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"If the Plantation has no magma-fuel, the city can't maintain function. That's why there's mining facilities everywhere, to keep digging out the fuel. It's the same with us and food. When we eat lots, it gives us strength. So, let's eat!"—Futoshi

Your Thorn, My Badge is the fifth episode of DARLING in the FRANXX.

Synopsis

Plantation 13 links up with Plantation 26 in order to transfer much needed magma fuel. However, the process is sure to attract klaxosaurs, requiring the Franxx pilots of both Plantations to work together. Meanwhile, Hiro becomes an accepted member of the squad but Goro notices that Hiro's health has been declining significantly, with a blue tumor-like growth growing on his chest ever since he rode with Zero Two. Hiro manages to convince Goro to keep quiet about his condition. Klaxosaurs are detected heading for the Plantation and a plan to defend against them is made, though the pilots of Plantation 26 express their misgivings about Zero Two and Strelizia being involved due to them suffering losses in a past mission due to Zero Two's actions. That night, Ichigo confronts Zero Two in an attempt to convince her not to put too much of a burden on Hiro's body, but fails. Ichigo and Goro are then both left feeling frustrated over how neither of them can help Hiro. Hiro meets Zero Two the next morning, and despite her warning that this would be his third ride with her, which may result in his death, Hiro reaffirms his desire to ride with her. 

Plot

Cerasus carries out the kissing with Chrysanthemum.

Hiro narrates that, when he and Zero Two first met, she told him, "a kiss is a very special thing." He wonders if the adults kiss and who likened plantations making contact to a kiss.

The parasites watch as the plantations connect and question what "kissing" was. Ikuno explains that it is a transfer of magma fuel reserves from one plantation to another through a large pipe. Mitsuru explains that the fuel is essential for both the adults and them to live, and FRANXX cannot be operated without it. Goro says that, since it's a large-scale transfer of magma energy, it could attract a large number of klaxosaurs. When Futoshi and Zorome seem nervous, Hiro reassures that they have Strelizia, so they will be fine. Ichigo sadly agrees.
Ep5 ceremony

Parasites are treated like VIPs.

A grand ceremony was conducted with the utmost solemnity. The children of Plantation 26's FRANXX squad attended but seemed more calm and composed compared to Plantation 13's. Hiro also attends the ceremony while Zero Two does not. The mayor encourages the parasites to be strong in the battle against the klaxosaurs for the fate of the plantations.

Hiro narrates that being treated like VIPs gave their morale a boost, though they sensed the fierce battle approaching.

At the boarding house, Goro wakes up and puts on his uniform and notices that Hiro is sick after feeling his hot temperature. Although Hiro claims to be feeling ok, Goro continues his suspicion.

Later that day, the parasites all talk about their exciting experience at the ceremony and the upcoming battle. They all have their fears but put their trust in the Strelizia being able to lead them to victory. Their parasites are happy to see Hiro function and feel normal both in and out of the Strelizia despite the rumors of Zero Two potentially killing her partners after riding with her. Hiro thanks the group for their support and formally asks to officially be part of their group which the group happily agrees upon. As the group happily welcome Hiro, Kokoro notices Mitsuru become angry and leave.

The next morning, Ichigo runs into Hiro as they head to breakfast and reaches out to his collar to fix it. He is taken aback which surprises Ichigo.
Ep5 Zero Two in boys' wing

Zero Two tells Hiro that she will stay and live with Hiro.

Hiro gives Zero Two a tour, saying that they schedule their time for waking up, bathing, and sleeping and everything being laid out for them, such as their clothes and food. After showing Zero Two around, Hiro asks why she suddenly wanted him to show her around. She tells him that she is planning to stay in the boarding house.

After learning this, Ichigo asks Nana about the situatio. Nana says that Zero Two is going to remain there for a while with the permission of Papa. Hiro becoming an official parasite comes into question to which Nana replies is a very likable possibility. She tells them to make Zero Two feel at home.

When Ichigo leaves, Goro is outside waiting for her. In the elevator, the two wonder about the state of Hiro as they both noticed how happy he came to be after piloting the Strelizia. The two decide that their main focus should be on the themselves preparing for upcoming battle and not about Hiro.

In the greenhouse, Mitsuru frantically asks why he and not Hiro as he takes pills. He chokes on them and asks what the difference is between them. He notices that Kokoro, who wanted to irrigate the plants, was watching him. She says she saw him walk in and asks if he is okay, and says that she wants to help, since he does not lean on others. He interrupts and asks if she is pitying him. She says denies this and states it wasn't her intentions, but he walks past her and tells her to leave him alone.

