418th G-View: Fragtime OVA

“What would you do if you had the power to stop time?” Those are the first words uttered by one of our leading ladies, Moritani. Let us find out her answer as we take a look at the anime movie adaptation of Fragtime.

Fragtime OVA

Genres: Drama, Romance, Science-Fiction, Yuri

Themes: Time, Time Manipulation, School

Running Time: 60 Minutes

G-Rating: 9/10

Plot Summary: Moritani has the power to stop time for three minutes which she primarily uses to distance herself from others or to observe their activities. One day while running away from someone she noticed the popular girl, Murakami, reading. Curious she peeked at her panties but was surprised when Murakami talked back. Murakami was unaffected by her power?

Moritani and Murakami

The moment Moritani’s life changed forever.

This is a story about coming out of one’s shell, trying your best to face your fears, discovering feelings you thought you never had or only became aware of recently, trying to better understand one another and of course, embrace the gay. Murakami is beautiful, charismatic, popular, incredibly capable and for whatever reason, interested in Moritani. However, she is also an enigma, something which Moritani learned very quickly. Her mysteriousness added to her appeal but would Moritani be okay with how things were at that point in time or would she want more? Seeing her face the outside world and herself to find the answer is one of many reasons why this movie is so good. That along with the enigmatic beauty that is Murakami and their intriguing relationship.

The only reason I am bringing up the Fragtime manga is because the movie was made by the same studio that worked on the Kase-San Movie/OVA. While it too was wonderful it is inevitable to point out several moments were missing despite the more important ones remaining intact. The reason being the first Kase-San manga series was long. While the Fratime Movie/OVA also did not animate every moment in the manga it is not as much of an issue here as the source is shorter than Kase-San. They got in most of the key moments this time around. Not only that but they turned a solid story into a great one. It is the same tale but like with the Citrus anime I wholeheartedly feel the movie breathed more life into it.

Murakami-san photo

The classroom scene was great in the manga. In the anime…WOW!

Take one of my favorite moments, the classroom scene. It was already really good in the manga. In the movie they kicked it up a notch. The actions, the camera, THE MUSIC. It all blew me away. By the gods…So much awesome in a few minutes.

The rest of the movie is like this. The presentation is similar to the Kase-San movie but thankfully a little less “bright”. The soundtrack was vintage serene yuri goodness. I have said this thousands of times but Yuri and Classical Music go hand in hand.

Fragtime Haruka and Misuzu

Expect to see them embrace their hunger a couple of times.

The story is at its core a simple one. A girl who uses her powers to run away from people, even if they may not mean any harm, but when entranced by an enigmatic beauty is forced to confront aspects of herself and life she might never have before then. Whether she finds the answers she seeks and likes what she finds I leave newcomers to find out for themselves. Manga readers may be surprised to see how much more life animation adds to key moments.

There is not much else to add overall. The Fragtime Movie/OVA took a solid manga and turned it to an excellent film. It took all the key moments and greatly enhanced them with motion. Moritani remains an adorable shy girl going on an interesting personal journey, Murakami is still a beautiful enigma, a certain side-girl does a nice job as the “Harumin” of the story and the sexy scenes are sexy. The story being shorter than Kase-San meant it was easier to present it in an hour long film. Whether viewers or manga readers enjoy the adaptation or not depends on how they feel about the story and how picky they are about a few moments being referenced but not explored in their entirety.

PS: The Blu-Ray will be made available very soon as of the writing of this review so the wait will not be long. But readers who cannot wait I have a feeling can use their internet savvy to watch it earlier.

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15 Responses to 418th G-View: Fragtime OVA

  1. Sounds awesome! Never read the manga so I was pretty hyped about the adaptation! Glad to hear that the adaptation improves on the source material! Keep up the awesome work!

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  2. I haven’t read the manga but I enjoyed this adaptation!

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  3. Christian Appel says:

    I have read the manga and its a good adaptation.

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  4. kracen says:

    First anime I’ve watched since before Christmas… Some actual Yuri is what is needed, bored of all the sub-text stuff and have only been reading manga for a while now so its good to finally get an actual Yuri anime.

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  5. tbiscut74 says:

    Man this was great! I remember reading the manga years ago, it was one of the first yuri manga I ever read and at a time I was looking for yuri manga to read.

    I surprised my self in how much of the story I remembered since I haven’t read it since the first time.

    The animation and music was beautiful and top notch!

    At the time I’m writing this, Its my birthday! So why not watch an Yuri movie of one of my first yuri manga I read on my B Day!

    So overall, a good movie!

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  6. Fakrul Ibra says:

    I hope Girl Friends’ Morigana Milk gets animated!!!

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  7. Omg, I loved the manga, where can I find this ?! I MUST watch it!

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  8. FantasyGirlKanna says:

    Finally! And man that was good. Really good!
    Definitely worth the wait. I read the manga and both are really great. I hope a lot more yuri gets animated 😀

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  9. yuriramen says:

    We really need more yuri movies/OVAs. Most of the time the yuri community has to fight for just the crumbs of subtext.

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  10. Christian Appel says:

    Can you make a survey which yuri/shoujo ai manga should get an anime adaptation?

    My fav is “Kiss and White Lily for my dearest Girl” and really needs one.

    Enough couples and stuff for 20+ episodes.

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  11. Aristide says:

    What do you mean by Kase-San movie being “too bright”?

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  12. k1ll1ngz0ne says:

    Due to hearing exaggeratedly negative things about it, I was curious to watch it for myself. After hqving done so, I would say it was significantly better than I was expecting it to be. Its a short story and a bit basic, so it never evolved layer-wise passed what I was hoping, but what it did it did really well.

    Its obvious to me now the murmurs I heard beforehand were from the angry sjw troglodyte crowd thats against the anime’s “uses time stop to look at panties! No consent! Typical sexist male fantasies! Wasn’t going to buy anyway now definitely wont now!” agenda.

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  13. yurimylove says:

    this is a very nice anime story, thought provoking and emotional, and you can never go wrong with 2 cute girls kissing 🙂

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  14. LuzeP says:

    I liked the manga. And I think it was good. But the anime blew my mind. I don’t know, maybe because they’re moving and the voice actors are so good. The details on every moment, especially “that” moment. Glorious. It’s also the kind of anime that makes you think about life. It’s very deep. I will recommend this movie to anime fans who are not so judgy. 9/10 for me.

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