Studio Trigger and A-1 Pictures upcoming joint project anime series, DARLING in the FRANXX, has been announced to get a manga adaptation which will start serialization on January 14, 2018. This manga will be illustrated by Kentaro Yabuki, most famous for his previous works like To Love-Ru and Black Cat. The official website has also confirmed that Mika Nakashima and HYDE will perform the opening theme song of the show, titled “Kiss of Death.” The anime will premiere on January 13, 2018.
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 Kyōryū, 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.