English: Time of Eve
Synonyms: Eve's Time
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Aug 1, 2008 to Sep 18, 2009
Duration: 17 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or olderL represents licensing company
Score: 8.411 (scored by 27200 users)
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Sep 20, 2009
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
Oct 29, 2008
Eve no Jikan is directed by Yasuhiro Yoshiura, who is often compared to Makoto Shinkai in terms of how well his short animations look. This time in his latest work Eve no jikan, Yasuhiro Yoshiura once again proved his artistic talent. The anime certainly did look amazing. The digital painting in this anime has always fascinated me, and the backgrounds done were astonishing to look at. The compositions of the story were brilliantly presented, as well as the camera-like imitation they used in the animation.
Yasuhiro Yoshiura seems to have a certain emotion of the lights. He does have a stunningly gorgeous means to use the light to enhance the atmosphere of the scenes. The pavonine sunray penetrated into the ordinary room, small door to Time of Eve vestured by the sunburst, the gentle lights impression in the Café bar filling the scenes with fancy, true emotion, feeling of life and wonder.
If you are kind of jaded and bored with some harem/shounen/shoujo/mecha animes, Eve no Jikan is like a breath of fresh air and you can’t miss it.
Oct 6, 2013
Unfortunately, there's not a whole lot to be discovered about Time of Eve's world. There will be no explanations on how the androids are built, or how they came to be; not even the underlining subject of theirdiscrimination is approached. The show instead focuses solely on the characters, the patrons of this cafe that gives the anime its' name, and each episode tries to surprise you with the background of each person. Although there will be no mindfucks to be had for the most part, it's still enjoyable getting to know how humans relate to androids through the characters' individual stories. I can't help but wish they went into bigger detail even though that is part of the charm of this series - short, sweet, and open to a lot of interpretation - and I enjoy that you learn these stories through Rikuo's looking glass.
I found that the amounts of CGI used, as well as their panning shots, actually enhanced the environment and the feel of the show. You will not see a lot of scenarios (I can only think of four), but I'm sure they will be imprinted in your mind clearly and the detail is nothing short of wonderful. If anything, I think the art is easily the best think about Eve no Jikan: it will not detract from the main focus but rather compliments it so well that you'll feel like you're actually inside the cafe.
If this was turned into a regular show I'm willing to bet it would make a lot of people happy, myself included, and it would improve the quality of it dramatically, because there was just not enough time for anything, really. Even if you keep in mind that, being such a short slice of life, it won't give you a lot of information or even a conclusion, there are still so many things left to be known about the characters that you will wish there was more of it. All in all if this had only come out as a movie it would not be as disappointing, albeit not any less frustrating.
Despite this, it is still worth watching, and even rewatching, just to (re)experience the cozyness and familiarity of the cafe and its' endearing regulars, and I'm sure you will "enjoy your time of EVE". read more
Apr 26, 2010
Story; 10. The questions presented through Eve no Jikan are nothing particularly new, yet nothing entirely exhausted either. Humanity, discrimination, acceptance; the cast of Eve is used to portray these themes, and they do so in spades. While the issues at hand have been seen before, they are rarely integrated into the story so eloquently. The conversations between characters are anything but contrived, and the liveliness and reality of the interactions in the show are really beautiful. The story alone is worth seeing, and that's sadly pretty rare in anime, as much as I hate to say it.
Art; 10. If there's on thing I'll never stop regretting about becoming an art student, it's taking all these figure drawing and anatomy courses, only to find out that now whenever I finally do have the free time to watch anime, almost all of the shows turn me off due to the proportional issues most shows suffer from. Luckily enough, Eve is stunningly gorgeous, and not just the environments. The environments would easily be the artistic high point though, and it would hardly be a stretch to say that Eve has the most engaging, realistic settings out of any series or movie I've seen to date. The characters are refreshingly well drawn too, and feature a lot of diversity that other shows these days seem to lack. Characters are not only distinctive in their outfits, but also in their faces; it's uncommon to see a show where the hordes of animated women actually look different, so I get very giddy when I do.
