Darling in the Franxx

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Darling in the Franxx
Darling in the franxx logo.jpg
Logo of the series
(Dārin In Za Furankisu)
GenreScience fiction, mecha,[1] romantic drama[2]
Anime television series
Directed byAtsushi Nishigori
Produced by
  • Yōsuke Toba
  • Mikio Uetsuki
  • Eiichi Kamagata
Written by
  • Atsushi Nishigori
  • Naotaka Hayashi
  • Masahiko Ōtsuka
  • Rino Yamazaki
  • Hiroshi Seko
Music byAsami Tachibana
Licensed by
Original networkTokyo MX, GYT, GTV, BS11, ABC, Mētele, HOME, BSS, BBC, AT-X[5]
English network
Original run 13 January 2018 7 July 2018
Episodes24 (List of episodes)
Written byCode:000
Illustrated byKentaro Yabuki
Published byShueisha
MagazineShōnen Jump+
Original run14 January 2018 – present
Written byMato
Published byShueisha
MagazineShōnen Jump+
Original run14 January 201811 July 2018

Darling in the Franxx (Japanese: ダーリン・イン・ザ・フランキス, Hepburn: Dārin In Za Furankisu) is a Japanese science fiction anime. It was made in 2018. The name is also shortened to DarliFra (ダリフラ).[6] It was produced by CloverWorks and it was animated by Studio Trigger.[7][8] The first episode of the anime came out on 13 January 2018. It was announced at Anime Expo 2017 by Trigger. There was also a manga that was drawn by Kentaro Yabuki.

When the anime came out, it began being distributed across the world. Crunchyroll distributed the anime across the world and Aniplus Asia distributed it in Southeast Asia. Funimation released a version of the series that was dubbed (using a language that is not Japanese, like English).

Plot[change | change source]

Humanity is being attacked by monsters called klaxosaurs. After humanity was almost completely destroyed, an organisation called APE moved humans to cities called Plantations. Children called parasites are used to defend the plantations. They use large mecha called Franxx in pairs. Adults cannot die and they live in the Plantations. They don't make babies or make relationships anymore. The children are created artificially. They are only taught to pilot the Franxx.

This story focuses on a team of ten parasites part of "Squad 13". Squad 13 is part of an experimental group in Plantation 13. One of them can't be with his partner and he failed the training program. His name is Hiro. He meets Zero Two when his class is doing their graduation ceremony. She is a Franxx pilot that has klaxosaur blood and red horns. She is well known as the "Partner Killer" because many of her partners die. After Zero Two's partner is killed by a klaxosaur, Hiro volunteers to become her new partner.

The rest of the story focuses on Squad 13 fighting the klaxosaurs and the relationship between the Parasites in Squad 13. It also focuses on the relationship between Zero Two and Hiro. During the rest of the story, many romantic relationships are started between the characters. Near the end of the story, APE abandons the Parasites. This makes the Parasites begin dying. Zero Two and Hiro eventually go up into space to fight aliens called VIRM. They die in space. The story ends with the Parasites starting families and helping make the Earth back to what it was before. Zero Two and Hiro reincarnate as two children who meet each other.

Media[change | change source]

Anime[change | change source]

The anime television series is 24 episodes long. The director is Atsushi Nishigori. Nishigori and Naotaka Hayashi helped create the series. Masayoshi Tanaka thought of how the characters should look. Asami Tachibana made the music.[9][10] The theme song for the anime is called "Kiss of Death". Mika Nakashima sung it and Hyde made the music.[8] The songs that played at the end of each episode were sung by XX:me (Kiss Me). XX:me is a group of the voice actors for the main female characters. The ending songs are "Torikago" (episode 1-6), "Manatsu no Setsuna" (episode 7), "Beautiful World" (episode 8-12, 14), "Hitori" (episode 13), "Escape" (episode 16-20), and "Darling" (episode 21-23).[11] Crunchyroll were showing the anime on their website. Funimation was showing the English dub version.[12]

Manga[change | change source]

Kentaro Yabuki drew a manga for Darling in the Franxx.[13] The first manga book came out on 2 February 2018.[14] The last manga book came out on 4 October 2018.[15] A four panel comic strip manga was created by Mato. It was posted to Shōnen Jump+.[16] All of the comic strips were put into one book. The book came out on 4 October 2018.[17]

The manga by Yabuki has sold 400 000 copies in Japan. This was in May 2018.[18]

Music[change | change source]

The music for the anime was made by Asami Tachibana. Aniplex released the music. The first part of the soundtrack had 21 songs. It came with the first home video of the anime on 25 April 2018.[19] The second part of the soundtrack also had 21 songs. It came with the fourth home video of the anime on 25 July 2018.[20] The third part of the soundtrack had 22 songs. It came with the fifth home video of the anime on 29 August 2018.[21]

All music composed by Asami Tachibana.

Reactions[change | change source]

Many people said that Darling in the Franxx was a good anime. Many of them focused on the coming-of-age parts of the story. Cactus Matt, a reviewer for Anime Q and A thought the anime was very enjoyable. He said that it was a "beautiful way to end this series." He also said that the theme of hope for the future was a good part of the ending.[22] Nate Zen, a reviewer for OtakuKart said that the animation was very good. He also said that the characters were good. He said that the series was not very creative.[23]

Awards and prizes[change | change source]

The anime won many awards. It was also nominated for many other awards. Darling in the Franxx won "Best Sci-Fi or Mecha" and "Best Action or Adventure" from Anime Trending's Winter 2018 Anime Awards. Zero Two also won an award for the "Favourite Female Character".[24] At the Newtype Anime Awards 2018, Shigeto Koyama won the "Best Mechanical Design" award.[25]

