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DARLING in the FRANXX Gets New Visual, Plot Details


It looks like we’re about to learn a bit more about our newest darlings.

Earlier today, the official DARLING in the FRANXX anime website updated with a new visual, as well as information on the show’s plot. We break the details down below:

Key Visual

The new image features the major cast members standing in front of silhouettes of the Franxx units. Zero Two stands above them, in front of the Strelizia.

Plot Details

The series will be set in a distant, dystopian future. The land has been devastated, to the point that humanity has found sancturary in a mobile fortress city known as Plantation. Inside of Plantation, pilots are raised in a place known as Mistilteinn, or “the birdcage” for short. The children of the birdcage live oblivious to the outside world. They’re raised only to battle or carry out missions against mysterious life forms known as the Kyōryū. To battle these beings, the young pilots must take command of robots called Franxx.

For these kids, piloting a Franxx means to validate their own existence.

A young man named Hiro goes by the code name Code:016. Once, he was seen as a prodigy. Lately, though, he’s fallen behind the others, and his very existence seems moot. One day, a mysterious girl known as Zero Two appears before him. And, for some reason, a pair of horns grows from her head.

DARLING in the FRANXX is a co-production between Trigger and A-1 Pictures. The series is slated to hit Japanese TV in January 2018.

Atsushi Nishigori (THE IDOLM@STER) is directing the project, with Masayoshi Tanaka (anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day, High School of the Dead) providing character designs. The team of Atsushi Nishigori and Naotaka Hayashi will collaborate on series composition.

The confirmed voice cast includes:

  • Zero Two: Haruka Tomatsu
  • Hiro: Yūto Uemura
  • Mitsuru: Aoi Ichikawa
  • Futoshi: Hiroshi Gotō
  • Ichigo: Kana Ichinose
  • Zorome: Mutsumi Tamura
  • Miku: Nanami Yamashita
  • Kokoro: Saori Hayami
  • Ikuno: Shizuka Ishikawa
  • Goro: Yuichiro Umehara

Trigger showed off a short reveal trailer for the project at Anime Expo, along with several teaser trailers. You can check these out below:

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x5sllb5_darling-in-the-frankxx-tv-anime-pv-teaser_tv

https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x68a7sg

https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x68a7s3

https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x68a75e

Several character visuals have also been released since the show’s initial announcement:

Source: Animate Times

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