Darling in the FranXX

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English: DARLING in the FRANXX
Japanese: ダーリン・イン・ザ・フランキス


Type: TV
Episodes: 24
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 13, 2018 to Jul 7, 2018
Premiered: Winter 2018
Broadcast: Saturdays at 23:30 (JST)
Licensors: Funimation
Source: Original
Genres: ActionAction, DramaDrama, MechaMecha, RomanceRomance, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.361 (scored by 443606443,606 users)
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Ranked: #20462
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Popularity: #82
Members: 797,982
Favorites: 18,762


-Big Mecha battles -Male MC trying to prove himself -Similar overall story progressions 
report Recommended by Dsnadium
Apart from the downright similarities between the characters of these two series, the world buildup has striking resemblance. Humanity is constantly being under attack by an eldritch abomination, and to defeat them, kids are trained to pilot giant mecha structures. The protagonist has some sort of issue that prevents him from piloting once such robot. There is a female lead who wears bright red clothes, and plays a big part with the mental turmoil of our protagonist. Mental depression plays a big part in the protagonist's case, and while Evangelion has a constantly lingering dark aura to it, Darling in the FranXX is a lot brighter  read more 
report Recommended by TahZin
Both contain mecha somewhat flying, young lovers, battles, aliens and female main character more upfront, with more knowledge and suffering then the male mc. 
report Recommended by rayssa-jp
Children in a futuristic world try to learn more about the themselves, the world they live in and the past. Lots of mindfucks. Shinsekai yori is intelligent and does everything the best way it could have done, while Darling in the FranXX is dumb and do it the worst way. Yet, their settings are kind of similar.  
report Recommended by MaahHeim
Sci-fi backdrop becomes the catalyst for an ensemble of teenagers to learn how to understand and come to grips with interpersonal relationships. Melodrama and love polygons ensue in both. Additionally, both shows are productions with the talent of Studio Trigger. 
report Recommended by jinruihokan
Cardboard cutout characters in a baffling clusterf@#* of events (you just can't call it a cohesive story) try to entertain you for at least a season too long. While occasionally visually stunning, both titles try to entangle you with forced drama, random action and CGI eye candy before you start to realize: It's just a waste of time! 
report Recommended by Monti_Jones
I found that the main characters of both (Zero Two and Hiro, Yuno and Yuuki) have very similar traits and characteristics that bring together their independent series'. Zero Two and Yuno have very passionate and goal-directed behaviour, whereas Hiro and Yuuki are both leaders in their own right (Yuuki falls into the category a lot later than Hiro though). And yes, each pair have the same hair colour. 
report Recommended by isuzusan
Well... What can i say about Sword Art Online and Darling in the Franxx? First of all, Asuna Yuuki and Zero Two, the main female characters of SAO and Darling respectively, are voiced by Haruka Tomatsu. Also both main girls are the biggest reason that both animes are pretty attractive to the casual anime fan, also Asuna and Zero Two hold the quality of the plot. Kirito and Hiro, the main male characters, are the perfect complement to the main girl, but have several defects due to their closed environment. The main difference is that Hiro is more "normal" and Kirito is more OP. From the back side  read more 
report Recommended by tlato_but
Darling in the FranXX is basically the same as Shingeki. In both worlds humanity is struggling for survival inside man made barriers that prevent giant monsters from destroying everything. The peaceful life of the protagonist is drastically changed when the outside world collides with his own, he then joins a military like group that frequently goes outside, makes friends and discovers more about himself and the lies of the government. I could actually tell the whole story and you couldn't tell which one I am talking about. I hope I didn't spoil it much but you can figure all of this on the first episode, so yeah enjoy. 
report Recommended by Dandy3K
In both shows, the main cast of characters are younger aged individuals who live in an enclosed environment isolated from the dangers and revelations of the outside world. Both parties are shocked when they eventually find out about the truth regarding the world/universe they live in. 
report Recommended by Ryuseishun
Great shows chocked full of in-your-face sexual euphemisms and great action sequences. Both deal with self-expression and the desire to break free of societal bonds regarding sexuality. For your high-octane action needs, you have Kill La Kill. For a more somber, bittersweet series you have Darling in the FranXX. 