Sound; 8. The show is pretty well orchestrated, but for this sort of "futuristic japan" show, pretty generic. At least they are well done, and the short theme that plays each episode when they are in the coffee shop is actually pretty awesome. The sound is far from the high point, but also hardly an issue for Eve.
Character; 9. Eve has a brilliant cast of characters, all which I was able to enjoy in one way or another. The dialogue no doubt plays a huge role in this, but the character's persona's were so well developed that I found myself sucked in enough to forget that they weren't real. And for me, this unusually engaging experience is what truly marks a stellar series. The story, characters, and the universe crafted in Eve no Jikan was enough to pull me in and make me forget completely about my life and the world around me for it's length, and allowed me to truly enjoy a unique fictional adventure. If that isn't quality, then I don't know what is.
Enjoyment; 10. I haven't been this surprised with a series since I finished Ergo Proxy, nor have I had the pleasure of watching something that drew me in and held my attention so well. Eve is a brilliant, beautiful, well-paced romp through a futuristic Japan where the line between human and machine is beginning to blur heavily. I'd recommend this to anyone who wants a good series, but most especially to other sci-fi buffs. read more
Mar 21, 2010
In modern times it is easy to distinguish between a machine made for humans to use, and living things which should be treasured and not taken advantage of. During the era of Eve no Jikan however, there are very few distinguishing characteristics between the two, so few that either can be mistaken for the other.
During such an age there are robots which take care of everything from housework to taking the children to school. As more and more robots enter the average home, people begin to integrate them into their daily lives, and as technology advances the robots are created more and more in man's image. It is this integration which sets up the conflicts throughout the story between those who wish the robots be treated with the same respect as a person and those who insist they deserve only the respect one would give a toaster.
As the story further explores its fundamental question, the characters show us the differing perspectives of everyone. There are extreme characters with each opposing moral standing who wish to make the moderate or confused migrate to their way of thinking. The moderate and confused characters struggle with their understanding of the world surrounding them. The toil ends only when they choose a side to fall on while events around them reach their zenith.
Watching each episode is like looking forward to a world which could look back at us. Eve no Jikan shows us what the lives of people may be like years from now and the problems they face. Human characters that are easy to watch as they go about facing compelling conflicts make Eve no Jikan a remarkable anime that is well worth watching.
So, when does a soul in habit a robot? Eventually? Never? Should they be seen as equals and treated with the same respect we treat one another or appliances and treated as nothing more than a means to make life convenient? No one can tell another the answers, they are ethical questions the viewer encounters and must reconcile with during their Time of Eve.
May 3, 2010
Or are they?
What if these androids had a soul of their own? A feeling, curious mind capable of receiving sensations, learning them, recognizing them, adapting to them? That is the thought Eve no Jikan tries to bring forth, and boy, is it a provoking one! While not really permeating the series in a very visible manner, it does raise the question of what it means to be conscious, and why we humans possess the ability of awareness and freedom do do what we choose. And what makes us different from robots in this sense? We are constructs of (mostly) organic matter driven by electric signals, robots are constructs of non-organic matter driven by electric signals. What is it that would make them aware and not us?
Granted, Eve no Jikan focuses mostly on the 'what?' of the situation, and not the 'why?' And it doesn't necessarily hand out any answers on a silver platter, if at all, leaving room for the viewer to reflect on the situation; what it really means and how it affects its surroundings.
Eve no Jikan is a short series; the episodes are short in length, and there are only six of them in total. Even so, ther has been excellent effort put into the characters; both making them interesting, deep and natural from the starting point, all the while expanding on that throughout the show; how they change their views on androids, or not, what their circumstances and how these affect their choices. The result is characters with whom I could sympathisize as far as their choices went, and qutie honestly, I was torn at the start as to who was the most right; those thinking of the robots as, well, robots, and those who treat them as equal humans. A question which answer is both subjective and circumstantial; landing much on the fact whether or not a robot can develop feelings and awareness to the extent way we humans possess it.
