「トライアングル・ボム」 (Toraianguru Bomu)
I think there’s two minds now when it comes to Franxx. Either we are gearing up for one hell of a plot twist that will blow all (probably overhyped) expectations out the water, or this show is settling in to be frontrunner for the biggest tease of 2018. Attempted suicide, childhood love triangles, left field confessions, by hell we got all the goods this week, but do we have the faintest idea yet what’s coming next story-wise? Not in the slightest.
The focus of course this week was on Gorou and his relationship with Ichigo. Everyone knew of his crush on the girl for example, but I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one surprised at how long his has persevered. Ichigo pulling the childhood friend NTR duty sure (someone has to), but Gorou too? And with Ichigo also rejecting him? Now that’s playing dirty (bonus points for Hiro’s obliviousness as well). While this moment was always going to come to a head eventually consider the rapidly budding feelings of love popping up all over—hint, Zorome is next—I always thought it would be in relation to something serious—you know, like death. In a way we did get “serious” considering Gorou’ willingness to sacrifice himself in order to save his friends (and crush), but thanks to Ichigo’s brute stubbornness such platitudes never came to pass. Disappointing? A bit (who doesn’t want some midseason suffering?), but never fault Franxx for making the most out of these moments. After all, it’s hard denying now that Ichigo and Gorou are made for each other given how well their personalities mesh. Plus Gorou actually having the balls to confess makes me want to see him win, if just for the satisfaction of knowing there’s justice in this world. Come on Ichigo, pick the true childhood friend, you know you want to.
The real question raised from all the relationship growth this episode is what exactly comes next. We still have the story tidbits coming in hard and fast after all (the latest being
Christmas Papa Day and all the power that lets it exist), but barring the ominous foreshadowing of something wicked in the works for Hiro and Zero Two (remember the Grand Crevasse?), we know just as about as much as when we started: precious little. Being two cour Franxx has the breathing space needed to reveal its true story in good time, but the underlying (and growing) concern is the show taking too long in a buildup that any climax cannot make up for. Re:Creators suffered from this issue for example (albeit more from Meteora-isms than any dragged out filler), but had the benefit of a specific endpoint defined at the very start. With Franxx though we have no indication of what the endgame is meant to be, and every further episode without some form of tangible hint or proof simply increases both the intrigue and aggravation. We may all know what to roughly expect given the post-apocalypse theme (i.e. nothing good), but until the curtain is lifted and the truth revealed, I imagine we’re in for a restless wait.
At least we’ve now got some smiles worthy of protection available to help us all bide the time.
Author’s note: I’m not one to crack down on comments, but as forewarning after last week’s discussion any comments personally insulting others will be edited or deleted as seen fit. Feel free to argue over tastes and the like, but try and keep it civil.