Kanojo ga Flag wo Oraretara focuses on a boy named Sota Hatate, who has an ability to see flags over people’s heads and know how they’re feeling or what will happen to them; he also knows what he needs to do to break the flag over someone’s head. In the first episode, he meets Nanami and Akane at Hatagaya Academy. At the end of the first episode, Sota sees a death flag over Akane’s head; however, he’s unable to make it break. He decides he has to change the flag, so he kisses her to change it to a conquest flag. The stage is set for the beginning of a harem.
At the beginning of Episode Two, a girl named Okiku transfers into Sota’s class. It turns out she’s a friend of Sota’s from childhood, and she hasn’t seen him for over two years because he transferred to a different school. Okiku becomes a new addition to the harem, and she falls into the “older sister” type and can be rather annoying.
When Okiku sees the state of Sota’s dorm, she becomes very upset. They visit Tsumugi Ryuukishibara, an “elder” at the school, and Okiku begs to get help to fix up Sota’s dorm. Mimori Seiteikouji, the student council president, brings in the school’s Engineering Research Society. They say it’ll take a month to complete the project, but after Akane recruits other members of the class, the estimate is knocked down to a week.
After the work is completed, the dorm looks completely different. As Sota is moving in, he meets a boy named Megumu Touzokuyama who keeps getting mistaken for a girl. The first couple of times, this was kind of funny; however, after this gag was used four or five times in one episode, it wore out its welcome. I’m afraid that this will end up becoming an overused running gag over the course of the series.
It’s then pointed out by Mimori that if a dorm only has one resident, it has to be shut down; in fact, there’s supposed to me a minimum of five people in a dorm. Okiki, Akane, Megumu, and Nanami agree to move in.
During the episode, we also see through a couple of flashback sequences of how Sota obtained his power to see the flags and he has been told that he must learn the ultimate truth of this world.
At the end of the first episode, I could tell that there was the beginning setup for a harem, but the concept with the flags made it seem like there might be more to this series than the harem. Unfortunately, once Okiku was introduced in this episode, the story started to quickly devolve into a harem story that focuses more on comedy.
When it comes to the new characters that were introduced, I thought Okiku was annoying, Megumu is simply there to be the source for a running gag that’s worn out its welcome very quickly, I had a hard time buying Tsumugi as an elder because she looks too young to be a “granny” as she’s referred to, and Mimori seemed to be a bit of a stuck up know-it-all.
Where the first episode had a good mixture of drama and humor, there’s a major tonal shift in the second episode. It appears this series is going to end up simply being a harem comedy with gags that will more than likely get old very fast.
Right now, I have to say that I am a little disappointed in Kanojo ga Flag wo Oraretara, because I feel a little deceived by the first episode. I’m going to stick with this show for the rest of the season, but I’m not getting my hopes up that the series is going to get any better than what I saw in either Episode One or Episode Two.
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