- "We were raised in an institution and now we live in the Bird Cage. There are so many things we don't know. Take the sea, for example. How it actually smells, the sound of the washing waves, the fact that sea water tastes salty. All those things that we'd only seen in books and all those scenes, it was all kept intact there."—Kokoro
Shooting Star Moratorium is the seventh episode of DARLING in the FRANXX.
Due to their achievements in the previous battle, Zero Two is permanently assigned to Squad 13 and Hiro is officially recognized as a Franxx pilot. Squad 13 is then rewarded with a vacation to a nearby beach. As Squad 13 plays around, they observe Hiro's relationship with Zero Two and begin wondering what exactly a "kiss" and "love" are. They then stumble upon the ruins of a town nearby and begin exploring them. They are perplexed at the existence of the town since they initially believed civilization only existed in the Plantations. Zero Two explains to them that humans used to live on the surface but were forced to abandon it for the Plantations. Later that night, Zero Two decides to go for a swim while Hiro and Ichigo walk on the beach and admire the stars, catching sight of a rain of shooting stars.
Ichigo narrates that after the successful kissing with Plantation 26, Unit 13 was given a special vacation at a secluded beach where the children experience seeing the ocean for the first time. Goro wonders if it's some kind of training, but Ichigo smiles and says that they should enjoy themselves anyway. Goro blushes and agrees, turning away.
Zero Two pulls Hiro to the water and they laugh as she splashes him. The group discuss about how Hiro happy is and his great ability as an official parasite. Although Ichigo feels uncomfortable about Zero Two, she could see that Zero Two was what he needed.
Gorilla marvels at Hiro's ability. One notes that Zero Two's search for a partner has finally ended. Marmoset says that she still needs to be monitored closely. Papa says that Plantation 13 should be their top-priority surveillance subject and says that Code 016 is tasked with bringing her to the Grand Crevasse.
Hachi says that one of APE's special forces has become a plantation's exclusive parasite. Nana introduces Hiro to Dr. FRANXX, the creator of FRANXX. He approaches Hiro and says that he's the first person to survive Zero Two and says that he has an interest in them. Hachi tells the doctor that Strelizia and Code 002 are transferred into Plantation 13's purview. When Hachi announces that they're officially partners, Zero Two hugs Hiro.
Kokoro serves a ball to Miku and Futoshi and Zorome admire their figures. They're surprised when they find Goro doing the same. Hiro follows Zero Two further into the water and the three boys begin watching them. She notes how nice it feels to swim in the ocean. Hiro seems embarrassed when he looks at her and she asks what's wrong. He says she looks good, but she can't look her in her eyes. She thanks him for all he did for her.
Hiro remembers when they talked earlier. Dr. FRANXX tells Hiro not to let him consume his emotions if he wants to always be her apartment. Otherwise, he'll suffer.
As Zero Two teasingly leans in to pretend to kiss Hiro only to lick him, she asks what he was expecting. She says that a kiss is a declaration that the other person belongs to you and you should only kiss the person you love. She asks if he maybe kissed someone else. Before he can answer, Goro, Zorome, and Futoshi pull Hiro under the water.
Ichigo watches the other kids. Ikuno smiles and asks if she's distracted by the water and asks if she is going to swim since she was always good at it. Ikuno pulls out a book and tells her to enjoy herself. She thanks her and runs off. As Ikuno begins to read, Mitsuru asks if she came there just to read. She says that she isn't interested in goofing around. Mitsuru says that the guy who looked suicidal now looks like part of the group. She tells him not to look to her for affirmation, since she's not like him. Smirking, he says he was merely talking to himself.
The boys toss Hiro on the ground to ask him what a 'kiss' was and how it worked. Hiro is unable to clearly explain but says it's when two people stick their mouths together and makes him feel good. The boys are in awe. Before Zorome could place a kiss on Hiro to experiment, Ichigo interrupts them. They ask her if she's ever kissed anyone before. Before she could answer, the group is called them back.
Mitsuru leads the group into a secret passage way where Mitsuru warns about their safety not being guaranteed. While walking, Goro asks if there's a relationship closer to being partners based on his observations with Hiro and Zero Two. Hiro doesn't understand the relationship status either but notices his relationship with Ichigo is different from Zero Two.
They're lead to what appears to be an abandoned city. The group notice how the city is much different from the cities adults live in now and how they're modeled more closely to the boarding house they live in. Meanwhile, Kokoro explores a medical office and finds a book about childbirth. Mitsuru calls out to her and pulls her back before a bookcase falls on her and asks her not to run off alone.
Ichigo comes to a bookstore where she sees a poster featuring a kissing couple and thinks about her own kiss with Hiro. Zero Two suddenly appears behind her and said has also done it with Hiro. Ichigo is startled and asks her what she means. She answers "kiss" and says that she probably isn't ready for it yet. Ichigo says that she has too. Zero Two asks who she had done it with and specifies that it can only be done with someone special to her. Before she can answer, Goro calls her and he and Hiro wave them over.
As the group walk back to the beach, they discuss about how and why past civilizations lived in and left the abandoned cities they had found. Zero Two answers that they abandoned it and that humans used to live on the surface and that many cities like the one they found are around the world. Back at the beach, the group eat the food that they were delivered.
Hiro asks why they think humanity abandoned the surface and wonders if humanity hadn't started extracting magma energy, if the klaxosaurs wouldn't have showed up. Mitsuru reassures Hiro that Papa moved people into plantations in order to protect mankind. The group than gush over that fact that they are the ones being able to protect the adults from harm with their FRANXX. With high spirits, Ichigo stands and officially welcomes him and Zero Two to the squad. He thanks them all.
As the group all sleep together, Ichigo, wide awake, notices Hiro walk out to the beach and follows him. They walk along the beach and she says she couldn't sleep. He agrees and says that he felt it would have been a waste. She tells Hiro to look at all the stars and points out Orion. Although Hiro doesn't remember it, Ichigo reminds him of the times he would teach her about the stars. She asks if he forgot about the Ichigo star, but he says that it's the fifteenth star of Orion, the same as her code. He says that they promised they'd see it together after leaving the Garden.
They continue to walk down the beach together and she says they all have to do their best. She says she'll do her best as leader, so not to give all his attention to Zero Two. She says she sees their kiss as something special. Before she can say she wants to be with him forever, he tells her to look at the shooting stars. The rest continue to sleep, but Zero Two watches from a rock.
Ichigo narrates that their trails shone brightly, just like them and gave off gentle rays of hope.
Hiro says that if you wish on a shooting star, it'll come true. He asks what she wishes for. She says she tried to tell him, and teasingly called him stupid. He chases her down the beach. She wished on the shooting stars that night for that light to never fade.
DARLING in the FRANXX
|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|
|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
|LOCATIONS||Cerasus | Garden | Chrysanthemum | Gran Crevasse | Cosmos|
|KEYWORD||Klaxosaur | FRANXX|