Monday, January 29, 2018

Anime Tidbits: DARLING in the FRANXX Mechs are Inspired by Plants

This winter season, Darling in the Franxx is giving us serious mecha hype. The post-apocalyptic sci-fi series has released three episodes now up to this writing. The hype for this anime is growing not only because of the stunning mechs but with the developing storyline as well. 

The story is set in the future, where land is ruined and humanity established the mobile port city called Plantation. The Pilots produced inside Plantation lives in Mistilteinn, known as “Birdcage”. Children live there without knowing what the outside world is. Their life is about battling and carrying out missions. The children pilot robots called Franxx and their enemies are called Kyoryu. The thing about piloting a Franxx is it takes two people to pilot it, a male and female. For this children, riding the Franxx is the purpose of their existence. 

A boy name Hiro also known as Code: 016, was once a child genius, however failed and was fallen behind. One day a mysterious girl known as 02, with horns growing out of her head appears before him. 

Darling in the Franxx is a collaborative project of two anime studios—Trigger and A-1. They gathered the best animators, designers and experts to create the series. Hideako Anno, helpe animate the mecha for the anime which was a former employee of GAINAX. He also collaborated with Ryuta Undo, head of A-1 Pictures 3D team, together with Hiroyuki Imaishi from Gurren Lagann, the three of them directed the fight scenes from the anime. Atsushi Nishigori, another former employee of GAINAX is also the director of the anime. Masayoshi Tanaka (Your Name) and Shigeto Koyama (Designer of Baymax) designed the characters and mechs respectively. 

With this powerhouse team where did they find the inspiration of characters’ background, design and the mechs? 

Unknowingly, I posted a sentiment on the latest episode on facebook and an online friend commented, he was an otaku and an awesome biologist, Ted Belonias. Thanks for all those mind-blowing information.

The mechs was named after some plants! 

Disclaimer: This was not announced officially or the maker of this anime did not release any official statement. This is a fan theory. 

Strelizia was named after Strelitzia Reginae or The Bird of Paradise. 

Delphinium is the genus of plant called larkspur. 

Genista is the genus of broom plant.

Argentea, a species name from Celosia Argentea or the cockscomb.

Chlorophytum is the genus of spider plant.

Some may have resemblance with the actual plant and some may not have but ain't it cool, right? From Conceptualising it to the end product just to please us anime fans. Looking forward for the next episodes. Let's see if there will be more Franxx named after plants. 

Credits to:


Ted Belonias //
Image credits to respectful owners. 
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