Clockwork Planet has made its rather visually unimpressive debut, though it does show some slightly interesting things as well.
The episode starts with a thoroughly boring fight where Naoto, Marie, her bodyguard, and RyuZu take down a bunch of robots falling from some plane. The scene is meant to grab our attention and make us look forward to watching the events which lead to this unfold. The problem, however, is that Xebec isn’t the best source of sakuga out there. The scene would have been more enthralling if the fight looked good. They may have done a decent enough job with Keijo!!!!!!! back in fall last year, but they’re not really known for stunning visuals. There are some problems in the character designs too, but it is possible that this is a problem carried forward from the original source material.
Watch this episode’s only somewhat noteworthy visual moment: the opening!
Setting that aside, we’re taken to the event which was the reason behind what we just saw. Naoto is in his home checking out all his clocks which he wants to fix but doesn’t have the talent to. Then, out of nowhere, a black coffin like thing falls out of the sky and wrecks most of his abode. Inside the coffin is a girl, not a real one, but an automaton. She happens to run on gears like a clock and has this ticking sound coming from her which Naoto likes. He has this ability to hear sounds with very few decibels so he can hear the something off about the ticking sound coming from the girl. He opens her up and through pure luck, manages to fix her and boot her up. She then makes Naoto her master after sucking his finger in a sexually suggestive way. They wanted something erotic but different from the usual kiss so this is what they went for apparently.
Elsewhere, there is some chaos over the fact that the extremely valuable robot girl was dropped somewhere. There is obviously something important about this automaton which has Marie searching for it and the one in charge of its delivery apologizing so much.
The episode introduces two things: firstly an extremely important automaton was dropped just like that, and secondly there are some things going on with some parts of this clockwork planet, the military being somehow involved.
The world here is of a post-apocalyptic kind where the world was on the brink of destruction but was fixed by “Y” who used gears and stuff. But everything man-made can only last for so long, and the planet is starting to fall apart. There are possibly ways to fix it but it seems like the military isn’t interested in doing so; or it could be that they’re the ones causing the breakdown of the planet in selected places for some reason. There is already some friction between them and Marie’s organization, so it could be related to that.
This anime’s based on a light novel of the same author as that of No Game No Life, but unlike the anime of that one, this world is rather dull, though not in a bad way. The dull overall colors used here show that this world isn’t all well and good. The color palette really fits here given the kind of setting the show’s going for.
Overall, while the episode was extremely average with its visuals, it has shown some signs of being a wee bit interesting. The stuff surrounding the planet falling apart and the military being involved is somewhat intriguing. Then there’s also RyuZu, who’s are shrouded in mystery right now. The MC may not be the coolest kid in town, but he probably will get a little bit cooler in the future at least.
This episode of Clockwork Planet didn’t really leave the strongest of impressions, but it does have some slightly arresting stuff to look forward to.
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