Violet Evergarden, Anime tv Series (2018)

Love is beautiful. It can give you wings, and make you feel like you can take on the entire world by yourself. It’s one of the most powerful emotions we have access too, and when that sting of cupid’s arrow has found you, you might just be the luckiest man or woman alive. But love can also be a cruel mistress. It can hurt….an awful lot. You might at times feel as if your heart is literally ripped out from your chest whenever the one you loved leaves you. Because either the love has died, or even worse when that person has left the world of the living behind, never to return. It is at times like that you probably wish you would have a switch that can turn off your emotions just like that. But if only life were that easy. There are days when I can feel very melancholy. Because love has not yet entered my life, and because there are days that I feel it never will. Even though those days are hard, I try to not give up hope. And sometimes, just sometimes there is something that can give you a new boost of hope. I have always said that one of the highest achievements any kind of medium can achieve, is fill you with emotions. Violet Evergarden is an anime series that does just that, and than some….

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No this is not a remake of Mary Poppins.

Violet Evergarden is a breathtaking anime series that tells the tale of the β€œ Auto Memory Doll” with the same name. Violet used to be a soldier and was left behind on the battlefield badly injured whilst protecting her commanding officer MajorΒ Gilbert Bougainvillea. This resulted in the loss of both her arms. She did surive the ordeal, and her arms got replaced by metalΒ prosthesis. After the war, Violet has a hard time trying to adjust to life. One day an old friend of Major Gilbert visits her and decides to show her the business he owns, the CH postal office. In that place Auto Memory Dolls write letters for people who have a hard time finding the correct words to say, and putting them to paper. Violet gets hired to work there, but at first it’s very hard to find her place. Especially since she has been trying to make sense of the very last words Major Gilbert told her: β€œ I love you” . As Violet has no real way of understanding emotions, it becomes increasingly more difficult for her to cope with all the feelings that are inside her. But as time progresses, and she encounters more and more people with feelings that rival her own, Violet begins to live again. But dark clouds of war seem to loom on the horizon, and the safe world that she has created around her, might just burst into flames again…..

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I did say that this anime looks breathtaking did I not?

Where do I start reviewing an anime that has left me literally in tears for quite a number of times during it’s run. I’m not even joking here. I cried, because the emotions in this series were so very, very real. An anime like this doesn’t come around very often. I have seen and read numerous reviews for this one, and those have been very mixed indeed. Some people loved it, some people hated it. As for me? I thought this was a masterpiece. Right from the very first opening scene this anime captured my heart, and did not let go of it until the very last episode. I must first mention the absolutely astounding level of detail that went into this anime. The wordbuilding, the characters, the amazing music, everything just looks and sounds top notch. It is a world that is utterly believable and that just makes you invested in this even more. The high quality level of animation that is presented here at numerous times takes your breath away. Beautifully drawn landscapes, cities, sunsets, it all looks absolutely amazing.

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Sometimes you just want to hit someone on the head.

But it’s the story that makes this anime so very worthwhile. I have heard people mention them really disliking the character of Violet. Because of her at times static responses and the way she repeats things like saying she wants to understand love. But one must not forget that she is not really human. She is a doll. And because of that her responses initially are static. But the farther the series progresses, the more I fell in love with this character. Her struggle with trying to become human, and trying to grasp the feeling of love that was in her all along but which she just didn’t know, was simply fascinating to watch. In one of the later episodes she has to write letters for a dying mother, who has a a very young daughter. It was during that episode that I really broke down at the end. I had to pause because the emotions on display during those 24 minutes were almost too much. And it was in that episode that I think Violet grew into an even more humane character than she already was.

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You always need to keep smiling, even if that means pulling your face off.

Violet Evergarden starts off quite slow. It takes a while for it to really get going, which is why it requires a little bit of patience as well. But the payoff is incredible, and I for one had no problem with the initial slower episodes. Despite the fact that this is a series that is at it’s heart a romance story, there are also episodes that focus on the war. Both the impending one, and the one in the past. Actionwise, this sometimes results in some cool fight sequences, but beware as this certainly is not an action series. While the main story is of course about Violet herself, there were also quite a number of very interesting supporting characters. It would go to far to name all of them, but suffice it to say that at her place of work there certainly are a number of coworkers who you will grow very fond of too. After 13 episodes I felt sad to be leaving this world behind. I was delighted to see however that a new project is in the works, and one can only hope that it will arrive very soon.

