「新しい世界」 (Atarashii Sekai)
“A New World”
Alright once we’ve all finished collectively picking up our jaws from the floor (or revelling in being proven right, who can say), let’s admit it: this episode was bloody awesome. Annoyance at yet another week long break or not, Franxx knows how to come roaring back in style and did so the best way possible. Answers galore, over the top histories, and hints of some seriously fun fights (and revelations) to come, we got it all this week—and that’s before remembering there’s still four episodes of this glorious chaos in an anime to go.
Since the beginning the question on the tip of everyone’s tongue was when Franxx would reveal its Trigger (and Gainax) origins. When would the massive secret be revealed, the alien invasion, the universe-damning special power, the method for humanity in all its base feebleness to fight back and secure a place for itself? With every passing week it seemed we wouldn’t see such a game changing reveal to the chagrin of some, but as is often the case, patience can indeed pay off. The klaxosaurs, rather than being Earth natives, are foreign aliens, taking refuge against another species (the Virm/VIRM, 404 acronym not found) who deem their power to great for the universe to handle. All the original klaxosaurs—i.e. the klaxo sapiens—are dead barring the princess, either by absorption into their biological weapons or through more conventional means. And APE (at least a plurality of it) just happens to be a Virm infiltration force using humanity as a tool to find and wipe out the klaxosaur remnants. It’s still up in the air just what humanity’s own origins are in all of this (whether actual klaxosaur offshoot or a product of natural evolution), but one thing is clear: we’re playing with the big boys now.
These reveals though are only half the picture as we also have received a full understanding of parasite and Franxx. As expected Hiro and friends were designed to be klaxosaurs, but of the sapient variety instead of the bioweapon form. Given the klaxosaur control system (one male and one female) and what happened to the original klaxo sapiens it’s easy to guess that parasites are thus not liquidated at their end as much as die off, being incapable of staying something no non-princess klaxo sapiens apparently managed to do. Stampede mode, Zero Two’s animalistic behaviour, the very parasite label? It all makes a lot of sense now given the Franxx’s bioweapon origins. Hiro and Zero Two of course are the odd ones out in all of this, being properly revealed as legitimately special for the former and artificially created in the latter, but in the greater scheme of things, these tidbits also mesh nicely. Hiro’s uniqueness for example has been known for a while, but in relation to the aforementioned parasite lifespan, it suggests the parasite creation program could actually produce artificial klaxo sapiens should certain variables (and potential stimuli) align. His arguably “pure” status is also why he seemingly meshes so well with the princess, for if Hiro is a “true” klaxo sapiens (notice their colour match) it makes sense he would be compatible with his fellow “species” no matter the physical initiation. Would be tragically ironic for Zero Two of course, NTR-ing her so late in the game, but with Hiro quickly proving to be the key to it all, but you can expect a few more of these ground breaking darling shakeups before the dust properly settles.
As for everyone else, well, don’t expect peace and quiet either. As easily guessed Kokoro and Mitsuru won’t be held ignorant for too long, ring removal or not both will reacquire their memories toot sweet because saving people is good, Futoshi suffering never loses its lustre, and a baby might just be on the way. How the reveal of what powers the Franxxs affects the parasites is a huge unknown at the moment (Zorome is going to take it hard for example), but it’s reasonable to expect our good guys to rally behind the darling couple in name of a happy ending and kissing scenes. Of course the Nines are part of this unknown given their Papa loyalty, but any fight between them and Squad 13 probably won’t last too long now (unfortunately) considering the true enemy has made its appearance. With everything effectively flipped on its head and a three-way free for all likely to make our acquaintance before too long—can someone say Darling Wars?—it’s anyone’s guess how this turn of events is going to play out.
Franxx may have answered a good number of our questions, but you can bet it isn’t the start of the fun yet to come.