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OP2 Sequence

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 Sequence

ED5: 「Escape」 by XX:me

May 5, 2018 at 6:00 pm
  • May 6, 2018 at 6:24 pmMagewolf

    First review up after the break. Congratulation.

    • May 7, 2018 at 11:03 amOtakuExile



      1st New Oni girl
      2nd Nana
      3rd Zero Two
      4th Miku
      5th Naomi
      6th Ichigo
      7th Ikuno
      8th Kokoro

      BEST BOY
      1st Hiro
      2nd Dr. FranXX
      3rd Hachi
      4th 9a
      5th Futoshi
      6th Zorome
      7th Goro
      8th Mitsuru

      • May 7, 2018 at 11:14 amHMS Leviathan

        More like the official YOUR PERSONAL rankings… really.

      • May 7, 2018 at 11:32 amEmbraceMe

        Finally, a fan with good taste.

      • May 7, 2018 at 10:56 pmPancakes

        Can confirm, the doctor is definitely second after Hiro. Just look at his fashion choice!

      • May 8, 2018 at 7:33 amCloudy

        What kind of blasphemy is this? Goro is the last second?

        Are you sure?

  • May 7, 2018 at 9:42 amMcL

  • May 7, 2018 at 10:12 amKinai

    It’s clear that Franxx is more than the echi position in the mecha.

    By the way, I found that there is a manga about it and it explain a few things better:
    Show Spoiler ▼

    • May 7, 2018 at 11:28 amOtakuExile

      Everyone is gonna die, hiro is the only one that will survive and repopulate the world with the new oni girl

      • May 7, 2018 at 1:54 pmAngelus

        Everyone is gonna die

        Maybe not everyone, but death flags were definitely on special offer this week.

    • May 8, 2018 at 3:14 amiron2000

      The manga part was already posted in one of the past episode’s comments.
      Feels rather half-hearted to me.
      Theres still more to it.

      Hmm, maybe episode 20?
      In the final 4 eps?

    • May 8, 2018 at 3:21 amiron2000

      Actually I don’t find it ecchi.
      Maybe just a tinny bit of fanservice.

      Theres this super robot (parody?) where theres skimpy suits and breast groping every now and then.
      Watched a few eps but forgot the title.
      Maybe it was not that bad but it left an impression.

  • May 7, 2018 at 10:36 amNom_Anor

    • May 7, 2018 at 10:58 pmPancakes

      Not sure on that yet, I cannot see Zero Two dying without Hiro dying too, screws with the inevitable happy ending too much :P

  • May 7, 2018 at 11:36 amDuskyPredator

    • May 8, 2018 at 12:43 amYojimbo

      Wouldn’t it be crazy it this was ZeroTwo’s sister…

      • May 8, 2018 at 3:01 amiron2000

        Zero One, lol :P

        Hmm, maybe she will tell us all the history and backstory?
        All the blanks.

  • May 7, 2018 at 11:36 amKF

    • May 7, 2018 at 11:50 amStarwind


      -Mitusuru dies first due to having a weakass body and receiving the early injection
      -Kokoro goes into deep depression
      -Futoshi saves her with tender love
      -Kokoro realizes she loved Futoshi all along

    • May 7, 2018 at 10:59 pmPancakes

      Right before massive Kokoro blush and immediately after Kokoro-performed haircut.
      She did run away for a reason you know :P

    • May 8, 2018 at 8:59 amcvb

      There were various interactions between these 2 since the beach episode and it became quite clear Futoshi gave up on her in the partner change episode.

  • May 7, 2018 at 1:37 pmweasl

    Why do people think this shounen romance anime with mecha is going to end in some massive tragedy still?

    • May 7, 2018 at 2:10 pmSowetoFa

      most likely because the VAs of this show are a flock of autistic who spend their time shit posting in Twitter, especially Tomatoshit

      • May 8, 2018 at 9:04 amcvb

        Since when matters what the VAs of a series post on their personal social media in the outcome of said series? And why that make them “autistic”?

    • May 7, 2018 at 11:02 pmPancakes

      Likely down to Trigger and the number of death flags they keep shoving in our faces. I admit I’m also hoping for something shocking to happen (because there needs to be something eventually), but the show could easily avoid it and go for the “peaceful” route. It’s part of what keeps Franxx generating so much discussion.

    • May 9, 2018 at 1:37 amArin

      It had all the signs of being one, but after so many episodes and so much time building up the characters and making it a “teen drama” type deal, I no longer see this as a likely possibility unless they go Evangelion which would be a shitfest honestly. I’m watching each week and not expecting a whole lot, a lot of the episodes have been truly so-so bordering on bad for me so I’m trying to keep expectations low.

      But definitely it doesn’t seem to be that type of show anymore. We may be looking at a mostly happy ending maybe with one death or two.

  • May 7, 2018 at 5:11 pmsouma

    • May 7, 2018 at 11:03 pmPancakes

      We’ll know soon enough.

    • May 8, 2018 at 3:24 amiron2000

      What if they somehow whip up some miracle correction medicine?

      Or everyone just survive till the end with their impending death not shown.
      Open ended.

