What would you do if you could stop time? Moritani for one is using her unusual ability to stop time for three minutes a day to observe the people around her. One day, she chooses to "observe" class idol Murakami's panties—only to find herself in a very compromising situation when her classmate turns out to be immune to her power.
An amazing manga the translation for which has just been complete the story takes a slightly surreal setting and makes it feel so human. A Shoujo Ai love story that is ever so slightly lude. Its short with just 17 chapters and one untranslated prequel chapter. The story has ups and downs but it in no way detracts from the over all experience instead it enhances it making it all the more real at a very slow pace the story might take you 2 1/2 hours but the chapters are short and you could easily complete it in a hour. the story has quite a
vivid look at being an introvert and what it means for people as well as conforming to social pressures. its a light yuri with a great story not to be missed.
Here's my take after reading 18 chapters of the time stopping shoujo love of Fragtime by Sato.
Fragtime is the story of the shy and reserved Misuzu Moritani and her ability to stop a "fragment" of time once per day. This is the only time that she can be true to herself and fulfill her fantasies and escape problematic confrontations. Everything had changed when Haruka Murakami the model student of her class noticed Misuzu's time stopping in the most uncanny way.
The story for me didn't have to much impact although I gave it a pretty good score due to the fact that it the
story is light and true to the feelings of the characters.
The art is clean an light and matches the zest of the story. Misuzu and Haruka's characters may look like two sides of the same coin, but after reading it till the end reveals that they aren't which make it really interesting and touching till the end.
I believe that one way or another, as a reader, you can relate to these two lovers.
And with that said, I would give fragtime 8 grains of hourglass sand out of 10.
"For me lately, what I find fun is stopping time and observing other people"
- Moritani Misuzu
Misuzu and Haruka begin their strange relationship when Misuzu discovers that Haruka is immune to her time-stopping ability. The story revolves around the requests that Haruka makes and the effect of those requests. Some turn out harmless, others not so much. The story is easy to follow and mostly lighthearted in its approach.
The art is simple and clean. No confusing a character for another here, even though the style is simple.
Misuzu is what society calls an introvert and loner whereas Haruka is an social butterfly and class idol. The
characters don't stay like that, they develop more. Some actions which seem to strengthen their image actually have something more to them. When the two of them interact, Haruka is usually teasing Misuzu, much to her embarrassment. They have a nice bond by the end of the manga and you can see how they influenced each other to change.
This yuri manga is great. There are plenty of funny moments and relationship-building moments. Before I knew it, I finished the whole thing.
Probably the best shoujo ai manga out there, Fragtime tells the story of two lovers who stop time together to escape reality and deepen their relationship. For anyone who isn't a yuri/shoujo ai fan, dont feel offput by this as the storyline and unique characters will make up for it. This is a good read for everyone regardless their preferences in manga.
With the ability to stop time, theres a lot of potential for needless fanservice and moeblob panel fillups, however Sato stuck to what was important and kept the story intriguing, while still allowing a few cute scenes. My only problem with the storyline
is the overall length of it, I felt as though more could be expanded upon in certain areas
The art doesn't stand out too much here, but it's still smoothly laid out and appealing to the eye, perhaps some larger more detailed artwork would have been better
The girls you get to know within Fragtime have fluent and realistic personalities while remaining unique in their own ways. I personally was able to relate to Moritani, and I think with a widespread set of character personalities others will be able to relate with the other characters too :)
Fragtime will stand out for me as one of the most enjoyable manga I've read, everything from start to finish was an emotional rollercoaster that leaves the reader satisfied yet wanting more. This kind of enjoyable atmosphere is what a Mangaka should strive to create!
All in all, Fragtime is a beautifully done quick read that deserves more attention from the wider community. If ever a translated paperback is sold, I want it x3