The key issue of Darling in the Franxx is that the series has no source, whether it be a light novel or manga. Another bad signal is that the series hasn't been split into two cours, and aired thereby as a full-length, complete season. On the contrary, there is a weighty argument in favor of renewal. One of them is the commercial value of the franchise. We're talking now about the BD/DVD sales of the anime. In 2018, over 3,600 items were sold per week on average. What does it mean? Darling in the Franxx stands in one row with such anime hits as SAO and Overlord, and shares the 6th place with them. Meanwhile, the latter two have eventually got their respective next seasons.
The response from the target audience was hugely positive. On MyAnimeList, the first season of the anime holds a score of 7.56 > 226,000 votes. Thus, in our opinion, Darling in the Franxx Season 2 is just a matter of time. Besides, many of you admit that the first season looks incomplete. To be sure of this, all you need is just explore this thread on Reddit. However, the opinion is split between those who expect a sequel or prequel, respectively.
After all, given that money is everything, both studios are interested in new income, especially taking into account the demand. Summing up, Darling in the Franxx has a good chance for Season 2. This anime is a kind of what all the fans of the mechanics genre require. The only question remains unanswered is when would it happen.
Darling in the Franxx kicked off in January on Tokyo MX, GYT, GTV, BS11, and other Japanese networks. The anime is also available globally through Crunchyroll and Funimation. Trigger and A-1 Pictures served as the developers of the television adaptation. Crunchyroll also acted as a licensor of the series. The first season consisting of 24 episodes aired between January and July of 2018.
Darling in the Franxx Summary
The story is set in the far future. The humankind has defeated an onslaught of giant beasts known as klaxosaurs. As a result, Earth is ruined. In an attempt to escape, people created the mobile fort city Plantation. Children born here are not aware of the outer world. They live inside the so-called "birdcage." Since childhood, they are paired up in a boy-girl pair called Parasites. Thus, their primary mission is to pilot the giant mecha, known as Franxx. These children, thereby have no other activities aside from their duties.
The storyline focuses on Hiro, a gifted young pilot, initially treated as a prodigy, who, however, has failed one of the necessary tests. As a result, he is unable to pilot Franxx. Therefore, Hiro treats his existence as useless. But one day Hiro stumbles upon Zero Two, a mysterious female Franxx pilot with two horns grow out of her head. She belongs to a human race with klaxosaur blood. Since her partner is killed due to a recent attack, Zero Two offers Hiro to become her new "darling."
Darling in the Franxx Season 2 Release Date
Despite there is no official confirmation of Darling in the Franxx Season 2, we tend to believe that the renewal is very possible, given the data provided above. But how long could it take to create another season of the anime? It mostly depends on how both studios are busy working on other projects. There are no data, whether CloverWorks (formerly A-1 Pictures) and Trigger wee satisfied with the income of the franchise.
Yet it's clear that the production on Darling in the Franxx Season 2 wouldn't end earlier than by the end of 2019 (in the case of renewal). Therefore, in any case, all we can do now is just waiting for the official announcement. Once a studio, whether it will be CloverWorks or Trigger, announce any official decision, we will update this page. Stay tuned for updates.