12 Days of Anime Characters – Goro

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We’ve almost made it to the end of the 12 Days of Anime and as we enter day 10 I’m really kind of sorry to see it end. I’ve had a lot of fun, even if the posts ended up taking a lot longer than expected, participating in this. It gave me something a bit different to write about. So yesterday we looked at Akari, the source of so much warmth in March Comes in Like a Lion. Today, however, we turn our attention to Goro from Darling in the Franxx (patron only post link).

Darling in the Franxx - Episode 23 - Goro

For me, watching Darling in the Franxx, Goro was the unsung hero of the story. No matter how silly the other characters seemed to act or what the plot was doing, any scene or plot that turned the spotlight on Goro ended up being sheer delight. The worst part was, there wasn’t that much of it.

Darling in the Franxx Episode 3 Goro and Hiro

As Ichigo’s partner, and childhood friend of both Ichigo and Hiro, Goro was very much the third wheel as he supported Ichigo’s crush on Hiro despite Hiro’s reasonable indifference to Ichigo. Still, as they say, actions speak louder than words, and Goro certainly took action to try to keep Ichigo safe, even if that did result in him nearly dying and then needing to be rescued.

Darling in the Franxx Episode 9 Goro

Goro’s calming influence on the group as someone trusted by almost everyone, can’t be overlooked. Where the others struggled to communicate, Goro managed to find the way to open channels between them again. He was a steady character from start to finish and while that doesn’t make him the most exciting of characters, it did make him someone who I felt a connection with while watching.

Darling in the Franxx Goro

It was also nice that eventually Goro got over his Hiro worship. Seriously, needed to claim independence earlier and just go his own way. 

So, to Goro, who needs his own anime in order to show off how amazing he can be when not hampered by Hiro’s love triangle, here’s wishing you better luck if there’s ever a sequel.

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Karandi James
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6 thoughts on “12 Days of Anime Characters – Goro

  1. goro was a good guy–often too good. He should have smacked the sh*t outta Hiro a few [more] times. Everyone would have benefited.

    1. I know. He definitely should have confronted Hiro earlier than he did. Still, I loved that scene where he asked Hiro what they were supposed to understand about him. Goro was definitely the best of the characters.

  2. I think these character posts are really interesting. I’ve just released the first of mine for Highschool of the Dead and I’m thinking I might try to make it a regular thing, picking a character and seeing what makes them tick.

    1. It’s something I’d been thinking about doing and decided to give it a try for the 12 Days of Anime. I actually am really enjoying these so I might try to make it a thing for next year though I’ll give it a bit more thought first. Still, there are plenty of great characters to look at each season.

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