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Crack Open a Cold Brew with the Girls in this Super Kawaii Working Comedy Premiering this Fall!

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© MIYUKI NAKAYAMA, HOUBUNSHA / BLEND-S Committee

On September 11, 2017, Aniplex of America has launched the teaser site for the highly anticipated working comedy, BLEND-S. Based on Miyuki Nakayama’s popular manga series by the same name, BLEND-S revolves around a café where each of the employees must play a specific persona while working at the café. Produced by the acclaimed studio A-1 Pictures (Sword Art Online, anohana~The Flower We Saw That Day~), BLEND-S has signed on Yosuke Okuda (High School Fleet, Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie Part 3: Rebellion) for Character Designer and Ryoji Masuyama (Gurren Lagann franchise, Occultic;Nine) as Director. BLEND-S is scheduled to premiere on October 7th at 10 AM PDT.

BLEND-S’ opening theme song titled “Bon Appéti~t ©S” will be sung by the 3 main cast members (Azumi Waki, Akari Kito, and Anzu Haruno), who make up the girl group “Blend×A” (pronounced Blend Ace). The show introduces a range of female anime archetypes including the classic tsundere personality, the little sister (or imouto) type, and the super bossy sadist or Do-S, as it is known in Japan.

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Kaho Hinata (Idol Type)

“As I’ve completely become a fan of BLEND-S myself, I’m so happy to be voicing Maika,” says Azumi Waki, who plays the main character Maika Sakuranomiya assigned to play the Do-S role in the café. “I will do my best to portray all of Maika’s different personalities, including the everyday, adorable Maika to her super sadistic side! It’s such a wonderful and fun café, I wish I actually worked there! Please stay tuned for a peek into the Do-S life!”

To commemorate the premiere of BLEND-S, Aniplex of America is also partnering with Café Dulce in Little Tokyo (Los Angeles, CA) for a limited time collaboration event with branded exclusive giveaways in October. More details will follow on the official BLEND-S Facebook page at Facebook.com/BlendS.USA.

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Maika Sakuranomiya (Super Sadist Type)

BLEND-S Introduction:

Everything’s a treat – even being stomped on – in this outrageous working comedy!

At Café Stile, tsundere and imouto (or little sister type) are only a few of the characters the café waitresses must act out. Much to her surprise, new hire, Maika, is asked by the café manager to take on the role of the super sadist?! As she works hard at her new job, she unexpectedly flourishes as a super sadist and…

BLEND-S Teaser Site:
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BLEND-S Official Facebook Page:
Facebook.com/BlendS.USA

 

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Mafuyu Hoshikawa (Big Sister Type)

 

STAFF:

Director: Ryoji Masuyama
Original Story: “Blend-S” by Miyuki Nakayama (Houbunsha ‘Manga Time Kirara Carat’)
Series Composition: Go Zappa
Character Design: Yosuke Okuda
Chief Animation Director: Yosuke Okuda / Takahiro Sasaki / Mio Inoguchi
Prop Design: Mio Inoguchi / Yosuke Aburaya
Art Setting: Kaoru Aoki
Art Director: Megumi Kato
Color Setting: Mayu Morita
Director of Photography: Toshiaki Aoshima
Music: Tomoki Kikuya
Sound Director: Yukio Nagasaki
Animation Production: A-1 Pictures


CAST:
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

 

 

 

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Not Really a Reflection of Stan Lee!

 

You all know the great Stan Lee the Godfather of most of your favorite Marvel characters. Possibly, the greatest comic book maker ever in American history. The #GOAT of American comics, debate me on that. Well, if you didn’t know he’s been venturing into creating his own manga and animes. Not to anyone’s surprise they’ve been superb thus far. His new project Reflection, well who can I blame this on besides Lee?

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X-Men, Ironman, Wolverine, Blade

His first four titles for anime were X-Men, Wolverine, Iron Man, and Blade. The shows aired in Japan from 2010 to 2011. Stan Lee and Warren Ellis shared writing credits and Marvel gave the green light for free range. From top to bottom the project was meant to boom, add Madhouse the mega popular animation studio for a long time running about 4-5 years ago, when these aired. They included great voice- acting on both sides of English and Japanese. It was HOT and very successful.

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Then Lee announces a Manga through Shonen Jump called Ultimo. The concept was hugely Stan Lee and yet the story and art was credited to Hiroyuki Takei. I loved the series, enjoyed the story, and the art was amaze-balls. I don’t think it boomed in the States, but I’ve seen it plenty around. Lee couldn’t be stopped he was on an absolute tear for his anime/manga inspired projects.

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Then he comes out with the Heroman Manga and Anime. Written by Stan Lee and illustrated by Tamon Ohta. The anime was animated by recent heavy hitter Bones, along with Stan Lee’s Pow! Entertainment, and Wowmax Media. It had a super solid 26 episodes, great story, great animation, great music, nothing was left un-turned. Music by Flow and Tetsuya of L’Arc-en-Ciel wow big timers in and out of anime. To put the show in perspective it was like Gurren Lagann, but Americanized. Same wavelength and if you know Gurren Lagann it’s a classic.

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Gurren Lagann

We haven’t seen Lee in a while on the anime and manga seen; since Marvel Studios has blown up with its live-action films of Stan Lee’s greatest characters. Until I heard of his Reflection project, and the excitement came immediately. The show started airing this 2017 Summer Season in Japan. Two episodes in and I’m highly disappointed and I’m not too sure why or who made this call. The show’s story is solid thus far and is pretty much the only reason I’m watching. Lee decided to go with this strange animation style with production from Studio Deen.

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Studio Deen hasn’t done too much lately as far as blockbuster worthy anime. They are a respectable animation studio. I’m just not too sure why they would go with the project this way. 1) It doesn’t fit not one bit with the current climate of animation that the huge animes are coming out with. 2) It’s just not visually appealing at all because it doesn’t look like anime. At best Reflection is a good American cartoon with subtitles and Japanese audio. I will finish the show for the great story mind of Stan Lee but this is a fail when it comes to his talent. Maybe it’s is health, age, and wife’s passing that brought this on. Who do I blame?? Comment as always!

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