In the distant future, humanity has been driven to near-extinction by giant beasts known as Klaxosaurs, forcing the surviving humans to take refuge in massive fortress cities called Plantations. Children raised here are trained to pilot giant mechas known as FranXX—the only weapons known to be effective against the Klaxosaurs—in boy-girl pairs. Bred for the sole purpose of piloting these machines, these children know nothing of the outside world and are only able to prove their existence by defending their race.
Hiro, an aspiring FranXX pilot, has lost his motivation and self-confidence after failing an aptitude test. Skipping out on his class' graduation ceremony, Hiro retreats to a forest lake, where he encounters a mysterious girl with two horns growing out of her head. She introduces herself by her codename Zero Two, which is known to belong to an infamous FranXX pilot known as the "Partner Killer." Before Hiro can digest the encounter, the Plantation is rocked by a sudden Klaxosaur attack. Zero Two engages the creature in her FranXX, but it is heavily damaged in the skirmish and crashes near Hiro. Finding her partner dead, Zero Two invites Hiro to pilot the mecha with her, and the duo easily defeats the Klaxosaur in the ensuing fight. With a new partner by his side, Hiro has been given a chance at redemption for his past failures, but at what cost?
Inspired by old familiar mecha, Darling in the FranXX tries to incorporate over-the-top elements of Gurren Laggan and symbolic yet dramatic elements of Evangelion.
Where it doesn't fail to deliver in generic combat, it not only fails to deliver in consistent plot, which it tries to build upon, but adds unnecessary elements of melodrama from characters, which just makes them look unrealistic and unlikable, it adds on extra awkward elements that makes sympathizing with the cast a pain and following the plot a chore.
Perhaps the cartoony mecha style emphasizes on that, but in the end it's a shallow show that foreshadows heavily on plot twists,
but doesn't follow through to them in the end.
If you enjoy "nu"-mecha anime with unnecessary fanservice, no respect to its own world building and plot, and no respect to the viewer - go ahead and give this a go. What might seem to be a popcorn flick at first, simply something fun to watch, ends up being something that simply spits on the viewer in multiple ways and calls it a day.
I haven't watched this in a while and I just want to say that I'm kind of disappointed.
Story 3 | Art 8 | Sound 7 | Character 4 | Enjoyment 5 | Overall 5
Darling in the Franxx made a huge impact on the first weeks of its airing, having this promising feel, being made by a collaboration between two great animation studios such as Trigger and A-1 Pictures, having an appealing artstyle, creating one of the hypest characters
in recent anime years such as Zero Two and being criticized all over the internet by the way they pilot the Franxx, Darling in the Franxx made an Impact.
So whats the problem with Franxx?
Having a cliched story isn't always reason to say it has a bad story, you just gotta admit that almost every anime/movie/series doesn't have an unique story, and its not bad, what its important is the way the writer turns a cliched story into their own story, this imo is the thing that it should be evaluated when the story is not an original, unfortunately we cant see that at all in the Franxx, started out good, with a great world ahead to make this "cliched story" his own.
Our Writer didn't do anything about it yet, in 17 ep out of 24 we havent seen any world building. We know that humans have been eradicated by this huge monsters and are forced to lived on a huge city called plantations, in which the main squad are forced to ride the Franxx in order to protect it, we see glances of a man name Papa who seems to control everything including the main squad and thats all, we havent seen anything else in 17 episodes, no development for either the story the antagonist or even the protagonist.
*Spoiler* I mean the way they show us Hiro and Zero Two childhood was a great moment to really show us development about everything, world building, character, story, villains(idk) everything and our writer didn't take the chance and we keep knowing the same things we knew at episode 5. smh
so you say its abut the character interactions/development rather than a deep story? No.
Hiro: This is the the worst MC I have ever seen in anime, he is just plain generic and boring, he start liked every protagonist being a person who cared about others, everyone looked up to him, they growed up and he didnt knew how to ride the franxx , he become useless until Zero Two appeared, and everyone looked up to him again, he is just like super GENERIC, if you can find any scene where he doesn't talk about zero two, how he is going to save her, or make her feel loved, I would be impressed he is useless.
