Anime Title: Violet Evergarden (ヴァイオレット・エヴァーガーデン Vaioretto Evāgāden)
Genre: Drama, Coming-of-age
Episodes: 13 + OVA
Minor spoiler ahead.
Hello there guys! Welcome to my very first anime review! I believe I mentioned in my last wrap-up and TBR post that I will be sharing at least one anime review a month, and here we are.
I decided to go ahead and choose the anime that caught my attention because of a mistaken identity mishap. I remember seeing an artist’s drawing of Saber, one of the heroines from the Fate/ Stay Night franchise. (Sorry I can’t remember the name of the artist and I can’t seem to find his/her IG account. But I did found the photo that the said artist replicated.)
I found the drawing really beautiful so I decided to comment on the post,but upon reading the caption of the drawing, I saw that the name of the character is Violet from the anime Violet Evergarden. And I was like . . . wait what??
You can’t blame me! Look at how similar they look!
And that my friend is how I met Violet. . .I mean how I discovered the anime. It took me a couple of months to finally watch it though.
This anime will introduce us to Violet, a 14 years old soldier in the Leidenschaftlich Army who served under Major Gilbert Bougainvillea. Violet was heavily injured on the last war, losing both of her arms (which was replaced by prosthesis) and was finally fully recovered when she met ,the now retired,Colonel Hodgins, an old acquaintance of Gilbert. Hodgins explains to Violet that the war is finally over and that he was tasked to assist her to the family that was arranged to adopt Violet. We will now accompany Violet as she struggles to keep up with her sudden introduction to the civilian life style.
Hope I explained that properly. Now jumping to my actual thoughts in regards to this. I have to admit that aside from mistaking Violet with another anime character, I also misjudged what this anime is about. I completely thought that I will watch an action anime, but I ended up with the contrary. The story is on a pretty serious and dramatic side, which I don’t really mind. I liked seeing Violet bloom (heh, see what I did there?) into that young lady that she was supposed to be and finding her purpose in life on her own. The only thing I didn’t like is that the anime didn’t venture more on Violet’s life before she actually entered the military. Why she was connoted as “the weapon” and why the in the world is she good at killing people?
Speaking of killing people, I thought that the whole action thing around the last two episodes is totally killing the actual idea of Violet finally having this normal life. Just saying. But let us ignore those not so good episodes and let us focus on the good ones, which is a couple. The memorable one for me was episodes 5 and 10. Let us just say that episode 5 managed to make me smile while episode 10 managed to make me feel a bit sad.
My rating for this anime is 3 out of 5 stars! This anime is definitely worth watching, with episodes that will warm you heart and outstanding animation. I only gave 3 stars because I am craving more of Violet’s backstory. Based on my friend Wikipedia, they are releasing an anime film of this which will be up on January 2020.
Have you watched this anime? Or maybe you read the manga? What do you think?
Wow! I enjoyed writing this post. I hoped you really liked this too. Don’t worry, I am still posting some book reviews and Author’s Echo. I just want to share more of what I love.
Thank you so much for reading! Have a wonderful day ahead, and as always, I’ll talk to you on my next blog post.