Kanojo ga Flag wo Oraretara: Episode 3 – “Leave it to Me, There is a Chance We’re Going to Win This Athletic Meet”

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. In Episode Two, Sota’s old friend Okiku returns, and becomes the “big sister” type for his harem. A boy named Megumu is also introduced, but he’s constantly mistaken for a girl because of how he looks.

One morning after everyone moved into Quest Dorm, a helicopter comes by and drops something off. Inside a container is a female robot named Ruri Ninjabayashi that has been sent by Mahougasawa Electronics to help Akane out.

When they go to school, Student Council President Mimori makes an announcement that this year’s school track meet will be a Track Meet Week, with activities every day from morning all the way through the night. Mimori then meets with Sota and the others and tells them that Quest Dorm could get shut down; in order to stay open, they have to compete as a team for the Track Meet Week and be designated this year’s MVP. It’s also added that if they don’t make MVP, Sota will also be expelled from the school.

Mimori has a girl named Rin Eiyuuzaki work to train Sota and the others. Rin is an athletic girl who doesn’t like boys, and is only doing this because she owes Mimori a favor.

During their training, Rin reveals that there’s only boy she’s ever liked, and it was a boy she meet when she was younger who was named Souda. It ends up coming out that “Souda” was actually Sota, so by the end of the episode, Rin becomes yet another member of Sota’s harem.

As soon as Rin was introduced, and I saw her as the bow and arrow wielding athletic girl who doesn’t like boys, I knew right away that she would somehow become part of Sota’s harem. Let’s be honest, the boy-hating athletic girl is a rather standard trope for harem series.

And once again, Megumu’s being mistaken for a girl was a running gag through the episode. The gag had already worn out its welcome by the end of Episode Two, and every time it appeared in Episode Three, all I could think was, “Oh God, not again. This isn’t funny. It’s just old.”

And I’m almost afraid that Mimori telling Sota and the others that Quest Dorm could be shut down for some reason will also become a running gag that wears out its welcome quickly.

So far, I have to say that Kanojo ga Flag wo Oraretara seems to be rather predictable, which has hampered my enjoyment of the series. Also, after such a big deal was made about the flags in Episode One, it’s something that’s hardly been touched on in Episodes Two and Three.

I’m only three episodes in, and I think I can already safely say that Kanojo ga Flag wo Oraretara is my least favorite anime I’m watching for the Spring 2014 season. But at this point, I’m going to stick it out and see whether or not this show, in my opinion, ends up getting any worse.

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