Thursday Talks: Let’s Address The Big Ichigo…I Mean Elephant In The Room

First off, I want to apologize in advance if this comes off as a rant or just rambling (because it probably will). And secondly, I originally wasn’t going to address this topic but after seeing multiple post on Twitter I felt like deep down I should.

I’m sure all of you (if not most) know that the latest episode of Darling in the FranXX has spouted a lot of anger/hate towards the anime community. Not necessarily at the fans following the series but the show itself; from the producers, voice actors, pretty much anyone involved with the project. Many of these so called “fans” are pissed off at one character in particular. The team leader of the Children of Squad 13…Ichigo. This girl right here:

She is very considerate about everyone in her team and deeply cares for Hiro. She is childhood friends with Hiro and Goro. So of course, in this show she is the typical “childhood friend in love with the main character.” She is the perfect protagonist rival to the new girl who joins the group. Nothing like a little healthy competition right? RIGHT? WRONG! The people who are following this show have taken rivalry to a whole new meaning. They have even given her the nickname Bichigo, which is a play on the word Bitch (if you couldn’t figure that out). All About Anime actually dives into why Ichigo is given this nickname and states a pretty reasonable opinion on how Ichigo doesn’t deserve this name. You can find that here:

*Spoiler alert*

I love you hiro

In the latest episode of Darling in the FranXX Ichigo keeps Zero Two from seeing Hiro after he has been badly injured. This happens for the entirety of the episode until the ending. Hiro escapes the hospital to find Zero Two at the house they live in, but misses her and the team because they are taking Zero Two to see him. When Zero Two realizes Hiro’s room is empty she feels as if the team has lied to her. She goes on a small rampage injuring the team in the process. This is when Hiro finds Zero Two. Hiro, disgusted by Zero Two’s actions, then tells her, “At this moment, you truly are a monster. You aren’t human.” After this Zero Two leaves the team distraught by Hiro’s words. She is on her way back to her old squad. Hiro riddled by guilt tries to see Zero Two before she leaves but Ichigo stops him. She kisses him and finally confesses how she feels about him. The episode ends with Hiro looking up at Zero Two’s ship taking off.

To me this is a pretty typical hurdle in anime. Childhood friend doesn’t know how to confess their feelings, another girl comes in and the MC falls in love with her, said childhood friend finally gets up the nerve to confess, but the childhood friend already misses their opportunity. How is this any different from Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (Your Lie in April) or Kuzu no Honaki (Scum’s Wish)? Why is episode 14 of Darling in the FranXX any different from these shows? I’ll give you one word: Elitist.

The so called “know it all’s” of the anime community who think their opinions are the only one’s that matter. I’m sorry…but NO. You’re opinion is not “more valid” over another person’s just because you think you know everything. That DOES NOT give you the right to attack people, let alone a shows voice actress, because things simply didn’t go your way. You can take that argument and shove it right up your elitist ass. None of us, including myself, have the right to claim we know anything about anime, manga, or whatever else unless we have an actual degree (or something to that affect) in that field.

Am I an animator, voice actress, producer, director or artist? No. Do I claim to be? No. Am I entitled to having an opinion? Yes, but on the principal that I respect my fellow otaku’s and people in the anime community. My parents raised me to know right from wrong, what is real and what isn’t. The fact that some of these people are blatantly attacking this show is ridiculous. It is a sign of psychopathic tendencies and some of these people need to get help. LIKE REAL HELP. I shudder at the thought of how some of these people might handle real life situations when things don’t go their way. I would hope that most of this is a joke, but sadly, it isn’t. Even Tokyosaurus covered it on his YouTube channel. Which you can watch here:

I am going to be very blunt right now. If you have to attack an anime show in any way shape or form because you are unhappy with the outcome…then you ARE NOT a true anime fan. You are a bitter, entitled person who needs to find something better to do with their life. Why not channel that hatred, anger, bitterness into something more productive? Watching anime might not be your strong suit. If you want to watch anime and critique it with a valid, intelligent, and well thought out post then by all means go for it. But do not sit there and think for one second your opinion is better than anyone else’s because IT IS NOT. You can pack that shit up and take a hike for all I care.