report Recommended by icrawler
. Main character is in a mecha piloting squad . Main character is fighting against mysterious enemy creatures . Heavy romance between main character and another character . The people we thought we humans are actually the monsters and the monsters are the real humans . The people in charge (government) are not what they seem . There is a stigma of being different, I.E. parasites and normas 
report Recommended by Eliin
If you like Zero Two, you'll like Shinoa Hiiragi. They share very similar personalities and they both are distinguished among their peers. 
report Recommended by btodalee
Loosely similar mecha setting where the main character, as a normie, meets a mysterious girl with inhuman powers then becomes a hero 
report Recommended by DuckMannnn
Star Driver is the original anime that covers Action, Romance and Mecha genres in one Anime. Without Star Driver being the first of its kind, Darling in the FranXX would never be written like it is. I cannot stress enough that Star Driver is one of the best animes that will make you feel like shouting out your youth and moving forward with life. While having a smile on your face the whole time. Your galaxy will shine! 
report Recommended by hyper00
- Love troubles - Teenagers - Similar art style around the face - Lots of crying (by the characters mostly, but idk I guess if you cried at one maybe you'll also cry at the other???) Most importantly, the MC has very similar backstories: popular smart kid who fell behind somehow but is back because of the sudden appearance/reappearance of a magic manic pixie girl. MC's more chill in FranXX though. AnoHana is easier to take seriously because there aren't overt in-your-face sexual overtones every shot, but the voice acting is smoother in FranXX. 
report Recommended by Lemon
Both have a childhood friend and the other main protagonist as love interests Both main characters parents are not present Both involve flying machines to protect humanity Both involve girls created to fight Both involve main character showing the other how to be a normal human  
report Recommended by masqueradedoll
The similarity lies with the characters. You're going to get a familiar feel regarding many of the characters if you've seen either one. It doesn't hurt that both series share the same character designer and some of the seiyuu have worked on both titles. 
report Recommended by SayakaMagica
Both shows center on the somewhat tragic love story of a voilent, pink haired girl with horns and a kind black haired guy. In both she is the product of experimentation, and this is a serious cause of her voilence. Also, as we go on we find out they are more connected than we realise, and in both shows memory loss is a significant factor in their respective journeys. Very similar shows indeed once you get into it.  
report Recommended by AnimeCAC
Since Trigger was started up by ex-Gainax guys this isn't too much of a surprise. Kids with the special ability/training to use giant robots battle to protect humankind from giant monsters. The main girls in both shows have red outfits and pink hair. If you enjoyed Darling in the FRANXX, you'll have a good time with Diebuster. Watch Gunbuster before you watch Diebuster!  
report Recommended by VictorySauce23
Both shows are in a distant future when land is ruined and humanity it's now trapped, living in mobile cities, students try to fight against monster outside of city. 
report Recommended by aureliodantas
In the both anime, main boys and main girls drive a powerful vehicle from themselves as one body. 
report Recommended by Ewolver
Both series involve the future, especially an post apocalyptic one (though for 5Ds, it was more of an alternate future). Both MCs really have a strong resolve as a character, but were often held back by their own self-doubts. They also both have a big friend circle, as well as have had involvement with security guards/police in one way or another. In both worlds, technology-related transportation means everything to the people in their respective series. In 5Ds, Riding Duels mean so much in terms of pride and freedom, while in Darling in the FranXX, having the ability to ride a mecha means everything to the young kids;  read more 
report Recommended by Ryuseishun
Earth is under attack by an advanced alien race. The only effective weapon against these aliens are unique mechas piloted by group of genetically modified children. Genetic modification, however, comes with a cost... Majestic Prince explores this topic superficially. It is presented, but without depth and meaning for the children. Darling in the FranXX develops this topic more completely for the viewer. It is a central theme to the series instead of a peripheral one.  
report Recommended by lancelot200
Both have a female and male MC. Both have some extra terrestrial like or antagonist to fight against. They both seem to have similar story telling in which all the details are revealed throughout the series instead of an info dump on the first episode. Really only difference so far is that in Bounen, instead of mechs, its Xam'd. 