As if that was not enough, EnJ has some rather striking visuals. While I am not a big fan of CG or the like in anime; here it rather mixed in; and at times it felt more like 2,5D than 2D or 3D. The lights were well-placed, creating a nice balance to the scenes; the character designs were simple yet impressive, and backgrounds were astounding. What really makes the animation stand out however; is the astounding camerawork. Yes, camerawork. It isn't the most touched-upon element of animation style in anime, unfortunate as that may be. It really makes a difference to see different angles than what you would expect, different techniques; and in the case of EnJ; what at times well-simulated handheld camera; one of my favourite camera methods, be it live-action or animation (though in the latter EnJ is a first for me!). It creates avery special experience, and combined with the "2,5D"-feel it struck home with me.
To top it off, EnJ had a stunning soundtrack. While not featuring many tracks, those that were present set the atmosphere for the show, and did its proper job as a soundtrack. It had no distinct opening or ending themes (an instrumental tune for the latter, during the credits, however); save for the final episode's ending theme, which quite personally I loved. Might not be your taste though.
In all, EnJ is quite the unique experience, and, if you're open for it, rather thought-provoking. It definitely swayed me, and this was the first time I ever felt bad for a robot, which looked like a robot. read more
Jun 20, 2013
Story: (27/35) Great Setting, and had a lot of potential, but not enough time to answer all the question you might have. Very good for the time it did have though. (27/35)
Characters: (26/35) Like the story, they were good, just underdeveloped. Again, this is because of the time it had, but it did good for a show with a run time of 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Production Values: (24/35) Good, but nothing that will knock your socks off. It was an independent production, which makes it all the more impressive.
Overall: (77/100) I feel bad for giving it this score, because if it were average length it probably would have scored much higher (so long as it kept doing what it was doing here). Honestly if I was judging it on how much it got done in such a sort amount of time (and how good it did it), it would get somewhere in the mid to high 80's probably. Sadly, being too short is a flaw that sometimes happens in anime, and this is a perfect example of it. With all that in mind, I don't recommend you skip this anime, as it is very enjoyable and well worth the time. You might want to consider watching the movie instead, as it pretty much the show in movie format with a few added scenes apparently. I have not watched it yet though.
The story behind Eve no Jikan is a really good one. It takes place in the not too far off future where Androids coexist with humans, and look and act just like them. It explores the differences between humans and android inside this cafe where both are treated equally, called the Time of Eve. The setting of this show is a good one, and is worth the watch if only for the setting alone. It feels very real, as if a world where androids coexisting with humans is possible and not too far off, although some things struck me as weird (why do I see flip phones? Those things are all but dead now, let alone in the future). The stories told were very good, with each episode focusing on one character(s) that visit the cafe. The stories get their point across very well, that artificial intelligence like android can be more human than we think. For a show with only 5 episodes around 15 minutes in length and 1 at about 30, I'd say the story was very good, but you'll have more questions the longer you watch the show, and there simply isn't enough time to answer them all. (27/35)
As you would expect from a show with that little bit of time, the characters are really lacking. There wasn't enough development in the characters, mostly because of time constraints. Don't get me wrong, in the time it had it did a great job with both storytelling and characters, but like I said above there is just so much more to explore. (26/35)
The production values on this show were good, but nothing crazy special. Considering this was a independent anime, I'd say they were very good, as nothing felt out of the ordinary. Good animation and good music (24/30).
A show with a great setting that explored what it means to be human by comparing us to androids. It brings up a lot of questions, but doesn't have enough time to answer them all. Ultimately, this show had a lot of promise, but didn't have enough time to deliver everything it wanted. If anything, I'd say it was VERY good for the amount of time it had to tell its story, but could have been much better if it was longer. (77/100)
May 8, 2010
[Story: 8.5] Naturally, Time of Eve is far from being the first series influenced by Isaac Asimov's works. However, unlike most of the science fictions about Robotics (and Asimov's eponymous Three Laws of Robotics), Eve is done in a more slice-of-life style, rather than having the common action-focused plot. Nevertheless, as with its genre, the themes within the show can be easily surmised to revolve around the blurring of the boundary between machines and humans. While Eve doesn't really put a new spin to the genre, the characterization is more than enough and is done very well. Moreover, despite it being such a short series, it contained with it the right amount of drama and development that nicely ends off with what seems like a potential for a sequel hook.
