I am so peeved that this thing comes out only once every 2 months. I shall send telepathic messages to the producers to beef it up to at least 13 eps and come out twice a week.

yeah, just like we think scholarlies like Light are innocent lambs

So, you may ask, why do i think this series is teh shizzle? For the simple reason that it cleverly spins a sci-fi tale which belies a larger, more pointed social commentary on discrimination in reality. MInor gestures or events at every turn suggest something more or less than innocence, once you remember that this is a story about interaction between androids and humans. On the other hand, this is the only series i’ve ever felt remotely intelligent enough to blog about so far. Just goes to show how miserably lacking in cerebral agility i am. Btw, Almost A Hero has a dated but awesome review of the previous 2 eps that i cannot resist plugging, i suggest you go check it out, especially since it compares Eve no Jikan with an earlier production called Mizu no Kotoba/Aquatic Language.

cybernetic boobies = Rikuo hormonal berserk mode'no explanation needed', Masaki saysthat's an ecchi look i never want repeatedRikuo's hormones don't really care

Take this month’s ep for example. Act3 marks the beginning of our protagonists’ subconscious acceptance of the cafe’s egalitarian rule. Quite hilariously, the producers chose to represent this in Rikuo’s hormonal outbreak. Take note again that Rina is an android, however well-endowed (her master must have watched too many Bond movies), and the whole scene takes on a whole new meaning. By how many degrees are humans actually separated from androids? How deep in their subconsciousness have humans actually etched this biological classification (i have no other suitable term for it)? How willing are they to reverse this mindset?

my new favourite one-linerit just means you're assimilating, Rikuocomplicated is teh understatement of the decadestrangely enough, i think Nagi would have been delighted to hear thatsince when has any kind of love been extraordinary, really?

Eve no Jikan attempts to answer this in the form of Rikuo vs. Masaki, who by the end of this episode have accepted the disconcerting reality that androids are really indiscernible from humans, albeit to varying degrees. Here we see an extension of Rikuo’s willingness to breach the gap between robot and human, as he recalls his own changing relationship with whatshername home android who does the kohii-swap. Rina’s one-liner ‘You understand, don’t you?’ sums up his whole mental journey rather excellently, IMO. On the other hand, Masaki is a tougher nut to crack. This is a guy who subscribes to the regular, craptastic brainwash sessions commercials put out by the ‘Ethics Committee’ (seems that they take care of alot of things in this society) that says ‘Love there (i.e. with androids) doesn’t exist’, purely out of the survival instinct that breeds discrimination. Even so, he does relent somewhat in the end. Lulz to his semantic rumination of android ‘foolish passions’. That said, an interesting twist is added to the lovers’ relationship – they have no idea that they’re both androids. On one level, all this means is that there’s nothing really strange or wall-breaking about it in the end. Actually, what this does is raise further questions on the androids vs. humans front. We’ve already established that they can experience human emotions; act3 invites us to take another step forward: how about that elusive thing called love?

erk the brainwash sessionnever say never, i say

Also, ftw the dystopic elements in this society. We have a frighteningly authoritarian ‘Ethics Committee’ that seems to govern everything including what people watch, mysterious doctors monitoring ‘rogue’ androids (much like Ergo Proxy)…what next? Another reason why i hate great shows that insist on starving people for 2 months at a time.

hey 007, this is the Bond girl you should be looking for!the woes of working lifeultimate lulzthe intellectual mind needs to be open, Masaki

Ultimately, as mentioned before, i think Eve no Jikan tries to get us to look at discrimination in general. Survival instinct drives people to position themselves one degree above the rest. It can be race, religion, caste, gender, age, and every other political, social and economic factor you can dream up, the one thing in common is the ‘i-think-i-should-be-better-than-you-no-i-AM-better-than-you’ mentality. It doesn’t have to be of epic proportions like terrorism or the Burmese junta (i assume you are sufficiently informed of this). What Eve no Jikan is getting at is the quiet conflict that brews in so-called civilized society. France has a no-race-publication policy on their passports, yet you can’t deny that racial unease still exists. And at home in Singapore, there’s the unpleasant Philippine maid-abuser, China woman-vampire, Bangladesh worker-hooligan and America/European expat-jobsnatcher stereotypes that need dealing with. If you want to look at it from a purely fictional point of view, compare this with other android-based productions that usually feature a robot vs human battle of epic proportions. Ergo Proxy is the only exception in my painfully limited sci-fi cache of anime. In this series, there is no place for inflated notions, therefore the proliferation of minimalism in every possible area. Terse verbal exchanges, gestures, drawn-out silences and practically little to no music are key to forcing viewers to think deeply, where elsewhere they turn off whatever cerebral function they’ve had.

All this in a simple 6-part series about humans and robots, huh. PLEASE STUDIO RIKKA, just extend and increase frequency of the damn series already!

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