It’s wintertime, so Dino takes everyone at Cafe Stile to a mountain resort so they can ski and snowboard. But it’s soon revealed that this was all a ruse so that Dino could confess his feelings to Maika.
Long story short: He tries and fails.
The episode closes out with Dino recounting how he hired Kouyou, Kaho, and Mafuyu.
The series is finally over, thank god. Because this is the last episode, I’ll actually put in the effort to write out a proper review.
This episode was pretty frustrating to me for multiple reasons. First off, the fact that everyone is perfectly okay with a grown-adult man confessing his love to a teenage girl, and even actively encourage it… what the hell. Maybe it’s just differing cultural standards or something? I have no idea.
Secondly, Dino fails to confess. Yet again. I mean, I hate the Dino x Maika ship but if this series actually had the balls to let Dino successfully confess then that would have raised my opinion of this series a bit. Anime, especially rom-com series it seems, just absolutely LOVE having their characters in a perpetual state of “will they or won’t they?” when it comes to love confessions. Or, you know, actually progressing their relationship anywhere past constant romantic angst because they’re not “actually” a couple. I kind of get why this is done. If two characters aren’t officially in a relationship, that placates all the different shippers. But come on. After a certain point ship-teasing gets old and tiring.
I guess in the case of Blend S the anime is also trying not to get too ahead of itself since the manga is still ongoing. So Dino’s love confession attempt was doomed to fail from the start. Still, it really gets my goat because Dino was able to say “I love you” perfectly fine when he first met Maika in episode 1–what’s even more egregious is that they even show that exact clip in the final episode! So… what the hell Dino, why are you getting cold feet now?
So yeah, I didn’t really like this episode. It would have been a fine episode if it focused more on the other cast members, but of course the Dino x Maika shipping just consumes all the screentime whenever it appears, sigh. At least the last segment was kind of cute.
Overall, this episode was not too great. As lukewarm as I am about this anime, I was still hoping for some kind of satisfying final episode. We obviously didn’t get that here. At least the animation was fairly good for the most part (barring that small moment of QUALITY ANIMATION).
Out of five:
I had high hopes for this series after the first episode aired. In hindsight I really shouldn’t have stuck with this series as long as I did, because it honestly ended up being kind of a waste of time.
Blend S could have been so good–It had an interesting premise (an otaku cafe) and great animation. It’s really too bad that Blend S appears to have no idea what it wants to be. Look, do you guys want to show off the cafe antics, or do you want to be a slice-of-life series? The Blend S anime tried to do both to pretty bad effect.
And that’s not even getting into the real problem of the series: Dino. Dino is such a shitty character that I’m pretty sure the only reason he gets so much screentime at all in this series is because he’s the creator’s pet. Is Dino supposed to be the audience surrogate? Is this horrible man actually supposed to be relatable? If this is true, then that’s pretty cruel; because Dino’s presence definitely doesn’t paint anime fans in a favorable light. I get the feeling that Dino is supposed to be some sort of “lovable goof” character but the terrible aspects of his personality were magnified so much that he just became… well, a terrible character.
Also, the goddamn Dino x Maika shipping stuff. I honestly feel that Blend S would have been 100 times better if the series had cut out most of the shipping stuff. I didn’t sign up for this! I guess this is partially my own fault, because there were already hints of it in the first episode. But I thought it would just be a small running gag that Dino obsesses over Maika, not an actual plot point that the series would keep hammering in over and over again. I could stand it for the first half of the series, but it just got old real fast since nothing came of it. Anyway I don’t want to talk about anything involving Dino anymore so I’ll move on.
It’s such a shame that the other Cafe Stile staff members weren’t given much focus in Blend S, as they’re all pretty great. Kaho, Mafuyu, and Kouyou had some pretty great interactions. Miu and Hideri, the latecomers, were also fun to see.
Dog? What dog? Blend S had an interesting cast and they squandered it for dumb romance shenanigans.
Anyway, I don’t have much more to say about this series so I’ll end it here. Blend S is pretty typical as far as these sorts of comedic slice-of-life series go. For me personally, the negative aspects of the series far outweighed all the good stuff I saw in it, so it wasn’t really an enjoyable experience. If you liked this series more than I did, then that’s great. As for me, I’ll probably stay away from slice-of-life stuff for a while.
Out of five: