Note: This episode was originally reviewed alongside Episode 8. However, my thoughts on each episode was divided into separate sections so I later decided to make them separate posts.
Basically, we first see Stile hold a jungle-themed event. In the following day, Maika accompanies Dino as the latter looks for strawberries at various supermarkets. It sounds simple but I found that I have way too many questions about all this. How much money did all those plants cost Dino? Where did it all go after the event was over? Why does Mafuyu have a monkey costume? Why is almost every grocery market out of strawberries? There’s still some episodes of Blend S to watch but I seriously can’t imagine anything that’ll top this episode in terms of ridiculousness.
That said, I had a blast watching this episode. Those who enjoy seeing these waitresses act out their characters will find a lot to like here. This is especially the case during the Great Strawberry Crisis of 2017 where Kaho, Mafuyu, and Miu use their archetypes to trick people into buying meals that don’t involve strawberries to buy Dino and Maika some time. Mafuyu was especially hilarious in this episode. I completely lost it when she entered the scene in a monkey suit during the jungle scene and cried as part of her diversion during the strawberry crisis (the latter is just too much for me).
During this episode, Maika has some second thoughts about working in Stile. This especially becomes the case after she accidentally scares a little girl at a supermarket with her eyes. Even though those eyes do help her act as a sadist, it’s clear that Maika worries that it could harm her efforts in customer service or even obscure what she truly is like. Fortunately, Dino cheers her up by telling her that he recognizes her personality past that glare and her eyes is a part of what makes her charming. It’s nice to see him able to cheer her up in moments where it counts the most.
Of course, Dino ends up going overboard with comforting Maika and…well, I’m surprised it’s only until Episode 7 that his infatuation with Maika puts him in jail.
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