  • May 7, 2018 at 6:29 pmstarss

    … and we have a lesbian romance the hell outta nowhere. Ichigo and Ikuno never had any chemistry save for that one test run where they failed compatibility. I hope they shed some explanation on that.

    • May 7, 2018 at 11:04 pmPancakes

      To be fair it’s only being teased at the moment. If/when it happens, there will likely be some buildup beforehand; all the relationships so far haven’t come out of nowhere.

    • May 9, 2018 at 1:40 amArin

      I’m kinda for it but like in an exploring sexuality way. Ichigo has always been a pistol who can connect well to different partners and is pretty open-minded even though she has been a little bitch about Zero-Two. Goro is still the superior outcome for her in my mind, though. Maybe Goro can have a little harem going. He deserves it.

    • May 9, 2018 at 7:52 amcatniph

      Ikuno’s interest for Ichigo was always there for me, specially after Zero Two licked her once and said she tasted like secret stuff or something lol
      Besides that, there was an AMA at reddit with some people from the staff where they confirmed that there weren’t only heterosexual characters in the show.

  • May 8, 2018 at 12:42 amYojimbo

    Love the remixed OP and the gorgeous new visuals.

  • May 8, 2018 at 2:36 amiron2000

    We open anew with a theatrical reading.
    Then horn care sequence.

    New OP sequence!
    Zero Two falls.
    Dr Franxx, Sages, 9 Aplha, Nana and Hachi.
    Then onto Klaxosaur(?) hands
    Turn A ish hand waving.
    Mitsuru no more slick hairdo
    Ride-on Boys.
    Klaxosaur Queen and prehaps first Franxx or that ark thing is a Franxx?
    A hug through disintegrate…
    That queen thing is Zero Two?
    Another hint that Zero Two won’t survive?

    Or is it Strelizia + Hringhorni?

    Princess = Zero Two?
    2 keys = 9 alpha and Hiro?

    1 month…

    Zorome is still the papa lover.

    Supplies with a letter.
    A letter to Nana and Hachi that wasn’t taken.

    Whats that paste thing?

    Zero Two…looks like having achieve her wish she is unshackled and changed.
    Was Futoshi slimmer in the OP?

    Ok so Nana and hachi had gone into hiding as per orders from Dr Franx.
    All for his experiment.
    Been down this road before?
    That they are part of the previous P13 squad theory?
    Nana expiring?
    Why is Hachi so poker face serious?
    They remind me of the Velvet Room people, then Dr Franxx is Igor lol

    Gardening Mitsuru’s hair.
    Coming to terms with himself.
    Is this the third unique kiss?

    Oh, that fever.
    Feels like a growing up ritual.

    Fish…and soap suds?

    White hair…?
    Accelerated aging?
    Then the old lady and everyone else in the plantation could be expired Parasites?
    What is humanity?
    Maybe I’m thinking too much,

    No elevator? So their Franxx are up there too?
    Feels as though Zorome will never get the fever :P

    Feels like Dr Franxx experiment is just a simple thing.

    Modern cave men.
    This event is making the team better.

    Zorome… he knows when it is to not thank papa.

    Really geniuses… engineered children?
    Coordinators… ;p

    Actually Zorome looks like he knows what he is doing?
    Ok, he has the post-papa neglect trauma going on.

    Its like they want all the teenage problem to happen to them lol.
    But they cannot do smartphone addiction and gaming addiction.

    Ok, so thats really the Sages landing into the Gran Crevasse in the begining?

    The squad taste freedom and the fear it brings, they talk it out.
    60% of parasites left…what are the rest doing?

    So humanity is a way of life?

    The ominous roar.

    Ok the princess is not Zero Two.
    Her sister?
    Actually that is what I would think to be the witch, not APE.
    Then the 2 keys?

    Yay! RC is back!
    This is my go to anime blog and only discussion place :)

  • May 8, 2018 at 10:39 pmBeep

    Pretty sure Miku’s hair turning white is also what happened to the leader of the 26th plantation franxx squad when we saw him in episode 15.

  • May 9, 2018 at 4:09 pmLoliHat

    I’m surprised no one mentioned Dr. Franxx speaking to Nana when he notes that “You’ve been down this road too, you know.” to her apparent surprise, and then tells Hachi to “Keep it up” right before Nana gets a sudden pain in the head.

    This is likely the biggest reveal of the episode.

  • May 9, 2018 at 5:26 pmHenrietta Brix




    Jokes aside, have you guys seen this? I say that it pretty much provides a good prediction to where this might be heading

    Wither APE gets taken down by the Mistletoes and Hringhorni being their ride to Valhala. An ending where 02 sacrifices herself might also be possible seeing the mythological direction and based on 02′s book as well.

  • May 9, 2018 at 6:37 pmyoloalchemist

    Now this here is delightful….especially given the death flags this episode >:)

  • May 12, 2018 at 10:26 amWorldwidedepp

    Ep 17:

    - Well that escalated very quickly…
    - Seems we are about to get see the World Secrets

    Please continue the path

  • May 24, 2018 at 4:26 amace

    I wish there wouldnt be so much, “we all know what’s coming up next” foreshadowing from the review.