Clockwork Planet – 03
「真正面突破(コンフリクト)」 (Masshoumen toppa (konfurikuto))
You know, the more I watch Clockwork the stranger the show becomes. In a sense it’s dichotomous. On the one hand it’s your perfect light novel caricature with cookie cutter characters, wish fulfillment interactions, and arguably simplistic takes on politics and intrigue. Yet on occasion the show puts forth some surprising ideas, indicating the potential for something greater, if leaving space to elaborate upon it.
The caricature this week of course was going full throttle, with Naoto as usual being the primary source. Yeah Marie had her tsundere moments again—succinctly held in check by Halter—but I think marriage offers and imouto fetishes outweigh those paltry transgressions. Although the marriage joke admittedly fits Naoto’s personality and sleeve-wearing fetishes to a tee, I felt it was slightly out of place given the overall atmosphere. Proclamations of love yes, slobbering over RyuZU’s clockwork goodness sure, but breaking out the nuptials? Coming on a little too strong there. No denying the hilarity of RyuZU revealing her little sister, however, the fallout from that had my sides hurting. Who knew all it took to convince a dweeb into reckless action was the promise of sisterly double teaming. Hate Naoto all you want, but the boy certainly sticks with his priorities. Did I mention the harem hints with Marie too?
Where Clockwork got me this time around though was in the world building. While not much as before, it was significantly more than previously revealed. All that time talk and discussion of the differences between real and imaginary? Completely factual, at least in the sense of having a mathematical foundation. Lorentz (not Lawrence, silly subbers) transformation is important for shifts between reference frames, while Minkowski space(time)—given the name—should be self-explanatory. Even orthogonality has a purpose, although if we want to get technical its effects would depend on how time is treated (i.e. as linear or waveform). Basically no superficial light novel technobabble here boys and girls, this story actually has scientific teeth. Particularly intriguing too are some of the character reveals. Halter is now confirmed cyborg—explaining his strength—and the questions concerning Naoto’s super special hearing powers are gaining traction. If RyuZU’s powers have some sort of logic and Halter isn’t the Terminator just because, then Naoto definitely has an explanation waiting in the wings. No idea what it could be, but dimensional theory is a sure bet now.
While some promising signs are starting to appear and the fun is set to grow with another RyuZU in AnchoR, I don’t know whether I’ll continue blogging Clockwork. There’s a lot of good shows this season, and no guarantee Clockwork can make good on the hints dropping thus far. Yeah the show could easily prove wrong—it’s happened before—but my blogging heart is already claimed. I’ll definitely be following this one through to the end though, and an end post is certainly not out the question. After all, it’s just too damn hard turning my nose up at sci fi.