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.
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 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.