Sunny Review: Apple TV+'s Quirky Sci-Fi Mystery Shines

Here’s the review of "Sunny," Apple TV+'s new sci-fi mystery series
Sunny Review: Apple TV+'s Quirky Sci-Fi Mystery Shines

Sunny, a new series on Apple TV+ is a delightful show that turns the viewer’s notion of future robotic assistants and black comedies, on their head. It is a mix of comedy, mystery, self-reflection, and warm fuzzies all rolled into one and with a wink at the core concept of artificial intelligence.

Taking place in a neon-lit depression-era Japan, the animated silent series is about an American woman Suzie (voiced by Rashida Jones), who undergoing her period of mourning from losing her husband, finds friendly company in the shape of Sunny, a wholesome, cheerful homebot. When Suzie gets a feeling that her friend Sunny has some information regarding her husband’s disappearance, they both set on a trail to find out what really happened: they end up in the twilight of corporate espionage, Japanese mafia, and secret fights between human- like robots. Alright, genuinely, no one could ever suspect that robots are indeed so hardcore.

Although a bit slow-paced, the show always has something interesting going on. The awkward personality of the characters is appealing and while the clumsy bar tender Mixxy (depicted by Annie the clumsy, a YouTuber) and the comedy of the villainous mother-in-law Noriko (Judy Ongg), breathes life into the film. And the episodes that contradict the format and break the structure, such as the one devoted to the rich topic of Hikikomori, provide an additional meaningful layer to the show.

This experience proves once again that Rashida Jones is not only a great actress but one with great comedic timing as she portrays Suzie as a grief-stricken woman who fully intends on making the most out of her anger and determination to move forward. It is felt that Joanna Sotomura was cast perfectly to voice Sunny, the robot as she is just too adorable and has grown into her own character from the robot.

Sunny isn’t your usual dystopian AI narrative either. The robots in this place are not mere empty shells, but rather fragile guys with their respective problems and question marks about the nature of their existence. This series focuses on the moral issues of artificial intelligence and discusses ideas about personality, choice, and conscience. With its complicated take on artificial intelligence and the riveting procedural and the humor, it would be a plus to watch this show for sci-fi lovers and mystery/thriller enthusiasts.

All in all, Sunny is an emotionally appealing retro-futuristic show. If you are someone who likes to watch sci-fi shows not just for technical pomp and show, but also for its emotional and artistic flavors, Sunny might just be the show for you!

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