Note: This review was originally part of a Lightning Round post.
Darling in the FranXX is a number of things but it’s certainly not boring. And for what it’s worth, I actually did enjoy this episode a fair amount.
It is initially a little overwhelming dealing with so many characters but you do gradually get to know them as time goes on. Gorou (Yuuichirou Umehara) and Ichigo are probably my favorites so far; the former being a nice voice of reason while the latter’s crush for Hiro provide some decent conflict. Surprisingly, I thought Zorome wasn’t half-bad here. He’s bratty but I did really like how worried he got when the klaxosaurs knock his co-pilot Miku out.
Instead of Zorome, it’s Mitsuru (Aoi Ichikawa) who decides to be the massive jerk of the week. Considering that Hiro used to be a prodigy, I suppose this need to show off is to be expected but these egos really do need to calm down. Still, Mitsuru treating everything like it’s a dick waving contest does provide progress in the story. To save his comrades, Mitsuru teams up with Zero Two and while the sync works, he gets severely injured. At this point, I think it’s safe to say that Hiro is actually compatible with Zero Two. Things are definitely getting interesting in regards to this plot.
At this point, I’m really unsure where Darling falls on my list. The tone and fanservice still bugs me but there is a clear agenda with this story and I have to admit that it’s kept me curious so far. Regardless, it passed the Three Episode Rule so I’m looking at a really big “maybe” here.
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