Monday, 6 April 2015

Manga Review: D-fragments by Haruno Tomoya

Title: D-Fragments 
Original Title: D-Frag!
Author: Haruno Tomoya
Artist: Haruno Tomoya

Year of Release: 2008
Genres: Comedy, Harem, Romance, School Life, Seinen, Slice of Life

Status: Ongoing 
Chapters (Translated in English): 69
Volumes & Chapters: 9 volumes ongoing 
Volume 1 Chapters 1-7
Volume 2 Chapters 8-14.5
Volume 3 Chapters 15-28
Volume 4 Chapters 29-40
Volume 5 Chapters 41-43
Volume 6 Chapters 44-47
Volume 7 Chapters 48-51
Volume 8 Translation in progress


Kazama Kenji likes to believe he is something of a delinquent. Moreover, others seem to like to agree that he is. Of course, Kenji's gang finds their way to a group of four not-so-normal girls - Chitose, Sakura, Minami and Roka - and all at once, whatever reputation he may have, is nothing compared to the outrageous behaviour of the girls. Shanghaied into joining their club, what will happen to his everday life from that point on?

My Thoughts

Review covers 47 chapters 

Imagine being a delinquent. Not just any delinquent but the leader of the infamous gang, however everyone forgets your name even though the gang has your name! Have you imagines? Now, ima… Yes, that’s not the end; you have to imagine another bunch of stuff. Now, imagine that first day as a sophomore at high school. Have you? Imagine that you as a gang leader wanted to concur the whole school and somehow ended with the game creation club. Nothing would have gone wrong, but well, here’s the thing, no matter what I ask you to imagine, our imagination won’t read what has happened to our main character – Kazama Kenji on that fateful day.

This manga excels in many things, but the comedy is undoubtfully the best it can offer its readers. There is also an anime, which is around 12-13 episodes and is a copy of first 4-5 volumes of manga. The manga is still ongoing, and it doesn’t lose its charm at all. You still laugh until your stomach hurts on the jokes the characters crack or just because the situations are funny. The anime aired in 2014 and I do not know why but it did not make as much of a boom as it should have. Maybe in the season were other most anticipated animes, which overshadowed it. However, I do remember that the first impression on forums was: “What the hell have the producer and the screenwriters been smoking when making it?” if you watch it, and I highly recommend you to do, you will have the same first impression, but after 2 episodes you will be thankful of those same people that they created this hilarious comedy.

After reading the first chapter or watching the first episode you get that the only sane person is the delinquent, how twisted can that be? Well, that’s the truth. The game creation club is a place which is best described with these words: “Abandon all hope ye who enter here.” You do remember the origin of these words, correct? If you do not remember, this was an inscription on the gates of hell in Dante’s Inferno or for the Mortal Instruments fans, this was written over the entrance to the city of bones (city where the silent brothers lived). 

Okay, I strayed off the topic. The members of the game creation club are weird, you will like them for all that weirdness, well that’s after you get accustomed to people pouring water from bottles and saying they are water element, or another punching you with a dirty hand saying it was an earth punch, because before she was building a sand castle. Yes, yes, you’ll have the biggest share of weirdoes, of cute weirdoes there.

Are you ready to become a member of the game creation club? Are you up to the world of weirdness? Well, I hope you are, because both the manga and the anime will bring you immense satisfaction. You will enjoy every page of the every chapter. And I can ensure that you will find yourself shouting remarks just like Kazama does all along the way. Even if you do not want to start reading the manga yet, you should at least watch the anime and get an amazing portion of humor into your life. Enjoy it to its fullest and have fun of your life while reading. If you are already a fan or just starting, do not forget to share your thoughts. They mean a lot to me and I want to hear what others are thinking about it. Have fun either reading or watching!




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