「My Code -歌でみんなを幸せにするために- / Quarter Note -百年の旅の始まり-」 (Mai Kōdo -Uta de Minna o Shiawase ni Suru Tame ni / Kwōtā Nōto -Hyaku-nen no Tabi no Hajimari-)
“My Code – To Make Everyone Happy With My Singing / Quarter Note – The Beginning of the One Hundred-Year Journey”
Have any of you played “Detroit: Become Human“? Because Vivy: Fluorite Eye’s Song is strongly reminiscent of the game.
It’s a harsh world we’re thrust into in Vivy: Fluorite Eye’s Song, an original anime series by Nagatsuki Tappei and Umehara Eiji. In the initial events of this double episode premiere, A.I.s across the world turn against their makers, slaughtering thousands of people without a second thought.
But it’s not the A.I. uprising that this story is telling, rather, it’s the prevention of it. Flashback to our heroine, another female lead in what will be an action packed sci-fi adventure this spring. Diva (Tanezaki Atsumi) is an A.I. brought to life 100 years prior to the gruesome events that took place in the opening sequence. As a vocalist A.I., her sole purpose is to bring and happiness to those who hear her sing. She performs live events with the intent of entertaining visitors of the amusement park (Nierland) where she’s stationed. Unfortunately for her, she’s less than popular with an average of zero attendees with the exception of Momoka, a young girl she helped reunite with her father when she got lost in the park. Momoka gives Diva another nickname, Vivy, after the heroine of one of her favourite holographic books. It’s a small life Vivy is living but one that is swiftly turned upside down in mere moments.
What she perceives to be a virus but is in fact a super A.I., enters her functions and introduces themselves as “Matsumoto” (Fukuyama Jun). Our super A.I. is much more developed than Diva with their cognitive behavioural patterns quite similar to those of a human. Where do they come from? The fact is, they seem to have emerged from the future, 100 years from the future to be exact. They were sent back by a mysterious scientist during the attack with the hopes of preventing the mass slaughter.
A tentative relationship is building between Vivy and her new companion who transfers their ‘brain’ into the teddy Momoka gifts Diva. It’s a relationship built on very little information and very little trust. Vivy is unsure and weary of the bear and the bear is unsure whether Vivy can complete her new mission of stunting the AIs collective evolution thus saving the world from collapse in 100 years.
I’ll be completely transparent and mention that I unfortunately hadn’t realized that this was a two episode premiere so I watched the second without having watched the first and thought to myself: “Well, that was a handful.” After chatting with Enzo, he mentioned that the first episode gave no more clarity to the second. And he wasn’t entirely wrong, although I was happy to see that there was a reason for why Diva was so set on not having her mission ‘insulted’.
It’s interesting already that the thing that defines the A.I.s is their core mission. With too many missions, they go into overdrive and ultimately, collapse. But it seems Vivy, as the original and first autonomous A.I., has the capacity to process more than one mission at a time, which is why she is able to take on this new mission with Matsumoto, saving Assembly man Aikawa. Apologies for the spoiler there.
This looks to be a story of transformation over the course of a hundred years, for A.I. and humans alike. I’d wager the series will bring to the forefront some intricate existential questions, as many media that broach the life of A.I.s do. But I also foresee this series being quite complex, one of intricate detail. If you miss a step, be sure you’ll have to watch an episode a second time. Or at the very least, I will.
It’ll be interesting to see how this third episode brings the story together (or splits it completely apart) as it brings our characters into space. While I do enjoy watching female leads take to the stage, I’m not one for a thready narrative, which I hope isn’t what we’re going to see.
I’ll let you know after that review whether I’ll be continuing on but let me know what you think about this series so far.