In Eve no Jikan, The Three Laws of Robotics are held above all else in a world where android housekeepers have become commonplace. Although they look human, they are treated the same as lesser technology such as toasters and alarm clocks. Not everyone feels this way, however. Android sympathizers, known as “android-holics,” have been labelled as heretics and problematic members of society.
Rikuo Sakisaka was raised to believe and uphold society’s tenets about androids, and is perfectly aware they are not human. Then one day, he finds abnormal data in his family android’s activity logs. This leads him to a café that has only one rule that its clientele must follow: there must be no discrimination between humans and androids inside. Curiosity drives Rikuo to discover more about this strange place and its regulars, even though he has no desire to befriend machines.
|Directed by||Yasuhiro Yoshiura|
|Produced by||Tom Nagae|
|Written by||Yasuhiro Yoshiura|
|Music by||Tohru Okada|
This is definitely a show that will grip from the very beginning, and will make you have feelings from the start to the ending. I teared up, cried, or got choked up in multiple episodes. The only thing I was sad about was that 6 episodes were not enough, and the show doesn’t have an end-end, but an open-ended one. Regardless, the feels are real, too real for me to not speak good about it.
I loved that Rikuo was human and flawed, but so were the other characters, regardless of being humans or androids.
The whole fight about ethics, of what is love, and can robots really feel love or not, was always in the forefront, and I felt it really lent this warmth to the show. Because it is about love, familial, sexual, romantic, friendly, all kinds and shapes of love, but nonetheless about love. Can androids feel love? Do they have hearts? Can they have genius and paint and play like humans? Is food or work done by them less just because they’re machine and not flesh?
All the propaganda and anti-robotics really made me think of all the current propaganda, all the hate we see on TV’s, on the news, but this show doesn’t focus on that. It focus on the marginalized group, the androids, and how they are NOT like the propaganda, like all the rumors, like all the hateful people treat and see them as. The fact there’s an “android dependent” term to people that like and enjoy androids and treat them like humans, is gross, but reminds me that people DO make terms to combat everything they dislike.
Yes, androids do have three laws they have to follow – can’t harm humans, obey human orders as long as they don’t conflict with the first, and last, protect themselves if it isn’t in conflict with the first two. But does those make them less? Humans have infinitely more rules, yet it’s seen as androids being lesser because they CAN’T go against those rules.
All the talks about decline in birth rates because of sexdroids, reminded me heavily when certain religious groups would say with more homosexuals in the world our numbers would tank and we’d get extinct. That’s a gross overestimation, and a clear pull to STOP people from doing the fuck they want. We aren’t your breeding machines, fuck you!
As you can tell by my comments and the synopsis, this is a more mature, darker show, without the need for gore or nudity, there’s not even an OP or ED in the traditional sense.
Rikuo matures as he understands and learns more about androids, as his preconceptions from the media world start getting chinked and blown open to the truth. Androids are no different from humans, but only if humans allow them to actually act and be themselves instead of forcing them to act robotic and have those identifying rings in their heads.
I loved all the characters in this show, except one certain scumbag human ugh just ugh, YOU DON’T FUCKING DO THAT TO A CHILD, A 5 YEAR OLD, YOU LITTLE CUNT, SPEAKING YOUR OWN FLESH AND BLOOD. And no, I’m not talking rape, rest assured.
I loved the concept of a cafe free of discrimination, where you can’t tell androids apart from humans, and that makes both Rikuo and Masaki assume some are human, when they aren’t.
While all the plot or characters aren’t per se completed, it felt realistic, you can’t expect everyone’s lives to be fixed or neatly tied up.
Definitely give this a go if you want to experience something smaller, 15 minutes per episode with only 6 to go through, but still want depth and matureness to a work that hits all the points.
I’m not sure I’ve been mushy lately or what, but I give brownie points for being so effective I cried and got wrecked multiple times, all the android stories were kinda sad, but some just ripped my heart apart with their depth of love just being either discarded, or unfelt /sobs grossly at everyone
There’s a movie, but I haven’t seen yet, and I’m not sure if it’s a retelling or a continuation, someone tell me if they know!
You can find where to watch this anime legally using Because Moe.
Have you seen this? Did you know about it before reading this post? What were your thoughts on the whole anti-android movement from the Ethics Department? Did you cry? Tell me all, I’m curious!
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