Blend S – Ep. 4

Note: This episode was originally reviewed alongside Episode 5. However, my thoughts on each episode was divided into separate sections so I later decided to make them separate posts.

This episode formally introduces the fourth waitress, Miu Amano (Atsumi Tanezaki). I knew she’d join the crew (she’s in the OP after all) though I didn’t think this is how she’d be introduced. I’m just greatly amused that she left her (self-published!) hentai at a public café and that leads to her getting hired there.

In all seriousness, Miu looks like she’ll fit right in. Not only does she look the part of the onee-san (and I do mean onee-san), her profession as a doujinshi author lets her play the role with ease. There’s also this amusing quirk of hers where she gets random bursts of inspiration from stuff she’s seeing and uses it as material for her project. Some of what she’s writing and drawing sounds a bit…well, they did establish she does all-ages stuff on occasion so who knows.

I was a little afraid that Maika might be a little too freaked out about working with Miu. Her reaction to Miu’s field of work, priceless though it may be, reminds you that her innocent brain can only take so much. But once Maika.exe starts working again, we see that she’s getting along with Miu quite nicely. In fact, seeing Miu act as the onee-san with such ease motivates Maika to work even harder. And that of course results in her being more sadistic by accident.

Frankly, I’m confused over who would actually suggest that Maika needs to be more sadistic. What she’s currently doing ought to suffice. Still, the crew wants to see if they can make Maika more sadistic so they come up with the brilliant plan of subjecting the poor girl to every single violent and/or sadistic piece of media they have at their disposal. 

The result? I think it’s safe to say that the crew has created a monster. It’s almost like the training traumatized Maika and this far more sadistic side of her is a split personality. Naturally, the crew comes to the conclusion that this Maika can’t be released to the public. Maybe someone would actually pay for this but the risk is too high for Stile. Besides, who needs Maika whipping and sitting on people when her “water torture” does the trick?

Watch Blend S on CrunchyrollFunimation, and VRV.

Read my Blend S reviews.

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