Zero Two: This character started out strong, I though that this anime was carried out by this character alone for the first couple of episode, how she was selfish having an unknown desire to kill the Klaxosaurus, how she was looking just for herself make a great premise to find a strong female lead which was kind of unique but unfortunately they blew it up.
I dont mind the change of attitude at all, but why the sudden change from one episode to another, where is development?
Ichigo believe it or not, aside from the forcing her feelings to hiro, isnt that bad at all, but again 0 development
Goro best man out there, one of the only ones to actually have a little development, being a gentelman even in the worst scenarios, his development is like 5/10 and its a really likable character
The others aside from Kokoro and Mitsuru dont really mind in this anime, mitsuru and Kokoro had quite some development but I still dont understand the goal of it, so i would leave this for further updates
End 1 Great
End 2 Great
End 3 Good
End 4 Great
Voice Characters really did thier job 10 /10
The main problem in this section is that the OST is really trash, doesn't help at all the fighting scenes or the crucial moments it needs a good song, just lacking everytime
Dont get me wrong, I was really liking this anime, i didn't mind the controversial positions in which they ride (just grow up), the lack of world building or character development, since for me DITF had a different approach, an intersting and promising feeling and that after watching an episode you wondered "What would happen next" but lets get real its been 17 episodes and i just dont get where this is going
So whats the main problem of Darling in the Franxx?
The main problem in my opinion, is what is the main goal of the series? we dont really now what the main goal is, is it the character interactions? then why we have seen 0 development from them, Is it the story? Then why dont you develop the world building and the plot? Is it to educate teens in a weird way about having sex?
What Franxx made was an IMPACT, controversial, discussed everywhere, loved and hated, everything this anime made, could have been a great way to kill it and become a truly masterpiece, unfortunately it didnt.
As a friend of mine said "If the series intention was to copy Evangelion's glory by dividing us as much as that does for years, well... it totaly succeed in that" and for that I would credits to the Franxx its been good to see this different perspectives about an anime, the criticized fandom, the haters, the impact it made not in just an anime community but in general, its been good. But as an anime not too much
Yup, who would have thought that it's one of the most hyped anime to start off 2018 (besides Violet Evergarden). With the standard of 2-cour shows, I cannot stress this enough: The starting screentime somehow starts off misguiding people about what the show is and its plot, but slowly as the series progresses it gets better with more understanding, and that is the result of Darling in the FranXX, the first of Studio Trigger's 2018 collabs (in this case with A-1 Pictures), although most of the staff involved have past experiences from Gainax (which have done well-known mech shows like Evangelion and Gurren Lagann).
post-apocalyptic future where children are made for a sole purpose: bred as boy-girl (stamen-pistil) pairs called Parasites, to pilot mechs known as FranXX to fight off klaxosaurs which are deemed a threat to the growth of humanity. These children are housed in a military city known as Plantation to house their growth and development.
On the day of the graduation, the main MC, Code:016 Hiro, deemed a prodigy but turned failure leaves him the choice of unsuccessfully piloting a FranXX ever and left on his own, and his encounter with Code:002 Zero Two, a girl with two horns on her head and with klaxosaur blood within her, requests Hiro to be her rider, or as the show puts it: "I've found you, my Darling."
The story itself draws inspiration from past shows and directors whom have past experiences with the involved genres this show has, and it does to a T, with Trigger's well-handy work and A-1 Pictures flare.
Characters (According to FranXX pairings):
Code:016 X Code:002 (Hiro and Zero Two): The most dangerous yet capable pair piloting Strelizia, the prodigy and the infamous partner-killer. Hiro, a wimpy-turned-courageous "Darling" MC and Zero Two the fearless MC.
Code:015 X Code:056 (Ichigo and Goro): The childhood duo of Hiro, the former having a crush on Hiro, and Goro, unafraid to support Ichigo when piloting Delphinium, the leader of the FranXX.
Code:390 X Code:666 (Miku and Zorome): The kid-like duo piloting Argentea, Zorome who was once jealous of Hiro, and Miku who is bashful on just about anything.
Code:556 X Code:214 (Kokoro and Futoshi): The proud (asthmatic?) Kokoro, always trying to have an upper-hand at everything, and too proud at his achievements to prove his point (until the FranXX try-out with 002 in Ep 5 left him severely hurt), with the quiet Futoshi sometimes not being able to speak up for herself, but only being able to support her partner in times of need.
