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Anime: Eve No Jikan
Within this establishment, there shall be no distinction between humans and robots
Are you enjoying the Time of Eve?

The Time of Eve was created by Yasuhiro Yoshiura, who previously worked on Pale Cocoon, and released as six web-streamed episodes over the course of 2008 and 2009.

Robots and androids have become commonplace in Japan during the near future. Their prevalence have led humans to accept robots as a part of life, although some organisations run an anti-robot media campaign and a popular news item involves individuals that have abandoned normal social interactions for the company of obedient androids; being nigh-indistinguishable from their human counterparts, save the holographic status rings hovering over their heads. The events in Eve No Jikan focus on Rikuo, a young man who comes across something unusual whilst examining the debug logs of his android, Sammy. He finds that she has been making unscheduled trips to an unknown location that only leaves a cryptic note in the log reading, "Are you enjoying the time of EVE?" Heading to the coordinates in question, Rikuo and his friend, Masaki, discover an odd cafe with an odd rule, that "Within this establishment, there shall be no distinction between humans and robots."

Time of Eve was also released as a feature film (Time of EVE: The Movie) with a new ending and additional scenes linking the six episodes together. The six episodes are streamed on Crunchyroll, and the feature film is available for purchase and rental on the iTunes Store (as of January 2012 in the US, Canada, Australia, NZ, and Japan). The film and episodes were released as a Blu-ray and DVD in Japan (with English subtitles). The subbed version was also put on the iTunes store for the US, UK, and Canada.

A Kickstarter campaign was made to fund the release of an international version of the movie on Blu-ray. It made its funding goal of $18,000 in less than a day, and made double that amount in two. The surprised campaign hastily announced a "stretch" goal of $50,000 to secure an English dub that was promptly met a few hours later.


Eve no Jikan provides examples of:

