The end of the anime series Darling in the Franxx did not please many fans. That’s why they are waiting for a second season (Darling in the Franxx Season 2), but how likely is the sequel anyway? We have summarized the current state of knowledge.
Darling in the Franxx is not based on any manga or novel series, but is an independent anime series produced by Studio Trigger in collaboration with A-1 Pictures. It first aired on Japanese television in January 2018 and simultaneously internationally on Crunchyroll.
Will there be Darling in Franxx Season 2?
The first season, whose last episode caused great criticism among fans, ended more than four years ago. So far, however, neither the producers nor various streaming providers or publishers have commented on a continuation of the popular science fiction series.
Since the anime is not based on any original, there is also no way to know how the story of Zero Two and Hiro will continue. A manga series was released shortly after the TV launch, but it tells an alternate storyline and thus can’t really be considered a sequel. The likelihood that Darling in the Franxx will get a second season is therefore very low, and this despite the fact that many fans hope for it and have even created petitions on the Internet.
Watch Darling in the Franxx in English
Since September 2019, you can watch Darling in the Franxx for it not only in the original sound but also with English dubbing on Crunchyroll. However, this is so far only available for premium members and, unlike the Japanese version, not free. For a subscription to the US streaming provider, you currently pay at least 6.99 euros per month, but you can also test the service for 14 days for free or redeem a guest pass.
In a manual version, the anime was only released at the beginning of the year before last. All episodes of the DVD and Blu-ray edition* are included in English as well as in the OmU version. There are also a few small extras, such as a 20-page storybook, a booklet and two postcards.
Darling in the Franxx Season 2 Trailer
A trailer for the 2nd season has not been released since it’s not been announced yet, so here’s a trailer of season 1.
Darling in the Franxx Plot
In the distant future, humanity has been driven to near-extinction by giant beasts known as Klaxosaurs, forcing the surviving humans to take refuge in massive fortress cities called Plantations. Children raised here are trained to pilot giant mechas known as FranXX—the only weapons known to be effective against the Klaxosaurs—in boy-girl pairs. Bred for the sole purpose of piloting these machines, these children know nothing of the outside world and are only able to prove their existence by defending their race.
Hiro, an aspiring FranXX pilot, has lost his motivation and self-confidence after failing an aptitude test. Skipping out on his class’ graduation ceremony, Hiro retreats to a forest lake, where he encounters a mysterious girl with two horns growing out of her head. She introduces herself by her codename Zero Two, which is known to belong to an infamous FranXX pilot known as the “Partner Killer.” Before Hiro can digest the encounter, the Plantation is rocked by a sudden Klaxosaur attack. Zero Two engages the creature in her FranXX, but it is heavily damaged in the skirmish and crashes near Hiro. Finding her partner dead, Zero Two invites Hiro to pilot the mecha with her, and the duo easily defeats the Klaxosaur in the ensuing fight. With a new partner by his side, Hiro has been given a chance at redemption for his past failures, but at what cost?