Eve no Jikan Gekijouban: humanity in inhumans

I had the first net episode of Eve no Jikan on my PC ever since March this year. Due to forgetfulness or responsibilities, I never watched it. I was reminded of its existence when the net episodes were compiled, beautified, and was made into a full movie, with additional scenes. I promised myself to watch it, but never really had the time to until today (it’s the start of our short semestral break).

I love Tex.

I loved Tex.

I now understand why it is very highly ranked in different anime database sites. It built up on the premise of Mizu no Kotoba, and expatiated on it in such a brilliant manner, asking fundamental questions that consume entire lives of prominent philosophers such as Heidegger: what does it mean to be human?

I, for one, am still in the dark. I really don’t know, and the director doesn’t seem to, either: the whole movie engages the question without giving any of its answers, as there really isn’t one that’s categorical. The answer differs from person to person, and that is what makes every one of us uniquely ourselves. The question is compounded by the existence of the humanoid robots, who, while following the three cardinal rules of robotics, are developing human emotions more and more, as well as by the humans who have to cope with their evolution.

There is violence in the film, but not of the overblown and gory sort that could be found in bathetic movies such as The Expendables. It is the violence of a personal struggle, of coping with growing emotions towards what is considered inhuman, and yet, paradoxically, are more human than some humans in the film. It does not provide easy answers, but it is blessed with lovable characters, both human and non-human, who make the film just a joy to watch. Let me just warn prospective viewers that it is not a film about romance in the traditional sense: it is a film about love that transcends human barriers, and is a celebration of it. It is a beautiful film, and it is next to Tatami Galaxy as the best anime of 2010, at least for me.

Although the romantic in me wished for some romance between Sammy and Rikuo or Nagi and Rikuo (ew, I know), I’ve enjoyed the Time of Eve, and I believe you will, too. Just between humans. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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3 Responses to “Eve no Jikan Gekijouban: humanity in inhumans”

  1. Ryan A Says:

    Still on my watchlist :< I wonder if I should watch the shorts or the film.

  2. Michael Says:

    Watch the film, Ryan. It strings together the shorts and adds some scenes to it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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