English: Time of Eve
Synonyms: Eve's Time
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Aug 1, 2008 to Sep 18, 2009
18 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 8.381 (scored by 32400 users)
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SynopsisThe future, probably Japan. Robots have long been put into practical use, and androids have just come into use.
Influenced by the Robot Ethics Committee, it's become common sense for people to treat androids like household appliances. Their appearance - indistinguishable from humans except for the ring over each android's head - has led some people to empathize unnecessarily with androids. Known as "android-holics", such people have become a social problem.
Rikuo, a high school student, has been taught from childhood that androids are not to be viewed as humans, and has always used them as convenient tools. One day Rikuo discovers some strange data in the behavior records of his family's household android, Sammy.
Rikuo and his friend Masaki trace Sammy's movements, only to discover a mysterious café that features a house rule that "humans and robots are to be treated the same"...
(Source: Official Website - English)
Related AnimeAdaptation: Eve no Jikan
Summary: Eve no Jikan (Movie)
Characters & Voice Actors
Time of Eve is a rather peculiar show to review. For one thing, it is only six episodes long, clocking in at around 15 to 20 minutes each, but the finale extends for about 30 minutes. Usually, short anime are not able to properly convey the right combination of character development, plot, and conflict.
Time of Eve, however, does all that and more. I must say that it is probably the best science fiction anime since Planetes, and definitely worth your time.
Let's start with the art animation. Those familiar with Yasuhiro Yoshiura's previous works, such as Pale Cocoon and Aquatic Language, will find themselves quite at home with the animation style. Striving for an elegant sense of simplicity, Yoshiura's character designs are pretty and easy on the eyes. Every character has their own distinct quirks. Yoshiura also uses quite a bit of CG, from coffee makers to ceiling fans, but the CG is not at all overbearing or overwhelming in any way. In fact, they are very detailed without distracting the 2D character art. As for the animation itself, it is very awesome. The characters blink cleanly, running animations are buttery smooth, and the robots are made to be convincingly real, in a cute type of way. One thing worth noting is the clever use of camera CG work. Yoshiura uses a panning effect to great effect, allowing certain mundane actions (such as walking down a hallway) to look quite epic.I have to say that if this show ever gets released on Blu-Ray, I'll buy it in a heartbeat.
While there aren't many songs played during the course of the show, the limited OST is still impressive. Insert songs fit nicely, as do the finale ending song. What makes up for the limited soundtrack is the voice acting and the sound effects. Rikuo is voiced by the talented Jun Fukuyama (you might here some Code Geass Lelouch vibes). Sammy is voiced by Rie Tanaka, who creates a timid character but with a firm resolve. Nagi is voiced by Sato Rina, who brings to life a character that stands true to her beliefs. Other talented voice actors round out the cast, from Yukana as Akiko and Tomokazu Sugita as Setoro. All in all, I have no qualms with the sound quality of this show, other than the fact that there aren't a lot of background music tracks (That is understandable, since this show is only 6 episodes long)
The story and the character development together provide the strongest parts of Time of Eve. Every episode is essentially a one shot on a visitor (or two visitors) to the cafe, Time of Eve. While that may sound mundane on the surface, the screen play reveals each character seamlessly, precisely, and engagingly. This is done through peppery, fast, back-and-forth dialogue and tight pacing. Although you may not know everything about a certain character, you will know just enough to understand their conflicts, their hopes and fears, and how their lives intertwine with each other. While watching, you will laugh, cry, jump up in bewilderment, and open your mouth in shock. And that's just for one episode. Yasuhiro Yoshiura has learned from his previous work, Pale Cocoon, and concocted a show that does not waste any time or a single line of dialogue. You will find yourself attached to each and every character, human and android.
Time of Eve came out sporadically, about one episode every two months. That means by the time I finished all the episodes, one entire year has passed already. How a show can keep me up at the edge of my seats and only come out once every blue moon is a testament to the directing skills of Yoshiura. I enjoyed every single episode and the wait for the succeeding episode was plain torture. Now that it is all over, I will watch it again. Rewatchability for this show scores very high.
