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Darling in the Franxx – 15

「比翼の鳥」 (Hiyoku no Tori)
“Jian”

Well I dare say things are finally starting to heat up. As though the writers behind Franxx knew what to expect after the Ichigo shenanigans from last time (read: nothing good), this week saw not only resolution in the ongoing red-blue feud of the century season, but some very tasty teasers of things to come and more than one hint of the truth now hiding in plain sight to assuage the shipping pains. We’re still technically far from any sort of resolution, but Franxx is now ready to start showing off the goods.

Probably the most surprising aspect this week was the speed at which Ichigo resigned herself to defeat. Considering how determined the girl was to make her love work I honestly expected an additional episode or so of Ichigo suffering in the face of incompatibility and Hiro’s relative indifference towards her—you know, to twist the knife ever harder. Instead, however, we got Ichigo being dragooned by Gorou of all people into reuniting the darlings and letting the destined pairing stand for all time. Kind of shocking, but arguably not that bad, it let Gorou meaningfully assert himself for once (even if only to give himself a better shot with Ichigo) and showed Ichigo exactly why her dreams are best left dreams. After all, it’s kind of hard ignoring how badly you’re rejected when successful pairing only works when the guy plasters his own crush’s image over yours. Credit where credit is due though, it was an outcome which had to happen at some point, getting it over with now means Ichigo has a better shot at finding happiness later on—and maybe a bit of audience redemption too.

Whether we get a happy ending for all, however, will probably come down to what happens next. With the Grand Crevasse breached in the ideal Trigger way (i.e. massive machines, over the top explosions), we are about to start finding out exactly what APE is after and likely what the klaxosaurs are to boot. Everyone by now likely assumes klaxosaurs are human-based in some capacity for example, but hints like this point to a more intimate, Gargantia-esque origin than initially apparent. Top this off with talk about Plantations being uploaded (suggesting the majority of humanity may in fact not even physically—i.e. in the sense of having a body—exist) and the obvious implications of that massive human shaped hand and we are looking at one hell of a reveal in the near future. And all of that is before getting into the mention of a Hringhorni being constructed. As Hringhorni was the Norse funeral ship for the god Baldr, Zero Two’s purpose is increasingly looking like some form of offering/sacrifice, with the intent likely being on properly uniting human and klaxosaur together. Given klaxosaur cores look to contain human bodies (at minimum), I wouldn’t put it past APE if the reason for all of this was to return an apparently Matrix-uploaded humanity back to their original, klaxosaur-consumed bodies. Probably more complex than that of course (particularly regarding how humanity wound up klaxosaurs in the first place), but hey, nothing says awesome like biotransference gone wrong.

The only question to deal with first is when Hiro and Zero Two finally decide to run away for good. With memories returned and reasons to live solidified, I imagine it won’t be long before the chosen couple chooses freedom and happiness over any moral obligations. Somehow I couldn’t blame them if they did.

Random Tidbits

Who knew, apparently girls can pilot Franxxs after all, at least if the Nines are anything to go by. Boys successfully paired in the pistil position? Yeah there’s something up with that, particularly when it never worked before. We’ll probably get the reason soon (unless all those Nines are traps and this whole thing is a story artefact), but I imagine this might having something to do with the stampede mode and those orange horns.

April 21, 2018 at 10:40 pm
220 comments »
  • April 21, 2018 at 10:48 pmEndoC

    http://randomc.net/image/Darling%20in%20the%20Franxx/Darling%20in%20the%20Franxx%20-%2015%20-%20Large%2039.jpg

    The dialogue in certain scenes this episode are masterfully constructed.

    NOTE: recap episode next week.

    • April 21, 2018 at 11:54 pmSpitFire

      I think Ichigo’s acceptance of the relationship between Hiro and 002 happens way too quickly.

      http://randomc.net/image/Darling%20in%20the%20Franxx/Darling%20in%20the%20Franxx%20-%2015%20-%20Large%2026.jpg

      Perhaps this issue would have been alleviated if it was shown that when Ichigo’s and Hiro’s consciousness connected, Ichigo was able to see Hiro and 002′s distant past-how they met and what knot.

      But no, it didn’t happen. It was only shown that she saw snippets of Hiro’s consciousness, scenes which are nowhere as impactful as the whole of episode 13.

      Basically, Ichigo’s sudden acceptance is anti-climatic in my opinion.

      • April 22, 2018 at 12:02 amPleroma

        Let’s see
        harassment and threats of death to VA’s Ichigo after the episode 14.

        they had to re-write the episode 15

      • April 22, 2018 at 1:23 amRedRocket

        Way too quick without a mind meld yes. But the mind meld removed any normal human wishful thinking and refusal to accept reality. To have a normal longer process would be to ignore the mild meld happened.

      • April 23, 2018 at 2:51 amBeltane

        This must be a deliberate attempt by Trigger to make mecha fights look as uninteresting as possible.

      • April 24, 2018 at 3:25 ameverydaygamer

        Zero Two
        Darling
        Zero Two
        Darling
        Zero Two
        Darling Darling Darling Darling!!

      • April 25, 2018 at 7:02 amchicogrande

        http://randomc.net/image/Darling%20in%20the%20Franxx/Darling%20in%20the%20Franxx%20-%2015%20-%20Large%2035.jpg

        This is one of the few times I love both characters of a couple. Usually it’s only the girl that makes a pairing appealing and the guy is a bland dense retard, but Hiro really earned that Oni pussy.

      • April 25, 2018 at 7:08 amTAKAVAR

        I agree, it’s one thing to root for the guy to get the girl, or the girl to get the guy. It’s something special when you are pulling for both at the same time.

    • April 22, 2018 at 12:02 amBeep

      After the crazy unnecessary circumstances irl surrounding episode 14 (like cmon people.. i was mad too re ichigo’s attempts at hiro but there was no need to go so far as to threaten the staff abd the actors srslyy) and this week’s episode, i think it’s good that they’re taking a well deserved break

    • April 23, 2018 at 4:53 pmSpastic

      http://randomc.net/image/Darling%20in%20the%20Franxx/Darling%20in%20the%20Franxx%20-%2015%20-%20Large%2035.jpg

      -everyone heard their confession, even the generic pilots
      -they are reminded yet again that Godfather Hiro is alive and that it was him who destroyed Crevasse fuelled by the power of love and after taming a dreaded partner killer

      • April 23, 2018 at 5:17 pmOtakuExilel

        they are reminded yet again that Godfather Hiro is alive and that it was him who destroyed Crevasse fuelled by the power of love and after taming a dreaded partner killer

        I’d actually love to see some of the reactions to that. Hiro appearing out of nowhere in the most grand way possible, screaming how he loves his wife and being reciprocated

      • April 23, 2018 at 6:15 pmNom_Anor

        Yeah, I really want to see the reactions of the generic pilots too.

    • April 25, 2018 at 7:07 amTAKAVAR

      I agree, it’s one thing to root for the guy to get the girl, or the girl to get the guy. It’s something special when you are pulling for both at the same time.

  • April 21, 2018 at 11:15 pmDaGreatKobe

    - no separation episode
    - no consequences episode
    - no reflection episode
    - she literally still consumed all the stamens
    - Hiro is a psychopath that cares nothing more than his ZERO TSU
    - 02 is a monster that cares for no one except DARLING
    - people still cheer them on
    - their love story is making the show bend backwards just to satisfy it

    I was expecting a redemption arc where 02 stops being a serial killer with no remorse or humanity and eventually the squad comes around to her and sympathises at the same time as she realises how awful her actions have been, manipulated as they were by APE to make her this way, and tries to make amends. The arc ends with Ichigo reluctantly admitting that she’s changed and she doesn’t have a reason to keep Hiro apart from her anymore, and her and Goro – and the squad as a whole – grow closer.

    Instead everyone just did a 180 between episodes with no character development, except 02. 02 does nothing to redeem herself, doesn’t change in the slightest, actually kills even MORE people and…that’s it. There’s nothing. Just ‘actually nevermind it’s all resolved because jeez character development seems like a lot of effort’.

    • April 21, 2018 at 11:24 pmseltzermx

      You speak as if she has a choice. Its the adults which keep throwing people at her. Don’t really think she has a choice to refuse. I don’t think she’s choosing to “consume” them, that’s simpyk what her body does in order to properly function in a FRANXX.

      • April 22, 2018 at 9:56 pmMugen1style

        02 doesn’t consumes absolutely nobody, she literally tries to choke them to kill them just as she did with Hiro in episode 12, that’s why the white-haired guy was wearing a cervical collar for neck in episode 1, Mitsuru had your neck bandaged in episode 4, and Hiro had hand marks on your neck in episode 13.

      • April 22, 2018 at 11:14 pmdaisuke_wto

        There’s not a single memorable sequence throughout this episode. Even Stelzia transformation was weak as fuck due to the CG. I should probably not say that the animation is bad and more so that the choreography is bad.

