「Elegy Dedicated With Love -たった一人の大切なパートナー-」 (Erejī Dedikeitido Wizu Rabu -Tatta Hitori no Taisetsu na Pātonā-)
“Elegy Dedicated With Love – My One and Only Beloved Partner”
Vivy’s evolution has effectively been put on hold so it’ll be a while until we see supercharged, “berserk-mode” Vivy as Matsumoto’s put it.
In this new present, Diva’s personality is much more human-like with empathy and kindness at the forefront. She relates to AI and humans alike, much easier than she would have in her earlier version, and her snarky attitude towards Matsumoto is much more vivacious than it was previously.
Still, eight episodes in, I’m thoroughly enjoying the series. Something that isn’t necessarily unique to Vivy: Fluorite Eye’s Song but that brings out the best in the narrative is its ability to split up the story into various arcs. The mechanic of the Singularity Project makes possible and smooths the transition between each subplot.
Each story has such a unique take to it and each has provided Vivy/Diva with key moments in her personal growth. She was naïve to the world Matsumoto entrusted her to save and now, decades later she has a deeper understanding of the dynamic between AI and humans. Or at least, she will once her memory returns.
The events in this episode were pretty straightforward. We found out that Diva’s younger ‘sister’ Ophelia had a similar experience in her debut as a performing AI. Crowds were sparse in the beginning and it took certain events in her ‘life’ for her to grow as a vocalist. The key event was finding out that Ophelia’s support AI, Antonio, essentially bound himself (or took over) her body. It was quite noticeable in the flashbacks that Antonio had a very overbearing presence and thought he knew best how to approach the stage. His decision to take control is possibly what propelled her career into the spotlight.
I do wonder how this arc will end. Will Ophelia have agency in her own life or will she collapse and shut down as it had happened in the original timeline? She isn’t the most interesting of characters but I think with Antonio having shown his true colors, we’ll get to see a side of this character we have yet to expect.
Speaking of expectations, we finally have a clue as to who the mysterious figure was in the previous episode who almost destroyed Diva. The suspicious man resembles younger Yugo and sparks some of Diva’s memory. Matsumoto also recognizes him yet refuses to elaborate on who he is. I wonder who exactly this person is. Could it be his son? Did Yugo finally pass or retire leaving his mission for his kin to pick up? It’s still unclear who this is but one’s thing’s for sure, they have some very strong tech skills if they’re able to hack Matsumoto’s advanced code. That might even hint at them being from a different timeline altogether.
We also have more clarity to Diva’s clean slate. Or at least, Vivy’s amnesia. I had already assumed that the trauma she witnessed at the Metal Float had pushed her to breakdown but I wouldn’t have thought she had the ability to actually kill herself. I thought perhaps it’d been a malfunction error but to physically reached into her own brain to shut herself down must have meant she was in tremendous pain. In this case, she’d be the first AI to have committed suicide but Matsumoto is keeping this from her and from the public’s eye. How would she feel about saving Ophelia from taking her own life if she knew about her own actions?
Actually, will she even be able to deal with the magnitude of her actions if she regains her memory and her old consciousness?