Kanojo ga Flag wo Oraretara: Episode 9 – “Someday, it’d be Nice if We Could all Go to a Festival Together Again”

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.

The episode opens with part of the fairy tale told in the lands from which Bladefield’s founding queen hailed. It ties in with Sota’s storyline and appears to be a metaphor for his life. We get to learn the rest of the fairy tale near the end of the episode. I really appreciated getting to learn about the fairy tale, because it starts explaining some of the other things that had been hinted at in earlier episodes of the series. I wish we could have gotten at least some of this explanation earlier in the series, rather than having to wait until Episode Nine.

Sota, Nanami, and Hakua arrive at the palace and meet Elia, the crown prince. While they hang out and watch TV, Elia comes on with a live press conference to announce that the king passed away that morning. He explains that the late notice is due to the fact that as soon as the king passed away, Elia’s younger brothers plotted to capture the crown and were subdued. It’s also revealed that in order to try to corner Elia into submission, an assassination attempt was made on Nanami and Hakua. Elia is then forced to admit that Nanami and Hakua are not the children of the king and that he is their true father. This confession catches Nanami and Hakua off-guard. Great job, there, Elia. The girls have to learn the truth of their parentage from a television news conference and not from him in person. Couldn’t he have had the decency to pull them aside before the press conference and told them the truth before blabbing it on live television?

Overall, the middle portion of the episode wasn’t terribly important. The only thing of note is the fact that Hakua officially joins the harem in this particular portion of the episode.

Near the end, Sota is approached by Number Zero, a member of the Council of the Seven Virtues. It turns out the council serves the Bladefield royal family. She asks him what the world is to him: is it a symbol of hatred or does he love it so much he’d sacrifice anything to protect it? As he starts thinking, he thinks about all of the hatred that’s thrown his way for being the sole survivor of the accident, which goes to a thought of Sota trying to kill himself but not going through with it. He doesn’t have an answer for Number Zero, but she says she’ll be happy to hear his answer when they meet again.

I have to give this episode some credit for doing a bit to try to progress the storyline of Sota and the flags. However, at the same time, I’m also a little confused. In an earlier episode, it was hinted that Nanami was one of the heroes from the fairy tale. However, in this episode, it’s hinted that Nanami and Hakua are the two princesses in the story. So which role does Nanami actually play here? Hopefully we’ll get some clarification on how Nanami fits into the story soon.

From seeing the preview for Episode 10, it appears it’s going to be a story that’s not going to do much to progress the story of Sota and the flags. I’d say I was disappointed, but this series seems to have developed a habit of dropping hints and information for that storyline, and then doing or revealing nothing more for an episode or two.

According to MyAnimeList, there’s 13 episodes of the series, which leaves four more episodes. If I’m right about Episode 10 not doing much to progress Sota’s story, then that will only leave three episodes. At this point, I’m expecting some kind of lame ending and being disappointed in the fact that I invested any time in this series.

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