From the first episode, Vivy: Fluorite Eye’s Song grabbed my attention and as we past the mid-season and into the home-stretch for the anime I more or less declared that this one could be my pick of the season if not the year (at least for sci-fi anime).
Those of you who read my review of this time-travelling, AI filled anime will know that it really did stick the landing and was definitely a series I was glad to have picked up and watched weekly.
But as the season ends I find myself looking back and wanting to pick out those moments that really went above and beyond. So here are my favourite five moments from Vivy: Fluorite Eye’s Song and oddly it isn’t the spectacle that stuck but the moments where Vivy was really quite human.. As always, I’d love to know which moments stuck with you so if you watched the series be sure to leave a comment.
Moment No.5 From Vivy: Her Interactions With Matsumoto
We all know how hard it is to tell a joke and hear nothing in response. Worse to receive a dead-pan blank stare. The anime capitalised on this awkwardness early in building the relationship between the very robotic Diva and Matsumoto, the far more savvy computer program from the future. Episode 2 particularly highlighted this and delivered some great moments as a result.
By the midway point, Matsumoto frequently found the shoe on the other foot and during Diva’s reign before Vivy re-awoke, the dynamic was entirely reversed with Diva being the casual and mischievous voice to Matsumoto’s more serious tone.
Basically, watching the evolving relationship between the two characters, whether it was Diva and the teddy-bear form, or Vivy and the cube, or any combination of these characters, they brought an interesting chemistry to the show and their relationship was a strong pillar around which the series was built.
Moment No. 4 from Vivy: Kakitani Talks To The AI
Kakitani appears in the very first arc of Vivy as a young and impressionable terrorist who is rescued from death by Vivy. Apparently that isn’t enough to convince him to change his view on AI because he appears across multiple narrative arcs, aging each time and always as part of TOAK and pretty much always saved by our protagonist.
Episode 5 is particularly note-worthy though because after Vivy rescues him from drowning they have probably the first real conversation in their decades spanning relationship.
As much as I wasn’t keen on how the series brought their relationship to an end and the final outcome for Kakitani ultimately this was another relationship that was interesting to see develop over the course of the series and one that really shaped who Vivy was as a character.
Moment No. 3 From Vivy: Elizabeth Rips Off His Arm
This was a moment that I actually missed my first time through the penultimate episode as it happened in an instant. By chance I’d captured the still and when I rewatched the fight sequence I couldn’t help but note how cool it was.
Also, this is the one moment that made my top 5 from the series that isn’t a direct Vivy moment.
Instead, the focus is Elizabeth. As Elizabeth helps Vivy and the team break into the tower for the final show down she gets some very cool moments but none are better than when she takes another robot’s gun, arm and all, and then blows him away with it.
Okay, in the grand scheme of things it is a small point and yet it is the small things that sometimes make all the difference and this was a nice little insertion into what is otherwise a pretty standard infiltration mission that goes horribly wrong.
Moment No. 2 From Vivy: Vivy Accepts Her New Mission
There’s a moment in every hero’s journey where the hero finally just accepts that they are doing this. Sure they’d already answered the call to action but part of them was hoping someone would help them or somehow things would change and they wouldn’t need to walk that path. And then they realise this is it.
For Vivy, that moment came at the end of the third narrative arc (episode 6) where she 100% committed to the mission Matsumoto had given her. No longer existing only to sing and make people happy, she also had to carry out the singularity project, and she made this choice knowing that it was the only way she could achieve her first goal because the end of the world kind of kills your audience.
However, it was also when Diva and Vivy really became two distinct personalities, a character point that is beautifully built on later in the series.
Anyway, her declaration in this episode marked a real turning point for her character and was just very nicely handled.
Moment No. 1 From Vivy: The Dramatic End To Their First Mission
And at last we have my favourite moment. It might seem odd that it comes from so early in the series but really it was probably this dramatic conclusion to the first narrative arc that really hooked me into Vivy and set me up for the season of enjoyable viewing that followed.
Basically at the end of the mission, she’s is in a tower that is collapsing and she has to make a dramatic leap into another building.
Cue some solid music accompaniment and a gorgeous animation of her flying past the moon with the glass sparkling around her.
Vivy is wounded and well out of her comfort zone in this mission and this moment felt truly rewarding. Totally impractical and anyone who wants to look at the physics of her jump is going to draw the conclusion that she well and truly didn’t make it, but it was very cool nonetheless and one of those moments that just made me smile.
And isn’t that why we watch any anime?
Images from: Vivy: Fluorite Eye’s Song. Dir. S Ezaki. Wit Studio. 2021.
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