Darling in the FrankXX

Title:Darling in the FrankXX
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Notables: Animation - A1 Pictures
Animation - Trigger
Hiro--aka 016--was once a candidate to become a Parasite, a member of a male-female team that would pilot a powerful mecha. But he has failed his tests, been disqualified, and is demoralized. Then he encounters a fiery girl known only as 002, a renowned but difficult Parasite, and she turns his fortunes around.

24 episodes
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Unevaluated Stretch [series:3482#628]
(One episode watched):

At one point around halfway through this show, the thought occurred to me 'Let me guess: some sort of crisis will lead to Hiro and this 002 girl teaming up, and they will save the day'. And, sure enough, that's exactly what happened. It wasn't difficult to 'read' the general direction this show was going, since there have been so many anime with similar plotlines before, and nothing about the episode really surprised me. The basic problem is the all too common one of not endowing the main characters with enough personality for us viewers to care all that much what becomes of them. What do I care if the two will fall in love when they still seem like strangers to me? The show was more about the bizarre technology than the characters; stuff like 'Klaxosaurs' (whatever the hell those are), whose design and operation reminded me of stuff you'd see in FLCL. Indeed, the climactic action scene made about as much sense as an action scene from that show. There are fancy uniforms and fancy terminology, which attempt to create a sort of mystique, but I was more confused than enthralled. Why are candidates for what seems a prestigious and sought after position known as 'parasites'? Ultimately I was not impressed since the fundamental error with the characters made it all seem so amateurish. I just felt that I had pretty much seen it all before.

Last updated Thursday, January 18 2018. Created Wednesday, January 17 2018.

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