I can’t believe I’d never heard of this anime! Could this be one of those hidden gem anime I’ve been searching for? Not that I know how “hidden” it really is. All I know is that I didn’t know it existed prior to this challenge, and I am very glad I found it.
I really enjoyed Cross Ange, but I’m not sure I would call it a gem.
It was great, but it had a mainstream feel to it. Which is totally fine, but it’s not a quality I’d expect of a hidden gem. That being said, it technically is less popular than Eve no Jikan is on MyAnimeList…
Let’s just say hidden gem is an arbitrary descriptor for my own purposes that is based on what I know, not what you know.
How does that saying go again?
I don’t know everything. I just know what I know.
That’s the one.
If you haven’t guessed already, I enjoyed Eve no Jikan quite a bit.
So lets take a look at what I enjoyed!
A Society of Humans & Androids
Within seconds of starting Eve no Jikan, I was intrigued. The synopsis alone had my curiosity, but actually watching the anime got my attention. The topic of androids integrating into society, and their status / rights is an interesting one. Or the anime makes it interesting at least, feeling less black and white than I personally believe the topic would be in reality.
So I really enjoyed the overarching setting here. To see the androids in society and how they acted, versus what they were capable of and how they acted in private. The anime takes a very friendly approach to the androids, painting them as individuals that are not much different from humans. Just wanting to be themselves. It’s great really, and there are many heartfelt moments in the anime as a result. Like I said, the anime makes the topic very interesting and engaging, and works well for the anime. I loved the vibes I got watching this anime.
Short & Sweet
Those are the two words I think best describe Eve no Jikan.
The anime / ONA (I actually don’t even know what ONA is? Similar to OVA I guess? Not that I know what either stands for) is only 6 episodes long. And each episode is around 20 minutes. So you get a couple hours from this one. The anime uses this time very well. It’s a slice of life, but doesn’t feel like your typical slice of life anime. There’s no “empty” episodes, where nothing really happens. Of course, Eve no Jikan is also not a comedy, so it wouldn’t be able to pull off “empty” episodes easily anyways.
A sci-fi / slice of life anime. While the overall message and theme in the anime are serious, the anime takes them and melds them together with many lighthearted scenes and a relaxed setting that is the cafe Eve no Jikan. It all just works.
The short is 6 episodes.
The sweet is the lighthearted and heartfelt moments contained within.
Eve no Jikan looks at the topic of Androids in society, but it really omits many aspects that would run counter to it’s friendly pro-android message. I don’t have an issue with this, but it is something I noted while I was watching the anime. It’s not like this is a big mainstream topic or anything. If anything I just see the potential for the anime to expand upon the ideas that it introduced.
It’s clear that the androids are becoming much more sophisticated and common, and while they follow rules in the anime, we also see situations where they don’t. Or situations where they “work around” the rules.
Seeing as the anime paints androids as very similar to humans in how they think and feel, I believe it’d only be a matter of time before the androids resisted or caused strife in society. Basically, the anime could have taken on much more than it did.
That being said, it’s a good thing it didn’t. Considering the length and good vibes that I believe the anime was going for, topical omissions are fine. No sense in making this lighthearted anime into something much more serious when you only have 6 episodes to work with. If the anime was much longer, there definitely would be a case for the anime to include more psychological / thought provoking situations.
Originally I wasn’t going to write about the animation. It’s not something I normally point out, unless the animation is very good or very bad. And this is mainly because I just don’t notice the animation otherwise. Most of the time, I think that the animation in anime is good. Whether it’s older, or newer, I’m usually just content with it.
It was really when I was getting some screencaps for Eve no Jikan that I noticed how fantastic it really is. The anime does 3d animation very well. There are anime I’ve watched where the 3d animation was very obvious and distracting. Eve no Jikan managed to actually do it well enough that I didn’t quite realize how much it was used until looking at my screencaps! After that, I couldn’t help but appreciate it.
The anime likes to do these neat camera pans in various scenes. The camera will do things like rotate around a focal point to give both the focal point and the surrounding scene some depth. Zooms, rotations, and other various movements. Even when the camera is stationary, the backgrounds are very well drawn to have that 3d look and feel. I’ve included some screencaps so you can get an idea of what this looks like. I’d love to show a GIF, but that’s beyond my abilities. Take my word for it, the camera action and 3d effects in this anime are excellent.
As it stands, Eve no Jikan was a very interesting and warm slice of life anime. It has that slice of life feeling that I know and love, only with more interesting concepts and less comedy. It struck a fine balance which I quite enjoyed and managed to keep me both intrigued and relaxed throughout, which seems like a weird combination. Kudos to the anime for really making it work.
If you haven’t seen Eve no Jikan, you should check it out! At only 6 episodes it’s a small commitment, and the anime provides a lot considering. A good “bang for your buck” in terms of enjoyment for your time.
Hidden gem, “bang for your buck”, “good things come in small packages”.
These are the things that come to mind when I think about Eve no Jikan.
I believe that many years from now I will remember this anime as an interesting slice of life anime that managed to pack quite the punch in only 6 episodes. A very nice change of pace from traditional slice of life anime.
I’m going to go ahead and crown Eve no Jikan hidden gem #1 of the Anime A to Z challenge. First of many, I’m sure!
Up next: Anime F! I’m halfway through, and it’s great so far.
Looking forward to posting about it when the time comes!
Until next time!
Thanks for reading.