The story is set in the distant future. The land is ruined, and humanity establishes the mobile fort city Plantation. Pilots produced inside Plantation live in Mistilteinn, also know as the "birdcage." Children live there knowing nothing of the outside world or the freedom of the sky. Their lives consist of battling to carry out missions. Their enemies are mysterious giant lifeforms known as Kyouryuu, and the children pilot robots called Franxx to face off against them. For the children, riding the Franxx proves their existence.
A boy named Hiro is called Code:016, and he was once known as a prodigy. However, he has fallen behind, and his existence seems unnecessary. Not piloting a Franxx is the same as ceasing to exist. One day, a mysterious girl known as "Zero Two" appears before him. Two horns grow out of her head.
High school kids are selectively chosen by an organisation to pilot biological mechas against evil biological mechas. Does this sound familiar? While i was watching I kept saying to myself: I think i saw this somewhere before...
EVA, EVA EVA !
1. High school kids are selectively chosen by an organisation to pilot biological mecha. Check!
2. You cant simply just pilot the mecha, you need to sync with it/partner. Check !
3. GET INTO THE ROBOT SHINJI ! The main character is a sad, depressed boy who is not confident about his piloting skills, but is essential when bad stuff happens. Check!
Art. Polished. Very polished. but in
the same time lively and bombastic. I think Trigger was behind the design of the show because there are many parallels with Kill la kill.
Can't say much about them since this is the first episode, but i predict that the MC will be similar to Shinji for the good part of the show. Code 002 girl- best girl of the season, fight me.
I keep saying that this show is just plagiarising older shows. In my opinion this show just borrows the ideas and utilises them in best ways, telling a story that we heard many times in a new reiteration.
Simply put- delicious. Looking forward to listening the whole ost of the show.
Absolutely amazing! The same goosebumps you get when you watch the first episides of Kill La Kill or Gurren Lagan.
My number one show of the season. I thought the Violet Evergarden would take this place but.. does it have hot yandere-esque girls piloting mecha? No. But seriously if you are looking to experience the nostalgia of watching Kill La Kill, Gurren Lagan or Eva, do watch this show.
After all of they hype for this series I've seen online I decided to take a look and see what was so good about this show.....and was sadly dissapointed.
Art: It's trigger, the animation is really well done and full of life, even without their usual bright color palette 8/10.
Pacing: Fast in a bad way, we're introduced to many things with little detail as to what they are, almost like the episode was rushing through to introduce these things as fast as possible. 4/10
Sound: Currently forgettable, none of the music stuck out to me, unlike other shows of the same genre. 4/10
Characters: I can't provide much
info as this is the first episode, but currently the MC and his friends felt lifeless and dull, the only character with personality is Zero Two. 9/10 for Zero Two, 4/10 for everyone else.
Overall: I'm disappointed, a first episode should always try it's hardest to get you interested and this failed, a mediocre cast with only one likeable character, pacing that doesn't slow down to introduce the various goings on, and music that goes in through one ear and out the other.
Despite my rather negative review i will be sticking with this show to see if it gets any better, and will be updating my review with each new episode.
I really enjoyed the first episode of Franxx, and I initially couldn't really understand why, as it seemed like the first episode was a cluster of tropes. The main character, Hiro, seemed like a typical LN main character primarily because of the "meeting the girl naked" trope. However, in the span of this one episode he broods over having screwed over Naomi and wants to repent for it, and after meeting 02 he feels miserable because he still had some hope of being able to pilot, somewhat betraying Naomi. This builds up to the moment where he gets his chance to get in the robot
and he rapidly takes it, essentially going through a small character arc.
Since Hiro actually has a monologue about how he is glad he took this first step, I believe the show knows what direction they are going with Hiro's character, and it seems to be a good one.
The show also introduces some mysterious elements, like where the Klaxosaurs come from and what their relationship with the Franxx is, since the Klaxosaur targeted one of them immediately. Additionally, there is clearly something wrong with the society, and I feel like there's something more to the Papa being a hologram.
Going into what seemed to annoy a lot of people; the pervert scene. To be fair this is the worse scene in the episode. If only Hiro hadn't gotten 02's pantsu it would've been much better, since he wouldn't have sperged out at the end. This made the moment feel a lot more like a LN 'boy meets girl' set up. The only kinda redeeming bit about that scene was how Hiro wasn't that bothered by 02 being naked and kept talking to her pretty much like how a normal person would. After 02 gets changed, the scene improves quite a bit though, with Hiro and 02 talking about their situation and the military dudes taking both away against their will.
The Klaxosaurus was awesome, I loved it's colour scheme, plus I love dinosaurs and monsters with a laser beam in their mouth, so it was pretty much perfect. The scene where Hiro and 02 "activated" Strelizia was great, the OST started playing just in the right moment and the way the scene lit up looked nice. Plus I love the trope of Robots being powered by love, so there's that too.
Everyone likes 02 already so there's little point in talking about her as of the first episode. She's reallly cool and I want to see how she interacts with the other parasites, especially Hiro, given the events of the first episode.
The rest of the cast is underdeveloped as of now, but they barely got screentime and the first episode had many things to set up, so it is easily forgivable and barely affected my enjoyment of the first episode.
Pinnacle of carbon-copy. It's literally Rebuild of Evangelion, just with a new blank card and without the mess 2.22 and 3.33 added. You will never watch 4.44, why bother if you can watch Franxx?
If some voice actresses are your thing, look out for Asuna (Sword Art Online) or Yoko (Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann) when watching the show.
You can also enjoy the return of Mari Makinami in a form of Zero Two (guess what that references?).
Franxx can be watched solely for the purpose of bursting into laughter of how unimaginative the copies are but looks solid, and hopefully, it will unattach itself from copying Neon Genesis
Evangelion and create something new and exciting.