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And some of the other dolls…erm..litterally, not trying to offend here.

So in case it wasn’t clear yet, I absolutely loved this anime. It was a beautiful and very fascinating journey to behold, although I certainly would recommend to keep a few boxes of tissues close by. It gives us a good and often important lesson about emotions, especially one of the most powerful ones: Love. Where Violet struggles to grasp the meaning of the word altogether we often struggle to keep a hold of it. For we often fear the pain of loss, or heartbreak. But I would say after having seen this, never fear that feeling. For our lives are fleeting and might be over before you know it. If love does cross your path grasp it with both hands, and try to keep a hold of this as best you can, never letting go. And even if you might not always be able to exactly say what you might feel, this anime has a solution for that as well. Put your words in a letter, as that can be just as powerful as saying the words out loud. And I am sure that Violet would be willing to give you a helping hand with that…

I give Violet Evergarden a 10 out of 10 score.

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53 thoughts on “Violet Evergarden, Anime tv Series (2018)”

    1. Thank you so much. I really tried to put a lot of heart into this post, because I really thought this anime was amazing. For me it’s certainly one of the highlights of this year. I hope you will enjoy it when you get around to it. Can’t wait to hear your thoughs on this! 😊

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    1. OMG…nearly jumping up and down in excitement here: You watched a Korean movie, and even better: one of my favorites! 😊 That one certainly had me crying too, and was in general one of the best warmovies I have seen. A totally amazing story, and some wonderful and very heartwarming characters made this a movie to remember. So awesome that you saw that one 😊
      As for Violet, well….I would say go ahead and try an episode. An episode is only 23 minutes long so not really time consuming 😊 It’s definitely worth the watch, that’s for sure 😊

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    1. Aww Shalini, thank you so much for this very kind and amazing comment ❀️ I’m definitely feeling better. Not quite there yet, but getting there 😊 I’m definitely planning on enjoying my break, and making the most of it 😊
      Hope you are okay too, and that you will have a great week 😘😊

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  1. I am still mixed about a few things for this anime structure wise, but I cried too. The most powerful episodes just stick with you for such a long time and it feels good to have such an amazing emotional release.

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  2. I really liked this show a lot! I never had a problem with Violet’s character because to me she just came off as autistic. This isn’t an insult in any way, but the emotional deficiencies and behavior were similar to myself when I was younger. Great post πŸ™‚

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    1. I agree…and I know exactly what you mean by her coming off as autistic. I really loved this character, and it was amazing to see her grow during this anime. I’m glad you enjoyed the post, and honestly this might sound strange, but this post was pretty important to me. I really was incredibly touched by the many emotions this anime offered, and that doesn’t happen very often to me. Thanks as always for the kind words 😊

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    1. Haha, yeah I know what you mean: no worries 😊 Lol, no it certainly wasn’t a gardening show (that would be interesting to see for an anime at some point though lol πŸ˜‚). But yes this really is an anime that I highly recommend. It’s an absolutely amazing masterpiece 😊

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  3. Okay, I was hooked just after reading first paragraph of your review. You know me I’m a sucker for emotional stuffs. You captured all emotions I needed and wanted in everything I watch and read… So I’m gonna watch this.

    By the way, have you watched Spirited Away. It’s an old film. I’m having hard time if I liked it or not. I need another thoughts from others. hehe.

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    1. Aww, thank you, that really is kind of you to say 😊 It’s always nice to hear that someone is going to watch something because of what I wrote for it 😊. I hope you will enjoy it, as it really was truly amazing.
      As for Spirited Away. Yes I have watched it, and that was a very beautiful film. I even won an Oscar (not that that always says something but still). Definitely a truly wonderful animated classic 😊

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  4. Wonderful post.
    It was Aristotle that said we watch things in order to purge our emotions. Well, with this anime I was right there with you. I didn’t think I could have any tears left.
    The mother and daughter letters wrecked me and I found a weird sense of peace at the end as I was along for her journey to understand and to feel.
    It really was an amazing story and it holds nothing back.
    I’m glad to found another person, who like me, cried at almost every episode.

