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Mato Launches 4-Panel Manga Spinoff For DARLING in the FRANXX Anime

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
The Emperor and I author launches series on January 14

This year's sixth issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Thursday that Mato (The Emperor and I) will draw a four-panel spinoff manga for Studio Trigger and A-1 Pictures' original science-fiction television anime DARLING in the FRANXX. The manga will be titled DARLING in the FRANXX! (written in the phonetic hiragana alphabet).

The new manga will launch on January 14 on Shueisha's Shonen Jump+ website and app and will update on Sundays, Mondays, and Tuesdays, and will feature chibi versions of the characters.

Kentarō Yabuki (To Love-Ru -Trouble-, To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness, Black Cat, Mayoi Neko Overrun!) will launch the main manga adaptation of the series on January 14.

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.

The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX, Tochigi TV, GTV, and BS11 at 11:30 p.m. on January 13. Crunchyroll will stream the series with English subtitles and Funimation will stream an English dub.

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