[Characters: 9.0] The characters' interactions are thus what made this short series so entertaining. One example would be the way the robots express themselves, such as how their lively, diverse range of human dispositions while in the café (and thus free from the Laws put in place) is in stark contrast against the hollow, rigid and monotonous expressions when outside. This became a crucial point when we observe the gradual change in conversation style between Rikuo and his Android, Sammy. Indeed, it is impressive how the show managed to develop not just the main characters, but also provide adequate personalities and backstory for some members of the side cast when considering the length of the show.
[Art: 9.0] Eve is a work that is reliant on its visuals and as mentioned, the robots' actions within and outside the café are captured excellently and the scripting isn’t the only reason. Furthermore, there is also the nice blend of 2D and 3D CG, not unlike GONZO Digimation. The character designs may be rather plain, but its simplicity does spark its own charm.
Though Studio Rikka has produced only a few works, they have managed to establish several prominent styles, which I daresay, are easily identifiable with them. Most notably is of course their distinctive camera angle, whereby the use of occasional mild camera shakes enhances the realism of a First-Person View, making the various dialogues even more engaging to watch.
[Music: 8.0] Generally, the production value in Eve is high in more ways than one. Apart from the art quality, the cast consists of several big name voice actors such as Jun Fukuyama, Rie Tanaka and Tomokazu Sugita (though he got the minor role). The bgm is mild and rather minimal, but its theme piece is surprisingly catchy. Overall, the music blends well with the show and that will suffice.
[Summary] Interesting story and directing style plus aesthetically pleasing art makes Time of Eve recommendable for just about anyone. It is only about 6 episodes in length so it doesn't take long to watch anyway. read more
Jul 17, 2010
One can't watch this OVA without thinking of Asimov. Even the three laws were included and were done reasonably well. The story line itself was the opposite of Asimov however, focusing on character development over plot line.
Eve no Jikan does it's characters very well, each episode focusing on a different party who comes to the cafe. Where this show was lacking was on a plot basis, though towards the end they started and hinted at a plot it was left unfinished. Also, the character's relationships were just starting to come together, making it very easy to do a sequel. Though the show is good in it's own right.
Animation: 7/10 Nice, nothing outstanding, but nothing to complain about.
Music: 7/10 Again, nothing noticably good or bad.
Story: 6/10 Lacking on a plot basis.
Characters: 9/10 Excellent, one thing this show does well it's the characters.
Overall: 7/10 Worth watching more than once.
Note: I am more conservative than most in my ratings, having only a couple 10/10 and very few 9/10 shows. That being said I truly enjoyed this show, I'd love to see what happens next in the story.
Jan 5, 2010
On an ocular level, it is nothing short of spectacular. Director Yoshiura Yasuhiro pushes the envelope of aesthetics by combining 2D characters and 3D backgrounds to produce a polished product that accurately reflects the modernity of near-future Japan. It is not far-fetched to say that its animation almost rivals that of Byousoku 5 Cm. The character designs are also quite different, giving the characters a more chiselled look that is certainly a fresh breath of air from moe designs and saucer eyes which seem to dominate the anime industry these days.
Eve no Jikan’s quality extends much further than its visuals. The characters are the actual driving force behind it. The two main characters, Rikuo and Masaki both are multi-faceted people that have legitimate reasons for their apparent dislike of robots and cyborgs. Their realisation and coming to terms with their misplaced disillusionment is gradual and consistent, and Yoshiura cleverly circumvents the use of any convenient plot devices which would otherwise trivialise this significant turn of events. Additionally, the side characters all have their individual back stories, ensuring that most (if not all) secondary characters are fleshed out properly. As each episode often revolves around one secondary character and the two mains, the forging of relationships between Rikuo and Masaki with the patrons of “Eve no Jikan” becomes a rudimentary segment of character development.
