It looks like the anime fandom is arming themselves against one controversial episode of DARLING in the FRANKXX. After all, the show did just share its latest episode with fans, and its exploration of Hiro and Ichigo had a whole lot of people seeing red — and that is just the start of it all.
No, really. The contentious episode has prompted a wave of death threats to go live, and casual anime fans aren’t sure how to take the sudden hostility.
For those of you who aren’t aware of the controversy with DARLING in the FRANKXX, it boils down to a shipping war. The show focuses on a boy named Hiro, a pretty nice guy who ends up falling for a monster girl named Zero Two. The pair work well in their post-apocalyptic world, but a brainy girl named Ichigo suffers from the pairing since she has a big crush on Hiro. And, in the anime’s latest episode, Ichigo finally moved forward with her confession.
Fans watched as Ichigo tried to prevent Hiro from going after Zero Two when the pink-haired girl was taken away by her handlers. The devilish heroine was isolated after she turned her back on her squad, leaving Hiro stunned yet still in love. When the boy tried to go after Zero Two to get answers, Ichigo held him back and said she would not allow him to turn into a monster like his crush. And when that did not dissuade the boy, Ichigo decided it was time to land a big kiss on the boy.
Fans of the Hiro and Ichigo ship loved the moment, but anyone who pairs the boy with Zero Two were left furious. A slew of angry hashtags popped up insulting Ichigo after the new episode went live, but that isn’t all. A handful of overzealous fans have sent death threats to the voice actress playing Ichigo and the show’s animation producer Yuichi Fukushima. And, as you can see below, anime fans are going to war over those unreasonable reactions (via ANN).
"The distant future: Humanity established the mobile fort city, Plantation, upon the ruined wasteland and civilization flourished. Within the city were pilot quarters called Mistilteinn, otherwise known as the “Birdcage.” That is where the children live... Not knowing anything of the outside world, and unaware of the vast sky. Their only mission in life was the fight.
Their enemies are the mysterious giant organisms known as Kyoryu. The children operate robots known as FRANXX in order to face these still unseen enemies because they believe that is their purpose in life. Among them was a boy who was once called a child prodigy: Code number 016, Hiro. However, now he’s a failure and considered unneeded. Those who cannot pilot FRANXX basically do not exist. One day, a mysterious girl called Zero Two appears in front of Hiro. From her face grew two alluring horns."
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Darling in the FranXX Episode 14 in a nutshell:— Stormey (@StormeyAnime) April 14, 2018
- breaking Hiro's heart ✔️
- breaking Goro's heart ✔️
- breaking 02's heart ✔️
- breaking the only effective combat pair in the whole squad ✔️
Nice job, Ichigo. #DARLINGintheFRANXX #anime #zerotwo
Darling in the FranXX episode 14 review:— ITZPYRO (@IITZPYRO) April 14, 2018
- Ichigo worst anime character ever lived, pls die
- from best to one of the worst episodes, gj Trigger
- Goro is Gobro , literally best character besides Zero Two and Hiro
- now we need to fucking wait till Zero Two and Hiro meet again
- Darling in the FranxxApril 14, 2018
apparently some fans of darling in the franxx are so upset over the recent episode theyre sending hate and death threats towards the voice actor of ichigo??? this is not okay shes literally just doing her job and it’s crazy how ridiculous and delusional some fans can be— im tired (@whereismygothgf) April 16, 2018
Oh for fuck sake
The Darling in the FranXX fanbase needs to calm down
Leave Ichigo alone
Leave her voice actor alone and stop sending her death threats
All this over a fictional love triangle
Get over yourselves— Violet [Josh] (@violet_sama) April 16, 2018
So apparently the voice actor that voiced Ichigo in darling in the FranXX has been receiving fucjing death threats from fans over the actions her FICTIONAL CHARACTER made in the FICTIONAL SHOW. Holy fuck can you STOP people? What the fuck happened to this world?— Negikun (@NegikunArt) April 17, 2018