Flag was actually one of the first anime to air for the Summer season. I didn’t see a raw until a while back, and the first episode just got subbed a few days ago. I really didn’t think much of the anime, but I only had a picture to base that opinion on (irony!).
Flag tells the story of Shirasu Saeko, a photographer who gains instant celebrity status after she snaps a cool photo of a flag being raised in a small war torn nation. The photo becomes a symbol of peace, and actually kickstarts the peace negotiations. Reminds me of that one time I took a picture of a clown at the state fair. That was awesome.
After gaining all kinds of fame, Saeko is asked to return to conduct a special mission. Apparently, terrorists stole the flag from the picture! The flag is so important that they send out a special mech unit just to retrieve it. Yes, this anime also contains mecha. It seems Saeko is not happy about the mech, however, as viewing the top secret mech footage reminds her of refugees of war.
The character designs lean more toward the realistic. Unless, of course, you don’t see giant hulking 9-foot tall men in real life. Saeko is (thankfully) much cuter than in the promo picture I had seen a while back.
The animation technique used for this anime is unique. Not Honoka unique, thankfully. The shading has an airbrushed feel to it. All of the characters move fluidly, so much that it almost looks like rotoscoping was done to fill in the animation.
I guess I should also mention that my sworn enemy, CG, makes an appearance. It isn’t as bad as most anime, but I still don’t care for it. I also noticed that they re-used a lot of scenes with the CG. Boo.
The anime didn’t have an OP this time around. It seems more artistic to leave the OP out these days. The ED fits well with the feel of the anime. It starts off soft, slowly gets louder, and ends up soft again. Pretty sweet.
Download the ED: “Lights” by Eri Nobuchika
Another thing I noticed about the anime is that it didn’t use much background music. This made it seem more like a documentary than a narrative. The lack of background music added a lot of realism where a grand score would’ve trivialized the serious events.
Flag is shaping out to be a very good anime. The story is really interesting, though I think it could have done without the whole mech aspect. I have a feeling that the mech stuff was thrown in there so that the anime would have more mass market appeal. Either way, I’ll continue to keep my eye on this one as long as someone keeps subbing it.