    • April 21, 2018 at 11:31 pmaimless

      As much as I love this show I definitely have to agree on your part. It feels as if there’s supposed to be another episode between this one but scrapped it cause they needed a big circle jerk to appease the fans. Everyone doing a 180 is not exactly correct. Besides ichigo’s character suddenly accepting her defeat was definitely a 180, but everyone else fell in line in my opinion. Goro is possibly the most consistent character out of all of them to be honest. Also 02 didn’t exactly have a choice in the matter, she either pilots or she’s tortured/punished by papa and the adults, she doesn’t exactly have a say in the matter.

      There’s so much more weird directing going on but i guess majority got what they wanted with Hiro and 02 and that’s all that matters to them. Too bad for ichigo, her love started in episode 02 and ended in 15. RIp

      • April 22, 2018 at 8:10 amweasl

        Except there’s really nothing missing. We knew last episode that they were going into battle this episode, what else should have happened?

        More depressed Hiro?

        I mean seriously think of what the pacing of the show would be if they basically added a filler episode after how much has gone down the last 3+ episodes. The show didn’t need a pause, it needed to cap things off with some fireworks.

        And hot damn they spent a lot of money on this episode. Production values skyrocketed and there’s tons of battle scenes too.

      • April 23, 2018 at 3:30 amfrentymon

        So the fights are terrible on purpose? Because everyone but Hiro and his lover power are useless.

      • April 23, 2018 at 3:48 amMad_Scientist

        -literally the one who tore them apart and mind wiped them in the firs the place
        -ichigo gets over the bitchfit in 10 seconds
        -goro has 0 reaction to getting cucked last episode, forced kiss may as well not have even happened
        -02′s character is just “Muh Darling”. Great, but we already went over this in episode 1, and the love triangle was resolved even earlier. How many times can they recycle this?

        This show has 24 episodes and manages to mess up developments for paper thin characters. Also the CG is not hot.

    • April 21, 2018 at 11:43 pmStarwind

      but really, what did you expect? after…

      Anime Producer Yuichi Fukushima Endures Harassment Over DARLING in the FRANKXX Episode

      Former A-1 Pictures and current CloverWorks animation producer Yuichi Fukushima’s Twitter account is being inundated with angry and harassing messages since the airing of DARLING in the FRANKXX’s 14th episode this week. The episode re-established the ongoing love triangle between Hiro, Zero Two, and Ichigo with many fans reacting negatively to Ichigo’s actions within the episode.

      Fukushima wrote two tweets about the series’ 14th episode on April 14. The first tweet thanks the episode’s staff for their work and requested viewers continue to watch the show next week. The second tweet complimented the episode’s unique ending sequence.

      Both tweets have received comments ranging from disappointment in the episode’s content to death threats towards the episode’s director and writer. Others are posting a doctored image of Zero Two holding a pistol with the subtitle “Say Ahh!” and have threatened to kill the screenwriter’s family. Other comments are calling for Fukushima to fire writer Hiroshi Seko or even going so far as to suggest Seko kill himself.

      Some fans were angry enough about the episode’s content to start a #Bitchigo hashtag to vent their frustrations and even stating that they wanted the character to die. The #Bitchigo hashtag was predominantly used by English-speaking viewers and the harassing messages towards Fukushima do not contain the hashtag, and are written in Japanese, Chinese, and English. Many of the comments seem to originate from throwaway accounts, possibly to avoid getting banned from Twitter.

      source: https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2018-04-17/anime-producer-yuichi-fukushima-endures-harassment-over-darling-in-the-frankxx-episode/.130524

      • April 22, 2018 at 12:10 amqwert

        Wait… you think they rewrote and reproduced the entire episode in the span of less than a week? Throwing away whatever they had planned for plot and development for the remaining episodes just to cram in a happy ending for Zero Two so pissed off fanboys would stop posting memes at them?

      • April 22, 2018 at 12:23 amAromatic Grass

        This does not come as a surprise. Remember, the same shit got Kanagi

      • April 22, 2018 at 12:28 amWorldwidedepp

        That could explain the amount of Staff for this Episode

      • April 22, 2018 at 12:35 amsouma

        Wew that’s seriously scary

      • April 22, 2018 at 1:31 amVaisaga

        @Starwind

        I really have to wonder the age group this show attracts that leads them into making stupid shit like this.

      • April 22, 2018 at 1:51 amFenixFiesta

        Implying that the redditors and FGO fans that watch this tropey slice of undercooked ham slathered in poorly choreographed fight scene sauce are over the age of 12

      • April 22, 2018 at 2:20 amLoliHat

        Yup, the episode felt like they combined two episodes into one in order to get the instant gratification for certain crazed fans that were making death threats…

      • April 22, 2018 at 3:28 amKinai

        Both tweets have received comments ranging from disappointment in the episode’s content to death threats towards the episode’s director and writer. Others are posting a doctored image of Zero Two holding a pistol with the subtitle “Say Ahh!” and have threatened to kill the screenwriter’s family. Other comments are calling for Fukushima to fire writer Hiroshi Seko or even going so far as to suggest Seko kill himself.

        Some fans were angry enough about the episode’s content to start a #Bitchigo hashtag to vent their frustrations and even stating that they wanted the character to die.

        Is me or does the writer of the article seem to disregard the threats?

        Death threads? It happens.
        Wanting to kill the character? Typical fan reaction.
        Fire the screenwriter? Meh.
        Kill the writer, the director and their families? Nothing strange.

        Have they started a #bitichigo hashtag? Oh my god!!!! They have to be really angry.

        Seriously! Does anybody know when the common sense is going to return from its vacations?

      • April 22, 2018 at 9:18 amJames

        Kinai, deaththreats are common in Japanese culture, you are viewing this from your perspective, you have much to learn.

      • April 22, 2018 at 1:47 pmKinai

        @James

        I suppose. But I thought that we were talking about not japanese fans.

      • April 22, 2018 at 7:59 pmDorcas_Aurelia

        @qwert
        You should know better than to think this by now. Most anime is made right down to the wire. OreTwi and KLK were notorious for sometimes getting the episode tapes turned in mere hours before airtime.

      • April 23, 2018 at 10:37 amshi-ne

        Only PC fools think that in every language anything with the word “die” is a death threat. Saying stuff like “shi-ne” in Japanese is pretty much just “drop dead, jerk”. Even your average “saitei” is probably more impactful than that (“you’re bottomfeeding scum”).

        Also the “kill yourself” thing in Japanese is more like “take responsibility for effing up real bad and gtfo”, not a threat either. We all know they’re big on taking responsibility and seppuku used to be the ultimate form of that.

        So really it was just your typical fan bitchfest, nothing to write home about.

    • April 22, 2018 at 12:22 amqwert

      Why would Zero Two need a redemption episode exactly? She was the victim last week. Sure she snapped and beat the shit out of everyone at the end of the episode but that was after everyone else basically treated her like a monster who would drain the soul out of Hiro if she even visited him in the hospital, all because Ichigo was jealous and didn’t want the two of them to see each other.

      Hiro and Zero Two are not monsters or psychopaths for wanting to live and fight for one another. Their love for each other, even if it borders on obsession, actually sets them apart and above all the other kids who, while approaching the individuality emotions Hiro has developed, still essentially live and die because Papa tells them to.

      You’re calling Zero Two a monster for killing a dozen stamen, all of whom walked willingly to their deaths knowing who Zero Two was and what happened to each one that came before them. Each one ordered to their deaths by Papa and his buddies who this very episode ordered a squad to grab some bombs and stand under the giant klazosaur and then used entire plantations as suicide bombers.

      • April 22, 2018 at 10:10 pmdirkusbirkus

        just finished
        my fucking god trigger are the ultimate hacks in the industry
        -most rushed episode i’ve seen in all hundreds of anime i watched
        -rushed development of literally everyone
        -no use or shit use of music
        -literally “haha i loved you all the time i never did anything wrong”
        -”daarin daarin daarin daarin daarin”
        jesus christ this show is absolute fucking garbage.
        ever worse than violet evercrap
        trigger should just fucking kill themselves already, fucking all of them.

      • April 22, 2018 at 10:54 pmEVA fiend

        -Rushed development.
        -What this show has been working up to since episode 1

        I 100% agree the battle animation is terrible though

      • April 25, 2018 at 10:54 pmArin

        They’ve been working up to it, but it still manages to feel rushed and choppy. Just because we’ve had an end goal in sight since episode 1 doesn’t mean that the story was executed well during the “twist”. The writing for the Ichigo x Hiro x Zero Two episode was piss poor, almost as bad as the Goro x Ichigo x Hiro episode. Fans can flesh it out and make it feel reasonable, but that didn’t translate to the screen. Zero emotion, choppy storytelling, unsympathetic stupidity and character regression on all sides.

        The animation goes to absolute shit on these filler slice-of-life episodes, but the writing is even worse. I like the show for what it could be, but at the same time, it’s probably one of the worst shows going right now in terms of quality and consistency.

        This is some Fifty Shades of Twilight Mecha bullshit.

    • April 22, 2018 at 1:27 pmWorldwidedepp

      But there is also an possibility that they used more Staff members to get it finished before Golden Week.. So that the entire Team could take an break

    • April 23, 2018 at 1:58 amComment

      - no separation episode
      >
      This was separation episode

      - no consequences episode
      >
      This was consequences episode

      - no reflection episode
      >
      This was reflection episode

      - she literally still consumed all the stamens
      >
      She didn’t used any. She was driving alone whole the time

      • April 23, 2018 at 2:45 amgarfield15

        The plot has been the show’s worst quality by far. Even franxxfags hate the plot and just want waifufaggotry.

