Darling In The FranXX teases that perhaps there should have been an extra X in the name. The Character Zero-Two (002) is representative of the current state of modern day anime fan culture. Darling In The FranXX is so well known even Kim Kardashian West broke the internet when she disclosed it was her inspiration for her new pink hair. Creative director/producer Hiromi Wakabayashi of anime studio Trigger and Gainax recently did a Reddit AMA session. For those of you wondering an AMA stands for Ask Me Anything.
Hiromi’s is also known for his work on the FLCL series. He has also been involved with such works as Gurren Lagann, Kill la Kill and Little Witch Academia. During the Reddit AMA, Hiromi explained how his role in the company works.
“I function as a creative producer while leading the PR team for Studio Trigger,” he said. “This is exclusive for myself, but my work varies from directing the key visual, trailers, magazine/web ad, and quality control/direction for merchandise. I pretty much oversee anything related to [the] branding of our title.”
Fans that are aware of other productions done by Studio Trigger probably assumed they had their hand in a lot of the production. Hiromi says however that Trigger was “mainly in charge of pre-production since coming up with original content is what we do best” and A-1 Pictures “handled most of the actual animation process.” When Hiromi discussed Trigger’s philosophy toward animating, he claimed the “most important aspect of animation is the process of characterization.”
He goes on to say, “For example, the simple act of turning around is enough to portray one’s character. The direction might be simple, but the animator must think what the character’s motive is, how would the particular character react when he/she is animating the scene,” Hiromi wrote. “With the above noted, we aspire to express our animation boldly. We will be loud for our actions, and we’re not shy to show emotions as well.”
Here is our favorite quote from the Reddit AMA:
“The girls are mainly responsible for the ignition while the boys pilot the FranXX. The girls also hold the initiative for the FranXX’s functionality since they can technically activate the machine without the boys (the stampede mode). Although, Zero-Two is the only female character known to be capable of this. The boy and girls role in piloting the Franxx are not interchangeable.”
There wont be any Yuri in Darling In The FranXX according to Hiromi Wakabayashi. So sorry fans. At least we all have the Yuri fan art. Did you participate in the reddit AMA? Let us know if you did and what you thought about it in the comments below.
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