Studio Trigger and A-1 Pictures unveiled a Trailer and key visual for their collaborative anime original sci-fi TV series, DARLING in the FRANXX.
Not much is known about the series’ plot but according to Animate Times, as translated by Anime News Network, the story follows pairs of teen pilots of female-looking war robots called FRANXX. The show’s mysterious lead and the focus of the key visual, Zero Two, is one of few who can pilot the machines by herself. Will she continue to fight in the war she was forced into, or free herself from this birdcage?
DARLING and the FRANXX is being worked on by a veteran team of Studio Trigger and A-1 Pictures staff. Gurren Lagann and Kill La Kill Director Hiroyuki Imaisha is supervising the project, which is directed and co-composed by Gurren Lagann Character Designer Atsushi Nishigori. Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic Chief Animation Director Toshifumi Akai will serve as Assistant Director with Masayoshi Tanaka (Anohana, Highschool of the Dead) acting as both Character Designer and Animation Director.
The series was first revealed at Anime Expo last year during a Studio Trigger panel with A-1 Pictures’ Key Animator and Producer Hiroyuki Shimizu (Fairy Tail, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Silver Spoon). Studio Trigger are best known for producing stylistic and highly aesthetic series like Kill La Kill, Kiznaiver and Little Witch Academia, while A-1 Pictures have created some of the most popular shounen and slice of life anime including Fairy Tail and Black Butler.
DARLING and the FRANXX will premiere in January.
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