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Ginko: D.Frag! (by request)

Discussion in 'Reviews' started by Ginko, Apr 6, 2017.

  1. Ginko Trophy Collector

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    When gaming clubs clash, who's really the one getting played?

    Kenji Kazama wants a new image as a high school bad boy, so he rolls with other guys that look tough, too. It's not long before he gets mixed up with another group altogether, though. He gets snatched up by a club desperate for members calling themselves the "Game Creation Club". It's a club of four members, all of them girls, who take their roles in the club way too seriously. After a bizarre set of events, he is forced to join up.

    The next day, members of a rival club confront Kazama, hoping to coax him away from the club he just joined. As it turns out, members of both clubs used to be friends, but politics got in the way and spun off a second gaming club.

    The rest of the series is more-or-less friendly rivalry between clubs, and especially over Kazama's favor and affections.

    Analysis and Impressions
    The series is a slice-of-life with no real overarching narrative, probably closer in similarity to something like Haganai. It's not until the last two episodes that there's a conflict, or any sort of backstory really, so there's little getting in the way of the comedy.

    As a comedy, D-Frag! generally has three directions it comes from. The series ascribes to the philosophy that if you want something to be funny, say it louder. This is another series where Austin Tindle does a lot of shouting. Second, there's quite a bit of breast humor at the expense of one character in particular. Third, the club president Roka is a bit of an oddball, who has sudden hostility / murderous intent and frequent changes in personality. Once the show gets started, the jokes / minute ramps up, but it's almost like it throws comedy at a wall to see what sticks. Some jokes from each category do hit home, like the time a lunch box bounces off a girl's boob so fast it cuts someone else's hair, but there are few actual laugh out loud moments.

    Unfortunately, a lot of the characters aren't very memorable. Even late in the series, I was thinking, "wait, who is that again, and why are they here?". Some of them are characters that have been there since the beginning. You really only get to see a small handful of characters interact, so when supporting cast shows up, they're forgotten as quickly as they arrive. I can't even tell you most of their names. The show moves too fast to give the audience a chance to get to know anyone.

    Who is it for?
    This anime is perhaps best suited to Tindle fans who have already seen his other work in a similar vein, like "Is This a Zombie?" and are hungry for more. The variance in the comedy means that you may like at least one of the major themes, but have to sit through the others.

    Comedy fans that like their anime hyperactive and plotless, will also find this series in their wheelhouse. There's hardly ever a dull moment, and the jokes keep coming.


    D-Frag is 12 episodes long and available on JustDubs (under D-Fragments).
    #1 Ginko, Apr 6, 2017
    Last edited: Apr 6, 2017

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