The time had come to stock up on a few obscure items, so, I turned to my favorite online retailer and ordered TIME OF EVE...
Two high school boys grapple with their own humanity in a world where people are serviced by androids distinguished from their masters only by the halo-like rings above their heads. Rikuo and his childhood pal Masaki find their assumptions about androids radically challenged when they come across Time of EVE, a cafe where androids and people are treated as equals.
Liberated from the strictures of the Ethics Committee, Masaki and Rikuo must confront old wounds of betrayal and grief, and are faced with decisions that put their friendship and families on the line. According to WIKIPEDIA:
TIME OF EVE IS A SIX-EPISODE OVA ANIME SERIES CREATED BY YASUHIRO YOSHIURA, THE DIRECTOR OF AQUATIC LANGUAGE AND PALE COCOON. PRODUCED BY STUDIO RIKKA AND DIRECTIONS, INC., THE SERIES STREAMED ON YAHOO! JAPAN FROM AUGUST 1, 2008 TO SEPTEMBER 18, 2009, WITH SIMULCASTS BY CRUNCHYROLL. THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE MENTIONS THE SERIES AS "FIRST SEASON", LEAVING THE SECOND SEASON A POSSIBILITY, BUT IT HAS NOT SINCE BEEN CONFIRMED. A THEATRICAL VERSION OF TIME OF EVE PREMIERED IN JAPAN ON MARCH 6, 2010.TIME OF EVE is an import item, but, includes English subtitles. BTW, the case includes alternate covers for each of the primary characters featured in the series. TIME OF EVE looks like something I might enjoy, so, I'll have to fire up the Blu-ray player and give it a peek...
I've seen TIME OF EVE and I'm really quite impressed with the series. TIME OF EVE explores the relationships between and among the several primary characters, some of whom are androids and some of whom are humans. In the TIME OF EVE cafe, it's not always clear which one is which. TIME OF EVE also explores the xenophobic side of humanity as they realize that their human society may be changing in ways that they didn't expect and might not like as a result of the prevalence of androids in their society.
TIME OF EVE is beautifully rendered with a mix of traditional animation, CG-rendered background objects (like ceiling fan blades) and traditional background set pieces. There isn't much in the way of eye candy or action, so, those looking for something along the lines of GHOST IN THE SHELL or even BLADE RUNNER will be very disappointed. The tone of TIME OF EVE is that of a slice-of-life drama. As the human characters try to adjust to their newly discovered reality, some of the situations they find themselves in, can be a bit painful to watch.
Because TIME OF EVE is an import item, the menus are in Japanese. However, the menu icons made it fairly easy to figure out how to turn the subtitles on. Overall TIME OF EVE was reasonably entertaining. I gave TIME OF EVE a 3 out of 5.