Year Award Category Recipient(s) Result
2018 Anime Trending Awards Winter[24] Anime of the Season Darling in the Franxx Runner-up
Best Sci-Fi or Mecha Darling in the Franxx Won
Best Action or Adventure Darling in the Franxx Won
Favorite Male Character Hiro 3rd place
Favorite Female Character Zero Two Won
Favorite Supporting Female Character Ichigo Won
Favorite Supporting Male Character Goro Won
Newtype Anime Awards[26] Best TV Anime Darling in the Franxx Runner-up
Best Character (Male) Hiro 4th place
Best Character (Female) Zero Two Runner-up
Best Voice Actor Yūto Uemura (Hiro) 3rd place
Yūichirō Umehara (Goro) 6th place
Best Voice Actress Haruka Tomatsu (Zero Two) 3rd place
Best Theme Song Kiss of Death by Mika Nakashima 3rd place
Best Soundtrack Asami Tachibana 6th place
Best Director Atsushi Nishigori 5th place
Best Screenplay Atsushi Nishigori and Naotaka Hayashi 5th place
Best Character Design Masayoshi Tanaka 3rd place
Best Mechanical Design Shigeto Koyama Won
Anime Awards 2018 Best Soundtrack Darling in the Franxx Won
2019 Anime Trending Awards Anime of the Year Darling in the Franxx Nominated

Notes[change | change source]

  1. A-1 Pictures' subsidiary Kōenji Studio rebranded to CloverWorks during production.[3][4]

References[change | change source]

  1. "The Winter 2018 Anime Preview Guide DARLING in the FRANXX". Anime News Network. 5 February 2018. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  2. "Youth in Revolt: The Uncertain Future of DARLING in the FRANXX". Crunchyroll. 3 May 2018. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  3. "A-1 Pictures' Kōenji Studio Rebrands as CloverWorks". Anime News Network. 2 April 2018. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  4. Chapman, Paul (4 April 2018). "A-1 Pictures Rebrands Their Kōenji Studio as CloverWorks". Crunchyroll. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  5. "On Air". Darling in the Franxx Official Website (in Japanese). 28 December 2017. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  6. "有楽町マルイ 「ダリフラ」展開催決定!". darli-fra.jp (in Japanese). 27 February 2018. Retrieved 25 July 2018.
  7. Ressler, Karen (18 October 2017). "DARLING in the FRANXX Anime Video Reveals Story Teaser, January Premiere". AnimeNewsNetwork. Retrieved 25 July 2018.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Ressler, Karen (13 December 2017). "DARLING in the FRANXX Anime Reveals January 13 Premiere, Opening Theme Song". AnimeNewsNetwork. Retrieved 25 July 2018.
  9. Sherman, Jennifer (5 July 2017). "Studio Trigger, A-1 Pictures' DARLING in the FRANKXX Anime Reveals Video, Visual, Staff". AnimeNewsNetwork. Retrieved 25 December 2018.
  10. Sherman, Jennifer (8 November 2017). "DARLING in the FRANXX Anime's Promo Video, TV Ads Streamed". AnimeNewsNetwork. Retrieved 25 December 2018.
  11. "エンディング主題歌". Darling in the Franxx (in Japanese). Retrieved 25 December 2018.
  12. Ressler, Karen (14 December 2017). "Crunchyroll, Funimation Announce 7 Anime for Winter 2018 Simulcast Season". AnimeNewsNetwork. Retrieved 27 December 2018.
  13. Hodgkins, Crystalyn (15 December 2017). "To Love-Ru's Kentaro Yabuki's New Manga is DARLING in the FRANXX". AnimeNewsNetwork. Retrieved 25 December 2018.
  14. "ダーリン・イン・ザ・フランキス 1". 集英社 (in Japanese). Retrieved 25 December 2018.
  15. "ダーリン・イン・ザ・フランキス 3". 集英社 (in Japanese). Retrieved 25 December 2018.
  16. Ressler, Karen (9 July 2018). "Darling in the Franxx 4-Panel Spinoff Manga Ends". AnimeNewsNetwork. Retrieved 25 December 2018.
  17. Rochelle (5 October 2018). "Mato's "Darling in the FRANXX" 4-koma Compilation Launched!". SO Japan. Retrieved 25 December 2018.
  18. Hodgkins, Crystalyn. "Roundup of Newly Revealed Print Counts for Manga, Light Novel Series (March - May 2018)". Anime News Network. Retrieved 12 January 2019.
  19. 19.0 19.1 ダーリン・イン・ザ・フランキス 1 [Darling in the Franxx 1]. darli-fra.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved 27 December 2018.
  20. 20.0 20.1 ダーリン・イン・ザ・フランキス 4 [Darling in the Franxx 4]. darli-fra.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved 27 December 2018.
  21. 21.0 21.1 ダーリン・イン・ザ・フランキス 5 [Darling in the Franxx 5]. darli-fra.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved 27 December 2018.
  22. Matt, Cactus (10 July 2018). "Love across time and space - 'Darling in the Franxx' episode 24 (finale) review". Anime Q and A. Archived from the original on 9 December 2018. Retrieved 27 December 2018.
  23. Zen, Nate (3 April 2018). "Darling in the Franxx - Review". OtakuKart. Retrieved 27 December 2018.
  24. 24.0 24.1 Deiru (21 April 2018). "DARLING in the FRANXX, Laid-Back Camp dominates Winter 2018 Anime Awards". Anime Trending. Retrieved 27 December 2018.
  25. Rafi, Talal (24 October 2018). "Newtype Anime Awards 2018 Winners and Details Announced". TheNerdMag. Retrieved 27 December 2018.
  26. Loo, Egan (7 October 2018). "Idolm@ster SideM, Bungo Stray Dogs Film Win Top Newtype Anime Awards". AnimeNewsNetwork. Retrieved 27 December 2018.

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