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    1. Aww, this comment…Really thank you so much 😊 I said it over on another comment to Jon on this post, this post really meant a lot to me. I tried to capture the magic and emotions I felt with this anime in this post.
      It’s not often that an anime really gets to me like this, and it’s nice to hear that I really wasn’t the only one who felt this way about it. I also know that when I watch this one a second time, I will probably cry just as hard. As for the episode you mentioned, it was absolutely amazing and as you say it held nothing back at all. Which is probably the main reason why it was so great 😊
      Thanks again for this wonderful comment 😊

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  5. Yep.. Love is quite the fascinating thing. I’ve experienced both ends of it, and boy can it be intense. I do hope you’ll get the chance to experience it someday, Michel. It’ll change you forever. πŸ˜‰ As for Violet Evergarden? Wow. This much praise coming from the man whose seen so many anime? I’m definitely going to have high expectations going into this one whenever that is! Beautiful review, good sir!

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    1. Well, I have experienced it, but sadly always not the good end of it 😒But, I never give up hope 😊
      As for this anime…it stole my heart if you can believe that. I loved this one. That’s what I tried to let shine trough in this review😊 It’s one of those true masterpieces that comes along every once in a while. I hope you will enjoy it, and thanks as always for these great comments 😊

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  6. “love has not yet entered my life”….. I’ll try not to be TOO offended by that statement. πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰
    This sounds AMAZING!! Don’t know if I can do it though… There’s too much heartbreak in the world already to go and seek it out… πŸ˜•

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    1. β€œDon’t be, because I was very tempted to add the words β€œ but it’s very, very close” to it” ❀️But well…chickened out I guess πŸ˜… (Oops…too much feels again sorry..πŸ˜…πŸ˜…, hope you won’t be offended by saying this 😘😘).
      It really was amazing…can’t recommend this one enough…Hm, did you ever hear of the word ” watchalong?? πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€”” If not…I can let you find out more about that word πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚.

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  7. Shame that auto memory dolls don’t exist in the real world. I could then hire one to type content for my blog, whenever writer’s block strikes haha.

    Violet Evergarden is my fave anime of the year thus far and that’s saying a lot as I have seen a lot of good stuff in 2018. The early, fish out of water at work, episodes made me chuckle. Later on, when we see how Violet’s career helps people, really tugged at the heart strings.

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    1. Haha…yeah, I could kind of use that too I guess, they would make life so much more easier lol πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
      I agree though. It’s my favorite anime of this year as well. And I’ve seen some pretty good stuff too, probably not as much as you, but still. You hit the nail on the head : exactly what I felt too. I’m glad to know that there is going to be a follow up to this. I hope it will be just as good 😊

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    1. It was an amazing series, and honestly this is a post that I really loved myself as well. I really tried to capture what I felt while I watched this one, and I’m pretty glad that so many seemed to enjoy this post 😊 I hope you will enjoy this series too. It really is amazing 😊

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    1. Thanks so much KIm 😊😊 It really was an anime that got to me in so many ways, and it really was for me the best one that I have seen all year. I’m glad you enjoyed it, and I really had fun writing this post, am glad that so many people seem to like this one!😊

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  8. Apologies I’m really behind in your posts (not just your posts. I’m behind on WordPress in general). Having flu has set me back something awful.

    Wow, wanting to run a post office is a really unique dream πŸ˜€ But wow, this anime sounds so beautiful. I already have it on my to watch list, but I think I’ll push it a little higher up the list now πŸ™‚ Even if it’ll reduce me to a blubbering mess πŸ˜€

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    1. Please, you don’t have anything to apologise for! You have been sick, and I’m just glad to see you are feeling better and have returned to the land of the living (lol yes I just read your post πŸ˜‚).
      I can tell ya, this anime really blew me away. I’m actually watching it for a second time now with my mum, and it’s still every bit as impressive. Do recommend keeping that box of tissues nearby, because that blubbering mess might definitely happen. It’s so worth it though. Hope you will enjoy it! 😊

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  9. Awesome review! I am reviewing this anime too and I can safely say that this anime is must if you have Netflix. I think I cried many times up to episode 10. I even got my friend into this anime too.

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    1. Thank you so much, appreciate you checking it out 😊 I’m currently rewatching it with my mum, and she had to cry at pretty much the same moments that I did. And I was equally moved by it as well. It really is an absolute must see anime, and one that is very rewarding if you stick with it 😊😊

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      1. You’re welcome. You put your heart into your review and I like your honest opinions. This anime was so good, I would buy it and watch many times. It was an award to stick around. πŸ™‚

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