5 Anime Like Darling in the Franxx

Updated on April 9, 2018
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Darling in the Franxx
Darling in the Franxx | Source

If you’ve been present in the anime world for the whole first quarter of 2018, then in one way or another, you have heard or seen Darling in the Franxx. Boy, the hype was real! Many people were talking about it. Some people even said that this anime is the spiritual successor of 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.

Now that you’re here reading this very line, I can guess what your true intentions are. It is to seek anime shows like Darling in the Franxx, right? I must say this instant: “You’re in luck!”

I have chosen five anime titles that closely mirror Darling in the Franxx, in various aspects, and listed all of them here. Whether you watch them or not is up to you now. If by any chance you decide to give them a try, then I assure you that you will be able to reach a high level of satisfaction. Enjoy the electrifying ride as you watch them all!

Anime Similar to Darling in the Franxx
1. Guilty Crown
2. Kakumeiki Valvrave (Valvrave the Liberator)
3. Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
4. Eureka Seven
5. Kill la Kill
Guilty Crown
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1. Guilty Crown

Despite Guilty Crown having a love-hate relationship with practically everyone who has ever watched it, for some reason, Darling in the Franxx really reminds me of it. Maybe it’s the characters. Or heck, it might even be the central plot per se!

Guilty Crown may not be one of the best anime out there (due to the fact that it somehow leads its second half to ruination), but its premise is really interesting. Its story development is leaning on a “nay,” but its visuals and sounds are very noteworthy! In fact, the best thing about Guilty Crown (at least for me) is its musicality. 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. However, everything is relative. Don’t let prejudices sway your decisions. Give it a try, and judge for yourself!

Kakumeiki Valvrave (Valvrave the Liberator)
Kakumeiki Valvrave (Valvrave the Liberator) | Source

2. Kakumeiki Valvrave (Valvrave the Liberator)

I won’t be surprised if you say that you’ve never heard of Kakumeiki Valvrave before. It is, after all, underrated and inconspicuous. Perhaps the reason behind this is because its main motif is about conspiracies and machinations. As per what the anime states, Kakumeiki Valvrave is the system that unveils the world! Now that the secret is out, you better not miss it for anything!

Kakumeiki Valvrave resembles Dancing in the Franxx way more than you think! Not only are both shows members of the mecha genre, their stories revolve around young people piloting giant robots and taking charge of the fate of the world.

Kakumeiki Valvrave is especially unique in such a way that it deals with a lot of elements, namely: romance, tragedy, politics, robots, supernatural forces, and more! And did I even mention robots? Oh, I did! Sincerely speaking, this show is like a buried treasure. It is rusty and entirely covered with dirt. But if you uncover it and reveal its contents, you’re in for an astonishing surprise!

Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann | Source

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 all of these elements put together. Who knows, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann might also not be the first one. But one thing is for sure, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann is the most epic mecha anime in existence! Honestly, mostly everything pales in comparison when placed side-by-side with it.

I think I have said enough! Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann is one of the best anime in history. It is already a legend as far as I know. Having said that, there is absolutely no reason for you not to watch it. 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?! I will stop chattering right now because mere words are simply not enough to describe this legend!

Eureka Seven
Eureka Seven | Source

4. Eureka Seven

Award-winning and highly-acclaimed, Eureka Seven is not to be missed! It is pretty old, having aired in 2005, but until this day, it still is relevant. Honestly speaking, it doesn’t really differ much with today’s anime shows in terms of quality. That being said, it is never too late to witness its magnificence!

Eureka Seven is similar to Darling in the Franxx in a lot of ways. The story, the characters, and the themes—there is a clear resemblance involving these elements! But what is good about Eureka Seven is that it already proved itself in the past! There is nothing much to talk about. Based on historical monuments, it is already a winner.

Not only is Eureka Seven one of the best anime of its generation, it is also so good that even if you watch it today, you won’t feel that it is already a relic of the past. Its story is topnotch! It is more of a coming-of-age story than what a generic mecha story would have, but it exemplifies a lot of things! It is truly beautiful and magnificent. It is certain that after you watch it, it will etch an honorable mark forever in your heart.

Kill la Kill
Kill la Kill | Source

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. Just so you are aware, Kill la Kill is one of the highest kings when it comes to style!

Kill la Kill has a very predictable plot, although still very interesting. But then, its plot is basically inconsequential to its entirety! This show doesn’t care much about anything else besides style. Yup, for this show, style is substance! It is so stylish that nothing really matters anymore. But aside from style, if I must say so, this anime is also high in energy and over the top!

With the primary focus on style rather than the story, characters, and setting, Kill la Kill makes a giant killing! Some would think it is pointless, but I think it is grand! There is absolutely no dull moment in this show. Everything is a climax, and the hype it delivers is rightfully the real deal!

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  • Which anime is better, Darling in the Franxx or Guilty Crown?

    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.

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