I did mention on paper earlier for a reason, though. It’s become clear that Darlifra is airing earlier than was planned due to unknown circumstances; details like the timing of the announcement and staff reshuffling like what happened to Umehara would be suspicious enough, but the creators themselves have admitted off-record that this was meant to be a 2 cours anime airing next spring. Its active production started in September, which would easily be enough to make it work with the intended April broadcast but will be much tighter now, despite sending extra help to the project. The details mentioned at that point might have been altered even further; rather than Khara by themselves, the CG will now be a collaboration with A-1’s own 3D department, and even the percentage of hand drawn vs 3D robots – initially meant to be 70-30% – might have changed too. The unfortunate return of the A-1 scheduling curse is coupled with Trigger’s also questionable history of management, which might not be the greatest combination. Don’t take this purely as doomsaying, since the people involved are sadly accustomed to dealing with circumstances like this, and the concentration of talent is so outrageous that they’re bound to deliver spectacular work nonetheless. But since it will have an effect on it, this is all worth keeping in mind, specially if things take a turn for the worse. On a more personal note, I’ll admit that the initial amazement over the unbelievable lineup of artists has been fading over as they’ve been giving more details about the show, but the fact that I’m still more than willing to watch and possibly even cover it here speaks volumes of the excellence of the creators involved. While DARLING in the FRANKXX comes prepackaged with some issues, it’s one of the titles most densely packed with talent not just this season, but surely this year.