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Darling in the Franxx – 04

「フラップ・フラップ」 (Frappu Frappu)
“Flap, Flap”

You know how some decisions prove their worth almost immediately, how your choice is vindicated with a single response? Yeah covering Franxx was one of them for me. Somehow I convinced myself this would be a slow burner with just a little to chew on every week, but here comes round four to prove why I’m stupid and should learn to love the chaos of it all. Sex, pairing, sex, electric razor klaxosaurs, sex, unhuman girls, sex, childhood friend defeat, sex, inevitable main duo pairing, sex—and did I mention sex?

Hiro and Zero Two finally pairing up—again—was an inevitability considering the framework Franxx was utilizing, but I always thought it would take a while. Bringing these two oddballs together was the main conflict of the moment, a necessity whose purpose would only become apparent after the arrival of a super serious threat mere mortals (*cough* Zorome) could only dream of handling. Yet here we are with Hiro going G-spot deep and giving his (and Zero Two’s) handlers a fait accompli. It certainly shows where Franxx plans on going though, as what would normally be a long, drawn out affair of learning to love/get your partner (a la Simoun) has been mostly concluded within the show’s opening arc. Pairing and compatibility will likely remain key features for obvious reasons—especially once people start dying—but Franxx seemingly wants to dispense with superfluous formality and get right to the crushing of the hopes and dreams of its unfortunate playthings. Without the immediate injection of pilot bonding drama there’s plenty of time to relish in some serious emotional trauma, and you can bet Franxx won’t take too long to realize it.

Part of what makes the pain and suffering particularly inevitable is the shift in parasite attitude. Mitsuru’s near death by snu snu experience for example has effectively given Hiro full reign over Zero Two’s demanding backside, and Ichigo has surprisingly backed off and relinquished her personal wants for the betterment of the team. It’s a perfectly peaceful conclusion to a chaotic situation, which of course means it won’t last long. Ichigo’s retreat into leadership for example is most likely tactical, it’s highly unlikely she will remain “supportive” of Hiro’s new pairing forever given that protective clinginess remains and she believes the parasite pair foursome needs to be able to stand (read: doggy-style) without the support of the horned demon—expect this to start playing up very soon once Strelizia becomes a team feature. Furthermore is the issue of the adults and that enigma named Papa. No matter how good Hiro and Zero Two may be together—and it’s pretty damn good—you can bet the parasite leadership won’t take Zero Two’s independence lying down. Leadership without a measure of obedience is no leadership at all, so expect to see some fireworks as the adults attempt to justify their control by throwing the kids at the nearest available threat.

Considering Plantation 13 is supposedly setting up to lock lips with another set of fellow travellers, I imagine we won’t have long to wait.

February 4, 2018 at 12:02 am
107 comments »
  • February 4, 2018 at 12:36 amGinobi47

    I’m going to be honest…. I mistakenly read the title of the episode as’FAP FAP’

    • February 5, 2018 at 12:33 amPancakes

      I’m pretty damn sure the episode title was intentional.
      The writers had to know exactly what people were going to see off the bat :P

    • February 6, 2018 at 1:05 amGodaistudios

      “wanna ride me, huh?”
      “I fell myself going deeper inside you.”

      - NTR will lead to death.
      - You must be loyal and work together with your mate to succeed.
      - Arranged marriages can be necessary sometimes.
      - Females are necessary for society to work, but need the strong hands of males to be controlled properly.

      Thank you based Abe-Sama for making this work.

    • February 6, 2018 at 4:34 pmVelvet Scarlantina

      Read it as “Fap, fap” as well

  • February 4, 2018 at 12:40 amXiV

    This show is so fun to watch. The use of sexual innuendos is just hilarious – part of me is wishing this is a an R18 show. That said however, I’m looking forward in seeing the other FranXXs to be able to take down their foes without the help of the Strelizia. Their design aesthetics reflect their pistil pilots. It would be a waste if all that design is just for show.

    • February 4, 2018 at 5:03 amDarcknight

      Zero Two: “wanna ride me, huh?”
      Hiro: “I fell myself going deeper inside you.”

      Literally penis in vagina.

    • February 4, 2018 at 5:06 amDarcknight

      Zero Two: “wanna ride me, huh?”
      Hiro: “I fell myself going deeper inside you.”

      • February 4, 2018 at 6:39 amJames

        Gurren Lagann had so many drill innuendos

    • February 5, 2018 at 12:35 amPancakes

      More than fighting prowess too, I’m curious if we will get any additional pairs as time goes on. Zero Two for example is special, but she’s not the only one of her kind. There’s a lot of room for some even more crazy mecha designs to make an appearance.

  • February 4, 2018 at 1:12 amalmiaX

    I’m sure Zero Two is not the only (elite) pilot with klaxosaur blood.
    Hope there’s new pilots & Franxx next episodes.

    • February 4, 2018 at 1:45 amWorldwidedepp

      one of the council mention that there is no problem to that

    • February 4, 2018 at 3:46 amJames

      This made me think about Aldnoah Zero, 02 = Asseylum, a rebellious princess of klaxosaur empire, Papa -
      her real dad, everyone at the council, rest of the family, everyone from the council actually have horns which get longer with age (i know not real horns, just contain power, older you are bigger horns you need to contain your powers, thus ridiculous big headgears), those robes with with those masks they wear remind me of Mondoshawan from Fifth Element https://i.imgur.com/a1YfDC3.jpg

      • February 4, 2018 at 4:11 amWorldwidedepp

        I have an hunch that these Council members are the Alpha/prime Originals ones of many clones….

