Last weekend I laid down in bed planning to watch Supernatural on Netflix while my husband played Call of Duty, but I never did make it to Supernatural. Instead this image appeared; Violet Evergarden, a new anime that released on April 5th on Netflix. I figured I’d give it a chance, based solely on her outfit. It was the best decision I made that day.
Violet Evergarden is a 13 episode anime based on the award winning light novels of the same name. And before I go any further, I should say, it will break our heart. The first night I watched three episodes. Then I watched a few every night the rest of the week. This show will dig into you, and you’re pretty much helpless to do anything but finish it. The series is about Violet Evergarden, an orphan taken in by the military and used as nothing more than a tool, a killing machine. Until she meets The Major and her life changes. From the beginning your heart breaks for her, this young girl who has never had anyone on her side. And it just continues to break more and more after loss and destruction and the onslaught of emotions that she never even knew she had. The series is really about her journey from orphaned killing machine to beloved writer.
Along the way Violet encounters new people who each teach her a little bit about herself and humanity. She makes friends. She learns how to deal with the grief she carries, and how to accept love. “I love you,” words that she didn’t understand, haunt her for a really long time, but by the end of the series she has a better grip on her emotions and what love means. And through it all, the memory of The Major keeps her going. It’s a beautiful story. (Seriously keep the tissues handy)
There’s so much I could say about Violet Evergarden, the show. It’s full of magical moments, and it is artful not only in the animation but the storytelling. I love how much importance it puts on the written word. Auto Memories Doll is a highly sought after occupation, and one that is highly instrumental in helping Violate find her humanity. There is the episode where public love letters help a young princess find her truth, and then the episode where a playwright uses his new play to deal with his own grief, and through it all Violet is typing out these words helping them as much as they help her. And then of course, it is all magnified with the backdrop being a war that hasn’t quite ended. Her time in the military shaped her and it is not something she shakes off easily.
Violet Evergarden is a beautifully animated, heart breaking show and I recommend it to everyone. I really can’t say enough good things about it.