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If you're an anime fan, you have likely seen or at least heard of Darling in the Franxx. This series had a lot of hype when it aired in 2018. Some people even said that this anime was the spiritual successor to the most epic mecha anime in existence, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. I wouldn’t say I agree with them, but they do present some pretty valid points.
If you are looking for anime shows like Darling in the Franxx, then you’re in luck. I have chosen five anime titles that closely mirror this series in various aspects. If you decide to give them a try, there is a good chance you will become a fan. Enjoy the electrifying ride as you watch them all!
Anime Like Darling in the Franxx
- Guilty Crown
- Kakumeiki Valvrave (Valvrave the Liberator)
- Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
- Eureka Seven
- Kill la Kill
1. Guilty Crown
Despite Guilty Crown having a love-hate relationship with practically everyone who has ever watched it, Darling in the Franxx really reminds me of it. The characters and central plot have some similarities.
Guilty Crown may not be one of the best anime out there (the second half of the series leaves a lot to be desired), but its premise is really interesting. It may not have the best narrative, but its visuals and soundtrack are very noteworthy! In fact, the best thing about Guilty Crown (at least for me) is its music. To this day, I still vividly remember its opening theme song as well as its various other soul-chilling tunes.
If you ever decide to watch this show, there’s a considerable chance that you’ll experience disappointment during its second half. Outside of that, everything is fairly solid. But that is just my opinion. You should watch this series and judge it for yourself. If you need more convincing, you can read this insightful review.
2. Kakumeiki Valvrave (Valvrave the Liberator)
I wouldn't be surprised if you’ve never heard of Kakumeiki Valvrave. It is a pretty underrated series. Kakumeiki Valvrave resembles Dancing in the Franxx way more than you think. Not only are both shows members of the mecha genre, but their stories also revolve around young people piloting giant robots and taking charge of the fate of the world.
Kakumeiki Valvrave is especially unique in how it deals with a lot of elements, namely romance, tragedy, politics, robots, and supernatural forces. This show is like a buried treasure. It is rusty and covered with dirt, but if you uncover it and reveal its contents, you’re in for an astonishing surprise.
3. Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
A post-apocalyptic world, bio-mechanical units, shadowy truths and secrets, and young people trying to save the world. Combine all of these together and you’ve got Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. That’s right, Darling in the Franxx is not the first anime to have put all of these elements together. This series is one of the most epic mecha anime in existence. Honestly, nearly every other series pales in comparison when placed side-by-side with it.
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann became an instant classic when it aired in 2007. It is basically required viewing for any anime fan. It’s got an over-the-top style, overwhelming spunk, an awe-inspiring story, extraordinary characters, and larger-than-life mechas—what more could you ask for? While this series was produced by Gainax, it is the antithesis to its earlier work like Evangelion. If you become a fan of this series, you can check out this list of similar anime.
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4. Eureka Seven
Award-winning and highly-acclaimed, Eureka Seven is a series you should not miss. It is pretty old, having aired in 2005, but it is still relevant. Honestly speaking, it doesn’t really feel aged in terms of quality. The animation still holds up very well.
Eureka Seven is similar to Darling in the Franxx in a lot of ways. The story, the characters, and the themes all have a clear resemblance. This anime has a stellar narrative that is more of a coming-of-age story than a typical mecha story. As one of the best anime of the 2000s, this series will be etched in your memory long after you finish watching this. If you want more details on this show, you can read this review.
5. Kill la Kill
If you drooled over the stylish animation of the fight scenes in Darling in the Franxx, then I don’t see any reason why you shouldn’t drool over Kill la Kill as well. This anime is one of the most visually striking shows to come out in recent memory.
Kill la Kill has a very predictable plot, although it is still very interesting. This show is definitely focused more on style than substance. However, that style is so unique and compelling that it is enough to carry the series.
With the primary focus being on style rather than the story, characters, or setting, Kill la Kill is able to be a bit loose with the traditional narrative structure. I think this works better for the overall product. There is absolutely no dull moment in this show. Everything is a climax, and this series more than delivers on the hype it has.
Questions & Answers
Question: Which anime is better, Darling in the Franxx or Guilty Crown?
Answer: I'd say Darling in the Franxx. I didn't really like the development of the plot of Guilty Crown. The concept was good, but it just went downhill midway.
Rhysical on June 09, 2020:
loved the anime if they made a second season i would watch it straight away
Loli on May 24, 2020:
The anime was great. That is, until they threw the plot out the window. The anime built up a plot up to the 19th episode, then, the last 5 episodes, threw it all away and went with aliens and space.
I feel the worst part of the story was defiantly the huge plot twist at the end of the anime. They tried to cramp too much into 5 episodes and attempted to crap even more into the last episode. The worst part of it all, was the very ending. With both Hiro and Zero Two dead and reincarnated some time in the future, never getting to meet their old friends of even recognize each other throwing all the character development away for a crappy ending. I get that they were re-incarnated but that doesn't align with what 'papa' vowed as Hiro and Zero Two destroyed their home planet. He vowed he would one day come back hinting at a season two. However, if Hiro and Zero Two got reincarnated, how are they meant to fight them off?
If I'm being honest, I'm disappointed with most of the ending of the show and I believe they tried to sum up everything they could in too short of a time. I am unsure why, possibly because they were unsure if they were going to get another season so they wanted to sum up as many answers as possible. Again I am unsure
Overall, I loved the anime but believe it could have been done better, or maybe, this is all part of the plan for season 2. I guess we will have to wait and see
Colton on February 29, 2020:
I want a one just like it not like a anime like those