Monday, May 1, 2017

Clockwork Planet: Hit or Miss?

"This news may seem sudden... but this world died long ago. Earth died a thousand years ago, and a legendary clockmaker known only as "Y" rebuilt it using clockwork. Naoto Miura, a failing high school student, encounters RyuZU, an automaton that "Y" left behind, and the genius clock-maker Marie. When the abilities of these three come together, the gears of fate begin to turn. The cycle of failure and success repeats endlessly as the three of them work to repair the endangered "Clockwork Planet" in this clock-punk fantasy!"

A new title that has been added onto Crunchyroll, and is currently being Simulcast on Tuesdays. As of date, there are four episodes available for streaming, with an average user rating of 3.5 stars. The concept is really interesting, and it's by the creator of No Game No Life. The question is, is this new series a hit or a miss as a whole? 

Clockwork Planet light novel volume 1 cover.jpg
So far in the series it has failed to really make an impression. While the creator/original author does tend to go in the moe direction with his creations, it just doesn't suit the setting of the series very well. The character don't seem to feel the weight of the situation at all, and they don't have the correct emotions for a situation. For example, they're trying to have comedic relief and a romantic scene right in the middle of a life or death situation, which wasn't appropriate. The art style is also plain, the facial expressions fail to portray anything beyond basic emotions. The colors are bland as well. In a world where the majority of the background is dark, the characters and important areas should have more color to distinguish them. The concept and promotional art was somewhat misleading, as it has the impression of a pastel type style, and everything seems very detailed. The actual art isn't like that at all, it's just so underwhelming. I also feel like they're rushing a lot n the first 4 episodes, they're cramming a lot of drama in. Now, this isn't a bad thing, it's just they're executing it poorly. They just don't know how to set the mood. It's just all over the map and doesn't really live up to all of the hype it received. The description was really promising, and I wish they had spent more time thinking out the direction they wanted to take the series. From the rumors circulating around, things will be more consistent and interesting in the next few episodes, but I wished they spent more time in the beginning hooking the audience, because people generally don't want to wait until 5 episodes in to feel like they aren't just waiting for something worth their time.