The first issue we face is that Darling in the Franxx has no source such as a light novel or manga. The bad news is that we will have to wait for an extended period in the case of renewal since the series' creators need at least one year to produce another round of the sci-fi anime. The good one is that the representatives of Trigger and A-1 Pictures will have to analyze the statistics of the series to evaluate the financial advisability of the franchise. In that case, they would rely on ratings and BD/DVD sales of Darling in the Franxx.
As for the ratings, they were most impressive. Currently, on MyAnimeList, Darling in the Franxx holds a score of 8.02/10 > 30,000 votes. The viewers of Crunchyroll, in the meantime, have evaluated the sci-fi anime at 4.4 out of 5 stars. The official Facebook page of the anime has a score of 4.9/5 > 34,000 votes. Of course, these figures can't affect the decision of renewal or cancellation of the show to the fullest extent. Nonetheless, without a doubt, any studio takes these figures into account before their final decision.
At the moment, we have no actual data regarding the BD/DVD sales of the series. However, according to the estimations (Amazon Ranking Stalker), about 5,603 copies of Darling in the Franxx should be sold per week. This forecast is better than that of Violet Evergarden, for instance. We will update this paragraph as soon as we get actual data.
Summing up, Darling in the Franxx possesses the excellent potential of renewal. This anime has impressive ratings, promising estimation concerning the further sales and the fan base, which is growing daily. We hope that both Trigger and A-1 Pictures studios will look at these data and would make a right decision on the future of the series.
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 of Darling in the Franxx consisting of 24 episodes comes to an end in June. There has been no announcement of renewal as of yet.
What Is The Anime Darling in the Franxx About?If you have not yet watched this sci-fi anime, please read a brief overview of Darling in the Franxx below.
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."