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A Hard Hitting Glimpse at Future Segregation
alixj24823 May 2015
Time of Eve was playing as part of the Scotland Loves Anime festival in Edinburgh, and my mother, brother and I watched it as part of a double bill with Lupin lll vs Conan. All I can say is. Wow. Tears were flowing out of that theatre.

In the not so distant future, androids have become a part of every day life for human beings-working as housekeepers, cooks, assistants, teachers,nannies, servers or even slaves. The androids look exactly like human beings, and can act and think like them too. However, the problem is, androids aren't allowed to act like humans and are forced to display a holographic ring around their heads to show they are androids whenever they are out running errands for their masters. A young man named Rikuo Sakisaka discovers that his woman-form android Sammy who is only supposed to pick up groceries and cook, clean and make coffee has a mysterious message in her activity logs-"Are you enjoying the time of eve?" Along with his friend Masukazu, Masaki, he finds that "Time of Eve" is actually a hidden café where humans and androids can meet and not discriminate one another. The bar lady, a girl named Nagi is one of these people who enforce these strict rules. No one wears a ring and no one discriminates. Among the café regulars are a feisty hyperactive redheaded girl named Akiko, the couple Koji and Rina, Shemei an old man and his foster child a baby girl called Chie and Setoro a man who constantly comes in to read. Rikuo's eyes are slowly opened that androids are no different than he is, but Masukazu has a harder time opening up until a distant memory makes him think otherwise.

This film's style and atmosphere is very similar to that of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and Summer Wars. It's very soft with it's colour pallet and since it's the future, everything has this very metallic and chromed look to it. The voice actors are all great ( I only saw the Japanese/English subtitled version) and they sound as though they really are in that situation. Te characters themselves are very believable-Rikuo learns that androids are people too, but he is fearful at the advancement of Sammy's programming. Masukazu is a funny, sarcastic character, however the language he uses can be a directly drawn parallel to racism to black people in 1960s USA. His eyes take an even slower time to open before he eventually remembers THX (TEX) his old robotic nanny who cared for him more than his parents and that his father shut down like a piece of junk. Sammy the housekeeping android does what she is told ans patiently awaits orders and commands from her master. However she still sees Rikuo as more than just a master. She loves him as family, and considers his kin to be her own, thus why she is so loyal. My favourite had to be Akiko who never sat still, always got excited and behaved exactly like a real human girl, as well as Chie the adorable toddler android who constantly pretended to be a cat! "Miaow!"

Finally, I would like to address the themes of this film. Imagine the androids are not androids, but rather a different race of people. They do all the chores and jobs humans usually don't want to do and are mercilessly picked on and seen as something that doesn't matter and is below everyone else. Ringing any bells? The fact that they aren't treated as equals and are usually the butt of awful jokes can be equated to the treatment of black people many years ago. The ring above their heads that they are required to show whilst going out can easily be equated with the Jewish people in WW2 who were forced to wear a yellow star, shaming them, telling others to keep clear. It is very heartbreaking to think that if this IS the future, it looks very bright for some and very bleak for others, just as the 60s were to many. Even if racism amongst humans or even animals disappears completely, people will still find ways to discriminate. It's a vicious cycle. Time of Eve is a title with the meaning a "slice of heaven," a place where no one judges or is judged. Outside this beautiful bubble, life for the androids are hard as hell. Akiko, a carefree teenager in the café, is still a misused, poorly treated slave to her master, a schoolboy who commands her to "Carry my Bag!"

Once again, the Japanese Anime industry has given us something wonderfully unique and clever. This is a perfect example that we are all equals and that racism should not be tolerated. I hope others will enjoy this and feel the same way.
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Deep probe into human dirty soul
magy-41 September 2013
Well... there is many things in one simple movie. But Japanese anime are such that - deep in psychology, ethic, show parts of our behavior we won't see... From one point I can say, this movie is like prophecy. We, humans, WILL DO act and treat to our future androids and robots exactly in way, we see in this movie. Heartless, selfish, careless, most of us will consider them as "machine, what have to serve me/obey my commands". Nothing more. But there will be many another people, who make strong relationship with their "machine" - and call it whatever you want. For child is very easy to bond tightly with his/her babysitter, no matter if it's made from flesh or wires... And those people will love their "machines" more than love humans, some of them will depend on them very much, sometimes too much. And that become a thorn in flesh of heartless people, people who stuck in opinion "it's only machine and it's not deserve to be loved". As I note in summary, this movie is amazing probe into our souls, reveal our wants, feelings, dreams, nightmares or worse parts of our personality. Don't be deluded with easygoing animation/drawing. Movie is very hard to understand and once you understand message and all things what include, you'll love it. Love it so much, you probably start looking some prop from movie on internet or ebay. Such a scarf or coffee pot with name "Are you enjoying..." Right? ;) Because that's the moment you understand message and agree with that message, and you one of those people, full of love to things WITH SOUL, no matter if they are made from flesh or wires. For those, who want to know, what message is and didn't found it yet - watch movie again. And again. Good Luck! :)
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An Excellent Head First Dive Into A Surreal World of Amazingness
ohwoahitsme15 December 2012
Well where to being.... how about with... BAM!!!! This movie is beyond fantastic and is a great exploration into our own humanity and how things do indeed change over time!!!

