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Kenji Kazama fancies himself the toughest man in Fujou Academy. Given the company he keeps, it's not too surprising everyone else sees him like that too, but he doesn't really mind. He was perfectly content spending his school days skipping classes and hanging around with his two childhood friends Yokoshima and Nagayama, who round off the so-called "Kazama Gang".

Unfortunately, in an ill-thought profile-raising exercise, he and his buddies make the mistake of visiting the room of the "Game Development Club". Made up of four really strange girls, before the day is done poor Kenji is "convinced" to join said club. While one would think it would be a blessing of sorts to be surrounded by four attractive girls, their combined eccentricities ensure that Kenji's days of relative normalcy are pretty much over.

Penned and drawn by Tomoya Haruno since 2008 and published by Media Factory's Monthly Comic Alive, to say that D-Frag! (ディーふらぐ!, or D-Fragments) is an oddball comedy is severely understating things. It has nine published volumes so far (plus a bonus one), and has spawned at least two drama CDs and an anime adaptation, which premiered in January 2014.

Compare and contrast with Fujimura-kun Mates, which takes a similar situation (a delinquent meeting a strange girl) and Boke and Tsukkomi Routine comedy structure, but goes off into another direction instead (in that case, full on harem rom-com).

D-Frag! provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Action Mom: Takao's mom.
  • A-Cup Angst: The girls in this series are either stacked, or have little to no bust. The latter have this compared to the former.
  • Affectionate Parody: While the series doesn’t always revolve entirely around parody, it certainly has a lot of fun lampooning many manga/anime and video game tropes.
  • An Offer You Can't Refuse: Kenji is going to join the game creation club one way or another. Even if it means the girls kidnapping and torturing him a few times to do it.
  • Artistic License – Physics: Played for Laughs with Takao's boobs, which are so large and so bouncy they can violate the laws of physics, such as being able to pop the zipper of her tracksuit (and accidentally knock Kenji unconscious) and being elastic enough to send Noe's bento box flying 8 meters (26 feet) into the air after Roka accidentally pushes it onto her (which is further exaggerated in the anime, reaching 27 meters [89 feet]).
  • Beach Episode: Chapter 50.
  • The Bet: In Episode 3 Takao challenges the entire Game Development Club (temp) to a booth popularity contest during the School Festival, stipulating that they would get disbanded and its members assimilated into Takao's unless they win. Needless to say, they do win... through Chitose "volunteering" the Student Council as construction crew to her mini-carnival.
  • Black Comedy: Any scenes of abuse and pain seen is completely Played for Laughs, such as Minami tasering Kenji's friend.
  • Bland-Name Product: Several in the anime, including many of the games in the Game Development Club (temp)'s clubroom.
    • Though oddly enough, you can clearly see a can of Mountain Dew sitting next to Minami in several episodes, and even the end credits...
  • Bound and Gagged:
    • This happens a lot to Kazama and Takao.
    • There's an interesting meta example. One translation of the ending song has the girls encouraging the listener to take the chance to "bind them up" during a punishment game.
  • Butt-Monkey:
    • Takao, the creator of the real Game Development Club.
    • Shinsen is worse; everyone calls her Pukey, from her friends to her boss.
  • Cannot Talk to Women: The organizers of the Hashimoto Island Arc. Because of this, they caused the plot of that arc.
  • Celebrity Paradox: Monthly Comic Alive exists in their world...and evidently, so does D-frag, a according to the otaku in Chapter 100.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Played for laughs. Most of the female main cast is this. Chitose could lift a locker. But Takao and her mom take the cake. Her mom was able to jump to down a floor level without hurting herself. Takao when angry enough can easily overpower a robot.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Remember how Kazama denied luck in the past to get luck in the present? Guess what tactic the Game Club (temp) members do in order to get enough luck to win against Takafudou.
