The BEST Episodes of DARLING in the FRANXX

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 21, 2021

Network: Tokyo MX

The story is set in the distant future. The land is ruined, and humanity establishes mobile fort cities called "Plantations". Pilots brought up inside the "Garden" 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 Klaxosaurs, and the children pilot robots called Franxx to face off against them. For the children, riding the Franxx is the reason for 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 with horns known as "Zero Two" appears before him.

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The Beast and the Prince

#1 - The Beast and the Prince

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Apr 7, 2018

In the deepest, darkest parts of a forest lived a strong and beautiful beast princess. Beckoned by the moonlight, she wandered into a land of humans, and in the moonlit garden of a small castle, she fell in love with a prince.

star 8.81
177 votes
Writers: Naotaka Hayashi, Noriko Takao

#2 - Jian

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Apr 21, 2018

The fierce battle to take the Grand Crevasse begins, and Hiro is forced to watch from the sidelines. Zero Two may have left, but Squad 13 is still concerned about the way she fights.

star 8.75
162 votes
Writers: Atsushi Nishigori, Hiroshi Seko
Alone and Lonesome

#3 - Alone and Lonesome

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 13, 2018

The land has fallen into ruin, and children represent the last hope for humanity. One of them, Hiro, fails to live up to that purpose and decides to walk away from it all.... until he meets a girl with horns.

star 8.34
296 votes
Writers: Atsushi Nishigori

#4 - DARLING in the FRANXX

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 17, 2018

Ichigo, Goro, and the rest of Squad 13 engage in a battle far more dangerous than any they've fought before, all while having their mind preyed on by the fact that this will be Hiro's third ride with Zero Two.

star 8.30
174 votes
Writers: Akira Amemiya, Naotaka Hayashi
Flap Flap

#5 - Flap Flap

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Feb 3, 2018

With the squad still feeling the aftershocks of the previous mission, things come to a head as the leaders run out of patience and decide to summon Strelizia back to the front lines.

star 8.25
208 votes
Writers: Masayuki, Naotaka Hayashi
For You, My Love

#6 - For You, My Love

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired Jun 16, 2018

There appears to be no escape from the impending destruction of Earth. But at the end of the world, Zero Two decides that she will keep her promise, no matter what.

star 8.15
140 votes
The Garden Where It All Began

#7 - The Garden Where It All Began

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Mar 31, 2018

Squad 13 heads back to the Garden for testing, with Zero Two's emotional state worsening by the day. They run into Nine Alpha, who offers some insight about her, but the most revealing words come straight from the horse's mouth...

star 8.11
142 votes
Writers: Naotaka Hayashi, Toshifumi Akai
Punishment and Confession

#8 - Punishment and Confession

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Apr 14, 2018

The information regarding Hiro's condition changes the entire dynamic of Squad 13, much to Zero Two's chagrin. She only wants to speak to Hiro, but people stand in her way one after another.

star 8.08
148 votes
Writers: Hiroshi Seko, Tatsuyuki Nagai
Your Thorn, My Badge

#9 - Your Thorn, My Badge

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 10, 2018

It's time for Plantations 13 and 26 to start kissing, and the squad prepares for the huge battle this will cause. They also have to get used to Hiro being Zero Two's partner, and so does he.

star 8.08
196 votes
Writers: Naotaka Hayashi, Noriko Takao
Fighting Puppet

#10 - Fighting Puppet

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 27, 2018

After their failure in the startup trial, things are awkward between Ichigo and Hiro, who decides to ask to ride with Zero Two again.

star 8.02
210 votes
Writers: Masahiko Otsuka, Toshifumi Akai
A New World

#11 - A New World

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired Jun 9, 2018

Humanity's operation to wipe out the klaxosaurs once and for all begins, and APE sends Strelizia to take control of Star Entity, the enemy's biggest weapon. However, the klaxosaur princess has other ideas.