I guess some of these people can’t decipher that this show is MADE UP. It is a work of fiction. The definition for fiction is:
1. Works of this class, as novels or short stories: detective fiction.
2. Something feigned, invented, or imagined; a made-up story
3. The act of feigning, inventing, or imagining.

If you are one of those people who are sooooo upset about this latest episode of Darling in the FranXX then let me give you a little piece of advice: Get up off your high horse and stop pretending you are so knowledgeable about the anime community. Because, and I reiterate, YOU AREN’T. Go take a chill pill and reevaluate your life choices. Oh…and maybe grow the fuck up while you’re at it.

Edit: Even Joey-senpai (The Anime Man) has now made a video on this matter. You can view his thoughts here:

That’s all I really have to say at this point. If anyone wants to have an intellectual conversation about the latest episode then lets do so as adults! I know we are fully capable of doing it. I love seeing what everyone has to bring to the table. We don’t always have to agree, but we certainly can learn from one another. That’s the great thing about knowledge. We can learn and continue learning. ❤

Disclaimer: All imagery and photos come from searching for them on the internet. I have no claim or right to them.

9 thoughts on “Thursday Talks: Let’s Address The Big Ichigo…I Mean Elephant In The Room

  1. I like your take on the actions of the ‘fans’. They really did go overboard and just created such a negative vibe and I really hope it does not lead to a cancellation (-_-‘) Yeah, it’s a great anime but at the end of the day, it is just a work of fiction.

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  2. Great post! I’m honestly not bothered about what Ichigo did. It was coming at some point because she loves Hiro and being in unrequited love is hard so I honestly kinda feel for her and see both Ichigo and Zero Two’s standpoints. I am annoyed and also very concerned that people have taken it too far with giving grief to the creators and voice actors. At the end of the day it’s a story and nothing more! I don’t get how one character can cause so much drama!

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    1. Ichigo is coming from a point of wanting to protect the person she loves. Isn’t that what we do with our family and friends? Protect them from harms way by any means necessary? This show has done a fantastic job the last two episodes about inner and outer conflict pertaining to each character. In order to have a story you need conflict and resolution. Without Ichigo there wouldn’t be much of a story in Darling in the FranXX. No one wants to watch the MC get the new girl because she’s pretty or because they have a simple connection. The plot would be boring otherwise. You need side characters like Ichigo in order for the main character to grow from his actions and to learn what love really is.

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      1. Yes! Exactly! Couldn’t put it better myself! She only wants to do what is best for Hiro which makes so much sense and I feel for her a lot. I agree and I think these last two episodes have been the best ones so far. I’m actually really excited to see how things go and like you say without Ichigo the story would fall flat. Ichigo has been a favourite of mine since I started and I don’t think I’m going to start hate her any time soon just because she wants to protect Hiro. I felt like the series has been building up to something like this and I cannot say I’m angry or surprised! I just wish people would calm down about it all!

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  3. I don’t like Ichigo myself, but personally attacking her voice actress and the staff of the show on social media is completely wrong and going way too far. Sure you’re free to dislike whatever character you want, but taking it out on the staff like that is crossing the line and shouldn’t ever be done.

    You’re absolutely right in saying that if this is what a person spends their time doing, thinking they’re somehow above everyone else in the anime community and their opinion matters the most, they’re not a true fan at all. People need to just chill with all this extreme hatred over a fictional character, it’s stupid and has no place in the community.

    Great post, it really got to the heart of the matter.

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    1. I’m 50/50 with Ichigo. I, of course, prefer Zero Two but I’m not gonna hate on Ichigo (let alone her voice actress) because of it. Ichigo is needed so Hiro can learn what the true meaning of love is or what love is in general since they live in a closed off society. People need to remember these kids don’t understand their thoughts or emotions because they are kept away from the outside world. They are also going through puberty, so of course their actions are going to be a bit out of control.

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  4. “It is a sign of psychopathic tendencies and some of these people need to get help. LIKE REAL HELP.” I have to agree with you. The severity of the reaction is completely out of sync with the stimulus. I’m also afraid, though I don’t quite know how to articulate it, that his is just symptomatic of larger tendencies — tendencies that are moving the world in a dark direction.

    I hope this doesn’t come across as hyperbolic, because I’m being sincere: posts like this are one way to resist that tendency. Thanks for such a reasonable post!

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