    • February 5, 2018 at 12:38 amPancakes

      She’s not, IIRC the council discussion alluded to Zero Two only being one of several horned demons. Plus with her being named Zero Two, it begs the question who Zero One (or Zero Three) is.

  • February 4, 2018 at 1:44 amLittle Tangerine

    Dat letterboxing really caught me off guard.

    Really great screenshots captured here, btw. Good choices.

    • February 5, 2018 at 12:39 amPancakes

      Thanks for liking em! It was difficult as hell choosing which ones to upload, there were so many good ones this week unfortunately :P

      • February 5, 2018 at 12:20 pmLittle Tangerine

        Yeah, I can imagine.
        I saved so many screenshots from this post.

  • February 4, 2018 at 1:45 amWorldwidedepp

    Do you guys not find it strange, that since he is riding/controlling her, they begin to talk with her Mech face, but she is right in front of them?
    http://randomc.net/image/Darling%20in%20the%20Franxx/Darling%20in%20the%20Franxx%20-%2004%20-%20Large%2029.jpg
    So my theory is grounded, that the Girl Mind dive into the “Mecha body” where the Male give control her from outside..

    But lets see

    • February 4, 2018 at 4:00 amJames

      Explains why they need two people, girl dedicates her entire brain capacity to control the mech and body goes limp, so guy has to control the girl’s body with joysticks on her ass. I wonder if they ever explain why two girls can’t do it.

      • February 4, 2018 at 4:09 amHisdon

        It’s a joint effort but the Pistil girl’s nervous system literally combines with the mecha, hence the spinal part lighting up on their suits, and then the Stamen Pilot literally pilots her body by connecting to her mind with the butt controls, and therfore moves the mecha with her.
        Also, the robots are designed using as a basis the pistil girl’s body who will use it.

      • February 4, 2018 at 8:24 amPleroma

        @Hisdon, also explains why 002 says “wanna ride me?” ( http://i.4cdn.org/a/1517756268095.webm )and not “with me” because Hiro is piloting her body which is linked to the mecha.

      • February 5, 2018 at 12:27 pmLittle Tangerine

        Can it be the other way around? Or with two boys / two girls? Shouldn’t really matter, right?

        Also, Hiro was unconscious during his first battle with Horn-shoujo. Does that mean she can control her body perfectly well without a stamen, with no repercussions?

      • February 5, 2018 at 7:29 pmVigilante024

        @Little Tangerine

        Can it be the other way around? Or with two boys / two girls? Shouldn’t really matter, right?

        You really didn’t pay very close attention to the Anime’s opening monologue made by Zero in episode 1 (Your hypothesis flies in the face of the Jiān (鶼) bird monologues from episode 1). ”Known as ”the bird that share wings” The Jian, also known as ”the bird that shares wings,” only possesse one wing. UNLESS A MALE AND FEMALE PAIR LEAN ON EACH ORTHER AND ACT AS ONE, THEY’RE INCAPAPLE OF FLIGHT. IMPERFECT, INCOMPLETE CREATURES THEY’RE IMPERFECT, INCOMPLETE CREATURES.But for some reason, their way of life struk me as profoundly beatiful. It was beautiful, I felt. and the Dr. FranXX said that ”WHEN THE NEGATIVE AND POSITE – MALE AND FEMALE FACTORS COMBINW, AND THEIR HEARTS BECOME ONE, THE IRON MAIDEN WILL REVEAL HER TRUE FORM. Now this is a FranXX! How truly beatiful! You’re the best, Strelizia!

        Also, Hiro was unconscious during his first battle with Horn-shoujo.

        Nope. Hiro was really piloting Strelizia in episode 1, Hiro fainted getting unconscious after Strelizia gave the finishing blow. Hiro had never piloted a FranXX before, and pilot a Franxx requires a great physical, psychological and mental effort for which he wasn’t accustomed, not to mention that Zero Two is a two very powerful special Pistil that demands too much of the stamen pilot, e Hiro never has been through this before, so it was quite normal that he had fainted getting unconscious after all the physical, psychological and mental effort that he suffered after all that. And this facto became even more evident after the episode 4, Where Hiro got quite exhausted looking like he was going to faint at any given moment after Strelizia gave the finishing blow.

        There is also evidence in episode 2. ( https://i.imgur.com/mSXbv6o.jpg )
        You just pay close attention to the episode 2.
        Hiro asks Zero Two: ”Tell me. Did I actually manage to pilot back then?”
        Zero Two answers Hiro: ”You sure did. You were incredible, darling.
        Still in the same episode, during the Ichigo/Hiro test, Hiro recognized the feeling of piloting with Ichigo, when he was on top, the only other time he piloted was with 02.

        Does that mean she can control her body perfectly well without a stamen, with no repercussions?

