Episode three of Time of Eve (Eve no jikan) is now streaming at reformed pirates Crunchyroll. (DVDs soon, please. Crunchyroll just whets the appetite.)
As with the previous two episodes, this episode introduces another pair of regulars at the Time of Eve Cafe — this time, the lovers, Rina and Koji.
Once again, there’s a surprise twist used to deliver the episode’s “lesson” — even Masaki gains a bit more sympathy for the android point of view. And once again, we’re treated to another surprising implication of Asimov’s three laws.
Nagi has a preternatural sense of hearing, or perhaps she has listening devices scattered throughout the cafe. She also takes an impish delight in introducing Rikuo and Masaki to new horizons. She needs an episode of her own — Bartender with a science-fiction twist.
Watch for the cameo of Pale Cocoon playing in the background on a TV.
I’ve enjoyed this director’s work since I saw Pale Cocoon (which has, as an extra, the first appearance of this cafe setting in the marvellous short Aquatic Language). He has a deft touch with science fiction themes.
Sadly, it will be four months before the next installment. The series is slated to have six episodes total.