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.
In Episode Seven, the elder learns that Sota and Kurumiko have agreed to be brother and sister. He tells the elder he’d like to take Kurumiko back to the academy with him, if possible. They talk to Mimori, the student council president. To get Mimori to try to take on helping Sota out, the elder says that as compensation, Mimori can go on a date with Sota the next day. After some flustered awkwardness, she ends up agreeing to it.
They go out on their date the next day, and the two of them learn a little about each other during it. Some of the things that Sota says to Mimori reminds her of what someone else she knew before had said, and other comments that Sota makes pull at Mimori’s heartstrings, and she ends up falling for Sota. She also agrees to do whatever she can to help get Kurumiko into the academy.
When they board the bus to return to the academy, we learn that Mimori didn’t succeed. Mei, the new girl, witnesses what happens. When they return to Quest Dorm, they are surprised to see Kurumiko there. She says a nice girl helped her out, and Mei comes down the stairs. Later, we learn that Ruri altered the school’s data. The elder, Mimori, Kurumiko, and Mei also end up moving into Quest Dorm.
Sota talks with Mei, and learns that her ability to see flags is artificial and limited. She also reveals that his power is different and very powerful. She ends up taking him to an alternate world where he doesn’t exist; during one of their stops, he does something that alters the course of the alternate world. When they return, Sota coughs up blood and collapses. Sakura then appears and does something to Mei to cause her to lose her memory because she was helping Sota out too much in regards to the favor she asked Sota to do for her.
With this episode, we end up seeing two more girls officially joining Sota’s harem: Mimori and Mei. From the images I’ve seen in the opening, I believe we now have all the girls in place for the harem. Not only that, they all now live under the same roof at Quest Dorm.
At the beginning of the episode, there’s a scene where Sota and the others come across Megumu on the beach dressed as a girl. Ruri tells Megumu to tell the truth, a story is told that “his” sisters came by and switched out all “his” clothes for girls’ clothes. Sota seems to buy the explanation, although it sounds rather ridiculous and flimsy. Between this and the way Megumu acted in the previous episode, I have a suspicion that Megumu may actually be a girl disguising as a boy for some unknown reason.
The portion of the episode with Mei and Sota going into the alternate world was kind of interesting, and it started to shed a little bit more light on the flags and the Council of the Seven Virtues. So far with this series, the emphasis has been so strong on the harem aspect that this other material has only been coming out in occasional drabs and dribbles. Hopefully now that the harem seems to the established, more time will be spent on developing the flag part of the series.
This is finally starting to get a little more interesting, but it’s disappointing that it took so long to get to this point. To be honest, if I wasn’t watching this series in order to write about it for my blog, then I probably would have dropped it before reaching Episode Five.
I’ll continue watching Kanojo ga Flag wo Oraretara in order to see if perhaps the second half of the series is stronger than the first.
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