「風間一派だ！」 (Kazama Ippada!)
D-Frag is a zany boke & tsukkomi comedy about one guy surrounded by a lot of crazy girls. Crazy guys too. Pretty much everyone is nuts but the one guy, and so far it’s funny!
Boke & Tsukkomi
For those who aren’t familiar with the form, have some relevant articles. Got it? D-Frag is a prototypical boke & tsukkomi routine, and a pretty good one so far. Even though I was pretty hungover when I watched the episode (don’t judge me) it got some honest laughs, and I left the episode with an overall good impression of all the characters. My favorite is easily the only sane man in the show (trope!) Kazama Kenji (Konishi Katsuyuki), whose tsukkomis were high-energy and frequently hilarious. The Vice President and Kenji’s old friend Kawahara Ataru (Fukuyama Jun) was also amazing thanks to FukuJun’s high-energy delivery, as were his two best bros Nagayama Hiroshi (Matsuda Kenichirou) and Yokoshima (Gotou Hiroki). This could have easily been a one-guy-tons-of-girls type of show, I’m actually glad we have some funny male characters as well. Even I get tired of harems all the time.
Speaking of the girls, President Karasuyama Chitose (Saito Chiwa) and the airheaded Mizukami Sakura (Takahashi Mikako) were probably my favorites, though I liked them all. What surprised was how the chibi-blonde club president Shibasaki Roka (Hanazawa Kana) didn’t become my instant favorite, as my well-documented love for HanaKana (her acting, you perverts!) is well documented. She still had some great gags though, so not really a weak link in the cast so far, or if there is at least they’re not too weak.
Great Seiyuu, Mostly Great Delivery
I’m something of a seiyuu buff nowadays (I blame Divine), so getting to hear some of the best seiyuu in the industry all messing around was a treat to me. Having some of my favorite seiyuu in Hanazawa Kana, Itou Shizuka (her character hasn’t appeared yet), Saito Chiwa, and Fukuyama Jun is great! Konishi Katsuyuki was still my favorite this episode though, for he tsukkomi’d so well.
Not Just Gags, But Mostly Gags
It’s hard to blog about a comedy because you either thought a gag was funny or you didn’t. The extended elemental type joke, the demonic president, Kazama always running away…if you thought those were funny then I would probably keep watching this, because I expect we’ll see similar jokes for the rest of the series.
What I liked was that there was something going on besides the gags. I prefer comedies like Binbougami ga! to Kitakubu Katsudou Kiroku and Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou (though as one of the best examples of its form, I still enjoyed Danshi quite a lot), and D-Frag’s use of the crisis for more club members and a few heartwarming scenes between Kenji and Roka says this isn’t going to be strictly a gag comedy (probably). It’s still mostly going to be one though, if you couldn’t tell by how the touching scene when Kenji was hanging out of the window was quickly subverted for laughs. I’m fine with that balance on the whole.
I haven’t the faintest idea of what to expect from the next episode other than more gags. I won’t be covering the rest of this series, but feel free to check in with me on twitter for my impressions.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – A solid boke & tsukkomi comedy all around. It made me laugh! #dfrag 01
- Darkness-type Roka-chan is still kinda moe. Terrifying, terrifying moe.
- Anyone else think Nagayama should have been the one named Kenji? Just sayin’.
OP: 「すているめいと!」 (Stalemate!) by IOSYS jk Girls