Cerasus (セラスス, Serasusu) is the main setting and a location in DARLING in the FRANXX. Also known as the Thirteenth Plantation (Plantation 13).
Like all the plantations, Cerasus is divided into two sections: the top of the plantation consists of the bygone environment the parasites reside in and below it is the luxurious city the adults live in. The exterior of the plantation consists of a variety of defensive weapons and it is capable of transporting itself for relocation.
Everything within the facility for the parasites is arranged to assist with their numbers so that they can maintain their connections. The rooms and everything else is arranged in order and with structure.
In Episode 01, the graduation ceremony for Squad 13 takes place at Cerasus and is overseen by the APE council and the adults. Shortly after, the squad’s startup ritual is about to begin when the plantation comes under attack by a Mohorovic-Class Klaxosaur, which was neutralized by Strelizia shortly after.
In Episode 02, the damage from the attack results in the magma energy stockpile to plummet to 54% and thus the plantation is set to meet with Plantation 26 to refill its energy stockpile, in an exchange called "kissing". The mock battle to help Hiro awaken his abilities takes place in an arena outside of the plantation.
In Episode 03, Zero Two announces she will be living in Mistilteinn to be near Hiro.
In Episode 05, as kissing begins to commence, the plantation switches to mobile mode and a friendship ceremony is held for the two plantations.
In Episode 07, the plantation relocates to an area with a beach after Squad 13 is given a vacation for the successful kissing with Plantation 26. There, they discover an abandoned modern city and suspect a mansion was used as inspiration to build their boarding house based on their similar interior designs.
In Episode 10, Squad 13 is given an unprecedented invitation to the Plantation Parliament within the city, as parasites are normally banned from entering the city. The mayor presents them medals for their achievements in a short, simple ceremony. They are later allowed to venture through the city before returning to Mistilteinn. On the way back, Zorome gets separated from his squadmates. As he tries to get back, he injures himself and is cared for by a resident of the Inner City.
In Episode 15, a Super Lehmann-Class Klaxosaur heads towards Cerasus after destroying Plantation 26 and pries it open, pouring thousands of smaller Klaxosaurs in the city. Squad 13 and the 9's fight against the klaxosaurs to defend the city and the klaxosaur is eliminated by Strelizia. After Gran Crevasse was freed by Strelizia, a giant Klaxosaur arm came from Gran Crevasse and slammed the plantation, taking the core of the Super Lehmann-Class Klaxosaur and leaving marks on the ground. While most of the plantation is destroyed, Mistilteinn miraculously survives.
In Episode 16, after Gran Crevasse was seized by the parasites and taken by APE, Cerasus was left ruined. Squad 13 live alone in Mistilteinn for over a month and are given food once a week but have no contact with their caregivers. Despite this, the parasites begin to enjoy their first sense of independence and work together to survive.
In Episode 18, Kokoro and Mitsuru have a wedding ceremony in the backyard with the rest of the squad present until Papa orders the 9's to take the two away and arranges for the others to be picked up. The squad is later taken to the Bird Nest.
In Episode 22, Mistilteinn and the remains of Cerasus are seen via satellite camera when Goro and Hachi discover Miltisteinn contains fertile soil that can be used for cropping. Hiro and Hachi then see a Klaxosaur Mothership near Miltisteinn, where plant life is rapidly growing.
In Episode 24, Squad 13 returns to Mistilteinn to find any plants and materials needed to help them survive. They are amazed to find that all plant life is still thriving and can be used to grow crops. However, after seeing what remains of their former boarding house, they are briefly saddened.
Parking DockThe parking dock (
Parasites firstly need to take off their uniform, put on special undergarments, and then enter the restricted area to wear (with a scanning light and a mechanical arm) a pilot suit.
There are ten lockers, two mirrors and a shoe rack in each room. Locker number 2, 4, 8, and 9 are owned by Goro, Hiro, Mitsuru, and Futoshi, respectively. Locker number 1, 8, and 10, are owned by Ikuno, Miku, and Kokoro, respectively.
Plantation: Inner City
Every plantation houses a city inside. Plantation 13 is no different. Access to this area is restricted for the parasites and only those part of APE elite defence groups can go In and out of the city without any problem with an S-Class ID card. The adult population resides in tall, glittering skyscrapers and rarely walk outside. Zero Two always refers to it as a lifeless city. It was further explored when Zorome fell on his head in Episode 10 and met the Old Woman.
Internal Conference Room
This room is located within the plantation far from the Inner City. The back of it overlooks the Parking Dock. This is where the parasites and their commanders rendezvous for meetings. It has a digital screen and steps for the parasites to sit on during briefings and meetings.
(ミストルティン, Misutorutin) is the residential quarters for parasites. It contains a three-story boarding house, a greenhouse, a control facility for the caregivers, a forest and a few lakes. It is found at the top of Plantation 13, Cerasus and the Inner City can be accessed by elevator, but for the most part, Squad 13 is not granted access to leave Mistilteinn.
Places in Mistilteinn
The boarding house (寄宿舎, Kishukusha) is the residence of the parasites. It is a three-story house and is closely monitored with surveillance cameras in every room.
The mess hall is where the parasites eat on the first floor. There are two tables arranged to divide the girls and boys.
The parasites share a giant bath on the first floor. There are also two smaller bathrooms on the second floor in the boys’ and girls’ wings.
The boarding house has a library filled with books on the first floor. Zero Two looks through all the books and declares there are no picture books. Mitsuru later uses the cooking books here to make a salad dressing. The library's content is strictly regulated so the parasites do not get their hands on banned information.
There are two living rooms on the second floor; one for the boys’ wing and the other for the girls’ wing.
There are about three of these rooms on the first floor. They used to belong to the previous Squad 13 before they all were killed during a sortie, causing it to be covered with police tapes after that. Miku later found out about this when she broke into one of the rooms in "Boys × Girls" episode. Kokoro and Mitsuru also begin spending their nights in one of the rooms after Episode 17
The building where Kokoro tends to the plants. After asking Nana, she was granted permission to take care of the greenhouse. Mitsuru uses this as a hiding spot for himself but allows him to spend time with Kokoro. The greenhouse contains many flowers, some of which are also the namesakes for Squad 13's FRANXX, like Argentea and Strelizia.
This building is where Nana and Hachi work. It is a big glass building in the middle of a water body and the only way to reach it is by crossing the bridge. Hiro was given permission to stay in Mistilteinn here. Also, the 9's were looking through the Baby Book in a room in this building. More importantly, this building contains the elevators for accessing lower levels of the plantation, namely the Inner City and Parking Dock.
The outer walls of Cerasus are equipped with cannons to defend against Klaxosaurs.
- Mistilteinn means ‘mistletoe’, which is a hemiparasitic plant that draws nutrients from its host. It is an angiosperm (flowering plant with seeds enclosed in an ovary, as compared with a gymnosperm which has seeds not enclosed in an ovary like a pinecone) that produces berries for means of reproduction. In western tradition, mistletoe is hung during the Christmas holiday and couples that pass underneath it together are expected to kiss. Mistletoes are said to represent romance, fertility, and reproduction.
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|