Darling in the Franxx is Evangelion for Gen Z.
Tsurumaki on symbolism in NGE wrote:
We just thought it looked cool.
is the new NGE it's in the way that it handles the symbolism it uses.
Even allowing for what I've seen termed "the Rodriguez Effect" -- the tendency to think that just because something is in a foreign language that it must be deeper and more meaningful than what it really is (e.g. as observed by Robert Rodriguez when people were reading in a lot of extra meaning that he never intended into his low-budget Mexican Spaghetti Western El Mariachi
) -- there was enough meticulous detail in most minor furnishings, like the banners for the plantations, that you would expect some of the trails laid to have borne fruit.
Sure, minor Easter-eggs like VIRM+APE = Vampire or Kokoro + Mitsuru = "becoming a mother", or looking for matrioska robots because of the pistil-style control paddles on the Nines' Franxx may well have been Rodriguez Effect, but when you get Mistleteinn and Hringhorni name-dropped with no good a propos
, you might expect some connection, especially as towards the end, the scene seems set for a Ragnarok event where one of the couples would end up being Lif and Lifthrasir -- even if it's hard to weave that in with the clear Red Oni/Blue Oni motifs also being laid out for the mains (which didn't actually follow through its story either).
silvermoonlight wrote:They should have let Ikuno have her girlfriend and happiness period and cured her ageing issue because its a sci fi world advanced tech and all that
Naomi didn't even have a prosthesis for her missing right arm in the last, hand-holding, scene with Ikuno.