        We’ve heard 02 can piloting the Fraxxx alone and we’ve seen Ichigo also did that once.
        But piloting a FranXX alone is highly dangerous and extremely damaging for the girls, because of the neural link to the machine, these girls are neuro-linking with the Mech and has the function of control unit for the internal systems, and this would end up overloading and putting a lot of strain on them, and these girls would end up running the serious risk of getting their their mind permanently stuck into the Mech, and/or serious cerebral lesions and consequences that are or could be fatal, including paraplegia/quadriplegia and brain death.

      • February 5, 2018 at 8:37 pmLittle Tangerine

        @Vigilante024

        Of course I skipped over the opening monologue. But even after reading the quote you’ve kindly provided, I’ve realized that the answer is… there’s no reason? It never told us why one can’t have reverse gender placement or same-sex placement of pilots, it just told us how it works. And ambiguously too. Also, that Jian symbolic reference… seems seriously forced. Unless they revisit it somehow with more info on the mythology and its connections to the logic behind the structure of it all, it seems like just a lazy plot device.

        Wasn’t the whole last two episodes about Hiro questioning on whether he actually piloted Strelizia or not? Or at least this emotional+mental turmoil on his capabilities? If he were conscious the whole time (or most of the time) during that first attempt, why did we have all of that angst? All of that doubt? All of that bullying? Why did Hiro need to confirm with Horn-girl on what he knew he did? And why wasn’t he and Horn-girl immediately put into practice by the higher ups, so that they can utilize a perfectly functioning pair?

        I know it’s dangerous to pilot alone for the common pilots. I was just wondering if Horn-girl truly needs her Darling, or if she just wants him… like, for entertainment.

      • February 5, 2018 at 9:08 pmweasl

        The whole thing is a right/left brain yin/yang tribute.

      • February 6, 2018 at 12:19 amVolibear

        @Vigilante024
        Great argument, bro. I’m glad indeed to find someone who actually like Mecha.

        @Little Tangerine
        Hiro is a child soldier, he knows nothing about the outside world or what “the wide, free sky” is. He was only taught how to fight. He is still learning about world and life. Being perceptive of nuances in human behavior is impossible at this point. He simply lacks experience. Hiro also believes he isn’t needed. If he can’t ride a Franxx, it’s as if he isn’t there at all.
        Stress caused by a high level of physical and emotional exhaustion after piloting a FranXX for the first time can also lead to memory loss.

        common pilots

        Absolutely wrong. This system is dangerous for all Pistils.

        As I explained in other post below.

        The Pistil is the mind of the machine and is focused on the moment to moment maintenance and balance of systems and structure. It’s taxing work and requires laser focus. Hence the Stamen interfaces with her to provide higher-level motive and command support, allowing the overtaxed MMI and Pistil to cede all other tasks to the Stamen other than the additional complication of maintaining contact.

        A common pistil could pilot a FranXX alone for a maximum of one minute before obtaining BSoD, while 02 could pilot a FranXX alone for a maximum of two to three minutes before obtaining BSoD.

        Also, There is no doubt in my mind that you’re not a Mecha fan.

      • February 6, 2018 at 1:03 amJustinSane

        @Little Tangerine – I know you’re one of those casual fans (cancerfags) who have never watched a Mecha series with giant robots, or just watch Mecha for non-genre cancer (homo, shoujo, fanservice, waifufaggotry, otaku pandering, sol and so on), who watch a mecha anime or two (EVA, E7, TTGL), and then pretends to know what they’re talking about.

        I was just wondering if you actually watch Mecha for waifufaggotry/fanservice/otaku pandering ou shoujo/romance.

      • February 6, 2018 at 1:05 amLittle Tangerine

        @Volibear

        I have no idea what, “higher-level motive and command support” means. Please enlighten me.

        I’m never a fan of genres. Why would any intelligent soul be a fan of broad categories? What’s good media is simply good media: its genre is irrelevant. I love Evangelion to bits (when it’s not a direct delineation of Anno’s fits), and have watched the classic as well as the Rebuild movies at least a dozen times now. (This is why I never call Horn-girl, “02”, because Asuka will be the only 02 for me. Horn-girl just seems like a rip-off). I was also a fan of Rahxephon. And Fafner. And Macross Frontier. And Eureka. And Star Driver. I can keep on listing.

      • February 6, 2018 at 1:13 amLittle Tangerine

        @JustinSane

        U mad, bro?

    • February 7, 2018 at 9:09 amiron2000

      Why is the girl/pistil needed?
      Why can’t it be like that yellow training/work robot?

  • February 4, 2018 at 1:50 amWorldwidedepp

    . Furthermore is the issue of the adults and that enigma named Papa. No matter how good Hiro and Zero Two may be together—and it’s pretty damn good—you can bet the parasite leadership won’t take Zero Two’s independence lying down. Leadership without a measure of obedience is no leadership at all, so expect to see some fireworks as the adults attempt to justify their control by throwing the kids at the nearest available threat.