One thing that did bother me was the lack of a true, proper closure. Yoshiura teases the viewers with a ? at the ending scene, suggesting perhaps a second season is in the works. Oh, how I hope that's true.
This review might have sounded rather dry. Well, if a show is this good, I can't find anything sarcastic or sardonic to say. Just go watch it now on Crunchyroll. You will not regret it. read more
I think any show which tries to tackle curious themes like the subtle divide between androids and humanity is something I can definitely respect right off the bat. It’s something that, let’s be honest, has been done quite a lot. It becomes very difficult to produce something original when the nature of the concept has been explored on countless occasions. Cloning, bio modification, and androids have been in science fiction for a long long time now. Everyone is familiar with the concept itself, but how the concept is approached and applied into a world someone builds up is where you can spin a fresh take on it. This leads me to Eve no Jikan. I read the synopsis with hesitation, “Another one?” I thought. I was definitely wrong about that.
Eve no Jikan is based in a world where androids are a common entity. They are not, however, largely independent. Androids in this world are completely controlled by humankind. They are used for simple things like shopping for their owners, collecting children from school, cleaning up the house. As you can imagine, if they let an android pick children up from school, the concept of androids is seemingly largely supported and trusted. However with that being said, it seems that they are mostly delegated to menial tasks. The world seems to be still run by humans – that is an important factor.
Now the idea that comes into scrutiny during Eve no Jikan, is the relationship that androids and humans are allowed to have. If you are to overly emphasise with them, you are now a social outcast known as an ‘android-holic’. This essentially means that androids were not in fact made to serve as companions, but merely assistants. A creation that works for humans, not with them. If you were to go any further than that and see them as something more, you are now failing to realise what they were made for.
But how do androids themselves feel about this, especially when they are created to detect subtle differences in their owner’s mood? Putting a blanket over them when they feel that their owner is cold, preparing food & drink when they think their owner is in need of it, ensuring they have an umbrella so they don’t catch a cold from rain. How can something as complex as that exist without running riot with emotions? Well because they are bound by Asimov’s Laws. Otherwise known as the three laws of robotics. Keep those firmly in mind when you let the story unfold. Because Eve no Jikan also shows how those androids are able to ‘dodge’ or at least alleviate the burden of those laws.
So you might wonder how the relationship is actually explored in such a society. Well they do it through a very unique café somewhere in Japan. You see, in this world, how androids are identified amongst humans is that they have a shining halo above their head. But the café that the characters of this story visit has a very interesting perk. Upon entering it, that glowing ring above an androids head can be disabled. Now a room could be filled full of humans and androids and there would be no visible difference. So, how can you tell who is human and who is android? There are no metal arms, no robotics voices, because the most modern androids are ultimately designed to look like ordinary humans. They speak like humans, walk like humans, and have all the mannerisms of humans. You can hold a conversation with one very easily. Take away the halo and what exactly is the difference? Eve no Jikan looks closely at this idea, with the human protagonist being the vehicle used to explore it.
The protagonist stumbles upon the café because he becomes aware that his android is acting rather peculiar, he eventually tracks down the establishment he believes she is visiting. From then on, the way the series progresses takes an interesting approach. Every episode the main character, and sometimes his friend (who is not a fan of androids by the way, as viewers we are also subjected to a more negative mind-set towards them to balance it out) tackle a new situation. Across six episodes the protagonists of the series make their way around the café and forms bonds with all the different visitors. They stumble across the independence of androids, they discover why they seek it, why they come to the café, and ultimately their views on androids are subtly altered during each and every interaction. It’s a complete marvel to see what a fifteen minute episode of Eve no Jikan can do that some series can’t do in 8 regular length episodes.
