In the mountainous Asian country of Uddiyana a civil war rages. No end lie in sight for the war-torn nation until a lone photographer snapped an iconic image that would come to be known simply as "Flag." Hope arises as the many factions involved begin an approach to peace, rousing the call for a ceasefire behind the featured flag. When an unknown guerilla sect steals this symbol of unity, a U.N. Special Development Command unit is dispatched using the latest in military technology, a transforming bipedal exoskeleton known as the HAVWC system. Recruited to document this mission is a war-time journalist, the author of the "Flag" photograph, Saeko Shirasu. Witness the trials and triumphs of a peacekeeping taskforce behind the camera's view-finder as they take their first steps towards the recovery of the road to peace and discover the truth behind a struggle. From Ryosuke Takahashi, with characters designed by Kazuyoshi Takeuichi, and music composed by Yoshihiro Ike! Genre: Anime/ Sci-Fi.
(2006) evokes the current war in Iraq. As UN forces struggle to contain a murderous civil war in the central Asian country of Uddiyana, photographer Saeko Shirasu takes an iconic picture of the national flag billowing over women praying for peace. Armed insurgents steal the flag, which has become a national symbol of hope, and take it to their fortified temple. A Special Development Command unit is sent recapture the banner with Saeko as an "embedded journalist" recording the mission. Their secret weapon is a Gundam-style mecha
, the High Agility Versatile Weapons Carrier. Director Riyosuke Takahashi overuses certain visual motifs: Almost every scene is either presented as a sequence of still photographs, framed through a camera viewfinder, or shown as a replay on a laptop screen. Had Takahashi used these visuals more judiciously, they could have underscored Saeko's vision of the conflict. Instead, they quickly become an annoying gimmick that detracts from the narrative. (Rated 16 and older, but suitable for viewers three years younger: violence, alcohol and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon