Finished Darling in the Franxx
I watched this series long time ago and totally forgot about it. Until I search specifically for mecha tag and found this again. Think team of teenagers, with ability to control some mecha and fighting some sort of unknown OP monster. Sound cliche, but i guess that the standard for current anime. I already watched way too many similar anime that feel like only the story and execution will matter the most to me.
Since I cant remember much first half of the series, I only remember there are a lot of emphasize of character interaction between the team and challenge they faced when fighting the enemy. As usual, this is a seed that bring typical melodramatic stuff as teenager always known to be ridiculous with their judgement. Anyway, I could say that animation for battle is top notch and there are a lot of visual overloaded explosion.
However, the story took the strange turn around midway (i was told there was a hiatus during production) that made the story shift tremendously after that point. While generally it doesnt mean the story will be worse, but I do feel like it look jarring. Instead of a simply destroying the enemy just to protect their own, suddenly we have some sort world bending plots that doesnt explain anything much, because enemy dont need reason for it. I wonder if I should just drop the series when it finished that mid part with a bang.
This anime is a mixed feeling, if you dont teen melodramatic stuff, you will hate this. As for mecha combat, I do think it look nice. It is just the package is completed but with many flawed.
Alternative titles : For better package, obviously TTGL and NGE (just google it). My personal recommendation is Van dread series. As for more similar type anime I think Bokurano kinda fit.