Prior to now, Eve’s work has referenced uncomfortable matters akin to nervousness, constraints inside the thoughts, and societal stress. The target when touching upon these situations is the race towards freedom throughout a myriad of mindscapes, landscapes, and soundscapes, stretching throughout actuality and abstraction alike. Adam by EVE illustrates this superbly. Whereas pursuing Taki, Aki faces the sinister Hitotsume as she runs throughout the town and apparently her unconscious itself, whereas the story ebbs and flows between dream and actuality. Eve makes use of this chase for instance the very themes which have constantly been expressed by way of his work— nervousness, society, consumerism, conformity, and isolation.
On this brief, he appears to the touch upon extra unsavoury concepts akin to voyeurism by way of Hitotsume’s design and character, society’s objectification of youthful girls by way of their portrayal in media, as might be noticed by way of the dream sequence with the sailor type uniforms, and even the breaking level by way of which these circumstances are overcome, as Hitotsume is seemingly defeated when the story breaks away from the 2D animation again to live-action and actuality.
Whereas the ending does appear to bow-tie the story fairly properly, with the entire metaphysical nightmarish encounter being a dream and product of Aki’s unconscious, it does really feel out-of-place on this context. With the complete manufacturing being so on the market when it comes to artwork, path, and story, it’s nearly comical that it was all “only a dream.” The truth is, this conclusion straight negates any urgency, severity, and thrill it has to date constructed. Nonetheless, provided that Eve’s work is pretty loaded with double-meanings and symbolism, Adam by EVE undoubtedly makes room for various, much less boring endings. Whereas on the floor Aki and Taki are joyfully reunited in actuality with the remainder being diminished to an already fading dream, there may be an argument to be made for different interpretations.
For instance, did Taki actually disappear ceaselessly, and is this complete train a non-linear narrative exploring grief and loss as Aki offers with the tragedy of shedding her solely shut good friend? Is it an exploration of the perfect self vs the truth of the self the place Taki represents the perfect that Aki desires to turn into however struggles to? Is it touching upon a less-platonic, more-romantic relationship in opposition to a metaphor for concern of permitting such feelings to develop? Or is it actually a easy story about friendship? There are such a lot of methods to take this, and the great thing about experimental storytelling is that they’re all on equal footing.