English: If Her Flag Breaks
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 7, 2014 to Jun 30, 2014
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 6.671 (scored by 14137 users)
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SynopsisHatate Sota is a high school boy, who has an ability to visualize "flags" for future events such as "death flag," "friendship flag," and "romance flag." Despite the flag-viewing ability, he avoids making friends with others due to a trauma he experienced in a ship submergence accident. Four beautiful girls get interested in his strange way of living, and they begin to live with him at the school dorm by force.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Kanojo ga Flag wo Oraretara
Side story: Kanojo ga Flag wo Oraretara OVA
Characters & Voice Actors
*Minor spoilers, but not really* /UPDATED 7-1-14/
Where do I start. This anime had a lot of potential with an interesting unraveling plot. But it just dragged on and had annoying moments.
Story: 6/10- The main reason I started watching this anime was because of the Synopsis I read. I thought "oh cool, this sounds different!" And it started off pretty nicely. But I am not a fan of Harem, so this probably why I gave it a six. I love the underlining plot with Souta, the protagonist. I find his character interesting. He has a tragic past & not only that, he sees people's "flags." But it's a curse. While trying to get by in school, he's also faced with a ton of girls that I wish had a more common sense. The only one that seems to be the opposite of the other girls is Nanami. I'm sorry, but the girls he lives with are annoying and always trying to flirt with him. It takes the seriousness away from the actual storyline. The main plot is definitely a win in my book if it weren't for the unnecessary scenes they have. But hey, the girls are devoted to him in sweet ways, so that's a plus and they were willing to do anything for him
Let me talk about the last episode & more (spoiler free) It's a complicated plot especially towards the end. Somethings don't make 100% sense to where you have a relief to be like "OHH that makes sense." I feel like this anime was trying to do too many things at once. Comedy was mediocre and they really go heavy on the harem element of this. While they were trying to have funny moments, they also tried to splash a little depression your way! Not saying that's a bad thing. I love dark animes, but they did it in a way were it was kind of a turn off. If you don't pay close attention to every part, you'll be left confused. I know I'm not confident even to say I know what exactly happened. The ending was just like a "wtf just happened" type of feel.
Episode 13 didn't make a whole lot of sense to me. Whether it was the random fighting or Nanami realizing who she actually was the episode before. I dunno. But Souta did realize something important at the end, so that was a bonus. But like I said, I think they were trying too much at one time. So somethings probably weren't as implied as other parts were.
From what I hear from all sources, that the manga is better in ways of explaining and has better development. Hope that's true.
Art: 8/10- It's very colorful and it has nice details on certain parts. But it's nothing completely new and it seems pretty basic. (except hair designs, those were pretty cool.) The anime has some pretty cool scenes with great art, but it's nothing special other than the fighting scenes later in the series.
Sound: 5/10: I'm not usually picky on OPs & EDs. I almost 9/10 love them. But in this anime, I disliked them very much. It's cute, but it's just not my style. These types of things are usually a hit or a miss for anime fans. And this one was just a miss for me >.>
Character: 7/10- When starting off with the two main protagonists; Nanami & Souta, you think "this will be good." And as the story progresses you get a sense for how Souta is feeling despite the smile he fakes. Which is something most of us can understand. I actually really love Souta's character. In the beginning he's kind of a jerk, but then you find out his reasons. And then a group of girls slowly, but surely changes his heart. With his stone-cold exterior changing, you realize he's a complex character. Once you think you know him, the story just twists it up and gives you a completely different perspective. You begin to question literally EVERYTHING you have been watching every week. That's what I like about this anime.
Some of the emotions the characters are feeling seem pretty relate-able. And other times it's just "not even close to realistic." This anime really does fall flat for character development though. They did a decent job on Souta & Nanami, for the most part. but they too do have character flaws. But for the others, it was just maybe, if they were lucky, a few minutes of their past. Some of them were a little more in depth while others failed to have that chance.
I really do understand that when creating anime, they do have a budget. But you have to be willing to spend a little more to get A LOT more. I feel like this anime could have been something great if more time was put into it. I honestly felt like everything was too rushed and left with so many questions.
Enjoyment: 7/10- I started out loving it but as it progressed I was a little ify about it. I honestly thought I as going to be in love with this anime because of my first impression. I was sadly let down. There are so many characters being introduced left and right, that it's hard keeping up. I feel as if they are just kind of there, not really doing much besides trying to get with Souta every ten seconds. Though their love for him is sweet & all, it's just annoying at times.
I am not the fan of Harem, so this probably why I think it is annoying. But I honestly think that girls throwing themselves at a boy who doesn't really pay attention to them is kind of childish. Now being a sister figure is different. you love him in a family way, not a "I want your kids someday" way.
I think I would have enjoyed this anime a lot more if they focused just a little more on the underlining plot rather than pointless scenes that don't end up getting remembered by the time you finish the anime. Kanojo had an interesting storyline. I liked it a lot. Souta was a VERY important part in doing the things that needed to be done. But it wasn't as enjoyable as I would have hoped.
Overall: 6/10- It had awesome parts, but it's just not my cup of tea. Despite everything, if you can get past the girls I wanna slap sometimes and just pay attention to the unraveling plot, you might like it? Not saying everyone will, but it could happen.
What an ending.
Flag Matrix: Harem Edition.
Also known as "If Her Flag Breaks".
I honestly feel as though they should have done something different with this show. I'm glad they tried something new, but it was way too obnoxious for me to appreciate it, at all.
