Hi everybody! Welcome to Anime Thursday. I hope you enjoyed my thoughts on the incredible Captain America: The Winter Soldier on MC Tuesday. Today I will be discussing Darling in the FranXX and use it as an example of why I watch anime. But first, let me tell you how I started watching the show. The show comes out of Trigger and A1 studios. Spoilers ahead!!!
The other night I woke up around two or three in the morning and could not go back to sleep. I decided to watch some anime and try and doze off. I’ve seen and heard a lot of discussion about Darling in the FranXX. I’m not really into mecha but if I do not like it, then at least I may fall asleep. The show is fantastic. I finally fell asleep after finishing six episodes.
About the show
The main character in Darling is Hiro. Hiro is alive for one reason, to protect settled areas called the Plantation from klaxosaurs. To do this, he must team up with a female and pilot large robots known as Franxx. Hiro meets a dangerous part-klaxosaur named Zero Two. She kills every partner who has the misfortune of being in her Franxx Strelizia. She takes a shining to Hiro and decides she wants him in her Franxx. The problem is that Hiro is forbidden to pilot a Franxx like the rest of the kids in his squad, known as Parasites. Coincidentally, he gets to ride in the Franxx with Zero Two and is hooked. His team leader Ichigo, a girl he grew up with, disapproves of him flying with the dangerous Zero Two. There’s a bit of hating going on which I’ll explain.
Now that you have an idea of the story, let me tell you why this show represents my reasons for watching anime.
Same ol’ Song
When people ask me why I watch anime, the answer is always the same: the storylines are amazing. Non-anime fans are perplexed by this answer. Let’s look at something like live-action dramas that you will find on Fox or CBS. They have a tendency to be very formulaic. Take some good-looking people, add betrayal, sex, schemes, and when the ratings are starting wane, murder. I tire of this formula. This is not to say anime does not have its tropes (what is it with all of the MMO anime all of a sudden?), but there are so many that stray from formulas and bring you something completely unexpected.
Darling is different
Now, let’s talk about the premise of Darling in the FranXX. What makes it so spectacular? Darling in the FranXX takes something as humdrum as teenage hormones and puts a refreshing spin on it. You see, the adults on the Plantation uses teenage hormones to protect them. That is why in order to operate the Franxx, the kids have to be in boy-girl pairs. They never knew of things like kissing, romance, or sex. They are oblivious to the feelings that protect their home. This is why Ichigo is distracted by the thought of Hiro riding with Zero Two. Not only does she want him safe, but you get the impression she is in love with him. Of course, she does not recognize this as love because they never learn about it.
What an interesting story! Let’s raise some kids, never teach them about hormones and the effect on their emotions, and let’s harness the sexual energy to protect our community. It is hard to find a live-action show daring enough to try such a concept. Fearless storytelling is what draws me to anime.
Wrap it up
Well, there you have it! My thoughts on Darling in the Franxx. Be sure to join me on Sunday for I’m Mita, Your Housekeeper for Sunday Drama. Also, I will be posting a small announcement later. Until then, let me know what you think of Darling! also, why do you watch anime?