report Recommended by SeasideLua
Both series treats about a group of youngsters in what seems to be a post-apocaliptic world who have to deal with weird, monstrous aliens in a society ruled by mysterious adults, where they are the only ones who can stop the menace. These teenagers are also paired in groups of two, with the difference being that in Qualidea Code, the couple leads an squad, while in FranXX, the duo pilots mechas. 
report Recommended by Illyricus
Both series have teenagers fighting for ideals, dreams and know their place in a world that treat them like trash.  
report Recommended by Mercuryo
Do you like embarrassing sexual innuendos?... Excessive self-loathing dialogue?... Content overwrought with symbolism self-defeating to the purpose of "symbolism" in storytelling?... Subtext lost in the undercurrent of shameless pandering?... Post-Eva content who's identity can't escape the shadow of the patriarch it draws inspiration from due to a lack of actual, self-earned creative merit?... Mecha piloted implicitly by the act of a male and female "CUMing together" in a dance of mutual trust?... WELL BOY, YOU ARE IN LUCK! De:vadasy shares the same lineage as FranXX. The sleazy underbelly of excerpts that came from what many people consider to be a highbrow entry in the mecha genre.  read more 
report Recommended by ZephSilver
Extremely similar animes ... Both have the same main factors, which are: Stop the invasion of aliens; Protagonists "monster"; Difficulties with the robot, etc. Only after watching both do you realize the extreme resemblance.I think Darling has more inspiration in RahXephon than in Evangelion. 
report Recommended by Gairovul
has same male - female teammate situation just like zero two is half human- half monster, girl characters in balck bullet are half human- half monster fighting giant monster (in darling, they fight with robots, but in black bullet they fight just pairs, no robots) good music 
report Recommended by Gnea
- Sexual component to piloting the mecha - Male-female pairs must work together in order to do so 
report Recommended by maruutsu
Both bungo stray dogs And Darling in the FranXX voice actor is same for Yuuto Uemura 
report Recommended by requimcompany123
While Darling in the FranXX is primarily a sci-fi anime, Gintama also mandates a large portion of sci-fi too. They are both used to involve action-packed battles; whether it contributes to the action or is the matter at hand. They wonderfully display the contrast between their sci-fi elements & non-fictitious values of their worlds. 
report Recommended by soulstyce
These two mecha anime are set in a world where the Earth has become a wasteland and humanity is under the attack of monsters. The main character in both these anime have to save the world by using a giant robot and fight those monsters as their only purpose in life.  
report Recommended by Genocyberfanboy
demonking and zero two gives the same vibe 
report Recommended by ducsoup
Both shows has a similar concept with "boy-meets-girl" story, where main hero meets a strange girl, who has a superpowers. And also has a similar concept of the world, where there are monsters threatening to destroy humanity and robots that save people. 
report Recommended by Cold_Raw
These series share a romantic subplot that is intriguing and keeps you interested in the characters. Oh and Mechs,  
report Recommended by Zenmaster420
The characters are overall the same and I love the characters. Not generic and very hard to crack down. The dialogue between the characters in both shows are amazing. 
report Recommended by yungawkward
Both series are about a group of children who grows up together and who have strong bonds between each other. If you liked the relations and the great friendship that was between the characters then i think that you may take a liking to this series as well.  
report Recommended by SomeNewGuy
Love stories that take place in a mecha setting, involving a dangerous species of human with blue blood. Both draw heavy inspiration from Neon Genesis Evangelion but are not as bleak. 
report Recommended by kerberos242
Group of teens who experience character growth together and uncover truths of their worlds, changing their lives as they have known it growing up. Very similar feeling 
report Recommended by hau_anime
Darlifra and Plamemo aren't similar at first place but what I can relate is the similarities teams work on both shows. Both anime has their partner themself in different association and works together until the end even though some character aren't. After all, I don't know how to recommend Darlifra just because of (one) aspect and my opinion but it is up to you to decide it. 
