Anime Review: Clockword Planet (Spring 2017)
"One day, a black box suddenly crashed into the house of the high school dropout Naoto Miura. Inside it was a female automaton. The endless cycle of failure and success.
The world that does change and the mankind that does not change. At a time where reality and fantasy are screaming, the encounters of these two make the gears of fate move!"
Basically we follow Naoto Miura a gifted boy and the newly found automaton RyuZU. As the episodes go we get new members to the cast Marie, Halter & Anchor. It's very interesting world (the first two episodes really made a great world bulding. But everything else sucks.
The pace, the tone shifts in some parts and some Ecchi elements (not that much). Then who the heck is the main antagonist? There is no clear motivation... It felt confuse. The world was built by someone and it’s full of gears and clockwork (but interestingly or not nobody knows how they came to be or how they were put there or how he did it). Probably some god. The 12 episodes could be separated in small arcs within themselves but they are not that interesting or they even don't make that much sense.
About the characters - well besides Marie and Naoto they don't really matter. Even the automaton RyuZU is almost bland.
In terms of Art, Xebec is an average company but they are also the studio behind the remake of Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2199. The only anime I saw by them was Keijo and I really enjoy the art. Well suffice to say that in that anime the boobs and ass action scenes/art was top-notch - probably better than most hentai out there. On this anime I think it had some interesting use of CGI but then it failed in other departments. In terms of sound I enjoy the music but everything else it's rather average.
As I said, I really wanted to love the series - It was one of my top 5 anticipating shows of the season but I cannot recommend to anyone. I must say I just finish because I wanted to know where everything was going. And it seems it went nowhere....
World Bulding 8/10
Character Bulding 4/10
Overall 3/10 (maybe 4)