Flag: Volume 1 (Collectors Edition with Artbox)
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FLAG tells the tale of a central Asian country (Uddiyana) that has been locked in civil war between two rival religious factions to the point of U.N. military intervention.
The potential for a fragile cease-fire suddenly becomes a possibility thanks to an internationally-renown photograph of a flag taken by young female photographer Saeko Shirasu. Clinging to the hope the photograph inspires, a lasting peace treaty between the government and insurgent groups is scheduled. Trouble is the flag is stolen by an insurgent group determined to foil the peace process just prior to the treaty signing.
In effort to recover the flag before word of the theft spreads, the U.N. establishes a secret military unit dubbed SDC, who just so happened to be trained to use bipedal, heavily armed robots called HAVWCs (High Agility Versatile Weapon Carriers--pronounced "havocs").
Because she took the famous photo that got the peace process underway, Saeko is granted permission to document the SDC's top-secret efforts to recover the artifact.
In essence FLAG is the telling of a massive scale civil war through the camera lenses of two individuals on the outside looking in (Saeko Shirasu & her mentor Keiichi Akagi). The presentation of the material works on the format of Akagi narrating events while he reviews video clips taken during the war on his laptop.
FLAG is a beautifully (if tragic) mature, politically laced series that strongly echoes real-world events in the Middle East.Read more ›
`Flag' is a realistic anime war drama told from a photo journalist's point of view, literally. every scene is shown through the view finder of an SLR camera.
In the mountainous nation of Uddiyana religious and ethnic conflicts and terrorism draw in the UN to maintain order.
A photo of rebels flying a democratic flag becomes famous around the world, rivaling that of the Iwo Jima Memorial, and brings global attention to Uddiyana.
When the world famous flag is stolen by terrorists, an elite UN special forces unit is assigned with the flag's retrieval.
A young Japanese woman, Saeko Shirasu is given the unprecedented opportunity to document the UN unit and their new weapons, real life mobile suits. The entire story is told from Saeko and her fellow photo journalists' cameras' point of view.
Reminiscent of `Gasaraki' and `Full Metal Panic.'
The whole concept is very original, it combines several elements I like, a realistic modern war scenario, the possibility that mobile suits could actually exist, and photography.
Having every single scene take place through the view finder of a camera is also very original. In real life this concept never works out but in anime it's visually very entertaining.
The problem is that the story just never gets going or does anything interesting. It may be realistic that a photo journalist would mostly document the personal traits of soldiers at a base and fellow journalists at a bar with less time spent on actual battle footage but unfortunately the result is boredom by the end of volume 1.
The characters are also weak. They may be realistic but real people are boring.
While I think there are plenty of people who will want to pass on this anime after seeing the first volume, I am firmly saying that everyone should at least watch this first volume to give the series a chance. With the anime industry in a rut for various reasons, this is an anime that is openly going into almost brand new territory where only a couple has treaded before and it's doing a good job! That alone should be worth the support of many but hopefully this anime will be picked up by a few. Absolutely worth viewing.
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item came in great timing and everything, was what is in picture. i have not yet seen the full thing because it is a slower anime but i love the artwork!Published on August 22, 2013 by Bryan and Jasmin
Thanks a bunch, wonderful product. Great packaging and fast delivery. It is as described. I have no problem with the product and look forward to continue.Published on April 17, 2013 by Byron
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