Darling in the Franxx

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Darling in the Franxx
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Key visual
(Dārin In Za Furankisu)
GenreMecha, romantic drama, science fiction[1][2]
Anime television series
Directed byAtsushi Nishigori
Toshifumi Akai (co-director)
Produced by
  • Yōsuke Toba
  • Mikio Uetsuki
  • Eiichi Kamagata
Written by
  • Atsushi Nishigori
  • Naotaka Hayashi
Music byAsami Tachibana
Licensed by
Original networkTokyo MX, GYT, GTV, BS11, ABC, Mētele, HOME, BSS, BBC, AT-X[5]
English network
Original run January 13, 2018 July 7, 2018
Episodes24 (List of episodes)
Written byCode:000
Illustrated byKentaro Yabuki
Published byShueisha
MagazineShōnen Jump+
Original runJanuary 14, 2018 – present
Volumes3 (List of volumes)
Written byMato
Published byShueisha
MagazineShōnen Jump+
Original runJanuary 14, 2018July 11, 2018
Volumes1 (List of volumes)
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Darling in the Franxx (Japanese: ダーリン・イン・ザ・フランキス, Hepburn: Dārin In Za Furankisu), abbreviated as DarliFra (ダリフラ, DariFura),[6] is a 2018 Japanese science fiction romance anime television series produced by CloverWorks and animated by Trigger that premiered on January 13, 2018.[7][8] The series was announced at Trigger's Anime Expo 2017 panel in July 2017.[9] A manga adaptation by Kentaro Yabuki and another four-panel comic strip manga began serialization on January 14, 2018.[10]

The anime began international distribution simultaneously upon its release, with the streaming service Crunchyroll internationally simulcasting the series, with Aniplus Asia simulcasting the series to Southeast Asia. Service partner Funimation began the dubbed release of the series on February 1.[11][12]



In a post-apocalyptic future, humanity is under constant threat from giant creatures known as klaxosaurs (叫竜, kyoryū), which are sub-divided into at least four categories based on their size: "Conrad",[b] "Mohorovičić",[c] "Gutenberg"[d] and "(Super) Lehmann".[e] Pushed to the brink of annihilation, the remnants of humanity are led by a mysterious organization known as APE to abandon Earth's now desolate surface for the relative safety of mobile fortress-cities known as Plantations. To defend the Plantations, children called parasites are raised to pilot giant mecha known as Franxx[f] (フランキス, Furankisu) in boy-girl pairs. A team of ten parasites are assigned to the experimental Squad 13 of Plantation 13. One of them, Hiro, is a former pilot-candidate prodigy who can no longer synchronize with his partner and they both fail to complete the training program. While skipping his class's graduation ceremony, Hiro encounters Zero Two, an elite Franxx pilot with klaxosaur blood, red horns, and an infamous reputation as the "Partner Killer". The rumor is that Zero Two's partners will die after the third time. Despite this, after Zero Two's partner is killed during a klaxosaur attack, Hiro volunteers to become her new partner, or "darling".


Darling in the Franxx takes place in a dystopian, post-apocalyptic future where the remnants of human civilization have abandoned the surface. Adults and children exist in contrasting environments from each other. Adults live in technologically-advanced cities within Plantations and are immortal, but procreation and relationships among them have become obsolete and undesirable. Artificially-created children, termed "parasites", are deprived of individuality and are educated only for piloting Franxx in pairs to defend humanity. Parasites are kept in isolation from adult society in environments nicknamed "birdcages", which emulate that of a bygone era, so that they can develop the emotional responses required to pilot a Franxx.

In the early 21st century, the progress of human civilization was accelerated by ground-breaking discoveries in mining technology, allowing extraction of magma energy for a new low-cost, all-encompassing energy source. Scientists contributing to the breakthrough formed "APE", an organization that would gain a large influence on world politics and the global economy as a result of their discoveries. After discovering human immortality, much of mankind opted to become immortal despite the side effect of losing their reproductive functions. Led by APE after the sudden emergence of the Klaxosaurs, the remnants of human civilization relocated to Plantations and the Franxx units were later created to combat the Klaxosaur threat.



