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The Best Episodes of DARLING in the FRANXX

Every episode of DARLING in the FRANXX ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of DARLING in the FRANXX!

The story is set in the distant future. The land is ruined, and humanity establishes the mobile fort city Plantation. Pilots produced inside Plantation live in Mistilteinn, also know as the "birdcage." Children live there knowing nothing of the outside world or the freedom of the sky. Their lives consist of battling to carry out missions. Their enemies are mysterious giant lifeforms known as Kyouryuu, and the children pilot robots called Franxx to face off against them. For the children, riding the Franxx proves their existence. A boy named Hiro is called Code:016, and he was once known as a prodigy. However, he has fallen behind, and his existence seems unnecessary. Not piloting a Franxx is the same as ceasing to exist. One day, a mysterious girl known as "Zero Two" appears before him. Two horns grow out of her head.

Network:Tokyo MX

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The best episode of "DARLING in the FRANXX" is "The Beast and the Prince", rated 9.4/10 from 1277 user votes. It was directed by N/A and written by Naotaka Hayashi. "The Beast and the Prince" aired on 4/6/2018 and is rated 0.5 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Jian".

  • The Beast and the Prince
    9.4/10 1,277 votes

    #1 - The Beast and the Prince

    Season 1 Episode 13 - Aired 2018-04-06

    In the deepest, darkest parts of a forest lived a strong and beautiful beast princess. Beckoned by the moonlight, she wandered into a land of humans, and in the moonlit garden of a small castle, she fell in love with a prince.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Naotaka Hayashi

  • Jian
    8.9/10 824 votes

    #2 - Jian

    Season 1 Episode 15 - Aired 2018-04-20

    The fierce battle to take the Grand Crevasse begins, and Hiro is forced to watch from the sidelines. Zero Two may have left, but Squad 13 is still concerned about the way she fights.

    Director: Toshifumi Akai

    Writer: N/A

    8.5/10 711 votes

    #3 - DARLING in the FRANXX

    Season 1 Episode 6 - Aired 2018-02-16

    Ichigo, Goro, and the rest of Squad 13 engage in a battle far more dangerous than any they've fought before, all while having their mind preyed on by the fact that this will be Hiro's third ride with Zero Two.

    Director: Yoshihiro Miyajima

    Writer: Naotaka Hayashi

  • The Garden Where It All Began
    8.3/10 583 votes

    #4 - The Garden Where It All Began

    Season 1 Episode 12 - Aired 2018-03-30

    Squad 13 heads back to the Garden for testing, with Zero Two's emotional state worsening by the day. They run into Nine Alpha, who offers some insight about her, but the most revealing words come straight from the horse's mouth...

    Director: Yoshihiro Miyajima

    Writer: Naotaka Hayashi

  • Flap Flap
    8.0/10 589 votes

    #5 - Flap Flap

    Season 1 Episode 4 - Aired 2018-02-03

    With the squad still feeling the aftershocks of the previous mission, things come to a head as the leaders run out of patience and decide to summon Strelizia back to the front lines.

    Director: Yuichi Shimodaira

    Writer: Naotaka Hayashi

  • For You, My Love
    7.9/10 572 votes

    #6 - For You, My Love

    Season 1 Episode 21 - Aired 2018-06-15

    There appears to be no escape from the impending destruction of Earth. But at the end of the world, Zero Two decides that she will keep her promise, no matter what.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Naotaka Hayashi

  • Fighting Puppet
    7.8/10 591 votes

    #7 - Fighting Puppet

    Season 1 Episode 3 - Aired 2018-01-27

    After their failure in the startup trial, things are awkward between Ichigo and Hiro, who decides to ask to ride with Zero Two again.

    Director: Toshifumi Akai

    Writer: N/A

  • Your Thorn, My Badge
    7.8/10 576 votes

    #8 - Your Thorn, My Badge

    Season 1 Episode 5 - Aired 2018-02-09

    It's time for Plantations 13 and 26 to start kissing, and the squad prepares for the huge battle this will cause. They also have to get used to Hiro being Zero Two's partner, and so does he.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Naotaka Hayashi

  • Eden
    7.8/10 535 votes

    #9 - Eden

    Season 1 Episode 17 - Aired 2018-05-11

    Having seized Gran Crevasse, emissaries are sent out to demand the surrender of the klaxosaurs' leader. Meanwhile, the Nines visit Squad 13, and there a shocking discovery is made.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Naotaka Hayashi

  • When the Sakura Blooms
    7.8/10 545 votes

    #10 - When the Sakura Blooms

    Season 1 Episode 18 - Aired 2018-05-18

    Squad 13 is told they will be abandoning Mistilteinn soon, and they decide to go out with a bang by making one last memory of their lives there.

