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Beppu Yugo is one of the world's most successful and celebrated negotiators. His cases have ranged from big to small, from secretive to in the public eye. His work doesn't come cheap, but his skills are the top of the line, and through words, not violence, his failure rate is minimal. After a period of inactivity, Yugo is back on the job, to help negotiate the release of a hostage in Pakistan. With harsh terrain and deadly enemies before him, will he survive long enough to save the hostage, and return with his life?
Yugo and Flag are both remarkably similar: they have a slow pace and similar animation, but most importantly they are each focused with terrorist-laden third world countries and have a very realistic sense of the military. I enjoyed Yugo a lot more than Flag, but there is an unmistakable realistic quality to both (except for the robotic weapon in Flag, that is). If you liked one, I'm thinking you'd like the other.
Perhaps I should not make this recommendation, since I like neither Flag nor Yugo the Negotiator. Nevertheless, consider this a negative review of why you might like one of these, if you enjoyed the other.
Both anime are pretentious -- meaning, they obviously think very highly of themselves in terms of psychological insight and political analysis. In my opinion, both are entirely superficial, and have no real depth to their depictions. The psychology presented is pop psychology, and the political analysis is simplistic and slanted.
It has to be said, though, that if you found yourself thrilling to the courageous achievements of Yugo, you'll surely be captivated by the way that Flag slowly entwines you in its story.
So don't let my negativity dissuade you -- if you genuinely liked one of these, give the other one a chance.
Two major world powers have constructed the most dangerous weapon on earth: Tactical Armor (TA), an elite fighting mecha with extreme agility and fighting strength. Yushiro Gowa is the top TA pilot and captain of the Japanese Self-Defense Force, an orginization that uses the TAs to try and bring honor back to Japan. Yushiro must make a hard decision and face the truth about his past and the secrets of the Gowa family, who will use their adapted spiritual powers to summon Gasaraki and unleash terror on all of mankind.
Although their plots differ significantly, one of the strengths of both Gasaraki and Flag is the melding of the mecha genre with a sense of "real world" politics and military structure. Both series take place in a near-future where mecha are a new and game-changing addition to the military landscape, and they tend to be shown as fallible and experimental pieces of equipment, rather than the omnipotent, gravity-defying super-weapon. If that "real world"-feel appealed to you in one of these series, you will probably enjoy that aspect in the other.
One word... Realism. These two anime are both very realistic in their approach to the subject; third world nations at war and those involved. Although there is a decent amount of metal action for Mecha fans, its not over the top, Gundam style, and not too little that it leaves you dissapointed. i enjoyed both shows very much.
The war between the monarchical Galactic Empire and the democratic Free Planets Alliance has raged ceaselessly across the galaxy for over a century, with the fleets of both powers having fought countless battles. Currently the conflict revolves around the strategic Iserlohn Corridor, one of only two passages of space through which the two forces can access each other. Here the Empire has built the nigh-impregnable Iserlohn Fortress, whose deadly weaponry has thwarted repeated efforts by the Alliance to capture her. Phezzan, a neutral mercantile state, controls the other corridor. The long war has resulted in an indecisive stalemate, but there are two men from the two worlds who will change everything: Wen-Li Yang, a gifted strategist from the Alliance who wants nothing more than to retire and be a historian; and Reinhard von Lohengramm, a man from the Empire whose ambition knows no bounds. Their loves, struggles, triumphs and failures play across an interstellar stage of intrigue, war and death.
I am not recommending Legend of the Galactic Heroes for Flag because of the animation or the details of the plot. Rather, I recommend it for pulling off the themes in a much more successful way. Flag, as you've noticed, is a show that tries to grapple with the big questions of war, politics, and international power dynamics. It does so through the unique lens (pun intended!) of a neutral journalist over 13 episodes, and I think that is also its greatest mistake. The issues are broad ones; the episodes and the narrator's perspective are unfortunately narrow. LOTGH, on the other hand, allows itself the time and the narrative scope to deal with all the things Flag explores - with greater detail and much more exciting results. If, like me, you adored the themes in Flag and would like to see them done flawlessly, you seriously need to get onto LOTGH.