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Darling in the FranXX

Alternative Titles

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


Type: TV
Episodes: 24
Status: Currently Airing
Aired: Jan 13, 2018 to ?
Premiered: Winter 2018
Broadcast: Saturdays at 23:30 (JST)
Licensors: Funimation
Studios: A-1 Pictures, Trigger
Source: Original
Genres: Sci-Fi, Drama, Ecchi, Mecha
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.961 (scored by 43,389 users)
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Ranked: #5762
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Popularity: #377
Members: 191,504
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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?

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Nishigori, Atsushi
Director, Series Composition
Hata, Shouji
Sound Director
Hayami, Saori
Theme Song Performance
Tomatsu, Haruka
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"KISS OF DEATH" by Mika Nakashima x Hyde

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#1: "Torikago (トリカゴ)" by XX:me (Kiss Me; キス・ミー) [Zero Two (Haruka Tomatsu), Ichigo (Kana Ichinose), Miku (Nanami Yamashita), Kokoro (Saori Hayami), Ikuno (Shizuka Ishigami)] (eps 1-6)
#2: "Manatsu no Setsuna (真夏のセツナ)" by XX:me (Kiss Me; キス・ミー) [Zero Two (Haruka Tomatsu), Ichigo (Kana Ichinose), Miku (Nanami Yamashita), Kokoro (Saori Hayami), Ikuno (Shizuka Ishigami)] (ep 7)
#3: "Beautiful World" by XX:me (Kiss Me; キス・ミー) [Zero Two (Haruka Tomatsu), Ichigo (Kana Ichinose), Miku (Nanami Yamashita), Kokoro (Saori Hayami), Ikuno (Shizuka Ishigami)] (ep 8-)

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Feb 17, 2018
Mojocat (All reviews)
Some disclaimers before getting into my review: I've only been watching anime for about a year now, this is the first season where I've watched seasonal shows as they air, and this is my first review on this site! Why choose Darling of all things as the show I write my first review for? Because try as I might, I simply cannot understand the insane hype behind this show and I want to share my opinions on it because I feel that they have been thus far underrepresented in the community. While I'm sure there are other influences as well, I have noticed, as I'm read more
Feb 24, 2018
netosolano98 (All reviews)
Aside for the unnecessary way to control the Robots, Darling in the franxx has a promising beginning and it can either aspire to become the next big thing for mecha anime or die trying.

I'm sure that evangelion wasn't a masterpiece when it was airing, but it sure was promising

Story 7 | Art 9 | Sound 7 | Character 7 | Enjoyment 8 | Overall: 7.4

It's easy to criticize this part of the anime, saying its a rip off of evangelion or any mech anime you have watched, but it's too soon to give a fair judgments since it's been only 6 episodes and read more
Feb 17, 2018
-chronos (All reviews)
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, read more
Feb 22, 2018
ascendedkaito (All reviews)
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 a "A1 shenanigan", read more


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