「空前絶後の犯罪(クリミナル・アクト)」 (Kuuzenzetsugo no hanzai (kuriminaru akuto))
Clockwork Planet is just the show that keeps on giving. Hilarity and seriousness mixed together this week into a concoction which easily showed this show’s silliness is nothing short of a bottomless pit. Yeah it’s cringing at times, the characters can certainly be a little dumb here or there, but I’ll be damned if this show is not getting better as time goes by. Who knew I’d actually start looking forward to Thursdays.
While the usual light novel fan service has been a feature of Clockwork so far, I’d dare say this episode easily took the cake. Not only has Konrad proven his manly virtues by operating a strip club, but by boldly displaying his patronage via T-shirt advertisement—guaranteed that Marie teasing a couple episodes back was not entirely tongue in cheek now. And if that wasn’t enough, we also placed our random cyborg into the body of a well-endowed blondie with a serious set of “come f*ck me” lips. Oh yes Naoto, hiding little AnchoR from those provocative titillations was the right move indeed. While disappointing Halter did not wind up with a stripper’s body—seriously, that would have been glorious—having Naoto cross dress in the name of “disguise” easily made that up, especially how sullen Marie looked throughout the experience. Who knew she’d miss papa Halter that much?
Part of what keeps me liking Clockwork though is how well the humour is now meshing with the serious aspects. What normally would be a filler fan service piece (in this case centred around AnchoR) was calibrated into some actual development, giving AnchoR a little depth while rounding out Marie. Not wanting to protect the loli automaton smile? Well that calls for some berating and a bit of regret. Slowly but surely Marie is progressing from simple tsundere into a proud AnchoR mama, buoyed of course by Naoto’s unabashed affection for his clockwork family. It’s a still a surreal situation don’t get me wrong, but the modicum of character complexity being developed continues impressing me, particularly in the case of Marie. The girl might be proud and a little stubborn, but she clearly knows when she is in the wrong and how to go about correcting it. Plus it might also help Marie has adopted Naoto’s view and thrown off the fight for justice in the name of fun and vengeful games. Yeah it’s a strange choice given the conspiracy playing out behind the scenes, but I imagine we will get that part soon enough.
Before dealing with the mysteries of tsundere ideals though, next on the agenda is a big giant robot and that looming coup by some unknown power (i.e. the old guy). Oh, and bringing Halter back to life, definitely the more important matter. The true conflict at the heart of Clockwork Planet remains stubbornly unknown, but at least we are getting close to unmasking the mystery. We should hopefully find out the problems behind Y’s clockwork world very soon and maybe something on Naoto’s hearing, but hey you never know. Still have to hold that Naoto-RyuZU marriage ceremony after all.