Episode eight moves away from the beach and back into the parasite’s home. However, the trope pulling rearing it’s head this time is boys vs girls, aptly named in the title of the show. Of course, just as in episode seven, don’t turn off your brain because this seems like the kids are playing around- in the background through much of the episode are some very important themes before a groundbreaking realization for the team just as we fade out for the next episode.
Much like Evangelion took a brief break in the middle of it’s season before all hell broke loose, Darling in the FRANXX launches a similar approach with episodes seven and eight. However, looking at these relaxing trope-filled installments as just is a big mistake. There’s not only more clues to the world around these kids, but plenty of good character development that will prove important around the corner when the season comes to a close.
Episode seven is another filler-type staple that only gives us a new (though very, very cool) card, and nothing of news or interest for the series otherwise. However, episode eight throws us back into the fray with a new look at Akiho and her personal life.
Episodes five and six of Darling in the FRANXX work best together, and if you are watching weekly (like me) it’s a little rough of a break between the two. Sometimes I wish I had the self control to watch shows after all the episodes have aired. Regardless! Both of these episodes offer a ton of great content, whether you are looking for story or animation. I still can’t intimate how wonderfully produced this show is, but I can tell you that it’s worth every minute. As for story, there’s a ton to delve into and I know I don’t cover everything, but unpacking this show is treat for everyone- including those of us who know our Evangelion.
I’m a little disappointed with the execution of both episodes six and seven, but I’ve come to expect movement through most episodes of a series. The return to the this traditional style of anime storytelling is a little tough for…
This episode is a ton of fun. All the sexiness and frustration converge in the most satisfying use of the Strelizia to date. I still feel lukewarm on Hiro, himself, but I’ve grown to really like the characters around him, and this episode only solidifies what a great team these kids can be- with the help of the super-powered Strelizia, of course.
There’s isn’t a ton of forward movement with this episode and the card encounter is little lackluster, but my most closely held belief about the direction of the series is shot down.