D-Frag! is about a boy named Kenji Kazama, a delinquent at Fujou Academy. During the first episode, he and his friends Yokoshima and Nagayama encounter the school’s Game Creation Club when they see smoke coming out of their clubroom. After putting out the fire, the three club members (Roka, Chitose, and Sakura) start using their “battle types” to fight against them. By the end of episode one, Roka and the rest of the club get Kenji to agree to become a member of their club; the club needs one more member in order to keep from being closed down.
At the beginning of the episode, Roka’s Game Creation Club meets in the clubroom. At first, several members of the club talk about sabotaging Takao’s Game Creation Club, but Kenji is against it. By the end of the meeting, Chitose says Kenji needs to go spy on the other club to see what they’re doing. When he objects, Chitose proposes that whoever loses at a videogame will have to be the spy.
In the end, Kenji is the one who loses. Roka accompanies him, even though she’s the one who won the game. They are discovered rather quickly by Takao. Takao lets Kenji into the clubroom, but says that Roka is not invited. Takao doesn’t see the harm, since there’s no way Roka’s club will beat theirs.
The day of the festival comes, and the battle between the two Game Creation Clubs is on. They agree that the winner will be determined by which club gets the most visitors at their attraction during the festival. At first glance, it looks like Takao’s club is winning and will absorb the other club, but looks can be deceiving…
After seeing this episode, it looks like the members of Takao’s Game Creation Club will be relying on the same gags for their humor, which is a little on the disappointing side, since that means most of them are coming across as one-dimensional characters. At this point, Takao is the only exception to this. Hopefully this will change as the series progresses.
Speaking of Takao, it appears she’s going to be the fodder for boob jokes. While it happened once in episode two, it happened several times in episode three. One of those instances is the guy falling into a girl’s large breasts trope that’s become so overused.
Overused gags and boob jokes aside, though, it was a decent episode. While I had predicted how the challenge would have to end, I hadn’t guessed exactly how that result would come about. Also, it almost looked like the two Game Creation Clubs were going to come to a truce, but let’s just say that Roka can be her own worst enemy sometimes.
After three episodes, I’m finding D-Frag! to be a decent show, but it’s definitely not ranking among my top favorites for the Winter 2014 season. I’ll keep with it, though, and see if might get better over the course of the season.
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