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Flag

Flag

Alternative Titles

Japanese: フラッグ

Information

Type: ONA
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jun 16, 2006 to Mar 2, 2007
Genres: Mecha, Military
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company

Statistics

Score: 7.381 (scored by 2174 users)
Ranked: #18992
Popularity: #2571
Members: 8,441
Favorites: 27
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Synopsis

In 20xx, a civil war broke out in a small country in Asia in spite of the dispatch of UN forces. But a picture taken by accident in the battlefield accelerates the peace process: a photograph of a flag, which became the symbol of peace. However, just before the peace agreement is finalized, the flag is stolen by an armed extremist group in order to obstruct the truce. To rescue the flag, the UN sends the Special Development Command (SDC, which is armed with the High Agility Versatile Weapon Carrier (HAVWC)), along with an embedded photojournalist to record their activities. That photojournalist is Saeko Shirasu—the young camerawoman who took the picture of the flag.

(Source: ANN)

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Characters & Voice Actors

Shirasu, Saeko
Shirasu, Saeko
Main
Tanaka, Rena
Japanese
Tanaka, Rena
Nikkanen, Jan
Nikkanen, Jan
Supporting
Nomura, Kenji
Japanese
Nomura, Kenji
Ichiyanagi, Shin
Ichiyanagi, Shin
Supporting
Kawada, Shinji
Japanese
Kawada, Shinji

Staff

Takahashi, Ryosuke
Takahashi, Ryosuke
Director, Original Creator
Ike, Yoshihiro
Ike, Yoshihiro
Music
Ueda, Masuo
Ueda, Masuo
Executive Producer
Takeuchi, Kazuyoshi
Takeuchi, Kazuyoshi
Chief Animation Director, Character Design

More episodes Episodes(1/13)

# Episode Title Aired
1 Flag
Flag (フラッグ)
Jun 16, 2006

Opening Theme

Hope to Peace - Ike Yoshihiro

Ending Theme

"Lights" by Eri Nobuchika



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Beatnik
Jul 21, 2008 12:31 PM
Flag is a pretty unique venture. It's researched reasonably well, and is set in our world. The world with the laws of physics and politics. More interesting than the reality-based content though, is the form. This show is set entirely within the eye of the camera.

When we're not watching the narrative through a lens; we're seeing photos or computer displays. There is no scene set outside of the camera, and that in itself is a bold creative choice, although it is stretched very thin, in that we have to assume these people are such camera junkies they take them everywhere read more
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santetjan
Nov 1, 2008 7:21 PM
To us foreigners, it perhaps can't get any more Japanese than Flag: in essence, this series is about two Japanese and their cameras.
Set in the near future, in a fictional nation that very strongly looks as if it should be positioned on the India-China border, somewhere in the Kashmir region, Flag recounts the story of the civil conflict that crippled said nation and of the UN sponsored peace talks following a photograph (containing the Flag the series is named after) that became a powerful symbol of cooperation between the parties involved. It follows the photographer of said photo, who is officially installed as reporter of read more
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ThatAnimeSnob
May 13, 2011 4:06 PM
Flag is basically an attempt to create a realistic war documentary and as far as presentation goes, it is a very special and unique show. At the same time it is not something that has replay value or even something that stands as an equal next to real war documentaries or even various biopic movies.

The production values are definitely high caliber, both in detail and aesthetics. Most of the plot is presented through the photograph lance of a news reporter, while she interviews people revolved in a war, or commenting herself on the social-political status of the area. The level of realism is thus read more
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mahoganycow
Jan 4, 2013 8:08 AM
There's this old saying: “You can't polish a turd.” Someone (probably a grandparent; it's hard to beat cranky old people in the “brutal honesty” department) relayed that valuable piece of information to me at some point in my young life, and I've found it to be a crude but immutable truth, in art and fiction as much as in anything else. The best way I can describe Flag is to say that it's a great example of attempted turd polishing. It boasts a unique visual presentation and some downright incredible animation, but at the end of the day a weak narrative, poor cast, and muddled read more
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Both have the same director, the same feel, the same theme, and the same level of maturity.

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