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?
ECCHI (what you expect from Kentaro San)/ HUMANS in ROBOT/ WAR AGAINST ALIEN or Monsters)
***Please be aware that I am trying to ignore the anime and make a review on the manga for "Darling in FranXX" like it is a completely brand new manga. So please, bear with me as this is a review written for the people who have not yet watched the anime and just want to read the manga.
As I pick up this manga, it is definitely influenced by the anime. Yet, as I flip through pages of the manga. I felt a sense of ecchi familiarity. Yeah, that is the moment
when I decide to look up the artist for the manga and realize that the artist is the legendary ecchi master (Kentaro San).
If you are a HUGE FAN of stories relating to robotic warfare with a tiny bit of ecchi and harem. This is a go-to manga. Thank god the story and plot aren't written by Kentaro San so the amount of nudity is controlled. As a result, the story flows rather smoothly and continuously, and won't digress like that of "To Love-Ru". -1 for potential error as chapter 29 is still too early to tell if this will be a perfect or flawed manga.
Honestly, I don't know if anyone will hate Kentaro San's drawing (from male's perspective). Ecchiness on point. Expression on point. Design on point. Background on point. 10 without a doubt. Zero Two is so hot... >///<
So far, I don't see any unnecessary characters in the manga. But, I will give a -1 for room of error.
I won't rate this one because I am being influenced by the anime. Can't give a fair score on this one.
9 is a fair score as to how this manga is being drawn and portrayed. If I actually know "Darling in FranXX" through reading manga. There is no way I am going to drop this manga. The setting and background of the story are interesting. With contents drawn by Kentaro San, this manga is a pure blessing. But, I will leave it a -1 for potential error because chapter 29 is still a fairly new manga
The section contains sentiment attached to the anime. Please read it with caution. (Minor Spoiler)
If you want me to tell you how I feel about the anime, I will give your 4 words, "STRONG start, WEAK end". Honestly, this might be the hardest review I have ever written. I have never read a manga that is adapted from an anime (it has always been the other way around).
I wish the manga can and will end differently from the anime. There are instances that this can be possible, such as when Mitsuru was never able to ride on the same robot with Zero Two in the manga. Hopefully, my wish will come true. The manga of "Darling in the FranXX" deserves a better ending and create suspense and curiosity for its reader. However, the main story of the manga line will still be the same with that of the anime (Kokoro will find the forbidden book).
I really hope Code:000 and Kentaro San can change how I feel about Darling in the Franxx. The Manga looks hella promising so far.
in short: It's different from the anime, and as of right now, it's better
Art is detailed and beautiful, and it really makes you feel what the artist is trying to depict (e.g. Desperation, anger, fear, etc.)
For the most part it follows the anime, but it fixes aspects such as
-removing the "Boys VS Girls" arc which was a waste of time
-making Ichigo more likeable
-giving other characters development
In later chapters the manga seems to be turning away from the anime, but in a good way. It seems like the author is fixing many mistakes with the anime, which makes the manga very enjoyable, more so than the
anime story wise.
While I miss hearing Zero Two saying "darling" and hearing "Kiss of Death" every episode, the manga's improved story definitely makes up for it.
This manga has lots of potential to fix the bad reputation the anime had in the end, and as of right now, it's very enjoyable to read whether or not you've seen the anime.