  • Chekhov's Gunman:
    • Takao's mother, who is the woman who abandoned Kazama and his friends (along with an old man in a power ranger-style suit) on top of a burning rooftop (they were luckily saved by Shawn Conecone), is one of the opponents during the race for the legendary spring water that turns out to be a fake. Earlier on, Kenji recounts a story during a contest for one of the girls' pouches where he found money belonging to a little girl named Tama-chan, and handed it in to lost and found. Turns out Tama-chan wasn't a little girl after all, and she has a beef with the creators of the Game Development Club (temp).
    • A minor example is Funabori. She was first mentioned in Chapter 13 and became a recurring character from Chapter 16 onwards.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Nearly every girl in Kenji's harem.
    • Called out particularly early in the series by Takao, during the tournament for Roka's bag, when she says that "the thought of [Kenji] going home with her bag makes me physically ill", though of course she doesn't realize why at the time...
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Almost everyone. Poor, poor Kenji.
  • Death Glare: Most of them come from Roka. Always Played for Laughs. A good one came from Noe when she finds out that some of the males tricked her into sharing some of her shampoo. It kinda Makes Sense In Context.
  • Demoted to Extra: Yokoshima and Nagayama in the anime.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: The ending theme of the anime, "Minna no Namae wo Irete Kudasai" ("Please Enter Everyone's Names") is performed by Kana Hanazawa (Roka), Shizuka Itō (Takao) and Aki Toyosaki (Funabori).
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Male characters regularly get physically abused by the girls, such as Kenji's friends being subjected to a taser and being drenched with water. Or nearly having a girl's locker dropped on them because of Chitose goading them to peek in the girl's locker room on the second floor.
  • Elemental Powers:
    • The girls of the Game Development Club (temp) think they have one each. Roka is fire (actually darkness), Chitose is earth, Sakura is water, Ohsawa-sensei is lightning, and Kenji is wind. Roka also attributes light to Shiou and ice to Noe.
    • This gets parodied in the Hashimoto Island Arc. When each participant has to write their element, they write nonsensical elements like eats bread in the morning and ball pen. Takao got "breasts".
  • Everyone Can See It: Nearly everyone can tell Takao has a massive crush on Kenji, no matter what she says to the contrary.
  • The Faceless: Kenji's childhood friend. Makes sense, since Roka bagged her before her face could be shown.
  • Fetish:
    • Tama-sempai apparently gets turned on if an underclassman refers to her by the -chan suffix. During the contest and battle that follows between her and the main characters, she constantly tries to get Kenji to call her by the -chan suffix.
    • The girls of the Game Development Club (temp) spread the rumor that Kenji has a foot fetish, after Chitose steps all over him in an early episode. Sadly (for him), it gets called back to several times through the anime...
  • Fractured Fairytale: Chapter 30 spoofs Momotarō, with Funabori in the title role. It turns out to be All Just a Dream by some minor character who's in the same class as Funabori & Kazama.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Some of the Game Development Club (temp)'s bookshelves are stuffed with manga and light novels. One closeup in Episode 9 shows such titles as Aria the Scarlet Ammo and The Severing Crime Edge, both being serialized in Monthly Comic Alive just like this manga.

  • Gonk: So many. In fact based on the number of gonks, you could consider the main characters' good looks as the oddities in the series' art.
  • He Knows Too Much: Kenji first gets involved with the Game Development Club (temp) when he puts out a fire from the fireworks they were using indoors. Shortly afterwards, the club tries to make sure he won't tell on them.
  • Hot Springs Episode: Chapter 51 cheerfully spoofs the expected fanservice. When the guys get to the hot springs, instead of peeping, they devise a plan to get the shampoo from the women's bath. When the Game Development Club (temp) girls arrive on the scene, the story focuses on Kenji's plotline instead, and only returns to the girls at the very end once they're out of the springs.
  • It Runs in the Family:
    • An inversion. Many things do run in the Kazama family, the main one being Sanity. The others include being a Deadpan Snarker and Spiky Hair.
    • Takao has giant boobs similar to her mother. Strangely, her two sisters don't.
    • Roka's mother can also make a Death Glare just like her daughter, which makes her scarier than her scary-looking bodyguard.
