「比翼の鳥」 (Hiyoku no Tori)
Well I dare say things are finally starting to heat up. As though the writers behind Franxx knew what to expect after the Ichigo shenanigans from last time (read: nothing good), this week saw not only resolution in the ongoing red-blue feud of the
century season, but some very tasty teasers of things to come and more than one hint of the truth now hiding in plain sight to assuage the shipping pains. We’re still technically far from any sort of resolution, but Franxx is now ready to start showing off the goods.
Probably the most surprising aspect this week was the speed at which Ichigo resigned herself to defeat. Considering how determined the girl was to make her love work I honestly expected an additional episode or so of Ichigo suffering in the face of incompatibility and Hiro’s relative indifference towards her—you know, to twist the knife ever harder. Instead, however, we got Ichigo being dragooned by Gorou of all people into reuniting the darlings and letting the destined pairing stand for all time. Kind of shocking, but arguably not that bad, it let Gorou meaningfully assert himself for once (even if only to give himself a better shot with Ichigo) and showed Ichigo exactly why her dreams are best left dreams. After all, it’s kind of hard ignoring how badly you’re rejected when successful pairing only works when the guy plasters his own crush’s image over yours. Credit where credit is due though, it was an outcome which had to happen at some point, getting it over with now means Ichigo has a better shot at finding happiness later on—and maybe a bit of audience redemption too.
Whether we get a happy ending for all, however, will probably come down to what happens next. With the Grand Crevasse breached in the ideal Trigger way (i.e. massive machines, over the top explosions), we are about to start finding out exactly what APE is after and likely what the klaxosaurs are to boot. Everyone by now likely assumes klaxosaurs are human-based in some capacity for example, but hints like this point to a more intimate, Gargantia-esque origin than initially apparent. Top this off with talk about Plantations being uploaded (suggesting the majority of humanity may in fact not even physically—i.e. in the sense of having a body—exist) and the obvious implications of that massive human shaped hand and we are looking at one hell of a reveal in the near future. And all of that is before getting into the mention of a Hringhorni being constructed. As Hringhorni was the Norse funeral ship for the god Baldr, Zero Two’s purpose is increasingly looking like some form of offering/sacrifice, with the intent likely being on properly uniting human and klaxosaur together. Given klaxosaur cores look to contain human bodies (at minimum), I wouldn’t put it past APE if the reason for all of this was to return an apparently Matrix-uploaded humanity back to their original, klaxosaur-consumed bodies. Probably more complex than that of course (particularly regarding how humanity wound up klaxosaurs in the first place), but hey, nothing says awesome like biotransference gone wrong.
The only question to deal with first is when Hiro and Zero Two finally decide to run away for good. With memories returned and reasons to live solidified, I imagine it won’t be long before the chosen couple chooses freedom and happiness over any moral obligations. Somehow I couldn’t blame them if they did.
Who knew, apparently girls can pilot Franxxs after all, at least if the Nines are anything to go by. Boys successfully paired in the pistil position? Yeah there’s something up with that, particularly when it never worked before. We’ll probably get the reason soon (unless all those Nines are traps and this whole thing is a story artefact), but I imagine this might having something to do with the stampede mode and those orange horns.