「Fluorite Eye’s Song」
This episode was by no means a ‘surprise’ and didn’t offer a twist ending. It’s what we all expected would happen. Vivy would save the world and sing her song, as herself, finally. Yet, even with no twist and turns, even with the story unfolding just as it should have, this series finale was great to watch.
A lot has happened in the last few weeks throughout Vivy. We saw her conquer her own mind, learn about the future, become a museum relic, but also connect with Osamu, the man who started it all, from the moment he was a child right into the future where he finally turned back time. She’s evolved so much since the first episode, having experienced everything from love, grief, death, betrayal, pain, and sadness which have all contributed to this ‘heart’ she’s finally found.
There aren’t many questions left unanswered which is always something great when it comes to a series like this, especially one that plays with time. It went around full circle nicely as well, which usually leaves the audience feeling as though the story is ‘complete’. Bringing Vivy back to her first stage, jolting Momoka back into the midst, and seeing Vivy perform on NiaLand’s main stage were simple and effective ways to tie any loose ends. The only true question I have revolves around the Archive’s logic. Why would this super AI want to offer an opt-out option of the massacre it’d been planning for a hundred years? That definitely didn’t happen in ‘I Robot’. Did it have a soft spot for Vivy and her journey? I can’t imagine why the creation (song) of a fellow AI would influence such an enormous objective. Technically, AIs could have continued to evolve just like Vivy regardless if humans had been around or not.
Just to be clear, I’m not advocating for the mass murder of humans. But it was an interesting choice to include this point in the plot that I wish I understood a little more.
Another question I have, which is slightly more rhetorical, is: Why did we put Vivy through so much, gaining so much to lose it all in the end? This is perhaps the only bit of frustration I have towards the series. She was unique and a gem in so many ways and now this world is left without it. Interesting concept. The heart will be your downfall.
On that note, the altruistic approach to the series finale felt a little overdone. But, I did appreciate the foreshadowing of their imminent end which gave us one final moment between our key characters. Seeing Matsumoto and Vivy’s bond one final time really pulled at the heartstrings. It’s in that moment that I said to myself, and to the creators of this show: ‘Thank you for having introduced us to their relationship.’ It’s definitely a contributing factor in why I think the series is successful.
This series was beautiful from the beginning through to the very end. Watching Vivy experience different people, AIs, and their individual stories was like watching a child experience life for the first time. When you think back of your first memory of grief, or pain, or sadness, even joy, laughter, there’s something that remains engrained, embedded in your mind, your body even. The way Vivy collects her memories is the same way we do our own, and it’s from there that we learn how to navigate the world. It’s from these instances and moments that we become the versions of ourselves that we are today.
The message in this series isn’t a new one. But it’s retold in such a way that feels fresh. We’ve all seen or heard the story of AI destroying the planet in the future, we’ve all seen or heard about an AI having to discover what is a heart (A.I. Artificial Intelligence), yet Vivy: Fluorite Eye’s Song still managed to tell the story in a unique way, using the device of time travel to impact and change the future. The combination of all three plot points offered a really well-balanced story that was hard to pull away from. Each week, we’re left with “What will happen next in Vivy 100 year journey?” and that thought pulled me, and probably you, right back to the screen.
I wouldn’t necessarily name this my favorite series of the spring 2021 season but it’s up there with a few others. It’s definitely rekindled a joy I used to have with sci-fi anime genres and I might be looking to rewatch some old classics or find some new gems. If you have any recommendations, feel free to jot them down below in the comments.
So there you have it. My thoughts about Vivy. She’s had a rough journey but she came out as pristine as a diamond at the end. Right?