I’ve noticed in the past 6 months leading up to the previous Winter season that this anime is particular was one of the most anticipated anime to come in 2018. Of course, with it being from Kyoto Animation, the studio that sakuga heads love to orgasm whenever the name drops and yes, I do know that their animation is top-notch but you forget that….. I got to like the show, too. Then again, last year, I did like Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid and that ended up on my list but that one didn’t have the same animation and art style as this one.
Enter VIOLET EVERGARDEN! An anime that many anime fans were looking forward to and…..some had to wait for 3 months to watch it on Netflix or some just pirate it because some can’t wait for it although Canada, the United Kingdom, the Philippines, and Japan got it early and with an English dub at that, too!
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 differing 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.
So, I heard that this show was supposed to make you have “the feels” aka that phrase I don’t like to use much and sometimes shows like that don’t make me feel that way, the example being Your Lie in April as that show that capitalizes on trying to make you cry but the grating comedy bits and the forced love-triangle moments really made that just another average drama that could’ve been better.
Now, in here….it’s a story that starts out slow but progressively it’s moves along well with exploring Violet’s past and learning about her being “the weapon”. The interesting thing about her is that while she does starts out as some emotionless automaton that follows all the rules and people questioning her humanity and wondering what the hell is with her but learns from the experiences she has with visiting a lot of people involving the letters, the development in her grows more and more.
Maybe not as fast as people wanted it to be but this is the type of slow pacing that’s actually warranted and also, the high emotional moments are also very warranted, especially when you get to Episode 10 or the latter half of the series and without spoilers, it’s the type of shit that will make you react and maybe cry if you’re one of those people that can instantly cry at shit. Now you can say this sounds like some Oscar bait-shit here and maybe it is…..then again, I’ve seen a lot of people praise a lot of Oscar-bait anime like Mushi-shi and Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu and at least with Evergarden, I felt a damn thing on there and I’m not bored with the shit.
*insert how gorgeous the animation and artstyle by KyoAni looks*
What? You know I’m not saying anything new about the animation that everyone else has already said when they watched the series first and at this point about KyoAni’s animation style like this is gorgeous and stunning to look at, it isn’t shit that’s mind-blowing.
The music is also something that’s very meh to me. The opening “Sincerely” by True just seems like your typical orchestral opening theme and first time listening to it….I wasn’t that all enthralled with it and yes, I always skip the intro to this and let the next episode continues, cutting the ED song (“Michishirube (みちしるべ)” by Minori Chihara), too. The rest of the score was fine enough with some of the tense music choices in something’s going down being my favorite part of it but other than that, it left one ear and out the other. However, the sound I will praise is the English voice of the title character aka Erika Harlacher and she does a phenomenal job that conveys a lot of emotion into her.
FINAL VERDICT: Overall, Violet Evergarden is…..well, I’m not going to say that this is AOTY but it is a damn good show that slowly develops and progresses our main character and the show manages to pull out genuine emotional moments along with its usual but stunning animation and soundtrack. It’s going to be on a lot of AOTY lists for a lot of people and I do see why but for me personally…..it’s still a good show I can recommend to people.
I’m MAK2.0 aka The Blue Hybrid and I promise to look at a non-Netflix title next time!
VIOLET EVERGARDEN – animated by Kyoto Animation / streaming on NETFLIX