At the boarding house, Ichigo prepares Zero Two's room despite her wanting to be in the same room as Hiro. Small tension builds between them as Ichigo tells her the rules she must follow with Zero Two calling her bossy.

Meanwhile, Hiro wets his face in the bathroom looking restless and clutching his chest.

As the parasites prepare for the battle with their FRANXX, they are able to learn the unique designs of their FRANXXs from an older, more experienced parasite group. Zorome becomes excited and asks if any of the children there had became adults. A parasite from the group, 090, is confused until a parasite beside explains that he may not know the truth about 'adults'. 090 says that they had not, saddening Zorome. 090 notices the parasites' strange names are strange and asks if Code 016 was the one who came up with them. He says that he is famous among children. He says that they are strange and asks what the point of being unique is.

When Goro enters his room, he finds Hiro clutching his chest on the floor. Goro asks what is wrong and goes to look at Hiro's chest to see a blue tumor. He asks if it is been there since he rode with Zero Two. Goro tries to get help only for Hiro to stop him.

At headquarters, Nana sees the abnormal yellow blood cell count of Hiro's and is amazed he continues to live. Hachi notices that it is the opposite reaction to the other parasites that rode with Zero Two. She says that it would be dangerous to let him ride again, but Hachi insists that they need Strelizia in the next battle.

Hiro downs a glass of water and chokes on it. Although Goro asks Hiro not to pilot Strelizia again, Hiro is determined to continue. Goro becomes angry and says that it could kill him. Hiro, however, states how alive he feels when he pilots and is willing to risk it all as he stands up and walks out of the room smiling back at Goro who then calls him an idiot.

Klaxosaurs are detected and an hour later a meeting is held. Hachi explains that there are 100 to 150, and they are expected to arrive at 33 hours from then and that Squad 13 will act as back up. When Hachi says that Strelizia will be placed closest to the pipe, the other team is horrified.

Nana comes in with Zero Two and Hiro. 090 says that they can't fight alongside Strelizia, since she didn't care about her allies as presented in a joint operation two years ago where his partner was killed under her fault. Zero Two coldly says that "weaklings die" and that it didn't matter. He begins to walk closer to her, but Hiro steps between them and promises to keep her from going out of control.

As they walk home, the squad express their distaste in simply being a makeshift team. Goro then tells the group that Strelizia shouldn't participate in battle. Much to Goro's surprise however, Ichigo insists that they need the Strelizia.

Goro has trouble sleeping as Hiro seems to writhe in pain. He goes outside and sits on a step sadly. He notices Zero Two and Ichigo walking off together.
Ep5 iIhigo slaps Zero Two

Ichigo slaps her and her headband falls off.

Outside of the greenhouse, Ichigo asks that she stay in line during the mission. Zero Two calls her bossy and begins to walk off. Ichigo asks that she not be too hard on Hiro. Zero Two states that it was Hiro's decision to ride with her and possibly dying from being her partner wouldn't be a big deal. Ichigo tells her she isn't human and slaps her causing her headband to fall off. Zero Two's eyes and horns turn red and asks what "human" is to them. It starts raining, so Zero Two looks up.

When Ichigo walks back, Goro tosses her a towel and says she'll catch a cold. She asks if he saw everything, and he said he did. Ichigo expresses her helplessness. Goro doesn't understand his feelings or how to comfort her.

The next morning, Zero Two and Hiro stand by the lake and says that everything smells nice after it rains. She reminds him that it's where they first met. Hiro thanks her for meeting him that day and being able to pilot because of her. As she unzips Hiro's uniform, Zero Two says that only she is his only partner. She says that none of her partners could ever ride with her more than three times. She says that the tumor is painful, but beautiful. She asks if he wants out of the ride. When he agrees to ride with her again, she happily twirls around.

Hiro narrates that, even if the wings he reached out and grabbed are to snap one day, he'll still take flight into the sky. Because he feels that's why he's there.

