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The Great War finally came to an end after four long years of conflict; fractured in two, the continent of Telesis slowly began to flourish once again. Caught up in the bloodshed was Violet Evergarden, a young girl raised for the sole purpose of decimating enemy lines. Hospitalized and maimed in a bloody skirmish during the War’s final leg, she was left with only words from the person she held dearest, but with no understanding of their meaning.
Recovering from her wounds, Violet starts a new life working at CH Postal Services after a falling out with her new intended guardian family. There, she witnesses by pure chance the work of an “Auto Memory Doll,” amanuenses that transcribe people’s thoughts and feelings into words on paper. Moved by the notion, Violet begins work as an Auto Memory Doll, a trade that will take her on an adventure, one that will reshape the lives of her clients and hopefully lead to self-discovery.
Violet Evergarden had a strange way of dealing with it’s characters. The character design of every recurring cast member was flawless. Each character had a unique look and feel that makes the watcher want to get to know them as the show progresses. But that’s where the show’s minor issues arise. We never really see these characters fleshed out in any meaningful way other than being used as tools to further the development of the main character, Violet. With that said, Violet was one of the most interesting characters of the Winter 2018 Anime season. I appreciated the way her past as a hellfighter during the war was introduced little by little, as it always came exactly when the show needed a change of pace. The characters that requested letters from Violet were usually only in the show for their respective episodes but were expertly developed in a way that made you care about their personal story and the results that their request would bring.
Two words… Kyoto Animation. Honestly that should be enough to justify the rating but lets dive a little deeper. When the first trailer for Violet Evergarden surfaced, the animation quality was the topic of the anime community for weeks. And even with all of the hype surrounding is production value Kyoto Animation found a way to make every single frame a treat for it’s audience. The most impressive thing about the shows visuals has to be the detail that was applied when bringing the light novel’s different scenes to life. I’m actually quite curious as to what the budget was to produce the show because it is clear that KyoAni used techniques that are usually saved for feature length films with budgets unobtainable to anime studios. Violet Evergarden is a virtual lock to win the award for Best Animation and that is why it receives our first perfect score in this category
Violet Evergarden is a simply a must-watch. The first few episodes start of fairly slow but by episode four it’s full steam ahead and doesn’t look back. This show will take you on an emotional roller coaster ride that you wont want to end. But the ending of the show comes at the perfect time and the wrap-up job is solid. Violet Evergarden is highly recommended and should go towards the top of your watch list.
887/1000 Heartfelt Letters