In the future, androids live side by side with humans – but not as their equals, as their slaves. Though they look identical, these androids must display a holographic ring over their heads so the difference is clear. One day, a boy named Rikuo finds abnormal activity patterns in the logs of his own android, and alongside his friend Masaki, he sets forth to find where the android has been. Much to their surprise, the duo discovers a secret café known as Eve no Jikan with a single rule: within its walls, there must be no discrimination between humans and robots. In this place, androids appear to be human and are even displaying signs of independence – a trait that should not be possible. Rikou finds his perceptions increasingly challenged as he struggles to come to terms with his own android, and the relationship between man and machines...
A young woman quietly falls to the earth, escorted by a solitary crow. This sort of dream, as many other before have dreamed, comes just before being reborn as a Haibane, a charcoal-winged angel. On the outskirts of the walled-in city lies Old Home, a haven for Haibane to study, live, and learn, while waiting for their chance to ascend to the heavens and escape the confines of their new world. Rakka is the newest inhabitant of Old Home who wants nothing more than to remember her past and discover the secrets of her kind. Together with Reki, Kuu and plenty of other new friends, Rakka will laugh, explore, and search for the meaning of their existence in the process.
There is a general feeling that is shared by both of these series. Part of this may be from the similarities in the color pallets, and lighting that set the mood. Not only that, but both anime deal with people who are different and are trying to fit into society. They are light and silly on the outside, but deal with serious subjects on the inside. Haibane Renmei and Time of Eve are anime you would not want to miss.
Although they have completely different plots, both are slow-paced and introspective. They both make good use of silence as well. When watching one after you have seen the other, you may be reminded of it by the halo's possesed by characters in the story (Real halo's in Haibane Renmei, hologram ones in Eve no Jikan used to signify that person being an android)
Both of these shows are totally amazing. More concretely, both Haibane Renmei and Time of Eve are slow-paced, dialog-driven and concentrate mainly on the development of characters and relationships. The depth of the characters in each show is complemented by the detail of the world-building, resulting in a highly engaging experience.
Witness the true beginning of the Matrix: how men created the machines and how those machines stood up against their masters, and the effects of the great war that waged between them, which in the end led to the fall of mankind. Watch the ship Osiris and its efforts to warn the remaining humans of the imminent attack; follow a champion who happens to break free from the Matrix; explore the exploitation of a glitch in the overall system; observe the story of the Kid and how he was found by Neo; travel with an investigator who tracks the well-known hacker Trinity; and learn the secrets of the Matrix in other wondrous ways.
Both anime deal with machines wishing to be treated like equals by their human masters. Animatrix is much, much more dark and disturbing, so if you like the ideas presented in Animatrix but were turned off by the brutality, try Time of Eve.
You will like one if you like the other, both involve Sci-Fi aspects as well as machine sentience, where Animatrix emphasises the worst possible outcome being the war between man and machine, Time of Eve focuses on the relationships between man and machine if machines were able to achieve free will.
In the name of a good and healthy lifestyle, the Good For You Party has banned sweets, pastries and chocolate in favor of nutritious substitutes such as fruits and vegetables. Smudger has to watch his father's pastry shop fail under this new government rule, but when Smudger and his friend Huntly discover a secret cocoa shop in an abandoned mine, they realize that there might just be hope for sweet tooths everywhere!
This might seem like an odd recommendation - call it a gut feeling. Sure, Eve no Jikan is sci fi to the core and Chocolate Underground is more of a whimsical tale aimed at younger folks, but both involve a secret underground, interesting characters, and just have the same feel. It's hard to come up with something tangible to say, so just try it on for size.
Both anime feature a secret cafe hidden from the rest of the world, and the characters involved in the network to keep their secret cafe alive and thriving. The two anime have a very similar, friendly feeling, despite the all or nothing cercumstances.
In the year 2020, humans live alongside robots and interact in a variety of ways, from taking fast food orders to attending school together. In Tokyo, Mako and her friends live day to day and experience the impact of technology, whether they're being alerted to an impending earthquake or looking through augmented reality lenses.
The world presented to us in both shows is a future where humans live in constant contact with artificially intelligent machines. The thoughts/actions of the main characters in both shows allude to deeper questions about the meaning of human-ness in relation to the social roles of androids. Computer Kakumei presents a more colorful and hopeful look at how androids enhance life and create new possibilities for interaction, while Time of Eve embraces a darker vision of what a robot-filled future might look like.
Both titles revolve around the societal impact of robots/androids and how our lives may be affected by them. Eve no Jikan is definitely the stronger of the two.
Who is MAICO? She is state-of-the-art in android technology, a Multimedia Artificial Intelligence Computer Organism, and the host of Japan Broadcasting System’s latest primetime variety show, JUMP OUT MAICO 2010! With an insensitive director with one mega-hit in 15 years, a highly experience technical team, a talented writer inspired only by others’ misfortune and massive pressures from corporate executives and sponsors alike, what kind of adventures can the staff have? What lessons can Maico learn from them? And what is MAICO’s true purpose?