|Time of Eve|
(Ivu no Jikan)
|Genre||Drama, science fiction|
|Original net animation|
|Directed by||Yasuhiro Yoshiura|
|Produced by||Tom Nagae|
|Written by||Yasuhiro Yoshiura|
|Music by||Tohru Okada|
|Released||August 1,2008 – September 18,2009|
|Time of Eve:The Movie|
|Directed by||Yasuhiro Yoshiura|
|Produced by||Tom Nagae|
|Written by||Yasuhiro Yoshiura|
|Music by||Tohru Okada|
Time of Eve (イヴの時間,Ivu no Jikan) is a six-episode ONA anime series created by Yasuhiro Yoshiura. 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. A theatrical version of Time of Eve premiered in Japan on March 6,2010.
In the not-too-distant future,androids have come into common usage. Rikuo Sakisaka,who has taken robots for granted for his entire life,one day discovers that Sammy,his home android,has been acting independently and coming and going on her own. He finds a strange phrase recorded in her activity log,"Are you enjoying the Time of Eve?". He,along with his friend Masakazu Masaki,trace Sammy's movements and finds an unusual cafe,"The Time of Eve". Nagi,the barista,informs them that the cafe's main rule is to not discriminate between humans and androids. Within the cafe,androids do not display their status rings,and,when patrons depart,the door is automatically locked for two minutes to prevent someone from following them to discover their true nature.
The first few episodes involve conversations between Rikuo (usually accompanied by Masaki) and the cafe regulars:the bubbly Akiko,child Chie and her elderly guardian,the lovers Koji and Rina,and others. These conversations make frequent allusion to Isaac Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics,often highlighting surprising interpretations of those laws,some of which form apparent loopholes. The overarching plot involves the beginnings of independence displayed by the androids,what they do with that independence within the bounds of the three laws,and what motivates them. Secondary plots involve the individual stories of each android the protagonists encounter in the cafe,and how they come to discover which patrons are androids and which are not.
The anime,produced by Directions,Inc. and animated by Studio Rikka,is directed and composed by Yasuhiro Yoshiura,produced by Tom Nagae,music by Tohru Okada,and characters by Ryusuke Chayama. The first episode streamed on Yahoo! Japan on August 1,2008 and ended on September 18,2009,airing six episodes. Crunchyroll simulcasted the series shortly after the Yahoo! Japan premiere,both with English and French subtitles. "Time of Tenderness" (やさしい時間の中で,Yasashii Jikan no Naka de),performed by Rie Tanaka,the voice actress for Sammy. The song was later released in August 2009 as a single CD. Episodes 1–6 with English subtitles were released on Blu-ray Discs from January 1,2011.[ citation needed ]DVDs of the episodes were released between January 1,2009 and October 28,2009, and was later released on Blu-ray on December 20,2010. The ending theme in episode 6 is
|No.||Title||Original air date|
|01||"Akiko:Time of Eve"|
"Akiko Ivu no Jikan" (Akiko イヴの時間)
|August 1, 2008|
|After Rikuo discovers a strange phrase in Sammy's activity log,"Are you enjoying the Time of Eve?" he goes investigating with his friend,Masaki. They arrive at a caféand learn that the café's main rule is to not discriminate between humans and androids. They ponder whether they should stay when Akiko,a customer of the Time of Eve,introduces herself and the rest of the regular patrons. Masaki asks Akiko if her family has any androids. She replies yes and that she is here to socialize and understand a lot more about people's feelings even if they are androids. They both later discover at school that Akiko is actually one of the students' personal android. Rikuo returns home and notices the coffee made by Sammy tastes exactly like the same blend as the Time of Eve,and questions her about acting independently.|
|02||"Sammy:Companions of Eve"|
"Sammy Ivu no Nakama" (Sammy イヴの仲間)
|October 1, 2008|
|Rikuo exclaims to Masaki that Sammy couldn't have acted by herself and that she denies ever going to the Time of Eve café. Masaki asks Rikou to recite the Three Laws of Robotics and concludes that there is no law about lying,they decide to go to the caféagain to confirm if Sammy was lying. They intend to wait for Sammy to arrive,but instead become preoccupied when Chie steals and hides Rikuo's glasses. Akiko arrives and assures Rikuo that he'll get them back eventually. Masaki later leaves to chase after Setoro while another patron talks to Nagi. Rikuo figures out that androids can lie but Shimei explains that sometime secrets are kept to protect the people most dear to them. Rikuo retrieves his glasses from Nagi and discovers the patron talking to her was Sammy,she runs out of the caféand the door locks behind her. Nagi calms Rikuo down and points out that Sammy is just lonely and he should think more about her feelings and consider his options more carefully,the door unlocks and Rikuo decides not to chase after Sammy. Rikuo returns home and thanks Sammy,saying the coffee tastes great. Setoro reports to Dr. Ashimori that Rikuo could not be an Ethics Committee spy.|
