Eve no Jikan act01: AKIKO is the first in a six part series by Yasuhiro Yoshiura which seems to explore the implications of robots who look and behave exactly like humans – androids – becoming an integral part of society.
Very little can be said without spoiling too much, so I will limit myself to discussion on the execution here. The flow and pacing of the story was excellent. Every scene transitioned well and the characters themselves were full of life and expression. Yasuhiro Yoshiura truly loves his twists at the end, however this time it wasn’t too big a surprise but was exciting nonetheless (Rikuo’s expression was priceless).
Many thanks to pireze for ripping this show from Yahoo’s video stream service and subtitling it!
Major spoilers after the jump:
As this was only the first of many parts, there isn’t too much to say so I will just go over my thoughts:
- I loved how Akiko passed the Turing test. I loved how they used the same coffee blend. I loved the fast pacing and the way the director shows us the world’s attitudes not only through dialogue, but through the commercials playing on the TV and the signs we see as the characters walk around.
- Although the idea of humanoid robots becoming or being indistinguishable from humans has been done many times before in literature, it is a bit refreshing to see it expressed in a more light-hearted fashion, versus say, “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep” (which spawned Blade Runner) or other similarly darker titles.
- Eve no Jikan follows some of the ideas from Mizu no Kotoba, Yasuhiro Yoshiura’s earliest work, exploring human and intelligent machine interactions and the use of Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics.
A very strong start to this series, hopefully Yasuhiro Yoshiura can keep it up for the next 5 episodes.