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Christopher Corey Smith ...  Christian Beloqui 7 episodes, 2006-2007
Dorothy Elias-Fahn ...  Saeko Shirasu 6 episodes, 2006
Mela Lee ...  Lisa 6 episodes, 2006
Jamieson Price ...  Keiichi Akagi 6 episodes, 2006
Cindy Robinson ...  Chris Eversalt 6 episodes, 2006
Michael Sorich ...  Nadi Olowakandi 6 episodes, 2006
Paul St. Peter ...  Jan Nikkanen 6 episodes, 2006
Karen Strassman ...  Rowell Su-ming 6 episodes, 2006
David Lodge ...  Graig North 3 episodes, 2006
Tony Oliver ...  Ru Pou / ... 3 episodes, 2006
Kyle Hebert ...  Captain 2 episodes, 2006
Michael McConnohie ...  Tson 2 episodes, 2006
Vic Mignogna ...  Hacker 2 episodes, 2006
Kaiji Tang ...  Engineer 2 episodes, 2006
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Saeko Shirasu is a 25-year-old war frontline photo-journalist who became a celebrity after taking a picture of civilians raising a makeshift UN flag in war-torn Uddiyana. The image then became an instant symbol for peace. However, just before the peace agreement is achieved, the flag was stolen by an armed extremist group in order to obstruct the truce. The UN peacekeepers decide to covertly send in a SDC (pronounced as Seedac-Special Development Command) unit to retrieve the flag. Because of her connection with the "Flag" photo, Saeko Shirasu was offered the job of following the SDC unit as a frontline journalist. The SDC unit is equipped with an HAVWC (High Agility Versatile Weapon Carrier-pronounced "havoc") mecha armored vehicle. Written by Moh X

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Everything I Don't Like About Anime Is Missing
23 May 2009 | by clarkmc2See all my reviews

There must be a lot of people like me. Older, turned off by Anime's deliberately juvenile Manga artwork, Disney Channel level plots, and voices completely obnoxious to anyone over the age of nineteen. I have enjoyed Cowboy Bebop and Tactics, but that is about it. Tactics at least has a genuine sense of humor that is not completely juvenile, and at least a hint of a thoughtful darker side that is not lifted from cheap scare films.

With Flag, the basic artwork is for grownups. Not a triangle mouth or Keane painting set of eyes to be found. Beyond that, the 100% camera, photographic print and web cam viewpoint, with selective focus and hand held movement, is groundbreaking, done to perfection and generally brilliant. The music employed is moving and appropriate, and also very grown up.

The narrative content is WAY past anything I have ever seen in Anime. Serious drama, intelligently portrayed. The major themes encompass pretty much everything that is actually important to the life of human beings. I can't recount very many narrative films that covered this much serious ground. The web of life, death, religion, politics, war, ethics, bravery, power, nature, faith, love and the big picture is all woven convincingly into a really first rate film experience. It is very compact for a serially presented film, having been envisioned from the beginning as a limited series. While there is much action, it is presented realistically. No animated recycled Power Rangers rip-offs here.

Kids' stuff is fine, but fantasy has its limitations as a story telling medium. This is much deeper and ultimately more rewarding and satisfying. Anime has been giving us The Three Stooges and Star Wars. Now I realize it could also give us Wild Strawberries, Pather Panchali and Cross Of Iron.

The details are outstanding. Just one example, I had no idea that the camera at the end of the credits in each episode was setting up for the final resolution.

I am going beyond recommending Flag as Anime, I am giving it a top rating as a movie.


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