vampire Who Lives in my Neighborhood