The Best Episodes of DARLING in the FRANXX
Last Updated: Jun 25, 2019
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.
#1 - The Beast and the Prince
Season 1 - Episode 13
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.
#2 - Jian
Season 1 - Episode 15
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.
#3 - DARLING in the FRANXX
Season 1 - Episode 6
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.
#5 - A New World
Season 1 - Episode 20
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.
#6 - Punishment and Confession
Season 1 - Episode 14
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.
#7 - The Garden Where It All Began
Season 1 - Episode 12
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...
#8 - Eden
Season 1 - Episode 17
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.
#10 - Inhumanity
Season 1 - Episode 19
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.
#12 - Boys ✕ Girls
Season 1 - Episode 8
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?
#13 - Flap Flap
Season 1 - Episode 4
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.
#14 - Your Thorn, My Badge
Season 1 - Episode 5
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.
#15 - When the Sakura Blooms
Season 1 - Episode 18
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.
#17 - Fighting Puppet
Season 1 - Episode 3
After their failure in the startup trial, things are awkward between Ichigo and Hiro, who decides to ask to ride with Zero Two again.
#18 - Alone and Lonesome
Season 1 - Episode 1
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.
#20 - Triangle Bomb
Season 1 - Episode 9
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?
#21 - The City of Eternity
Season 1 - Episode 10
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.
#22 - Partner Shuffle
Season 1 - Episode 11
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
#23 - Shooting Star Moratorium
Season 1 - Episode 7
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.
#24 - What It Means to Connect
Season 1 - Episode 2
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.