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DARLING in the FRANXX Anime Reveals New Visual, Story

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Yūto Uemura, Haruka Tomatsu star in series premiering in January

The official website for Studio Trigger and A-1 Pictures' original science-fiction television anime DARLING in the FRANXX revealed 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.

Promotional videos previously introduced characters in pairs. Each pair has its own "Franxx," the show's type of woman-shaped robot. The cast and characters are as follows:

Yūto Uemura as Code:016 "Hiro" and Haruka Tomatsu as Code:002 "Zero Two" with their Franxx named Strelizia

Kana Ichinose as Code:015 "Ichigo" and Yūichirō Umehara as Code:056 "Goro" with their Franxx named Delphinium

Nanami Yamashita as Code:390 "Miku" and Mutsumi Tamura as Code:666 "Zorome" with their Franxx named Argentea

Saori Hayami as Code:556 "Kokoro" and Hiroki Gotō as Code:214 "Futoshi" with their Franxx named Genista

Shizuka Ishigami as Code:196 "Ikuno" and Aoi Ichikawa as Code:326 "Mitsuru" with their Franxx named Chlorophytum

The anime's official Twitter account posted a new key visual last month. The visual shows Zero Two, one of the main characters.

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.

Additional staff members include:

Studio Trigger announced the anime at its Anime Expo panel this year. A-1 Pictures' Hiroyuki Shimizu is involved with the project and appeared on stage during the panel.

Source: Animate Times

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