They should have stayed away from being a harem in general. The plot was intriguing and had a lot of potential, so why fill it up with annoying and cliche harem devices? The harem was way too big, too. Around 12 or 13 girls. Seriously? Come on, man.
If this show was, instead of a silly and ridiculously large harem, a serious series that actually took a darker look at Souta's condition and the story then it would have been much better. They sort of just compiled Matrix-esque story elements into the harem madness and boom, they created this show. With flags.
That piece of text right there was part of a post I made after watching the last episode of this series.
If Her Flag Breaks is an anime that had a good amount of premise, but eventually failing and falling into a pit full of burning flags and every single type of girl that could be included in any harem anime, ever.
I was excited for this show when it first came out. The PV made me think "Oh my god! A romantic comedy about a main character who actually feels DEPRESSED from his supernatural condition? This is gonna be great!" and the actual series made me think "I don't want to be here anymore."
With that aside, I'll split the review into separate paragraphs to explain my feelings for each aspect of this series. I'll try to be quick about it, since nobody likes reading long reviews when all they really want is an opinion on the show before starting it. Or they do want long reviews to learn about other people's feelings on the disaster we all just witnessed. Either way, here you go.
I don't even know where to go with this. The story, for the most part, is fairly simple. At least we think it is. Hatate Souta has a sort of "curse" brought upon him, where he has the ability to see people's "flags". These flags mark a certain person's feelings and emotions or they simply predict the upcoming events of their lives. Death Flags, for example, will appear on someone's head if they're soon to, well, perish. Souta also has the ability to break these flags, giving him the ability to change fate itself. The only way he can break these flags are... uhhmm... what was it again? Oh, well, he has to know something... personal about said dying person and he has to... errr...
Anyway, eventually Souta starts to learn about this power of his and along the way, more and more girls pile up at his dormitory and fall in love with him for absolutely no reason at all. Just like any harem. Or, if there is a reason, it's an extremely stupid one. For some odd reason, just like in any harem, these girls that Souta has just met care about him deeply. Why is this? Well, ask the plot, because it... sort of explains it. I think. Too much was going on, I... I couldn't really tell.
I won't explain the story for you, because I just can't. All I can say is, like I said before, it basically becomes the Matrix featuring a harem. Well, not exactly, but something similar to it.
The plot is executed horrifically. The show spends most of it's time trying to "develop" the outrageously large harem it's constructed, though all in all, they end up with forced personalities that are actually kind of annoying. Well, some of them are annoying. I'll just count this as part of my Character section, so I'll tell you I gave the characters a 6 out of 10. Although they weren't developed very well and their feelings were forced, some of them I actually liked. "Some of them" actually meaning two out of the 13 or so girls that were involved.
Souta, on the other hand, isn't really an interesting character. Sure, I liked how he was actually depressed because of his power and his "past" was actually tragic enough to create a logical reason as to why Souta would be a big ball of gloominess, but other than that, his personality was bland. As are most main characters in a harem series.
Well, that's it for Story and Character. Sorry for skipping around, sometimes I end up turning into a different direction when it comes to talking about certain topics.
I didn't care for the artwork. The style was strange, as it made every girl look like they had, what I call, "babyfaces". Seriously, every single one of them looked like they were 9 years old or something. Don't get me wrong, I've seen plenty of anime where young girls are depicted to look MUCH younger than they actually are, but there's something about the way their faces look that makes them appear baby-ish. Other than that there's nothing to really talk about in this section.
This is literally the only thing I actually enjoyed throughout the entire show. The soundtrack was phenomenal. I loved every bit of it. I feel as though... this series does not deserve the music it had used. Give it to something better! Argh.
On the other hand, I didn't care for the opening or ending. The opening is catchy, but not anything special.
I constantly questioned where this show was going, over and over. This and that happened, and I'm just sitting here waiting for something to finally make sense!
I only recommend this to people who want a chance to turn their brain off and enjoy a typical, senseless harem. Ignore the plot, because it's plain garbage.
One more thing. The show isn't even that funny.
When I saw the synopsis, before watching the PV, I figured it may turn out to be another genius romcom like Noucome. I was wrong. Horribly.
This is partially, or I should say, mainly, a romantic comedy. It's neither romantic nor comedic. It tries but it fails.
Well, my friends, the Spring season is over. Some shows are notable, and some are not. This show is the latter. While I have to mention, though, I did love several of the series this Spring and I cannot wait for the summer simulcasts to begin.
Have a good day. May the harem gods rain mercy down upon your soul, for after watching this show, you're certainly going to need it. read more
Both have the same comedy, supernatural and harem genre.
Both involves a guy living by himself at first then his harem moves in with him.
Both involves large number and a variety of harem members.
One has a lot of plot twists, while the other one will be more focus on the harem arc.
One anime has the harem members appeared on a per episode basis, while the other one already has introduced the harem members on the 1st show.
The harem members from one anime were interested on the guy, while the harem members in the other anime were interested on the guy's room.
Both have the same harem plot and supernatural with some comedy in it, except in one anime the harem came in a bit early.
Both have the same mystery, comedy and harem genre, except in KgFwO, the each harem members would be introduce on a per episode basis, while in RnS the harem members came in on the very first episode.
Opening Theme"Cupi-Doo Revue (クピドゥレビュー)" by Aoi Yuki
Ending Theme"Kanojo ga Flag wo Tateru Wake (彼女がフラグを立てる理由)" by YELL (Ibuki Kido, Ai Kayano, Kana Asumi, Kana Hanazawa, Yoko Hikasa, Ayaka Suwa)
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