「桜の花が咲く頃に」 (Sakura no Hanagasaku-goro ni)
“When Sakura Flower Blooms”
Oh boy so much for the thought there might be some brakes on this runaway train. After throwing everything but the dilapidated, post-apocalyptic kitchen sink at us (don’t worry, that’s coming soon), Franxx apparently decided denouement and relaxation is for suckers. Baby making? Why stop there? Darling we’re going full bore family friendly formation, complete with rings, bouquets, and that one odd cousin who thinks wedding crashing is more important than getting drunk at the cash bar. Sure it’s weird Hiro and Zero Two weren’t the ones tying the knot first, but hey, good things take time. Never fear, we’ll get there soon enough.
Considering the prevalent storybook motifs flying around Franxx, I thought any marriage shenanigans would hold off for a later date, but it’s undeniable Mitsuru and Kokoro provide a nice run up to inevitable main pairing night later on. We got the cute scenes, the surprisingly well-made dress, and more than one guy finding some fun and joy in a (for them) completely new experience. Of course Futoshi wound up permanently screwed in every way but the good way—the NTR wheel isn’t lacking for lubrication today—but poor sucker or not, I give the guy credit for knowing a lost battle when he sees one. The impromptu wedding also has the added benefit of revealing the not teased in any way whatsoever love Ikuno has for Ichigo, and one hell of a change in how Ichigo treats the others. Make no mistake, Gorou is still destined to feed the NTR mill once Futoshi is ground up and spit out—because pure love is best love—but damn was that a respectful and “caring” rejection on the part of Ichigo, at least for the moment. A lot of character development in Franxx has been behind the scenes per say (barring those few character-specific episodes), but looking back on where we started it’s amazing just how far these kids have come.
The unsurprising bit of course was in how the happiness of the moment was quickly snuffed out by the Nines. It was really obvious something was going to happen to Kokoro following the events of last week for example, but I didn’t think Mitsuru would be caught up in the moment, or that the solution for our new (old?) APE enemies would be memory erasing. Death and suffering? Sure (it’s about time after all), but “re-indoctrination”? Now that’s just dirty. There’s a few ways to interpret why this was done instead of the trademark disappear tactic though, from APE needing the pilots (remember the 60% casualty rate breaking into the Grand Crevasse?) to Kokoro and Mitsuru having another intended purpose, or simply a few eggheads realizing Hiro and friends would cooperate more if their source of anger was back under their care. After all it’s kind of hard to stick it to man when you have to worry about returning your best friends back to their senses. I imagine, however, that Kokoro’s and Mitsuru’s memories won’t stay locked forever: given Kokoro’s response to a few cherry blossoms their predicament will likely turn out like Hiro and Zero Two, where in the heat of the moment at right time, those memories will come roaring back and let our love birds save the darling couple from some form of doom. Don’t deny, you know it’s coming, we cannot have our main pair flawlessly
fuck fly their way to victory now can we?
Such a development too is likely to occur soon given the changes on the APE side of things. If the consternation at the princess assassination attempt is any indication, APE is not a monolithic entity and has a couple of factions chasing after different things. It seems all are united on a goal of achieving eternal life for themselves and humanity (note the order), but what that means and how they plan on freeing themselves from their bodily constraints is anyone’s guess (besides some klaxosaur magic shenanigans). This likely means though that our parasites are going to be thrown back into the thick of things pretty soon, as their consolidation points to a new offensive, one likely bolstered by finally making use of the “key” (Zero Two) that’s been teased for a long while. Franxx has been lacking in the action for a while now after all, and with Zero Two now getting flashes of the past she’s so far thrown off and Hachi starting to have serious regrets, you know the good days can only last for so long.
There’s a storm a brewing for our parasite squad, the only question is what destruction it’ll leave behind in its wake.