  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: The robots develop emotions over the course of their lifespan. While those depicted have remained Three-Laws Compliant and genuinely good-natured, the Ethics Committee becomes fearful about the issues that emotional robots might raise.
  • Artificial Human: Higher end robots are humans in all but name.
  • Beneath the Mask: About half of the main characters have to pretend to be emotionless appliances in public.
  • Bland-Name Product: Pakka Coffee is one of the coffee brands found in the show.
  • Blatant Lies: Sammy casually denies visiting the cafe, despite having served Rikuo the same brand of coffee from the cafe mere moments earlier.
  • Blind Without 'Em: Rikuo is near-sighted to the point where he cannot recognize Sammy from two feet away without his glasses.
  • Cannot Tell a Lie: Robots are Three-Laws Compliant, but an aversion exists when Masaki notes that none of the three laws forbid them from lying to humans.
  • Catch Phrase: Chie is fond of declaring "I'm a cat."
  • Caught the Heart on His Sleeve: Attempted but averted in episode five by Nagi.
  • Creative Sterility: Much of Rikuo's prejudice against robots is a consequence of his musical background. An aspiring to be a musician, he believes that the capacity to appreciate and comprehend music is a distinctly human trait. As such, the release of a robot capable of acting as a convincing pianist shakes him to the core. He gets better, though
  • Creator Provincialism: The introduction says "probably Japan", despite clear indicators that the series has all the attributes of a Japanese setting. Moreover, all of the characters have Japanese names.
  • Cry Cute: Sammy succumbs to tears in the final episode.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Nagi embraces Katoran in the latter's final moments.
  • Emotionless Girl: In public, Sammy and Akiko are stoic beings, but undergo dramatic personality changes when they're in the cafe, being considerably more forward.
  • Hair Decorations: Sammy wears a headband, a scrunchy, and a flower at various points in the story. When Rikou questions why she chooses to wear them, she simply asks if he likes it.
  • Extreme Doormat: The robots are programmed in this manner, being designed to serve humans without question.
  • Fantastic Racism: Despite using robots as automated servants, humans nonetheless hold extreme prejudice against robots: a large number of the humans in the show, among them the protagonists, exhibit strong anti-robot sentiments. Moreover, anti-robot propaganda ads are prevalent in their society, and plenty of human owners are depicted to abuse/mistreat their robots.
  • Genki Girl: Akiko is an excitable girl who speaks with great gusto at the cafe, sharply contrasting her personality as an unemotional android who is treated coldly by her owner.
  • Gratuitous English: LOGIC CIRCUIT IS ERROR.
  • Humans Are Bastards: Despite having created them to assist with various functions, humans treat their robots very poorly, and an Ethics Council continuously reminds its audience to be wary of robots, despite the revelation that robots are capable of human emotion.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: The TV series titles the episodes in the following manner: "[Name]: The [Blank] of Eve".
  • Interspecies Romance:
    • Subverted with Koji and Rina, two regulars at the Time of Eve cafe who appear very much in love with each other. Their status is left ambiguous until it is revealed that they are two androids who each believe the other to be human. A straight example is Koji's master, who prefers him to human company.
    • Sammy appears to have strong feelings for Rikuo.
    • An in-series television commercial fielded by the Ethics Committee suggests that some humans treat robots like romantic partners, and aims to drive home the point that this behaviour is unhealthy.
  • Jerkass: Most humans are portrayed as being indifferent at best or hostile at worst towards their own androids. Some genuinely have issues with robots while others give in to peer pressure or risk being branded a "robo-freak".
  • Jitter Cam: The general camerawork gives the impression of being filmed with a handheld device, despite this being an animation.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Katoran remembers what he used to do, but not who he did it for. This is a consequence of the family he worked for deliberately deleting all his memories that linked him to them, so they could get rid of him without paying the disposal fee.
  • Male Gaze: Rikuo is found staring at Rina's low-cut dress a handful of times.
  • Mood Whiplash: Masaki and Tex reconcile in the finale, and begin making their way to the door. The scene is filled to the brim with emotion...only for Tex to find himself unable to use the stairs.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: As a result of the of the Three Laws of Robotics, TEX is unable to speak to Masaki.
  • Pick Your Human Half: In public, androids have holographic rings over their heads, act quite unemotional, and tend to only follow commands. The Time of Eve cafe provides the robots an environment to truly be themselves, making it impossible to differentiate between human and robot.
  • Post-Cyberpunk
  • Ridiculously Human Robots: Appearing indistinguishable from humans save their holographic rings, Androids become nigh-impossible to tell apart from humans in the Time of Eve Cafe.
  • Robot Buddy: Some robots, such as Tex, are manufactured to fulfill this purpose. The entire plot is driven by the question of to what extent can robots and humans interact with one another as they become increasingly advanced and self-aware.
  • Robot Girl: Sammy and Akiko are androids modeled after females.
  • Robotic Reveal:
    • One occurrence is not immediately obvious: Akiko is shown outside the cafe with her halo
    • Rina is shown to be robotic, having a defective limb that moves unusually and a wound that reveals her circuitry.
  • Robot Maid: Despite not bearing a maid's uniform, Sammy's role as a household android sets her in this category.
  • Rule Number One: The Time of Eve Cafe's only rule is that
    -Within this establishment, there shall be no distinction between humans and robots
  • Scenery Porn: Throughout the anime, all of the settings are beautifully rendered, from the clean, no-nonsense public streets to the ornate and comforting environment evoked by the cafe.
  • Ship Tease: Sammy/Rikuo and Nagi/Rikuo.
  • Shout-Out: A large number of science fiction texts are mentioned, especially Asimov's I Robot series. The films Blade Runner and THX 1138 are also noted at several points.
    • Episode three briefly shows Pale Cocoon playing on the family's home TV.
    • Episode four features an older-model android equipped with full-color Terminator vision. Its appearance in the cafe is met with consternation by the usual patrons.
      • Also from Episode Four, the older-model android and it's relationship with the child it was nursemaid to is similar to the story of "Robbie", one of the first I Robot short stories written by Isaac Asimov.
    • Episode six shows "Myst" on a display below the article showing a child's death, as well as the ages - Mechanical, Channelwood, Stoneship, Selentic.
    • The original robot story, R.U.R., gets a blink-and-you'll-miss-it shout out in the movie, where it is listed as a type of CPU used in an android.
  • Shrinking Violet: At the cafe, Sammy illustrates that her genuine personality is a shy one.
  • The Speechless: TEX does not speak as a consequence of an order by Masaki's father until the First Law trumps it in the finale.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: The cafe's resident couple act as human couples do. Despite believing the other to be human, they are both robots.
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: Akiko acts the way robots are expected to in public, but she's very sweet and friendly in the Time of Eve cafe to those familiar with her.
  • Three-Laws Compliant: Isaac Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics are discussed and scrutinised at length in the series and movie. The original laws are addressed in the same manner as presented in Asimov's I, Robot, down to the phrases being examined frequently to explain odd robot behavior. The Laws begin to reveal loopholes as the differences between humans and robots becomes smaller, resulting in some unusual situations, such as the robots interpreting the sign at the front of the cafe as an order.
  • Twenty Minutes into the Future: Aside for the human-like robots featuring 2.4 petabytes of RAM, holographic computer interfaces, and camera phones with gigapixel resolutions, the world remains reasonably familiar.
  • Uncanny Valley Girl: While Rina feels that she is the least "human" of the cafe's regulars, this is subverted, since the cafe's patrons regard her as a emotionally developed and sympathetic character.
  • Viewer-Friendly Interface: All of the tables in the cafe feature a built-in holographic projector.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Out of a concern for him, Masaki's father felt that Masaki was becoming too attached to TEX and so, ordered TEX to never speak, traumatizing Masaki.
  • What Is This Thing You Call Love?: Koji initially entered a relationship with Rina to learn how to better please his master, who enjoys his "company". He later struggles to understand his own developing feelings for Rina, who is also quite confused.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: One of the core tenets in the series, the difference between humans and robots eventually become nigh-impossible to differentiate, leading to the Ethics Council's misconceptions and policies.
  • You Didn't Ask: In the second episode, Nagi participated in a prank by Chie, holding onto Rikuo's glasses until he came to ask for them, and using this excuse verbatim.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Robots are discarded with the same frequency as outdated electronics, given that most humans don't consider them living to begin with.

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alternative title(s): Time Of Eve; The Time Of Eve; Eve No Jikan; Time Of Eve
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