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