    Now now, you just triggered on of my all time favorites memories about “Claymore”, how they wanted to get rid of them, but in the end they made them even stronger

    • February 4, 2018 at 2:07 amWorldwidedepp

      Do not let me think, that all this Kids have this Blood inside them, some more some less. And in 02 they found the max possible blood mix with Human to stay sane

      But i do hope when this Father War against the Kids starts, that their City will not fall.. Perhaps they even run away. but these Mechas needs support, repairs and so on. And if not the Mechas, alone their Pairs.. (Eat, drink and sleep)… I do hope that they do not need to pull the Secret of the Evangelion real “First Pilots” (There are still fans, that do not watched Evangelion). So they use some kind of mind Transfer to let the Mechas behave like an humanoid, but where are the “Beast” or alternate/Overdrive form of the others? Perhaps when they get better in driving the Mecha they can become like 02.. an light version (count in their personality)

      in “Claymore” terms, Claire also “loved” an kid.. But to understand that you need to know her story.. Perhaps 02 has an similar one..

      also i knew it. Pollution affect the Nature.. of why it seems how this “Monster of the Week” looks like an Male shaver? :) What next, an Pencil alike one? that pierce through them?.. (and heaven?)

      Yes.. right now “Evangelion” and “Claymore” vibes are resurfacing inside me, and i begin to compare this anime and their scenes with them.. Nice work

      ( i think this time i made it all into one..)

    • February 4, 2018 at 2:33 amWorldwidedepp

      Perhaps when they get better in driving the Mecha they can become like 02.. an light version (count in their personality)

      These Kids we see are still pupils, where 02 is some kind of an Pro

      So let them gain experience…

  • February 4, 2018 at 2:26 amTarage

    Oni is just the right level of flirty and the right level of smug. Would ride.

  • February 4, 2018 at 2:29 amultimatemegax

    Here is your official guide book for Darling in the Franxx.
    https://imgur.com/a/iI5mn

    • February 4, 2018 at 4:04 amHisdon

      Thank you based bro. I finally understood how the FranXX’s piloting system works.

      It’s a joint effort but the Pistil girl’s nervous system literally combines with the mecha, hence the spinal part lighting up on their suits, and then the Stamen Pilot literally pilots her body by connecting to her mind with the butt controls, and therfore moves the mecha with her.
      I’m really sorry, but this fanfiction-tier wish fulfillment shit can only be the work of a very sick fuck.
      Also, the robots are designed using as a basis the pistil girl’s body who will use it.

      • February 4, 2018 at 4:14 amWorldwidedepp

        This “Transcend Mind into an Mecha Body” comes from the anime “ID-0″. i watched it lately so thats why its still fresh in my mind.. p.s. “ID-0″ is an Netflix original

      • February 4, 2018 at 8:37 amDavid

        It’s like the Eva’s but replacing the mother with the girls

      • February 4, 2018 at 11:43 amWorldwidedepp

        @David it is just in Eva the mother vanished.. and here the Girls just put their Mind into the Mecha

        So Eva had the bigger sacrifices.. also its their children.. and here these are kids… small but important

        I think the female pilot Mind is full occupied to get this Mecha moving, and the center to move the Mecha is buried deep in their mind, so they must trust the male connection into these deepness of their mind to guide them… if the trust level is not good, an natural reaction to force the male out occurs

        Some sort of immune system repelling an invader on Mind base

        its my final though, how this “Mind dive” can work, and how the Males trust level are important here

      • February 5, 2018 at 1:28 pmVolibear

        @Hisdon

        I’m really sorry, but this fanfiction-tier wish fulfillment shit can only be the work of a very sick fuck.

        The moment you remove the trappings, it’s classic sci-fi MMI.

        The Pistil is the mind of the machine and is focused on the moment to moment maintenance and balance of systems and structure. It’s taxing work and requires laser focus. Hence the Stamen interfaces with her to provide higher-level motive and command support, allowing the overtaxed MMI and Pistil to cede all other tasks to the Stamen other than the additional complication of maintaining contact.

        It’s structurally no different than Karen S’jet commanding the Higaran mothership in Homeworld or the Adjutants of Starcraft.

        But change around the window dressing a bit and people are suddenly wigged out, despite the fact that sexual attachment is clearly the intended goal for a more powerful bond.

      • February 7, 2018 at 9:37 amiron2000

        Which page was this info on?

      • February 7, 2018 at 5:12 pmfurizaa

        @iron2000 This information is from the Newtype magazine January 2018 issue and official guide book for Darling in the Franxx(search for the full version in e-hentai).

    • February 4, 2018 at 4:13 amWorldwidedepp

      and like last time, i wish i could read this

      can someone translate it for me?

  • February 4, 2018 at 3:33 amPsychopass

    http://randomc.net/image/Darling%20in%20the%20Franxx/Darling%20in%20the%20Franxx%20-%2004%20-%20Large%2011.jpg
    It reminded me a lot of the To Love-Ru’s comedy moments between Rito Yuuki/Momo and Rito Yuuki/Mea.

    • February 4, 2018 at 5:31 amBeelzebub

      The manga is adapted by Yabuki(To Love-Ru’s Mangaka).

    • February 4, 2018 at 6:44 amAex

      I am 1000% okay with their relationship going either route!

  • February 4, 2018 at 4:49 amKF

    • February 5, 2018 at 12:43 amPancakes

      Thankfully we aren’t at that stage just yet.
      Mitsuru is too pussy whipped right now to start trying to assert his dominance :P

  • February 4, 2018 at 5:44 amsouma

    It will be really funny if there’s h-doujin of this, i can imagine the conversation will be like..

