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Darling in the FranXX: Anime Review


The joint anime project from A-1 Pictures and Trigger Darling in the FranXX have finally aired this season!

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 Kyōryū, and the children pilot robots called Franxx to face off against them. For the children, riding the Franxx proves their existence. (Source: ANN)

The anime starts off explaining how a bird with one wing must fly together with a partner –  in which it must be a male and a female. It is an allegory to the robots they pilot which are the Franxx to which they use in order to fight giant lifeforms known as Kyōryū.

A combination of art style between A-1 and Trigger

It really seemed weird at first, seeing A-1 art style together with iconic Trigger art style – nevertheless, it is still amazing.



And let’s not forget those flashy transformations and X’s Trigger uses in their anime.



Trigger sticking to their roots

It is a good thing that Trigger finally made a new anime that sticks with their action. The last anime project they did Kiznaiver really didn’t go that well, considering it had great graphics and an ok storyline, but they just could not handle simple plots. One of the iconic thing with Trigger is with their absurd style in handling the action, for example – Kill la Kill.

Fan service is great and all but…

The sexual innuendos in this anime are absurd. When it’s time to pilot the Franxx different sexual one-liners are always used. Although it does not directly ruin the experience, it just gets awkward sometimes.



The quality of life A-1 Pictures

Since this is a joint project between Trigger and A-1 Pictures – which is known for rounded faces and using light tones – the joint project resulted in having an amount of art quality that is off the roof! A-1 pictures have been the go-to studio for all those shounen and moe stuff, titles like Sword Art Online, Oreimo, and Fairy Tail.

Spoilers spoilers spoilers…

At the time of this writing, there are still only 3 episodes out of 24. Episode 1: Alone and Lonesome started with the allegory of how Franxx works and showing the protagonist Hiro had a problem with using Franxx. Eventually, though, Hiro met Zero Two which gave him the ability again to pilot a Franxx.


In Episode 2: What It Means to Connect shows that Zero Two is infamous for being called a “Partner Killer” having no more than 3 piloting runs for her Stamen (Male Pilot). To which Hiro ignored the warnings and told everyone that being a Parasite (Franxx Pilot) meant being able to ride one is their only life’s purpose.


Episode 3: Fighting Puppet showed more action. The entire fleet of Thirteenth Plantation will have their first mission. During the mission, a large amount of Klaxosaurs appeared which wiped them out. Strelizia (The Franxx piloted by Zero Two) had to be deployed in order to save them. Having no authority to pilot a Franxx, Hiro had no other choice but to rely on another StamenMitsuru. This switch resulted in Mitsuru to sustain severe injuries.



If you’re a big fan of Trigger, it is definitely worth it to watch Darling in the FranXX. This anime will definitely be one of the best this season, especially with the support from A-1 Pictures.


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Freelance writer and game developer writing for Anime Athena

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