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Vivy -Fluorite Eye's Song-
(Four episodes watched):|
OK, here is the first show of the 2021 Spring season whose first episode left me feeling that this is definitely going to be a neat anime that I will most certainly watch to the end. I had already watched at least five others, none of which came close to exciting me like this one did. This was one of those rare shows which, if I had to choose between watching only this one or every other show of the season except this one, I'd be tempted to go with this show. I took many notes about the complex scenario but didn't come up with a whole lot of criticisms to make, because I basically can't think of anything wrong with it. It's as if this show contains more quality than the other five combined did. Despite (or maybe because) of her being an android (or, an 'AI' as they are called here), Vivy has a more interesting and likable personality than most human characters do. She is the first 'Autonomous Humanoid AI', that is, she looks like a real woman while other AIs are clearly not. The thought occurred to me that while she's an android, Vivy behaves much like a typical citizen of Japan would. She has a ganbare philosophy in that she wants to improve her talents (she hasn't drawn a whole lot of spectators yet) to earn a place on 'The Main Stage', the number one performance venue. Nialand's central computer, 'Navi', seems to be designed to discourage her from doing that. Her only serious fan as of yet is a little girl named Momoko. And then she meets Matsumoto in a clever scene set in virtual reality, and, by being able to predict the future, he persuades her to join his 'Singularity Project'. Before long this Idol android is racing to prevent acts of violence. This struck me as a sophisticated show telling a genuinely intriguing story, which is, needless to say, unusual. This was a cool first episode which did pretty much everything right and left me eager for more.
But episode two seemed different, somehow. It was basically an episode long battle between Vivy and Matsumoto against an anti-AI terrorist group, TOAK, which resulted in a skyscraper being demolished. The fact that for all the destruction no one gets killed, and the terrorists are remarkably well trained and equipped, were hard to buy. The cyber tactics Vivy and Matsumoto used sort of reminded me of Ghost in the Shell. But I got the impression that the series as a whole had taken on a somewhat more grim and violent tone than episode one had suggested would be the case, and I'm not sure I like that. Matsumoto wants to make the fewest possible changes to history, even if that means lives that Vivy could have saved are lost. Maybe the problem is that the enemy now seems to be flesh-and-blood humans rather than renegade AIs. I wanted this show to be about Vivy's cleverness and optimism, rather than be a shoot-em-up sort of anime.
Vivy thought she was finished with this business of altering history, but in an unusual touch in episode three Matsumoto returns 15 years later with another event that he needs her to prevent. We do have no less than a century to work with, after all. This time a space station for tourists is involved. Vivy suspects that things are more complicated than the simple scenario that Matsumoto presents, and she makes a new human friend (which sort of explains what happened to Momoko). The tendency of this show to jump back and forth between past and present is cool in some ways and confusing in others. In the end of this two-episode arc humans again dodge harm while only AIs get killed, which is kind of hard to believe. The whole premise is that massive harm to humanity must be prevented, but we are getting the feeling that it has already been decided that other than in episode one flesh-and-blood people getting killed or seriously injured is out of the question. Even TOAK terrorists tend to escape virtually scot-free.
Last updated Friday, May 07 2021. Created Tuesday, April 06 2021.