Will They Subvert Or Play Up The Mecha Genre?
Anime created by the likes of Studio Trigger are known for many things: iconic characters, beautiful animation, hilarious fanservice and batshit insane narratives. Probably why we can’t get enough of them!
From Gurren Lagann to Kill la Kill to Little Witch Academia, for the most part it seems that the studio has quite the winning streak under its belt, all the more reason that we’re eagerly awaiting what they plan to do with their upcoming mecha show DARLING in the FRANXX. All we’ve had to go on so far are some pretty interesting looking giant feminine robots, but now we finally have some inkling of what the story is going to be about!
According to an article on Anime News Network –
The official website for Studio Trigger and A-1 Pictures‘ original science-fiction television animeDARLING in the FRANXXrevealed a new key visual and details of the anime’s story on Wednesday.
The story is set in the distant future. The land is ruined, and humanity establishes the mobile fort city Plantation. Pilots produced inside Plantation live in Mistilteinn, also know as the “birdcage.” Children live there knowing nothing of the outside world or the freedom of the sky. Their lives consist of battling to carry out missions. Their enemies are mysterious giant lifeforms known as Kyōryū, and the children pilot robots called Franxx to face off against them. For the children, riding the Franxx proves their existence.
A boy named Hiro is called Code:016, and he was once known as a prodigy. However, he has fallen behind, and his existence seems unnecessary. Not piloting a Franxx is the same as ceasing to exist. One day, a mysterious girl known as “Zero Two” appears before him. Two horns grow out of her head.
Promotionalvideos previously introduced characters in pairs. Each pair has its own “Franxx,” the show’s type of woman-shaped robot.
The anime will premiere in January 2018 on Tokyo MX, BS11, Tochigi TV, Gunma TV, ABC Asahi Broadcasting, and Mētele.
Atsushi Nishigori (The IDOLM@STER, character designer for Gurren Lagann) is directing the series, and Toshifumi Akai (chief animation director for Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, Sound of the Sky) is assistant director. Nishigori and Naotaka Hayashi (director for Girl Friend BETA, Morita-san wa Mukuchi) are in charge of series composition. Masayoshi Tanaka (anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day, Highschool of the Dead) is designing the characters and is chief animation director. Shigeto Koyama (Michiko & Hatchin, Ancien and the Magic Tablet) is providing the mechanical designs. Hiroyuki Imaishi (director of Gurren Lagann, Kill la Kill) is supervising the action.
We’re rooting for you Trigger! Here’s hoping you can deliver another winner!
Be sure to check out the teaser trailer for DARLING in the FRANXX below!