    “ohh your pistil’s so tight” or “come, pollinate me with that big stamen of yours”

    • February 5, 2018 at 12:45 amPancakes

      The fact someone hasn’t thought of designing a botany textbook around such humour is what surprises me more. 10/10 perfect way to get kids interested in plants, just have some anthropomorphized versions do the dirty while the birds and bees watch from above.

  • February 4, 2018 at 6:11 amAex

    Loved this episode, and here’s my thought on the “Die in three rides rule”. By that logic Hiro is done soon, but what I’m thinking is that that rule only applies to the times Zero-Two goes 100%, which means doing whatever she did with Mitsuru, all her dead partners, and the first time Hiro rode with her(remember how he was bleeding all over after). I think she wants him so bad less because he can survive her at 100%, more that he’s such a good fit with her that she can fight that hard without having to go that far. He makes up for what she can’t bring out without putting his life in danger.

    Going by that, Hiro’s fine until Zero-Two needs to go Super Mode two more times.

    • February 4, 2018 at 6:32 amWorldwidedepp

      me thinks, her secret for Hiro is not only that he can “survive” her 100& Power.. i think a little bit is also hidden in the OP

    • February 4, 2018 at 7:09 amAex

      Wait, got the first time with Hiro wrong. He only passed out, the blood was what she’d smeared on him. Maybe he can handle her at 100%. We know he’s special, too, from how the council-group talks about him, so looking forward to seeing where that goes.

      • February 4, 2018 at 8:00 amPleroma

        Yes, Hiro wasn’t bleeding, the injury that Hiro had on his face at the end of the episode 1 was due to a slap that Hiro received from 02 when he touched on 02′s shoulder, http://i.4cdn.org/a/1517758052062.webm and

    • February 5, 2018 at 12:49 amPancakes

      I’m pretty sure the rule doesn’t apply to Hiro, besides never being hurt when first piloting he’s the “special specimen” with unique compatibility with Zero Two as proven this week. Might still run into problems when Zero Two actually goes all out of course, but I imagine it’s a rumour designed to simply accentuate the drama with Ichigo.

  • February 4, 2018 at 8:31 amMumey

    Just a memory about Gurren Lagann, https://i.imgur.com/r46qixr.jpg

  • February 4, 2018 at 9:47 amewok40k

    “what if Evangelion was actually heroic sex-fic”
    here I had to vent it out

  • February 4, 2018 at 9:55 amweasl

    Biggest question for me right now is why this group of kids is considered to be “irregulars”.

    • February 4, 2018 at 3:25 pmArin

      Yeah, and ZeroTwo seems to not think very highly of them. The whole episode, I got a feeling they were kinda like lepers

    • February 4, 2018 at 4:39 pmAex

      I’d guess that might tie into why Hiro is always called the “Special Specimen” by the Council people.

    • February 5, 2018 at 12:52 amPancakes

      Best bet is reserve troops, backwater support, or draft rejects IMO, it’s the usual definition for irregular. Would explain why they’re having a tough time just dealing with weak klaxosaurs and why Zero Two hardly gives them the time of day for example.

      We will probably find out next week depending on if they actually encounter another plantation as hinted.

      • February 5, 2018 at 5:48 amweasl

        I get the feeling their more like rejects that have emotional stability issues and since piloting the FRANXX requires being emotionally tuned to each other their harder to pair up. Hiro is obviously a special case since they were willing to keep him even after his failure, though they’re kind of painting it like he is the cause for their issues (naming them).

        At this point they’re pretty much sectioned off by themselves to prevent any form of emotional pollution to get to the rest of their mindless unnamed soldiers.

        As for Zero Two she’s pretty uncaring about everyone but Hiro due to them treating her like a monster.

      • February 5, 2018 at 9:29 amHeeroTX

        @Pancakes and @weasl – There is a lot to be said here. Hiro was the alpha of their pack. He named them. He’s basically big daddy. He also trains obsessively.

        Now basically He was the pinnacle of their social order, he’s broken a girl already.

        Enter Oni, a veteran, and a legend on top of that. She’s on top of the order automatically, but also an outsider. Making her position shaky. Including her is up to her finding a place in the tribe. Of course being Tip top she only wants prime partners. Of course she chooses Hiro, jumpskipping all the established positions. Old and busted tip top tries to reclaim the top but simply can’t handle the Hiro, he’s too big, too practiced, too disciplined, and has his own way of doing things.
        Enter cockibastid, thinks he’s hot shit, “she devoured my heart mind soul, my everythang”

        This leads me to believe she,Oni. is an insatiable submissive. Which is a difficult position to be in, because she’s got big holes, and big appetites. anyone less than will be put in cockibastid’s position.

      • February 5, 2018 at 9:30 amHeeroTX

        continuation:

        Which leads us to the shmile. Oni finally gets to ride tha beast again, having had partners in common with ichigo, and it being publically known that ichigo is the most submissive partner in the group, Oni is a little jealous of ichigo in that she has an array of suitable partners. As it happens Hiro is a bridge too far for Ichigo. The smile conveys a big, I win. You see women hate social obscurity. Oni has simultaneously won: biggest dick in the group, baddest bitch of the group, and is the new top girl of the social order, by virtue of conquest. Its saying this is how you submit to a mastersword like Hiro.
        Ichigo, having been the prime subject of this upheaval now knows her limits and her place in the pecking order, so the order is now stable again and as mother hen Ichigo is happy, but as an individual she has confronted serious limitations that were easily surmounted by Oni. Thus respect and deference to the differences Oni possesses.