Code:196 X Code:326 (Ikuno and Mitsuru): The quiet girl and bombastic boy, Ikuno who's always afraid and on the sidelines while Mitsuru, who like Zorome, goes one step further to prove his points and doesn't give up on his stubborn self, but would like to see more development of this pairing who's piloting Cholophytum.
P.S. On a sidenote (if you haven't yet realized), everything bears resemblance to names of flowers, which is the gist of the naming of this series, a boy-girl XX-pairing chromosome.
Another highly regarded collaboration work of studio Trigger and A-1 Pictures that got me personally hyped for this series. Yet, being a 2-cour and as mentioned, there are traces of Gainax mecha works, Trigger character designs that come from Little Witch Academia, and A-1 Pictures that handle most of the action-based work.
Another thing to note, Studio Khara, a solely 3D arts studio also did the fine handiwork of the drawings we've seen in these starting episodes and the 3D animation to boot may not be nice in terms of action, but it is still a visual treat to the eyes, and really made this work stand out among the others.
Like what was mentioned, this is a work that needs time to get used to, because things aren't quite coherent (especially on a collaboration work) at the beginning (because Trigger and A-1 Pictures are handling their selected handiwork on the specified episodes), but as the situation progresses, the show shines brighter in its steady pacing, which IMO makes this coveted work more of a guilty pleasure. I'm eager to see the direction that it takes, considering that it's a 2-cour and the time resource will be needed to flesh out the potential of the show.
Another 10/10 section for me, as I greatly enjoyed the OST albeit a tame feeling about it. The OP "Kiss of Death" by Mika Nakashima X Hyde really complements the show, introducing the characters and future interactions between the cast, whereas the ED "Torikago" by XX:me (read as Kiss Me which consists of the series' female casts) evokes the sense of their partners and ends the episode off in a striking way.
Though as mentioned with existing problems, this is one of many shows of Winter 2018 that I was eager to watch and see it shine it was, albeit working with the problems that it has, and really wanted more when the episodes came to an end. A visual masterpiece as is, but don't get your hopes too high for this. What is fleshed out now remains a story yet realized, and the progression will determine the expectations had for the series.
Seeing this number of positive reviews on this show made me decide to write an honest review on it. This review is written by a person who was on the Darling in The FranXX hype train before it arrived at the r/anime station, and also by a person who absolutely loves Trigger and their work, from the Gainax beginnings to their "independency".
Darling in the FranXX started out pretty solid, if you ask me. It already introduced a very interesting metaphor in the first 2 minutes, and I was very excited at that point. Then came the naked girl cliche. Ignoring it as an "A1 shenanigan",
I continued the episode and was able to find it a tad bit enjoyable, mostly because of the cool world concept and the interesting-looking characters.
That didn't last long. In the first 6 episodes, those seemingly interesting characters have either done nothing or have been super annoying. I was not expecting side character development in 6 episodes, but this was just unbearable. 02 also got old real fast, making Hiro the only one able to save the show. Turns out Hiro is just budget Kirito therefore shattering all my hopes for the characters part.
But wait! There's more to a show than characters. "Great Art" is indeed true, and I won't even deny that the art is consistent and good, but it's normal. It brings nothing to the table, it's just the standard "good" animation. The music is also unnoticeable. I was expecting better music from Trigger. Have they even worked on this anime?
While I can't say much about the story, since right now many questions remain unanswered, I can say that it doesn't seem to be going anywhere in these 6 episodes. It seems more like they're experimenting with the mechs and the "kyoryuu" battles right now, and sometimes adding a little bit of info.
I am not enjoying this show. I'm having trouble finishing these last episodes and that's a no-no for me.
(Apparently episode 13 was "great". I will try to catch up if I can and may edit this review later on.)
(Watched episode 13, and it isn't terrible. It's still very far from being decent, but if there are more little improvements in the next few episodes it may just go up to a 5.)
This review is preliminary, but I will be adding to it if 1) I don't drop this, and 2) I notice any improvements. Thank you for reading and please remember that this is my opinion, as someone who enjoys Trigger works.
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