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Gallery

Transcript

Narrator: Plantation 13 will now carry out the kissing with Plantation 26.
Hiro: When we first met, Zero Two told me, "A kiss is a very special thing. Do the adults kiss? Who was it that linked plantations making contact to a kiss?"
Zorome: Say, what is "kissing," anyway?
Miku: You were watching all this time without knowing a thing?
Zorome: Shut up, dumbass! Do you know all about it?
Miku: It's when two plantations are stuck together, right?
Kokoro: That's not all.
Ikuno: It's a transfer of magma fuel reserves from one plantation to another through that big pipe.
Mitsuru: That fuel is essential for both the adults and us to live. FRANXX can't be operated without it, either.
Zorome: So we can relax now, right?
Goro: Not exactly. This is a large-scale transfer of magma energy. I've heard it'll attract a huge number of klaxosaurs.
Zorome: Are you serious?
Futoshi: A huge number, huh?
Hiro: Don't worry. If we work together, we'll be fine. We even have Strelizia now.
Goro: Hiro...
Ichigo: Yeah... Hiro's right.
Hiro: A grand ceremony was conducted with the utmost solemnity. The children of Plantation 26's FRANXX squad were also in attendance, and they seemed a lot more calm and composed than us.
Man: Boys and girls! The dreadful klaxosaurs are sure to attack the magma reserves in great numbers. The fate of these two plantations rests squarely on your shoulders, parasites. You are strong! We believe that you will surely bring us victory!
Hiro: Being treated like VIPs gave our morale a big boost. But at the same time, we clearly sensed the coming of a fiercer battle than we had ever experienced before.
[Opening - KISS OF DEATH]
Goro: Hey, Hiro. Wake up. It's morning. Rise and shine. [bathroom] Are you okay? Your body was burning up like crazy.
Hiro: I'm perfectly fine. If anything, I feel really light on my feet.
Goro: You're not lying, are you?
Hiro: Of course not. I actually want to go train right now.
Goro: Okay, then.
Kokoro: Yesterday's ceremony was something else, huh? I was so excited, I had trouble getting sleep last night.
Miku: Plantation 26's squad leader seemed like a nice guy.
Kokoro: Is he the kind of guy you'd like to ride with?
Miku: Better him than the boys we're stuck with. Don't you agree?
Ikuno: No. I don't really care.
Miku: Wow, what a wet blanket.
Zorome: It gives you a real lift when the adults have high hopes for you, huh?
Futoshi: Yeah. It shows they really need us.
Zorome: "Boys and girls! You are strong! We believe that you will surely bring us victory!
Ichigo: You mean Hiro will.
Kokoro: Oh, yeah. You really shone in the previous battle.
Futoshi: But how are you feeling? All good?
Hiro: Well, yeah. Everything's fine.
Futoshi: Awesome!
Miku: Looks like the "three times and you die" rumor was all nonsense, then.
Ikuno: That, or he's extremely compatible with her.
Hiro: Thanks. But we wouldn't have won without you guys. I had a hard time keeping up with everything happening, but it all felt just right. If I can keep riding, I hope you'll let me fight with you as part of the team.
Zorome: Don't get cocky, man. All you did was get through the one time.
Goro: Do you really have to be such a spoilsport.
Hiro: Zorome.
Hiro: I'll do my best not to be a burden. Let's keep fighting together.
Zorome: O-Okay... Jeez, fine. Keep it up, all right?
Miku: Bigwords, little man.
Zorome: Oh, shut up! I just, uh... You know, as the team's ace pilot, I'm trying to...
Miku: Okay, okay.
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[End of Sarcastaball.]


References


DARLING in the FRANXX
PILOTS
STAMEN Hiro | Goro | Zorome | Futoshi | Mitsuru
PISTIL Zero Two | Ichigo | Miku | Kokoro | Ikuno
OTHER Naomi | Old Woman | 081 | 090 | 245 | 9'α | 9'β | 9'γ | 9'δ | 9'ε | 9'ζ | VIRM
APE Papa | Vice Chairman | Gorilla | Marmoset | Lemur | Baboon | Tarsier
Dr. FRANXX | Hachi | Nana
FRANXX Strelizia | Delphinium | Argentea | Genista | Chlorophytum | Standard | 9 Model
MEDIA
EPISODES 01 | 02 | 03 | 04 | 05 | 06 | 07 | 08 | 09 | 10 | 11 | 12
13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23 | 24
CHAPTERS 01 | 02 | 03 | 04 | 05 | 06 | 07 | 08 | 09 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20
MUSIC KISS OF DEATH | Torikago | Manatsu no Setsuna | Beautiful World
Hitori | CÅGE | Vanquish | Escape | Darling
WORLD
LOCATIONS Cerasus | Garden | Chrysanthemum | Gran Crevasse | Cosmos
KEYWORD Klaxosaur | FRANXX