report Recommended by emfaa31
Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet is an anime that many people haven’t seen. It is actually like a much more peaceful and relaxing counterpart to Darling in the Franxx. It’s got a beautiful setting that gives off a feeling of adventure, a beautiful soundtrack, and it’s got the romance although it’s not as intimate and amazing as Darling in the Franxx. Definitely an underrated one you should check out. 
report Recommended by EvelioMV
Both are apocalyptic, both have a tragic love story, similar art styles. Darling in the Franxx has a much more aggressive heroine, both heroine's are incredibly powerful, while the MC is mainly a guide/tool for the heroine. 
report Recommended by Akhmed7
I think one of the primary strengths of these shows' narratives, and the thing that I really enjoyed about them, is their inclusion of an overarching archetypal theme. In Darling in the FranXX its the value of romance/companionship as a powerful and valuable element of human society. In Akame ga Kill! its how the various aspects of the individual, society, and nature work with or against each other. Both of these shows tend to focus less on individual characters and more on higher level themes (conflict, relationships, differing perspectives, etc.). For someone who understands and enjoys these types of stories, if you've watched one and  read more 
report Recommended by Ryhzik
- Studio Trigger - Fighting scenes - Similar mecha concepts - Fighting against another group - The stigma of parts of society being different - Metaphorical meanings  
report Recommended by 4L1N4
sad romance with action lmaoo 
report Recommended by miazz
While not technically a mecha show, Arpeggio of Blue Steel has a similar sort of premise to Darling in the FranXX. A short and sweet story, Arpeggio is about a futuristic world in which climate change has isolated mankind. A mysterious navy of anthropomorphic avatars keeps mankind blockaded from the seas. Only one of these anthropomorphic ships sides with humanity, giving them a chance to fight back and be free. Obviously there is some parallel here to Zero-Two, who being half Klaxosaur gives humanity a chance in there own similar plight in Darling.  
report Recommended by Ragerrodent
Darling in the Franxx, an extremely popular mecha series release recently has taken the community by storm with the surprising compatible duo Hiro and Zero Two. Knights of Sidonia S2, the sequel to the original Knights of Sidonia story line; a fairly popular mecha series released in 2014 that has been absorbed by the community maintaining the power duo Tsugumi and Tanikaze. Both series are extremely similar due to their premise and character palette, I assume everyone is familiar with the premise of Darling in the Franxx so I will describe the similarities it shares with Knights of Sidonia with as few spoilers as possible.  read more 
report Recommended by ST63LTH
in both the series, the mc meets another person who is on a league of themselves. but that allows the mc to be more than what they realized. both the mc's have a sad backstory. in the end both the mc's sacrifice themselves for the greater good of their friends and others. 
report Recommended by No_1Bakha
both have similar direction similar plot buildup some good action similar kind of supernatural elements in exchange of zero two you get jin mori Perfect Match ! 
report Recommended by NakolHira
Both Anime tell a story of how a mans life is taken for a spin after a certain female too overpowered for their world comes into it, because of this both MC's face a lot of dilemmas but benefit from happenings that occur from their relationship. 
report Recommended by Teniking
Both series deal with the dynamics of multiple couples by having them pilot two seater mecha together. They both also feature ecchi content, a heavy focus on the primary couple's romance and how their dynamics affect their piloting, and have the cast fighting against giant monsters of unknown origins 
report Recommended by FinalReality56
Both series use their primary mecha's functions (the tandem piloting style in FranXX and coupling system in Buddy Complex) as metaphors/allegories for relationships and sex, and they deal with how the pilots' interactions and relationships change as they deal with these systems. Both series also heavily retread established tropes and plot elements of their respective studios (Trigger for FranXX and Sunrise for Buddy Complex). 
report Recommended by FinalReality56
- Both have mecha battles - A good story developed 
report Recommended by GoldenMario4
a funny and actually good witch anime that isnt a harry potter clone. and doesnt suffer from the "trigger syndrome" of having the story bend over backwards near the end found in almost all trigger anime, its awesome. 
