Time to trigger some flags!
When I’d seen this show looking at the Spring Preview, I thought it looked interesting, both because I love harem-y high school romance comedies and because of the premise of the flags, usually used metaphorically, and here realized literally. I don’t know if I was ready for the reality of the show, tho.
I wasn’t too sure about this series after seeing the trailers because I thought it was going to be just another typical romance comedy filled with super moe characters. but I think we might be in for a real surprise! Well maybe…
Contrary to Expectations
Nanami is quite the interesting character.
Highway// This show got the whole idea of it being a wacky light comedy out of the way right off the bat, putting our main characters in mortal danger within a minute of the start. That was just the first thing to change my mind about this show. And yes, Souta did save everyone with a well-placed sentence, but it was kind of one of those things where you’re thinking “wait, did that just happen the way I think it did? A really surprising start.
One of the things that I’d thought was different about the show was the very ‘young’ looking characters. Even though this is set in High School, the characters look more like elementary school kids, short, rounder, cuter, not really having the height that you’d expect from post-pubescent kids. But high school it is, and so there are high school topics, like living alone. And Death. Boy, there was a lot more death in here than I thought. Not that people actually died yet (although with so many death flags, you have to think someone will), but it’s kind of ever present in the show, especially with Souta telling Nanami that all of the people who get close to him suffer bad fortunes, so she shouldn’t hang around him.
Tripping flags yo!
I love Akane! She was a lot of fun to watch.
Fosh// Flags in anime usually pop up whenever we get a hint of a character either falling in love or possibly them dying and the first episode of Kanojo we actually see several flags appearing on various characters heads that range from friendship, romance and yes even the dreaded death flag which was triggered twice in one episode and magically our main character was able to break these flags to prevent events from happening such as death which is kind of overpowered in that world; however it seems that Souta also hates his power to see the flags and has no idea how to get rid of it! Now we have the story so what about the characters? For the first episode we only meet Nanami and Akane who both seem to be drawn in by Souta especially Akane who desperately wants to be friends, but she reveals her past to Nanami that she was only interested in helping the poor since she comes from a rich family and regrets not helping a poor person from her past and she almost died in the same episode?! At least he kissed her and saved her life or did he just make things a lot worse for himself later on by triggering her love flag? I guess we will see how massive this harem truly becomes.
The best trio~
Sure why not?
First episode and we already have a kissing scene?
Well this certainly was an interesting first episode and I have to ask was anyone else surprised at how serious the tone was in the first episode? I know I was because I mean if we look back at the original trailers they only showed us the comical side of things to quickly remind me of Kotoura-san’s first episode which turned super serious with in the first five minutes. Now we will have to see if this series can maintain the serious tone, but the best part of the episode for me was Akane voiced by Ai Kayano who had me laughing the entire time because she was a hyper ball of energy around the main character! I liked that a lot and I look forward to seeing the other girls especially Kana Asumi as Kikuno Shoukanji so yeah I can’t wait to see more of this.
To answer Fosh’s question: I was certainly surprised at the tone of this show. But that’s not bad. It wasn’t as devastating as, say, the first episode of Kotoura-san, but it was still much more sober than I had expected. The look of the show is interesting as well, with almost a ‘retro’ look (if something from the middle of the last decade can be ‘retro’) and as he said, the performance of Akane was great. I’m really interested to see more of this show, and think it has a lot of potential.
So what did you like about this first episode?
See you next time!