Darling in the FranXX - Episode 2 Review
During this episode of Darling in the FranXX, the series shows us that it's not just interested in fan service, it's actually interested in sex thematically. Additionally, it's becoming less pretentious.
After nearly losing his friend, Hiro is told that Zero Two is a lot more dangerous than he might think. There's a rumor that every partner who works with her doesn't survive for very long, typically dying after the third ride. However, due to Hiro's constant feeling of failure, he'd rather die useful than be useless. Zero Two tells him that she wants to pilot with him again, but it's not up to either of them to decide. Hiro is then scheduled for a test to determine his worth as a pilot.
Thankfully, this episode was not as pretentious as the previous. It seemed more focused on moving the plot forward versus half-baked symbolism. However, it is trying to be symbolic regarding one of the aspects, but this came off far more naturally.
This is about how the writer seems interested in more than just fan service, building up an obsession with sex thematically. Nearly everything in this show is representative of things relating to sex or passion. Disregarding how the creators are in love with butts, showing us the most cliche situations for the sake of sexual appeal, the important story sections take an interesting direction in similar form.
When a female and male pilot a Franxx, the male is sat upright while the female is down on all fours, clearly assuming a common position used for sex. Additionally, kissing your fellow pilot gives the Franxx some sort of enhancement, although the details on that are vague as of now. The female riders also seem to get exhausted when it activates, sometimes moaning, even though this wasn't explained yet. It's also said that the female and male pilot must trust and accept each other completely, or else they won't be able to connect. Not only that, but they're often referred to as "pistils" and "stamens."
It's quite clear that the writer wants sex to be one of the show's themes. However, there's no telling how this will turn out. As of now, it managed to show all of this naturally without shoving it down our throats.
Unfortunately, the show's problem of being rather generic continues. The story and characters aren't particularly interesting right now, it's stuck being a rather familiar mecha. The only fascinating thing so far is how it's going about this theme of sex, and it's intriguing to wonder where the writers can take this. Even then, it's still basic with how it executes its fan service. For example, two practically naked girls are in a locker room and one sexually touches the other for "fun." It's weird that this is such a common trope in anime, and it's getting old.
Overall, the second episode showed us quite a bit about what it intends to do. It's still rather textbook, but it's entertaining enough. Although not much happened, it was likely for the sake of building up whatever will happen next episode.
|Good Animation||Still Basic|
|Intriguing Sexual Theme|