I been waiting for this for so long. Mostly for the anime, but I did rather enjoy this first episode. Which, honestly, I am insanely grateful for since my track record here has been terrible for first episodes. But, I am certainly not complaining, Trigger and A-1 Pictures doing a mecha anime together being super enjoyable. So, it is fairly easy to say I enjoyed this episode. But anyway, time to get onto why that is the case.

The Plot:

So, there is this boy, his name is Hiro. He is seemingly super depressed since he does not have a partner. Because of that he sees himself as useless.

While he is busy lamenting in the woods, a girl with horns is coming to this giant dome. She is seemingly just wants to get off the ship and go and take a shower or see the ocean. But, there is no ocean. Still wanting to swim, she runs off. Also, she is seen as a partner killer.

Hiro follows this bird around only to get to a lake area. Long story short, he sees the girl, he thought she was drowning, she was swimming naked, and after that comedic ecchi scene the two have an actual conversation. Mostly the fact that both do not have partners. Her partner does not last long, while Hiro does not have an ability. So, she wishes to help him. That is until her current partner shows up to take her away.


She does not have a name as a parasite. She is simply known as Zero Two.

Darling in the Franxx ep 1 pic 7

It turns out there is this ceremony, going on. That ceremony has children being paired up to pilot a machine known as Franxx. Children who cannot use it are seen as useless and can be tossed aside. They are humanities hope. This is also why Hiro wanted to leave that place. They are also all given Code Numbers. Hiro may have given some of his friends’ names, however his Code is 16.

Darling in the Franxx ep 1 pic 8

While the ceremony is happening, Hiro sees his old partner. The two are upset, and well, his partner pretty much immediately dies five seconds later since a giant monster appears. They are called klaxosaur.

Well, Zero Two shows up in her own mecha. Her partner died. Hiro gets in, the two team up, and what do you know main character powers activated and they won the fight. The episode ends revealing that Zero Two has klaxosaur blood in her.

Overall Thoughts:

As I said, I enjoyed it. Now, I may have some difficulty when it comes to explaining the plot, but I will do my best. I found myself enjoying it more than trying to think of what to say while watching it. Either way, this episode was rather enjoyable. Sure, the main character was a bit gloomy, so maybe a change will be soon for him. But, there are certainly a bunch of questions that I have. For an original series, well, hopefully they will be answered before the end.

One thing I would like to point out is how the kids are humanities last hope, yet all the people their watching were holograms. Where are they, and well, are these kids really human or something designed specifically for the Franxx. Now, it would make sense for the second choice seeing that Zero Two is also a parasite, and has klaxosaur blood. Also, the fact these kids are named parasites. Yeah, something is certainly off about that.

I honestly do not have much more to say. I liked the setup, how the pilots need to be in pairs, and really all the questions that come up. Sure, only the main mecha was shown off this episode, but hopefully more are shown off. Next episode will really decide if it is going to be a sort of monster of the week or have some other elements to the series. But, that is all for now.

Overall Enjoyment: 85/100

The anime is being streamed on Crunchyroll, and Funimation has a dubbed planned, but I probably won’t watch that.

As always feel free to comment your thoughts on the series.

As always I hope you enjoyed.

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Until next time.

– Joe