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Japanese: フラッグ


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


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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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Summary: Flag Director's Edition: Issenman no Kufura no Kiroku

Characters & Voice Actors

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


Takahashi, Ryosuke
Director, Original Creator
Ueda, Masuo
Executive Producer
Ike, Yoshihiro
Seyama, Takeshi

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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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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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Jul 18, 2011
If there is one thing that should be immediately praised about the anime FLAG is its daring approach to the animated medium. The entire story, revolving around two photo-journalists in a fictional war zone that resembles the middle east/south-east Asia, is seen through either their camera lens, cameras of vehicles, or sometimes someone else's camera. This approach while certainly unique requires a certain level of suspension of disbelief though. You have to believe that every living moment of this series that they have their cameras opened and pointing at people, but nonetheless, for those interested this suspension of disbelief should be trivial and come rather read more
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Apr 27, 2010
A new "real robot" show from the creator of Dougram, VOTOMS and others is always a nice proposition and in my opinion FLAG doesn't disappoint.

It uses a pretty unique viewpoint, with every moment shown not from the perspective of a narrator, but instead from that of the characters. Be it a camera, a gunsight or a radar screen, you're seeing what the characters see. It makes the combat a lot more visceral than even the most hard sci-fi real robot shows, because you're on the ground and seeing the fighting right there. An early skirmish in which the lead mech engages a small insurgent force read more
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Both of these shows take a comparatively realistic approach to depicting warfare, and focus to an extent on the human and psychological cost of it. 
Both are slow paced, conspiracy themed and well grounded Mecha anime that raises question about war and one's role in it. 
Both have the same director, the same feel, the same theme, and the same level of maturity.

Gasaraki has a bit of a supernatural/magic element. Flag features less mecha eye-candy, and more outlook on war/politics.

Both are EXTREMELY good if you open up to them. And have very great dubs to match! 
Both are helmed by legendary director/creator Ryousuke Takahashi, both have exquisite animation and feature mecha.
The Mecha genre is treated more of a way to connect into the soldiers minds directly, than being used in awesome cool fight scenes(though that happens too!)

FLAG is significantly realistic in setting, tactics used, and storytelling.

Blue Gender has sc-fi aspects that blend into it's story. It also contains explicit content. 
The two anime do share a critical and fairly realistic look at military personnel, tactics and the geopolitics behind it all. There is no mecha in Zipang and, thanks to a glitch in the space-time continuum, it takes place at a critical point in WWII rather than the present. If you enjoy thoughtful anime, and military themes, I recommend both Flag and Zipang. 
Same realistic take on a hard military job, this time through they eyes of a photographer instead of a rescue team member. A slice of life war drama this time quite similar. ^^ 

Opening Theme

Hope to Peace - Ike Yoshihiro

Ending Theme

"Lights" by Eri Nobuchika

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