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Light Novel: Kanojo ga Flag o Oraretara

Souta Hatate is a high school boy who has the ability to see flags that provide choices during important events in life, which also allows him to see the future. Souta decides to break the flags instead of dealing with them in order to distance himself from others so they won't be involved with him, having had bad experiences with it in the past.

That changes on his first day at Hatagaya Academy, when he prevents people from dying in a lorry accident, drawing the attention of one of his classmates, Nanami Knight Bladefield. Nanami doesn't trigger any flags, so Souta can't figure out how to make her go away, forcing him to reveal his power to her.

So begins a chain of events which results in Souta acquiring a harem as he tries to uncover the secrets behind his power.

Kanojo ga Flag o Oraretara or Kanojo ga Flag wo Oraretara (彼女がフラグをおられたら) is an ongoing series of fantasy romantic comedy light novels that started in 2011 written by Tōka Takei and illustrated by Cuteg. It has a manga adaptation that is serialised by Monthly Shōnen Rival. There are two manga spinoffs: one called Kanojo ga Flag wo Oraretara: Ooyuusha yo, Flag wo Tateteshimau to wa Nanigoto da!?, which is in a RPG Mechanics Verse, and another called Kanojo ga Flag wo Oraretara: Root Love, which has as yet no info in English. The series also has an anime adaptation in the Spring 2014 Anime season.

Kanojo ga Flag o Oraretara provides the following:

