Violet Evergarden is focused on the titular heroine of the series who is a former soldier who becomes a ghostwriter called an Auto Memory Doll so she can reintegrate herself into society. With this job, Violet finds herself trying to comprehend the words "I love you" from her superior officer, Gilbert, before he vanished during a mission that he and Violet were on.
Violet Evergarden is mostly a character-drive drama focused on the developments of Violet's character as her reintegration into society leads her to learn about and properly expressing emotions, an element of humanity she has little experience with due to spending the majority of her life on the battlefield as a child soldier. Early episodes of the series focus on Violet learning more of the Auto Memory Doll trade and taking on jobs within the profession, each of which leading her character to gradually develop as she better understands human emotions and the words of Gilbert. This also leads her to reflect back on her past life as a soldier as she better understands the moral ramifications of taking lives, something the series takes some time to explore at points when officers among both allied and enemy forces confront her on this element to her character. Later episodes explore more of Violet's backstory that cover how she became a soldier, met Gilbert, and acquired her silver-laced prosthetic arms after resigning from life as a soldier. The show's pacing is deliberately slow to make Violet's character developments feel more natural, enhancing the engaging storytelling offered up with the series.
The only major hiccup that comes up with Violet Evergarden is the attempts it made to try focusing on the issues surrounding the war fought in the series, particularly shown during the anime's second half. While a decent attempt at trying to offer world-building to the series, the focus on the war does take time away from exploring Violet's developments as a character at points in the anime's second half, as this anime was more Violet's story than exploring the larger end of things within the anime's world.
Visually, Violet Evergarden is easily among the most impressive TV anime titles made for the year thus far. Animated by Kyoto Animation, the series sports gorgeous and highly detailed scenic shots, detailed character designs, and fluid movement that is best shown during moments when Violet is in action against enemy soldiers. The setting for the series appears to be a steampunk-like Industrial Era setting that is quite accurate in depicting clothing, building aesthetics, and technology of that time period for the most part with the exception of Violet's highly proficient prosthetic arms.
While having some hiccups, Violet Evergarden still stood out as a great title for me thanks to the developments of the anime's titular character in exploring her gradual growth and understanding of human emotions and morality. It's easily among the best titles I've seen for 2018 thus far.
Ah, the darling of Winter 2018. The community reaction to Violet Evergarden has been interesting to watch, since it seemed to dip slightly negative at first with Violet's character, then spike back up near the end. This does seem like one of the best looking TV anime shows though. I'll have to check this one out soon.
Vapovile : Likely had to do with the anime's story direction. The first half was mostly focused on Violet transitioning into her new job and taking on assignments, taking on a more mundane and slice-of-life route. Things pick up in its second half when more of Violet's backstory and the results of her character development from her Auto Memory Doll job are shown, which are quite intense and dramatic in comparison.
HungryWorld: Sorry for taking so long for the things i have to do, have been suffering from some health issues (including mental health deterioration). Anyways hope i can be a bit more active here soon enough once i am properly patched up again.
Apr 27, 2021 17:45:38 GMT
Taka: No worries, health, family, school, and work take priorities first.
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