OP: 「clockwork planet」 by fripSide
「ギア・オブ・デスティニー / 運命の歯車」 (Gia • Obu • Desutinii / Unmei no Haguruma)
“Gear of Destiny”
Within three minutes of starting the show, I realized this wasn’t my type of show. After watching two more minutes I realized that this was going to turn into my guilty pleasure show.
I decided to go out of my typical comfort zone when it comes to new shows this season and I must say that Clockwork Planet is a show that I probably wouldn’t give much thought to unless I was looking for a show to binge once all the episodes were out. That said, once I got passed the shoddy animation style (which I have a pretty good idea about why it’s like that) and accepted the story that the show was trying to tell us, I actually started to enjoy the show.
Now mind you, I’m not the toughest person to please. So long as there’s something I can attach myself to, be it a loud mouth loli scientist who also kicks ass or her chauffer / bodyguard who reminds me of Snow from Final Fantasy XIII with the way he uses those bad ass fists of his, I can let anything grow on me. Starting with the bad though, in Clockwork Planet’s case, I think what I had the toughest time swallowing was the insane story they’re throwing at us. I mean, I guess a show like this doesn’t really need a grand overarching plot, but they had me so enthralled with the thought of humanity trying to keep itself a float by literally recreating the planet with gears. Not only was the animation of all those clockwork gears amazingly beautiful but I was really hoping that we would at least get to see some of the struggles that involve replacing earth’s entire core with a bunch of sprockets and gears. Instead, we’re quickly introduced to our main cast of characters in one of the shoddiest ways I’ve ever seen. Without going into too much detail since thinking about it makes my head hurt a little, I really would have preferred if things were split up between either Naoto and RyuZU or Marie and Vainney. But if there was something that bothered me more than the story, it had to be the god awful art and animation that would pop up more often than not. Now, I realize that all that beautiful gear animation probably ate up most of the art budget, but seeing how most of the time we’re watching the characters, it wouldn’t have hurt if the art could be a teeny tiny bit more consistent.
Gripes aside, by the end of the episode I actually kind of enjoyed what Clockwork Planet gave us. And once I took a second to adjust my expectations, I actually started to appreciate some of the choices the show runners made (at least the decisions I’m assuming they made off of this first episode). From the random sexual innuendos involving fingers to the crazy pacing of the story, it starts to be pretty fun when you stop taking it too seriously. However, I swear to god if the animation quality doesn’t stabilize sometime soon I’m going to go and attempt to redraw each frame myself.
So yeah, not too bad of a show especially if you go in with the proper expectations. Will I keep watching it? Of course — I need to know more about Marie since characters like that just make me smile. In terms of covering a second episode, I’ll think about it.
ED: 「アンチクロックワイズ」 (Anchi Kurokuwaizu) by After the Rain