Anime Review: Vivy: Fluorite Eye’s Song (2021) by Shinpei Ezaki

Persevering with the newest pattern of nice titles that aren’t based mostly on manga, “Vivy: Fluorite Eye’s Tune” was written by Tappei Nagatsuki and Eiji Umehara, and was later tailored right into a manga and a novel collection. 

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The story takes place in a future the place people, after quite a few experiments with creating autonomous AI, concluded that they’ll solely be actually practical in the event that they got a single mission to dedicate their lives to. With that in thoughts, the primary autonomous AI, a songstress named Diva, was created with a mission to make individuals comfortable together with her songs. Nonetheless, Diva’s quest to sing on the primary stage of the theme park NiaLand is disrupted by the arrival of Matsumoto, an AI from 100 years sooner or later who tells her of a world the place AI have determined to eradicate humanity, and needs to hitch fingers together with her to stop it. Thus begins a “journey” that takes up quite a lot of many years, as Matsumoto repeatedly seems in Diva’s life, after absences that final a few years, and instigates her to make use of her various persona, Vivy, with a view to stop catastrophes that led to the aforementioned catastrophe, with out, although, making modifications that have an effect on the longer term exterior of this final result. Their effort proves relatively tough, whereas Diva learns much more about herself, Toak, an Anti-AI group, and the entire idea of synthetic intelligence. 

The narrative strategy Shinpei Ezaki implements right here, with every considered one of Matsumoto’s appearances basically beginning a brand new arc, which is, although, a part of the general story, works exceptionally properly, because it permits the presence of each new and recurring characters, and the presentation of quite a lot of totally different and relatively fascinating feedback, which acquire a fair further degree if AIs are perceived as a metaphor for immigrants. In that regard, the primary arc offers with a politician who tries to realize the favour of the populous votes by making an attempt to implement the AI Naming Legislation which grants AI some degree of human rights. The second focuses on Estella, a “lifekeeper” AI and the youthful sister to Vivy, who was accused of crashing the orbital area lodge she owned on Earth. The third takes place on a totally automated manufacturing unit island and focuses on Tatsuya, a former Toak member and the primary human married to an AI. To not give away the entire story, the narrative continues in that vogue, with every arc additionally seeing a distinct change in Diva, a few of them fairly unhappy, thus including a component of drama to the collection because the evaluation of the primary character turns into an increasing number of thorough. 

In yet one more degree/remark, the anime additionally offers with the idea of pop idols and the affect they’ve on their viewers, but additionally the struggles they need to face earlier than, throughout, and after they attain stardom. The arc with Ophelia and the final one spotlight these feedback in probably the most eloquent vogue, including much more context to the collection, whereas additionally permitting for a promotion side, by the plethora of songs heard, that are although, embedded within the story and by no means really feel overly promoting. 

Other than context, nonetheless, the anime additionally thrives on its technical facets. The motion is frantic, together with each hand-to-hand fight, weapons, flying machines and every thing in between, with the work completed by Wit Studio and notably chief animation administrators Takuma Ebisu and Yuichi Takahashi, being prime notch, in a cyberpunk fashion. The identical applies to the character design, with Takahashi’s work leading to quite a lot of simply distinguishable protagonists, regardless of their plethora, whereas the “cubism” of Matsumoto additionally works nice, as a lot as his frantic monologues. The spectacular colours match the overall aesthetics of the title to perfection, with the blue and white hues dominating. The only concern within the artwork division is that the characters look fairly plain when the “digital camera” depicts them from afar, with the exact opposite, nonetheless, taking place within the shut ups. 

“Vivy: Fluorite Eye’s Tune” is one other wonderful title by Wit Studio, which additionally highlights its variety exterior the sword and magic premises of “Assault on Titan” and “Vinland Saga” and the historic/shonen of “Golden Kamuy” and undoubtedly top-of-the-line of 2021. 



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