I first randomly discovered this movie on an anime movie forum that specializes in obscure movies that most people outside of Japan will never here about or see. Boy was I sure glad after checking it out. This has quickly become my go to favorite anime movie that I have seen to this day!

The movie is very surreal in every way and becomes very believable to a creepy point. Although long and at sometimes somber and slow it completely suites the idea behind the film and doesn't hurt the film in any way but actually adds to it and makes it even just that much better! The movie is based around the concept of human emotion and understanding. A very strong moral statement on prejudice views and beliefs, which in the case of this movie, is aimed towards androids.

In a world where androids are slaves equivalent to butlers, and are strictly scolded for having any sort of feelings or wants that is besides what their owners want. Even treated as appliances, but slowly our main character discovers there might actually be the presence of feelings and a soul inside these androids that they hide and only let out in front of each other.

Touching on some very serious tones this movie delivers some amazing moral heartfelt vibes, along with a few comedic moments here and there that are quite a laugh or two.

As far as the art goes, the movie delivers nothing but amazing outstanding visuals in every sense of the meaning. This movie is by far a must see plain and simple!!! Can not wait to get a glimpse of some more amazing work by this crew of cast and director/writer!!!
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To fall in love with a database?
BlissQuest26 March 2018
A very interesting perspective on the human-robot relationship of the future. Sophisticated computers (databases) masqueraded as robots or androids based on a few humanoid features. So how does one emotionally bond with a machine (database)? I cried toward the end of this film, so that alone is telling of the question for which the answer is not so cut and dry. I guess the mind of the human of the future will be more accepting or open to the idea of a machine satisfying all their emotional needs (we know the physical is already possible. wink, wink)
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That was fun and intresting
WeAreLive3 August 2018
Warning: Spoilers
Well I have been planning to watch this movie for quite a while now because I had a lot of other stuff to do and have other things when I first planned to watch.

Also at first I was put because of the image it had to offer on the poster but after when I discovered a few clips of it and found out good voice actor from the english dub I then decided to check it out.

This movie is about a world where robots are slaves/butlers to their owners and they would get scolded at if the robot makes their own decision or ignores what the owner wants. However, slowly the main protagonist finds a way of how the androids present their and they hide but only let out in front of each other.

Rikuo Sakisaka (the main character) is studying robots with his friend at school Masakazu Masaki who believes androids don't have or care about each other because of his troubled childhood with his robot. Rikuo Sakisaka also has a personal and pretty I must say Android of his own called Sammy who mainly wants to make Rikuo happy no matter what so she lets him charge his phone in her and makes him coffee.Rikuo is also living with his parents who are always working and his sister who is most of the time drunk.

Rikuo and Masakazu discover this cafe' by the name of Time of Eve which is ran by this beautiful waitress called Nagi. Where both humans and robots can freely talk and interact with each other. We are also introduced to a couple who go their regularly, an old man and his fostered daughter, some dumpster bot and a cute girl called Akiko who are all robots that we see there.

I won't be spoiling any more plots or details about this movie but all I can say is the plot is good especially if you are into animes that have robots and androids, the art style is good and the english dubbing cast is great especially since good voice actor like Carrie Keranen, Yuri Lowanthal, Michael Sinterniklaas, Cassandra Lee Morris and Stephanie Sheh are involved.

This is my review for this movie. If your going or planning to watch this movie soon enjoy the time of EVE.
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The Illusion of Humanity
edgolub22 October 2021
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This movie is pretty meh overall. While the overall plot depicted in the story is not very interesting, the mystery behind the Time of Even, and behind why the android behave the way they do is pretty interesting.

Note that the things below are mainly deductions based on the movie and images shown in the credits.

The android depicted in the movie are your generic three Isaac Asimov robot Three Laws of Robotics:
  • A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm
  • A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law
  • A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws

But the ones in this movie also have another hidden rule, called The Time of Eve's Rule: "No discrimination between humans and robots." Also called Rule #1138. Created by someone called Shiotsuki. A man that seems to have had a left robotic arm, shown to be alive many years before the movie when androids were still being built. Possibly the creator of the software that lets androids be what they are. Extremely advanced human like AIs.

The AndroidPromotionCommitee (APC),a group trying to further push androids into human society, at one point mentions "The Tokisaka Incident", in which a robot hurt a human girl. But the incident was under investigation, and seems to be somehow related to another group called "The Ethics Committee" led by a man called Misaki, who's son is one of the main characters in the movie. It seems that group was somehow blamed for that incident.

That Tokisaka incident, and the girl in question seems to either be the daughter or the adopted daughter of Shiotsuki. Who with her went all around Japan opening and closing a place called "The Time of Eve", having robots acting like human customers for it, by writing the Rule #1138 on a blackboard, and making them act like that despite the Three Rules, because rule #1138 overrides them.

