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Crunchyroll Streams Darling in the Franxx Promo With English Subtitles

posted on by Karen Ressler
Trigger, A-1 Pictures' sci-fi anime premieres January 13

Crunchyroll began streaming a 30-second commercial for Studio Trigger and A-1 Pictures' original science-fiction television anime DARLING in the FRANXX with English subtitles on Thursday.

The series will premiere on Tokyo MX, Tochigi TV, GTV, and BS11 at 11:30 p.m. on January 13. It will also air on ABC, Mētele, Hiroshima Home TV, BSS, BBC (Biwako Broadcasting Co), and AT-X. Crunchyroll will stream the series with English subtitles as it airs in Japan, and Funimation will stream an English dub.

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 Yuichiro 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 Gotou 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

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, High School 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.

Mika Nakashima (NANA) and L'Arc en Ciel's Hyde are collaborating on the opening theme song "Kiss of Death." Hyde wrote and composed the song while Nakashima provided the vocals.

Kentaro Yabuki (To Love-Ru -Trouble-, Black Cat) will launch a manga adaptation on January 14.

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