Sakuranomiya Maika is, by nature, a person with bad luck who always gets into trouble, but knows Dino, who manages a cafe. However, it is not any cafe, as the waitresses have to act according to their "attributes."
After loving the adaptation, I just gotta find that sweet source and here it is. The original Blend S manga. I understand that you're not supposed to compare the manga and anime adaptation to each other and just give scores based on the manga itself. That is why I tried to forget everything about the anime first before reading the manga and reviewing it.
The story isn't really something that will make you jump out of your chair while reading. For the first chapter, I feel like the situation of the main character wasn't really explained well enough for someone to understand their situation. The author
did manage to make the story decent enough to create a situation that the reader can enjoy.
The art style didn't really impress me. Most of the time, the background is just nothing. Yep, there's literally nothing in the background. Just the characters. However, at times that there's a background, most of it is just plain black or polka dots. In the panels with an actual background, the best that you're gonna see are mostly simple lines that form basic shapes and some shades in some areas. The characters are actually drawn pretty well. They are good enough to actually make the characters cute and this increases the overall points for the characters. A suggestion that I can give to the author is to improve the background so that it actually looks more appealing. I understand that creating manga is hard but it's not a legitimate excuse to just put nothing in and call it the background.
The characters are actually pretty good. They interact well with each other and fit the overall theme of the manga, but their design is too generic. Gintama tackled this issue pretty well. I'll just a link here if you wanna view it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zaLI5lY1KP0 while they didn't make the design unique, their attitudes and qualities are somewhat rare in other anime and character development is obviously evident so I think a score of 6 would be fair for the characters.
For the enjoyment, The jokes that this manga has to offer is actually pretty cute and it targets the demographic really well. For me, I enjoyed every bit of it and I'm even considering buying the other volumes even if they're in Japanese. Of course, I wouldn't call it a masterpiece just yet. Even if I enjoyed it myself, I don't think that it's the type of enjoyment that would leave a mark on your memories and affect your overall lifestyle. The enjoyment that this manga offers is just for short-term laughs and dang did it do it well.
Overall, I'd buy the other volumes of it even if the art style and story is not that good. Even if I enjoyed the characters and the overall jokes, the scores I gave for the story and art pulled down the average which left it at 6.75. I'd recommend this manga for people who are just looking for something cute and a good laugh because I sure had a few laughs during the first volume just because of how cute the characters interact with each other.
Blend S is a very cute 4-koma manga with some pretty clever ideas. The series revolves around Maika, a very nice girl with a very nasty glare. Most of the comedy arises from her acting sadistic (either on purpose or on accident) while her true personality is very shy and polite. The author does a good job coming up with fresh ways for that interplay to work, so it hasn't gotten stale yet. Most of the other characters are pretty decent as well, especially Dino the Italian manager of the cafe who loves Japanese culture in general and Maika in particular. The art style is
very simple and cute, which works well with the nature of the series. The faces Maika makes are often some of the funniest parts of the manga. Overall, I enjoy this very much as a quick, refreshing and funny read. I would definitely buy it if it were licensed.