「男の子×女の子」 (Otokonoko × Onnanoko)
“Boys x Girls”
Oh Trigger you never fail to disappoint. A little pulp action mecha goodness, rock soundtrack, and just a little T&A (well, mostly A) for the trouble—what’s not to love? Oh and maybe some more story tidbits, because you know we haven’t been incessantly teased enough already. I’d usually be enraged (with tongue firmly in cheek) with how much nose pulling Franxx is subjecting us to right now, but when you’ve got character banter this great, who’s honestly complaining?
While last week delved a good deal into parasite relationships, this episode arguably completed the task by showing (and patching over) just how ignorant our parasite squad actually is. For all the importance of attachment between boy and girl, both apparently have little understanding of the other side, and have managed to get through life without it largely unimpeded—at least until puberty hit. It’s an ironically perfect place to answer who these kids actually are given last episode’s enquiries, confirming they are human kids in the physical sense and more than willing (including in Kokoro’s case) to consider their sexual sides. As mentioned a while back pair bonds will be critical in Franxx, these kids will only survive with the help of their other halves, and to secure that assistance requires acknowledgement. Boys and girls can never truly empathize with each other given the different plumbing and hormonal balances, but both can bridge the gap enough so the other feels understood and appreciated. Simply learning to see each side has its own wants and needs is a critical first step in growing up, ensuring that when the true struggle begins pistil and stamen both implicitly understand they can rely on the other to complement what they themselves lack. Considering the apparent difficulty in just taking down low level klaxosaurs, such cooperation is not to be underestimated.
The question this raises of course is why these parasites are having to learn this themselves, and we thankfully got an answer for that too, if only in part. Squad 13 is apparently the first group of parasites to hit puberty all at once, and in the best representation of many a mecha leadership before, no one has any bloody idea how to handle the problem. These kids may all be test tube babies, but you’d think the handlers by now would have a clue about dealing with such nagging issues before they spiral out of control. Well, unless they were never meant to reach biological adulthood of course. We have been teased about the inevitability of parasite death for a while now, but the reveal of a previous squad 13 arguably pushes the point home: no matter the circumstances, all parasites die sooner rather than later. Zero Two certainly hints towards it enough after all, and that’s before recalling the ominous remarks of the previously encountered squad. How and when they start dropping like flies is anyone’s guess, but considering Miku’s response to the picture it’s not difficult guessing their method of conception and manipulated genomes likely has something to do with things. There’s a reason that entire floor of the parasite annex was kept off limits after all, and it’s not out of respect for the previous squad.
One way or another all this development hints towards some serious suffering on the horizon for our parasite crew, and it’s going to hit when we all least expect it.
ED3: 「Beautiful World」 by XX:me