But never fear, for FRANXX is all about the equal-opportunity assault! Later, our female costar Zero Two announces that “if you don’t have a partner, you can take one” right before she pounces on a flustered Hiro and licks his cheek. As with the first scene, it’s uncomfortable but isn’t framed as if that’s the intent: the camera focuses on Zero Two’s tongue, her eyes, her skirt pressed up against Hiro’s leg—in other words, on the sexual tension rather than Hiro’s discomfort.
Again, there’s always a chance FRANXX will address these elements going forward, but the direction in this premiere doesn’t indicate that it will. This is a series that wants to engage with sex and sexuality but so far doesn’t seem interested in considering the difference between healthy and unhealthy expressions of said sexuality. It’s a major concern, no question.