Episode 10 of Darling in the Franxx aired on 17 March with Zorome as narrator. We’re slowly getting behind the secrets of the adults.
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Japanese title: 永遠の街
Episode 10 – Eternal Ciy
APE’s members are quite surprised at how good Squad 13 handles Klaxosaurs. One of the members suggests to present them something in order to praise their devotedness and to encourage them to continue protecting the city. The parasites are allowed to enter the city for a short time where they receive medals. As their time is up, Zorome wanders off course and gets stuck in a place. The moment an adult sees Zorome, he falls down and loses consciousness. The female adult takes care of his wounds, gives him something to eat and drink, and as Zorome wishes, she talks a bit about her life. She even shows him her partner. Zorome has this strange feeling that this isn’t their first time to meet. After a short while, authorities arrive and take him back to the dorm where he tries to think of a reason why the woman was so familiar.
In this episode, we focus on Zorome as he is the narrator. In the beginning, he talks about a dream he has, where he is surrounded by darkness and is staring at a distant light. He is crying but doesn’t know if his tears are flowing because of sorrow or joy. The light is coming closer and closer until it embraces him completely. Is he dreaming about the warmth of his family, of how he is all alone in the dark, but when he cries, his family or one member of his family comes closer to check on him as the light he sees? When they are close to Zorome, the darkness disappears. Later, he meets this mysterious woman with the same eye color as Zorome’s and I bet she knows more than she wants to tell.
Why did the papa-tachi or APE members bring the kids to the city anyways? If they wanted to present them with something in order to encourage them to fight Klaxosaurs and protect the city, they could have just visited their facility instead. I mean it was only one person that greeted the parasites, so why not make this guy visit them instead of calling ten children to his place? Or did they want to reward them with the great feeling that they are allowed to visit the city? I think that the papa-tachi are up to something because they said that Squad 13 should escort Zero Two to a certain place, but I guess that’s something we’ll see in the coming episodes.
Now that we saw how empty the streets of the city are, I get why Zero Two referred to it as a dead city. There are hardly any people outside their houses and if there is someone, you don’t even know how the person looks like because of the strange hats covering the upper half of their faces. The first person that Zorome encountered did see him but moved on. Then he tried to climb down the wall but fell as he was surprised by the second person. The second person turned out to be a woman, an old one. She claimed to live in the big apartment together with her partner, but she seems to live alone, as she said that she is not used to talk to someone for such a ‘long’ time. She also said that she has not heard her partner’s voice in a long time. Does that mean that the person we saw in that capsule receiving a dose of happiness has been lying in there for quite a long time? This was the time we learned that adults only live on nutrition they needed instead of just having fun eating good-tasting foods and that they receive their happiness through a dose instead of having fun the ‘normal’ ways. What would Futoshi have said to this comment? I bet he wouldn’t want to become an adult instantly. The woman also had a picture of a heart on the left side of her chest and later, when the authorities arrived and she was sitting on the couch with one, the person returned this ‘picture’ to her. I wonder if this is connected to her heart and what the person did with the picture.
Adults do have partners too, but in a different way than parasites. Adults just live together because they are following old customs, which were used to form special relationships in the past to make things easier and to procreate. But the woman thinks of this as uncomfortable, which makes me wonder: how are the children made there? If the adults are only living together in order to follow old customs, do they produce children artificially? But if that’s the case, why do I have a feeling that this woman could be Zorome’s mother or another relative? They are sharing the same eye color, but that doesn’t mean a lot in anime. The dialogue, however, she had with Zorome was a big indicator of why he felt so familiar at her place. Zorome said: ‘So, when I’m able to live in this city too, would you, uh, be my fam… W-would you become my friend?’. She replied: ‘That’s obviously out of the question. After all, you are…’ and gets cut off by the arriving authorities. What exactly did she want to tell him? You are my what?
Last but not least, we get to know that parasites are ‘victims’. One of the authority members said that Zorome is just a victim too. Does this refer to the thought that the parasites are just being used to fight Klaxosaurs and defend the city and their citizens? But why do they have to defend a dead city with almost dead citizens..? It is all for the papa-tachi, who just want to live eternally.
My What-Is-Going-On? Moments
About losing one parasite
How could Nana forget one of her parasites… This isn’t a class with about 30 pupils. There are only 10 of them. Did she not count them before leaving the city or did Zorome disappear so quickly that nobody could react in time? And even Miku? Or did they look for him, but just couldn’t find him in time? We only saw them waiting for news at their dormitory and nothing else.
What a boring life would be if you only got your happiness through a dose instead of having fun in the ‘old ways’ like the parasites are. It is kind of depressing to see that the adults are living such a sad life. But what freaked me out the most was the scene where the woman’s partner just received his happiness dose. At first, he had a cute looking smile on his face, but then this smile changed to a vicious one. At that time the woman started to lose strength. What kind of ‘happiness’ did they insert into him and is it somehow connected to her sudden feeling of faintness?
In the End
Thank you Zorome for revealing so much about the city and for confusing me again. It feels like a distant future of ours, where people can live forever and never die. But would you want to live eternally if you can’t feel happy in a ‘normal way’ like you do now or can’t eat delicious foods and drinks? I would rather be mortal but live my life the way I want to.
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