「罪と告白」 (Tsumi to Kokuhaku)
“Punishment and Confession”
Ah the sweet, sweet sounds of not wholly unexpected (read: fully predictable) developments. After Hiro and Zero Two realized their adorable past together, you had to know something would throw a wrench into that tearful reunion, and indeed we got just such a wrench. In fact, we got more than one wrench. Ichigo cockblocking? Zero Two reassignment? Hiro failing to confirm the already confirmed? Oh yeah every important part of a balanced helping of drama were present, and Franxx made the most of it all.
After last week’s grand reveal I honestly thought Zero Two would be the one who would become the aggressor, but lo and behold Ichigo instead rising to the occasion. This was not entirely surprising to be honest, resolving Hiro’s past with Zero Two quickly would remove a good source of tension, but damn did Ichigo come across as the tragic villain. Refusing to let the two childhood friends meet? Trapping Hiro in his room? Actually confronting Zero Two when she knows full well what the pink haired demon is capable of? Yeah Ichigo is setting herself up for one hell of a fall later on, particularly after that confession (finally) made in full. It’s not even her fault, she only knows what she saw with her own two eyes, but you know when the dust settles she’s going to get burned bad; it’s the job of this childhood friend to suffer after all. Considering Ichigo also involved all of Squad 13 in on the “protecting” when more than a few had doubts regarding Zero Two’s debilitating influence—not to mention rejecting one as partner and potential lover both—I don’t think she can comprehend how deep of a hole she just made for herself.
Hiro and Zero Two of course aren’t likely to be kept apart for long (not with where everyone is heading), but how both wind up back together will be interesting. With Zero Two heading back to the Nines for example, it seems a few higher ups aren’t willing to take any chances with darling and the red demon both awakening to their pasts, and thus have assigned the best of the best to ensure Zero Two goes through with her fate. This will make Hiro’s immediate future interesting because it’s basically confirmed his he needs Zero Two in order to pilot anywhere near effectively—not because of any special ability mind you, but because of the side effects of that earlier memory erasure. Ichigo may be determined to the point of desperation to see Hiro connect with her, but this pairing won’t last more than a day or so before Hiro’s part of Squad 13 is openly called into question. With his role to escort Zero Two to the Grand Crevasse now over, what’s the point of keeping him around if he cannot pilot a Franxx? Unless the capture and defense of the Grand Crevasse goes badly—or Zero Two kidnaps her darling—I imagine we will soon find out what happens when a parasite is liquidated. We need a way to bring Hiro and Zero Two back together after all, and what better way than through a little illegal eloping. It’s not like Hiro doesn’t already have the skills—and yellow blood cell count—for it.
One way or another, you can bet what comes next isn’t going to be tame in the slightest.