FranXX really loves to tease its own potential, doesn’t it? My take so far is that it has individual scenes and episodes that are pretty solid, but the long-term storytelling is kinda…jumbled, to put it nicely.
More specifically: it continues to puzzle me that the show centers on Hiro and 02, rather than Ichigo and Goro. The episode focusing on Ichigo and Goro was easily the strongest so far - it highlighted each of their weaknesses as characters, and how as a pair, they are able to cover for each other. This reinforces the conceit of the show in the same way that Pacific Rim attempts to. But both Ichigo and Goro’s development (even 02’s) are directly linked to Hiro, whose defining trait just seems to be that…hmmm…well, uhhh…I guess, he’s a nice guy? “That’s right,” FranXX says, "he’s SO nice, and everybody loves him because of how nice he is!" If the show didn’t saddle itself with such a shallow lead, I think they would have an easier time exploring other characters & story themes.
Some high-up Trigger staffers recently guested at Genericon, an anime con in New Jersey, where they talked about how much they’re struggling with managing this co-production. Co-productions are pretty popular in the industry, and they signed on to the FranXX project thinking this was a good way to ease their workload. Apparently it’s been even more work trying to steer the ship than it would’ve been had they made the show themselves. That would definitely explain the show’s inconsistencies and shortcomings.
In any case, I don’t really see myself dropping it. If this road ends up leading somewhere, neat, but if not, at least it’ll have been an interesting ride?