Eve no Jikan


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       This episode begins with Naoko watching a TV debate about the consequences of the possible introduction of sex droids, her only comment is that the birthrate will decline even further. Then we see Rikuo and Masaki eating lunch in the time of eve cafe when Nagi tells them that there are other people that they can talk with inside the cafe. Masaki doesn’t care about the people that hangout there, he only wants to know what the deal is with the cafe.

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         As Rikuo is scanning the cafe he seems drawn to the breasts of a woman who is hanging out at the there with a man, and immediately Masaki starts ragging on him for checking her out. Nagi comes over and tells them that four hanging out together is more fun than only two, so she calls over the couple that Rikuo was staring at. After an awkward moment of silence the woman introduces her companion (Koji) and herself as Rina. Every time Rina moves, Rikuo’s gaze is drawn to Rina’s sexy features and Masaki keeps having to slapping Rikuo around to keep his eyes to himself.

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         After a few minutes, Rikuo notices that Koji has a super new camera phone and he asks to see it and as he’s playing around with it he triggers a holographic wall of pictures to appear. Upon seeing the pictures Rina stands up and asks Koji what this is? As Koji is at a loss for words Rina seems to have a problem with her leg and she excuses herself, Rikuo follows her and watches her as she is checking out her leg. To Rikuo’s surprise he finds out that she is an android and he’s still quite drawn to her sexy features.

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         Rina eventually notices that Rikuo is watching her and they start talking, Rina is a protection android and got injured on the job. Rikuo asks her if she’s here at the request of her master, and she says that she her to see Koji. He then asks her if she can get repaired by her manufacturer, she tells him that she can’t have any contact with the manufacturer or else it would cause trouble for her master. She tells him that she’s with Koji because he makes her feel like a human even though she not one, Rikuo tells her she should tell Koji how she feels, but she feels that she should leave things the same. Meanwhile, Masaki is trying to convince Koji that it’s best that humans stay with humans and androids with androids so he should leave his fake lover (Rina), and to Masaki’s surprise he discovers that Koji is a android who has a female for a master and she is also his lover.

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        After Masaki and Koji talk a little more, Masaki agrees to keep his knowledge of Koji’s secret from Rina, and once Rina and Rikuo return to the table Rikuo and Masaki excuses themselves leaving the couple to work out their problems. Both Masaki and Koji are shocked to learn that both Rina and Koji are both androids and that neither Rina or Koji know that the other is a android, as they are talking about the android love triangle Nagi comes over and tells them not to meddle too much. Rikuo then tells Masaki that if humans and androids can’t tell the diffrence between each other than they have to be the same and that their love has to be the same.

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        When Rikuo arrives home he finds out that his mother and sister stepped out and only Sammy is at home. He notices that Sammy has done something to her hair and he asks her about it, Sammy ask him if he’s not please by it? Rikuo doesn’t answer Sammy because he’s too embarrassed by the thought of whether or not he finds it attractive on her. Well, that’s all for this episode.

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        This was an interesting installment of Eve no Jikan but it did feel a little choppy at times to me. Rikuo and Masaki’s encounter with Koji and Rina left more questions unanswered than it answered, Rikuo tried to make the point to Masaki that if the androids and humans can’t tell who is human and who is an android then aren’t they the same?

           I would have to agree with Rikuo’s point, if I was at a cafe and started talking with a cute woman who I was attracted to and I asked her out on a date would my feelings of attraction still be valid if I found out that she was a android later on? I don’t know what my answer would be, and I’ll probably never know because of my age, but if your under 18 you’ll probably live long enough to have to deal with the issue.

        Now to the idea that started this episode off, sex, or the idea of sex between androids and humans. If you thought that the issues of abortion or pornography are controversial in America wait to the issue of real sex droids crops up, I can just see the god fearing masses chanting and protesting in front of the capital asking for a ban on physical relationships between humans and androids, call it “the defense of human relationship act” or some other nonsense.

       I can actually see how humans would benefit and even welcome the possibility of sex with androids, if you had a very lonely person and a sexually attractive android that acts totally human in every way, sex would be a natural progression in a friendship/companionship relationship. But, I fail to see what the android would get out of this type of relationship other than fulfilling a programing rule to satisfy their human owners, unless some programmer manages to be able to write code enabling the android to fall in love and feel pleasure.

         If you think that this is far fetched then you haven’t seen what some of the Japanese love dolls look like, so picture the below doll bodies covering a functioning robot, below are a couple of work safe pictures of the dolls. While they are clearly not good enough to pass as human but think about what they’ll look like 20-30 years from now, click on image to view at full size.

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         Part two of this film begins with Rikuo questioning Sammy about her activities and he gets frustrated about the answers that she is giving him. Then at school Rikuo and Masaki go over the three laws of robotics, and Masaki tells Rikuo that there’s nothing in them that forbid androids from lying if it doesn’t violate the three laws.

        So after school they go back to the Time of Eve cafe to look and see if Sammy shows up, and while they are there they meet a cute little girl named Chei. A little while later Akiko enters the cafe and Rikuo goes to talk to her at the counter. Then Chei comes up to Akiko and Rikuo and she snatches his glasses and runs off. Then a android (?) asks Masaki not to stare at him constantly and makes a Blade Runner reference. Then the person (?) next to Masaki gets up to leave and Masaki tries to follow him but he can’t open the door to follow. Nagi tells him that the door is programed not to open for a short time after someone leaves in order to protect peoples’ privacy.

