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March 30, 2012

Anime Review: Eve no Jikan (Movie)

In the future, computers have evolved into humanoid/android forms. They possess human like features and speech but is inhibited in emotions and feelings. As such, there is a big dispute between whether these androids are to be considered as just a household appliance or as something more.

Eve no Jikan (Movie)Synopsis:
The movie version is the complete version of the story. It includes all the OVAs and completely new scenes giving details on the background story of some characters.

Sometime in future Japan, androids have been involved in every aspect of peoples lives. One day, upon checking his android's behavioral log, Rikuo, a student, noticed his android's returning times have been odd recently. With his friend Masaki, they found out the place where his android, Sammy, have been visiting: a small cafe called Eve no Jikan where androids and human are not seen as different. Upon talking with the "people" in the cafe and discovering more of Sammy's behavior, Rikuo changed his view about androids and treat them as friends rather than tools. At the same time, elsewhere in Japan, the Ethics committee is trying to impose policies to reduce the involvement and use of androids in society.

Review:
Creating an telling a story about the future can be easy or hard depending how risky or realistic you want it to be. With that in mind, the creators of Eve no Jikan decided to leave out the minor details and dramatically throw the audience into the main plot right from the start. As of such, it can be quite confusing at first. However, the remake of the series into a full length movie with additional content added can be taken as a revision by the creators. Since the series did have a few loop holes, it was best just to cut the unnecessary bits out and add a proper explanation in. Thus, Eve no Jikan the movie has been refined to allow the audience to get a better understanding of what the anime is about. I personally did not watch the series as I noted that the movie was a direct remake with added extras. Hence, I will do this review from my perspective of the movie.

The story was great for a sci-fi, futuristic film set in Japan. We meet a guy named Rikuo who's android seems to be acting strange lately. After further researching into why his android, Sammy, was acting weirdly, he decides to follow her and ends up in a human/android cafe called the 'Time of Eve'. In this cafe, androids and humans are considered equal. However, a anti-android group wants to such down the 'Time of Eve' and similar places. Hence, this starts a chain of events that will affect Rikuo physically and emotionally. Overall, I found the plot acceptable to understand and interesting.

The art was really well animated and the characters all looked natural. Even the androids looked very human. The 'Time of Eve' was the main focus (or location) of the anime, and most events happen there.  Sound quality was good and the character's voice were all natural. Nothing much I can complain about here.

The characters were all interesting and its fun to watch the relationships that the characters have for one another. It is also interesting to see the interactions between the humans and the android from within the cafe and from the outside world. You will not get bored of the characters but you won't get emotionally attached to any of them since the movie is only a couple of hours long. (Approx. 8 episodes)

Overall, I enjoyed this anime. The anime is not the kind of anime that is focused on comedy, action, adventure or slice of life. Rather, I felt that it was giving out a personal opinion or a viewpoint of what would happen if the future had humanoid robots. So in a sense, it was like a educational, fictitious experience that touches on the ethics of having such a possible future. When I mean it is educational, I did not mean it was boring, I meant that it made you think of how you view such ethics in the anime.

STORY: 7
Interesting view on life in the future where robots are so human like. Where does your ethics stand?

ART: 8
Well designed art with fluid animation. Makes this a wonderful anime to watch.

SOUND: 7
Good voice acting and the theme songs where nice. Nothing to complain here.

CHARACTER: 7
Since its a short movie you don't get to see the whole background of the characters.

ENJOYMENT: 8
Entertaining in a different way. Really makes you think of the future.

OVERALL: 7
Its a pretty good anime to sit down and watch through in one sitting. The length was appropriate to get the message across.