D-Frag! #01 — Loud Noises! Splash Backgrounds! Screaming!

January 6th, 2014


Exclamation points!

Hamatora’s the only new thing airing tomorrow, but it’s not until after work time, so I’ll get to it and Ravens whenever I do. Same goes for basically every weekday show this season besides the two bleh ones this morning.


Boy, did this go from understated to characters simply screaming out exposition about each other in a flash. Coincidentally, that’s about the same time that I made a sound kind of like “Urrrrrrrrrrgh…” This was about 90 seconds into the episode, so it was not off to a fantastic beginning. I imagine the sound I made was probably something like the sound the animators made when they were roused from their drunken slumbers to work on the episode before soon going back to sleep. That would explain the singularly odd little hallway run that may have had close to as many animation frames in its 30 seconds as the rest of the episode combined. 

It’s another one of Japan’s seemingly endless supply of comedies where shouting, speedlines, splash screens, and a vibraslap are the punchline and the joke is your damaged eardrums. Being startling may work once or twice, comedy, horror, drama, whatever, but once it’s routine, and when the visuals and direction are off having a little cry in the corner the entire time, it’s just noise. And this is something I’ve said way too many times lately. I’m really quite tired of being shouted at in Japanese. I get enough of that every time I try to pay for my dinner at the Sushi Hut in honor.

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Posted in Anime | 9 Comments »

9 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • The Phantom says:

    They are resorting to blops, speed lines and shouting on episode 1? is the source material and budget so bad that they are out of jokes on the opening episode?.

    This was supposed to be a comedy? It was just NOT funny at all.

    • UltimaLuminaire says:

      It ain’t the source material. I wasn’t banking on the anime being anything special and this pretty much confirms that assessment. Not a big loss since the manga will always bring the big laughs.

  • Dynellen says:

    It’s a decent manga but the thing is that these shouty comedies just don’t work as low budget anime. You read through a chapter in a couple of mins while anime stretches it out over 20 minutes, making the pace just way too slow.

  • Anonymous says:

    Atleast the characters are goood and interesting, and this seems to move at a pretty fast pace so atleast there’s no downtime.

  • Di Gi Kazune says:

    Sounds like a good Defrag C: would be better.

  • arknoir says:

    I think it’s o.k for some manga never to be animes. This is one of them. Really isn’t funny in anime format.