「自動人形を繋ぐもの(プログレッサー)」 (Jidou ningyou o tsunagu mono no (puroguressaa))
If there’s one thing I’ve learned from covering Clockwork Planet, it’s that there is never a bad time for sexual innuendos. Well, that and Naoto’s truly limitless indulgence. It’s a synergistic combo really, where a noticeable lack of plot advancement is neatly patched over by some hilarious—and well fitting—character interactions. Am I slightly annoyed we still don’t know what the delusional bearded guy is actually up to? Yeah, but the humour more than makes up for that.
For better or worse, this week was largely a buildup. The pieces were set up for the final showdown, some hints dropped regarding future events, and character relationships firmly solidified. Naoto in particular keeps improving in unexpected ways, and mostly for reasons due in part to others. He and Marie for example are now two peas in a pod, working seamlessly together and complementing each other where they themselves are lacking. I’m really starting to like this emerging chemistry between these two because it feels natural, there’s no forced aspect or robot development often seen elsewhere. Both characters simply do their thing and build off one another. The interesting part for me though was Hoshinomiya’s quiet remarks about Naoto’s hearing. Naoto being a prodigy and so-called “world saviour” is already known, but this is the first time someone has identified him as a serious threat. Clearly the kid bears some relation to Y and/or his power, but it’s not known what or how it could be dangerous. I’m actually intrigued seeing where this goes given the utter lack of information up to now, but we likely won’t find anything out until our old guy Gennai is confronted.
On the other side of things though is the Naoto
harem family, which has been officially (i.e. maritally) confirmed. I did predict betrothal at some point last week, but lo and behold the dweeb did the deed now, and with a bloody fidget ring no less. At least it’s a nice looking fidget ring. I’d cringe if the moment wasn’t so cute, particularly when the explicit words were never actually spoken between the two—the implication was well understood on both sides, the true mark of a trusting couple. As with Marie, Naoto’s relationship with RyuZU is surprisingly organic. Yes it’s somewhat shoehorned for the sake of wish fulfillment, but both have a way of honestly and openly interacting with one another, at least during the more serious moments. Take away RyuZU’s godly lap and Naoto’s gear fetish for example, and it’s the sort of relationship you could find in your typical romance story. Of course this doesn’t take care of AnchoR’s role, but Naoto first has to work things out with Mama Marie before we get the full family experience. I never knew I’d come around to liking this setup, but eh, I have worse guilty pleasures :P.
With only two episodes remaining, it’s looking increasingly likely the upcoming big giant robot fight is where Clockwork will leave things off. Still have to find out what Gennai is really up to with his whole Y hatred and get Halter back into a more reasonable body mind you, but I imagine those bits will fall into place on their own. The important question is obviously when RyuZU finally kisses the dweeb, because if there’s one thing I know, it’s that you don’t tease more than three times in a row. When will the fated moment finally occur? Will it even happen? No bloody idea, but you can be sure it’s not far off now.