「大支柱崩落(パージ)」 (Dai shichuu houraku (Paaji))
Takaii apologizes in advance boys and girls, he’s a little swamped with work, so you’ll just have to put up with my ramblings on Clockwork Planet’s second episode. Admit it, you enjoy them. Well, at least that’s the fantasy I’m sticking with.
Back on topic though, Clockwork continues apace. Compared to last week’s very light novel opening, little has actually changed this time around. The
infamous ubiquitous light novel tropes remain at the forefront, the story still is frustratingly vague, and the characters are cookie cutter enough to give gingerbread molds a run for their money. Eh, that’s a little too harsh. The first hints of plot—the actual plot—are popping up, as RyuZU’s age and the talk of global stagnation suggest a threat not unlike that of The Corroding Empire, while we also have the political machinations between the military and guild throwing a wrench into things. Given Naoto already knows of the issue (thanks to those ridiculous ears), it’s certain he will join up with Marie eventually, and such circumstance already looks to be in store. The only real question is what the problem is exactly, and how it must be solved.
Character-wise this episode also had some improvements. Yeah Marie remains a cheeky tsundere, but Halter at least keeps in her check, and there’s the potential for an intriguing backstory. The true star of the show though is RyuZU who without a doubt currently makes the show for me. Her blatantly snobbish personality is on the right side of funny, and oh boy does she never fail to drop the comedy bombs. Pretty sure I haven’t spit in laughter at a transfer student scene in a long time, but damn does this girl know how to bust a gut with things like RyuZU YourSlave. It’s a personality that would get Marx rolling in his grave, and it might be enough to reform Naoto out of his hopeless origins. The dweeb already is reveling in his fetish(es) after all, won’t take much to push him into half decent territory. Well, one can hope.
While better than the opener, there’s no denying Clockwork still has some work ahead of it. Introducing Marie to Naoto next week should hopefully draw—if only slightly—the story away from its light novel trappings, while further revelations concerning the story (i.e. RyuZU and her role) should fill in some of the annoying blanks present. There is potential here, but Clockwork must act on it and not remain transfixed on its current setup. Give me a story to match RyuZU’s delicious personality and I’ll forgive Naoto for his vanilla transgressions. Definitely not making a blogging call on this one yet, but if Clockwork offers the goods next week, I might just be tempted sticking with it.