“A certain point in time, in the continent of Telesis. The great war which divided the continent into North and South has ended after four years, and the people are welcoming a new generation. Violet Evergarden, a young girl formerly known as “the weapon”, has left the battlefield to start a new life at CH Postal Service. There, she is deeply moved by the work of “Auto Memories Dolls”, who carry people’s thoughts and convert them into words. Violet begins her journey as an Auto Memories Doll and comes face to face with various people’s emotions and different shapes of love. There are words Violet heard on the battlefield, which she cannot forget. These words were given to her by someone she holds dear, more than anyone else. She does not yet know their meaning but she searches to find it.” -ANN
From the moment it was announced to air, it was going to be my #1 for the season regardless of what else was going to air. KyoAni comes in guns blazing, fantastic source material, artwork, and animation work hand in hand, and together it makes something unforgettable.
Violet Evergarden is a light novel that consisted of several powerful and descriptive short stories but lacks backstory for Violet herself. The anime adaptation brings forth the short story and ties them all back to Violet’s journey in finding emotion and self-worth in herself after losing her only reason to live on. The story of Violet Evergarden is a sad yet beautiful voyage filled with bright warm smiles as well as bitter tears of sorrow.
Artwork & Animation:
Everything the art in this show is wonderful, even the two-minute preview that was aired has people gasping and wanting more. The animation is breath-taking, from the individual strands of hair to the ruffling of the clothes, everything felt so alive and vibrant. The color schemes of the scenery added to the atmosphere of the show, whether in a beautiful industrial European town or on the cold-blooded battlefield. With all this great artwork it’s hard NOT getting immersed in the setting.
Being the main character, Violet gets a lot of attention and she deserves it, but let’s not forget each and every character that she meets throughout her journey. Each individual character plays an important part in this universe that surrounds Violet. Each with their own story to tell and contributes to the setting in extraordinary ways. There aren’t a lot of anime out there that will go to this depth of character development for mere side characters that only appear for one episode.
Sound (OST & Voice Acting):
Wonderful soundtrack with even better voice acting. Each cry or help tugs at my hearts string and each laughter makes my heart flutter. Bring that together with outstanding orchestral pieces create even more emotion and gives the setting an atmosphere to come alive.
I knew, from the start, that Violet Evergarden was going to be great but I didn’t think it’d be this amazing! It blew my expectations out of the water even though the expectation were already high enough! Violet Evergarden will definitely be one that I recommend to anyone who asks “what’s your favorite anime?”. Here it is, Violet Evergarden.
Overall: Score 10
If the marvelous artwork didn’t already get your attention, then the story will and it’ll hook you to the end. Violet Evergarden is a wonderful masterpiece the exceeded all expectations with flying colors. From wonderful art and scenery to a powerful and moving story, Violet Evergarden will have you in awe of its wonderful characters and phenomenal soundtrack.
Best Girl: Violet Evergarden
After witnessing her grow and mature through the anime it’s hard not to love Violet Evergarden, her desire to help others and see the best in everyone even those who hurt her are amazing and I’m proud to name her best girl in the series.