  • April 21, 2018 at 11:21 pmdposse

    http://randomc.net/image/Darling%20in%20the%20Franxx/Darling%20in%20the%20Franxx%20-%2015%20-%20Large%2010.jpg

    The 9s are all betas who get piloted by women, and Plantation 26 kamikaze’d themselves.

    • April 21, 2018 at 11:25 pmseltzermx

      This dude looks very happy while getting pegged.

    • April 21, 2018 at 11:36 pmiron2000

      Didn’t notice this in all the excitement.
      The Nines are all pistils.
      Are the twins interchangeable?

      • April 21, 2018 at 11:47 pmStarwind

        Asexuals, some Japanese from 2chan think 9 alpha is a reverse trape because of manga’s design.

      • April 22, 2018 at 12:03 amOne Pinch Man

        Or worse, they are all futanaris.

      • April 22, 2018 at 12:27 amiron2000

        Whatever gender they pride themselves as beings above humans.

        With the garden theme does asexual plant reproduction bring in anything?

      • April 22, 2018 at 1:46 amkilljoy_the

        @iron2000 – most likely

      • April 22, 2018 at 3:12 amninjapet

        So, all the 9s, are backwards? male sync up and girls pilot it?

        is that the Pegg Squad?

      • April 22, 2018 at 1:10 pmMorweLaicoriel

        @ninjapet
        100% sure

      • April 25, 2018 at 7:24 amIkaru

        It’d be great if the 9s being the apparent antagonists was a red herring and they ended up being on the Hiro/02′s side, after appointing Hiro their leader for taming 02.

        I think it’d be a far more interesting and less expected route if the rebellion starts out with Hiro, 02, and the nines going up against a conflicted P13.

    • April 22, 2018 at 12:30 amWorldwidedepp

      as long these Negative and positive Waves works to power up the FranXX.. Why not

      • April 22, 2018 at 6:26 pmyuna49

        Did we get this much bitching when Pacific Rim come out? It is literally the same thing. The brains have to be comparable for the system to work. Except in in Franxx it has to be waifu/husbando level

      • April 22, 2018 at 7:03 pmDarksorrow29

        -it has to be waifu/husbando level
        -two teams switch partners and the mechs work better
        so waifus are sluts is what you’re saying.

      • April 22, 2018 at 8:12 pmOhoni

        @yuna49

        Did we get this much bitching when Pacific Rim come out?

        There was some: Mostly the “Left and right brain” theory.
        It’s so much better to just assume that some idiot in a meeting said “I don’t understand it” and they added an explanation that doesn’t make any fucking sense, but sounds like it does.

      • April 22, 2018 at 8:49 pmyuna49

        Mostly the “Left and right brain” bullshit.

        huh, I had forgotten that. I just assumed that a body that big would send back too much sensory information for a human brain. I’ve made the same assumption here.

      • April 22, 2018 at 9:07 pmOhoni

        It was a theory, I don’t even remember if it made it into the actual movie.

        The idea of distributing neural load isn’t a bad one, considering FranXX is using it too: The Pistil powers the machine and carries the general behavior while the Stamen takes over precision, reaction and oversight.

      • April 22, 2018 at 9:21 pmyuna49

        something else that is never explored is how much trouble one person would have using their internal compass to steady something that big. Maybe with two internal compass, the system can triangulate something better.

        Though if that was the case I would think one pilot would be in the head and another in the gut.

      • April 22, 2018 at 10:02 pmOhoni

        The body is really good at extending proprioception with sufficient sensory input. Humans very quickly extend their self to tools, equipment and vehicles.
        You might be right when it comes to 20 story combat mecha, but most likely they’re sharing the full load, not dividing it.

    • April 22, 2018 at 7:52 amweasl

      Actually it’s probably the opposite. The nines don’t wear hoods and the horns indicate they’re in stampede mode. Pretty sure they’re mostly controlling things by themselves.

      • April 22, 2018 at 8:10 amKeep Refrigerated

        This. The “pilots” are nothing more than walking fuel cells.

      • April 22, 2018 at 1:00 pmHoulgrave

        @weasl

        The nines don’t wear hoods and the horns indicate they’re in stampede mode.

        Absolutely wrong! The horns in the color color orange indicate that the connection between Stamen and Pistil is active.

        @weasl

        Pretty sure they’re mostly controlling things by themselves.

        @Keep Refrigerated

        The “pilots” are nothing more than walking fuel cells.

        I’m pretty sure that you two don’t pay attention to the episode, especially the green-hair girl who isn’t wearing mask and may speak, because this green-hair girl literally easily denies both the comments.
        Here is a video prove that, http://i.4cdn.org/m/1524424727104.webm

        Quite frankly, How to deal with people who don’t pay attention to the episode and those who don’t think before they post random pointless bullshit.

      • April 22, 2018 at 1:19 pmWorldwidedepp

        to trow “dirt” on others because they oversaw these details is also not the right thing

      • April 22, 2018 at 3:21 pmNayuta

        @Worldwidedepp
        Well, He may have been a little too rough, but the comment made by the Houlgrave user is a valid comment and accurate too.

      • April 22, 2018 at 8:45 pmSvidrigailov

        I also really enjoyed the green-hair girl and her edge/genki personality, she looks a lot like a Ranka Lee’s edge version. She is my new waifu in this show.

      • April 23, 2018 at 10:50 amWorldwidedepp

        Well, maybe accurad, but i would not used his Word Knifes, i would use more Word Roses. They are beautiful but has also thorns, this is more the Way to tell the truth… But yes, sometimes i even put my Roses aside

    • April 22, 2018 at 1:23 pmWorldwidedepp

      Hmm, perhaps the niners are already there where Zero Two and Hiro found out in this Episode. They already archive this “become one” and Zero Two just was looking the entire time for the one and found him

      • April 22, 2018 at 1:25 pmWorldwidedepp

        Perhaps Zero Two will not need these Cape/Head piece/Monitor anymore. But i would keep it, to show us that this connection is done on free will

      • April 22, 2018 at 2:29 pmtigertora

        The Nines team units are standardized units who don’t use the robot interface.
        The P13 team FranXX units and Strelizia are custom units where the pistils can speak through the robot interface connecting your mind to the FranXX, then the pistils need to use the helmet so they can connect your mind to the FranXX and have access to the robot interface.

      • April 22, 2018 at 8:18 pmAromatic Grass

        I also believe that the helmet serves to connect the girl mind to robot interface.

      • April 23, 2018 at 10:47 amWorldwidedepp

        Also, Squad13 FranXX can evolves with their Pilot. As we saw when she turn all red. Perhaps the Niners can also activate Stampede, but i do think this is all.. As you saw the Niners FranXX still are “female”

      • April 23, 2018 at 11:43 pm12skippy21

        The FranXX’s are based on Klaxosaur biology. The important feature therein being their binary existance.

        Every Klaxosaur is a Jian: The main body (Female) is paired with a core (male). The female is supplied and directed by the core, while the male is empowered and protected by the body.

        Female pilots emulate the body of the klaxosaur by diving into the machine’s mind. The machine then feeds them magma energy, which is activated by their negative pulse. Along with, the male pilot sends a command signal through his positive pulse. All things going well, you have a reasonable emulation of klaxosaur biology.

        The stamen can’t activate alone because the female is necessary to activate the magma energy.

        The female SHOULDN’T activate alone, because she’s then sharing a body with a brainwashed klaxosaur… Which doesn’t sense her partner, and gets mighty pissed about it: It encroaches on the Pistil and adapts the FranXX to a more familiar form. The Pistil maintains control by “being” this pissed off Klaxo-female, but it has some worrying implications for her sanity and humanity.

      • April 24, 2018 at 11:39 amWorldwidedepp

        Perhaps it is now the time for the Secrets that FranXX still have hidden away. Who are the APE? What is their intention? What want (Werner) Dr.FranXX do with “his” Squad 13? With Zero Two’s help Squad13 had now their unique battle style (like it was mentioned)

        Do we get to see the other Squad 13 Stampede modes? Will they also turn their Skin color when they “become one” (in mind.. not sexual… Mind your manners…)

        As i said, if they do not plan to make an 2nd Season, then they should slowly unpack the Secrets (or research them) because i do not think they can fill the remain Episodes just with Action and Slice of Life…

        Also i had an idea for Ikuno “Episode” and time to shine.. not here, in reddit

    • April 25, 2018 at 7:34 amWooga

      Alpha wants Hiro to RIDE him

  • April 21, 2018 at 11:21 pmricz

    RIP Ichigo…she heard 02 said I love you and Hiro didn’t hesitate to say me too….

