Violet Evergarden

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Violet Evergarden
“I want to know what “I love you” means…” – Violet Evergarden
Genre: Anime
Running Time: 24 minutes
Country: Japan
Release Date: January 11th – April 5th, 2018
Network(s): Tokyo MX, ABC, TVA, BS11, HTB (Japan)
Netflix (Streaming Rights)
Created by: Taichi Ishidate
Distributed by: Netflix
Kyoto Animation
Starring: Yui Ishikawa
Takehito Koyasu
Daisuke Namikawa
Seasons: 1
Episodes: 13 + OVA

Violet Evergarden is a drama, tragedy, comedy anime series. It's based on a light novel series written by Kana Akatsuki, illustrated by Akiko Takase, and published by Kyoto Animation for the magazine KA Esuma Bunko. It originally ran from December 25, 2015 to March 28, 2020, for 3 volumes in total. The anime adaptaiton was directed by Taichi Ishidate, written by Reiko Yoshida, musically composed by Evan Call, produced by Kyoto Animation, and exclusively liscenced by Netflix.  It originally ran from January 11, 2018 to April 5, 2018, with 13 episodes in total. In July, the series gained an OVA.  

Why It Rocks

  1. The series has impressively beautiful animation, as it's one of the best looking TV anime of all time.  
  2. Gorgeous art-style and character designs. It manages to mix typical anime character designs, such as with the huge eyes, with a more realistic character designs, in terms of hair color and body designs.  
  3. Violet Evergarden was one of the many shows recently licensed exclusively by Netflix. In addition to that, Kyoto Animation entirely finished the series before it had to air. That means that Netflix was able to drop the entire show on day 1, unlike the other shows which they don't release for several months after their finished airing.
  4. Violet is a wonderfully interesting, complex, and sympathetic main character. She's one of the best female anime characters in anime in a long time.  
  5. Great, well-written, engaging drama. It's tailor-made to tug at your heart-strings.  
  6. Good voice acting in both sub and dub.  
  7. Incredible themes which aren't often covered in anime. The main theme is that of the main heroine, Violet, trying to discover and express emotions, and they do that by way of having her be an ex-soldier who, before the start of the series, knew nothing but the battlefield and obeying orders.  
  8. It has an excellently moving soundtrack and has a wonderfully charming opening theme and ending theme.  
  9. The movie is also a brilliant way to conclude both Violet and Gilbert's character arcs and their love for each other.

The Only Bad Quality

  1. Most of the side characters felt like they were underutilized in the story.  


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