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.
Moving from the character-centric episodes, and back into the main story, Darling in the FRANXX is showing us this is as good as the team is going to get before the apocalypse.
Episodes eleven and twelve don’t offer any more big revelations, but we do learn a little more of where Syaoran stands in this mess and some general hints and confirmation about what we already know. We are standing more in a station of status quo with exceedingly slow reveals through two episodes as we bridge the seasons.
This is a Zorome-centric episode, and as such, we begin with him narrating a reoccurring dream he has. It’s a very good dream because the dream itself is emblematic of a birth memory which is the quite possibly the most “Evangelion” thing I’ve seen so far, more so than even the water droplets from Hiro’s revelation episode. It’s fascinating to know that Zorome dreams of his own birth, in an almost horror-like manner while he longs for the adult world, and at the end of the episode we learn he no longer has this dream after seeing how the adults live.
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.