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The top 10 anime of 2010: the cream of the crop

I didn’t really go much into detail with regard to the later entries of the top 10 not because they were bad anime, but because they were merely decent to above-average entries that every year would probably have. On the other hand, however, I feel that these five anime were really in a league of their own for this year, especially the top three. One made something already exquisite even more beautiful; another resurrected a franchise in the dregs of its own stupidity; and one was the landmark event: it was just far and away the best anime of 2010. I must forewarn you that the individual entries of these great anime are relatively lengthy, but I felt I had to give more respect to these gems of 2010. Read the rest of this entry ยป

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˜‰