      • February 5, 2018 at 9:35 amHeeroTX

        There is a lot to be said here. Hiro was the alpha of their pack. He named them. He’s basically big daddy. He also trains obsessively.

        Now basically He was the pinnacle of their social order, he’s broken a girl already.

        Enter Oni, a veteran, and a legend on top of that. She’s on top of the order automatically, but also an outsider. Making her position shaky. Including her is up to her finding a place in the tribe. Of course being Tip top she only wants prime partners. Of course she chooses Hiro, jumpskipping all the established positions. Old and busted tip top tries to reclaim the top but simply can’t handle the Hiro, he’s too big, too practiced, too disciplined, and has his own way of doing things.
        Enter cockibastid, thinks he’s hot shit, “she devoured my heart mind soul, my everythang”

        This leads me to believe she,Oni. is an insatiable submissive. Which is a difficult position to be in, because she’s got big holes, and big appetites. anyone less than will be put in cockibastid’s position.

  • February 4, 2018 at 10:15 amstarss

    Episode 4 AKA How Hiro Got His Groove Back To Finally Doggy-Style His Forced-Upon Girlfriend. :D I know the show presents this as being a good thing and good character development for Hiro, but the “subtle” nature of the theme kinda makes things uncomfortable. It may have been beneficial to start this show earlier in the story when Hiro was once the best pilot.

  • February 4, 2018 at 11:02 amChoya

    This show has done a great job at making me hate the superior officers of Plantation for continuing to dig their feet in the ground about getting Hiro in the damn robot with Zero Two. They’ve effectively made the most annoying authority figure in anime in recent years. It’s at the point where I’d rather see the entire university get destroyed just so that their final moments would be spent finally get the point across that the two are compatible.

    This episode was pretty great though in how they are back in Strelizia at last. It’s what most of us have been waiting for, and they made it glorious with how upfront Hiro was about his feelings, how excited Zero Two is about the prospects of being paired up, and how smug she was on the field now that she’s with someone who can handle her strength.

    • February 4, 2018 at 11:36 amWorldwidedepp

      Perhaps they fear to lose control over her, or over the project where she was born.. Did not someone mention it, that there is no problem to create an new “02″?

      Also, they are created to fight in these Mecha to protect them.. So they seem like expendable, and i bet when Hiro and the Squad find out that her old female pair, do not make it into the Hospital, because the higher ups to not saw an benefit to “repair failures” and got rid of her.. Hiro could go into despair and 02 will “walk by his side”… but the connection with Ichigo and the others do not break up..

      But this is only an scenarion that plays inside my head… Lets see if this the true thing

    • February 4, 2018 at 12:14 pmAex

      With how badly they were avoiding this match-up, I’m expecting a great reveal about Hiro in the future. There’s something about him that they’re afraid of and don’t know what to do with, so letting him link up with the other person they’re afraid of is their worst-case scenario. Now control is finally out of their hands, though, and the numbers are smacking everyone in the face, so they’ll probably have to let Zero-Two have her way without much more stomping their feet like spoiled brats and pretending they can’t see the writing on the wall.

      One thing I’m pretty damn sure of is that “concern for Hiro” was a smokescreen, at best, so I don’t trust either of them.

      • February 5, 2018 at 11:46 amWorldwidedepp

        or we get the “old finale” of Evangelion.. Where they lost control and done that what we saw in the Tv Serie.. not the “redo” ones..

        Also, they wanted 02 back on the Frontlines.. So she was just on an “holiday” trip.. and there are more of her caliber… and these could play the roles like in the Evagelion final

        But lets see.. perhaps i am totally wrong

    • February 4, 2018 at 12:46 pmThe_Soultaker

      Leaders fear that the Oni side of 02 can take control of 02, if she stays a long time close to Hiro. They mentioned not wanting her to be polluted, so that version of her is a flashfoward to it happening.

      • February 4, 2018 at 1:10 pmAngelus

        They didn’t want her to be polluted by the “irregular” parasites of this plantation.

      • February 4, 2018 at 2:33 pmExukvera

        An oni is the perfect analogy. 0(O), 2(Ni).

        Now that the “Will they do it or not?” dillema is gone, can we move on with the plot, please?

  • February 4, 2018 at 11:07 amhaseo0408

    Ok we get it Zero Two! You got Hiro (for now at least) but you don´t have to be such a dick about it to Ichigo! That smirk on Strelizia´s face scream Hiro is all mine bitch!. Looking foward to the conflict between Ichigo and Zero Two.

    • February 5, 2018 at 12:55 amPancakes

      Cannot blame her too much, it’s hard containing your joy when you win so completely :P

      • February 5, 2018 at 10:22 amThe_Soultaker

        02 is a bully. She’s clearly a mite possessive of Hiro and wants the competition to know that he is hers.

  • February 4, 2018 at 4:01 pmArin

    I’m glad you decided to stick with doing the write-ups for this series! Lots of little world building this episode. It was pretty great to see ZeroTwo smack that infantryman clear across the room, though of course the guy was just following orders. We’ve seen little flashes, but she didn’t even break a sweat or strain a muscle doing that. She doesn’t appear to be bullet proof, but clearly she is something to be feared.