report Recommended by bokuwa_hiro
While one is an romance and other is an harem/ecchi, both still have some things in common -In both they live in some kind of apocaliptic world, where the main characters have to fight against multiple enemies. -In both the protagonist is weak and useless in the beginning, but he is shown to be necessary due to some kind of unique hability he has -In both there is a connection between male and female characters (although in HXH the only male character is the protagonist), and the way this connection is made is very erotic  
report Recommended by madiasmcc
They're both Trigger shows that don't have quite the usual Trigger feel, but still very good overall animations. Both also involve giant mechas. Darling in the FranXX is more romance / drama based, focusing on the characterization of the main cast and their journey to better understanding their current world as well as to adulthood. SSSS Gridman, on the other hand, seems to aim for surrealism and mystery (though not in an ideal way). It also does try to characterize the cast, but to a lesser degree. 
report Recommended by Ryuseishun
In Knights of Sidonia and Darling in the FranXX people protect a moving city from giant monsters (Gauna/Klaxosaurs) using mechs. Both anime are post apocalyptic. In the beginning of both shows there is a ceremony/first mission for the main team goes wrong and a Gauna/Klaxosaur attacks. There is a character in both shows who is pink/has pink hair who is a hybrid of monster and human, some people don't like them just because of this. There is a mysterious council of people who run society. There are some school scenes since a lot of the main chartacters are teenagers. A lot of the girls want  read more 
report Recommended by 64BitRatchet
It has a similar vibe to it. The MC has an accident or some sort of reason not to pilot the mech. It has a similar cast of high school boys and girls and has a "reason" that these teenagers are the only one to fly these mechs. They both have to fight some foreign power from another plant or different species or robots or whatever.  
report Recommended by SeasideLua
WAIT WAIT BEFORE YOU RUN UP ON ME. I don't care about your opinion on Franxx because at this point, It's very hard to not notice similarities. -Both shows has the underlining theme of finding strength with the people around you -Both shows have light sexual harassment. -Both shows use "love" or romantic relationships impossible to occur due to the main characters profession. -Not to mention the staffs of both shows being involved in Neon Genesis Evangelion In my opinion, I think Hismaso is far better than Franxx due to it's writing and more likable characters. 
report Recommended by SeasideLua
both are crazy animes that use great animations to capture the best points of the anime. Highly rec because it is very good. 
report Recommended by tuncocky
-Mecha-based-but-actually-romance-anime -Is about personal growth and coming of age/getting in terms with one's sexuality/love life -Has love triangle (more pronounced in Macross, as usual) -Is about an underdog that had to use odd ways to get to become a pilot -Is about people stranded on a post apocalyptic area who wish to become free -Has some dark conspiracy/government that controls the life of the youth and their use as combatants 
report Recommended by FurMetarArkemist
Both have sci-fi and mecha's (usually Selesia Rui for Re:Crators) Both have beautiful and yet similar soundtracks (But both done by different people) Both have similar characters Both have incredible fight scenes And they both have interesting plot wise However the difference between the two is Re:Creators involves famous series's fighting against each other for their creators, while Darling in the Franxx on the other hand involves pilots fighting against beasts called Klaxosaurs If you like Re:Creators, i would highly recommend you to watch Darling in the Franxx, i do find them similar but i think Franxx is better imo 
report Recommended by Madison_Brown
Shows about frustrated teens for frustrated teens. Kuzu no Honkai is for XXX than FranXX though. 
report Recommended by Lemon
Similarities - Mecha: Co-pilot is of a opposite gender - Characters' rules and ideals set by "Papa/Grandpa/Grandma" - Fighting against mysterious forces 
report Recommended by squallng
Reposting per guidelines: If you enjoyed the mood, tone, mild humor, and themes of growing from childhood to adulthood in a variety of ways, Simoun and Darling are the shows for you. Simoun is similar to Darling in many aspects, specifically that it is about couples piloting advanced devices that no one seem to clearly understand. In both series, the couples must have a harmonic relationship for piloting to be successful, which often results in difficulties as the couples try to grow up in their own individual ways. Both shows start out light and get deep quickly, with death, destruction, and lasting effects. Both shows  read more 
report Recommended by AnimeObasan
Both involve mechs, romance, and space travel. Hoshi no Koe is by Makoto Shinkai and follows the story of two lovers separated by space and time. It gives off very similar vibes to the ending of Darling in the Franxx 
report Recommended by hohos6
Nice art and animation with lots of ecchi scenes, forceful and strong headed female love interest. Also similar style of onscreen text to accompany narration. FranXX is like Monogatari running on x0.1 speed with none of the quirky artistic charm. Theme and setting aside ofc. 
