Astarotte no Omocha is better than expected

Astarotte no Omocha

Mercelida in the anime = Akiko with sexiness stat bumped to 999.

Well, I was initially feeling disappointed when the first episode of the anime was filled with bad banana jokes and a really weird swing in to making the anime more… mellow.

Five episodes in now though, I’m surprised to say that they’ve been doing quite a better job with the anime than I expected, even with the shift from fanservice towards melodrama. More importantly, they are really fleshing out the characters and making them all quite likable as well, especially Mercelida and Astarotte. The way they’ve dealt with Asuha’s parenthood and this anime-original event (I’m assuming) feels a lot more better than how they tackled this in the manga originally, since we also never got that exposition about why Mercelida dumped Asuha on to Naoya. But then again, Mercelida’s character in the anime is definitely a lot different than the one in the manga.

Astarotte no Omocha

For example, we didn’t get to see this in the manga!

Not sure how they are going to move on from here, but preview for episode six looks like fanservice is coming back and they are going to introduce the third loli character of the show as well. Guess we’ll see!

P.S. More Mercelida please :P

16 Comments

  1. Rei Said,

    May 9, 2011 @ 7:51 am

    I’ve yet to 5, but so far it’s actually better than I thought. Same goes with Hidan no Aria. Both of them have dfc RieKugyuu voices but for once, it’s full of character development and wait… both have mother-daughter related problems/drama…. HMM.
    But yes, I like Astarotte and it’s rather diabetic, but the cast is interesting and episode 4 was a little ;A;!!

  2. shinkirou Said,

    May 9, 2011 @ 8:38 am

    really epic, really fitting for motherday lol, i guess the anime ver really design to fit the gap hole for manga ver. i only wish that they do few flash back about mercelida and naoya or something making a path where a family of 4 together but again this is juz only a wish list considering reason why mercelida leave asuha to naoya. it might not happen.

  3. Hogart Said,

    May 9, 2011 @ 9:04 am

    I’ve been pleasantly surprised as well, ep5 was a nice treat for Mother’s day. I hope it continues this trend of being a bit better than expected, because I had this one penned as my one “bad” anime for the season.

  4. Longhaul Said,

    May 9, 2011 @ 11:48 am

    “For example, we didn’t get to see this in the manga!”

    Huh? Thats from the manga.

  5. Shirt Said,

    May 9, 2011 @ 12:13 pm

    I also noticed the timing for the episode. It was definitely special.

  6. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    May 9, 2011 @ 6:11 pm

    @Longhaul: Oh so it’s IN the manga? Well, the scans are still at vol. 3.. :(

    Also I totally forgot yesterday was Mother’s Day. LOL.

  7. tomphile Said,

    May 9, 2011 @ 7:44 pm

    I thought this was going to a typical moeblob kind of anime, but like Kurogane said, it’s getting better and better. Due in no small part to Mercelida. ;)
    If the manga was worse, then I guess things are looking up for this anime as it seems like the staff is on the ball in regards to fixing and improving various aspects of this anime.

  8. dthiswhtuseek Said,

    May 9, 2011 @ 10:37 pm

    We feel that the anime is better because it was set up to bring the good plot story in faster than the manga but i feel that in the long run they will be about the same, just different execution.

  9. Benigmatica Said,

    May 9, 2011 @ 11:49 pm

    Say, is there some flashback ecchi scene between Naoya and Mercie in the manga?

    Of course… It’s impossible to have one. Then again, there’s the doujin route!

  10. zero5889 Said,

    May 10, 2011 @ 12:04 am

    @Kurogane:
    Actually, that part WAS never in this arc’s manga equivalent (mid-Volume 2) – so far only the anime tackled the reason Mercelida left Asuha with Naoya.

  11. Avisch Said,

    May 10, 2011 @ 3:07 am

    Hearing Yuko Minaguchi’s voice is having your ears massaged with honey (ok that’s a weird metaphor but it works)

    “mellow” is definitely the word you can use to describe the anime. The emphasis on drama really surprised me, but not in a bad way. I wonder if we’ll get any interviews with the director/writer that prompted such a change.

    Also 18 year old Mercelida is fine also.

  12. Di Gi Kazune Said,

    May 10, 2011 @ 1:13 pm

    The last picture IS in the manga. Like Volume 4 or 5. Darling~~

    Kugyukarin goodness :3.

    This is Anime of the Decade like Kojika was for last Decade >_>

  13. Longhaul Said,

    May 10, 2011 @ 1:16 pm

    @zero5889:
    The various flashback images are taken from volume 4…

  14. DocAstaroth Said,

    May 11, 2011 @ 2:58 am

    Given that the background of this series is how a twelve years old boy got seduced by an older woman and became father, I guess that the melodramatic approach is maybe the most fitting one. And still, yeah, they made Astarotte´s mom a LOT more sympathic!

    In the manga she only visited Astarotte to have a look on her “man”, but here she did it because she really, really cares for her daughter.

    This will become a nice heartwarming series, I think. But I will miss Ursula´s secret, don´t think, they gonna to show it. ^^;

  15. foshizzel Said,

    May 11, 2011 @ 6:36 am

    Agreed! This is actually nice aside from all the flame this show gets for the plot line of sucking >.>

  16. Di Gi Kazune Said,

    May 11, 2011 @ 10:24 pm

    Varhunds are… Futas. >_>

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