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Darling in the Franxx Season 2: Will it ever happen? + Release Date Predictions

Darling in the Franxx Season 2, is it renewed?

The Mecha genre has been a staple of the anime industry for decades, with iconic series such as Mobile Suit Gundam, Neon Genesis Evangelion, and Macross helping to establish the genre and shape its conventions.

However, in recent years there has been a noticeable decline in the popularity and prevalence of Mecca anime as fewer series are being produced in unison with decreasing viewership and sales.

Whether it’s the rise of other popular genres like Shonen and isekai or the saturation of the market, it’s safe to say the Mecha genre hasn’t been the same for a long time.

So, when winter 2018 rolled on and bought about a new Mecha series in the form of Darling in the Franxx, fans of this genre were excited.

The premise is set in a world wherein giant beasts known as Klaxosaur have driven humanity into near extinction. As a result, humans are forced to take refuge in a fortress city called Plantations.

To counter the threat of Klaxosaur, children are raised and trained in boy-girl pairs to pilot giant mechas known as FranXX. These children know nothing of the outside world and are only able to prove their existence by defending their race.

The story follows an aspiring pilot Hiro, who has lost his resolve and self-confidence after failing the aptitude test. He skips the graduation ceremony and retreats to a forest lake, where he encounters a mysterious girl with two horns growing out of her head.

The girls introduce themselves by the codename Zero Two, which formerly belonged to the notorious FranXX pilot called Partner Killer. Before Hiro can comprehend his new acquaintance, Klaxosaur attacks the academy disrupting the graduation ceremony.

The pair defeats the Klaxosaur, and Hiro has a new partner. Can Hiro redeem his past failures alongside Zero two, who calls him her Darling, is the central plot of the show.

Considering the lack of Mecha animes, Franxx Season one was a relative success. But after five years since its premiere, fans are wondering if there will be a second installment or not.

To find the answer, keep scrolling as we bring you all the latest news and updates on Darling in the Franxx Season 2.

Darling in the Franxx is rated 7.2/10 and ranked #2967 with 1.5 million members on MyAnimeList 


what is Darling in the Franxx Season 2 release date 1
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Darling in the Franxx Season one aired from 13th January 2018 to 7th July 2018 for 24 episodes.

As of writing, there is no information from the creators on the renewal of Darling in the Franxx Season 2.

Darling in the Franxx Season 113th January 2018
Darling in the Franxx Season 2Yet to be Announced

Production studios consider various financial and commercial metrics before announcing a renewal.

Financially, the Blu-Ray sales of Volume 1 did well in its first week in Japan, selling 6,186 copies.

The first season of Darling in the Franxx was one of the most-watched series and ranked #2 in the Winter 2018 season behind Violet Evergarden.

While the ratings and reviews are mostly favorable for renewal, the availability of the studio will be a crucial factor as well.

Darling in the Franxx Season one was produced by three studios, namely A-1 Pictures (Blue Exorcist), Trigger (Cyberpunk: Edgerunners), and CloverWorks (The Promised Neverland).

If Darling in the Franxx Season 2 were to happen, it would most likely be animated by these three productions, and the possibility of that happening is bleak, to say the least.

Due to the pandemic, studios are already behind their production schedule; hence, three studios will unlikely return to produce Darling in the Franxx Season 2.

Nevertheless, if the studios revisit for a second season, we can expect Darling in the Franxx Season 2 trailer and Darling in the Franxx Season 2 release date by Winter 2024.


Darling in the Franxx MANGA CATCHUP
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Darling in the Franxx manga is written by Code:000 and illustrated by Kentaro Yabuki. Another four-panel comic strip spinoff manga by Mato started its serialization on the Shōnen Jump+ website on 14th January 2018.

The manga has been collected into 8 volumes, with the latest issue released on 3rd April 2020. 

As of 2018, Darling in the Franxx manga has sold over 400,000 copies in Japan.

Darling in the Franxx manga is rated 7.5/10 and ranked #2848 with 36k members on MyAnimeList


Darling in the Franxx Season 2 plot
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In the finale of Darling in the Franxx Season one, Hiro and Zero Two battle VIRM in space while the remaining parasites try to rebuild society from scratch.

Mitsura names Kokoro s’ baby girl as Naomi is rescued along with other missing children. Goro departs to search for survivors and resources but not before kissing Ichigo.

Two years later, VIRM cuts off Hiro and Zero Two‘s connection, leaving them to fend for their lives.

The squad, through Ai s; intuition, prays for their safety, and their thoughts reach Hiro, which reconnects Hiro and Zero Two. They sacrifice themselves in order to destroy the VIRM, thus freeing all the trapped souls.

VIRM pledges to return someday, but as the war comes to an end, the Klaxosaur go back to the Earth s’ underground to restore the natural resource.

Eight years later, the world is restored to a prosperous state thanks to the Parasites’ hard work. The former squad reunites during their children’s school entrance ceremony and remembers Hiro and Zero Two. 

A thousand years later, Hiro and Zero Two’s souls reincarnate as a pair of children that meet each other again.

While the first season concluded on a heart-warming note, Darling in the Franxx Season 2 will look to provide answers to certain season one mysteries and also set up new storylines.

We get a title card in the final scene, which promises the start of “a new story” wherein Squad 13 has been relieved of duty and presumably leads fulfilling lives while Hiro and Zero Two cross paths as adolescents.

Although the two protagonists are dead, reincarnating their souls as children creates the opportunity for another narrative entirely.

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Darling in the Franxx CAST,CHARACTER AND CREW
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Darling in the Franxx anime is directed by Atsushi Nishigori with series composition by Naotaka Hayashi.

Masayoshi Tanaka designed the characters, Shigeto Koyama acted as a mechanical designer, Hiroyuki Imaishi served as the action animation director, and Asami Tachibana composed the music.

The opening theme song, titled “Kiss of Death,” was performed by Mika Nakashima and produced by Hyde,[8] while the ending theme, titled “Torikago,” was performed by XX: me.

Animation is produced by three studios, namely A-1 Pictures (Blue Exorcist), Trigger (Cyberpunk: Edgerunners), and CloverWorks (The Promised Neverland).

You can find the list of Darling in the Franxx characters and voice cast below:

 Zero TwoHaruka Tomatsu
 HiroYūto Uemura
 MitsuruAoi Ichikawa
 FutoshiHiroki Gotō
 IchigoKana Ichinose
 HachiKatsuyuki Konishi
 Dr. FranxxKenyuu Horiuchi
 NanaMarina Inoue
 ZoromeMutsumi Tamura
 MikuNanami Yamashita
 Vice-chairmanNobuo Tobita
 001Rie Kugimiya
 KokoroSaori Hayami
 IkunoShizuka Ishigami
 9’αSōma Saitō
 9’βToshiki Masuda
 ChairmanTesshō Genda
 GoroYuichiro Umehara
 Karina MilsaYuko Kaida


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The chances of Darling in the Franxx Season 2 happening look rather slim, but fans will be hoping the studios return to redeem the ending for season one with a sequel.

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