This is the thirtieth chapter of the DARLING in the FRANXX manga.
Hiro and Ichigo walk along the beach. Ichigo says she couldn’t sleep. Hiro agrees, saying it felt like it would have been a waste. She jogs and tells him to look at the stars, and points out Orion. Ichigo tells him that he taught her about the stars when they were little but he doesn’t remember. When Ichigo asks him about the Ichigo Star Hiro says it is the fifteenth star of Orion, the same as her code number. He recalls they promised to see it together after leaving the Garden.
They continue walking together and Ichigo says they can look at the stars again because they are now in the same squad. Ichigo comments that she needs to be a better leader. She explained she welcomed Hiro and Zero Two into Squad 13 as official members because she believed she had only been a burden to Goro. Ichigo felt that Hiro should have been chosen as the leader instead. Hiro disagrees, saying she is a great leader. Hiro admits he blamed himself for their inability to connect because the kiss she gave him distracted him. He added that at the time, he was confused because he didn’t know it should be shared with someone special. Hiro apologizes to Ichigo for taking away her first kiss. Ichigo grabs him and kisses him, which surprises him. Nearby, Goro sees this and sadly smiles. Ichigo admits the first kiss was special to her and she will do her best to be a better leader so he won’t give all his attention to Zero Two. Zero Two sits on a rock and looks at the sky.
At HQ, the council discusses Hiro’s ability to pilot Strelizia. One council member wonders if they should be happy now that they found a partner for Zero Two. Papa confirms they should because Hiro’s mission is to escort Zero Two to the objective. Tarsier says APE’s goal of ending the war with the klaxosaurs will finally come to end by taking control of Gran Crevasse, which is the castle of the Klaxosaur Princess.