Another exquisite aspect of Eve no Jikan is the cinematography. Whilst mostly shot from the 3rd person point of view, occasionally it switches to 1st person. This, along with quick panning of the camera in a manner not unlike a dating sim, enable viewers to immerse themselves within the world of Eve no Jikan, thus giving them a vicarious experience paralleled by few other anime.
The last aspect of Eve no Jikan that firmly ensures its place in in the higher echelons of anime is its theme(s). It borrows several core elements from the novel, I, Robot such as Asimov’s three laws of robotics. Nevertheless, the similarities end here as Eve no Jikan opts for a more reality-bound approach. It explicates the disparity between humans and androids as a governing theme through the eyes of the aforesaid two young men. There are also several underlying themes that are expounded such as the unwillingness to venture into the unknown, superficialism and various other social stigmata that are littered throughout this ONA.
All in all, it is an unequivocal fact that Eve no Jikan has achieved a transcendent success as both a slice-of-life and sci-fi anime. Its qualities, overt as well as subliminal, give it enough momentum to easily leapfrog the surfeit of mediocre anime in today’s industry, hence landing it in a place reserved for the truly sublime. read more
Nov 5, 2013
I certainly enjoyed the time of eve, this six episode ONA portrays the near distant future in which the use of androids are like an everyday household item.
However they are treated by a large portion of society as monsters and are often discriminated against by humans, people treat the androids as emotionless servants.
This anime was interesting as as to see what it would be like if the use of androids was an everyday occurrence.
The story goes about telling the relationships of humans and robots in a cafe where human and robot identity is thrown out of the window.
Each character gets a good deal of development and at times will have you guessing is this person a robot or a human?
It teaches you that it doesn't matter if someone is a robot or a human and regardless of whether or not someone is human that they still have feelings, emotions, identities and their own individual lives.
Overall this is a very good anime and i would recommend this to anyone who is a fan of sci-fi.
THANKS FOR READING GUYS!!! read more
Jun 14, 2010
I always thought that low episode shows are not that great, but watching this changed it all. Eve no Jikan is one of the most exciting science fiction animes ever.
Set in the modern world were androids are so advanced that they look exactly like us the only difference is The Ring and of course the robot kind of behavior. And in this time there is a group of people who treat the androids like human claiming they have feelings like us otherwise called Android-holic and of course there is the opposite group who hates that kind of thinking the Ethics Committee. Rikuo the main character who owns a house-working android named Sammy doesn't knew how he feels regarding that issue. One day Rikuo and his friend Masaki find out that Sammy has been in a place out of her own well, and they decide to find that place.And that's how they discover "Eve No Jikan" Cafe.The cafe has a set of rules that centers on no discrimination between androids and humans.Everyone in the cafe looks human and acts human and all the androids are allowed to turn off there ring while they are in the cafe.And through this cafe Rikuo an Masaki life is changed to the best i guess.
Any i recommend this show to any anime fan. read more
Nov 8, 2009
Eve No Jikan
Time of EVE
I don't quite remember where or how I heard of this anime, and I'm really sad I don't because Eve No Jikan is something you simply cannot miss!
Plot: In the future, humanoid androids are being produced every day and set in homes and the workplace for everyday situations. There is a great debate about android discrimination: about whether humans should treat their androids as robotics objects who don't covet feelings, or to treat them as humans beings. There's fear of an android uprising if one side is chosen, as well. During this time, a young high school boy by the name of Rikuo begins to notice some strange things about his family's household android, Sammy. Sammy seems to be going somewhere every day after Rikuo comes home from school. Out of curiosity, Rikuo and his friend, Masaki, decide to secretly follow Sammy to see where she is going every day, and this is how they discover the hidden, "Time of EVE" Cafe. The rules are simple at this cafe: No android discrimination. From then on, the story revolves around their trips to the Cafe, and the quirky people they meet there. But because of the rule, who's to say if these people are humans, or androids?
