Day 16’s challenge was a bit frustrating but also quite fun. I know nothing about art or animation or what makes it “good.” I’m very bad at telling if an anime is “higher quality” in visuals compared to another anime. So for me, this is an entirely subjective category, where I consider anime series with art and animation that I personally liked the best. It has nothing to do with whether that anime’s animation is actually the “best” or anything.
A few of the ones I’ve heard other people say are visually stunning include Violet Evergarden, Guilty Crown, One Punch Man, No Game No Life, Hyouka, Kyoukai no Kanata, and Mob Psycho. I agree those are stunning, but they aren’t my favorites. Some of the options I came up where I personally loved the art and animation were Mushishi, Shingeki no Kyojin, Angel Beats, Death Note, Fate/Stay Night: UBW, Made in Abyss, Haruhi Suzumiya, Vampire Knight, and Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion. The one I decided on, though, was one you might not have heard of: Eve no Jikan, or Time of Eve.
Roughly based on a manga by Yasuhiro Yoshiura, Eve no Jikan is an ONA series of six episodes, 18 minutes each. Later, it was adapted into a movie. Genres include sci-fi, slice of life, and psychological. The setting is a not-so-distant future where robots/androids are used by most people, for labor in business, and in the household as servants. Society is strict about separating androids and humans, but there is at least one secret coffee shop where robots and people are treated exactly the same, and nobody reveals which they are. That cafe is called Time of Eve. Male MCs Rikuo and Masaki visit there, having several interesting and thought-provoking interactions with both people and robots.
I recommend watching the Eve no Jikan ONAs if you have any interest in tales of the future, AI, or robots. It’s still a pretty obscure series. Anyway, going back to the point of this post, I am continually amazed by the animation, art-style, and cinematography in Time of Eve, especially since it was made in 2008/2009. I suck at describing how it looks, but it’s just astounding to me. Well, this has been Anime Rants covering another day in the 30 Day Anime Challenge. Let me know if you’ve seen or heard of this anime, whether ONA or the movie version! Ja ne!