  • Accidental Pervert: In chapter 5, Souta accidentally walks in on Akane in the bathroom.
  • A-Cup Angst: Nanami is rather insecure about her flat chest, especially when compared to Akane.
  • Always in Class One: Averted; most of the main characters go to class 1-F, save for Rin, who's a year ahead, and Kuromiko, who's in middle school.
  • Antiquated Linguistics: Nanami speaks in classical Japanese.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: How Nanami finds out Souta's ability.
  • Balanced Harem: Most if not all of the girls (and one guy) appear in every chapter and get an equal amount of interaction with Souta because they all live under the same roof. They also share equal amounts of fanservice and it's possible for any of them to win Souta over. It's one of the friendliest examples of a harem around, with the members largely treating it as a good-natured competition, and being willing to encourage each other in their pursuit. Souta knows how a lot of them feel - his power makes it obvious, among other things - but he doesn't feel in any position to reciprocate.
  • Beach Episode: In the twelfth chapter of the manga, a few members of the cast (Souta, Megumu, Nanami, Ruri, and Tsumugi) hang out at the beach.
  • Broken Bird: Souta. As the series continues, we discover that he's holding himself apart from others because his big sister disappeared, and everyone but Souta lost all memory of her. Souta believes it was because of his powers. Consequently, he tends to blame himself when bad things are in the offing.
  • But Not Too Foreign: Nanami and her half-sister Hakua both had Japanese mothers.
  • Chick Magnet: Souta was a minor magnet when he was younger, and it only appears to have got stronger as he's grown up.
  • Childhood Friends: Souta with Kikuno and, as it turns out, Rin.
  • Cool Big Sis: Kikuno is Souta's self-declared big sister, so she does sisterly things for him, such as making him lunches, giving him advice, and being a little too affectionate sometimes. She also acts like a big sister figure to the rest of the cast.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Rin has green eyes with hair of the same colour.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Kurumiko, leading her to initially be something of a Stepford Smiler.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Due to his very feminine appearance and attire(thigh high socks and shorts), Megumu is mistaken as a girl by many characters when they first meet him. The fact that he wears the male uniform (or at least the blazer) is the only way anyone could see that he was actually a boy.
  • Elaborate University High: Hatagaya Academy is an Elevator School with its own internal train service.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Nanami and her half-sister Hakua are princesses from a small (and poor) European principality.
  • First Name Basis: When Nanami tells Souta her name, she tells him to refer to her by her first name, not her surname. She also warns him not to attach honorifics like "san or "chan" to her name.
  • Foreshadowing: The pseudo-chess game in chapter six of the manga foreshadows several characters' roles in the story.
    • When Miyuki, the teacher, is deciding where to put Souta in episode 1 of the anime, the camera pans across the room, zooming in on Akane, Tsumugi and Megumu. (Earlier in the scene, you can see the backs of their heads.)
  • Full-Name Basis: How Mei addresses Souta.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Kurumiko has this hair style, which fits her cheerful personality. Hakua has it as well, fitting her child-like behavior.
  • The Glomp: In the first chapter of the manga, Kikuno affectionately glomps Souta after not seeing him for a few years.
  • Granny Classic: Tsumugi is a classic Japanese granny... in the body of a young girl.
  • Hair Decorations: It'd be easier to list the girls who don't have decs: Mei and Kurumiko.
  • Heroic BSOD: The Quest Dormitory group have a collective minor one upon learning Kurumiko is Souta's adopted imouto. More seriously, Souta suffers a major one during the course of the sports festival.
  • Hime Cut: Rin has this hairstyle, which goes nicely with her samurai outfit.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: Tsumugi, to the rest of the cast's consternation.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: All chapters in the manga are called "flags".
  • Improbably Female Cast: Souta is basically the only significant male character.
  • Lap Pillow:
    • In the sixth chapter of the manga, Souta finds himself laying on Kikuno's lap after he wakes up from a dream.
    • In chapter 16 of the manga, it's Mei's lap Souta finds himself lying on.
    • Kikuno gives him another one at the beginning of chapter 17. Mei offers in the same chapter, but doesn't go through with it.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Sakura inflicts this on Mei in chapter 16, making sure Mei doesn't tell Souta certain things, particularly concerning her origin.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Akane starts off as this. Nanami looks to have been in a similar position, being a lonely royal kid.
  • Long Title: One manga spinoff is called Kanojo ga Flag o Oraretara: Ooyuusha yo, Flag o Tateteshimau to wa Nanigoto da!?
  • Luminescent Blush: Rin blushes whenever she's around Souta.
  • Marked to Die: When someone has a death flag on their head, it's a sign that they're going to die soon unless Souta breaks the flag or raises another flag in its place.
  • Marshmallow Hell: In chapter 12 of the manga, Tsumugi accidentally subjects Souta to this after she tries to comfort him.
  • Meaningful Name: Most characters have a last name (or middle name in Nanami's case) that shows what role they have in the story.
    • The "Hata"(旗) in Souta Hatate's last name means "flag''.
    • Nanami Knight Bladefield is the princess knight.
    • Akane's last name, Mahougasawa, has "mahou"(魔), which means magic. It's indicative of her role as the magician.
    • Megumu's last name, Touzokuyama, contains "touzoku"(盗賊), which means thief.
    • Ruri Ninjabayashi is the shinobi of the group.