|03||"Koji &Rina:Lovers of Eve"|
"Koji &Rina Ivu no Koibito" (Koji &Rina イヴの恋人)
|December 1, 2008|
|Revolving around Android-Human relationships Nagi sets Rikuo and Misaki up with the couple Koji and Rina who are regulars in the cafe. They assume one is human and treat it as an Android-Human relationship,however as the conversation progresses a bust up between Koji and Rina occurs,Rikuo and Misaki split to console each one of them,discovering them to each be Androids engaged in a relationship,of which both Koji and Rina are unaware and assume the other to be Human.|
|04||"Nameless:Doll of Eve"|
"Nameless Ivu no Ningyō" (Nameless イヴの人形)
|May 1, 2009|
|Finding themselves in an unusually empty cafe,an old Android walks in. Upon questioning the android they find out that its name is ****,further questioning leads them to find out that it also doesn't know the address in which it worked,nor the name of the child it was looking after. Confrontation of these issues causes a logical error and the android shuts down. Nagi concludes that it was illegally abandoned to skip on paying the return fee and all personal data was deleted to prevent anyone knowing who abandoned it,and before it shut down it wanted someone to remember its name.|
|05||"Chie &Shimei:Melody of Eve"|
"Chie &Shimei Ivu no Senritsu" (Chie &Shimei イヴの旋律)
|July 1, 2009|
|Masaki tells Rikuo of an experimental android designed to take care of human children,which he suspects Shinmei of being. Rikuo visits the cafe alone to find that Shimei has left Chie by herself as part of a monthly obligation. Rikuo tries to press Chie to find out what it is,but Akiko stops him,and Setoro tells him that it can't be helped because humans hurt those around them. Rikuo falls asleep and wakes up to find Sammy playing a song on the cafe piano. Rikuo tells her that he stopped playing because he would've hated it if she mastered the piano. He goes on to say that he doesn't care anymore and plays. Shinmei returns and thanks Rikuo for the performance. Rikuo tells Nagi that he doesn't dislike the cafe.|
|06||"Masaki:Friendships of Eve"|
"Masaki Ivu no Kizuna" (Masaki イヴの絆)
|September 18, 2009|
|In a flashback,Masaki's father overhears their android,THX,console Masaki about his parents' marital problems. In response,Masaki's father silences THX and lies to Masaki that he is broken. In the present,the Ethics Committee plans to crack down on places that promote improper relations between humans and androids and plan to send out undercover androids for the initial investigation. Rikuo asks Masaki to come back to the cafe again but is rejected. Masaki decides to tell his father about the cafe,but comes home to find out that THX has left by itself. He receives a call from Rikuo and finds out that THX is at the cafe,warning them about the Ethics Committee,and Masaki goes to the cafe. The undercover android sent by the Ethics Committee enters the cafe and is recognized by THX. THX,recognizing danger to Masaki,goes against its order to not speak,and confronts the android,causing it to retreat. THX tells Masaki that it always wanted to be by his side,before becoming quiet once again. We see that the investigation of the cafe is put on hold. The episode ends with a new customer (not shown) entering the cafe.|
A theatrical version,called Time of Eve:The Movie (イヴの時間劇場版,Ivu no Jikan Gekijoban),premiered on March 6,2010 at Ikebukuro Theater in Tokyo and Umeda Theater in Osaka. The theatrical release version features a new theme song called "I have a dream",composed by Yuki Kajiura and performed by the pop-group Kalafina. Special-edition DVDs were distributed with pre-sold tickets in December 2009. A DVD/BD of the movie was released in Japan on July 28,2010.[ citation needed ] A Kickstarter fundraiser was launched on May 23,2013 for an international Blu-ray release of the film,with a goal of $18,000. The goal was easily achieved in less than 24 hours. A stretch goal was later announced,with a goal of $50,000. This goal was also achieved after only 60 hours. The final amount raised was over $215,000,over 1000% of the original $18,000 target.
A manga adaptation of Time of Eve illustrated by Yuuki Ohta began serialization in Square Enix's manga magazine Young Gangan in its February 2010 Issueand finished in its March 2012 Issue. The manga has also been compiled into three volumes. A light novel adaptation called Time of Eve:Another Act,written by Kei Mizuichi and illustrated by character designer Ryusuke Chayama,was published on March 18,2010 by Shogakukan under its Gagagabunko imprint. An official fanbook was released in Japan in February 2010 by Kotobukiya. Shaddy Co. Ltd. is releasing an original EVLEND coffee blend based on the blend used in series. Asmik Ace Entertainment has published an iPhone application on January 10,2012 called Time of Eve act0X with a story feature,coffee timer,and alarm.
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