Oh yeah it happened, it finally happened. Everything happened. Ok, maybe not the pulse pounding death of key characters happened, but give it time, those flags are riding high today. After a long trek along the scenic route Franxx finally revealed a great amount of information on humanity, the klaxosaurs, and a little of squad 13’s fate for spice. Some key details and story points may still be missing (looking at you purpose of Zero Two), but at long last we know the truth. And oh boy what a truth it is.
Arguably the most surprising reveal this week lay in what humanity is, or rather in what they lost. We’ve known about the utter lack of people around in general and some vague Matrix upload system, but who would have guessed Franxx’s humanity in general has sacrificed both emotion and reproductive capability. Somehow kids—specifically pistils and stamens—are the only ones retaining their sex-specific plumbing, and do so because of the usual magical mecha pilot technology shenanigans. How or why humanity gave up this very important process is unknown, but at least it helps explain, in addition to the yellow blood cell injections, why parasites aren’t expected to live long. Don’t want the kids figuring out the birds and bees? Just disappearTM them before puberty kicks into high gear. This does open up some intriguing possibilities regarding Nana and Hachi too, as from Nana’s mental dissonance and mention of “puberty regression” we know both that parasites can survive into adulthood, and that the removal of human reproductive capacity is likely reversible. Doesn’t take much from this to guess that Zero Two will eventually pull an Android 18 when it comes to baby making with the darling.
For baby making in general, however, Kokoro definitely stole the show. It was certainly known the girl was firmly infatuated with Misturu, but hot damn I didn’t expect heavy petting—let alone third base—in the span of a single week. Seriously Franxx, my tender virgin emotions can only take so much. Kokoro’s open advance though does identify the main enemy for Squad 13 in the immediate future, and probably to no one’s surprise it’s the Nines (and ultimately Papa). With Hiro’s marriage in the making catalyzing the formation of parasite relationships left, right, and centre (barring Futoshi and Gorou, those poor NTR’ed souls), love and the accompanying baby making are going to assume some seriously importance for everyone, which with the Nine’s inevitable crackdown will invite the
mecha Franxx showdown everyone is anticipating. Considering Kokoro is miraculously still alive (was honestly expecting someone to start throwing punches) it’s an honest bet who, if anyone, will meet their non-Papa maker, but there’s enough to suggest now that someone is going to pay the price of touching the forbidden fruit soon, and that the fallout won’t be pretty. With our good guys all committed to the future and long, happy lives, something will have to give before that goal can be realized. Just have to hope the price isn’t too steep.
The interesting question though is whether Papa and APE will even have the strength needed to put down a parasite “rebellion”. We shockingly learned for example that humanity was seemingly created by the klaxosaurs—that’s right, humanity originates from dino ingenuity, not the other way around—and that humanity has been waging a war against the klaxosaurs for over a hundred years which with cracking the Grand Crevasse (home of the klaxosaur princess) has seemingly put the upstarts on the path to victory. Of course nothing in life is that easy, but the eye opening part for me was the fact humanity’s apparent overlords lack a physical body, if pictures are to be believed. There are some significant questions raised by these scenes (such as who APE actually is and what the klaxosaur really are), but the important bit is that the remaining parasites can be expected to be called forth very soon to put a certain princess in her place. We haven’t even begun to scratch the surface of what’s coming next in Franxx, and with our good doctor also waging a secretive battle of his own, you can bet what comes next will surprise us all.
We may have finally received (if only in part) the answers all of us were eagerly after since the start, but there’s a lot of Franxx to go, and you can bet the events this week are just a taste of the fun to come. After all someone is on the verge of discovering his own klaxosaur roots.