    Too bad no episode next week :c

    • April 22, 2018 at 12:32 amWorldwidedepp

      I hope Ichigo now finally let Hiro go inside her heart and enter the “friend zone”. i hope Ichigo and Goro find some love or at last their friendship stays as it was

      Respect for knowing, Trust for friendship and Love comes from heart

      • April 22, 2018 at 1:24 amricz

        Its Ikuno’s time to shine now

      • April 22, 2018 at 4:13 amMockman

        Ikuno has been alone for far too long.

      • April 25, 2018 at 6:17 amORLY

        ikuno is not trans she has the 3rd best proportions of the cast. Just behind miku, she wins best ass though.

      • April 25, 2018 at 7:17 amIkuno

        I love Ikuno so much! I love her freckles, they make her very cute. I love her eyes, beautiful green like a jade. I like her glasses and hairpin, but I want to remove them so I could get lost in her eyes and stroke her loose hair. I want to taste her lips, lick her freckles and kiss her on forehead. I want to hug her from behind and squeeze until she gives that cute little squeak and then kiss her on the neck.

  • April 21, 2018 at 11:28 pmiron2000

    Storm a brewing.
    P13 has a name?
    No opening….

    Quite the large scale battle, more characters?
    Oh, show me the Gran Crevasse!
    Looks like a K-saur factory.
    Looks like everyone else uses that mass-produced model.
    Wonder what the Nines use.

    Humanity.

    Ok, the Nines’ franxx arn’t don’t have much character either.

    So thats where the Seven Sages are, the safest place?
    Looks like Zero Two got worse? She went on a feeding rampage :P
    Wish?
    Hringhorni?
    Final boss?
    Werner? Werner Franxx?

    Will the writers go Yoko Taro and give the Klaxosaurs a sob story?

    Ichigo – love is selfish.

    Nime Alpha refers to parasites as humans.
    Humans don’t regard parasites as humans.

    Nime Alpha has beam horns too.
    Seems like he is more controlled, feeding of mass produced Zero Twos? lol

    Hiro downgrade to house servant :P
    A nice group shot.

    Actually the battlefield makes it easier to make a game.
    Just barren feature-less dessert land.

    Just what is the story of the Gran Crevasse?
    Looks like a giant plantation.
    Getting the AICO Incarnation vibes.

    Hiro is dieing without meaning in his life.
    Find the Ancient One and take up mystic arts, lol.

    So thats the P26 guy?
    White hair?
    Too much Elixir?

    More evidence to that Klaxosaur is human experiment theory.

    lol, a new K-saur class.
    We haven’t heard of that too.
    Reminds me of that turtle fight in FFXV.

    Protocol 32?
    Kamikaze!!

    Woah, Zero Two operating on intinct?
    She’s turn real primal.
    Like that picture book.

    EVA Zoids :P

    I wonder had they suffered a big defeat before?
    Some last Great War of the Gran Crevasse?
    Then they had to start from scratch, manufacture and train a new generation.
    Any history?

    Dr Franxx cares about Zero Two.

    The mirror. When?
    So Zero Two is suffering from identity crisis?

    lol, the ranged unit having identity crisis as well :P

    The old lady just looks on.
    What is her purpose?
    Its as if the plantations are Noah’s Arks full of humans.

    Haha, the training unit.
    Has been on my mind all the while.
    I imagine it saying Fumoffu lol

    Goro the ever good guy!
    Don’t die!
    Nobody dies!

    Wow, friend zone memory attack!!

    The extreme combi is most in sync.

    Hiro bring Zero Two back from the madness!

    Looks like friend zone attack wasn’t enough.
    Her pride doesn’t let her out.
    Or she just needed to vent.

    Franxx hair!!

    Ho? Magma human in the K-saur core?
    There better be explainations next episode.

    Plantations are expandable after data backup?
    Something so valuable is in the Gran Crevasse.
    Its not about human preservation…something else…

    So its the blood, the DinoAIDS thing.

    Ok, in a way Hiro made Zero Two.
    But way eat the book? Or she just ate the bad ending?

    A plea to talk it out.

    The light of the Psychoframe!!!
    Oops wrong show, lol.
    They really inverse the color scheme!
    Cringe sequence.

    Ichigo franxx got its hat back.
    Franxx tears?

    They win this and help create their last boss.
    The Nines don’t seem that bad but what if they are later forced to become violent and bad?
    The endgame, humans vs the Seven Sages?

    Human liberation?
    Real or in their sense?
    Liberate from slavery? Life span? Fear?

    The Jian thing even now.

    Woah! WTF!
    There better be explainations next episode.

    • April 22, 2018 at 12:58 amHitokiriShadow

      http://randomc.net/image/Darling%20in%20the%20Franxx/Darling%20in%20the%20Franxx%20-%2015%20-%20Large%2029.jpg

      klaxosaurs are humans

      http://randomc.net/image/Darling%20in%20the%20Franxx/Darling%20in%20the%20Franxx%20-%2015%20-%20Large%2024.jpg

      absolute madman drives a training bot into the fight

      http://randomc.net/image/Darling%20in%20the%20Franxx/Darling%20in%20the%20Franxx%20-%2015%20-%20Large%2010.jpg

      pegging squad

      How do they keep making all the memes real? First it was Kokoro becoming flower anon and the partner swap, now this. Charlemange fucking when?

      • April 22, 2018 at 2:26 amLoliHat

        Interesting how the stamen/pistol switched for the special squad, though it still looks like it requires a male/female pair.

        Of course, much like with Zero Two, the special squad has stamen with what appears to be horns. Perhaps this is because some klaxosaur element is necessitates this placement?

      • April 22, 2018 at 1:57 pmHoulgrave

        @HitokiriShadow
        absolute madman drives a training bot into the fight
        Running head first into a horde of enemies with training bot to reach his waifu. The absolute madman.

        @LoliHat
        The horns in the color color orange indicate that the connection between Stamen and Pistil is active.

      • April 22, 2018 at 6:58 pmJustinGallimore

        http://randomc.net/image/Darling%20in%20the%20Franxx/Darling%20in%20the%20Franxx%20-%2015%20-%20Large%2042.jpg

        It looks like p13 may all start asking questions. Hachi and nana saw first hand how expendable they were. Miku/zoro saw the humanoid core, the dr. franxx is still there and obviously he knows what is going on. He also seems to dislike the APE high counsel.

      • April 22, 2018 at 7:54 pmOtakuExilel

        I think they might explore that with the fact that Plantation 13 is immobilized now. They’re going to have to come up with something for them, an alternative Plantation perhaps, and from the way APE’s been acting I don’t think they’ll be prepared to do that and will just force them into some awkward situation where P13′s loyalty/faith is trusted.

        Way things are going, I’d expect that P13 and Grand Crevasse might end up becoming the center of an Anti-APE movement or even the new capital of the world in a post APE culture depending on how things play out.

      • April 23, 2018 at 10:42 amWorldwidedepp

        to hide from the APE they need to go underground, too

      • April 23, 2018 at 11:38 pm12skippy21

        @LoliHat
        The FranXX’s are based on Klaxosaur biology. The important feature therein being their binary existance.

        Every Klaxosaur is a Jian: The main body (Female) is paired with a core (male). The female is supplied and directed by the core, while the male is empowered and protected by the body.

        Female pilots emulate the body of the klaxosaur by diving into the machine’s mind. The machine then feeds them magma energy, which is activated by their negative pulse. Along with, the male pilot sends a command signal through his positive pulse. All things going well, you have a reasonable emulation of klaxosaur biology.

        The stamen can’t activate alone because the female is necessary to activate the magma energy.

        The female SHOULDN’T activate alone, because she’s then sharing a body with a brainwashed klaxosaur… Which doesn’t sense her partner, and gets mighty pissed about it: It encroaches on the Pistil and adapts the FranXX to a more familiar form. The Pistil maintains control by “being” this pissed off Klaxo-female, but it has some worrying implications for her sanity and humanity.

      • April 24, 2018 at 11:45 amWorldwidedepp

        The booting up pf the FranXX, reminds me a bit of SIMOUN.. there they need 2 “priestess” that did not choose their gender so far… sounds strange? Well in the world of SIMOUN, they can select their gender on will or if still unsure, they get it done… Well if you are curious to know, watch it AERU!!!!!

        Well, anyway. in SIMOUN to start the Engines of the Vessel, they need to kiss each other because it is an ritual.. remember they look like Girls, but they are still “genderless” or they could not ride them.. Yes, even if an “mature” Woman joins them.. i think she just refuesd to select her/his gender so far…

        Sound complicated, but if you look for SIMOUN, you get the gist..

  • April 21, 2018 at 11:29 pmOne Pinch Man

    http://randomc.net/image/Darling%20in%20the%20Franxx/Darling%20in%20the%20Franxx%20-%2015%20-%20Large%2029.jpg
    It’s Suisei no Gargantia twist again. Or maybe humanity in Franxx universe is originally advanced klaxosaurs who succeed evolution as its goal.

    • April 22, 2018 at 12:34 amGarethXL

      also, calling it now, APE has been making the yellow injections from those honey babys

      • April 22, 2018 at 1:57 amHikikomori Safari

        The cockpits are armored spheres of a very similar purpose if we assume that there is some form of pilot in the Klaxosaur cores: Are FranXX lobotomized Klaxosaur structures?

