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Impressions: Darling in the Franxx


Torchman cried tears of joy

Yes Torch, I know you are proud of me. For you see, I have finally found a mech anime that I could actually get into, and dare I say, enjoy. Have you even heard of Darling In The Franxx? If not, you would be wise to check it out...right now. 

This is certainly an oddity for me, writing an impressions blog on a potential anime series. "JuIc3, you haven't even been around much lately! How are you? How is the baby? Is Malika a dinosaur?" See, none of these questions matter at all. For you see, between putting in well over 100 hours of Monster Hunter World, I have found the greatness that is Darling In The Franxx, and guys, it's glorious. 

If you aren't a mech fan, I STILL feel you will find a way to enjoy this show. It's a combination of romance, mech battles, team chemistry, and sacrifice. A sci-fi world that will remind you of the awesome movie, Pacific Rim, this show has caught me off guard, and hooked me. The only downside, is it's still currently airing, and I can't binge watch it through the ending. 

The story starts with a team of young humans training to become mech pilots that can fight off evil alien/robot enemies and save mankind. The catch, is that in order to pilot their 'Franxx', or feminine robot badasses, they have to have a strong male/female chemistry or bond. It's a unique driving point, but it makes for interesting scenarios, drama, and of course strong character building. Sure, there's inuendos out the ying yang, but these kids have NO concept of actual love, or sex. 

Of course, there is a unique female character (pictured above) named 002. 002 is a rogue, a standout variant who isn't quite human, but isn't quite alien. Her past 'partners' in the past have all tried, failed, and died trying to pilot a mech with her...that is, until Hiro comes along. 002 and 016 (Hiro) are the perfect pair, and together they work to pilot the strongest mech of all, Strelitzia. The path leading up to this point, is nothing but a challenge. 

I know this is a fairly short blog, but I'd highly encourage you guys to check this anime out. Currently, you can watch up to episode 6 on the website 9anime.is. The next episode should be airing within the next day or so, and I haven't been this excited to watch it since my teenage days of following Dragonball Z on Toonami!

Oh, did I mention the OP is just amazing?

Do yourselves a favor and check this out. If you don't like it, hey, that's fine, you can PM or comment about how crazy I am. This is the first big impression anime I've seen of 2018 however, and I'm enjoying it tremendously. Be sure to share any thoughts or reflections in the comments section below, and as always, thanks for following my write-ups! Catch you on the flip side, kids!

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About JuIc3one of us since 9:12 AM on 02.12.2017

Middle aged teacher, otaku and gaming nerd, JuIc3 is somewhat of a lost Destructoid relic that just doesn't know what to do with himself.

Former Community-Manager/Editor here at Destructoid, I now take solace in the community, where I sparingly blog about whatever the hell strikes up my fancy.

If you like my stuff, be sure to check out my wife, Malika chan. Contrary to popular opinion, we aren't conjoined twins or anything like that. That would certainly make things awkward.


Anime reviews guideline - I rate my anime series with stars. Star ratings correspond as follows:

★★★★★ - a true masterpiece! An enticing story, amazing visuals, and characters that will stick with you forever. There are few out there that achieve this level of excellence.

★★★★ - a fine show. Some little quirks or pacing issues, but nothing to ruin the overall presentation. The show is bound to have many fans, and should be relevant for years to come.

★★★ - good, but not amazing. Noticeable flaws that will keep the show from truly being embraced by the masses. Likely to have a favorable following, with many good elements to be observed.

★★ - a weaker offering. Features some enjoyable moments, but overall feels very flat and bland. Lacking of originality, a strong hook, and features characters that are forgettable.

★ - anime was a mistake. No coherent point of interest or pacing to be found. Lacking in style, taste, and talent. Don't go near it, for your own safety...