First Look: D-Fragments

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Alternate Title: D-Frag!
Manga Adaptation by Brains Base
Simulcast on Funimation

Premise

A delinquent and his gang meet some crazy people and nothing funny happens. There, I just saved you 24 ill-spent minutes.

Marlin’s Verdict: Schizophrenic

Everything about this show is an absolute train wreck. Nowhere in this purported “comedy” were there any actual jokes to be found, only the kind of tired abuse gags that were stale even back when they were still new. The narrative itself is also just a complete mess. Most of the first half is spent on an insipid chase scene that ends with the protagonist apparently contracting Stockholm Syndrome in the span of five minutes. The last half of the episode only exists to set up the newest character and his relationship with one of the stupid ladies from the first half, whom I already didn’t like. This show sure has its ways though, as I actually ended up somehow hating her even more in a scene ostensibly meant to flesh out her character. Avoid at all costs.

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Jel’s Thoughts: Broken Beginning

This was a poorly constructed first episode, as any of D-Fragments’ unique charms were buried beneath its obnoxious and repetitive attempts at humor. Either the fact that the main character is the leader of an apparently lame delinquent gang or that the girls are in a game design club could have been used for some kind of interesting setup, but both were eschewed for moe and masochism jokes that become exhausting before they even finish. I do like that this seems to be an ensemble cast and not just the main dude shacked up with four girls, and I feel like something worthwhile could be made of these characters, but episode 1 did nothing to make me believe that will actually happen.

Aqua’s Thoughts: A Joke, But I’m Not Laughing

If you are looking for the perfect example of why anime and humour often go together like water and oil, look no further than D-Fragments, a pathetic attempt to mix the age-old tradition of four girls in a club doing sod all and four dudes in a gang doing sod all into one painfully unfunny clusterfuck of sod all. The entire show is centred around the four girls of the “Game Development Club”, who aside from being entirely indistinguishable from each other in terms of personalities, also do the Daily Lives of High School Boys thing where they are all raving psychopaths with the brain capacity of a skeeter — only without it actually being funny. Of course, our poor straight man male lead is at the centre of their oh-so-random antics, with copious amounts of “hilarious” physical harm and people being called perverts as a result. Sounds appealing, don’t you think?

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The poor normal everyman having to cope with the airheadedness of his cooties-having peers is an anime trope as old as the genre itself, but D-Fragments phones its jokes in so sloppily you’d wonder how this thing ever got marketed as a comedy in the first place. The girls’ idiocy permanently inhabits left field — never being in any way related to the matters at hand — while Mister Audience Proxy yells his stale retorts with the vivacity of an average-sized pebble. Count up the show’s already pathetic comedic timing with Funimation’s lousy subbing efforts, often trying to sound idiomatic without realizing that usually requires your lines to be phrased in a way a normal native speaker would phrase them, and peppering the dreadful script with ye olde funny words like “fanny” and “wench”, only to cause the cast to break whatever character they have, and you have a complete joke of a show. A thoroughly unfunny one, no less.

8 thoughts on “First Look: D-Fragments

  1. Actually I love D-fragments, I thought the jokes were hilarious. I think your review is quite biased to your own definition of humor as you fail to realize that there is obviously an audience who enjoy these kinds of jokes such as myself. You should’ve focused on what the joke entails and then your opinion and ended with if you like this stuff then by all means.

    Terrible review imo….

    • So you’d like a review which panders to your own opinion while not allowing us to express ours? Got it, we’ll make sure we do that next time.

      • Never did I say your review should pander to my needs but rather objectively offer the details without putting too much bias into it. As I see it, you’re just “bashing” a series. Which you could, I am by no means saying you can’t but that is NOT what a review is. You misinterpreted my statement.

        Let me repeat myself, I am suggesting you tell the audience what jokes are about ie give an example and state the good and bad sides of both. As I see it now, you are just focusing on the negatives. Never did I mention you had to say it is a good series. All I am asking is you give an objective, unbiased review of the series without favoring or disfavoring the series.

        • Before getting too deep into this, it’s worth noting this was a First Look post we wrote about the first episode a few days after it aired. It is not a review of the entire series, just our initial impressions. You’ll notice our tone and format for Weekly Coverage and full size reviews of physical releases is a bit different. Now I’m going to take this opportunity to rant:

          This concept of an “objective, unbiased review” drives me crazy. It’s a myth that doesn’t exist. When it comes to reviewing art, opinions are all you have. It’s not like reviewing a product where you can measure facts like battery life or screen size. The only way to be objective about an anime is to write a straight description or recap and there are plenty of other sites for that. Even taking your suggestion, stating “the good and bad sides of both” is still us deciding good and bad and therefore subjective.

          We could argue the semantics all day, but point is you want us to present “both sides” so to speak, right? What happens if we don’t find anything positive to mention (which I do in my paragraph, BTW)? Do we really need to tack on “but hey, YOU might like it!” at the end of every criticism? I’d like to believe our readers can process what they read here and from other sites and form their own opinion without us having to say that.

          Basically, we are not a news site or a database. Those are the only places you need objectivity. We are all about opinions. If you disagree, great, we probably want to hear from you. In fact, from day 1 we decided to write most of our content as a discussion with a friend. We’d much rather have you tell us what you like or don’t then for us to tell you.

          • You’re right in that reviews are inherently biased. I will also agree that you do not need to write a comment like “hey you might like it at the end”. However adding comments such as “if that’s what you’re into then you’ll like it” is appropriate after you’ve given a description and an example of something which you did not really go into.

            All you did was in walk around in circles in my opinion. You gave a lot generalizations without really giving any substance. Have you ever watched the show “My teen romantic comedy is wrong SNAFU”? If you have, I will compare this piece you wrote to what happens in episode 6 of the second season of that show. A lot of what you wrote was not backed up by anything other than what you perceived the show to be.

            In fact this entire piece of what you wrote could be characterized as a “rant”. Not only that but the tone used can be perceived as insulting. I’m not sure how to put it kindly but this piece is an insult to anime reviewers, bloggers on the internet in general and people who liked the show. You should really rewrite it.

  2. I have to say, D-Frag surprisingly has a lot of depths to it in later episodes. I can’t say I don’t understand why you guys didn’t like it (After all, whether the humor work varies from person to person) but I’m hoping you guys would look at it again and maybe have a better opinion about it.

    • I’m usually the “Dumb Comedy Guy” around here and even I was not feeling that first episode. It’s been a long time since I watched it but I seem to remember a lot of meta humor, which I’m very sick of. Do they get more into the drama/romance aspect of it later on?

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