What’s the show? Blend-S (2017).
What’s it about? Smile! Sweet! Sister! Sadistic! Surprise! Service! We are STILE!
I’m sorry, what? This theme song gives me life!
Right… so what’s this show about then, beyond the theme song? It’s about a cute Japanese girl called Sakuranomiya Maika who’s totally into white guys. Also she works at a maid café, ‘Café STILE’, where all the maids act with different personalities to fulfil their customers various kinks. It’s less perverted than it sounds, trust me.
Okay, but what was that bit about her being into ‘white guys’? Oh Maika’s got gaijin fever, in a flashback in the first episode we see her preteen self, obsessing over a statue of Colonel Sanders outside a KFC store and getting so attached that the employees have to call her parents.
I don’t even know what to say… Whatever you’re thinking it’s totally innocent! She’s just really into cultures outside of Japan. Probably due to her very traditional Japanese upbringing.
So it’s a? A slice of life set in a café, a situational comedy dealing with Maika’s interactions with her eccentric co-workers and her Italian-otaku boss Dino, who is crushing on her big time.
And there it is. What?
You don’t think it’s a touch weird that this is an anime all about a cute Japanese girl being obsessed with white guys, white guys who also happen to be fans of anime. Talk about pandering to a larger audience… I’ll have you know that the author of the manga is Japanese!
Listen, I’m not one to kink shame, even if the kink in question is an entire race but you gotta admit this premise is kind of strange, even for an anime? That’s not even what this anime is about, sure at the start it seems like it’s just about her fascination with the West, but by the time it gets to episode four or five, it becomes more about her and her problems than whatever kind of fetish you’re trying to read into it.
Fine, pray tell what do you mean? She’s sadistic. >:)
Oh? Not literally, it’s just her face. It’s quickly established that she has a face that can easily be misconstrued as ‘sadistic’ and so she fulfils that role in the maid café for men who are into that kind of thing. Truly, her ‘sadistic’ face is a thing of beauty.
And the others in the café fulfil other specific roles? Exactly! And they all have personalities that either mildly complement or completely contrast with their café personas; it leads to some very amusing interactions both on and off the café floor.
Well I admit that sounds interesting, maybe I shouldn’t have been so quick to judge. Yeah, it’s not like it becomes a romance anime by the last three or so episodes, oh wait, it totally does! Haha, but I don’t care I love this show, don’t you dare take it away from me.
What? Romance? Really?! Well it’s not like it’s The Notebook, it’s more like an episode of Friends, wrought with misunderstandings and bad decisions!
And just objectively speaking, not trying to make a point or anything at all but who is your ‘best girl’? Maika-San! *nose bleed*
As expected. Listen, say what you will but at the end of the day, all questionable relationships included, Blend-S is still a genuinely funny and well-rounded show. Also traps aren’t gay.
I beg your pardon? One of the ‘waitresses’ who joins the café late in the season is a cute girl except she’s actually a petite dude who like to dress in girl’s clothing and being attracted to her/him/they is not gay you hear me? And oh hey look over there it’s something boring and heterosexual for you to be interested!
Huh? What? #trapsarentgay
Whatever. I give up. Final score? It’s the seamless combination of outlandish anime comedy and sweet romance, and not in any contrived way, that makes this show so good. I think I’ll have another cup of this fine blend, international roast indeed; 91 out of 100.