Firstly, I'll say that the visuals in this are absolutely spectacular: a very nice merging between 2D and 3D. It's no wonder each episode took around 2 - 4 months to be finished and subbed! Time of EVE really did not have much of a hard-hitting plot, but it certainly was interesting. Each episode was enjoyable, because you knew that you would meet someone new each time! The downsides to this show were all based on time: each episode was shorter than a normal anime episode, with a usual running time of around 11 minutes, save for the final episode which was 17 minutes. Even more so because of the fact that this anime only has 6 episodes in total! Now, on the website they label this anime as, "Season 1" and I hear of a movie being in the works, so the good news is that we can expect more EVE goodness eventually.
Overall, this anime was a delight to watch. I would recommend it to anyone who loved, "Appleseed" or anyone who is looking for any sort of a futuristic setting in anime.
Thanks for reading this review! "Are you enjoying the Time of EVE?" ;D read more
May 27, 2009
Part of the charm of this series is how the sci-fi environment flows into the lives of normal teenagers. As it should be, they don't make too much of a big deal out of the existence of androids, they are used to them after all, but they do give enough attention to the more important issue, their independence. It's not an "overly futuristic" future, but one that flows nicely with the basic feel of slice of life still present.
So far the series has unfolded calmly, no mecha running around, but a great cast of well written characters, which with unique traits and an interesting background. The art and sound are also quite good.
To go deeper into the story itself, we find a regular teenager who becomes curious and frustrated when the family android starts going out on her own. He, along with a friend, comes to a cafe where the rules is that there shall be no difference between androids and humans and there the androids hide their signature halo, which identifies them despite their human apperance. You'll be surprised to find who is a human and who isn't and how the other characters react with the knowledge of one's true nature, or a mistaken assumption. read more
Jun 22, 2013
The animation is smooth and different from other animes that their proportions are more real-like, instead of the normal big eyes or long arms. What set Time of Eve apart is the camera angles however. The camera moves around alot, depending on the mood. For example, when tension builds, the camera shakes and shifts between characters at a fast rate. Although the show has an older format of video, it doesn't disturb the sense of details.
The music is absolutely splendid, both musically and its performance. The bgms sets the atmosphere right, but what, once again, sets Time of Eve (from what I recall as I write this review) is that the music abrubtly stops, which throws you into a different kind of mood. This creates some comical scenes, but for most part it's more about revelation, when the character or characters realize something that breaks their beliefs. As a side note, while the song was not featured in the anime series but in the theaterical version, the song "I have a dream" (composed by Yuki Kajiura and performed by Kalafina, my favourites) is beautiful. I suggest listening to it after watching the anime.
Lastly, the story is quite unique. Society has begun using android in their homes and regards them only as appliance. To become attached to androids is a taboo, since it only leads to delusion. However, as the series progresses, the protagonists find find themselves in a dilemma when androids starts acting like humans. Is it a fault in their programming or their genuine feelings? A delusion or truth? Should it be accepted? Although the series is only 6 episodes long, not a single second was wasted. Maybe due to the short time, the author seems to have put in a long of effort to make every second count, which I felt he succeded in.
All in all, this anime definitely tops my list, since it doesn't provide cheap entertainment only but "tells a story". I feel that this anime is a class of its own and it's hard to find other animes to compare it to. I am not saying that it's the best anime I ever seen, more like I have never seen an anime like this before. I would not recommend this to everyone though, only to those who can appreciate a deep and thoughtful story. read more
Sep 3, 2011
I'm a bit of a mushy romantic comedy person myself, but every now and then I watch something different and usually I don't like it. This anime, is not only visually enchanting but it had me to the point of tears in the last episode.
If you feel like sci-fi is not your thing or you don't like a bit drama then maybe put that aside for this one because I promise you won't regret it. Time of Eve is a very well made anime and I will probably end up watching it over again, although I'm sad there's not more episodes.
I noticed that this was released in 2009 and for some reason I've only just found out about it, so I hope that this review incites more people to go watch it.
