Well, I got some answers at least. That’s something.
Here’s what I don’t get though: why is Zorome the one who learns about the adults’ society? I guess if anyone was going to dick around in the city, it was going to be him but wouldn’t it make more sense to put Hiro in this event? You know, the main character of Darling in the FranXX?! It’d make more sense since Hiro has speculated on this society more than anyone else. In fact, when Hiro was pondering back in the beach episode, Zorome actually brushed it all off and spoke glowingly about the path of adulthood and following Papa. We’re following one of the more devout kids in this stinking episode!
I’ll give Darling credit, it was about time that we learn about the adults’ society. It’s definitely an eerie place, borderline dystopian even. What I find especially peculiar is how the kids sync up and emulate sexual positions in order to pilot giant robots and yet the city they’re protecting feels impersonal and sterile. Marriage seems entirely arranged with no meaningful connections, let alone casual conversations. Just pairs of men and women with one partner taking turns in the Matrix while another fulfills their societal function. Even something as simple as food is a system; no one needs to eat anything, their suits provide all the nutrients they need.
For the viewer, it’s eerie that this is what the kids are striving to become. It’s especially worrisome when you consider that Squad 13 are more individualistic than other FranXX pilots. They possess their own names and they display a much wider variety of personalities compared to other teams. Even the very FranXX that they pilot are individualized in terms of appearance and capabilities. Once they become adults, all that identity will be stripped away and you have wonder if they’d accept that.
A shame then that Zorome has little to no takeaway from this experience. All of these revelations that have been unveiled to him? He just looks at them, gasps, and moves on. He doesn’t even share it with his friends. That woman he just met and claims looks so familiar to him? He thinks about her for a few days and then forgets because apparently, mopping a floor will do that to you. That’s seriously it. Nothing.
I’m really torn on this episode because it did offer some valuable information about this world. But the thing about worldbuilding is that it has to impact both the viewer and the characters and the problem is that this episode treats these facts as though they hold little value for the latter. If the show was going to act this dismissive, it might as well have had Zorome go on Wikipedia and read about a page on the society he serves to protect. It would seriously accomplish the same thing.
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