The planet Earth died, got replaced by all gears by some genius named Y. 1000 years later, a kid named Naoto struggles to fix a clock but loves gears so much that the universe rewards him with his very own robot-woman, RyuZU, who vows eternal servitude to him by way of fellating his finger. There’s also a young girl genius called Meister Marie who is doing some kind of investigation and occasionally forgetting to put on clothes that cover her crotch.
This will be a pretty short review.
There is actually some fun stuff in here. Meister Marie is foul-mouthed, impatient and respected enough to be able to get away with disrespecting the “incompetent shitheads” she works with.
RyuZU is aware of her superiority to humans but oblivious to their feelings. She makes insulting observations with a disarming smile, to the dismay but eventual resigned acceptance of her master, Naoto. Unfortunately, this character quirk is used to make things as sexual as possible between the very adult looking RyuZU and the very young looking Naoto.
RyuZU is never actually given the chance to be a character, falling quickly into the role of proving Naoto’s manhood by suggesting he is sexually attractive to her.
Did I mention that RyuZU is Naoto’s indentured servant? At RyuZU’s suggestion? Signed and sealed with a detailed act of finger fellatio with absolutely no in-universe justification as to why this is a necessary thing for robot contracts?
These are the wishful thinking power dynamics of a straight teenage boy with a boner. She just fell out of the sky then had no interest in going back where she came from, how lucky is that? She’s his slave, but she wanted to be! They made a contract, but involving sexual acts rather than sub-clauses! She comes on to him, but he doesn’t take advantage of her! She’s a robot, but she seems to be developing feelings for Naoto because he doesn’t treat her like a sexbot no matter how much she tries to convince him to!
But that’s just one character. What about the talented, profane, commanding Marie?
The double standard of using women’s bodies to humiliate an accomplished young girl while proving the worth of an undistinguished young boy is nothing new. Not sure whether this is better or worse than the ridiculous uniforms and sexual assault of Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor, but I would probbly watch a second episode of that before Clockwork Planet.
An opening sequence set in the future informs us that there’s some plot coming involving Marie, Naoto, RyuZU and Marie’s bodyguard fighting together against some threat. That looked promising enough and I actually quite like the whole clockwork premise, but I don’t think I can bring myself to stick around when these are the intentions they have for their main characters. If I do, it’ll be for Marie.
Read the ANN Preview Guide review.
Amelia is the editor-in-chief of Anime Feminist, has a degree in Japanese Studies and is a freelance writer for websites and magazines on film, television, anime and manga.
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