「虚数運動機関(イマジナリー・ギア)」 (Kyosuu undou kikan (imajinarii gia)
What’s this, Pancakes returning for Clockwork Planet’s fourth episode? No you’re not seeing things, I just decided to be a masochist and belatedly pick this one up. It’s just something about gears, geeks, and patronizing steampunk robots which triggers my curiosity, especially when Clockwork is showing the first signs of something greater. What can I say, I was never one for free time anyway 😛
For me the surprising bit of this episode—once removed from the usual melodrama—was the development of Naoto. Yeah, the kid still remains hopelessly lost the majority of the time, but he’s moving in a positive direction. The RyuZU waifu fantasies have taken (temporarily) a back seat to actual care and affection, with Naoto—bless his heart—protecting his female gear fetish from certain death. Well, until RyuZU commits backside sudoku and steals the spotlight. I’m still hard on the Naoto-RyuZU relationship for obvious reasons, but I’ll be damned if there isn’t the inkling of potential for it now. Of course it might also help Marie has humorously given up trying to overpower Naoto’s gear fetish and just let jug ears enjoy the fruits (gears?) of victory. Things bode well for the future of this partnership, at least until little sister AnchoR enters the picture.
The real intrigue here, however, rests with the reasoning behind the purge. Instead of some simple accumulation of anomalies and random defects as indicated previously, it appears deliberate actions were also to blame in this case. Or at least that’s how I read the guild master losing his mind and screaming about evidence cover up. If true (hint, it is), my guess is some hidden plot revolving around experimentation and implementation of new technology. Given RyuZU’s power and the confirmed existence of a sister, guaranteed similar machines (sisters) exist, some probably lie in military/guild hands, and those ones are used for nefarious purposes. With Clockwork playing the plot cards very close to its chest, I honestly do not know what to expect here, but such developments would certainly allow for the fighting teased in episode one. So long as the related technobabble sticks close to last week’s offerings all will be fine, because I don’t know how many more 0.7 micrometer gears my sides can take. Seriously, even bacteria are bigger!
Next week though we ditch the science talk for what’s truly important in life: beaches and swimsuits. Damn rights, it’s the customary beach episode, complete with breasts, blushing, and a hint of intrigue to liven the atmosphere. Looks like AnchoR finally appears, Naoto returns to form, and RyuZU gets an excuse to show off those amazing gears. Stay tuned boys and girls, next time it’s all about that wholesome family fun.