Episodes thirteen and fourteen are accompanying episodes with all the heart and soul of something a little deeper than what the internet is calling a cheaper Evangelion. While there is quite a bit of homage packed in each episode of Darling in the FRANXX, the whole of the show stands on its own. I believe that these two episodes are great examples of how Darling is more than.
Continuing our narrative from the previous episodes, fifteen and sixteen move us through Meiling’s final days in Japan while wrapping up a little mystery between Kaito and Akiho.
Card Captor Sakura: Clear Card picks up on a slow note after it’s brief break between seasons. Episode 13 doesn’t offer a new card for us, breaking the monster-of-the-week cycle previous established, but we are reintroduced to Meiling and enjoy a peaceful day of normal life before the story picks up back up at the usual pace as of episode 14.
Goro’s release is great, and since Ichigo wholly cares for Goro back- I’m sure it’s going to make for some great neural links in the future. Stronger bonds make stronger fighters, but at the end of the day, it feels good to finally see Goro happy.
A whole, I’ve been a little upset by the secret-keeping in this show simply because newer anime in the past few years has made me an impatient mess. Though I believe this whole deal could be sped up a bit with more information on all fronts instead of the playing around with Sakura and friends; at the end of the day, I’m still very much into everything Clear Card has to offer.
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.