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This is going to be a straightforward post, because there’s not a ton to say about Blend S. That’s why it didn’t get blogged, even though I know Takkun enjoyed it, and it was probably one of my favorite shows of the season. That’s why it’s getting a send off, though the thesis can be boiled down quite simply:
Watch this show. Slice-of-life and comedy fans, certainly, but romance fans will find a lot to enjoy here as well.
For it’s romance that makes this show stand out, in much the same way as Acchi Kocchi, though with a more traditional animation style and comedic flow. Going back to my four facets, the atmosphere here is most similar to WORKING!!—not surprising, since it’s another restaurant-based anime—which is more comedy and energy than relaxation. The characters are great, and I especially liked how they quickly grew beyond their tropes, such as how Hideri became a punchline not because he crossdresses, but because he’s shameless, cynical, goofy, and a know-it-all. I also really liked Owner, but then again, I’m a dog person, and who doesn’t like the unrealistically smart/perceptive fictional dog? Monsters, that’s who. But all the characters are great, I could list favorite points of them all. Blend S did not slack in that area.
On comedy, this was the show I most often laughed out loud at this season. And there was cuteness to be sure, though it was mostly in the—you guessed it—the romance. So let’s get to that. Blend S deploys the same romantic payload as shows like Acchi Kocchi or Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun, in that it’s mostly focused on telling jokes and you’re pretty sure the couples are never going to get together—but it gives hints of falling more on the WORKING!! side of things, where, given enough time, there will be couples made. That’s my preference, because the teasing only remains fun for so long, and eventually I want my romantic payoff. This season didn’t get there, but the hints of it coming—ohhh man. I want it so bad!
Both the couples are great. I really like how rich of a personality Dino (the manager) has, and how he’s a mix of useless, cowardly, chivalrous, petty, and genuinely kind. It also keeps the power dynamic even, because even though he is Maika’s boss, that never feels worrisome because she holds all the cards, mostly because he’s bad at this. Though she doesn’t realize she has all the cards, which is perfect. It’s like I said while blogging Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun: if it’s only one person’s fault that the couple isn’t happening, then it’s rage-inducing, while if both people are to blame, you can go on telling those jokes for a while. Not forever, but for a good while.
Ditto to Kaho and Akizuki, which have the same kind of major malfunction (being total nerds who don’t know how to operate around the opposite sex). I was super pleased when they emerged as a strong B-couple in the making halfway through the season, because I always love the B-couple, and because they just fit. Better perhaps than the main couple, they seem to understand each other better, they’re just far less honest. Though either way is a recipe for an adorable couple, if they can just solve that central misunderstanding. One day, one day!
Either way, there’s not much else to say. Blend S is another anime I’ll point to when I say, “If it’s slice-of-life, and Takaii previewed it, and was excited, watch it.” Which is a good rule to live by. Takkun is good at making any preview seem exciting, but his taste is killer when it comes to slice-of-life. Blend S is solid from episode one to the very end, it’s funny and endearing and bubbly, and I enjoyed it immensely. If you didn’t watch it, check it out! It’s a whole lot of fun.
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