         After a short but lively conversation with Akiko, Rikuo finds out that Chei has given his glasses to Nagi so he goes to the counter to put them on and when he can see again he sees that Sammy is at the counter. She has her hair up in a ponytail :), and he reaches out and grabs the scrunchy out of her hair. Sammy runs out of the cafe with Rikuo trying to chase after her but the door locks behind her, Nagi tells Rikuo to sit down. She tells Rikuo that when Sammy first came here she was closed but now she has opened up, and she talks about her family, her worries, and her nightmares, and Nagi tells Rikuo he’s always welcome here if he follows the rules.

        When he is back at home, Rikuo talks to Masaki on his cell and he tells Masaki that he wants to go back to the Cafe, Masaki also tells Rikuo that he tried to follow that guy but lost him. Then at the end of the episode we see a woman getting a report from a agent stating that androids are starting to develop individual traits, and the woman tells him to keep observing the situation. Well, that’s all for this episode.

        This movie is becoming a very interesting mediation on the upcoming issues that will soon occur because soon humans will interact with robots and androids. The Japanese and Koreans are quickly developing lifelike robots and androids to help people with everyday tasks and even companionship, and there is even a quick discussion of The Three Laws of Robotics, and even a Blade Runner reference.

         Overall, I’ll keep watching this film as the additional parts are released, and I can’t wait for a DVD or HD disk to be made available for purchase. If your wondering where I got this copy, I purchased this copy through the DLTO section at CR.

         Soon, I’ll do a much more in-depth discussion of the Time of Eve film and the nature of future human/android interaction, it’s coming quicker than most people think or are prepared to deal with.

      Note: The world of Eve no Jikan is set in a future Japan where robots/ androids are common place in Japanese households. The androids all have a holographic halo above their heads to mark them as non-human, and members of society that are obsessed with androids are referred to by calling them Dori-kei.

      Part one of this film begins with a young man (Rikuo) downloading some data from a android (Sammy), then as he prepares for school the android begins to perform basic household tasks like making coffee and cooking. Later at school he runs into a friend (Masaki) who saw Rikuo’s older sister (Naoko) last night and he says that she was pretty out of it, but he tells his Masaki not to worry about it he sent the android to take care of her. Masaki tells him that he trusts androids too much but Rikuo says that it’s not about trust.

 

      After looking at the movement records of his android he asks his Masaki if he’ll come with him after school to check some of the places his android visited, he feels that something strange is going on after he looks over her records, he also notices a strange entry in her records “are you enjoying the time of Eve”. When they arrive at one of the locations listed in the data they think that the GPS is broken, but soon they see a android entering the location. They follow the android inside and the guys see a sign matching some of the strange data from Rikuo’s android’s data “are you enjoying the time of Eve”.

 

      Well, they follow the android inside to find a cafe that has a board at it’s entrance stating that the rules for this cafe call for no discrimination between humans and androids while inside. They get greeted by a counter girl (Nagi) who tells them to have a seat and she’ll take their orders soon, so they have a seat. Once at their seats Masaki and Rikuo notice that the android that they followed inside no longer has a ring above it’s head and they start to get paranoid that this place might be dangerous.

 

       Soon the waitress comes to take their orders and she tells them to enjoy themselves as long as they obey the rule, but soon they start staring around looking at everybody in the shop. They get interrupted by a young girl (Akiko) visiting their table, she invites herself to a seat and begins to talk their heads off with questions, but when they ask about Masaki’s android, Nagi (the waitress/owner) tells them that it’s one demerit point for breaking the rules. Masaki then asks Akiko if it’s strange that his family doesn’t own an android and she tells him that she’s heard of such situations.

      Masaki asks Akiko why she hangs out here and she says that it’s a family situation but she likes to talk to and understand everyone, she feels that everyone is her family, and she says that everyone is different no matter what they look like. The next day at school Rikuo tells Masaki that Akiko got him thinking and now he wonders what his android Sammy is thinking about. As Masaki and Rikuo are waiting to leave the school they see Akiko at the school and to Rikuo surprise Akiko has a band above her head marking her as a android.

     Once at home Sammy gives Rikuo a cup of coffee and he is shocked to find out that she brewed a new brand, and when he asks her why she changed brands she tells him that she thought he would like it better. Rikuo then starts questioning Sammy about why she is acting independently and trying to be human and she replies that she is not human she is a android, a few seconds later Rikuo’s sister Naoko tells Rikuo that he is acting like a Dori-kei. Well, that’s all for this part of the movie.

      Well, this was a interesting opening several minutes for the Time of Eve movie, the setup was quick and to the point. The Japan of this future has now integrated robots/ androids into their society as basically domestic servants, and they are treated by most people like such. But Rikuo’s grasp on the rules of the world are shaken when he tracks his andriod’s travels to a cafe where the androids’ halos are turned off. He had a conversation with a cute girl named Akiko and later he discovers that she is a android, he thought Akiko was a human because she passed a super advanced version of the Turing Test. It seems that androids in this world have gotten so good that while in the cafe they have transcended the Uncanny valley so it shakes Rikuo’s reality and he must readjust his thinking.