Let’s take a look at a non-fantasy anime for once with Vivy: Fluorite Eye’s Song!
As usual, we’ll be spoiler free with the review.
The story takes place in a world where AI technology has developed to a point where AI is heavily integrated into human society – which eventually leads to their downfall as the AI all go rogue and begin slaughtering everyone. In his final moments, a certain scientist sends a single advanced AI back in time in order to try and stop the AI uprising from happening. And at the center of his plans is the world’s first ever autonomous AI, Vivy.
AI & Humanity
Like so many other stories that delve into the idea of AI in society, and the social implications, Vivy: Fluorite Eye’s Song also puts a lot of focus on this theme. It really is an interesting idea to ponder, and the anime of course also makes it interesting by adding it’s own pictures of how things could look. I’m not the biggest fan of sci-fi, but when it’s introduced like this, I can really get into it.
Personally, I used to think that while the idea of AI being everywhere could likely happen (in our phones, computers, all kinds of systems, etc.), the specific idea of a society filled with AI androids, like one in most households / offices / etc. could never happen. Simply because of the sheer amount of resources that it’d require to build such a population of androids.
And to a degree I think that still holds up. But on the flip side, when you consider that almost every adult in developed societies has their own car (or access to one), something that is much larger than an android and takes up a lot of resources as well, well, I guess it’s a little more feasible. I guess it’d come down to the availability of the rare minerals and such, and one would have to consider the increased complexity of an android versus a car.
In the end though, I feel like our societies will come crashing down long before any such thing happens, so I still don’t think we’ll ever see large scale integration of androids in society.
A Timely Tale, A Real Journey
Perhaps one of the most interesting aspects of this anime is the way that the story is told. I don’t consider saying this a spoiler, because it’s mentioned in the synopsis, but the anime takes place over a hundred years, as we begin one hundred years before the AI uprising. Meaning that we get to follow Vivy through many different points in her ‘life’ through this century.
It’s really well done, and gives you a real sense of “a lot happened”, which I’m a big fan of myself. A lot of things change over this time period, and naturally at the center of it all is Vivy, who goes through many changes as she is pushed to act in ways that she didn’t in the original century which lead up to the uprising.
I’m sure that many others have mentioned this before, because it’s undeniable, but Vivy: Fluorite Eye’s Song has a very similar feel to Violet Evergarden, primarily because of the character development we see, but also because of the emotional journey. Oh, and because of the gorgeous animation.
I’m giving Vivy: Fluorite Eye’s Song an 8.5 / 10.
It’s a really nice anime. And it’s very different from what we normally get, giving it a very nice and unique feeling to it. Even though it bears similarities in terms of emotion and feel with Violet Evergarden, it still has many different qualities as well.
Both Vivy: Fluorite Eye’s Song and Violet Evergarden are powerful stories, and I’d recommend them both to anyone, especially if you liked one and haven’t seen the other. In direct comparison, I’d say that Violet Evergarden is heavier with emotions, but that Vivy has more action and excitement.
If you like sci-fi, or emotional anime, or good character development, this is a good one to check out.
I’d also say that if you are just interested in watching a very solid and complete story, start to finish, in only 13 episodes, this is worth watching.
And that’s Vivy’s review done.
Next up we’ll be heading back to some fantasy titles, haha.
Thanks for reading.