Kanojo ga Flag o Oraretara
If Her Flag Breaks
Creator – Tōka Takei
Arts by Cuteg
Published by Kodansha
10 Volumes [Ongoing]
Drawn by Nagian
Published in Monthly Shōnen Rival, Kodansha
8 Volumes [Ongoing]
Kanojo ga Flag o Oraretara: Ō Yūsha yo, Flag o Tateteshimau to wa Nanigoto da!?
Drawn by Nagian
Published in Monthly Shōnen Rival, Kodansha
1 Volumes [Completed]
Kanojo ga Flag o Oraretara: Root Love
Written by Kazuki Ayasaki
Published in Monthly Shōnen Sirius, Kodansha
2 Volume [Completed]
Directed by Ayumu Watanabe
Studio – Hoods Entertainment
13 Episodes [Completed]
OVA – Scheduled [2nd December 2014]
Story start about Nanami Knight Bladefield witness a car accident during her way to the school, but was luckily avoided thanks to Souta Hatate. Well, someone did raise a death flag and luckily avoid the death of many.
Finding it suspicious, Nanami was trying to find the one who talk to the one who raised the death flag and avoid the accident, though it turned out that Souta is a newly transfer student to her class.
As other students try to befriend with the new student, Nanami noticed that Souta choose not to get close with them, and somehow managed to get away from them.
After Nanami confront with Souta that he finally reveal about his power to see flag, and that he had the power to break them by using the right words.
Interestingly, he do not want to interact with the other students and able to see their flag on their head, but somehow he could not see one on Nanami’s. Later on he did promised not to break them that easily, unless it a death flag.
There are many different type of flag, love flag, friendship flag, death flag, and other more. Initially Nanami didn’t believe it and laughed about it, though she believe it to some extend. One example was how Souta try to break Akane Mahougasawa friendship flags, which seem to respawn no matter what or how he tried.
He did learnt that Akane is the rich granddaughter of a well known company and Nanami is a princess of a country in Europe. Akane wanted to go to see his dorm as a friend though both she and Nanami was shocked to see the building to be old and abandon, thanks to the mistake by the student president, Mimori Seiteikouji.
But what they didn’t know that this building will be links to what Souta will be on a quest; to break his own death flag. Well, Souta is kind to break many other people death flag, even going as far as kissing Akane so that she will continue living, and fall for Souta at the same time.
Another girl who stay strong even when her flag got broken is Kikuno Shōkanji, who act like an elder sister to Souta and is his childhood friend. Problem tend to be that she like to spoil Souta to the point that it get to the other easily, and she doesn’t mind Souta getting the love of other girls.
Interestingly, Souta somehow managed to have Tsumugi Ryuukishibara to be like his grandmother despite her young look. Tsumugi may be in the same class as Souta, but she is rumor to be older than the school, and she like to tell tale of her past. Well, she did show her past look which shocked the other.
Megumu Tōzokuyama is another boy, and a trap, who can spawn flag as if it is easy. Well, thank to his look, many tend to mistake him as a girl even though he is wearing a boy clothes. Well, the trap joke tend to be how the girls mistake Megumu as a girl then realize him as a boy, but his action and wanting to be with Souta can easily mistake Megumu as a girl instead.
Ruri Ninjabayashi, an android created by Akane’s company, was tasked to take care of Akane but due to some impact at first, the impression did send chill down their spine; having her head drop as if it normal. Even I can get a shock to see a head talking or even smiling when it not attach to the body.
Later on, Rin Eiyūzaki stepped into the group and seem to hate Souta for being weak, and wanted to train him properly.. But somehow along the way as she acknowledge him, turned out that they were childhood playmate and Rin have a crush on him. Her first task was to train the girls and Souta for the school sport festival.
Mimori really like to give them more trouble than they would ask for. But Rin can be more problematic for Souta, as it turned out that she is the Yandere, which he always have to be on the look out whenever that Yandere flag pop on top of Rin’s head.
As more girls stepped into the group, turned out that fate is playing a trick on Souta, and that in order to live on, he have to learn the truth of the world and understand his link to it. Interestingly, a mysterious organisation did sent in Mei Daimyōzamurai, as an observer and have the similar power to see flag who not only save Souta once, but later lose her memories and at the same time falling in love with him.
The anime did different somewhere along the way from the original plot, but even so, the anime is still interesting and funny at the same time. Even I do want to know what is the quest that Souta need to do and to learn of the truth hidden.
Interesting thing is how the dorm that Souta stayed turned out to be one hidden link for him to start the quest, and is also call the Quest dorm. Even Ruri play an important for Souta to know more about what he needed to do.
Even Nanami’s family is also part of the whole match up, and the part where she will meet Souta will change their life too. Well, I understand many people like to prefer thing or events as a flag, but somehow I like this story plot where those flags are events for Souta needed to play along and to understand.
Somehow he did initial wish not to interact with many people, but that change when he promised not to break any flag and to go along with it, other than death flag. Interestingly, there is also an quest flag like Kurumiko Daishikyōgawa case. Souta have to follow up on that quest and even help Kurimiko from the death flag.
Both Kurimiko and Ruri tend to be like a little siter to Souta, but Kurimiko tend to be quest advance flag while Ruri would unlock more knowledge on the quest for Souta, which also lead to more questions.
Even despite the change in plot for the anime, the light novel story still leave mysteries behind, and giving more questions which Souta and his group need to solve. At first Souta wanted to do it alone but he also learn that he need to depend on other too.
I find it interesting that there are parallel world theory in this world, where Souta did step into there and learn of the contradict between each world, and how it may affect his current world. Well, the power to see flag is also something that isn’t normal too.
Well, even though there are so many volumes for the light novel, I had yet to peek into most of the story, so I could not say more than to what I understand. But one thing for sure is that Souta’s life is really full of flag events.
Well, the story did show some interesting slice of life despite all those flag events, even I like how Souta get to interact with the members in Quest Dorm too.
So do you want to have the power to see flag too in Kanojo ga Flag o Oraretara?