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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: Mecha, Sci-Fi
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.021 (scored by 29,093 users)
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Ranked: #5252
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Popularity: #515
Members: 147,555
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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.

(Source: ANN)


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Characters & Voice Actors


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)] (ep 1)

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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 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 11, 2018
shugisan (All reviews)
I understand that with the sheer quantity of anime being put out year after year of course many shows are going to have similarities. After watching the first episode, I noticed a lot of conceptual similarities to Evangelion. Obviously Evangelion has been a major influencer in a range of anime, and there is no point in calling anything a "rip off". Here are some similarities I've noticed: the characters are orphans, theres a sexual/romantic overtone in each interaction, the characters need to be open to achieve "synchronization", the giant alien enemies have glass balls that need to be destroyed in order to kill them, the read more
Feb 20, 2018
lvghst (All reviews)
an anime being over the top horny and exploring dumb concept?
made partially by trigger and with a cool pink haired girl with horns?
mechas with cool design?

this anime had everything to interest me and yet here we are, wondering how did we get here

don't see any bad reviews so hey

i'm gonna be quick, the MC is beyond boring, i don't care about the story and those colors are really not welcoming, especially during battles.
those monsters they're fighting are not interresting at all, they're not even ugly, and this whole romance had potential but it just feels like it's going nowhere. and what even is this cyberpunk read more


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