      • April 22, 2018 at 2:12 amHeinzendegger

        I wouldn’t be surprised if once we get to how franxx got the idea of franxx, that’s a revealed point.
        Either inspired by them or they’re part klax.

  • April 21, 2018 at 11:32 pmone3rd

    I know people hate Okada with passion, but she would handle this anime so much better. She knows how to do proper melodrama.

    • April 22, 2018 at 7:48 pmMorwenLaicoriel

      Sad but true.

    • April 22, 2018 at 8:05 pmKruszer

      Given that this is basically Aquarion EVOL: Trigger Edition, I’m going to have to disagree with you.

      • April 22, 2018 at 8:51 pmdan7el

        At least it would be different even if it turned out to be shit. There is nothing unique, original, or interesting about this anime. Even the fucking duo mechs are plagiarized from one of the designs in Knights and Magic.

      • April 22, 2018 at 9:12 pmTreeborn

        There is nothing like Aquarion EVOL in Franxx and I’m wondering if you have seen EVOL at all. Let’s ignore plot and mecha action and take only melodrama. Zessica loved Amata, confessed to him, but there were no cheap 180% turns where Zessica would go “I’m so happy for those two” in the very next episode. It took all 26 episodes until Zessica accepted her loss and even in the final episode she was still a little bit upset about it. That’s how human feelings work.

      • April 22, 2018 at 9:59 pmvonPeterhof

        The sheer idea that you think EVOL somehow managed better relationships than DitF is galling. It would be somewhat forgivable if you specified the single worthwhile relationship within. God help me that you went even further and suggested it had realistic bearing.

        Even worse, When you have a carbon copy relationship in the form of LOGOS, you fucking ignore it.

        Yall motherfuckers need some G. Fudo.

      • April 22, 2018 at 10:23 pmTreeborn

        Didn’t get an alternate pairing.

        I envy that your brain permits you to forget the finale.

        Zessica wasn’t “rejected early”; It was reasonable to suggest she was in the running to the very end, and if we followed the themes of the show, she was the 1st place choice (You know, the whole “Fight destiny” think before they decided to “fix” the plot in the finale so Kawamori… Sorry, Mikono got her pairing.)

        I mentioned LOGOS because it’s more relevant to DitF based on plot structure and character relationships: A reasonably well structured love triangle, a focus on the side character’s relationships and goals, etc. Kokone is close enough in context, and that’s an example of a character who actually recognized she was rejected early and moved on.

        Specifically and accounting for the difference in general quality and themes: Ichigo and Hiro is a more interesting relationship, with more organic behavior.

        180 turns indeed, She didn’t change position at all: She’s doing exactly what she did from the start, only this time she’s actually has to take action to resolve her hopeless romance instead of biding her time under the assumption that Hiro would eventually come around.

        She tried it after Naomi, She tried it before 02, she tried it DURING 02, She tried it after 02.

        I’ve said this before; Ichigo is stubborn and has made the least progress in terms of character development: But that’s part of the point of her character. Hopefully she has room to grow in the following episodes now that her primary role isn’t being a distaff counterpart to Futoshi’s pedestal complex.

      • April 22, 2018 at 10:43 pmvonPeterhof

        I envy that your brain permits you to forget the finale.

        And who was her alternate pairing, imbecile? Kagura? Do you know the difference between anime and fanfictions of fans? Kawamori even made an OVA for braindead retards like you to show that Zessica remained alone.

        Zessica wasn’t “rejected early”

        I just had to scroll through 10 episodes on youtube to find this scene. https://youtu.be/YPoqhBZWQLE?t=25s. [Embed] Episode 17. It’s still 9 episodes before the finale.

        I mentioned LOGOS because it’s more relevant to DitF based on plot structure and character relationships:

        It doesn’t fucking matter, retard. Everyone was talking about Okada and EVOL. I have a feeling you switch subject to Logos because you simply hasn’t seen EVOL at all.

      • April 22, 2018 at 10:55 pmAlchemist

        As simple as it would make your claim, I will not permit such slander to Rena Rune/Pollion

        Being rejected in the second cour is not early. Being rejected and being so upset about it you let a gay angel hijack you isn’t reasonable.

        The OVA is a fix-fic. Of course she’s alone, because if she and Kagura had any relationship closer, we’d have another waifu riot on our hands.

        No media exists in a vaccum. You can restrict the conversation to EVOL, but you’re simply handicapping yourself, since EVOL’s relationships as a rule had one or zero redeeming factors.

        Funny you bring up the OVA, which exclusively existed to take the best relationship in the cast and give them an alternate universe happy ending while warming up the audience for the most unorthodox but best Aquarion.

        It’s almost like they fucked up so badly with the character interactions in the second cour of EVOL that they had to go back to the last working configuration.

      • April 22, 2018 at 11:01 pmvonPeterhof

        Being rejected in the second cour is not early.

        It put an end to all speculations about possibility of Amata/Zessica pairing. And it happened only 2 episode later than in FranXX. Reminder that just few days ago you could see lots of threads that Ichigo may steal Hiro from 02. It’s just 2 episodes later than in Franxx. Literally the same thing.

        Of course she’s alone

        So if she is alone what kind then what did you mean by this:

        I envy that your brain permits you to forget the finale.

        You’re literally retarded and I’m not going to continue this discussion any longer.

      • April 23, 2018 at 3:57 amGewurtztraminer

        There is nothing like Aquarion EVOL in Franxx and I’m wondering if you have seen EVOL at all. Let’s ignore plot and mecha action and take only melodrama. Zessica loved Amata, confessed to him, but there were no cheap 180% turns where Zessica would go “I’m so happy for those two” in the very next episode. It took all 26 episodes until Zessica accepted her loss and even in the final episode she was still a little bit upset about it. That’s how human feelings work.

      • April 23, 2018 at 4:04 amGewurtztraminer

        they are very similar.

      • April 24, 2018 at 3:44 amNeroNervous

        @Gewurtztraminer
        If you’re going to quote a passage from a earlier comment made by another user, please use the blockquote tag. Otherwise, it gets too confusing for other people can understand his comment.

  • April 21, 2018 at 11:36 pmzztop

    No new episode of Franxx next week.
    https://twitter.com/DARLI_FRA/status/987707019418255361
    https://www.reddit.com/r/anime/comments/8dwf32/there_will_be_no_episode_of_darling_in_the/

    To prevent Franxx from finishing its allotted airtime too soon, they’re airing a “making of” special next week.

    • April 22, 2018 at 12:34 amiron2000

      Ok, a making of.

      What if they decide to provide explanations there?
      Or proclaim they set off to explore character relationships and interaction, the setting and world view is not important and just a stage?

      I’m just eager to know the whole truth :P

      • April 22, 2018 at 12:38 amiron2000

        Ok saw the tweet, nothing about explanations.

        The 10 main cast talk about the past 15 episodes and about the their characters.
        Plus making scenes and staff interviews.

      • April 25, 2018 at 6:22 amKyuuA4

        I think Hiro went dino at the end of ep.15 – the stress from turning into Strelizia Roja and then defeating the biggest klax they’ve ever seen AND the massive dome that withstood plantation-sized suicide bombings probably turned him into blue oni.
        Why else would you think they’re doing a theatrical release for ep.16 if it wasn’t turbo plot tweest?

      • April 25, 2018 at 6:39 amPleroma

        Next episode is supposed to be about the adults, which makes me think if they ever do bring out the full blue oni it’ll be a last-minute powerup.

      • April 25, 2018 at 6:42 amshh227

        Mostly likely that couple episodes.

      • April 25, 2018 at 6:49 amHisdon

        Like actually last minute. The payoffs for the mystery about their society are with the survivors up top poking around in the new ruins of their plantation before they gear up to go down the hole, Hiro and 02 don’t reappear until the last episode.

      • April 25, 2018 at 7:20 ampeko

        No, it’ll be 3 eps of plot dump, then another 6 of Hiro-02 sex scenes, a school festival episode, and all the power couples getting married.

    • April 22, 2018 at 2:22 amLoliHat

      Sure does sound like they suddenly had to fill a spot that opened up because they had to combine two episodes into one in order to get a “happy ending”.

      I can but hope that we end up getting a “director’s cut” once this has settled down.

  • April 21, 2018 at 11:53 pmiron2000

    Hmm, so Hringhorni could be a ship.

    Humans in data form?
    Reminds me of Nier, the gestalt and replicant thing.

    Gargantia, I’ve thoroughly forgotten about it already.
    Safe for the Tomokazu Sugita mecha and flying mail girls.
    Need to read up.

    Somehow the Seven Sage have the mysterious bad guys vibes but I cannot confidently point my finger at them.

    That giant arm.
    Theres one that looks like a brain.
    Don’t tell me theres another class of K-saur.
    Reminds me of that giant thing in Evangelion, giant Reis.

    Is Zero Two the next perfect form of what the Seven Sages want to achieve?
    The dangerous game to play God, create evolution?
    I imagine them taking off their mask to reveal frail old faces.
    Then I’d feel bad about judging them.

    • April 22, 2018 at 12:06 amiron2000

      Ya, I was thinking APE takes humans to space on the ship to escape the K-saurs which need humans to multiply.
      One of the pictures that form in my mind.

