Vivy: Fluorite’s Eyes Song is an original anime series produced by WIT Studio which is written by Tappei Nagatsuki and Eiji Umehara. Tappei Nagatsuki who is also the man behind the light novel series Re: Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu, was one of the people involved in the creation of this anime.
There is a reason I pointed that out though. You may find very few elements which especially Re: Zero is famous for. The series may start normally but suddenly becomes gruesome, explores dark aspects like it’s nothing and it has no mercy for the characters. And it has a bit of time travel as well. So, while watching the series if you suddenly wonder what’s happening then this information might be helpful.
The story is set in a futuristic world where humans have created AIs. Now, A.I. don’t necessarily mean robots though there are those as well but you can say they are artificial humans who can act like humans. And the way to distinguish them is the mark on their neck. All AIs have one ‘mission’ and that’s what they live/operate for. For example, a nurse AI’s mission would be to serve the patients.
But in future a war breaks between Human and AIs and an AI with proper knowledge of history is sent 100 years back in past to prevent certain events that could have led to destructions of humans. The very first autonomous AI, Vivy, a songstress AI is chosen to be its partner and together they set out on a 100 years journey to prevent the war. A 100-year project, Project Singularity. I wonder if ‘Solomon’ is responsible for this (a Fate-Joke).
We have 3 story aspects that constructs the series. First is the 100-year mission which is mentioned above. Their project and the mission to stop the war spans from start to the finish and is the main theme of the series.
There is also another aspect of the series which is centered around Vivy. While making her, Vivy’s creator becomes playful and give her instruction, “make people happy with your song so pour your heart into your singing”. Now heart doesn’t mean the organ that pumps the blood. It’s what that breaks when you realize your Waifu isn’t real.
Since it’s something that doesn’t physically exist, Vivy has a hard time on understanding it which she believes is required to fulfil her mission. Even we, humans could understand, feel or even know what it is but many would have hard time to describe it on reality basis. For some, it might be metaphor or soul or will but that’s where our description limits to. How Vivy search for her answers for her questions, something which even science cannot explain, for the sake of her mission is another aspect of the series which also somehow shows her character development.
Another aspect deals with various stories of humans or AIs they meet during their 100 years journey. Vivy is an anthology series where in various segments that last for almost 2 episodes they come across various individuals who have their own answers for Vivy’s question. Their different missions and different experience make them to come up with their own opinion of what a heart is. For different AIs, putting their heart on something means various things by which they contribute on both the previous aspects of series.
The series has perfect balance among these and handles them pretty well. It never feels series is overwhelmed by this and smoothly carries them till the end. It feels like these aspects are driven parallelly and none is overwhelmed by any. Credits to the remarkable writing which handled it perfectly. Also, at the point where I felt this series was going to be monotonous, the series just took a sharp turn making the flow interesting. Of course, I would have watched it anyways but I felt that was just great writing. So, the writing is really great in the series.
WIT studio did what it’s known for, great animation. The animation is great. Especially, the fight and action sequence is very impressive. And at some intervals it surprises the audience with stunning visuals or closeup shots which were more than impressive. Each of them was stunning and none of them failed to mesmerize me.
Well I did say in the beginning that you may find few aspects of Re: Zero here which is true but I felt it more similar to another series, Violet Evergarden. Even the character of Vivy and Violet are very similar. Violet is searching for the meaning of ‘Love’ and Vivy is searching for what a ‘Heart’ means with both having no idea of what it truly is. Both are characters of similar anthology series and both don’t express much of expressions which of course changes with a great character development throughout the series.
Along with Vivy there are other characters as well who are mostly AIs and some humans. The characters really do leave an impact to the audience and as the story progresses various story of these characters come forth.
There are many songs in the series among which all of them are really good. It has Sci-fi elements as well and they are portrayed really well. Its action packed and the sequences are really good. The story is equally good. It also has slice of life aspect to it. So, Vivy is a package that has something to deliver to every type of audience.
Vivy makes you to witness an amazing tale of an AI who journey’s through 100 years trying to prevent the war between humans and AIs while on her path meeting various answers in order to understand what heart means so she can pour it into her singing to make people’s life happy.
She runs, leaps, breaks apart, stand up again but finally is able to pour her heart into her singing. Nothing is 100% effective but when she puts her heart into it, you can feel her giving more than 100% in her song. And when she pours her heart into her singing, the whole series flashes in front of you. Their journey, that long path of 100 years just flashes in front of you. You can really tell that she actually is singing by heart because the singing would be touching yours as well.