「フラップ・フラップ」 (Frappu Frappu)
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.