      • April 22, 2018 at 12:36 amPantsGoblin

        The way APE were talking about “backing up” the plantations, and “releasing them from their mortal cages”, look like we’re in for another digital hivemind/virtual world scheme on our hands.

      • April 22, 2018 at 12:39 amWorldwidedepp

      • April 22, 2018 at 12:51 amMiyashiro

        So, it’s a war between robots using human clone soldiers inside giant robots against humans using human clone soldiers mutated into weird orange goo piloting giant robot monsters.

      • April 23, 2018 at 9:00 amiron2000

        When the first go “releasing them from their mortal cages”, I took it just that they are killing them of, didn’t think of the uploading humans in data form.

        Wonder why didn’t they do it earlier if thats really it?

        Or majority are already in data and this minority opted out and eventually just forget their purpose of life. But the resources needed to preserve their frail bodies, how long have it been this way? Ok, the plantation should be self sustainable. I suppose there would be animal farms and fisheries in there, maybe food processing factories. Or not? The parasites have good food but the humans eat weird stuff. Oh, maybe they synthesize the food or something. Awesome future tech almost to the point of magic. Ok thinking too much again :P

        Utawarerumono.
        That anime never interested me.
        After you compared it with techy stuff, I looked into the wiki link and was quite intrigued.
        Maybe I will source out that final part to take a look.

    • April 22, 2018 at 12:37 amWorldwidedepp

      • April 23, 2018 at 8:41 amiron2000

        The humans in data form, I got that from Pancakes’ text.
        I was thinking the Seven Sages are more ruthless, just only wanting the experiment and combat data.
        Somehow I just cannot say if the Seven Sages are good or bad.

        Watched that anime but forgot about the plot already.
        Can only recognize the girl and the mecha.

        I think by Christmas I would have forgotten about Darling in the Franxx already.

      • April 23, 2018 at 10:38 amWorldwidedepp

        You sure?

        Are not the “Drill that pierce the heavens!” still not an good memory for you?

        or “Kill la Kill!”

        Also the “Zero Two!, Darling! Zero Two! Darling! Zero Two! Darling Darling Darling!” could anchor in many memories of watchers

      • April 24, 2018 at 6:59 amiron2000

        Kill la Kill.
        Super fibre clothing, talking clothes, over-the-top school life.
        I can’t remember the twist at the end already.
        The scissor sword.

        Gurren Lagann.
        Drills, living underground, beastman.
        Anti-spiral, galaxy, epicness.

        Thats all I can say off the bat.
        I can remember the character and mecha designs too but not most names.

        Ok, maybe vague points here and there I can and will still remember but the cringe scene in this episode is not memorable to me.

      • April 24, 2018 at 2:04 pmWorldwidedepp

        No worries, good Animes are like good Music.. It is the “ear worms” (aka refrains or just some lines, perhaps even only the beat) that should stay inside our memories, it is not that i know all Animes from start to finish i consumed in my entire Anime life. if you just remember some scenes and their gist, perhaps even just their OP and ED (or Music), then it is all good.

        Animes in our past are like good Whine or Music, you just remember the taste not the entire menue you eat at that day :)

        Well, this is (very easy put) how i remember my Animes and Movies

      • April 24, 2018 at 2:06 pmWorldwidedepp

        example:

        Good old Music for me is anchored with ABBA from my past (well my parents heart it at their time).. And ABBA as Music Group is Studio Ghibli for Animes/Movies for me…

        Just an little info

    • April 22, 2018 at 12:44 amWorldwidedepp

      or easier

      Just watch the latest Godzilla Anime Movie.. there you have nearly the same base from up in space

      and perhaps the key point of the last seconds of the Gozilla movie

  • April 22, 2018 at 12:08 amBeep

    • April 22, 2018 at 1:37 amEmbraceMe

      http://randomc.net/image/Darling%20in%20the%20Franxx/Darling%20in%20the%20Franxx%20-%2015%20-%20Large%2035.jpg

      They die together or they live to become two hobos traveling the world like Hiro wanted to.

      • April 22, 2018 at 4:47 amAex

        They’ll probably lead everyone in a revolt against Papa, and by that point Hiro won’t be human but still alive and himself(blue oni) and Zero-Two will have accepted that she isn’t human(red oni) so the two will quietly slip out the back and disappear to find a place for themselves.

      • April 25, 2018 at 6:26 ambeezis

        why do you guys want him to turn so badly? I can’t self insert if he becomes a monster. I enjoy the narrative of human dating monster girl, but you guys want to turn this into monster-monster mash.

        just say NO to hiro blue.

      • April 25, 2018 at 6:40 amPleroma

        Because he will be even more of a chad.

      • April 25, 2018 at 6:46 ambahumut75

        Because it will make 02 happy and she won’t be alone. As simple as that.

      • April 25, 2018 at 6:47 amAex

        @beezis: Because every time these two lovebirds ride together his Y cells get a jump, and the blue inside him seems to feed on that. They obviously can’t have Strelitzia on the sidelines for the rest of the series if things are just gonna get crazier(which of course they are), hence we accept that Hiro is going to go blue and Zero-Two will have their purple babies.

      • April 25, 2018 at 6:56 amm00nshine

        but 02 is already happy, after she realized hiro would accept her no matter what. the kiss made that very clear.

      • April 25, 2018 at 7:05 amomar235

        fuck you i just wanna see the red and blue oni have hot wrestling sex and get all sweaty and claw each other up and shit competing for domination while ichigo is forced to suffer the heaving banging echoing throughout the dorm house resulting in the attic being even more clawed than before stained with the scent of sweat sex and honey okay i admit it

      • April 25, 2018 at 7:10 amZalis116

        Because it sounds like the secret third option to an ultimatum, like rip out your prince’s throat and go back to the beast you were or flee and live forever alone and unwelcome among either, that’s supposed to be clever and subversive even though you and the whole audience thought of it.

      • April 25, 2018 at 7:14 amtigertora

        Because they’re not monsters, they’re the next step in human evolution. A new type of ningen, you might say

    • April 22, 2018 at 8:24 pmstarss

      YES. She clearly still has some features left from her child oni self! It was adorable!

  • April 22, 2018 at 12:13 amWorldwidedepp

    Reminder:

    There will be no new Episode next Week

    • April 22, 2018 at 12:28 amiron2000

      Finally, a rest day :P

  • April 22, 2018 at 12:59 amWeird d

    Ichigo did get a rather awesome moment herself when Delphinium bitchslapped then headbutted the berserk Strelizia – pretty funny too. Also, Delphinium somehow getting a new helmet after that…
    Oh, and I hope all the adults in this show die. Especially the APE guys…

    • April 22, 2018 at 1:20 amAshura

      -Ichigo even synced with him
      -Still let him go

      I’m not sure whether to happy that she accepted that Hiro’s never going to be in her reach or mad because he had an option and chose to ignore it

    • April 22, 2018 at 10:19 pmSzanboti

      can we just remove Ichigo from existence she is the one thing ruining this show

      • April 26, 2018 at 12:10 amKF

        That I had to disagree – Ichigo has been amazing!

  • April 22, 2018 at 1:02 amUltenth

    We’re in the second half now, we’ll get thecramped info dump episode eventually.
    I don’t mind if they are vehicles. Don’t mind if mecha in general are just vehicles for fight scenes.
    I only mind if the fight scenes aren’t good, which is my gripe for most episodes in the show barring a few.
    That and I hope we get humanoid klaxosaurs as enemies, maybe the designs will get more interesting than shapes with some of them resembling garden tools

  • April 22, 2018 at 1:11 amWorldwidedepp

    • April 23, 2018 at 3:42 amishmael

      Can you really call them fights when the enemies just float around and wait to get beat up? The show constantly presents the illusion of strategy but it never matters.

      • April 23, 2018 at 10:35 amWorldwidedepp

        This Blue Onis = Zerg from Starcraft: Brood Wars

        So now tell me, that the Zerg are useless there

      • April 25, 2018 at 6:53 amFoo202

        I wonder where they’ll get sent to now that P13 is fucked

      • April 25, 2018 at 6:57 amm00nshine

        P13 will become the first city of the new human civilization after Hiro overthrown Papa.

  • April 22, 2018 at 1:43 amkilljoy_the

    • April 22, 2018 at 2:44 amOscar

      That shot oozes Rebuild of Eva so much, and I like it.

      • April 23, 2018 at 8:33 amiron2000

        What if this is the far future after the End of Evangelion?
        lol, can’t be :P

        Think about expanding EVA into something like the Universal Century saga in Gundam.

  • April 22, 2018 at 1:53 amBeep

    Did anybody notice how Zorome and Futoshi had tears in their eyes when they were criticizing hiro and zero two confessing to each other with their comms on? Hahahahaa!

    • April 22, 2018 at 3:38 amDivineking

      Miku and Zorome are officially best couple after Hiro and 02
      Seriously, I loved the part where they pick up Goro and speak simultaneously
      If they did, they’ll be the ones I get most broken up about.

