I think 02fags and Ichigofags need to step back from their obsessions and look at how easily they have repeated history, albeit a flipped one at that.
Keep in mind that I am a 02fag, so maybe my opinion does not seem relevant to you. I look at this show as a watered-down version of NGE that saw how much waifufag material the original unintentionally had through its legacy, so Trigger, being the niggers they are, decided it best to make a "mech" show and make it 100% about the relationshits within. This is a genius marketing move, and you cannot deny it. What is important here is that the prominence of Asukafags/Reifags and Ichigofags/02fags have reversed polarity.
If you'll humor me for a moment: Rei was a dehumanized character who was placed over the much more emotional Asuka. Here, we see the emotional person (Ichigo) being placed over the dehumanized one (02). How this isn't blatanty obvious to viewers is beyond me. Now, they are both broken individuals in FranXX, whereas in Evangelion, Reifags were justified in the fact that Rei literally did nothing wrong (I am a proud Asukafag, but I see where Reifags justify their love for blue hair). Everything is pointing towards 02fags winning, and I'll admit that, while I support this pair, I wish there was more for Ichigo supporters to go off of then assumptions and headcanon. That is my personal take, and I will gladly accept that it is indeed a cold take.
My point is, we are doomed as waifufags to repeat history forever, and Darling in the FranXX is a natural evolution from Evangelion, because at the end of the day, most anime viewers only care about surface-level narratives, so when trite like this comes along, discussion about what girl Hiro (Read: YOU) would rather have sex with, it becomes more apparent that the cycle of waifufaggotry has begun anew.
No discussion of Darling in the FranXX's plot, visuals, etc. will ever take place without waifufags having arguments. Trigger wanted this. We wanted this.