「俺、この転校が終わったら、あの娘と結婚するんだ」 (Ore, Kono Tenkou ga Owattara, Anomusume to Kekkon Suru nda)
“I will marry that girl after I transfer to a new school”
Death flags galore! And a few love ones as well.
Flags, Flags, Flags!
The premise behind this show is that main character Hatate Souta (Ohsaka Ryota) can see the dating sim construct known as flags. Unlike the similar Noucome, this isn’t played for laughs so much as love, and stranger still, they never point out the dating sim connection. It felt strange how the nosy princess Nanami Knight Braidfield (Kido Ibuki) didn’t even bat an eye at such a strange term such as “flags”. Either way, your mileage may vary – it’s a pretty silly setup, and it doesn’t seem as well suited to its world as Noucome’s Absolute Choice was, but it has some potential.
The Cart Before The Horse
The entire episode I felt like they were expecting us to care about these characters earlier than we were given reason to – but only by a few minutes. When Nanami dragged Souta up to the rooftop and started laying into him, he went all broody anti-hero with his “nobody should be close to me” schtick, and I just couldn’t care about it yet. Then we heard that the shipwreck – of which he was the only survivor – was just the other day, and I felt like he should be far more messed up than he was! By the end of the episode I kind of liked him – his concerns appear well-founded, and he’s likable enough – but it feels like the order was reversed.
A similar thing happened with ditsy ojou-sama Mahogasawa Akane (Kayano Ai). She was spending so much time forcing herself on Souta that it made him feel like a typical harem lead who nets girls with no effort, and that was annoying – until we find that she actually just saw the sadness in him and wanted to help him for her own selfish reasons. Better, even if that friendship flag turned into a love flag by the end of the episode. The cart was before the horse, but once the horse caught up it all worked out decently enough.
Looking Ahead – Death Flags, & Super Death Flags
For a series based around the idea of “flags”, I’d expect love flags to be the main focus, but we had an awful lot of death flags show up this episode. How Souta managed to overwrite Akane’s death flag with a “conquered” love flag was convenient to the extreme, but that big, super death flag over Souta’s head is the one thing that actually has me interested. Him being all broody and wanting to be alone has pretty much been taken care of, but that flag hints at something else going on here. I wonder what it will be, and that more than anything else is why I think I’ll continue watching this, at least for a few episodes more.
I don’t have any plans to continue blogging this series, but I’ll probably be watching it, so check in with me on twitter if you want to discuss. Thanks for reading!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Unlimited Flag Breaker meets his match in the girl without flags & the one with way too many #gaworare 01
- I’m calling this now – Nanami is going to be special because she doesn’t display flags, and that’s why she’ll be the end girl. I haven’t read the source material, but to quote a certain Capturing God, “I can see the ending!”
- Speaking of, she’s the 13th Braidfield princess? Of 10 princes and 14 princesses?! DAMN! Stop having kids, King-san.
Check out my blog about storytelling and the novel I’m writing at stiltsoutloud.com. The last four posts: Useful lies; Missing the point; You don’t get credit for the words you don’t write; and Right, not best.
ED: 「彼女がフラグを立てる理由」 (Kanojo ga Flag wo Tateru Riyuu) by YELL (Kido Ibuki, Kayano Ai, Asumi Kana, Hanazawa Kana, Hikasa Yoko, Suwa Ayaka)