I laughed pretty hard at this situation. Shibasaki Roka is proving to be one of my most favorite characters in a very long time. Not only that, the resultant reaction is quite artful. It’s my new desktop background as well.
I honestly went into watching D-Frag. only on the basis that a specific meme had spawned from the original manga. Who knew I’d get a nice full-course comedy dish? Even the character design itself lends to comedy. There’s something about this art style and production that seems familiar to Gintama. I can’t seem to cross reference any shared staff, though. And goddamit, Funabori is an unexpected moé bomb. I thought I would’ve gotten my dosage only from Roka. It also isn’t helping that I was reeling from realizing who was voicing Funabori. At first, I was suspecting Toyosaki Aki. I doubted it. Then I checked, and it was her. I don’t know how long her name was listed as being Funabori. Man, I’m droppin’ the ball here. I keep forgetting Toyosaki has a pretty good range. Maybe they simply told her to try to avoid that minor raspy sound she tends to have. It’s usually obvious to tell it’s Toyosaki when she pronounces the “h” sound. Curse them for not putting Toyosaki in more interesting roles. I’d like to hear her as a domineering character with loud presence. (This is me potentially and completely forgetting a character I’ve just seen her voice as I’ve described.)
To balance out my enjoyment of the show, currently the series is relying on previous episode setups for its laughs. I can’t see the character specific humor yet. I’ll have to admit that many elements feel commonplace in the anime realm. It could be a pretty big damper to those who are always wanting absolutely fresh comedic material. It’s in familiar territory, although things like the maximum appreciation for Funabori-effort felt new. Perhaps only because her face when it happens is FUCKING MOÉ AS HELL. Other than that, the show is boob jokes, awkward faces, and Shizuka Itou. Life is pretty good, eh?
.. Okay, having Hanazawa Kana as Roka is also a major point.
I now refuse to tack on the ! at the end of D-frag‘s title. In fact, I’m now going to put a period before the name itself just so it’s similar to .hack//.
It’s also still weird to know that Brains Base is making this show. Due to Akikan. In fact, buy the DVDs for your loved ones. Because love hurts.