Blue Flag centres on a group of friends navigating their final year of high school while unknowingly entangled in a love quadrangle – two classmates falling for each other, unaware that their same-sex best friends have already fallen for them.
It is quite the muddle – a mess of conflicted feelings where they want the best for their friends, but they want to be with them as well.
Blue Flag explores the boundaries and expectations of platonic and romantic relationships, what people are willing to do for their friends, and what it means to be in love. Often heart-warming and at times heart-breaking, this story is just wonderful.
Written and illustrated by KAITO, Blue Flag was originally serialised on Shōnen Jump+ (online manga magazine) and then collected into eight tankōbon volumes. I’ve read the first six, with the final two on order. I’ve found myself getting more invested with every chapter, continually wanting to find out what happens next.
Pick up the paperbacks from Amazon (US, UK), Book Depository, other online retailers, order through your local bookstore, or request from your library. You can also buy and read online through Kindle (US, UK) or Comixology (US, UK). And if you give this series a go, let me know what you think!