D-Frag!: Episode 6 – “So That Means We’re in a Love Triangle!”

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.

One day, Roka comes running up to Kenji and asks him to save her from her enemy. A boy named Hachi Siou walks up, and his parents run the Siou Group, which manages various businesses. Apparently, he was studying at his father’s company for a while and took off from school. He’s now back, and is smitten with Roka. He remembers when they first met, and she put a bag on his head. It was love at first sight, and he still carries around a tattered portion of the bag she had put on him. And if that wasn’t bad enough, he’s also a member of Game Creation Club (Provisional). By the end of this scene, Roka gets mad and Kenji and throws a bag over his head.  Funabori, the home ec goddess at the school, becomes involved in this scene as well.

When Kenji arrives at the clubroom, he sees Roka and Hachi playing Push It Super Strong with the shelf that has manga on it. At one point, Hachi is distracted, so Roka is able to win the match. Hachi challenges Kenji to a duel via a game, and the winner takes the bag that Roka had put over Kenji’s head earlier. As Kenji wonders where it went, Funabori enters with the bag that she was washed and ironed. When Kenji agrees to the duel, Roka jumps in and demands to know why she’s being excluded from a discussion about a competition for her possession. Roka says she’ll be competing in the duel, and Takao bursts into the room and says she’s competing also.

When the day of the competition arrives, there are 48 contestants. After the grand prize is unveiled and it’s explained that Funabori had washed and ironed it, a few more guys join the contest at the last moment. The first round is determined to be Push It Super Strong, with those who still remain on the platform at the end of the game moving on to the next round. Episode six ends with the conclusion of the first round, so the duel will be continuing on in episode seven.

So now we have another male character in the Game Creation Club (Provisional), and ultimately creating a “love triangle.” Love triangle isn’t quite the right phrase, I think. Hachi likes Roka, Roka appears to like Kenji, and Kenji doesn’t seem to have any feelings for Roka.

I was thinking that maybe Takao wouldn’t appear in this episode, but of course she had to join into the competition. And she also became the source of yet another boob joke. Even though she’s the most developed character of the members of her club, I still find her to be rather annoying.

Speaking of her club, outside of Takao, the only other member that we saw in this episode was Tsutsumi, who serves as a host of the competition with Chitose. The other two members of this club seem to have all but vanished. I haven’t really seen them since the competition at the school festival. With how little they’re appearing so far, I guess it makes sense that they’re not very well developed and ultimately had to rely on the same gag the few times that they’ve been seen.

According to MyAnimeList, D-Frag! has 12 episodes, which means we’re now officially halfway through the series. Unfortunately, my opinion of this series really hasn’t improved over the past couple of episodes, so it’s still my least favorite series I’m watching for Winter 2014. I’m going to keep with it, but the second half of the series really can’t go by fast enough for my taste.

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