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Darling in the Franxx – The Major Differences Between Manga and Anime

DARLING IN THE FRANXX: WHAT ARE THE MAJOR DIFFERENCES BETWEEN MANGA AND ANIME??

Along with the success of the anime series Darling in the Franxx, a manga adaptation by Kentaro Yabuki was released on February 2, 2018. The manga adaptation made major divergences from the original anime.

Darling in the Franxx -  The Major Differences Between Manga and Anime
Darling in the Franxx – The Major Differences Between Manga and Anime

Darling in the Franxx

So, let’s find out the biggest changes in the manga compared to the anime.

Starting with chapter 1, in the beginning, after the brief flashback sequence with Zero Two, we get a small exposition scene regarding the nature and the state of this society. 

Darling in the Franxx -  The Major Differences Between Manga and Anime
Darling in the Franxx – The Major Differences Between Manga and Anime

It definitely paints the picture of what kind of world we are living in very clearly as opposed to its animated counterpart which kind of just throws you into the universe and leaves you to figure out these things on your own. 

Moving on to chapter 3 where Hiro and Zero Two are eating breakfast together, we actually get an interesting line from Hiro that alludes to something that we don’t find out for a while in the anime as he reflects on Zero Two whose well-being when she was piloting the strelitzia, he thinks to himself that she was so injured the previous day and now she’s completely recovered and of course this is hinting at the fact that because of her half-klax blood, she has the ability of reconstruction. 

 

Darling in the Franxx -  The Major Differences Between Manga and Anime
Darling in the Franxx – The Major Differences Between Manga and Anime

Hiro’s thoughts about Zero Two

That’s something that we don’t fully see or even hinted at in the anime.

Next, moving into chapter 6, after the sequences where Hiro and Ichigo tried piloting together and failed, we get the meeting between these two that was a bit different than it did in the anime.

Darling in the Franxx -  The Major Differences Between Manga and Anime
Darling in the Franxx – The Major Differences Between Manga and Anime

The conversation between Ichigo and Hiro in chapter 6

Where Ichigo gives encouragement and reassurance to Hiro that he was the one who piloted the strelitzia even despite her hurt feelings that she wasn’t able to pilot with him herself. This dialogue was Ichigo’s saying that Hiro did pilot the strelitzia and he was the one who saved them. But in the anime, this dialogue was said to all the group except Hiro.

Darling in the Franxx -  The Major Differences Between Manga and Anime
Darling in the Franxx – The Major Differences Between Manga and Anime

The meeting of the group

Later in this chapter, we were getting some more interesting changes. The scene when Zero Two and Hiro talked to each other and then continued to visit the city is actually entirely replaced in the manga with a conversation between Zero Two and Mitsuru at the same place. It ended up with a request from Mitsuru to pilot with Zero Two but she declined.

Darling in the Franxx -  The Major Differences Between Manga and Anime
Darling in the Franxx – The Major Differences Between Manga and Anime

Same place, different person

Now let’s move to chapter 9 where we were getting dominant changes. During the scene of squad 13’s anguish in their first battle, you’ll recall that in this scene is when Hiro relinquished piloting strelitzia to Mitsuru afraid that he will mess it up and cost his friends’ lives. While in the manga, he told Zero Two to pilot with Mitsuru until a memory of Naomi flashed in his head reminded him not to run away from his problems ever again. Hiro changed his mind. He was determined to pilot with Zero Two no matter what. This is where we turned to a completely different direction from the anime. They combined not only episode 4 but also parts of episode 6 in the following sequence.

Darling in the Franxx -  The Major Differences Between Manga and Anime
Darling in the Franxx – The Major Differences Between Manga and Anime

Hiro’s flashback of Naomi

Moving to chapter 13, we actually have some extra orders that we don’t see in the anime. 

9’α was sent to oversee the kissing between plantations 13 and 26 and make sure it’s a success since they have no intention to let Hiro pilot with Zero Two anymore when in the anime he just makes a cameo at the end of episode 6.

Darling in the Franxx -  The Major Differences Between Manga and Anime
Darling in the Franxx – The Major Differences Between Manga and Anime

9’α was called

Later in this chapter, he shows up on the characters’ doorstep and this is when 9’α and Ichigo first meet each other and his warning to her about Zero Two’s curse and how many stamens she’s killed. This is a plot element that has not appeared until episode 12 in the anime. 

Darling in the Franxx -  The Major Differences Between Manga and Anime
Darling in the Franxx – The Major Differences Between Manga and Anime

This conversation….

Darling in the Franxx -  The Major Differences Between Manga and Anime
Darling in the Franxx – The Major Differences Between Manga and Anime

….was in episode 12

Also in this chapter, we have the shower scene from episode 4 before they piloted together, but now it’s after that. They also combined into this shower scene the scene in the anime about Hiro’s curse at the end of episode 5, the warning of Zero Two to Hiro that the next ride is the third one and it’s supposed to be the last ride he can have with her and now it’s the time to stop if he wants to.

Darling in the Franxx -  The Major Differences Between Manga and Anime
Darling in the Franxx – The Major Differences Between Manga and Anime

“If you want to stop, this is the time to say it.”

Now, the biggest difference between manga and anime is the fates of the squad diverse:

Darling in the Franxx -  The Major Differences Between Manga and Anime
Darling in the Franxx – The Major Differences Between Manga and Anime

Squad 13

– In the anime, Hiro and Zero Two sacrifice themselves to destroy the VIRM planet and save the future of their friends and planet, and they are reincarnated into human children 1,000 years later. But the manga is totally different: they survived the final battle and swore to be together forever. This difference may satisfy some fans’ broken hearts when these two are gone in the anime.

Darling in the Franxx -  The Major Differences Between Manga and Anime
Darling in the Franxx – The Major Differences Between Manga and Anime

Hiro and Zero Two

– In the anime, Ichigo did finish Zero Two’s picture book, and Goro became a traveler. They developed a relationship, continued to get married, and have a child. Opposed to the manga, their relationship is left ambiguous and as Ichigo never finished the book but Goro still became a traveler.

Darling in the Franxx -  The Major Differences Between Manga and Anime
Darling in the Franxx – The Major Differences Between Manga and Anime

Ichigo and Goro

– In the anime, Futoshi became a baker, got married to an unnamed former pistil, and had three children. Whereas in the manga, this is omitted but he is seen helping a girl who is possibly his future wife, as the girl resembles her. 

Futoshi

– In the anime, despite their memories being altered for having a wedding ceremony, Kokoro and Mitsuru have a happy marriage and become the parents of four children. In the manga, their memory erasure, wedding, and family are omitted in the climax, though an illustration of volume 8 reveals Kokoro is pregnant with their first child.

Darling in the Franxx -  The Major Differences Between Manga and Anime
Darling in the Franxx – The Major Differences Between Manga and Anime

Kokoro and Mitsuru

– In the anime, Zorome and Miku became teachers together but, as it did in the manga, their relationship was left dubious.

Darling in the Franxx -  The Major Differences Between Manga and Anime
Darling in the Franxx – The Major Differences Between Manga and Anime

Zorome and Miku

– In the anime, Ikuno finds a cure for the parasites’ accelerated aging process but retains hers, becomes a scientist/doctor, and has a relationship with Naomi. And in the manga, she still becomes a scientist/doctor but, as Naomi is presumed deceased, Ikuno remains single and it is never confirmed if she keeps her aging condition.

Darling in the Franxx -  The Major Differences Between Manga and Anime
Darling in the Franxx – The Major Differences Between Manga and Anime

Ikuno and Naomi

 

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