An anime adaptation of the light novel series was announced in December 2015, which was later confirmed to be an anime television series adaptation in December 2016.
The series is being directed by Tsuyoshi Nagasawa and written by Kenji Sugihara, with animation by Xebec, character designs by Shuichi Shimamura and mechanical designs by Kenji Teraoka.
The music is being composed by Shū Kanematsu, Hanae Nakamura, Kaori Nakano and Satoshi Hōno.
The opening theme titled "Clockwork Planet" is sung by fripSide, while the ending theme titled "Anti Clockwise" (アンチクロックワイズ, Anchikurokkuwaizu) is sung by After The Rain.
It premiered on April 6, 2017 on TBS and BS-TBS and ended on June 22, 2017. Crunchyroll streamed the series. Funimation has licensed the series in North America.
"The Clockwork Planet"
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!
At an unspecified point in the future, the Earth dies. Then, a genius engineer only known as "Y" manages to revive the Earth using only gears and clockwork. Thus the world is renamed "Clockwork Planet", with cities being built inside the planet's gears. A thousand years later Naoto Miura, a student and lover of machines living in the Kyoto gear, finds a crate has crashed through the roof of his apartment. Inside the crate is a coffin containing the broken body of an automaton. Using his superior sense of hearing, Naoto fixes the automaton, who is named RyuZU, who reveals she has been broken for over 200 years. RyuZU promises complete loyalty to Naoto and the two become close. Later they meet two people trying to find RyuZU: Dr. Marie Bell Breguet, the youngest person to become a "meister", a group of master engineers; and her bodyguard Vainney Halter. A month after their encounter, all four appear in Akihabara, Tokyo, having now become the world's most infamous terrorists.
The list below provides the sequential order of the episodes of Clockwork Planet.
No. In Series
|1||"Gears of Destiny"||April 6, 2017|
|It's been 1000 years since Earth has died and been reborn as the Clockwork Planet. One day, in Kyoto, a black box nearly crushes Naoto Miura, a nerd who surrounds himself with clocks and gears. Inside that box is a beautiful automaton called RyuZU. Since she is not moving, Naoto sets out to repair her, relying only on "sound".|
|2||"Purge"||April 13, 2017|
|The Meisterguild sent genius clocksmith Marie Bell Breguet to investigate the anomaly at the Kyoto Core Tower. While there, however, she notices that the army seems to be up to something. Meanwhile, RyuZU arrives at Naoto's school as a transfer student. The entire school is up in arms because the loser Naoto is with a girl as beautiful as RyuZU...|
|3||"Conflict"||April 20, 2017|
|Marie has a chance encounter with RyuZU, who she thought was broken all this time. When she finds out that it was Naoto who repaired her, Marie asks for his help to prevent the purge of the Kyoto Grid. On their way to the Core Tower, Marie finds out who is behind all the attacks on her.|
|4||"Imaginary Gear"||April 27, 2017|
|As soon as Naoto hears that RyuZU's sister is slumbering in the basement, he agrees to help. After numerous trials, they finally make it to the lower floors of the Core Tower and continue their work, but the countdown for the purge keeps ticking. Under pressure, Naoto is forced to make a decision that could end up in him losing RyuZU!|
|5||"Trishula"||May 4, 2017|
|While Marie and Naoto managed to foil the plan of the Kyoto Grid purge, they did not find RyuZU's sister AnchoR. Marie was going about her day when an illegal shortwave radio transmission reaches her. Behind the inflammatory content aimed at Marie, there is yet another layer of intrigue...|
|6||"Deep Underground"||May 11, 2017|
|Marie and Naoto find AnchoR on the lowest level of the Mie Grid. However, she looks quite different than expected. During their fight with the weaponized AnchoR, Naoto and RyuZU fall into the deep underground. To make matters even worse for the devastated Marie, the existence of a gigantic weapon is unveiled...|
|7||"Attack the Multiple Grid"||May 18, 2017|
|In order to save the people from the giant weapon, Naoto and Marie become terrorists and take over the Akihabara Grid. In the now empty city, the army clashes with the giant weapon while RyuZU faces off with her weaponized sister AnchoR...|
|8||"Yatsukahagi"||May 25, 2017|
|By registering Naoto as her master, AnchoR is freed from a continued fate as "The one who annihilates". From the cube that she holds, Vermouth, who sent the shortwave to Marie, appears. He tells the group that the giant weapon Yatsukahagi is powered by electro-magnetic technology. And in Akihabara, that same electro-magnetic technology stops all the gears of the city from turning.|
|9||"Criminal Act"||June 1, 2017|
|In order to fix RyuZU and Halter who were rendered immobile due to the electromagnetic attack, Naoto and Marie head to the Ueno Grid to meet Konrad. There, Vermouth tells them the true aim of the Yatsukahagi. Will they be able to repair RyuZu and Halter in the limited time they have until the Yatsukahagi starts moving again?!|
|10||"Progressor"||June 8, 2017|
|In order to demagnetize the Akihabara Grid, Marie and Naoto decide to take over the Pillar of Heaven, which is the center of all the grids in Japan. With the help of a weapon housing Halter's mind, they overrun the Sakuradamon Grid and take Souko Hoshinomiya hostage. They then make a big announcement, but what's the aim behind that?|
|11||"Theory of Y"||June 15, 2017|
|Along with Marie's old school friend, Houko Hoshinomiya, Naoto and the others observe the coup d'etat when they get a report that the Japanese government is going to use the Tall Wand against the Yatsukahagi. As the time draws close to the impact of the Tall Wand, Gennai, the mastermind behind the coup d'etat, fires the Yatsukahagi's main cannon. The two geniuses, Marie and Naoto, face a new challenge in order to stop Gennai's rampage.|
|12||"Steel Weight"||June 23, 2017|
|While Naoto and Marie are attempting to reconstruct the world, AnchoR goes off on her own to stop the Yatsukahagi's rampage. RyuZU, Halter, Vermouth are all fighting their own battles while hoping that the two could make a miracle happen. Can the two geniuses stop Gennai from destroying the world that Y had created?!|