      • April 22, 2018 at 7:11 pmHaruhiToy

        Miku and Zorome could stand to learn the same lesson 02 and Hiro learned, and that is to talk with each other.

        I hope they learn that and are happier by the end and trigger/A1 don’t fucking kill them off

    • April 23, 2018 at 5:14 pmSpastic

      @Beep
      -everyone heard their confession, even the generic pilots
      -they are reminded yet again that Godfather Hiro is alive and that it was him who destroyed Crevasse fuelled by the power of love and after taming a dreaded partner killer

      • April 23, 2018 at 7:55 pmKyuuA4

        Godfather Hiro is alive

        I think the best buildup to the ending would be Hiro addressing all the children survivors they found by the names he gave them.

  • April 22, 2018 at 2:09 amMami

    I have mixed feelings about how quickly things were resolved. On one hand, dragging on inevitability would have been annoying. We already know Hiro wanted to save her, we already know Ichigo had no chance and had basically resigned prior to 9 alpha sowing the seeds of distrust in her, we already know Zero two feels like shit because of her actions and will be reevaluating herself after having the only person she cares for calling her a monster. While I wish Hiro had done what Chise from mahoyome had done regarding her mother (holding their horrible actions against them, while also thanking them for helping them feel alive) and maybe save the proclamation of love for another date, or just make it more low-key than what happened.
    In the end though, I can’t say I dislike a cheesy explosion fest.

    Also, while I’m very grateful to Goro for being a bro, I wish his characterisation spread further than ‘the kind, mature one’. I kind of want to see more of the younger him, the him that used to pick fights every day.

    • April 22, 2018 at 2:51 amRederoin

      http://randomc.net/image/Darling%20in%20the%20Franxx/Darling%20in%20the%20Franxx%20-%2015%20-%20Large%2035.jpg

      It’s like the characters are celebrating the plot turning into a trainwreck in a self-aware fashion. They’re happy because it means they can be together, but they’re crying because they know they’re trapped in a terrible anime.

      • April 22, 2018 at 3:21 amMami

        Terrible? I don’t find the anime terrible in the least, don’t misunderstand me with your own issues, I’m just confused whether I wanted what happened last episode to drag on or not. An entire episode of Ichigo trying (and failing) to look her way, another episode of zero two being depressed, or things picking up, it’s a conundrum, because the inevitable meing milked for what’s it worth annoys the hell out of.

      • April 22, 2018 at 3:28 amRederoin

        If you’re going that route you need have some decent writing to not make the show seem very repetitive and boring.

    • April 22, 2018 at 3:42 amMami

      I really don’t share your feelings on this series so you’ve more or less lost me.

  • April 22, 2018 at 2:29 amOtakuExile

    http://randomc.net/image/Darling%20in%20the%20Franxx/Darling%20in%20the%20Franxx%20-%2015%20-%20Large%2024.jpg
    Oh no the adorable training mech is dead.

    Well, this concludes the lovers reunion arc from ep 1. I predict what APE is up to will be the focus from this point on. Klaxsaurs being humans all along/ something underneath seems like a possibility. 02 might have been a fully intact human-like core recovered.
    I think Hiro and 02 crossing path in their kindergarten may have been planned all along.
    >indeed, coffee of plantation 13 is bitter.

    • April 22, 2018 at 3:04 amWorldwidedepp

      Perhaps they use this “break” next week to finalize the end, to set up it in stone and begin to work forward to it (preproduction guys!).. Well this is just my guess

  • April 22, 2018 at 2:30 amLoliHat

    Did they just back-up all the adults in the plantation that self-destructed?

    Where will these new bodies be downloaded… ah, perhaps that answers the question of what happens to all the children(‘s bodies)…

    • April 22, 2018 at 2:39 am8mmspikes

      98% of the adults, they said.

      It’s funny how they said the with the opening of the crevasse the liberation of humanity was “at hand” and then a giant hand came out and smashed.

    • April 22, 2018 at 3:12 amWorldwidedepp

      this backup the bodies reminds me of “Expelled from Paradise”, where they need to grown an biological body of an DNA file with boosters. But in “expelled” they need to earn the memory they are stored… so even there they have “rich” and “poor”

      Perhaps here is something similar. Because the center of this Space Station looks the same as on the ground, just without these arms/legs

      Perhaps they want to terraform this Planet and use an Hybrid of the “ancient lifeform” (Human) and a mixing of their own genes and need the Plantations to life on the surface. So the real aliens are they themselves.. i took the idea out of “Godzilla” (the anime movie). Like the movie “Patema inverted” where at the end of the movie the truth comes to light

      But lets see.

      • April 22, 2018 at 3:15 amWorldwidedepp

        ancient lifeform = 80% ancient lifeform mixed with 20% own genes = Zero Two
        The Kids we see and Adults, mostly 80% own genes mixed with 20% ancient lifeform dna

        Utawarerumono is not that far away then

        Well, lets see

  • April 22, 2018 at 3:25 amDaimoSet

    http://randomc.net/image/Darling%20in%20the%20Franxx/Darling%20in%20the%20Franxx%20-%2015%20-%20Large%2012.jpg

    Actually now that I think about I think Chlorophytum might have the most weapons of any P13 Franxx. She’s got machine gun hands, laser cannons and pointy legs whereas every other Franxx has a single weapon.

    • April 22, 2018 at 11:31 pmShades

      The mechs are cute as shit, shame there has been next to nothing explained about them and they’re basically just pretty vehicles to keep the redditors entertained with mindless fight scenes. Their designs are completely wasted on this steaming hunk of klaxosaur turd. And speaking of klaxosaurs, they just seem to be the same shitty 3dcg insect/monster/munchkin chaff that you see in every battle harem ever. Truly an amazing show.

    • April 23, 2018 at 2:38 amabunai

      What was the point of exposing those seemingly-fragile fuel canisters to fire? To look cool? Because cooling vents don’t operate anything like that, and heating your fuel just seems like a terrible idea anyway.

  • April 22, 2018 at 1:53 pmKinai

    Am I the only one that thinks that the ‘papa’ (it’s worse for me each time that I heard it because I am Spaniard. ^^U) and the others look awfully similar to Seele?They control everything, have a secret plan and arent worried about the children’s well-being.

    I am more interested in that part that the typical girl meet boy story.

    • April 22, 2018 at 6:14 pmKatratzi

      I think they might be attacking Gran Crevasse to secure the Magma Energy to get their power production to the point where they can all fuck off and live happy forever as uploads.

      YFW Darlings message is telling all the society dropouts to find someone to share their worlds with. VR and Anime bad, VR and Anime with 3d waifu good.

      • April 22, 2018 at 6:50 pmKatratzi

        Show Spoiler ▼

        They aren’t lying. If last week was any indication, living on a mainframe with you assholes would be suffering. One little thing and we’re swimming in an ocean of headcanon. No thank you.

  • April 22, 2018 at 5:27 pmSDFGS

    Are some people here seriously thinking that the sudden shift in writing this episode from last week is all because the backlash the show received on twitter?….c’mon! You should know by know all anime is produced weeks/months before they actually air. Right about now they should be working on the final eps of Franxx. The janky writing had nothing to do with the threats as this was already planned out….which goes to show that the writing (in this aspect) was bad to begin with.

    The only thing companies can remotely do within less than a week timeframe is re-record scenes. There’s isn’t enough time in the world for them to go back, take out scenes, and rewrite->reanimate->re-record them within less than a week. I would have thought people knew this already ever since Shirobako and other anime producing anime basically revealed this information.

    So no, Death Threats had no affect on this episode. If anything it might affect how the finale is handled. Which would kind of explain the week break that we have with no explanation at all….I guess time to rework some things in the end.

    • April 22, 2018 at 6:43 pmBlueMoon

      Honestly the people behind the show were probably happy to recieve the death threats. They clearly knew episode 14 was going to make people angry and it clearly did so on purpose. Its supposed to make people upset so that the payoff in 15 has a bigger impact. The threats show that your audience is really invested in your show to the point of getting that mad at an episode intended to make them upset, it tells you that your art is being appreciated.

    • April 22, 2018 at 7:58 pmDorcas_Aurelia

      @SDFGS and @BlueMoon

      You should know by know all anime is produced weeks/months before they actually air.

      You should know better than to think this by now. Most anime is made right down to the wire. OreTwi and KLK were notorious for sometimes getting the episode tapes turned in mere hours before airtime.

  • April 22, 2018 at 7:09 pmjhpace1

    http://randomc.net/image/Darling%20in%20the%20Franxx/Darling%20in%20the%20Franxx%20-%2015%20-%2008.jpg
    How smug they all were. “Sit back, Hiro – we’ll take care of it.” Even after they had pushed Zero Two out of their unit, knowing the demon-girl was still the only partner that Hiro could pilot.

    Ichigo being the most selfish of all, wanting Hiro just because he was the childhood star before he met Zero Two the demon child in the snow. Ichigo ignoring her own partner – where is he supposed to go?

    And way too many surprises when it came to the “final destination” and Klaxusaurs larger than Plantations and such. Plus that big hand as large as a mountain. We’re either going to get an Eureka-type explanation where Humanity came back to Earth only to find squatters or some kind of post-Singularity event.

