Kanojo ga Flag wo Oraretara: Episode 11 – “We Don’t all Have to Dance. I can Dance by Myself”

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.

At the beginning of Episode 11, we learn that the dark-haired girl who was running down the stairs and needing help is Serikyan, a popular idol singer that’s scheduled to perform on the last day of the school festival. Nanami turns out to be a big fan, and she lets Serikyan borrow her school uniform in order to blend in more. Serikyan says she came to check out the stage and wanted to enjoy the festival. Sota believes that Serikyan is the bard from the fairy tale story. Nanami and Sota take Serikyan around the school fair.

I’m sorry, but I have a hard time finding this to be believable. According to Nanami, Serikyan is a hugely popular idol and is the most popular at the moment; because of that, I can’t see her realistically being able to run around without some kind of a bodyguard protecting her. There was nothing to indicate that a bodyguard was hiding nearby in camouflage, and Serikyan never makes any kind of comment saying that she snuck away from her handlers, either.

Later, Serikyan tells Nanmi and Sota about how she became famous. When she first debuted as an idol, no one paid attention to her. At one point, she was about to give up, and a boy in a purple hoodie came up to her and said he sees a success flag over her head and that she shouldn’t give up. About six months after this encounter is when Serikyan finally found her success. Nanami figures out that this had to be Sota, and she gets mad about it. When Sota explains this happened at a time when he was ready to kill himself, Nanami is a little more understanding.

On the last day of the fair, Sota and everyone else at Quest Dorm attends the concert. Serikyan has a flag of light above her head, and so does everyone else in the audience; their flags emit light and connect with each other. Suddenly, a beam of light from Serikyan aims for Sota and hits him; when he touches it, time freezes around him.

Number Zero suddenly appears and explains everything, which comes across as having been inspired by The Matrix. Basically, the Council of the Seven Virtues created virtual worlds within a network to try to find a way to protect humanity from the Angel Boat, a system that exists in cyberspace to watch over the real world that went berserk. The council ran numerous simulations through these virtual worlds. Sota is informed that his power is the best weapon they have in order to save the world.

Now, wait a minute. It wasn’t that long ago that the Council of the Seven Virtues was upset about Sota having this power and claimed that it was too dangerous for him to have. Now they’re changing their tune and saying that they need him to use his power? I wish we could have seen a scene of the council discussing this and potentially changing their minds, because this just felt like it came completely out of nowhere and contradicts what had been said earlier.

Right at the end of the episode, something happens that makes Akane forget that Sota even exists; this catches Nanami by surprise.

Okay, so all this time was spent building up Sota’s harem, and now it potentially appears that all of them except for Nanami have forgotten him? Really? Then what was the point of spending so much time on the harem’s antics?

At this point, it really does feel like that more effort was spent on developing the harem part of the series than there was on the overarching story. The narrative has become quite a confusing and contradicting mess, and the overarching story seems to be relying too much on combining tropes from fantasy and sci-fi.

Fortunately, there’s only two more episodes of this series left. I’ll stick it out, but I’m going to go into the final episodes with very low expectations.

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