Lastly, if you liked Chobits for it's take on human and android interactions/emotions then you'll love Time of Eve. read more
Dec 4, 2009
However, the story really comes alive after episode 2. I found myself just flying through the episodes, eager to find out what would happen next. The characters are very natural and likeable, although they're not the most memorable of casts. This is really a show about character interactions, acceptance and understanding those around you. Although not a whole lot happens (they just go to a cafe everyday and talk to people..the only real 'action' is in the last episode) in the long run, I thoroughly enjoyed the story from start to end. It's not the type of thing that is jaw-dropping, but Eve no Jikan is a great series to watch...I hope you enjoy 'the time of eve'~ read more
Aug 10, 2012
In these six episodes we get to see many different point of view on the subject. I don't want to get into any details so, generally speaking, you get one episode for every aspect. Simple human-robot relationships, ignorance and slavery, doubts and justice, love and friendship, parenting and careers, media coverage and behind-the-scene groups trying to push their vision through power disregarding everything in between.
The warm atmosphere, unusual art, camera work and a very good soundtrack transport these at a nice pace, not only allowing the viewer to think about the subject for a second, but also to enjoy the scenery and tag along with the two male leads trying to wrap their head around this themselves.
Not a "must see", but i "highly recommend" as this is just a well made, not so everyday, anime.
Dec 2, 2008
When I first saw this series I was remniscient of Ghost in the Shell's work found in Stand Alone Complex. This series is similar to Gits in the respect that it offers new perspective into the realm of AI, but where GiTs focuses on a team of elite investigators this series focuses on school students and androids, androids possibly being the prime driving factor of this series.
Not too much can be said about the story. A wise person would not speak on such an issue at this time, for there are too many needed factors. One there are not enough episodes, two.. well that's the thing, we only have two episodes and we need six to accurately review the story. I can however say that so far the progression has potential to be a very good series, and possibly great. But this series is, and probably will remain a diamond in the rough.
It provides an accurate depiction of how life will possibly be in the near future. At the current rate of technological growth and change, this only seems logical.
In conclusion, this series offers up a very good vibe and I recommended to any future conscious or simply curious. Cheers. read more
Jul 25, 2012
Eve no Jikan has a very basic story. Androids and robots have been integrated into society. One day young Rikuo is going through his house android's activity log and finds a strange message about the "Time of Eve." This leads him and his friend, Masaki, to a cafe where the rule is to treat humans and robots the same. Really, it's more of a character study dealing with questions of sentience and whether or not artificial intelligence can lead to both sentience and emotion. You might be thinking, "isn't that really common in science fiction with Star Trek (Next Gen and Voyager especially), I, Robot, A.I and many others being examples? How does Eve no Jikan compare to all of the other stories that ask those questions?" Pretty well, actually. Eve no Jikan has a lot of really strong and emotionally powerful moments. The questions may be old, but they're asked in a compelling way. My one issue with the series is that it isn't as subtle or nuanced as it could've been. What really bothers me about it is that the answers seem to be the same for all robots/androids regardless of how archaic or advanced they may be. There's no distinction drawn or exploration of the degree of sophistication that artificial intelligence needs to have to gain sentience. They had the opportunity but they dropped it.
A work like this needs interesting characters to work. Does Eve no Jikan provide them? In abundance. The major cast is both intriguing and sympathetic. One of the things they do really well is develop circumstances so that you don't initially know who's an android and who's human, with a few obvious exceptions. In the end you know some of them but there are a few that are never actually revealed, which does help add some intrigue to the series. Each episode focuses on a character or two and illustrates what kind of circumstance they're coming from while tying into the major themes. They manage to develop the characters better than some anime I've seen that are four times as long.
The art is the least impressive part of the series. This isn't to say that it's badly done, it's actually pretty decent, it's just not anything special. The only things that really stand out are the non-humanoid robots. Everything else is very basic.
The cast in this is really good. Fukiyama Jun, Satou Rina, Tanaka Rie, etc... all give really strong and subtle performances. The music is downplayed, but it does help maintain the mellow atmosphere.
The yuri factor is a 1/10. There isn't any yuri in this.
My final rating for Eve no Jikan is an 8/10. It's a great anime with spectacular characters, and a well done story. I would recommend checking it out. Especially since it's only six episodes. read more