Anime Club: Time of Eve

Hello everybody! For today’s anime club we have Time of Eve!
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CREATOR: Yasuhiro Yoshiura

GENRE: Science Fiction

NO. OF EPISODES: 6 OVA

YEAR: 2008-2009

COUNTRY: Japan

In the not-too-distant future, probably Japan, androids have come into common usage. Rikuo Sakisaka, who has taken robots for granted for his entire life, one day discovers that Sammy, his home android, has been acting independently and coming and going on her own. He finds a strange phrase recorded in her activity log, “Are you enjoying the Time of Eve?”. He, along with his friend Masakazu Masaki, traces Sammy’s movements and finds an unusual cafe, “The Time of Eve”. Nagi, the barista, informs them that the cafe’s main rule is to not discriminate between humans and androids. Within the cafe, androids do not display their status rings, and, when patrons depart, the door is automatically locked for two minutes to prevent someone from following them to discover their true nature.

The first few episodes involve conversations between Rikuo (usually accompanied by Masaki) and the cafe regulars: the bubbly Akiko, child Chie and her elderly guardian, the lovers Koji and Rina, and others. These conversations make frequent allusion to Isaac Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics, often highlighting surprising interpretations of those laws, some of which form apparent loopholes. The overarching plot involves the beginnings of independence displayed by the androids, what they do with that independence within the bounds of the three laws, and what motivates them. Secondary plots involve the individual stories of each android the protagonists encounter in the cafe, and how they come to discover which patrons are androids and which are not.

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Time of Eve is a very interesting anime in comparison to what I have reviewed in our past entries for our anime club. The series is incredibly short, a mere six episodes. The characters are actually all well done, which made it interesting to see their varying views on androids in todays society. It even touched on the Japaneses stand point on the three laws of Robotics, which I was actually quite surprised that they did. The series overall is a very philosophical analysis of how far society has come, so if you are interested in that, check it out.

eve-no-jikan-screenshot-10My biggest issue with the series in its entirety is the length! They could have done so much more, from expanding on the characters to other plot lines that were alluded to by just increasing the length just a tad. There are only six episodes, so it makes for a short series to view. Some of the androids (sorry I mean people, I broke the first rule) needed to be fleshed out more, but they did as well as they could in six episodes. If you are looking for a short anime to watch (much like what I was looking for when I stumbled over Time of Eve) then this is perfect for you.

PROS:

  •  Main character development.
  • Interesting story.
  • Philosophical analysis of society.

CONS:

  •  Series length.
  • Lack of minor character development.

SCORE: 8.0 / 10

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In Bruges: Most Boring City in Belgium

Hello everybody! For today’s movie club we have the hilariously stupid assassin comedy In Bruges.

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DIRECTOR:Martin McDonagh

STARRING:Colin Farrell,Brendan Gleeson,Ralph Fiennes,Clémence Poésy,Jérémie Renier

GENRE:Crime, Comedy

YEAR:2008

COUNTRY:United States, United Kingdom

London based hit men Ray and Ken are told by their boss Harry Waters to lie low in Bruges, Belgium for up to two weeks following their latest hit, which resulted in the death of an innocent bystander. Harry will be in touch with further instructions. While they wait for Harry’s call, Ken, following Harry’s advice, takes in the sights of the medieval city with great appreciation. But the charms of Bruges are lost on the simpler Ray, who is already despondent over the innocent death, especially as it was his first job. Things change for Ray when he meets Chloe, part of a film crew shooting a movie starring an American dwarf named Jimmy. When Harry’s instructions arrive, Ken, for whom the job is directed, isn’t sure if he can carry out the new job, especially as he has gained a new appreciation of life from his stay in the fairytale Bruges. While Ken waits for the inevitable arrival into Bruges of an angry Harry, who feels he must clean up matters on his own, Ray is dealing with his own …

Film Title: In Bruges

The rest of the movie is just a Magical Mystery Tour of outrageous characters, scintillating and blistering put-downs and one-liners, and cinematic joy. This movie is damn near perfect in the way the characters, dialogue, scenes and characters are looped back to connect again with wonderful results. At any moment I expected to see Jules and Vincent strolling down the street talking about La Royale with Cheese, this movie is just that good. Everyone ends up back in Bruges somehow…everyone. The plot is straightforward and practically irrelevant, this film is all about the outrageous characters and the duets of Cockneyed dialogue that are presented for your entertainment. The performances by Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell were Oscar material, and Fiennes was simply terrifying.

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There are some moments within the movie that seem to feel out-of-place. Although this isn’t a plot issue, it seems to be more of a tonal problem. The tone of the story changes from the beginning, but every once in a while the writing seems to forget that and revert. This made some scenes feel a bit awkward. Still, this was a really great story that goes from intense to hilarious to thrilling to romantic and back again.

PROS:

  • Hilarious characters.
  • Dialogue.
  • Scenes and plot.

CONS:

  • Tone.
  • Awkward scenes.

SCORE: 8.0 / 10

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Wakfu: A French Anime?

Hello everybody! On this week’s anime club we have a French anime called Wakfu.Preview

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STARRING: Juls De Jongh, Jessica Bell, Ross Grant, Kier Stewart, Hugo Chandor, Arthur Bostrom

DIRECTOR: Ankama Animation

NO. OF EPISODES: 26 episodes

GENRE: Fantasy

YEAR: 2008-

COUNTRY: France

These games take place in the same world, called, “The World of Twelve”, named for the 12 gods that rule over the world. Though they’re set in the same world, Wakfu takes place approximately 1,000 years after the Dofus. Both games are strategy style combat games, with anime-style cartoon graphics, around a dozen classes to choose from, and a large and unique world to explore. But we’re not focusing on Dofus here, or even the game of Wakfu, which preceded the cartoon, no, the animated series is what I want to talk about briefly.

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Wakfu is a fantastic anime, and out of France nonetheless. I really liked the animation style, as it was designed by a Japanese animation studio yet was childish and stayed true to the overall tone of the show. The characters have unique personalities, allowing for me to cheer on each individual character in my own way. Not to completely gloss over everything, but the back story was actually interesting too. The French know what they are doing. I can’t wait for season two to be released in English so I can have more to compare.

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I watched both the English dub and the French original, and I have to say that while the English dub isn’t horrible, it doesn’t come close to the original French recording. The animation actually reminds me quite a bit of Avatar: The Last Airbender. What do you make of the story? I thought there were plenty of filler episodes that were not necessary. Also, there were a few characters introduced in the latter half that should have received more screen time. What can you do?

 

PROS:

  • Interesting back story.
  • Interesting characters.
  • Fluid animation.

CONS:

  • English dub could have been done better.
  • Some characters should develop more.
  • More screen time for those characters.

SCORE: 7.0 / 10

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