    Director: Shigeki Kawai

    Writer: Naotaka Hayashi

  • Alone and Lonesome
    7.7/10 708 votes

    #11 - Alone and Lonesome

    Season 1 Episode 1 - Aired 2018-01-13

    The land has fallen into ruin, and children represent the last hope for humanity. One of them, Hiro, fails to live up to that purpose and decides to walk away from it all.... until he meets a girl with horns.

    Director: Toshifumi Akai

    Writer: Atsushi Nishigori

  • The City of Eternity
    7.7/10 530 votes

    #12 - The City of Eternity

    Season 1 Episode 10 - Aired 2018-03-16

    APE decide to give Squad 13 a reward in order to accelerate their development. The ceremony is held in a place Zorome has always dreamed of living in, and there he meets someone he has always wanted to meet.

    Director: Nobutoshi Ogura

    Writer: N/A

  • Days of Our Lives
    7.7/10 541 votes

    #13 - Days of Our Lives

    Season 1 Episode 16 - Aired 2018-04-27

    The parasites' living situation has changed drastically after the battle for Gran Crevasse. Zero Two's attitude toward them seems to have changed drastically, too.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Rino Yamazaki

  • Never Let Me Go
    7.7/10 652 votes

    #14 - Never Let Me Go

    Season 1 Episode 24 - Aired 2018-07-06

    While Hiro and Zero Two head to VIRM's home planet to defeat them, the rest of Squad 13 do their best to get life on Earth back on track.

    Director: Miyuki Kuroki

    Writer: Naotaka Hayashi

  • Shooting Star Moratorium
    7.6/10 564 votes

    #15 - Shooting Star Moratorium

    Season 1 Episode 7 - Aired 2018-02-23

    Squad 13 is given a much-needed break after defending the kissing plantations in a fierce battle. They head to an unexpected location and find something even more unexpected

    Director: Touko Yatabe

    Writer: Rino Yamazaki

  • Triangle Bomb
    7.6/10 538 votes

    #16 - Triangle Bomb

    Season 1 Episode 9 - Aired 2018-03-09

    Soon after Goro becomes keenly aware of his feelings, he is put in a perilous situation. How will he and Ichigo respond in this do-or-die scenario?

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Rino Yamazaki

  • Inhumanity
    7.6/10 518 votes

    #17 - Inhumanity

    Season 1 Episode 19 - Aired 2018-05-25

    Dr. Franxx confronts the APE brass about what they did to Kokoro and Mitsuru, and their attitude makes him reflect on his past, the choices he and humanity made, and the path they took.

    Director: Takahiro Harada

    Writer: N/A

  • What It Means to Connect
    7.5/10 595 votes

    #18 - What It Means to Connect

    Season 1 Episode 2 - Aired 2018-01-20

    The parasites struggle to come to terms with Hiro being the one who piloted Strelizia. Even Hiro can't really believe it himself. Things come to a head when he's ordered to participate in a mock battle.

    Director: Shouko Nakamura

    Writer: Naotaka Hayashi

  • Punishment and Confession
    7.5/10 584 votes

    #19 - Punishment and Confession

    Season 1 Episode 14 - Aired 2018-04-14

    The information regarding Hiro's condition changes the entire dynamic of Squad 13, much to Zero Two's chagrin. She only wants to speak to Hiro, but people stand in her way one after another.

    Director: Yoshiyuki Kaneko

    Writer: N/A

  • Partner Shuffle
    7.4/10 530 votes

    #20 - Partner Shuffle

    Season 1 Episode 11 - Aired 2018-03-23

    Squad 13's growth has been remarkable, but Chlorophytum's score keeps going down. With this in mind, Nana and Hachi propose a partner shuffle, which finds an unexpected taker.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Stargazers
    7.4/10 525 votes

    #21 - Stargazers

    Season 1 Episode 22 - Aired 2018-06-22

    Hiro is left shattered with an unresponsive Zero Two, and the children struggle to come to terms with the aftermath. Left all alone to battle for their survival, what path will they choose to take?

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • A New World
    7.3/10 529 votes

    #22 - A New World

    Season 1 Episode 20 - Aired 2018-06-08

    Humanity's operation to wipe out the klaxosaurs once and for all begins, and APE sends Strelizia to take control of Star Entity, the enemy's biggest weapon. However, the klaxosaur princess has other ideas.

    Director: Miyuki Kuroki

    Writer: Naotaka Hayashi

  • Boys x Girls
    7.2/10 550 votes

    #23 - Boys x Girls

    Season 1 Episode 8 - Aired 2018-03-02

    The boys get caught in a compromising situation, causing a rift within Squad 13. Will they be able to bridge this divide? And how will Zero Two react to the most human of spats?

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Naotaka Hayashi

    6.4/10 616 votes

    #24 - DARLING in the FRANXX

    Season 1 Episode 23 - Aired 2018-06-29

    The gang heads off to space to fight in what they believe to be the final battle. Meanwhile, Kokoro and Mitsuru stay behind to fight a battle of their own.

    Director: Takahiro Harada, Toshifumi Akai

    Writer: Naotaka Hayashi