I Was Wrong.. (Darling in the FranXX Final Thoughts)

All right, so my calculations regarding what would happen in Darling in the FranXX were off. My predictions were slightly out of line with what happened. I wasn’t thinking large enough back then. I forgot to cross my t’s and dot my i’s. If you were to go back and read my predictions post, you would not have an accurate idea of what happens in the second half of the anime.

I was wrong.

But you know what?

In my heart of hearts I know that I was right.
(I wasn’t).

So let’s get this over with quick, and then I’ll give my final thoughts on the anime.

Darling in the FranXX Spoilers Ahead.

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All right. Let’s just dive into the predictions and see how I did.

  • I thought that the glasses girl would have a breakdown.
    • She sort of did? Not in the way I had imagined anyways.
  • I said that the smart guy probably wouldn’t start any more drama.
    • He did.
  • I said Zero-Two was going to play the role of the “wise man” character.
    • She didn’t really do this.. I guess I could argue this one, but I’ll accept the loss.
  • I knew Papa was corrupt.
    • He was.
  • I knew Klaxosaur’s wouldn’t be the “real enemy”.
    • They weren’t.
  • I thought Papa and crew would be the “real enemy”.
    • He wasn’t. He sort of was, but really he wasn’t.

So if we total that up, we get a pretty split decision. But to be honest, I was just wrong in where I thought the anime was going to end up. And so I decided to be honest about it and put that in the title (because we are honest here on the Umai Yomu Anime Blog).

I really was hoping that title would be “I knew it!!” too. Next anime for sure I’ll nail the predictions. From episode 1. Just you wait.

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I’ll be right next time.

Final Thoughts

Moving on, let’s talk Darling in the FranXX.

From where we left off, I failed to see what was really outrageous about the anime. It’s tough to phase a seasoned anime veteran like myself. So I decided to look it up, and I saw that people were angry about the love triangle or something like this? Why is beyond me. Often we are faced with the choice of who to ship in an anime (Team Rem btw, sorry Emilia), it’s nothing to get angry about.

As for what happened.. what happened? One moment I was watching an anime that had a clear story and direction, with hints and foreshadowing providing me with a rough idea of what was to come. Plot, intrigue, character development, and then the anime just decided “nah let’s just go to space”. Next thing I knew there were these purple dudes, klaxosaur spaceships, Zero-Two was a giant spaceship, Hiro had some blue horns, and everyone was all grown up.

wow
Seems legit…

Who were those purple dudes? And what the hell happened in the last 4 episodes?

I’ve seen Gurren Lagann, but I never considered that Darling in the FranXX would employ the same tactics.

I’m not a fan.

I understand the overall idea, that using a unexpected turn of events and drastic increase in scale of the action can create excitement. It lets the anime use that cheesy ending where everyone is on earth looking into the sky saying “They are up there, watching over us, fighting for us.”. I just don’t like it. You want to ramp up the scale? Try using another 5-10 episodes first.

Nothing makes an entire anime feel more worthless than something like this. All those battles with klaxosaurs? Who cares. That’s nothing compared to a massive space battle with the universe on the line. All those plantations, Papa, the intrigue, Doctor FranXX, it all just feels pointless. After all, none of it really mattered did it? In the end, Hiro and Zero-Two just fly off into space to fight some unknown purple enemies and save the universe. Why even bother with the intrigue if it’s just going to be discarded? Papa and his crew were just cast aside in a matter of seconds.

And I didn’t like it in Gurren Lagann either, but at least they used a timeskip first. So the transition was much better, and the anime didn’t have to abandon ongoing plot and intrigue. Darling in the FranXX just decided “yeah let’s just go into space” and that was that.

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I should have known. All mecha anime are destined to end up in space at some point.

Other than the anime imploding on episode 20, there was one other thing that I enjoyed.

I enjoyed Hiro and Zero-Two’s relationship, learning about how they had met in the past. Watching them interact, grow as a couple. All that. And I really liked the story that acted as a framework for their story – the beast and the prince. I’m a big fan of stories within stories, as you can see here. Something about using a story within a larger story as a foreshadowing plot device is really neat to me.

Now the beast and the prince was a little too straightforward, I’ll admit that. It also omitted details until they had already happened in the larger story. So it really didn’t foreshadow much either. By the time we even learned the story of the beast and the prince, we already could connect the dots because what was described had already taken place. So all I can really say about this is that I love the idea, but the execution was no good.

what
What happened here?

Make the story a little more cryptic, and introduce it earlier in the anime. That would make Darling in the FranXX much better in my books. The story within Star Driver was the most memorable aspect of the entire anime. It’s something that can really improve an anime in my opinion. The beast and the prince was a nice story – I still enjoyed it. I just can’t help but see more potential there. Better luck next time I guess.

That’s just about all I’ve got for Darling in the FranXX. I can’t even remember much from episodes 10-20, aside from Zero-Two and Hiro’s story. Not that it matters, considering how the anime ended.

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Glasses decided to job change and become a JRPG protagonist.

Darling in the FranXX will go down in my memory as a waste of potential, and another example of why I generally don’t like mecha anime. They all just try too hard to pack in the action. I’m still glad I watched it, because I would have constantly been wondering about it if I didn’t. But really, with that ending and the “outrage” I’m pretty amazed at how the anime turned out in the end. Not a waste of time, but a waste of time.

Now it looks like I need to improve my predictions game..

Until next time!
Thanks for reading.

11 thoughts on “I Was Wrong.. (Darling in the FranXX Final Thoughts)

    1. Yep. They were doing such a great job with the characters, especially Zero-Two + Hiro and their relationship. But then they just fast tracked the overall story way too much and all of that became overshadowed.

      It makes me wonder if the source material did it right and it’s just the anime adaptation that screwed up.

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      1. WeeaBroDerek

        In one of the podcasts we did a while back, Shawn mentioned that he read Trigger and A-1 couldn’t agree on much during development… man it sure feels like it. One week we’re watching a teenage drama, the next week it’s a dystopian thriller, aaaand then we’re in space.

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  1. I can’t force myself to watch the last episode…
    What were they thinking with the space thing? That was just dumb…
    But yeah, all the controversy that this show caused was dumb. So dumb, the outrage towards the end of the anime was quiet by comparison. Dumb dumb dumb, Darling in the Franxx was not the smart sexual mech show I hoped it would be. This makes me want to grind my head against a wall and go read Ender’s Game again…
    Just because the space drama was SO awful!

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      1. I’m always real into a series using sexuality in interesting and constructive ways! (Like Monogatari, of course)
        But I realize that most series will not put in the effort required. This series was just disappointing on everything else as well, so overall, I feel bitter about having wasted time to watch anything past the 15-ish episode mark…

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