Eve no Jikan has to be one of, if not THE, most overlooked anime this year. I would guess that this is because it is a short OVA that comes out in 2 month intervals. But, despite this, I think everyone should give it a shot. Despite being overlooked, I would say that it is one of the best anime to come out this year. Check out the trailer (wish it was subbed).
I would compare it roughly to a previous anime I reviewed on here: Kamichu! Though, they both are different genre’s (this is Sci-fi), and have wildly different plots, they both have a few things in common. Both have fantastic art, both have great storytelling, and both have characters that fit every scene perfectly. Though I would give Eve the edge on storytelling, Kamichu! was a little cliche at times.
Eve centers around two high schoolers with very different personalities. In this anime’s universe, it is the not-so-distant future, and androids that are very human-like in appearance have become extremely common. They do everything from household chores to becoming “sex-bots.”
The main boy, Rikuo, one day discovers something peculiar about his household android. It has been going somewhere that it isn’t told to go. He and his friend, Masaki, decide to go and check it out. Here, they find a cafe where androids lose their distinguishing feature (the light that makes them obviously not human). The cafe has only one rule: do not discriminate between humans and androids.
This all takes place in the first few minutes of the first episode. Each episode is short, yet fits more into every second than most anime fit into an entire minute. There isn’t a single wasted scene, or sentence. Every piece of dialog, and every frame, seem to convey something to the viewer. Through this, the producers seem to have fit a huge amount of AWESOME into every 15-16 minute episode.
The artwork is fantastic, it is smooth, and realistic. The art draws the viewer into this world, capturing you in its web of beauty. There is never a “cartoonie” moment to take you out of this world, everything fits perfectly. I wouldn’t say it’s the best ever (every once in a while, a character looks a little … off), but it’s still good.
But the artwork isn’t the main draw. The story of each episode is great, and not one thus far is contrived or cliche in any way. Each one catches you, never being too predictable, yet never making you feel dumb. They are all written great, each plot makes you feel like you are sitting in the cafe — a spectator to all the actions taking place. And, each plot brings up philisophical questions to the viewer. What is it the right way to treat android? Can they be counted as being sapient? What are the ethics that surround the actions of the main character? All questions that make it even better.
The characters help make the plot what it is, each is believable, and not one follows any archetypes. They all fit in perfect, there are none that feel out of place, or feel as though they could been written better. The androids really make it what it is, truly great writing to make them feel so realistic. The androids also borrow heavily from Isaac Asimov’s robot ideas, which I think is great. I’m a huge Asimov fan.
Thus far I would give Eve no Jikan a 10/10. It has been fantastic thus far. I wish I could bash myself in the head, forget I had seen it, and watch it all again. So, GO WATCH IT NOW!
Oh yea, each episode comes out 2 months apart, so you’ll fall in love only to have to wait… I know, it’s driving me insane, too.