Are the AI really going to crash a space hotel?
You know, after the first two episodes, I kind of wondered how Vivy: Fluorite Eye’s Song was going to deal with the 100 years of history they needed to rewrite and how the audience would ever know the outcome of Vivy’s actions. Episode 3 delivers the answer in the form of a 15 year time skip between the events in the previous arc to the one set up in this episode and I think this actually works in Vivy’s favour.
By jumping ahead Vivy and Matsumoto can discuss the ripples already caused by their previous events and we can also see Vivy’s small progress as a singing AI where she’s now drawing a small audience at least. However, it does create the problem of wondering how accurate Matsumoto’s information is going to be given they’ve already changed the future a bit so how can they be sure that anything he says is going to happen in the future is in fact still going to happen?
I guess that’s a problem for later but the more interesting point that came out of the early part of the episode was that Vivy’s prior expedition did stop the Naming Law from being passed, but her influence on the politician she saved stopped him from disappearing into obscurity and ultimately an even more favourable AI law passed which would seem to be a step backwards if the goal was to not have the AI attack humans in the future. Is this a sign of a self-correcting future meaning there’s no way to avoid the scene we saw at the beginning or is it merely that Matsumoto is right and that was only the first pebble?
Anyway, the mission this time involves infiltrating a space station and stopping the AI owner from dropping the thing back onto Earth. Why the AI would have chosen to do this is not something Matsumoto is willing to share even when Vivy questions him about potential outside interference, hacking or a virus that may have caused Estelle, the AI in question, from taking such action. Matsumoto’s stubborn refusal to talk on this subject makes his intel and motives suspect, though I kind of suspect he might just be a jerk.
The rest of the episode is Vivy investigating while working on the space station and there’s some beautiful visions of the starry sky involved in this. There’s also some singing (not by Vivy for the end credits). Though on that note, I do love how both the opening and closing credits are integrated into the anime and the story continues through both while the AI’s sing. It kind of adds to the overall immersion in the episode.
The other visual I really liked that I probably should have noted last episode was how plastic the AI’s actually look compared with the humans. There is also a kind of stiffness to their movement animation that really fits with the idea that they are similar to the humans but not human. There are a number of scenes this episode with the AI hosts and the human visitors to the space station that really highlight the visual and animation differences between them and it is really effective.
The story here wasn’t resolved in this episode and I killed the next episode previews because I want to be surprised. I’m actually pretty invested in this story at this point and I really look forward to finding out what happens next and learning more about the ripples Vivy is creating and what effect they are having.
Images used for review from: Vivy: Fluorite Eye’s Song. Dir. S Ezaki. Wit Studio. 2021.
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