The visuals of Eve no Jikan are what I’d definitely call memorable. There’s a 3D aspect to a lot of the main setting – the café. You’ll see CG fans rotating on the ceiling, the way the actual view of scenes is handled using CG a lot of the time. I felt like someone in real life was holding a camera and directing the action, smooth shakes were applied as the camera pans across the café and such. It’s interesting, I quite like it. I think the mix of smooth conventional animation and odd CG sequences almost add an undercurrent reflecting upon what the series explores. Difference.
The sound is rather underwhelming, but what I really mean is, not important. It is mostly used for a soft light atmosphere in the background of the café. Typical light-hearted songs played to fill the gaps in conversation. I don’t think the series greatly uses sound outside of purely background music, I recall maybe two instances of tension building short tracks but outside of that, nothing really. It’s fitting but ultimately sound is not used to its fullest. The lack of it leaves a lot of room for proper interaction. Which is what the series sells itself off.
The characters in the series, as I’ve mentioned above undergo very interesting development. But the only thing that I am let down by, is how long these characters have to change. All we get is six short episodes; the series ends with a whole lot more left in the tank for it go forward with. That’s the main reason I can’t give anything above a nine to this. If this was a twenty four episode series it would no doubt ascend to a ten given more episodes to explore different sides of the android-human relationship. There’s really nothing much else I can say except...
I hope you enjoy the Time of Eve.
Both take place in a cafe that looks the same. Both are about androids and Isaac Asimov's three rules. And both are enjoyably short.
Both ONA's have a cyber-punk setting, and both mainly take place in a café...
Same director, very similar feel. Mizu no Kotoba feels like an early version of Eve no Jikan. Both have short episodes, the setting is very similar, and they both mention Isaac Asimov's three rules for robots.
Both are about the relationship of androids and humans inside of an intriguing cafe. Their art is also somewhat similar.
At some cafe different people having fun, talking to each other. Plus a bit sci-fi.
Eve No Jikan is much better though.
when I watched Mizu No Kotoba..that totally remind me Eve No Jikan..
There's alot of similar point between eve no jikan n' mizu no kotoba
-both goings-on are take places at a cafe.
-the same atmosphere.
-the art is similar and diffrent at the same time.
-both are ONA's and both are short show.
-an amazing environment and backgrounf,character also are bit similar.
If you liked eve no jikan, you'll absolutly like mizu no kotoba as a 'shorter show' ;D
and sorry for my bad english xD
Both takes place on a cafe. Has the same atmosphere as well.
This anime's cafe is similer to Eve no Jikan's cafe. And Eve no Jikan's story is far superior than Mizu no Kotaba.
Both titles explore the similar lore of human interaction and the border between seeing an android as a living breathing entity or appliance such as a stove or a car. relationships are key in both series as the protagonist have varying views on whether to follow the discrimination against androids, giving them 'real' feelings or simply accepting them as man-made devices for varying uses. Unlike chobits, Eve No Jikan does not hold the same aesthetics's in design, there are more fine lines and deeper colors along with 3D visualization and some computer generated effects. This gives Eve no Jikan a more mature look then chobits which is more directed to a teen audience.
Both animes deal with humanoid robots. While Chobits focuses on both the human's and robot's (Persocon) point of view, Eve no Jikan concentrates more on the human's. However, both animes feature a story regarding the "borders" between humans and robots. If you liked such concept in Chobits, you'll surely have the same reaction in Eve no Jikan, and vice versa.
Both explore the border of similarity between humans and robots
Both of them are nice stories about love between human and android
Androids and humans come together and realize there is much more to robots than just tools and more to humans than just masters. The drama and the setting are the similar, too.
Both animes deal with the human-android/robot/persocom relationship. They both stress the influences and effects of robots, how they are oh so useful and labor-saving.
They both also express the taboos of human-robot relationships, whether it be love or friendship.
Both are also slice-of-life, though Eve no jikan is more episodic and chobits is more plot-driven.
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Ending Theme"Yasashii Jikan no Naka de （やさしい時間の中で）" by Tanaka Rie (Sammy)
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