  • Japanese Delinquents: The Kazama Gang. Kenji's mother used to be one. They aren't alone, either; literally everyone at the school aside from Funabori is either a member of a delinquent group or might as well be.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold:
    • Kenji leans on the Nice Guy side. He may act cocky and disrespectful, and aspires of being a notorious delinquent, but otherwise he's actually a good friend and schoolmate who cares deeply for the well-being both of his gang members and his clubmates. It's this nice side of his that attracted Roka, Takao and Funabori to him.
    • Chitose leans on the Jerkass side. She's practically a bully who only managed to become Student Council President by literally beating the crap out of her competition, but many of her actions are ultimately for the sake of Roka, her frequently-misunderstood friend, and occasionally shows signs that she's not as bad as she makes herself look like.
  • Last-Name Basis: Takao and Funabori are only known by their family names.
  • Loophole Abuse: Roka's club challenges Takao's club to make games and compete for visitors in the school festival. Takao's club make some new video games. Roka's club has neither skill nor experience for that. Their solution? Build a mini-theme park on the school grounds, which has lots of "games" like bowling and darts.
  • Love Dodecahedron: The series becomes this, with Kenji right at its center. Six and counting (according to its wiki), with Roka, Takao, Funabori, Tama, and Takafudou as definites. They also include Sakura & Chitose, but that may be up for debate.
  • Love Triangle: Referenced in part of the title for Episode 6, where Kenji finds himself in a love triangle with Roka and Shiou.
  • Memetic Mutation: In-Universe, Takao's boobs has always been of this caliber, though that Wardrobe Malfunction incident during the Tournament Arc generated more publicity than before, setting off several copycat attempts, such as that by one of the male competitors during said tournament, and most notoriously a certain "Saginuma", who was so ashamed over failing to replicate that feat she dropped out of school.
    • Later, she is known by Takafudou's girls' school as the Legendary Boob Crusher just a day after entering their grounds, with Kazama using her as a mac to reach Takafudou (with her boobs crushing her) sealing the deal.
  • Moe: Invoked in Roka's "fire" attack. It hasn't worked once onscreen.
  • Mundane Made Awesome:
    • The "Scramble for Porn Mags in Space" board game developed by Roka and friends, complete with the players getting really in-character and "in-game" footage of their plays.
    • The Tournament Arcnever has musical chairs been so serious and dirty at the same time.
      • The heck with the musical chairs! The clear winner here was the King's Game at the climax!
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Shawn Conecone. There is also an unnamed teacher who looks suspiciously like Chuck Norris.
  • Obviously Evil: Played for laughs during the shrine race where Kenji suspects the Gonky priest is up to no good yet nobody else saw it.
  • Oh, Crap!: Kenji and Ataru get this when Chitose is about to hurl a locker room at them, and Kenji even says the trope name.
  • Only Sane Man: Kenji. As his younger sister Noe and their mother show, it's a family trait.
  • Open Secret: Chitose having the soil element and Roka being the "secret boss" of the school.
  • Popping Buttons: Takao managed to pop the zipper of her gym jacket, with enough force to knock Kenji out.
  • Potty Emergency: Roka claims this in episode 4 after Takao headbutts her while tied in her chair, and asks why they're not worried about Kenji being taken hostage by a rival gang. She tells Chitose and Sakura to help her to the bathroom, and then they later claim they were just heading home after using the bathroom when they show up at the abandoned warehouse that Kenji was taken to.
  • Pretty Freeloaders: The Shibasaki sisters and Takao ends up freeloading at Kazama's house when the former had their house destroyed by a meteorite while the latter moved in as well to watch out of Roka.
  • Prone to Vomiting: Shinsen throws up at just about anything, such as watching her friend twirl her hair around her head and being spun around inside a robot. She even has a nickname "Barfie".
  • Punny Name: Most of the character names are based off Japanese train stations. Even the minor mob and background characters.
