Alright, breathe easy and let it out calmly: Zero Two is alive! Well, in praying mantis dino machine form, but dammit the happy ending is still online! Oh, Kokoro also being pregnant? OK yes there’s that too, but I think we all knew the signs when they emerged—right? Right. Needless to say Franxx isn’t through with the wall defying twists and turns, and with two episodes to go alongside the ubiquitous Trigger special of crazy space battles against ridiculous alien menaces, you can firmly bet the entertainment hasn’t reached fever pitch just yet.
Barring the double whammy of darling/baby shockers this week, a lot of what Franxx is doing isn’t too surprising in the greater scheme of things. Death has more or less receded into the background as a potential threat, largely losing its fangs as everyone has managed to keep on staying alive no matter the circumstances. Our parasite squad is all well and good, the Nines are somehow still with it (and even now allies *grumbles at lack of mecha on mecha action*), and the two major questions left outstanding after the Virm’s assimilation—i.e. what happens to humanity and how it secures its future—have been answered by Dr. Franxx holding onto the memories of all immortal people, the liquidated parasite kids actually being kept on ice, Hachi and the real Nana being assigned as caretakers adults, Kokoro leading the way with humanity’s first baby in a long time, and Mistilteinn having the Earth’s last organic soil. Ignoring the fun that is Children of Men biotransference and reverse War of the Worlds, it’s hard denying these reveals are a little convenient now, particularly with the teasing that has occurred earlier in the show. Obviously there’s a good chance something wicked disrupts the happy ending now out in the open (just see Ikuno’s new look or those death flags flying high around the Nines, Gorou, and Mitsuru-Kokoro), but it’s a good guess the pleasantries will have minimal disruption. Need look no further than the conspicuously blank page in Zero Two’s fairy tale copy; somehow, someway, the darling couple’s fate is going to be challenged.
The plus side to all of these shenanigans though is the relationships which will likely solidify out of them. Gorou bless his NTR’d soul (but not as NTR’d as poor Futoshi) did what no one else could and finally put Hiro in his place. Considering Hiro’s “perfection” in terms of the story this was quite surprising, but very well deserved, reminding the now undeniably klaxo sapiens heir that the story isn’t all about him, that his desires aren’t the end all be all, that his so-called friends are as important as Zero Two—or a potential princess competitor—when it comes to their future and legacy. It might also had the benefit of finally telling Ichigo who the right guy is for her, but that is going to be a kiss for a later date (cannot forget Ikuno’s little crush after all). Whether these moments of harsh introspection are enough to finally bring the likes of Miku and Zorome together as well remains to be seen (because everyone is waiting for that moment of adorable awkwardness), but you can bet the upcoming fight is going to iron out any remaining kinks in our parasite love ties.
With everyone heading off to space (well, Mars) to put an end to the true enemy, Franxx is ready for the endgame. We may not know how it’s all going to end, we may not know who the final sacrifice is going to be, but one way or another you can bet this roller coaster of a show has a trick or two left to dazzle the eyes.