- "We call the training facility for Parasites, the Garden. There, CHILDREN are brought up to develop a sound mind and learn how to behave properly as CHILDREN, they are then pruned and only the Parasites who leave the Garden's nest with their heads high have the honor of defending ADULTS against the Klaxosaur threat."—Hachi
The Garden Where It All Began is the twelfth of DARLING in the FRANXX.
Squad 13 goes to their childhood home, the Garden, for testing, and encounter Zero Two's former teammates - the 9's. An intense battle with Klaxosaurs exposes Zero Two's lust for combat, giving Hiro cause for concern.
Hiro narrates that where he came from doesn't matter to him, but he does about living life to its fullest. He thinks this is what it means to be human. Though he thought that Zero Two felt the same, he isn't sure.
The episode opens with the members of Squad 13 looking out of a large window within a vehicle, seeing the Garden as they approach it. Zero Two is elsewhere within the vehicle, looking for picture books but to no avail.
Hiro narrates that they are headed to the Garden; where they grew up. It's a parasite development facility where hundreds of children live. There is also the research hub (Nursery 3: Laboratory).
As they walked into the lab. Miku says she saw it every day but never went inside. Kokoro says that very few children got to enter, though Hiro did a few times. Hiro says he was designated special research subject. When Futoshi adds that Mitsuru would have gone there too, Hiro doesn't remember and Mitsuru is offended.
Nana tells them that they were brought to run tests on them. She says that they are banned from entering the Garden. When Goro and Ichigo wonder what they're being tested on, Hiro says that they're probably just tagging along with Zero Two. Hachi confirms that she, in particular, will undergo thorough testing.
The 9's appear and 9'α says Zero Two must be there for maintenance as well. She walks away and 9'α says she's the same as always. Kokoro wonders who he is and Miku says he's hot. Nana introduces the 9's and 9'α says it's a pleasure to meet them. He asks that they escort Iota safe and sound. Ichigo asks where he means. He says that they must know that all the plantations on the continent are currently heading there. Nana says she'll tell them later.
Hiro asks why she's called "Iota" and he says that she used to be a Nine as well. He says that he's surprised a normal squad could "tame" her. Ichigo says that she's one of them and that the "special forces" haven't been taught basic etiquette. She says that she'd rather fight along Zero Two than them. He laughs and says that they aren't a normal squad. He walks over and kisses Ichigo's hand.
Nana calls Squad 13 to leave. As they walk away, 9'α says that he'd love to be part of their squad sometime. Ichigo says that they only have space in the attic and it wouldn't befit them. 9'α says to himself that she's proud and dignified.
Hiro asks Zero Two if something happened recently as she looks through books. He asks that she talk about it since they're partners. She asks to kiss. He agrees but backs up as she approaches. When she opens her mouth, he notices her teeth and she stops, saying to never mind.
Disobeying orders, Hiro, with the other members of Squad 13 visit the old facilities where they were raised in, hoping to meet Naomi again. Naomi is nowhere to be seen and the adults refuse to tell them where she is. They also discover that the children from Garden are being developed into Parasites at a much earlier age, in response to the increased number of Klaxosaur attacks. When a group of Klaxosaurs attack the Garden, Squad 13 is dispatched, and Hiro notes that Zero Two's canines and horns have grown longer. During the battle, a hysteric Zero Two ignores direct orders and attacks alone. Even though the klaxosaurs were Conrad-class, she went all out on them, stabbing their remains with Strelizia's spear even after they were defeated. Zero Two claimed she was running out of time and she must kill more Klaxosaurs in order to become truly human, perplexing Hiro.
After the battle, Hiro asks the meaning of her words, but she refuses to answer. Meanwhile, Ichigo eavesdrops on a conversation between Nana and Hachi in which they affirm with each other that the Saurification process in Zero Two and Hiro is intensifying, much to her horror. When the second wave of the Klaxosaurs attack, Squad 13 sorties again and once more Zero Two turns rogue. Hiro is attacked by Zero Two whilst trying to stop her, and he receives visions of a past long forgotten.