    This entire plantation seems to be something like a leper colony. I get the feeling that all the kids are disposable experiments here.

    • February 5, 2018 at 12:59 amPancakes

      Thanks! I’m quite happy I did too now considering the show isn’t letting up at all.

      While unclear if the kids are an experiment, they’re definitely disposable as all the hints regarding permanent disappearance if compatibility fails suggest. They’ve been raised solely to pilot Franxxs, would make sense if their leaders thus consider them like any other weapon.

      • February 5, 2018 at 9:22 amHeeroTX

        @Arin and Pancakes – There is a lot to be said here. Hiro was the alpha of their pack. He named them. He’s basically big daddy. He also trains obsessively.

        Now basically He was the pinnacle of their social order, he’s broken a girl already.

        Enter Oni, a veteran, and a legend on top of that. She’s on top of the order automatically, but also an outsider. Making her position shaky. Including her is up to her finding a place in the tribe. Of course being Tip top she only wants prime partners. Of course she chooses Hiro, jumpskipping all the established positions. Old and busted tip top tries to reclaim the top but simply can’t handle the Hiro, he’s too big, too practiced, too disciplined, and has his own way of doing things.
        Enter cockibastid, thinks he’s hot shit, “she devoured my heart mind soul, my everythang”

        This leads me to believe she,Oni. is an insatiable submissive. Which is a difficult position to be in, because she’s got big holes, and big appetites. anyone less than will be put in cockibastid’s position.

      • February 5, 2018 at 9:25 amHeeroTX

        continuation:

        Which leads us to the shmile. Oni finally gets to ride tha beast again, having had partners in common with ichigo, and it being publically known that ichigo is the most submissive partner in the group, Oni is a little jealous of ichigo in that she has an array of suitable partners. As it happens Hiro is a bridge too far for Ichigo. The smile conveys a big, I win. You see women hate social obscurity. Oni has simultaneously won: biggest dick in the group, baddest bitch of the group, and is the new top girl of the social order, by virtue of conquest. Its saying this is how you submit to a mastersword like Hiro.
        Ichigo, having been the prime subject of this upheaval now knows her limits and her place in the pecking order, so the order is now stable again and as mother hen Ichigo is happy, but as an individual she has confronted serious limitations that were easily surmounted by Oni. Thus respect and deference to the differences Oni possesses.

  • February 4, 2018 at 6:43 pminfo600

    My take on the episode in the Reddit Episode thread discussion:

    - …And Mitsuru has a rather PTSD-like episode riding with Zero Two (along with the visible injuries from last week)… in an emphasis on having more of his life-energy sucked out of him than what he can give…
    - That’s some talent balancing the tray of food while playing soccer there, Futoshi…
    - Determination’s the theme for this episode, huh? (with Ichigo trying to close off her feelings for Hiro, and the MC getting himself a better pair of balls to be together with Zero Two.)
    - Mitsruo’s one stubborn idiot, still having his proud arrogance feeling when riding with Ikuno again…
    - Just how sensitive Zero Two be, being to sense a freaking Transport plane landing in the hanger while she’s in the briefing room…
    - And then that sudden black bars for the particular section to be a “dramatic” 18:9 scene; and subsequent rising back to 16:9 after the sliding door close…
    - Also, dat smirk
    - Hachi has the main point there for the immediate future – now that Hiro is shown to be truly compatible with Strelizia, what are the leadership at the top going to do with them?

  • February 4, 2018 at 9:21 pmlauncelot

    Zero Two’s voice saying bye bye hits so hard at me. Such sadness from a girl who wants you and only you.

  • February 4, 2018 at 10:04 pmLonghaul

    The horn poke / headbutt of affection was cute.

    • February 5, 2018 at 1:01 amPancakes

      She’s like a cat in a way, plenty cute and likes attention, but has no problem tearing your throat out if you so much as breathe at her the wrong way :P

      • February 5, 2018 at 9:17 amdarkchibi

        02 acts smug and cuhrazy but is actually super insecure over her horns and not being a “real human bean” so she latches on to the first boy who doesn’t instantly recoil at her appearance or reputation

  • February 4, 2018 at 10:40 pmshinichameleon

    The whole story is a flashback of Hiro telling his kids how he met 02.

    • February 5, 2018 at 8:02 pmRederoin

      I have this feeling, too.

  • February 4, 2018 at 11:47 pmricz

    016 finally decided to ride 02

    Now I just want to know how many times 016 can ride her…they did mention that it usually take 3 times before the guy die…. but that’s for “normal” guy and 016 was chosen by 02 herself soooooo.. I can’t wait

    • February 5, 2018 at 1:03 amPancakes

      Probably no limit on how many times IMO, the time limit is likely meant for those without Hiro’s special abilities/compatibility. If Hiro was affected by it we probably would have seen him take physical damage following his first ride on with Zero Two.

      • February 5, 2018 at 9:36 amHeeroTX

        There is a lot to be said here. Hiro was the alpha of their pack. He named them. He’s basically big daddy. He also trains obsessively.

        Now basically He was the pinnacle of their social order, he’s broken a girl already.