report Recommended by Lemon
Lots of allusions to a very important in-story picture book that links all the characters together. 
report Recommended by Lemon
Both have a plot about a post-war zone finally Both have a MC who goes beserk and grows to you in time ( Zero Two and Yuya Sakaki) Both have a character named Futoshi (SHIVER KID) XD In the dubbed version both have a guy named Matt Shipman performing for both shows. Let's take Shay/Shun Kurosaki and 016 
report Recommended by SpeedRoidGenm
The similarities between the 2 series are as follows: - An apocalyptic version of earth set in the future - Both series rely heavily on the male and female mech pilots - Humans are fighting another species for control of the earth If you liked Darling in the Franxx for the reasons listed above, then you will like Blue Submarine No. 6 and the mysteries that are unraveled throughout its run time. The CG of Blue Submarine No. 6 has not aged well at all, but if you can get past that you will enjoy the series.  
report Recommended by skyhei1995
Not similar story wise, but if you're looking for a similar Action/Romance genre. Both these series hit the same feelings.  
report Recommended by igotmoes
-similar character relationships -same genres -both have lots of wasted potential 
report Recommended by Anitakawai
A boy has a run in with a promiscuous, manic-pixie dream-girl with pink hair in this manic coming-of-age story with sexual undertones as told in bombastic, over-the-top anime action sequences. 
report Recommended by Dewelleric
Young people are teamed up in male-female pairs to battle the forces of evil. Both Darling and Soul Eater explore the dynamics between these types of partnerships. 
report Recommended by Dewelleric
I think D.Franxx draw alot of inspiration from classics like Rahxephon, Evangelion and Soukyuu no Fafner. But in terms of plot wise it is almost 80% similar to Fafner. All deal with frustration of teens growing up and piloting mech instructed by adults to protect island, I mean Earth. 
report Recommended by Michael_Ong
In both cases, both Male MC's are lacking and don't have a certain power that enables them to do things. This then leads to the male MC's to team up with another person (a.k.a. Female M.C.). With their team-up, they are able to battle against other creatures. 
report Recommended by ethangallaga
-both have similar feeling and concept of robotic -both involve loved one going away to outer space to save the world although kuromukuro is a better version of darling in the franxx, you should watch both.  
report Recommended by kian1anime
These two are similar in one big way: the characters' relationships. Nagi no Asukara has no action, so you should only try it if you enjoy the relationship drama aspect of DitF.  
report Recommended by JZurawski25
Both have big strange creature enemies. Survival of humanity. 
report Recommended by waelen1
Both feature mysteriously special MCs who fight alongside a strong female partner. I find that they have similar vibes but Gakusen Toshi Asterisk features a less balanced cast, fitting more into the harem genre. The hook for both shows is to find out more about the MC and discover what makes them so special. 
report Recommended by AlexandriaSummer
Both are mecha, where there are monsters trying to destroy humanity 
report Recommended by Yuuki-Sempai
Fight against monsters. Have to be compatible with people or weapons to use them and fight. Special female and male MC that are more power Plot twists. just amazing 
report Recommended by Jann3y
While significantly different in genre and setting (Darling in the Franxx is Action/Mecha while Mekakucity Actors is surreal Urban Fantasy), the shows provide, at times, remarkably similar experiences. The shows share two of their primary draws -- a compelling atmosphere of mystery and a well-developed, relatable cast. Both casts are quite large and consist primarily of teenagers with complex interpersonal relationships between them. A number of the characters in each cast can be seen as parallel to one another, such as both shows featuring an important girl who is part "monster" and has serious image and trust issues because of it. Both shows are ultimately more character-driven, with the  read more 
report Recommended by TevishSzat
Same quirky character. Slightly darker twist with deaths of many death flags (some of which might come true). Interesting supporting characters with good motive told afterwards.  
report Recommended by Ballroomdancer