- Zero Two
|Hiro:||"Where I came from doesn't matter to me. All I care about is living every moment now to its fullest. "|
|Miku:||Hey, where is it? I don't see it at all.|
|Ikuno:||Did you really spot it?|
|Goro:||I definitely did.|
|Hiro:||That's the defining feature of being human.|
|Zero Two:||I knew it. No picture books.|
|Hiro||Zero Two feels the same way, or so I thought.|
|Mitsuru:||I see it! Over there!|
|Ichigo:||Goro was right. That's...|
|Hiro:||Yeah. The Garden.|
|[Opening - KISS OF DEATH]|
|Hiro:||This is the place known as Garden, where we grew up. It's a parasite development facility where hundreds upon hundreds of children live. Then there's this research hub that towers over the Garden and looks down upon it. We called it the Lab.|
|Miku:||I saw the Lab every day from afar, but I'd never gone inside before.|
|Kokoro:||Very, very few children actually got to come here, right?|
|Futoshi:||I think Hiro came here a few times.|
|Hiro:||Yeah. I was designated special research subject back then.|
|Zorome||Peh. Damn teacher's pet.|
|futoshi||And Mitsuru, too, I guess.|
|Hiro||What? Mitsuru too?|
|Nana||Listen up. The reason we're here is to run tests on you all. I'm sorry to say that this won't be a homecoming. You are hereby banned from entering the Garden.|
|What tests would need us to come here, of all places?|
|Hiro||I'm pretty sure we're just tagging along.|
|Hachi||Code 002, you in particular will undergo thorough testing.|
|Zero Two||I can't be bothered.|
|Nana||This is an order. We can't put it off any longer.|
|Zero Two||Oh, hey!|
|If it isn't Nine Iota. Fancy running into you here. What a coincidence. Or not. You're here for maintenance, too, right? Glad to see you haven't changed.|
|Miku||Beats me. But he's kinda hot.|
|Nana||These are the 9's, a special forces unit APE directly controls.|
|Zorome||Please to meet you. You guys are in the same squad as Iota, right? Please escort her to you know-where safe and sound.|
|Surely you know where all the plantations on this continent are currently headed.|
|Nana||I'll fill you in later.|
|Anyway... I'm relieved to see Iota's fitting in with you guys.|
|Hiro:||Iota? You mean Zero Two?|
|Nana||Hey, we meet again. That's right. She used to be one of us Nines.|
|I thought she'd be too much for an ordinary squad to handle, so I was surprised. How did you manage to tame her?|
|Ichigo||Zero Two is one of us.|
|Wow, she must've taken a real liking to you. Never thought she'd play buddy-buddy with humans.|
|Ichigo||I see the "special forces" haven't been taught basic etiquette. I fully realize now that I'd much rather fight with Zero Two than you guys.|
|I see, I see. You're a bit different from the parasites in other squads, huh? So that's why Iota's with you.|
|Nana:||It's time to go, kids.|
|I've developed an interest in you guys, too. I'd love to be part of your squad sometime.|
|Ichigo||Sadly, we only have space in the attic. It wouldn't befit elites like you. But if that's okay, you're welcome anytime.|
|So proud and dignified...|
|Hiro||Zero Two, did something happen recently? Instead of bearing it all yourself, why not talk to me? Aren't we partners?|
|Zero Two||Kiss me.|
|Zero Two||Kiss me now.|
|Hiro||O-Okay... Zero Tw-|
|Zero Two||Never mind. I'm done.|
|Goro||You were right. They only ran the simplest of tests on us.|
|Zero Two||I said don't touch me! Get away from me!|
|Hiro||I'm thinking of going to the Garden after this.|
|Goro||What? We're forbidden from going there.|
|Hiro||I want to let Naomi know I found a partner.|
|Zero Two||Damn you!|
|Nana||Don't cause any more trouble for me.|
|Hiro||You all didn't have to come along.|
|Futoshi||It's fine! You're always welcome!|
|Zorome||It wouldn't be fair if you got to sneak out by yourself.|
|Miku||Yeah. And we're here now anyway, so we might as well.|
|Hiro||Ichigo, did you finish reading this?|
|Ichigo||Yeah, but I didn't get it at all.|
|hiro||Same here. This book mentions a "holy tree." Apparently, it's talking about the mistletoe. I hear there's one in the Garden, too. I hope I get to see it someday.|
|Goro||It hasn't even been six months since we left this place, right?|
|Zorome||Why did that adult woman feel so familiar? I thought about it a bunch of times after that day, but in the end, I never found an answer. Eventually, I stopped thinking about it, and even forgot about her. And ever since, I've stopped having that dream.|
|[Ending- Beautiful World]|
- The book discussed by Hiro and Ichigo is a real book written by James George Frazer.
- As of episode 12, Mitsuru and Futoshi switch positions in the opening.
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|