OP: 「Sing My Pleasure」by (Kairi Yagi)
「Ensemble for Polaris -私たちの約束-」 (Ansanburu fō Porarisu -Watashitachi no Yakusoku-)
“Ensemble for Polaris – Our Promise”
I am thoroughly enjoying Vivy: Fluorite Eye’s Song, especially after this fourth episode which how now opened up the door to much more. With the Sunrise Hotel arc coming to a close, I do wonder what will happen next in Vivy’s 100-year journey.
Note: I will be referring to Diva as Vivy from now on as she’s finally chosen to claim the name as part of her identity.
Vivy, with Matsumoto glue to her side, is undercover at the Sunrise Hotel to prevent its crash into the Earth. With Estella’s prints and code all over the crash that caused so many casualties, humans turned their distrust towards AIs into hate, and the rest is history.
Last episode had us wondering if Estella has gone rogue, but we find out now that she has a twin. An identical AI twin carrying the same code and build as her, meaning, she’s the one behind Ms. Leclerc death as well as the crash that Vivy is now trying to prevent.
Meanwhile, Estella meets Momoka’s younger sister, Yuzuka. And it’s this reminder, 15 years later, of Momoka’s loss that spurs Vivy to finally let Matsumoto upload combat data into her. And from that moment on, Vivy takes the stage.
She soon discovers that Toak is behind the AI double, Beth, as well as the crash and proceeds to stop them in their tracks. With the help of Matsumoto and Estella, Vivy somehow survives to see another day, and the AI standing in the world isn’t in jeopardy.
Rather than going into the nitty-gritty of the story, I thought I’d list out the events and details that elevated the series this episode:
- The opening scene in the AI scrap yard brought me right back to Detroit: Become Human. I know I’ve referenced this video game before, but if you are in fact enjoying this series, you might enjoy the game.
- The two white doves’ symbolism at the beginning and the end offered a casual ‘full circle’ moment to the episode.
- Watching Vivy receive the combat upgrade was really satisfying. As things get dicier, I was doubtful she’d be going through the rest of her journey without the necessary skills.
- Vivy is evolving and learning to connect with humans and AIs using a gesture she knows is symbolic to both. To the former, the gentle headbutt acts as a representation of emotions transferring, while for the latter, it acts towards data transfer. Little sprinkles of humanity throughout the episode really humanize her character.
- I loved the electric zaps spewing off of her body as she fought against the Toak terrorists and Beth. Just a sign that she’s overloaded with data that perhaps she wasn’t built to use. This gets me wondering if she’ll be changing her body part to accommodate.
- Beth was a very interesting character, even if she was short-lived. I am curious to know why her memory was wiped once Vivy head-butter her.
- The fight scene between Vivy and Beth was reminiscent of some of the most emotionally charged combat scenes in Neir: Automata, another game that dives into the reality and consciousness of machines.
- I thought it curious that the fantastic sound design in said scene (Beth’s broken/synthesized voice) could evoke so much emotion, especially as she yelled out Estella’s name.
- Bringing Yugo of Toak back into the fold was a really great tactic offering complexity to the plot. Yuzuka and Vivy bonding moment, combined with that ending, struck a chord. I may have cried.
Normally, I would try to guess what will happen next but who knows? At this point, I trust that anything can happen in the 13-episode journey.