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.
Episode Six introduces the Council of the Seven Virtues, which is a group that says it cures the Earth of its plagues (the plagues include humanity). Sota is mentioned during their meeting as a heretic that can perceive flags and controls fate with his own hands.
After this, a new transfer student named Mei Daimyouzamurai joins Sota’s class. It turns out she also has an ability to see flags over people’s heads, and she pulls the same stunt that Sota did in the first episode when other students were trying to befriend him. Unfortunately, this is all we see of Mei in this episode.
It turns out the class is being split into two groups for a trip: one for a beach trip and one for a forest trip. However, Sota has been assigned to be on the beach trip for the first half and the forest trip for the second, thanks to the student council president.
Sota has a rough time on the beach trip, because being around the ocean makes him think about being the sole survivor from the Premium Ambriel and it makes him nauseous. While he’s on the beach trip, he meets a middle school girl named Kurumiko Daishikyougawa; she’s an orphan who sells popsicles on the beach in order to make money to live on and to save up to go to school.
Near the end of the episode, Sota learns something about Kurumiko that gives them a connection to each other. He also sees death flags appear over her head, and tries to find a way to break them…
The beginning of the episode introduces a new concept (the Council of the Seven Virtues) as well as a new character. However, nothing more is done with either the new concept or the new character after the first few minutes of the episode. But in seeing the preview for Episode Seven, it looks like Mei will play a major role in it. The other new character, Kurumiko, plays a very important role in this episode. Apparently, her last name means “bishop,” so it looks like Sota may have found the bishop character.
The more I’ve watched the series, the more I’ve come to the conclusion that the harem aspect is what was developed the most, and the concepts with the flags and the Council of the Seven Virtues were more of an afterthought. Basically, the flag concept seems to be there more as a way to make this show seem like it’s less of a harem series than it really is. Overall, not a lot is done with the flags, and the concept doesn’t seem like it’s as developed as it really should be.
From what I’ve seen, it appears we’re about halfway through this series, At this point, most of the characters don’t seem to be very well developed; in fact, the majority of them basically fall into character types that one would expect to find in a harem show. There’s very little here to truly make me care about most of the characters in the series.
At this point, I’m only following Kanojo ga Flag wo Oraretara because I’ve already made it this far in, and it would be a waste to quit now. But like I said in my writeup for Episode Five, I’m at a point in this series where I go into it not expecting much from it anymore.
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