Violet Evergarden…. what can I say ? I don’t even know where to start. But first things first. Who is Violet Evergarden and what is the anime about? According to Wikipedia, Violet Evergarden is a ” light novel series written by Kana Akatsuki. ‘ It is a 13 episode series developed by Kyoto Animation and aired in January, 2018 in Japan and few other countries , and in April, 2018 in the US, licensed and aired on Netflix.
The story revolves around Violet Evergarden, an orphan who didn’t even have a name, and who was trained to be a tool or a weapon of war since she was small. While in training, she was almost raped by soldiers, but managed to kill all of them, and because of that , the commander , Dietfred Boungainvillea just gave her to his younger brother, Gilbert, who in turn, treated her kindly, taught her how to read and write , never considered her a tool of war, and most importantly , gave her the name Violet Evergarden. . Gilbert’s existence became Violet’s only reason for living, and she fiercely protected him. Nevertheless, Gilbert became a casualty of war, but before he died, he told Violet ” You have to live… be free…. and , I want you to know that from the bottom of my heart , I LOVE YOU.
Gilbert’s ” last words” is the driving force that propels the story forward to a beautiful conclusion. Violet , you see, is an expressionless, unemotional , unempathetic weapon of war , a one -man advance team who can take down enemies anytime , anywhere . How then can she live in times of peace ?
Gilbert has instructed Col. Hodgins , (in case something happens to him), to take care of Violet, and if possible, to send her to his home to live with his parents. Violet refuses . Col. Hodgins, who has established a postal company , then employs Violet. For some reason, almost 1/2 of the population cannot read nor write. For this reason, Col. Hodgins’ company not only delivers letters, but also employs ” ghostwriters” , called Auto Memory Dolls ( or Dolls ). A doll’s job is to write a letter for a client and she should have a skill to put a person’s feelings into the letter. Violet becomes a doll, too….she’s very efficient, and can type 200 words a minute. The problem is, she lacks emotions, hence she is unable to write down the true feelings a client wants to convey. It’s like a straightforward military report. Over and out.
So, why does she want to be auto memory doll ? Violet desperately wants to know what ” I love you” means, Gilbert’s very last words. She wants to understand different emotions…. happiness, grief, love, sadness.
The story ” Violet Evergarden ” is her journey towards personal growth. Her source are the various encounters she has had with people who need her service . “I am Violet Evergarden , your auto memory doll. I will travel anywhere to serve you . ”
There are no words to describe what I feel about this anime. The emotion I felt was like a raging wildfire that could only be doused by buckets of tears. I understand that, to some, the slow pacing of the story might not like this anime, but I urge you to watch it, because it is so worth it. This is, by far, the best anime I’ve watched …. definitely a contender for Anime of the Year, 2018. I rate it a 10/10.