    • April 22, 2018 at 8:02 pmSpotlesseden

      Now that I think about it, I think Hiro’s inability to pilot with other humans wasn’t just a result of having ingested 02′s blood, but was caused by the memory wipe too.
      There’s a big theme about linking minds to operate a Franxx, and Hiro was missing a very important chunk of his memory, and also seemed to have lost some of his personality as a result of the memory wipe as well.
      When he got that back, he could pilot with Ichigo.

      It would also imply that the reason he was able to pilot with 02 wasn’t because of his blood, but because she held his missing memories, so when they linked up, her memories filled in the blanks that Hiro was missing.

    • April 22, 2018 at 11:21 pmvastoceans

      @jhpace1
      Except they’re not really developing since the thing taht was block them was the “amnesia” bullshit. This isn’t like E7 where Renton actually had to get to know about Eureka and where Eureka actualy had to realize what she liked about Renton. Hiro and 02 don’t have to do anything because the show just decided that they’re in love. The End.

    • April 25, 2018 at 7:48 amDuskyPredator

      I was fucking hoping Futoshi would man up, get fit and the food jokes would stop. But he just cares that Hiro doesn’t eat his food. Why they hate fatties so much?

  • April 22, 2018 at 8:02 pmstarss

    …. boy I bet all those people making news about the Ichigo hate are feeling like suckers right about now.

  • April 22, 2018 at 8:23 pmbazerkaX

    The guy’s hair color changed. Specifically the leader of the kamikaze squad.

    It use to be brown but he is all grey now. Probably foreshadowing the short lifespans of all the parasites.

    • April 22, 2018 at 8:27 pmstarss

      …. holy cow that was the same guy?? I just thought it was another character!

      • April 25, 2018 at 6:07 amMalintex Terek

        its the same guy, 0090, the P26 Team leader

  • April 22, 2018 at 8:58 pmPrivate

    Ichigo haters say it?

    • April 25, 2018 at 7:41 amDuskyPredator

      Ichigo is shit. Goro may not have much personality, but no one deserves that kind of shit.

  • April 23, 2018 at 3:08 amornehx

    Zero Two
    Darling
    Zero Two
    Darling
    Zero Two
    Darling Darling Darling Darling!!

    Wow, who would have expected 15ep earlier, an anime with such a cheesy name. And 14ep earlier, an anime thats trying to sell via cheaply hentai style mecha piloting positiong. Would finally become such a heavy hitter now!

    • April 25, 2018 at 6:09 amdarkchibi07

      Would 02 accept oni Hiro?

      • April 25, 2018 at 6:36 amRagg

        at this point in the show, she’d probably accept 5 foot tall turd Hiro. Or garbage pile Hiro. Or sawdust and glue Hiro.

        They just murdered a klax as big as a plantation with the power of how satisfied they were with each other. The writers would have to come up with some contrived shit to ruin that.

        I hope they don’t try and instead move on to more klax killing, mecha fighting, and world building. Maybe a little character growth for the rest of the crew.

      • April 25, 2018 at 6:51 amOhoni

        Hiro becoming part Klaxosaur and both of them coming to terms with their Klaxosaur nature are major developments, it won’t be an easy path for either of them.

        But at least Hiro made it clear that they need to talk and think things through together as a couple instead of running away to be angsty and retarded by themselves.

      • April 25, 2018 at 7:03 amchicogrande

        Humanity is overrated anyway. They would be happy together.

  • April 23, 2018 at 10:35 amshi-ne

    Only PC fools think that in every language anything with the word “die” is a death threat. Saying stuff like “shi-ne” in Japanese is pretty much just “drop dead, jerk”. Even your average “saitei” is probably more impactful than that (“you’re bottomfeeding scum”).

    Also the “kill yourself” thing in Japanese is more like “take responsibility for effing up real bad and gtfo”, not a threat either. We all know they’re big on taking responsibility and seppuku used to be the ultimate form of that.

    So, it was just your typical fan bitchfest, nothing really to write home about.

    • April 23, 2018 at 10:41 amshi-ne

      Feel free to delete this duplicate. Sorry, I accidentally posted it not as a reply at first

  • April 23, 2018 at 5:36 pmArin

    It was obvious that Ichigo never had a chance, but the writing from the last episode was still terrible and the Ichigo x Goro x Hiro episode was also terrible. This episode was great in terms of pacing, writing, and action, but it’s like we’re watching a messy hodgepodge slammed together. There’s only a few really nice episodes carrying it and reminding me of what it could be if it wasn’t handled so poorly.

    I’m not Ichigo x Hiro or Zero Two x Hiro, it was just obvious from the start that the latter two were going to be the star-crossed couple, Ichigo was always going to be friendzoned. I just wish the love triangle drama had been a sidenote to the main storyline instead of the main attraction.

    • April 25, 2018 at 5:53 amDaemonblue

      I would rather see Goro paired with Alpha Gay.

  • April 23, 2018 at 6:11 pmTarage

    The amount of butthurt from Ichigo fans in this thread is hilarious btw.

    • April 25, 2018 at 6:05 amWebki

      So, when will Hiro finally ditch Zero and accept Ichigo as true waifu?

  • April 24, 2018 at 1:54 amUminoSaki

    My god, this comment section needs proper moderation. Some idiot still thinks it’s okay to use the “f” slur for gay people? Seriously? Children, the lot of you.

    • April 24, 2018 at 11:46 amWorldwidedepp

      We just try not to feed the trolls, and mostly it works..So no worries

      • April 25, 2018 at 7:32 amBango

        not enough gay stamens to fuck Nine Alpha

  • April 24, 2018 at 4:23 pmLonghaul

    It would be nice ‘character development’ if Zero Two’s horns stay in their current broken state.

    • April 25, 2018 at 7:21 amzliplus

      No, the next episode is going to have 02 and Hiro one-shot the El Grande Mano, APE was actually benevolent from the start and Dr. Franxx was a red herring, and the last of the anime is going to be SoL.

  • April 25, 2018 at 7:29 amMegiddo

    I dunno the tone of this show simply doesn’t fit with death and tragedy in my opinion. At this rate I doubt that anyone of the main characters is going to die.

    • April 25, 2018 at 11:47 amWorldwidedepp

      Did Trigger, in their History, killed one of their MC Staff in their Animes so far? Kill la Kill? Little Witch Academia? and so on…

      • April 25, 2018 at 11:47 amWorldwidedepp

        no there is no hidden ironic in my posting

      • April 25, 2018 at 2:07 pmAex

        Gurren Lagann and Kill la Kill both killed main characters.

    • April 25, 2018 at 10:42 pmArin

      Yeah, I don’t think this is gonna be the show anyone expected at this point. Now I’m more expecting it to be “friendship can overcome anything!” territory which is kinda meh. At least this episode had some damn actual mecha fighting. Too many episodes were wasted on stupid slice-of-life drama and I feel like a lot of the questions will be either left unanswered or with an unsatisfying conclusion. There is a rich world to explore here, but they simply spent too much time on the horribly contrived love triangle at this point.

  • April 25, 2018 at 11:21 pmKF

    For fuck sake guys – Ichigigo was in the right. All you have to do was wait for 02 to get Hiro anyway.

    http://randomc.net/image/Darling%20in%20the%20Franxx/Darling%20in%20the%20Franxx%20-%2015%20-%20Large%2035.jpg

  • April 26, 2018 at 7:02 pmm00nshine

    http://randomc.net/image/Darling%20in%20the%20Franxx/Darling%20in%20the%20Franxx%20-%2015%20-%20Large%2024.jpg

    Hiro wanted to help the other children, but nobody wanted to help him, even Goro and Ichigo were not able to question Papa and its decisions

    • April 26, 2018 at 8:25 pmKruszer

      Hiro liked 02 because she’s wrestling againt a APE member to get his picture book back.

      • April 26, 2018 at 10:37 pmNom_Anor

        Well yeah, the whole reason he likes 02 was because she was the only one besides him who didnt just blindly accept the circumstances. Rather than just give the picture book to the caretaker, she fought for it and managed to keep it as a result.

  • April 27, 2018 at 3:09 amSowetoFa

    http://randomc.net/image/Darling%20in%20the%20Franxx/Darling%20in%20the%20Franxx%20-%2015%20-%20Large%2012.jpg

    Daily reminder that Fatoshi became an ace pilot once Ikuno made a man out of him, while Shitsuru remained a worthless faggot throughout the entire episode.

    When it comes to piloting robots, flab always trumps abs.

  • April 28, 2018 at 12:15 pmWorldwidedepp

    Ep Special: (Next Episode 16 come out next week)

    - i am satisfied with the Special. It is okay. It is not really Blu-ray material, but this was not the purpose right now. They have surly more time and stuff (Flesh) when the Anime end. Like more making of stuff and other things

    - i want to believe on the main Writer and want to say “Fight to, gambata-ne and i hope the community could give him little support on his Way

    - also small teaser was dropped, that Kokoro will change and such.. Lets see. I just hope that the Merchandising do not crush the shoulders of the team in the meantime, special the one in charge of all of this.. That includes his Editor and helper.. (Shirobako…)