‘Darling in the Franxx’ Has a Manga & It’s Super Ecchi

Darling in the Franxx has the feeling of a classic Gainax series.

Darling in the Franxx

You have teenagers piloting mechs fighting bizarre creatures while exploring their sexuality. In fact, the Gainax feel isn’t surprising since the key staff is made up of former Gainax employees.

 

One thing fans are noticing is the overt sexuality.

Darling in the Franxx

Sexuality and interpersonal relationships play a huge role in Darling in the Franxx. References to a flower’s reproductive system, dehumanized teens being forced into pairs, and a questionable piloting system have fans arguing if this some form of commentary on Japan’s view of love or pure fanservice.

 

While Darling in the Franxx can get ecchi, it can’t compete with its manga adaptation.

Darling in the Franxx

That’s right, Darling in the Franxx has a manga adaptation that is being published concurrently with the anime. It doesn’t have a huge following outside of Japan, but Shueisha is planning on shipping 150,000 copies of the first volume. That’s huge for a series debut! Darling in the Franxx is also filled with nudity…seriously, it’s really smutty!

 

The magic to the manga’s success is Kentaro Yabuki.

Darling in the Franxx

Yabuki is known for creating Black Cat and drawing artwork for To Love-Ru and Mayoi Neko Overrun!. His sensual art style has legions of fans and it’s suited well for an ecchi-laden story like Darling in the Franxx.

So far, the manga has been staying in line with the anime’s story, but it has cranked up the fanservice. Seriously, it can get to To Love-Ru levels of ecchi.

 

Oh, and new chapters are available for free.

Darling in the Franxx

The kicker is that you need to know Japanese, but Shueisha publishes new chapters for free on their Shonen Jump Plus website. Each chapter is free for a week before going back into the vault.

 

Time will tell if the Darling in the Franxx will follow the anime and end with the series’ finally or diverge into its own storyline like Neon Genesis Evangelion. Either way, it’s going to be an ecchi ride.

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Ader Titsoff
I grew up traveling around the world with my parents who practice and teach medicine. We spent 6 years in South Asia, including Japan, and my anime obsession began there. Sports, horror, and Seinen are my favorite genres. Favorite quote: "Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does." by William James
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