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Urusei FRANXX (Those Obnoxious FRANXX!)

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For the past month I’ve been working on this essentially “crossover” thing :faint: I can’t even look at it anymore, I’m both happy and tired of it XD (And I mean that in the working sense, haha.)

I’ve been watching DARLING in the FRANXX this season, something I hadn’t done in ages for an anime series. I know it has its…well, plenty of detractors, but I for one really love it even with its flaws. I haven’t been able to get over the fact that, much like a couple of people, I noticed that Zero Two (the pink-haired character) was a type of callback to Lum from Urusei Yatsura. Calling her love interest “darling”, two horns and being the “alien” of the group? Forget Evangelion, guys! A series from the 70s is where it’s at! :lmao:

Anyway, I wanted to do a full-blown picture after I graduated, just to get my old routine going. Unfortunately the “very slow at working” syndrome struck again, as it had in this past/last year of grad school, though in my defense it’s because I decided to a) do two versions, reflecting the two major arcs Darlifra has had and b) I forgot about the bunch of kids jeezus christ. I sketched Nana and Hachi too, before I decided it quits on adding more elements XD Doing a quicker style of coloring didn’t help either, hahaha…^^; BUt I’m still happy because there were a couple of things I learned and re-learned, and I managed to still continue my experiment of combining Clip Studio Paint with my usual Manga Studio / Photoshop setup.

…Maybe that last part is why I’m taking so long LMAO. Clip Studio Paint, why do you hate me and are always so slow.

And yes, I re-created that logo and made new letters just for the FRANXX part. ;) That part was fun but also agonizing XD


Hope you enjoy!


DARLING in the FRANXX (C) Atsushi Nishigori, Trigger + A-1 Productions
Urusei Yatsura (C) Rumiko Takahashi
ART (C) Me. :iconjadiner:

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effulgent-smile's avatar
Wow! You have improved a lot these years!
JadineR's avatar
Hahaha, that's great to hear -- thanks! :D
OgawaBurukku's avatar
I have no idea what FRANXX is, but if it is Trigger I probably won't like it. With the exception of Kill La Kill I have hated everything I've seen by them... I had such high hopes for Little Witch Academy because I loved the original shorts, but yikes. That show was so freaking dull.

But it looks like you had fun with this crossover's planning! I know the feeling of not wanting to look at something anymore, though.
JadineR's avatar
OMG you must be the first person I've seen, straight up, who's said they don't like Trigger's works, sans one XD I've only watched Kill La Kill out of everything they've done (oops?) but I liked it too? I watched it after Franxx, because a couple of people were comparing certain plot creative decisions in Franxx to ones in Kill La Kill, and well, I'll leave it at that for now ^^; It's technically Trigger co-producing with A-1 Pictures; the former's handling fight scenes, a couple of mecha designs, and some other animation stuff. A-1's handling animation too, but it's mostly them? It's a pretty confusing setup in terms of who actually does the meat, but I don't know if that makes it easier to check the show out, haha.

I actually thought of you during some episodes, mainly due to the character called Zero Two. I feel like you would like her a lot, sometimes she's like Lamia in terms of assertiveness. Franxx has been heavily reviewed though, to the point where the discourse over it has made some folk on Twitter happy when the last episode was about to air; "finally, we don't have to read how much people hate this show!" "Oh god, people will leave alone this show that I like even with its flaws, and not have to hear any more negativity about it!" and so on. It really reached a peak, as anything does on the internet. But even with people attempting to be understanding that the show wasn't for everyone, you'd see reviewers get confused on why the show didn't tell them 100 things about every scene, when the show _showed_ them. Then again, the show had pacing issues and blegh. I genuinely liked it, warts and all.

I told someone else this, so I do apologize for the somewhat copy/paste but: Franxx is basically a mecha series whose appearance (unfortunately) betrays its intent on exploring ideas and themes related to characters living in a dystopic society that doesn't care what humanity is...using sex metaphors and sexuality to try to question/answer things related to what makes us human. I'd describe it as the Anti-Evangelion, as Evangelion "states" that trying to connect to others and interact with the world is scary and hurtful, don't bother trying -- whereas Franxx says, it does hurt but it's worth it because that's what makes life living. (This is my understanding of Eva btw, haha. I might say something different if I ever rewatch it one of these days.)

And I did! Trying to determine who would be a good fit was fun, until I realized halfway the inking process the amount of characters I had to do...
erosarts's avatar
I have no idea what this even is.  But Rumiko Takahashi is typically very entertaining, so I'll have to look it up.
JadineR's avatar
Urusei Yatsura is one of my favorite series. It's the first of Takahashi's classics, and the one where you see a lot of her visual gags and motifs start to form. Personally, both the manga and the anime are equally enjoyable, and that's something not a lot of series can boast :D Having started in the 70s, the style is dated of course, but hey I saw it as a kid and enjoyed it!

As for Franxx, it's...hmm. There has been a LOT of discourse over it, almost reaching an unhealthy point. As anything does on the internet, you may say, but this series got SURREAL within anime circles, where reviewers literally missed actual plot elements the dang ol series told them and thus, declared the series to be Bad. I'd describe Franxx like this: a mecha series whose appearance (unfortunately) betrays its intent on exploring ideas and themes related to characters living in a dystopic society that doesn't care what humanity is...using sex metaphors with no actual graphic sex. At best, I'd describe it as the Anti-Evangelion, as Evangelion "states" that trying to connect to others and interact with the world is scary and hurtful -- whereas Franxx says, it does hurt but it's worth it because that's what makes life living.

That's the best no spoiler pitch I can give it XD

Anyway this thing came about because the main female character has a lot of similarities to Lum from Urusei Yatsura. :P That's all!
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