OP: 「KISS OF DEATH」 by Mika Nakashima x Hyde
「ぼくたちの日々」 (Bokutachi no Hibi)
“Days of Our Lives”
One episode breaks can be utter nuisances at the best of times, but you have to admit Franxx picked the right time to let us take in the wild ride that is darling love and assorted NTR. RandomC hardware going up in smoke? Final exams ravaging Pancakes’ cherished moments of blogging and commenting time? Nothing a week off cannot fix. With everything body and soul now back up and running though (as it should be) it’s time to return to the teenage mecha drama fest and all the chaos it brings. Oh yeah, it’s a brand new Franxx.
Considering where we left off some two weeks prior, it’s not too surprising we got the calm before the storm episode to herald Franxx’s second half. Some one month has passed since the “blow up the world and everything/-one in it” climax, and our parasite crew now find themselves all but left to fend for themselves. All parts of a balanced character development diet were on hand, from new reveals of
entirely expected love to bursts of touching camaraderie, and even a bit of subtle personality shifts guaranteed to be critically important later on. Zero Two’s change is likely to be the talk of the week though, as our horned demon girl has gone full cutie pie (if in a demure manner), becoming a full part of the squad and losing the impulsive aggressiveness largely defining her prior self. While undeniably a sudden shift, it’s a believable one considering Zero Two both knows Hiro is her true darling and is able to be at his side, and has the added benefit of providing some protection worthy smiles. Don’t deny, you d’awwed too. Of course Ichigo finally giving up on the come from behind victory (there’s hope for Gorou yet) may have helped matters, but I doubt either girl is ever going to admit that.
Where the intrigue lay (at least for me), however, was with everyone else. Mitsuru for example is now fully over his grudge, with a haircut and Kokoro kiss effectively putting the change in stone—yes, expect those skilled Kokoro hands to done some work before too long. Likewise Zorome has shown himself, in a quite touching way, to be awfully perceptive and caring in a way few likely ever thought him to be. And then we get to the changes with Futoshi and Miku. The shock here isn’t for any shift in their personality (of which there’s little), but rather their physical differences. Besides the mention that most—if not all—of the kids have had the so called “child fever” (which we know is a sign of parasite demise), Miku’s hair is starting to change colour (never a good sign—take it from Chaika) and Futoshi’s appetite has gone full teenage prom queen. The latter certainly could just be Futoshi trying to win back Kokoro by trying for the Mitsuru look, but with everything else I firmly bet it’s medical and not by choice. These kids are slowly undergoing a change none of them—barring Zero Two—understand, and none have any tangible idea of the likely outcome. It remains to be seen whether this ominous teasing will result in anything bad given how devilishly Franxx has toyed with us before, but with the sheer number of flags popping up this week, something is going to give before too long.
What probably ensures someone is bound to cross the Styx too are the hints regarding the next threat in Franxx. For one our good doctor has some purpose for deliberately isolating the kids, and you can bet it involves those aforementioned physical changes. Then comes the talk on messengers and only one being needed, which you can be sure means either Hiro or Zero Two (likely Hiro, because darling) is going to be the target of liquidation very soon. And that’s before dealing with the appearance of a new klaxosaur girl who is definitely related to Zero Two in some capacity. With the Grand Crevasse now open and APE doing the usual evil things inside, I imagine we won’t have long to wait before the blue stuff hits the fan, the teenage (melo)drama roars back with a vengeance, and Zero Two returns to beast mode in the name of preserving darling harmony.
There’s a lot of tasty new developments awaiting us in round two of Franxx, the only question is how crazy it’s all going to get.
ED5: 「Escape」 by XX:me