After watching the second installment, it’s come to my conclusion that this little ONA series will probably become very memorable to me because of it’s excellent execution of a theme that’s already been done before.
Act 02 brings in a very perplex element to the story which further adds to the difficulties in differentiating a human from a machine — that door that locks itself for a certain amount of time after being opened, giving the customers enough time to get a good distance away from the café, avoiding any followers that would spot the “rings” above their heads or lack thereof. None of the characters could really know who really is what unless they happen to come across them in the outside world or outright state his/her “social label” inside the café (which would be breaking the important golden rule in the café to begin with).
This episode also implies that it isn’t the café that gives the androids the emotional characteristics of humans (it certainly gives them the ability to get rid of those head-rings, though!) — it’s the fact that in the outside world, they are bound to the basic rules of being an android laid out upon them, yet in the café, they are free of these rules and act the way they truly are. I believed this to be the case, seeing as “Sammy” definitely had a mind of her own outside of the café with both her speech (as monotone as they may have been) and her actions (lying to master).
Ah, delving into the artistic storytelling of an animated series could be tiresome sometimes, but it beats lying around doing homework all day. Eve no Jikan makes me want to go out and befriend those bullied kids that badly need someone to talk to.
Are you enjoying the time of EVE?