DUBUQUE, IA — With Darling in the FranXX wrapping up earlier this month, anime fan Darren Franklin recalled his experience with the show. Darren did not actually watch any of Darling in the Franxx, but he did follow the show’s memes closely, which he feels was roughly mirrored the experience of watching the show.
When Darren first saw Darling in the FranXX show up on his Twitter feed he figured he would wait it out and maybe watch it once it was over, but each week the entirety of each episode was posted onto his timeline in screenshot, rendering the waiting pointless.
“I thought I might get confused and not know what was going on in the plot or where the show was going thematically, but from what I hear that was basically the experience of actually watching the show,” Franklin told Anime Maru.
Like people who actually watched the show, Darren went from loving and feeling sorry for Ichigo to intensely hating her to mostly forgetting about her existence entirely. He was likewise confused about the complicated and constantly changing relationships of the side characters, with the exception of the very basic tsundere couple Miku and Zorome.
“I may not have watched any episodes, but over time I gradually grew kind of attached to Darling in the FranXX’s characters. The best part was definitely the screenshots of Zero Two’s backstory, followed by the part in the future where the fat guy has a mustache.”
At press time, like everyone who actually watched Darling in the FranXX, Franklin was beginning the rapid process of forgetting the show existed at all.