「大好きなあなたのために」 (Daisukina Anata no Tame ni)
“For You, My Love”
Boy it’s all coming out now isn’t it? After throwing the lid off of Pandora’s Box of Trigger world ending alien invasions and last shot humanity survival attempts, Franxx decided to floor it by giving us answers for our new mysterious alien nemesis and some parasite quirks long left lacking a good explanation. Talking, info dumps, vague promises of bigger (well, worse) things to come? Darling please, we all know what’s front and centre in the final weeks to come.
After fully indulging in the usual alien invasion hijinks before, you have to hand it to Trigger (and A1) for knowing how to keep their running theme fresh. A psychic hive mind intent on assimilating
filthy xenos naïve and ignorant lifeforms into a greater plane of existence in true Borg fashion is about as unique an enemy as you get for these stories, and that’s before we go full into the Warhammer 40k Chaos similarities. The Virm’s special identity has the added benefit of answering both their infiltration via APE and heavy focus on the Star Entity: these psychic crazies probably wanted to assimilate humanity from the start and decided to prepare for it while simultaneously eliminating a serious threat to other mortals chained to a life of sorrows (read: assimilation targets). There’s a reason killing two birds with one stone is always the recommended strategy.
Particularly intriguing for me, however, is the klaxo sapiens’ own origins. As if a psychic gestalt consciousness wasn’t fun enough, we also have an advanced prehistory Earth reptilian civilization which in its decayed and eradicated ruins just so happened to turn into the primary fuel source for modern humanity. Extinction level asteroid impact wiping out the dinosaurs and leaving behind petrochemicals? Well, in a way. Did I also mention how incredibly ironic this scenario gets when you realize some researchers are actually considering such a possibility? Oh yeah we’re going places no ordinary alien invasion story has gone before. What this final reveal does though is raise the question how Franxx intends on wrapping this story up. With the klaxo sapiens being unable to fight off the Virm even after collectively sacrificing body and soul to the purpose, there’s no apparent means for one princess and a rag-tag group of parasites (and Zero Two clones) to suddenly do the same. The Star Entity is supposedly enough for the task, but can it beat off the Virm for good, or just merely hold them back? Our Chaos friends made off with another superweapon (in all likelihood) in the klaxosaur composed Hringhorni after all, it’s not unlikely it or something else will be the Virm’s solution for this situation.
The answer for Hiro and friends of course probably comes down to whatever happened to Zero Two and the klaxosaur princess. Death is obviously going to be at the forefront of every mind with that ending, but it’s not impossible darling’s favourite dino has simply merged with her blue parent and become one with the machine. Or in other words, done what every other non-princess klaxo has seemingly done before. The answer to this will determine whether Franxx goes out with a bang or a whimper (or sets up some surprise sequel announcement), because Star Entity and finding strength in unison has more or less become the means for everyone left standing to win this fight; if Zero Two is actually dead, it’s hard seeing a good way out of this mess once the Virm come knocking again given some of Squad 13 are rapidly reaching the end of the line. One way or another Hiro’s uniqueness (which is looking increasingly like him being the last male klaxo sapien) just became very important, and with it the future of man and dino both.
The final fight is upon us boys and girls, and for the sake of a happy ending which may or may not include some happy family formation and marriage ceremonies, you better hope the original darling is ready to rise to the occasion.