star 8.00
129 votes
Writers: Naotaka Hayashi, Tatsuyuki Nagai
Days of Our Lives

#12 - Days of Our Lives

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired May 5, 2018

The parasites' living situation has changed drastically after the battle for Gran Crevasse. Zero Two's attitude toward them seems to have changed drastically, too.

star 7.95
150 votes

#13 - Eden

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired May 12, 2018

Having seized Gran Crevasse, emissaries are sent out to demand the surrender of the klaxosaurs' leader. Meanwhile, the Nines visit Squad 13, and there a shocking discovery is made.

star 7.94
139 votes
Writers: Naotaka Hayashi, Yasuhiro Irie
Boys ✕ Girls

#14 - Boys ✕ Girls

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Mar 3, 2018

The boys get caught in a compromising situation, causing a rift within Squad 13. Will they be able to bridge this divide? And how will Zero Two react to the most human of spats?

star 7.91
160 votes
Writers: Naotaka Hayashi, Tensai Okamura

#15 - Stargazers

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired Jun 23, 2018

Hiro is left shattered with an unresponsive Zero Two, and the children struggle to come to terms with the aftermath. Left all alone to battle for their survival, what path will they choose to take?

star 7.83
133 votes
Never Let Me Go

#16 - Never Let Me Go

Season 1 - Episode 24 - Aired Jul 7, 2018

While Hiro and Zero Two head to VIRM's home planet to defeat them, the rest of Squad 13 do their best to get life on Earth back on track.

star 7.82
157 votes
When the Sakura Blooms

#17 - When the Sakura Blooms

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired May 19, 2018

Squad 13 is told they will be abandoning Mistilteinn soon, and they decide to go out with a bang by making one last memory of their lives there.

star 7.79
135 votes
Writers: Naotaka Hayashi, Tensai Okamura

#18 - Inhumanity

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired May 26, 2018

Dr. Franxx confronts the APE brass about what they did to Kokoro and Mitsuru, and their attitude makes him reflect on his past, the choices he and humanity made, and the path they took.

star 7.75
138 votes
Writers: Mamoru Kanbe, Masahiko Otsuka
Triangle Bomb

#19 - Triangle Bomb

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Mar 10, 2018

Soon after Goro becomes keenly aware of his feelings, he is put in a perilous situation. How will he and Ichigo respond in this do-or-die scenario?

star 7.72
155 votes
Writers: Kōichi Hatsumi, Rino Yamazaki
The City of Eternity

#20 - The City of Eternity

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Mar 17, 2018

APE decide to give Squad 13 a reward in order to accelerate their development. The ceremony is held in a place Zorome has always dreamed of living in, and there he meets someone he has always wanted to meet.

star 7.71
154 votes
Writers: Masahiko Otsuka, Nobutoshi Ogura
Partner Shuffle

#21 - Partner Shuffle

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Mar 24, 2018

Squad 13's growth has been remarkable, but Chlorophytum's score keeps going down. With this in mind, Nana and Hachi propose a partner shuffle, which finds an unexpected taker

star 7.71
154 votes
Writers: Hiroshi Seko, Takahiro Shikama
Shooting Star Moratorium

#22 - Shooting Star Moratorium

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 24, 2018

Squad 13 is given a much-needed break after defending the kissing plantations in a fierce battle. They head to an unexpected location and find something even more unexpected.

star 7.66
155 votes
Writers: Rino Yamazaki, Tōko Yatabe

#23 - DARLING in the FRANXX

Season 1 - Episode 23 - Aired Jun 30, 2018

The gang heads off to space to fight in what they believe to be the final battle. Meanwhile, Kokoro and Mitsuru stay behind to fight a battle of their own.

star 7.66
134 votes
What It Means to Connect

#24 - What It Means to Connect

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 20, 2018

The parasites struggle to come to terms with Hiro being the one who piloted Strelizia. Even Hiro can't really believe it himself. Things come to a head when he's ordered to participate in a mock battle.

star 7.60
227 votes
Writers: Naotaka Hayashi, Shōko Nakamura