  • Revolving Door Casting: A minor Running Gag throughout the series is the presence of dozens of side characters who frequently appear, disappear and reappear in irregular intervals.
  • Romanticized Abuse: Chitose abuses Ataru. Ataru likes every second of it, no matter what he overtly says to the contrary.
  • Serious Business
    • Roka's club has to get at least one more member, or it would be shut down due to having too few. Unfortunately they really go overboard in trying to recruit Kenji, to the point that they kidnap and torture him and his friends. He initially was going to do a form of I Surrender, Suckers, but changes his mind after seeing Roka's true behavior and character when she tried to save him after he accidentally stepped out of a hallway window.
    • The match between Shiou and Kenji to get the bag Roka put on the latter's head quickly escalates into a full tournament as more and more random characters join in on whatever the match was supposed to be about. Many random and minor characters end up joining as well, none of whom know what the prize is. When they find out, they are initially turned off, until Chitose mentions that Funabori washed it. Even Takao wasn't sure why she joined, though likely it was just because Roka was entering it as well.
  • Sex Sells: Hilariously enforced in episode 7. Kenji and Shiou are having a thumb wrestling match. Takao and Roka are playing a game of musical chairs. Though the two guys are having a Mundane Made Awesome moment and are mostly playing by the rules, most of the attention is on the two girls, who are instead trying to knock the other out via physical attacks such as headbutts or Takao lunging forward with her breasts pressed against Roka. When Kenji complains about this, Chitose, one of the announcers, tells him to start shaking some boobs if they want some commentary.
  • Ship Tease: Quite a bit, but interestingly very little is between Kenji and his club members. Most of it is between Kenji and Takao, or Kenji and Funabori.
  • Shout-Out:
    • In the ruins in Chapter 55, there's a statue that looks very similar to a Chozo.
    • Lots of references to the Dragon Quest series, particularly the appearance of the father-and-son duo in the opening, as well as the "Defeat The Evil Overlord" game during the school fair. Double-dosed with a Luke, I Am Your Father moment during said game.
    • The game Sorcery Village is a pun on the Japanese name for Ghosts 'n Goblins (Makaimura, Demon World Village). It also has the similar history as the series and infamous Nintendo Hard difficulty, save for instead of a knight, it's a wizard.
    • Episode 5 features RaiGaiGar, a Super Robot show and pastiche of GaoGaiGar. The protagonist with a red color scheme calls himself out as a Superman and is even voiced by Nobuyuki Hiyama, voice of the aforementioned anime's protagonist Guy Shishioh. In addition, Kenji being a fan of said show is also a nod to his voice actor Katsuyuki Konishi's debut role as Volfogg.
    • Kenji owns some games like "Ninja Kappas" and "Monster Hunger World XX".
  • The Stinger: At the end of every episode in the anime, a short clip plays showing something that happened immediately after the events in the episode, or something that took place offscreen. For example, in episode 4, Ataru is removing the ropes the girls put on Takao earlier in their club room. Minami walks in on it, thinking that he tied her up, and was about to "punish" him with a taser. Though it's a Not What It Looks Like moment, he rushes her anyway, as he's Too Kinky to Torture and wanted to get tased. Immediately after the scene says that Takao cleared up the misunderstanding, and also explained why she was with the other girls when rescuing Kenji after he was tied up by a rival gang.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Kenji finds out that Takao is angry with Roka not necessarily because she left the game creation club, but mostly that she went and made an identical club. He concludes that Takao just wanted to be in the same club with Roka, but both girls are too stubborn to admit it. So he tells Roka to enter the contest against Takao's club as a way for the two to reconcile in their own way.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Both Chitose and Sakura can't handle beaches. The former is overwhelmed by all the sand available, while the latter has difficulty accepting that saltwater isn't to be drunk.
  • World of Ham: Many of the characters will act and speak in over the top fashion, such as Kenji's introduction into the game creation club. Then his subsequent kidnapping to ensure he stays, and the various odd things the girls do to him and his friends such as zapping them with a taser.

Alternative Title(s): D Frag