「流星モラトリアム」 (Ryūsei Moratoriamu)
“Shooting Star Moratorium”
Seven episodes in and you know what we were missing? Why the ubiquitous beach episode of course! Yeah I know we are still missing the affirmation of Hiro-Zero Two marriage and all (just do it already), but seriously, beach episode! Seaside barbeques! Tests of courage!
Full half frontal nudity! Oh and maybe a bit of ominous foreshadowing, but it’s easy to miss when even the ED is fully into the moment. Whatever the future holds for these kids, it has nothing on the present.
Besides the usual (and pretty damn funny) shenanigans involving kissing and every beach trope barring watermelon bashing, we got even more plot-relevant information to whet the appetite. Hiro for example is now officially partnered with Zero Two and has seemingly moved up in life by graduating from test subject to glorified guide dog. It’s anyone’s guess what exactly the Grand Crevasse is right now and why the special specimen has to take Zero Two to it, but at least we have confirmation Hiro is not unique (and in fact was considered a failure until Zero Two) and Zero Two is simply one of a few horned demons—at least if that APE special force moniker is anything to go by. The more intriguing aspect, however, lies with the talk on plantations and how the world ended up in its current state. As Hiro highlighted magma energy drilling attracting klaxosaurs is a pretty straightforward idea, but then there’s the illustrious Papa who supposedly was humanity’s salvation. Certainly possible that the guy was just the right man at the right time, but this is post-apocalypse with
magic magma-fuelled mecha so it’s definitely not that simple. Did Papa deliberately engineer the klaxosaur apocalypse for his own benefit? Is it even a true apocalypse given the presence of a sea and one too many similarities between parasite home and abandoned town? No clear idea yet, but full bets on the Grand Crevasse holding the answer to all, especially when it’s almost certainly tied to the oft mentioned magma energy.
On the character side of things we also were not lacking for juicy details as one running hypothesis was teased in all its glory: yes, Zero Two might just go full yandere. The jury is far out on this one of course, but between Dr. Franxx’s warning to Hiro and Zero Two’s burgeoning interest in her darling (cannot blame her too much, Hiro did survive after all) you can expect some emotional problems to emerge before too long. Ichigo is the main reason for this of course—no point denying she’s fallen hard at this stage, even with that hilarious shooting star shutdown—but even Hiro himself could anger the horns if he starts failing to give Zero Two what she now thinks she is owed. The kid may have beaten death for example, but it’s not without its traces and there’s nothing to suggest yet that he will get off scot-free during the next go around. All that’s needed is someone or thing coming between Zero Two and her darling for us to find out just how deranged the girl can actually become. Whether it’s before or after Mitsuru gets a kick to the face is anyone’s guess—he’s seriously cruising for a bruising with that brooding attitude—but you can bet the lighthearted fun and games have probably reached their end.
Rest and recharge after all only prepares for future pain and suffering, and with Hiro and Zero Two now a permanent fixture on this parasite crew, expect the suffering to commence forthwith. With love and mystery now firmly on the table, Franxx looks ready to get down and dirty.
ED2: 「真夏のセツナ」 (Manatsu no setsuna) by XX:me