D-Frag!: Episode 8 – “I Liked the Pixels…”

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 episode eight, Takao and Kenji are called into the guidance office in regards to the zipper-shot incident that took place during the game battle for Roka’s bag that knocked Kenji out.  Apparently, some teachers and guardians have expressed concerns about the durability of the school’s tracksuits. In addition, other students have started trying to copy the zipper-shot and are causing injuries. When Kenji and Takao are asked their opinions about the tracksuits, Kenji points out that his club’s advisor wears one all the time and asks her opinion on it.

This leads to a flashback of the advisor explaining how she got the tracksuit and why she wears it. After Kenji points out that she’s proof that the tracksuits are durable, it’s decided to not pursue anything further in regards to the tracksuits.

When they leave the guidance office, Takao says she wants to thank Kenji for his help by treating him to something on Sunday. When Sunday comes, they find themselves waiting in line for the release of a new videogame, because Takao had asked Kenji on the spur of the moment and forgot that Sunday was the day the game came out. When they realize that Roka is further up the line, Kenji borrows someone’s cosplay cloak in order to hide Takao. After having Kenji do a couple of silly things, Roka asks Kenji if he treasures her bag. He says he wouldn’t say he “treasures” it, he’s just not sure what to do with it, so he carries it around in his bag. Roka’s satisfied and heads back to her spot in line. After she leaves, Takao says she’s not feeling well and suddenly runs off. At the end of the episode, Takao gets an unexpected surprise.

I thought the whole zipper-shot thing with the tracksuits was kind of silly, but it was important because it established the reason for Takao to ask Kenji to do something with her. When he finds out they’re in line to wait for a videogame, he wonders why she didn’t call to change plans and says he’s fine with doing something another time. As he’s about to leave, Takao says he still owes her for making her play the Scramble in Space Game, and that he had promised to do anything she wanted. She says if he stays with her to wait for the store to open, she’ll consider the debt paid. I was glad to see that the promise he made her was brought back up; it’d been a few episodes since that promise was made, and I admit that I’d nearly forgotten about it.

One of my favorite scenes is right near the end, after Takao has run off and ends up having something unexpected happen. There’s a really good scene between Kenji and Takao here, and it’s a scene that’s on the serious side.

While this episode wasn’t necessarily great, it was definitely a more enjoyable watch for me than the past few had been. Episode eight contained a good mix of the goofy humor and serious moments that I appreciated in some of the early episodes of the series. If more of the episodes of D-Frag! had had this ratio of humor and drama, I probably would have enjoyed the series a lot better overall. While I enjoyed episode eight overall, it just wasn’t quite enough to make up for the more recent episodes that I didn’t enjoy watching.

I’ll watch the last few episodes of D-Frag!, and I hope they’ll have the same mixture of comedy and drama that episode eight have. If the remaining episodes can be more like episode eight, it might help to improve my opinion of the series.

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