Anime I Watched Recently – 21st July 2018


Darling in the Franxx

Anime has no respect for child labour laws. Darling in the Franxx takes a leaf from the Eva playbook, in that it employs youngsters to pilot giant mechs. The adolescents use these bots to protect Plantations (mobile human settlements) against attacks from subterranean beings known as Klaxosaurs. Voltron has taught us that it takes multiple folks to control a robot and the same is true in this twenty-four episode series. Just like in Pacific Rim, a pair of people is required to operate the titular Franxx. Specifically, the machines are steered by a boy and a girl. Why? Cos it’s the perfect excuse to ship characters together!

I enjoyed Darling in the Franxx quite a bit, even if the last few episodes got a bit chaotic and weird. The action scenes are enjoyable to watch, providing that you can get over the unconventional mech designs. Robots with cartoony facial features look weird to me… and this is coming from someone who grew up watching the Gobots! Just like Evangelion, this isn’t a basic mech show were the heroes simply beat a monster of the week. As the plot progresses expect some twists and for conspiracies to unravel. There’s a bit of romance too, between protagonists Hiro and his horned co-pilot Zero Two. She’s a literal man-eater, who has a reputation of devouring partners after three missions.


Lostorage conflated WIXOSS

The fourth instalment of a J.C. Staff production concocted to promote a children’s card game. Just like its predecessors, Conflated features high school students who duel each other by commanding diminutive ladies (called LRIGs) with the aid of a deck. Poker has got nothing on this high stakes game. The penalty for defeat is amnesia and in severe cases losers may even get erased from existence. New to this series is the ability to summon two LRIGs onto the field. Another rule worth mentioning is that the vanquished must surrender their LRIG to their opponent. Kind of like marbles then, only that instead of handing over a glass sphere upon defeat you have to give up a cute waifu.

In terms of story Conflated is arguably the weakest entry in the WIXOSS franchise. The script rehashes ideas from past seasons and lacks the big WTF surprises we have come to expect from the series. All that said I still enjoyed the anime. It was neat seeing the heroines of seasons one and three interact with each other. The finale also does a fine job of wrapping up a show that started its life way back in 2014. Recommended to fans of Madoka Magica, as both shows share some narrative similarities. Also might appeal to former Yu-Gi-Oh viewers who seek something with more depth and less crazy hairstyles.


What more information on these shows? If so check out…

Anime Q and A’s assessment of the first fifteen Darling in the Franxx episodes.

Jon Spencer’s retrospective of the WIXOSS series.

20 thoughts on “Anime I Watched Recently – 21st July 2018

  1. haha loved your rating for Darling in the Franxx: Four and a half horny waifus πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I had started on that show, but because of my hiatus I kind of lost track of it. I haven’t forgotten about it, as I quite enjoyed it as well, so I hope to get back to it at some point int the future (with a vacation coming up in September I plan on watching some stuff I wasn’t able to finish).
    As for Lostorage..another one of those shows that has been on my to watch list for ages. (which yes is a long time lol πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚). Great post!

    • How far did you get into Franxx? As a Robotech fan I imagine the show appeals to you, due to its mix of robots and love triangles. I can highly recommend WIXOSS. The first series is probably the strongest, but I enjoyed the follow up seasons too.

      • I just had to go and check Crunchyroll to see which episode is next, but I got up to episode 8 which is surprising to me as I though I had seen fewer episodes. But true, I really did like the series, despite the obvious fanservice moments lol.
        I totally want to see WIXOSS, as it’s been on my list for so long and a lot of people recommended it to me 😊

  2. Thanks for including my retrospective for further reading πŸ™‚

    The newest WIXOSS season was the weakest for you? I’m surprised it isn’t the second half of season 1 because that’s what most people would say. It got really messy, still interesting and entertaining, but by far the least cohesive bit of the series. Either way, glad you still enjoyed the newest season because it was good to see everything get wrapped up finally.

    • No problem.

      I guess that the second series does get a bit crazy. That’s something I can fault a lot of anime for, when they try to wrap up their stories. Out of all the WIXOSS shows the first season was the one I liked best, due to the unexpected twists. I tend to band seasons one and two together, which is why I rate it higher than Conflated. They are all good though.

      • Well season 1 and 2, is really just season 1 if you ask me. Same plot and it just continues. The other Lostorage series is very much its own thing and then we have the final season. Any way, I kind of get what you mean at least.

  3. I didn’t pick “Franxx” up as soon as I saw the word “mecha” in the description. WIXOSS I’ve not heard of before so starting with season four would be daft, but again doesn’t seem like my sort of thing anyway. :-/

    • I’m guessing that Franxx wouldn’t be your cup of tea. You shouldn’t dismiss all mech shows though, as every series is very different. Some are comical, others are political and others play out like a soap opera. Dai-Guard for example is a very different beast to Neon Genesis.

      From what I recall the first season of WIXOSS was brought to the UK by Anime Limited. Maybe you can check out the first series and see if it is worth continuing from there. The anime is a bit like Madoka Magica and the card matches are very short, so don’t worry about the duels being the main focus of the story.

  4. RE: “the machines are steered by a boy and a girl”
    Well, the the male brain and the female brain work differently, so to control the robot it takes all capabilities of perception.

    • That theory sounds just as plausible as the reasoning given by the series. In this show the girl becomes the robot and the male pilots the machine. The seating arrangement of the cockpit is a bit suspect. It looks like the bloke is riding his partner.

      • I jotted down a few notes in Professor Peterson’s lecture:
        β€œThe boy driving the girl is analogous for the duality expressed by the Order and Chaos architypes derived from Mesopotamian mythologies.
        The boy driver also represents the Logos, who calls the girl robot into Being though his expression of truth.”

        Did I get it right?

  5. Less crazy hairstyles than Yu-Gi-Oh!? Come on, crazy hair is the way to go if you want to distract your opponents and/or threaten them with the spikes on top of your head.

    • Haha. That make explain why Yu-Gi always had the perfect card for each match. Heart of the cards? Nah, he just had stuff hidden in his sleeve. No one picked up on that cos they were focused on his gravity defying hairdo.

  6. Hahaha, I just remembered the Yu-Gi-Oh character hairstyles. They were crazy as fudge πŸ™‚ They definitely defied more than just gravity hehe πŸ™‚

    Great post πŸ™‚ I’ve never seen either of these anime, but both sound fun. Loved your rating system by the way hehehe πŸ™‚

    • Darling in the Franxx seems to have a lot of negative reviews, from what I have seen online. I think many people liked it at the start, but the show lost them later on hence the anger. For me the series was very good and I would have given it five stars had its finale been paced better.

  7. I’m surprised you enjoyed FranXX as much as you did despite the convoluted plot points there at the end, not to mention all the backlash it got. Still, those action scenes are a splendor, as is Zero Two’s character design. She literally became iconic after its first week of airing! As for WIXOSS, I’m so terribly behind on that franchise that I’m embarrassed. Guess you could say I’m saving it for a rainy day.

    • I liked the series a lot and would have given it five stars, were it not for the weird stuff near the end. The artist who designed Zero Two deserves a bonus for creating such an alluring waifu. What was the backlash all about? I didn’t keep up with the news. Back when the show aired some people went mental over the love triangle, but it later got resolved amicably.

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