Darling in the Franxx

Darling in the Franxx

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Darling in the Franxx (Dārin In Za Furankisu ) is a science-fiction anime series written by Atsushi Nishigori and Naotaka Hayashi and directed by Nishigori. It is co-produced by Studio Trigger and CloverWorks (Formerly A-1 Pictures' Kōenji Studio).


The series takes place in a post-apocalyptic future where humanity has been driven to endangerment by giant beasts known as klaxosaurs. The remainder of humanity soon establishes a military city known as Plantation, where children are bred to be partnered in boy-girl pairs called Parasites and pilot giant mecha known as Franxx. One of these children, Hiro, is initially viewed as a prodigy, but after failing one of his tests, his resulting emotional stress leaves him unable to pilot a Franxx, making him lose any desire he had in life. While skipping out on his class's graduation ceremony, Hiro encounters Zero Two, an infamous Franxx pilot who is a member of a race of humans with klaxosaur blood, leaving her with red horns on her head. After both of their partners are killed in a klaxosaur attack, Zero Two convinces Hiro to become her new partner, or "darling" as she puts it.[1]


Darling in the Franxx was announced at Studio Trigger panel at Anime Expo 2017 alongside SSSS Gridman & Promare.[1]
A few days later, an official website[9] has been launched, alongside the Main Staff, Trailer and Visuals.

On August 9th, 2017, A new video introduces the two characters as "children without names." Instead, they go by "Code:016" and "Code:002." The video also features new images by character designer Masayoshi Tanaka, and quotations from each character. Code:016's quotations (in blue) read, "What am I doing?," "My whereabouts are nowhere…," "The dying never changes," and "Let me ride!" Code:002's quotations (in red) read, "I am… always alone," "I don't like my own taste," "I'm not afraid of death," and "Are you prepared to die?"

On September 9th, 2017, a new commercial was revealed showcasing Shigeto Koyama's new teaser visual that depicts a machine named "FRANXX."

The video describes FRANXX, or "steel maiden," as a woman-shaped robot that can be piloted. Like the first commercial, the second commercial also features some phrases in colored text that appear to be lines of dialogue from the main characters Code:016 (blue text) and Code:002 (red text). The blue text reads, "But we were born only to pilot the FRANXX." The red text reads, "Will you escape? With me."

Throughout the next 5 Weeks (Sept 13th to Oct 11th of 2017), new trailers revealsedseveral pairs of characters and their Franxx, also revealing their names.

The series debuted on January 13th, 2018. A manga adaptation by Kentaro Yabuki* (best know for his work on Black Cat & To Love-Ru) began the following day. As of July 7th, 2018, all 24 episodes have aired.


As of January 22nd, 2018, the anime series has an average rating of 7.9 from over 10,000 user ratings on MyAnimeList.[2] A review of the second episode by TheGeeklyGrind[3] noted the series is laden with sexual innuendo, which they note is potentially to its detriment, but is not a deal breaker after two episodes. They note that the position the pilots are in when controlling a mecha appears sexual (shown below).

This will be your first drill in a real FRANXX, but stay calm

Right-wing Propaganda Accusations

On May 20th 2018, Anime News Network critic Jacob Chapman[10] gave a series of tweets saying that Darling in the Franxx was right-wing propaganda, as the show features a subplot about having children, which Chapman argues is a means of encouraging the propagation of the status quo and discouraging lifestyles outside of the traditional heterosexual family (excerpts shown below).

Jacob Chapman @ANNJakeH Follow You know, now that DARLING in the FRANXX has finally tipped its hand as right-wing propaganda (I f------ called it), it's interesting to see how it contrasts with our Western equivalents of this stuff. It's *very* different because it's motivated by totally different factors. 4:41 PM-20 May 2018 83 Retweets 295 Likes2 080 п83 0295 Jacob Chapman @ANNJakeH May 20 For one thing, it's not religiously motivated. DARLING in the FRANXX isn't mourning the death of patriarchal structures because it makes the baby jesus cry or any god cry for that matter Jacob Chapman @ANNJakeH May 20 Sorry, hadda get off twitter there for a bit, so I didn't get to finish my thoughts. I'll try to keep this brief. The most interesting difference to me b/w American patriarchal fearmongering defense and Japanese ones is that ours is based in preventing chaos while Japan's-- Jacob Chapman @ANNJakeH May 20 --(or at least Darling in the FRANXX specifically) is based in preventing homogeny/stagnation. Basically, both prey on fear of something that already exists in the nation and blame it on irrelevant/vulnerable minorities and the fear of change 78 Jacob Chapman @ANNJakeH May 20 America is confrontational and violent already, so Christian flicks about the death of Christmas or the gay agenda or whatever claim that this encroaching diversity will erode the traditional family and make those problems worse. They're taking away your security.* Jacob Chapman @ANNJakeH May 20 Due to declining birthrates and increasing social isolation both between and within generations, Japan is a lot more worried about going quietly into that good night. And their governing body isn't dominated by a specific religious ideology like America's Christian nation thing.

The tweets drew plenty of disagreement from fans of the show on Twitter,[11] Reddit,[12] and Sankaku Complex.[13] While not everyone agreed with Chapman's claims, in the following months, jokes spread about Darling in the Franxx being pro-creation propaganda (examples shown below). A thread about jokes about the show being propaganda was posted to /r/OutOfTheLoop,[14] where users suggested the show's plot-line about childbirth was the source of the jokes.


Online Presence

Since the series' debut, Darling in the Franxx fans have made a dedicated Wiki[4] for the series. There is also a TV Tropes[5] page for the series. On Reddit, fans have debated the merits of having the show be so bluntly about sex.[6] The show has over 161,659 likes on Facebook.[7] The subreddit for the show has 56,467 readers as of July 28th, 2019.[8]


Online, fans of the show have created some popular Anime Music Videos (AMVs) for the series. One created by Astarte 「AMV」Project posted on January 13th has gained over 130,000 views (shown below, left). Another by D.HEADZ posted the 14th gained over 78,000 views (shown below, right).

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Top Comments


People that complain about the innuendo in this show are completely missing the point that this show, at least from what I've seen of it thus far, is literally one giant metaphor for teenagers having their first sexual experiences.

Seriously, that's the whole friggin point! Complaining about references to sex in this show is like complaining that Food Wars is over the top in its presentation about food preparation.


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