Watching ダーリン・イン・ザ・フランキッス, I noticed how heavily stylized the logo appeared to be in the opening (see picture below). Knowing what it's supposed to read, I was somehow able to make out every kana, but as I'm not that good yet at reading Japanese, I can't really evaluate when things become kind of difficult to read even for native(-like) speakers. So my question is this: How quickly could Japanese native(-like) speakers (or readers in this case) read the logo down below without knowing what it's supposed to read? Thanks!

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    I feel like this is off-topic. But for what it's worth, I can easily see ダーリン being mistakenly read as タツノン, and I can't see the ッス from フランキッス at all.
    – istrasci
    Commented Dec 11, 2020 at 0:21

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No, even native speakers cannot read this. As istrasci says, the blue part is more like タツノン. People can probably identify most katakana in the red part, but it's almost impossible to recognize フランキス as a word. The last ス looks more like ズ.

I almost thought this was a fan art made by someone who doesn't understand katakana well, but this is something that actually appears in the opening movie. However, it's used as a flashing line art that is shown for less than a second. I believe it's more like obscure street graffiti and is not meant to be read and understood in the first place.

For comparison, the following is the true official logo, which is shown at the end of the opening movie and is much easier to read.

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