ODD TAXI: THE PHENOMENAL ANIME YOU AREN’T WATCHING
Previous #NACONCONNECT HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 2021 EDITION
Review (No Spoilers)
With continuing heavy-hitters like My Hero Academia, Megalobox, and Attack on Titan as well as several new shows that looked promising like 86, Tokyo Revengers, and To Your Eternity, I started the Spring 2021 anime season with zero interest in this anime. The poster art felt like the kind of still you’d see on a show you watch because nothing else is really all that interesting. Quite frankly, the description wasn’t really doing it for me either:
NiaLand is an A.I. theme park that brings dreams to life with science. Vivy, the first autonomous android to work there, has hopes of making people happy with her singing. One day, an A.I. teddy bear named Matsumoto appears, claiming to have come from 100 years in the future—where a war between A.I. and humans rages. Their century-long journey starts now!
~ Description from Funimation
During a lull between watching a few other episodes I decided, I’d give the show a shot. I mean, it had a teddy bear in it! I’d probably watch two episodes and call it quits.
Boy was I wrong! Vivy: Fluorite Eye’s Song is up there as one of the best all-around anime I have seen in the last few seasons.
Vivy: Fluorite Eye’s Song is an anime original (secondarily receiving a manga and novel adaptation) created by Re: Zero− Starting Life in Another World light novel author Tappei Nagatsuki and screenwriter Eiji Umehara. Produced by Aniplex, Wit Studio does a stellar job animating this story with brilliant use of colors and lighting as well as integration of 2d and 3d effects that we’ve come to expect from the same studio that gave us the first three seasons of Attack on Titan and Vinland Saga.
Each of the thirteen episodes clocks in at around twenty-four minutes, but there is so much packed into every episode I will bet you will find yourself thinking you just watched an episode twice as long – engaged the entire time.
Look, I’m not going to tell you that you have to watch Vivy, but if you enjoy sci-fi concepts, beautiful auditory and visual aesthetics, shows that ask philosophical questions, or high-intensity action (I know that is a hell of an assortment), watch the first two episodes and see what you think. I don’t think you will be disappointed.