D-Frag!: Episode 4 – “They’re a Band of 14 Devils!!”

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, Takao is with Roka’s Game Creation Club, and she is there to hear their club’s ideas for their new official name. After nixing the three girls’ suggestions and the advisor’s suggestion, Takao says she likes Kenji’s suggestion. However, the advisor ends up pointing out that the club already has an official name that was determined back when it was formed: “Game Creation Club (Provisional).”

One day, Kenji decides to skip the club meeting, and he has a run-in with the Band of 14 Devils, a group of delinquents that hog the rhythm games at the arcades. Kenji, Yokoshima, and Nagayama get in a fight with the group, but are beaten up and taken to an abandoned building. While they’re tied up, the gang goes through Kenji’s bag and finds a game that Roka designed called The Scramble for Porn Mags in Space Game Vol. 2; Roka had snuck it in there without Kenji’s knowledge. The gang starts fighting over who’s going to play it first.

Ataru, who had witnessed the fight, runs to the clubroom and tells the others what happened. Takao is also there, tied in a chair. The girls have to decide whether or not to try to save Kenji.

I have a feeling that the Band of 14 Devils will be making more appearances in the series, especially since there was time taken in the episode to give some character development to their leader. The gang of delinquents looks tough on the surface, but it becomes readily apparent as Kenji interacts with them during his captivity that they’re not nearly as tough as they try to make themselves appear. When you think about the fact that their main claim to fame is hogging the rhythm games at the arcades, this makes a lot of sense.

There were also a couple of scenes in this episode that strongly hint at the idea that both Roka and Takao have developed a crush on Kenji. If I’m right and the two girls figure this out, it could add even more of a strain to their already strained friendship.

Speaking of Takao, she ended up being the source of at least two boob jokes in the episode. At this point, it looks like Takao’s two main reasons for existence in this series is to serve as a rival for Roka and her club and to serve as the source of boob jokes.

After watching episode four, I can say that D-Frag’s not a bad show, but it’s probably my least favorite series I’m watching this season. After showing some promise in the first couple of episodes, I feel like the series has already started getting a little stagnant. I’m hoping future episodes will allow for some more character development so the characters can start feeling a little less one-dimensional than they are at the moment.

I’ll keep on watching the series this season in the hopes of seeing D-Frag! progress from where it is right now.

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