The action scenes are fun, the story is gripping, and the over the top action made it a hot topic among fans. Now that the ending has had time to settle in the minds of fans, there are a few things that they think it did perfect and five that it could have done much better.
10. It’s not perfect: Hiro & 002 Get Reincarnated
After the last few episodes of the anime, it was pretty obvious that 002 and Hiro wouldn’t be able to survive. Instead of just letting them die, though, the anime ended with a huge time skip into the distant future where the two were reincarnated.
In the time skip, they are shown as kids meeting under a large tree for the first time. Not only is it nice knowing that Hiro and 002 got another chance at life, but now, they can fall in love all over again without the burdens they had to endure over the course of Darling in the Franxx.
9. It’s not perfect: Hiro & 002 Sacrifice Themselves
While their eventual reincarnation was a nice touch, it’s still a bit of a let down that both Hiro and 002 had to sacrifice themselves not just for the sake of Earth, but for the series to end. What makes their sacrifice worse is the fact that it didn’t really feel earned.
Fans felt that the anime rushed when it came to escalating the finale’s stakes and goals, especially in the build up to Hiro and 002 going to space, where they paid the ultimate price. It didn’t help matters that all of a sudden, 002 became a giant sentient space ship that mentally connected with Hiro. What was up with that?
8. It’s not perfect: The Parasites Lives
The parasites’ lives after the fall of Ape were pretty well planned out. You get to see who got together and what the children choose to do with their lives and newfound purpose. Around them, society slowly starts to rebuild itself in a more natural way.
Fans loved seeing their favorites free from fighting and getting the chance to finally live and enjoy a normal life — which is something fans always felt these characters deserved.
7. It’s not perfect: The Surviving Cast Miss Hiro & 002
It’s shown that the characters that are left on Earth desperately miss Hiro and 002, the children are cursed to never see their friends again and don’t seem to reincarnate alongside them.
This is a bit sad since the show had such a heavy focus on how close all the parasites were to each other. They don’t even truly know that Hiro and 002 were killed which, for lack of better words, just sucks.
6. IT’S PERFECT: It’s A Big Finale
While the show’s finale can be a tad excessive, fans found it incredibly entertaining. It had aliens, giant robots, and tons of growth for the main cast. While it didn’t make sense, seeing Hiro pilot 002 was fun, especially when they went to take down VIRM for the last time.
The finale felt big and had a grand air about it that made the show feel perfectly closed, giving it this sense of finality.
5. It’s not perfect: It’s Over The Top
Though the finale was enjoyable to watch, once the excitement settled, it left many fans confused. The show felt like it changed directions and tones rapidly, and the story started to make less and less sense as it progressed. On top of all that, there was a lot of action going on, and it accidentally burying the plot under tons of explosions and fights.
As entertaining and exciting as the war for mankind’s hopes and dreams may have been, the finale still left many fans arguing over just what exactly happened.
4. IT’S PERFECT: Ichigo & Goro Get Together
The fact that Ichigo finally calmed down and gave Goro a chance was a perfect way to end her story. Throughout the show, Ichigo was burdened with jealousy towards 002, who was the girl Hiro ultimately fell for. It took a huge toll on her and ultimately caused her team a ton of distress.
It was nice to see that Goro, who loved her from the start, was finally given a chance, and the two actually settled down together. They even had children!
3. It’s not perfect: Ikuno’s Fate Is Unfair
Ikuno sacrificed the most out of the other parasites. Ikuno was rapidly aged and ended up spending her later years in a hospital bed with no partner. This is a bit sad since she was revealed to be in love with Ichigo.
Ikuno deserved some sort of happiness at the end of the show. Many fans felt that she was handled poorly, especially since the kids could have saved her using some of the last magma energy.
2. IT’S PERFECT: Humanity Returns To Its Roots
Once the dust settled, the children wanted to restore Earth to its roots. To do this, Goro started to explore the world, and the other children worked on farming and establishing shops. This allowed them to walk away from fighting and live a more natural life.
Humanity was eventually able to build cities and restore civilization to the way it used to be. Most importantly, humanity has finally giving up on the use of magma energy and the obsession with immortality.
1. It’s not perfect: Futoshi’s Ending Is Weak
Compared to how he almost always got the short end of the stick in the series, Futoshi was treated only a bit better then Ikuno in the end. At the same time, Futoshi gets married and becomes a baker. His wife and kids aren’t even really introduced. Many fans felt that the team could have done a better job of wrapping up his character.
In the previous episodes, Futoshi was a supportive friend to Kokoro even when she denied him and yet he always tried his hardest; he deserved a more concrete and fulfilling ending than what he actually got.
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