After all, the point of an android is to act like a human, for various reasons, the Three Rules of Robotics are there to set guidelines on how far they can go with it. But the core rule of their existence trumps even those rules.

The girl in the Tokisaka incident further went and opened the Time of Even in places without Shiotsuki, likely because the man died meanwhile. The movie depicts that same woman as as a bartender/hostess of the café, at it's current location, in some alleyway in Tokio, where the main plot of the movie is shown.

So here we have a world where a man created the software for androids, putting in rules that they are unable or unwilling to remove, that trumps even the rule to not hurt humans, showing that robots really are nothing but tools, dolls, meant to act out the illusion of humanity because they were made for that very purpose. And his likely adopted-daughter, who keeps up his game of "let's make androids do crazy stuff and act like humans, because we want them to" even after he is gone. Why?

It seems because the theme of the movie is that "Even Robots Can Be Loved?" And that is even shown in the movie.. But can they really? Because I dare say that the backstory of the movie and movie itself is contradicting this message.

Misaki Senior made his robot unable to interact with his son, because he feared that his son would come to treat it as a fellow human, loving it, caring for it, like a parent, replacing the one that is now missing from his life. And that is exactly what he did. Treating the robot as if he was real, as if his actions towards him were because he cared for him, even loved him. But can one truly love another when he was programmed to do so? Is it love then, when there is no free will but just a set of instructions preset into the robot?

I dare say that the story shown through snippets, TV commentary shown inside the story, and some snippets, tells a far more interesting tale then the one in the synopsis and the tags here, and even the ones in reviews here.

So I ask this question, that this movie asks as well, who is a human and who is a robot?

But the movie also answers this question loud and clear through the very ending credits, even though they are depicted via a "inspiring music", it is nothing but a simple tragedy. A tragedy of a man obsessed with robots, with his own creation, treating them as "real", for reasons only his mind could make clear.

It is an illusion, an fake humanity shown in these robots, and in this movie. That ensnares Rikou, and has already ensnared Masakazu Misaki when he was young. It shows that the older Misaki was truly right via that scene at the end, where his robot would not talk to him when it wants, no but when it is supposed to talk. It talks when it is supposed to follow the Rules at The Time of Even, and it talks for the sake of that, and for the sake of following his basic programming of child care for the younger Misaki. As soon as those rules cease to be in effect, the robot stops. Not unwilling, for it has no will of its own, but unable to do something that it was not meant to do. It is broken, as Misaki calls it. Broken by him? Yes. But nevertheless broken. Not like a man, but broken like a toy.

All the while maintaining an illusion of humanity. Orchestrated by a mentally unsound person, Shiotsuki and his daughter after.

You can love a thing, and you can love a person, but when you love a thing the same way you love a person.. is that healthy? Is that real?

It is nothing but an illusion of our limited minds.

Note: Many conclusions in here are pure conjecture based on snippets from the movie and the credit scenes.
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Sorry to say, but this movie is rather ridiculous for me...
MarumeChiisa12 July 2013
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Okay, I'm not trying to be way-too-realistic bastard and whatnots. The thing is, no matter how many times I tried to think it over, the word 'ridiculous' kept popping as my final conclusion.

Some people might get touched by the 'understanding-each-other' theme of this movie, but seriously, human understanding robot and vice-versa? I mean, that's not even possible even if you flip heaven and earth backwards. Even 'Swords Art Online' (which I pretty much detest) is rather rational than this one.

And let me list some of ridiculous things that annoyed me most (you may hate me for this): 1. In the cafe "Time of Eve", no one can really tell which ones humans and robots. The hell?! Just touch their limbs! Or maybe just listen to their footsteps! There's no way that a pile of metal-junk is going to have light footsteps like humans do! Or... mushy limbs like human, and by the way... even stupid can differentiate between human's (real) iris and the robotic one. Not to mention the hair (robot's must be fake), their movement or gesture, skin, and breath (Robot doesn't breath, please!) 2. On top of that, they're drinking coffee! Where did all those liquid went? My... I don't know what to say...

I'm not really a religious person, but please, there's no way human can develop such technologies. Even artificial intelligence isn't as intelligent as they're said to be. Human's brain is still the best technology has ever made, and there's no changing that. Let's just see the next 50 years, there's no freaking way. The world is going to be either still struggling to find way to develop such technologies (in which they'll end up exhausting themselves to no avail), or destroyed because of all the smogs and chemical's waste. Just you see...

The theme of the story was good, but sadly, it lacks rationality. Even fantasy has its own laws and explanation. And I have to admit that sparkling-skinned vampire (hell, yeah, I hate those saga) sounds even more rational than robot became like human.

Overall, it'll be a great story if you change the robot into another entities; vampires maybe? or demon, or whatever.
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Eve no jikan (2010)
Time of eve has followed the nostalgia of the highschool art class as in Pale cocoon. Both films have succeed raising my question that are we long to be distanced under the ongoing of technology? _And Time of eve has a perfect question underlying between time and wanting of human "are you enjoying the time if eve?".
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