Aniplex of America Announces BLEND-S Complete Blu-ray Set
At their Industry panel at Crunchyroll Expo (San Jose, CA), Aniplex of America announced the complete Blu-ray set release of the working comedy, BLEND-S (ブレンド・S, Burendo Esu). The immensely popular anime series, which premiered in fall of 2017, is based on Miyuki Nakayama’s popular 4-panel manga series by the same name. The complete Blu-ray set will include web previews, trailers and commercials, all six variations of the textless endings, and a special booklet with Café Stile’s menu pages. The Blu-ray discs will be housed in a beautiful Blu-ray cases and box illustrated by creator Miyuki Nakayama. Pre-orders are now open with the set scheduled to be released on November 20th.
Produced by the acclaimed studio A-1 Pictures (SWORD ART ONLINE, ANOHANA THE MOVIE ~THE FLOWER WE SAW THAT DAY~), BLEND-S features Yosuke Okuda (HIGH SCHOOL FLEET) for Character Designer and Ryoji Masuyama (GURREN LAGANN, OCCULTIC;NINE) as Director. The series became an instant viral hit in U.S. with its addictively catchy opening theme song “Bon Appéti~t©S” sung by three members of the voice cast: Azumi Waki (HOW NOT TO SUMMON A DEMON LORD), Akari Kito (RECORD OF GANCREST WAR), and Anzu Haruno (YUUNA AND THE HAUNTED HOT SPRINGS). As the tagline “Everything’s a treat — even being stomped on” hints, the series features a colorful cast of characters who work at a cafe called Café Stile, where the waitresses are assigned an archetype personality when serving customers. These roles include the tsundere, idol, little sister (or imouto) and the super sadist, or do-S, type to which the main character, Maika, has been reluctantly assigned.
“On the technical side, BLEND-S seems to have its act together,” writes Paul Jensen in an Anime News Network review of the series. “The character designs are distinctive, and the individual colors of the girls’ uniforms add some nice variety to what could have been a monotonous wardrobe… Within the context of its genre, BLEND-S is a fine-looking series.”
Smile! Sweet! Sister! Sadistic! Surprise! Service! We are Stile!
Tsundere, Imouto (little sister type), etc. are only a few of the personas that the café waitresses play out here.
The new hire, Maika, is asked by the store manager to play none other than the super sadist!? As she becomes devoted to her work, her super sadist persona blooms unexpectedly…
Everything is a treat — even being stomped on — in this outrageous working comedy.
Original Story: Blend-S by Miyuki Nakayama (Series from Houbunsha Manga Time Kirara Carat)
Director: Ryoji Masuyama
Series Composition: Go Zappa
Character Design: Yosuke Okuda
Chief Animation Directors: Yosuke Okuda, Takahiro Sasaki, Mio Inoguchi
Prop Design: Mio Inoguchi, Yosuke Aburaya
Color Setting: Mayu Morita
Art Director: Megumi Kato
Art Setting: Kaoru Aoki
Director of Photography: Toshiaki Aoshima
Sound Director: Yukio Nagasaki
Music: Tomoki Kikuya
Animation Production: A-1 Pictures
Maika Sakuranomiya: Azumi Waki
Kaho Hinata: Akari Kito
Mafuyu Hoshikawa: Anzu Haruno
Miu Amano: Atsumi Tanezaki
Hideri Kanzaki: Sora Tokui
Dino: Tomoaki Maeno
Koyo Akizuki: Tatsuhisa Suzuki
BLEND-S Complete Blu-ray Set
Street Date: 11/20/2018
SKU #: AOA-11901
• Spoken Language: Japanese
• Subtitles: English
• Aspect Ratio: 16:9 HD Widescreen
• Episodes: Episodes 1-12
• Number of Discs: 2 Blu-ray discs
• Total Run Time: Approx. 280 min.
• Rating: 13 UP
• Web Previews (for Ep. 2-12)
• Trailers and Commercials
• Textless Endings (incl. all 6 variations)
* Bonus contents include subtitles
Bonus Materials and Special Packages*
• Special booklet (incl. Café Stile menu pages)
• Box and Blu-ray case illustrations by Miyuki Nakayama (Original Story)
*Bonus contents subject to change.
About Aniplex of America Inc.
Aniplex of America Inc. (Santa Monica, California) is a subsidiary of Aniplex Inc. (headquartered in Tokyo, Japan), a group of Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc. and a leading provider of anime content and music production and distribution in Japan. Aniplex of America has launched fan-favorite Blu-ray and DVD releases including FATE/STAY NIGHT [UNLIMITED BLADE WORKS], FATE/ZERO, the SWORD ART ONLINE series, YOUR LIE IN APRIL, KILL LA KILL, BAKEMONOGATARI, PUELLA MAGI MADOKA MAGICA, BLUE EXORCIST, NISEKOI, the OREIMO series, DURARARA!!×2, MAGI series, EXPELLED FROM PARADISE, The irregular at magic high school, and ALDNOAH.ZERO. The company’s ever-growing line-up of shows include: MARCH COMES IN LIKE A LION, BLUE EXORCIST: KYOTO SAGA, ERASED, THE ASTERISK WAR, OWARIMONOGATARI, KIZUMONOGATARI, CHARLOTTE, OCCULTIC;NINE, WWW.WAGNARIA!!, GRANBLUE FANTASY, EROMANGA SENSEI, KATSUGEKI TOUKEN RANBU, BLEND-S, SLOW START and RECORD OF GRANCREST WAR. In June 2017, the company launched the English version of mobile game, FATE/GRAND ORDER, which quickly exceeded two million downloads.