「Sing My Pleasure -あなたを笑顔に-」 (Shingu Mai Purejā -Anata o Egao ni-)
“Sing My Pleasure – To Make You Smile”
Matsumoto returns when another singularity point presents itself 5 years after the events of the Sunrise incident. In this timeline, Estella’s actions are perceived as being exemplary of how all AI should be.
In this timeline, Vivy, as Diva of Nialand, is stealing human hearts with her performances. She’s yet to make it to the main stage but it seems the events that happened only 5 years past and meeting her Sister inspired her determination to succeed in her mission but in the mission of the greater good as well. But in the same way that she’s finding success so are the fellow AI. With their popularity on the rise amongst people, their technology has advanced drastically, way ahead of its time in comparison to the original timeline Mastumoto is from.
This episode was pretty straightforward, introducing the next arc of the 100-year journey. Vivy’s new mission is to infiltrate the unmanned island Metal Float run solely by AI to effectively shut it down, putting it to sleep until human civilization can catch up to its technology. Unfortunately, Vivy doesn’t succeed in her mission. If anything, she comes face to face with Toak member Yugo again, after rescuing him from the battle.
It’s unclear what effect this confrontation between Toak and the AI will have on the timeline. It’s also quite unclear to me why Toak would go ahead and attack the island before storming into Dr. Saeki Tatsuya’s house to get the virus after having failed to overtake him on the road. Likewise, if they chose to take over this island, they could have equally taken over NiaLand to confront Diva who has thwarted their efforts on multiple occasions. Toak’s actions seem sporadic at best, loosely tied to any real strategy. I’d say the mere mention and presence of their organization in the series serves only to bring Yugo, the AI hater, together with Vivy.
On another note, this episode introduced two key themes. That of AI working together as one collective, one hive, one self-serving ‘society’. Secondly, that all AI, regardless of their build have the capacity to ‘dream’, to ‘imagine’ as in the case of M0205. This little droid was able to piece together bits of information he took in from his reality to imagine a future where he is loved by human children and cares for them in return. And, on another note, if you haven’t played Nier: Automata, please do. This island is that world.
All that to say I’m looking forward to the next episode and being introduced to the powerful AI who bypassed Vivy’s viral shut down forcing her worker bees into powerful soldiers.