From the onset you get the feeling that this is going to be a special series. Released in January 2018 and spanning thirteen episodes, Violet Evergarden is a simple yet captivating character driven story based on the light novel series by Kana Akatsuki and illustrated by Akiko Takase.
We follow Violet, a former soldier struggling with adjusting to life back in society and finding her purpose having only known the life of a soldier. She soon starts work as an Auto Memory Doll, a writer for those wishing to send letters but who struggle to write them. Through this she meets a range of individuals, each with a story to tell which in turn helps with her own development. With each ticking episode we see Violet learn, develop and more importantly begin to understand and connect with her emotions and in so doing, drawing us further into the series while tugging at our heartstrings.
Visually the artwork is astounding. From warm glowing sunrises to rain soaked cobbled streets, attention has been paid to every scene and character. My only wish is that we got a bit more in terms of character development from some of the supporting characters but this doesn’t dampen the shows appeal.
Take a few hours out of your day to enjoy Violet Evergarden. It’s one to watch and if you’re new to anime in general this is one of a few series I would recommend you watch. Have a box of tissues at hand though, it does punch you (gently) in the feels!