(One episode watched):|
If a Genie popped out of a magic lantern and offered to grant me one wish--which had to be related to my hobby of reviewing anime--I think I would ask that it be made clear to me exactly what the difference is between new shows which pique my interest and others which fall flat. I struggled to understand why Clockwork Planet left me so unenthused. Perhaps the problem is that the first episode of a new show has got to leave potential viewers with questions that they want answers to. But at the end, I couldn't really think of any. I was clearly supposed to take sides with this Naoto guy as he struggles against some sort of military dictatorship that uses Mecha to control the people; but nothing he had said or done had made him seem all that likeable to me. I didn't dislike him, but I didn't like him either. Perhaps if the time that was allocated to a little battle at the beginning of the episode had been used instead to instill him with a little personality, things might have gone better. But he seems like a largely personality-less stranger. Maybe that was intentional, so that viewers could imagine themselves in his place as a hot chick is dropped into his lap in a too-good-to-be-true one girl harem situation. Questions which did occur to me, and which I wouldn't mind getting answers to--like, what destroyed the world, and how did humanity survive without it, and how did it build a whole new planet--these are clearly not going to be what the series concentrates on. Perhaps if the situation had been explained better--the ANN synopsis suggested a much more complex premise than I got any sign of from episode one. Instead I get a vibe of a fairly ordinary and unambitious anime. For one thing, why is watchmaker-type technology, with intricate gears interacting, included here? Will it really make a difference? Fanservice, however, will clearly play a part, which is often a giveaway of mediocre quality. I suspect the show will rely more on T&A than sci-fi. The jokes could be worse, but were definitely not LOL quality. So, the impression I was left with was of a show which didn't do anything spectacularly wrong, but didn't do anything exceptionally right either, and I don't have time for these. Apparently the lives of 20 million people will be at stake in episode two, but it tells you a lot about this show that I couldn't really bring myself to care.
Last updated Wednesday, April 12 2017. Created Wednesday, April 12 2017.