        Enter Oni, a veteran, and a legend on top of that. She’s on top of the order automatically, but also an outsider. Making her position shaky. Including her is up to her finding a place in the tribe. Of course being Tip top she only wants prime partners. Of course she chooses Hiro, jumpskipping all the established positions. Old and busted tip top tries to reclaim the top but simply can’t handle the Hiro, he’s too big, too practiced, too disciplined, and has his own way of doing things.
        Enter cockibastid, thinks he’s hot shit, “she devoured my heart mind soul, my everythang”

        This leads me to believe she,Oni. is an insatiable submissive. Which is a difficult position to be in, because she’s got big holes, and big appetites. anyone less than will be put in cockibastid’s position.

      • February 5, 2018 at 9:37 amHeeroTX

        Which leads us to the shmile. Oni finally gets to ride tha beast again, having had partners in common with ichigo, and it being publically known that ichigo is the most submissive partner in the group, Oni is a little jealous of ichigo in that she has an array of suitable partners. As it happens Hiro is a bridge too far for Ichigo. The smile conveys a big, I win. You see women hate social obscurity. Oni has simultaneously won: biggest dick in the group, baddest bitch of the group, and is the new top girl of the social order, by virtue of conquest. Its saying this is how you submit to a mastersword like Hiro.
        Ichigo, having been the prime subject of this upheaval now knows her limits and her place in the pecking order, so the order is now stable again and as mother hen Ichigo is happy, but as an individual she has confronted serious limitations that were easily surmounted by Oni. Thus respect and deference to the differences Oni possesses.

      • February 5, 2018 at 4:59 pmricz

        I honestly don’t think that there is no risk with that(bec. no drama if that doesnt happen)…it could also be possible that a long term partnership with the two might affect 02

  • February 5, 2018 at 5:31 amTempest

    The portmanteau name for Zero Two/Hiro is Hichi, Ichigo/Hiro is mitichi, and Ichigo/Zero Two/Hiro ultimate polyamory relationship is Mitsan.

    • February 5, 2018 at 9:34 amjhpace1

      It might be English-centric, but if I was Hiro, I’d name Zero Two as Lilith.

      • February 5, 2018 at 10:47 amAkahoshi

        I’m almost certain that Hiro will name Zero Two as Strelizia.

        Also, you don’t have to be a genius to know that that Darling in the “Franxx means literally “Pilot in the Mech”. Where the boys are the pilots (Darling), the girls (Girls are neuro-linking with the Mech, becoming a control unit for the internal systems. In other words, girls become Mechs themselves) are the Mechs (Franxx) and the Mechs (Franxx) are wedding dresses for girls.

  • February 5, 2018 at 9:16 amYanDaMan

  • February 6, 2018 at 4:41 pmVelvet Scarlantina

    I finally got round to watching FranXX and it’s way more entertaining than Aquarion Evol. Heck the characters are miles better than Aquarion Evol!

  • February 7, 2018 at 8:06 amCícero

    No doubt Hiro Ichigo and 002 make a correlation with Shinji, Rei and Asuka respectively. And that they are symbols for Adam, Eve and Lilith too.
    Or maybe am I crazy enough with this show????
    Nice episode, indeed.

  • February 7, 2018 at 9:04 amiron2000

    Nines?
    Got me going Nier Automata :P
    Are they the pretty boys with the 3 long hairs?
    A team where all are code 009?

    Wonder who brought up Zero Two?
    That flash of red hand held by a normal human hand in the OP made me think.

    Sucking everything from Mitsuru?
    Just how does the Franxx work?
    Strelizia is like a PC with overclocked 002 and 326 cannot take it :P

    Franxx reminds me of EVA-01, Shinji rides with his mum in the EVA body…

    Wonder why they leave all this to kids, hope they explain how it all came to this setting.
    Will there be mid series upgrades, any final forms?
    Also got the feeling that there still the big truth that the children don’t know.
    Perhaps by the second half there may be the usual big change in factions (things got bad?) and stuff.
    Everyone except Hiro and Zero Two dies and second half has a new cast and world view?

    Not human!
    This anime likes to give out info slowly bit by bit.

    Frontline…
    Now it got me thinking of Muv Luv.

    The yellow training robot, so the pistil is an AI in that or something?
    What do pistils train in then?

    The kids just talk and play ball in their down time, no computers and smartphones.
    The most are books it seems.

    More info comes up…klaxosaur (ok, I’ll use the correct word) blood..

    This week’s klaxosaur looks like a giant electric shaver.

    I can imagine Zero Two like Master Asia, human fighting a big foe :P
    That cheerful and playful side, the one who brought her up should be nice.

  • February 7, 2018 at 9:52 amiron2000

    The manga has a bit of the history of the world:
    https://mangadex.com/chapter/5980/3

    I suppose its canon?

    • February 7, 2018 at 3:06 pmSpastic

      Both manga and anime are 100% canonical, but the manga has some extra scenes.

  • February 10, 2018 at 11:18 amWorldwidedepp

    Ep 05:

    I summary like this:

    - The Calm before the Storm

    Also we see at the first time some other Pairs, and we get to know about the Home Squad. But nothing new what we already guessed so far

    As i said, this Episode feel like an tide, where we all are waiting for the flood in the next episode

    i wish the “moon” in this anime could move faster, and the next episode could be tomorrow :)

    - Darling in the FranXX is doing all good. Background bonding is building (male and female) and some “Big Mouth small fry” and so on…

    All Green

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