Anime Review: Darling In the Franxx

Details: More information can be found at https://myanimelist.net/anime/35849/Darling_in_the_FranXX

Score: 7/10

What started off as a fairly unique show about puberty, sex, and fan service quickly turned into a show very reminiscent of shows like Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.

Darling In the Franxx takes place in a fictional future where humanity has hid themselves away in plantations, mobile cities that protect them from the outside world. While the adults hide inside, children are used to pilot Franxx, giant mech robots which each require two pilots, a male and a female. These Franxx are used to fight off Klaxxosaurs, giant beasts that seek to hurt humans. As the story progresses, we learn more about the Klaxxosaurs as well as the truth behind the Franxx and how humanity ended up here.

Darling In the Franxx is one of the most popular anime I’ve seen in recent memory. I’ve seen memes of it pop up all over the internet. This is mostly why I decided to watch it. What I found was a show that is arguably hyper sexualized. In my opinion, while there is fan service, I found the metaphors used between piloting Franxx and coming of age to be interesting. It’s something that’s been done before, but was still interesting and somewhat uniquely done in this show.

However, that only lasts for a little while. As said above, this show quickly turns into Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann near the end of the series and cobbles together an ending that was really weird and unsatisfying.

The animation is great, if not cartoony. Think Kill la Kill and you’ll have an idea of what to expect.

The voice acting was good. I watched portions of it subbed and portions of it dubbed. Both were fine.

Overall, this was an okay show. Make no mistake, there is ample drama and romance in addition to the sexual themes. This is also still a mech show, so expect tons of science fiction gobbledygook. While entertaining, I’ve already watched so many shows that have done the themes and plot points present in Franxx that I found the show mostly derivative and the emotional portions not that emotional. It’s still an okay show.

Score: 7/10

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