Time of Eve

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Time of Eve (Eve no Jikan)

Original Manga
Director/Artist Yasuhiro Yoshiura
Format Anime (ONA)
Made By Studio Rikka, DIRECTIONS, INC.
Episode Length 15 minutes
# of Eps/Volumes 6 of 6 out (September 2009)


Sci-Fi, Comedy

Sum it up in a Sentence:

Rikuo and his friend Masaki trace Rikuo’s android's strange movements, only to discover a mysterious café that features a house rule that “humans and robots are to be treated the same” . . .

Main Description

The future, probably Japan. Robots have long been put into practical use, and androids have just come into use.

Influenced by the Robot Ethics Committee, it’s become common sense for people to treat androids like household appliances. Their appearance - indistinguishable from humans except for the ring over each android’s head – has lead some people to empathize unnecessarily with androids. Known as “android-holics,” such people have become a social problem.

Rikuo, a high school student, has been taught from childhood that androids are not to be viewed as humans, and has always used them as convenient tools. One day Rikuo discovers some strange data in the behavior records of his family’s household android.

Rikuo and his friend Masaki trace Sammy’s movements, only to discover a mysterious café that features a house rule that “humans and robots are to be treated the same” . . .

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Personal Opinions


Interesting show about robots that is strongly influenced by the works of Isac Asimov and his three laws of robotics.


I've always liked Studio Rikka's stuff (Aquatic Language and Pale Cocoon), largely as they're an example of a small studio who can do SciFi right. Time of Eve, then, is their first actual series, and the amount of work put into it (like much of their other work) is definitely notable in its own right (Indeed, they postponed the 4th episode of Time of Eve by several months as they were not happy with it when the original deadline came by). Yoshiura is more than happy to throw tons of information at you in a disjointed manner, so it might not be good for everyone, as it definitely lends itself to watching it multiple times (and extended discussion), but he also throws references fast and furious within his work, so it also pays to know a bit about Isaac Asimov's works (The Three Laws are mentioned more than once). All in all, this is a very good show.

Clanpot Shake

Solid show, very enjoyable. Also worth noting that the animation quality is very good. Might explain the long gaps between releases.


It's a fantastic, very intelligently made, and very intellectually driven exploration of artificial intelligence and human's interactions with it. It focuses heavily on a very realistic depiction of how the public may respond and treat such robots, and how unique the interactions can be. It's a bloody beautiful show in the emotional sense, though its sound and visuals are fantastic as well. It's a brilliant show that I quite enjoyed. It's also worth noting that it was produced as an ONA produced as a labor-of-love by the creators. It's won a ton of awards both for its series and theatrical versions.

Feel free to watch either, I think they're pretty much the same, just somewhat different in their internal pacing.

a kitten

Amazingly well crafted and directed, this is a wonderful little show that packs a ton of emotion, character development and world building into its six episodes. It's intelligent and thoughtful and I would recommend it to nearly anyone who has an interest in great science fiction.

Chas McGill

This is one of the few anime I'd show my friends. Each episode is a tight, well directed, deftly written character study. The dialogue is far snappier and believable than anything I've seen in anime before and a huge amount gets packed into 15 minutes. To be honest, it puts other - better funded - productions to shame. Probably the best Asimov inspired robot story around. Watch it. If you're wondering whether to go for the series or the film, either is fine, but there are some differences. The film is more explicit in its explanation of the larger picture, mainly. Both are divided into neat short stories, though. We watched the series first, then the film the next day.


This is no doubt one of my top 10 favorite shows of all time. There is no part of this show that isn't top of the line, from the animation, sound and art to the writing, characters and overall presentation. It has a great mix of amusing levity and heartfelt drama that never tries to totally overwhelm you. Strange as the concept may seem (it's a bunch of people going to a restaurant, how interesting can that be?), this simplistic premise serves as a perfect basis upon which the show conducts a fascinating study on what it means to be human in a world filled with robots that seem just as human as we do.

And they did it in 6 half length episodes.