Ranked #1950


Alternative Titles

Japanese: フラッグ


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


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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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Shirasu, Saeko
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Tanaka, Rena
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Akagi, Keiichi
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Nikkanen, Jan
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Nomura, Kenji
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Paint Engineer
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Takahashi, Ryosuke
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Director, Original Creator
Ike, Yoshihiro
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Ueda, Masuo
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Executive Producer
Takeuchi, Kazuyoshi
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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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Jul 21, 2008
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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Nov 1, 2008
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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Jan 4, 2013
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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Sep 9, 2010
This anime had a good concept but terrible execution. I wanted to review it for a long time so here it is. There's spoilers in this review BUT you'll be warned beforehand and you'll be glad I spoiled it for you LOL! This anime was so misleading and bad that I just had to review it for you to save you pain and time.

Basicly there's some kind of war going on in some kind of 3rd-world country and some kind of war journalists (I think they are Japanese but that doesn't matter) go to this country to get pictures because that's their job or as read more
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Both are EXTREMELY good if you open up to them. And have very great dubs to match! 
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