The 24-episode anime series is directed by Atsushi Nishigori, with Nishigori and Naotaka Hayashi handling series composition, Masayoshi Tanaka designing the characters, Shigeto Koyama acting as mechanical designer, Hiroyuki Imaishi serving as action animation director and Asami Tachibana composing the music.[14][15] The opening theme song, titled "Kiss of Death", is sung by Mika Nakashima and produced by Hyde,[8] while the ending themes titled "Torikago" (トリカゴ) (ep 1-6), "Manatsu no Setsuna" (真夏のセツナ) (ep 7), "Beautiful World" (ep 8-12, 14), "Hitori" (ひとり) (ep 13), "Escape" (ep 16-20), and "Darling" (ep 21-23) are performed by XX:me (read as "Kiss Me"), a unit consisting of the series' main female casts—Zero Two, Ichigo, Miku, Kokoro, and Ikuno.[16] Crunchyroll is simulcasting the series, while Funimation has licensed the series and is streaming it with an English dub.[17] Aniplus Asia is simulcasting the series in South East Asia.[18]


A manga adaptation by Kentaro Yabuki and another four-panel comic strip spinoff manga by Mato started their serialization on the Shōnen Jump+ website on January 14, 2018.[10]

No.Japanese release dateJapanese ISBN
1 February 2, 2018[19]ISBN 978-4-08-881454-4
2 May 2, 2018[20]ISBN 978-4-08-881493-3
3 October 4, 2018[21]ISBN 978-4-08-881620-3

Mato's four-panel spinoff manga ended on July 11, 2018,[22] and was compiled into a full-color physical book released on October 4, 2018.[23]

No.Japanese release dateJapanese ISBN
1 October 4, 2018[24]ISBN 978-4-08-881621-0


Darling in the Franxx Original Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by Asami Tachibana
ReleasedApril 25, 2018 (2018-04-25) (volume 1)
July 25, 2018 (2018-07-25) (volume 2)
August 29, 2018 (2018-08-29) (volume 3)
Length51:38 (volume 1)
48:34 (volume 2)
1:06:40 (volume 3)
2:46:52 (total)
ProducerAsami Tachibana

The series' soundtrack is composed by Asami Tachibana and published by Aniplex. The first disc containing 21 tracks is enclosed with the first home video release volume of the anime which was released on April 25, 2018.[25] The second disc also containing 21 tracks is enclosed with the fourth home video release volume which was released on July 25, 2018.[26] The third disc containing 22 tracks is enclosed with the fifth home video release volume which was released on August 29, 2018.[27]

All music composed by Asami Tachibana.


Critical response[edit]

Darling in the Franxx received widespread critical acclaim, most notably for its coming-of-age elements. However, some of the series' themes were received with controversy, along with the ending receiving mixed reactions from critics. Eric Van Allen of Kotaku described the series as having "moments of brilliance that will stick with me as much as its hasty, rough conclusion", and was "truly fascinating to follow", despite the ending.[28] Skyler Allen of A Piece of Anime appreciated the first half of the series as an "excellent, if flawed, coming of age mecha story with a lot of heart behind it", but described the concluding portion as a "thematically incoherent mess". [29] Kyle Rogacion of Goomba Stomp called the series "an endearing character-driven coming-of-age story", but criticized it for having by the end "eschewed everything that made it great and settled for the easy way out”.[30] However, Random Curiosity voiced a more positive opinion to its ending, stating the series will be "well-remembered for seasons to come" and "kept us all fixated and eagerly anticipating every episode set to air".[31]

Awards and nominations[edit]

The series was nominated for Anime of the Year for Anime Trending Awards 2019.[32] In addition, the series was awarded Best Sci-Fi or Mecha, and Best Action or Adventure from Anime Trending's Winter 2018 Anime Awards. Zero Two placed first in Favorite Female Character.[33] At Newtype Anime Awards 2018, Shigeto Koyama was awarded Best Mechanical Design, with Zero Two and the series itself being runners-up for Best Female Character and Best TV Anime respectively.[34]

Year Award Category Recipient(s) Result
2018 Anime Trending Awards Winter[33] 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[35] 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
2019 Anime Trending Awards Anime of the Year Darling in the Franxx Nominated


  1. ^ A-1 Pictures' subsidiary Kōenji Studio rebranded to CloverWorks during production.[3][4]
  2. ^ Miniature klaxosaurs (few meters large) are called "Conrad" level, originally from Conrad discontinuity named after the Austria-Hungarian seismologist Victor Conrad.[13]
  3. ^ Midsize klaxosaurs (dozens of meters large) are called "Mohorovičić" level, originally from Mohorovičić discontinuity named after the Croatian seismologist Andrija Mohorovičić.[13]
  4. ^ Giant klaxosaurs (hundreds of meters large) are called "Gutenberg" level, originally from Core–mantle boundary named after the German seismologist Beno Gutenberg.[13]
  5. ^ The largest klaxosaur class as of episode 15, spanning kilometers, originally from Lehmann discontinuity named after Danish seismologist Inge Lehmann.[13]
  6. ^ It has a nickname of "Steel maiden".[13]


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