Saturday, May 9, 2015

D-Frag


The first thing you should know about D-Frag is that it's not a shounen. It's Seinen, which means it was made with an older and more mature audience in mind. A lot of the themes within this story, while still very silly and slapstickish, are told in a way that is fundamentally different than what you'd expect in a shounen anime with the same plot.

The first thing you should know is that D-Frag is super goofy. The entire story revolves around Kenji Kazama, who likes to think he's a thug. One day he's forced to join the Game Creation Club by a quartet of crazy women with enough eccentricities to drive any man insane. The more he attempts to distance himself from the club, the more he runs into his club members and other people who drive him insane.


Like I was saying before, this anime is extremely goofy, however, while some of the comedy is definitely falls into the category of "so stupid you can't help but laugh," some of it is also quite witty. This anime has a very unique way of playing on words with their dialogue that makes the comedy more intelligent than your standard slapstick. The number of times I snorted from laughter thinking, "heh, that's pretty good." are innumerable. I think this is one of the few more recent anime that I've been able to sit through within a single sitting.

As this anime is a Seinen, you should know that it focuses less on the story and more on the character development. You could almost say the character development and character interactions ARE the story. In fact, I don't really think there is some great overarching story in this. And if there is, it's probably easier to see in the manga, if the manga extends further than the anime. While some people find watching characters develop and interact with each other boring, I'm not one of them, and the humor this anime has was more than enough to keep me watching until the end.

As this anime was actually aired in March of 2014, I can state that D-Frag is an under appreciated anime that never got it's due, perhaps because it's not a shounen. Still, I liked it, and I'm sure others will, too.
Artwork: 6/10
Character Designs: 6/10
Character Development: 9/10
Storyline: 10/10
Musical Composition: 7/10
Overall Score: 7.9/10