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.
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