Darling in the Franxx received positive reviews, most notably for its coming-of-age elements.

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A team of ten parasites is assigned to the experimental Squad 13 of Plantation 13.

One of them, Hiro, is a former pilot-candidate prodigy who can no longer synchronize with his partner and they both fail to complete the training program.

Skyler Allen of A Piece of Anime appreciated the first half of the series as an "excellent, if flawed, coming of age mecha story with a lot of heart behind it", but described the concluding portion as a "thematically incoherent mess".

Kyle Rogacion of Goomba Stomp called the series "an endearing character-driven coming-of-age story", but criticized it for having by the end "eschewed everything that made it great and settled for the easy way out”.

In the early 21st century, the progress of human civilization was accelerated by ground-breaking discoveries in mining technology, allowing extraction of magma energy for a new low-cost, all-encompassing energy source.

Scientists contributing to the breakthrough formed "APE", an organization that would gain a large influence on world politics and the global economy as a result of their discoveries.Rumors had been spreading that the relationship between the two had began to crumble, and today it was confirmed by both that they are indeed getting divorced.Nakashima and Shimizu originally started to date in the summer of 2011, describing the interation as “love at first sight” since Nakashima really enjoys watching volleyball.In a post-apocalyptic future, humanity is under constant threat from giant creatures known as klaxosaurs Pushed to the brink of annihilation, the remnants of humanity are led by the mysterious organization known as APE to abandon Earth's now desolate surface for the relative safety of mobile fortress-cities known as Plantations.To defend the Plantations, children called parasites are raised to pilot giant mecha known as Franxx in boy-girl pairs.Despite this, after Zero Two's partner is soon-after killed during a klaxosaur attack during the graduation ceremony, Hiro volunteers to become her new partner, or "darling".