    • The "Eiyuu" (英雄) in Rin Eiyuuzaki's last name means hero.
    • The "Shoukan"(召喚) in Kikuno Shoukanji's last name means summons, referring to her role as the summoner.
    • Tsumugi's last name, Ryuukishibara, contains "ryuu"(竜), meaning dragon, and "kishi"(騎士), meaning knight - in other words, a dragon knight.
    • Mei Daimyozamurai is the samurai.
    • Kurumiko's last name, Daishikyougawa, has "daishikyou"(大司教), meaning archbishop, indicating her role as the cleric.
    • Mimori's last name, Seiteikouji, contains "seitei"(聖帝), which means holy emperor.
  • Meido: In the school's "Fancy Dress Sleigh Race", the group (including Souta) wear maid uniforms since wearing a dress is required in the contest. Nanami decides to wear a princess dress instead.
  • Miniature Senior Citizens: Subverted by Tsumugi. She was a fully grown adult who shrank as she got older - she just didn't age, resulting in her current appearance as a young girl. To her, this is perfectly normal. To everybody else, it's deeply weird.
  • Mystical White Hair: Mei has silvery-white hair and is from an alternate world. She also has (or had) a weaker form of Souta's Winds of Destiny, Change ability.
  • New Transfer Student: Souta starts the series as a mysterious transfer student at the school. Mei enters the school as one too.
  • Nonuniform Uniform:
    • Megumu wears striped thigh-high socks and shorts instead of the pants that's included in the boy's uniform.
    • Mimori wears boots instead of shoes, doesn't include socks with her uniform, and wears black gloves.
  • Ojou: Nanami and Akane, though they're currently not relying on their families.
  • Older than They Look: Tsumugi Ryuukishibara, the school elder, has the appearance of a young girl.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: People usually call Tsumugi "Baba-sama", a polite term for an old lady.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Mei, representing her desire to remain emotionally aloof and guarded.
  • Phenotype Stereotype: Nanami, who's from a small country in Europe, has blonde hair and blue eyes.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Nanami has long blonde hair past her back.
  • Robot Girl: Ruri is a female android (who also holds the role as the ninja of the group) created by the Mahougasawa Foundation.
  • Say It with Hearts: Megumu and Kikuno sometimes pepper their sentences with hearts.
  • Sheltered Aristocrat: Hakua's a Constantly Curious version, to the point she thinks popcorn is life-threatening to make.
  • Shout-Out:
    • In chapter 6 of the manga, Mimori looks like Doraemon for a panel.
    • In the ninth chapter of the manga, one of the students participating in the survivor game shouts "Upham! Upham! Ammo, dammit!".
  • Spoiled Sweet: Despite her privileged background as the granddaughter of the founder of the Mahousagawa Foundation, Akane is very sweet and cares for everyone.
  • The Stoic: Mei, although meeting Akane and the other girls leaves her Not So Stoic, and she becomes a Defrosting Ice Queen as time passes.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: Everyone who sees the way Tsumugi treats Souta over the beach arc reacts with "She's doting on her grandson".
  • Student Council President: Mimori takes her job as the school's student council president very seriously. She holds a lot of power in school due to her strong political ties with it and being the board chairman's granddaughter.
  • Third-Person Person: Kurumiko.
  • Token Mini-Moe:
    • Tsumugi has this role because she looks like a little girl and appears to be the youngest member of the cast. But she's actually an old woman who might be even older than the school itself. She also acts as a mentor of sorts to the rest of the cast.
    • Kuromiko also has this role, as she's the youngest character in the cast and is treated as a little sister by Souta.
  • Training Montage: Chapter eight of the manga displays a montage of the rigorous training Rin made the gang do in order to prepare for the sports festival.
  • Tsundere: Nanami is a mild case in general. Akane attempts to get her to invoke it on one occasion on the grounds that it's "the most joyful thing a boy can hear!", but it just bounces off Souta. Mei develops into one as time passes.
  • Unusual Euphemism: "The fish are gathering!"
  • Verbal Tic:
    • Akane always ends her sentences with "desu".
    • Ruri uses "Y/N" at the end of every question.
    • Tsumugi ends her sentences with "be", and attaches "bou" (child) to names.
  • Waterfall Puke: In the twelfth chapter of the manga, Souta vomits after being in contact with the sea due to it making him sick because of the Premium Anberial incident.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Being surrounded by water for Souta.
  • Winds of Destiny, Change: Souta has the ability to see flags on top of people's heads, allowing him to see and change important events and choices in life. He can also break flags by taking action to prevent events he doesn't want to happen. He's not up on all the nuances, however, particularly when it comes to the way his friends' flags appear (or don't). Mei had a lesser form of the ability before she lost her memory.
  • Yandere: Rin has distinct tendencies this way, though so far she's been prevented from going full-on yandere.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Few characters have ordinary or plausible hair colours. Even some of the ones that do have normal hair colours have hair that's unusually bright:
    • Kikuno has bright lime-green hair.
    • Kuromiko has purple hair.
    • Rin has forest-green hair (when it's not stylised as black).
    • Mimori has dark purple hair.
    • Tsumugi has light pinkish-purple hair.
    • Ruri has blue hair.
  • Younger than They Look: Ruri's construction only began a couple of months before her introduction so she's chronologically 3 years old.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: All of Souta's harem. Including Megumu.
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alternative title(s): Kanojo Ga Flag Wo Oraretara; Kanojo Ga Flag O Oraretara
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