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Violet Evergarden Movie

Violet Evergarden Movie

Violet Evergarden Movie anime cover art
Violet Evergarden Movie

Movie Overview

The Violet Evergarden Movie (劇場版 ヴァイオレット・エヴァーガーデン) is the conclusion of the Violet Evergarden series. It takes place after the events of the TV series and the Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll movie.

Now, before I go any further, I need to make you aware that I’m going to spoil everything about this movie in this review. It’s highly suggested that you watch everything the series has to offer before reading any further.

With that disclaimer out of the way, the Violet Evergarden Movie is the story of Violet being reunited with Major Bougainvillea. It’s discovered that the Major has been alive this whole time living on an island within the nation that he and Violet once fought against.

However, Violet’s journey to be reunited with the Major isn’t the only plotline of the movie. It also tells the story of a young boy with a terminal illness named Yuris. Yuris wants Violet to write letters to his parents, younger brother, and friend to be delivered after he dies.

If you’re thinking that this sounds a lot like the plot of episode 10 of the series, that’s because it is. In episode 10, which I regard as the single best episode of anime I’ve seen, Violet writes 50 letters from a mother to her daughter to be delivered on the daughter’s birthday every year after the mother dies.

That’s not the only connection to episode 10, though. The movie actually starts out in the “present” with the granddaughter of the girl who received those 50 letters. And throughout the movie, we jump through time to follow this girl’s search for more information on Violet.

Episode 10 left such an impact on me that I immediately recognized the house in the movie.

I Didn’t Need This Movie

This is probably an unpopular opinion, but I don’t think this movie was necessary. I didn’t need Violet and Gilbert to be reunited and live happily ever after. In fact, I would have actually preferred if Gilbert had just continued to be presumed dead — like how the anime series ends.

I’m generally not someone who needs a “hard ending.” Leaving the ending open, especially if that open ending is the more tragic option in a drama, is preferable to me. And, I don’t particularly think that Violet needed to be reunited with Gilbert for her character arc to be concluded.

I never felt that Violet’s journey as a character was leading her to the point at which she would be reunited with Gilbert. Rather, it’s Gilbert’s “death” that jumpstarts her journey of self-discovery and learning how to connect with others.

Violet standing on a harbor from the Violet Evergarden Movie anime
Violet standing on a harbor

I was also a bit underwhelmed by the ending. If we’re going out of our way to have Violet reunite with Gilbert, then at least make the payoff at the end worthwhile. They hug while standing in the ocean and then we’re just told that they lived together on the island for the rest of their lives.

Did they get married? Did they have children? Do they have surviving descendants in the “present?” Was their relationship even a romantic one? We don’t even have the answer to that basic question.

Sure, they both say that they love each other. And it’s very probable that Violet has romantic feelings for Gilbert. But at no point did Gilbert confirm he felt that way about Violet. He could just as easily love her as an adopted daughter. He’s like twice her age (which doesn’t really matter in context) and has always treated her as a child.

The Highlight of the Movie

The portions of the movie that have to do with Yuris, the sick boy I mentioned earlier, are the best. It’s a great reversal of episode 10. Instead of a parent leaving behind letters for their child, it’s a child leaving behind letters for their parents (and sibling).

I hate to admit it, but I may have shed 1 or 2 tears during the climax of Yuris’s story. That’s the first time any movie or series has achieved that. Episode 10 came extremely close. And if I rewatched it, it might succeed.

But, not only was Yuris’s story emotional, but it also tied together an overarching theme of the whole series. That theme is that nothing is permanent. People die, the world progresses, and there’s nothing anyone can do to stop time from moving forward.

Yuris talking to Lucas on the phone from the Violet Evergarden Movie anime
Yuris talking to Lucas on the phone

One of the ways this theme is illustrated via Yuris is his use of the telephone. Because it’s been so long since I watched the original series, I don’t remember if the radio tower was being constructed during it. I feel like it was. But I can’t say for certain.

However, the radio tower was definitely being constructed in the Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll movie. Its construction and progress were mentioned multiple times in that movie. In particular, an old woman asks Benedict about it at least two separate times.

At the start of this movie, Iris comments on how once the radio tower is completed, telephones are going to put auto memory dolls out of business. And at the climax of Yuris’s story, it’s a telephone that allows him to talk to his friend Lucas one last time when there was no time left to write a letter.


Despite the issues I have with this movie, such as it really not being necessary and the “present” timeline portion not amounting to much, it’s still a 9/10. For an anime to make me feel the way this one did, it has to be at least that high.

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Violet Evergarden: Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll

Violet Evergarden: Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll

Violet Evergarden: Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll anime movie
Violet Evergarden: Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll

Movie Overview

Violet Evergarden: Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll (Violet Evergarden Gaiden: Eien to Jidou Shuki Ningyou / ヴァイオレット・エヴァーガーデン 外伝 -永遠と自動手記人形-) is the first Violet Evergarden movie to release after the conclusion of the TV series.

However, the events of this movie don’t take place after the events of the series. Instead, much like with the special, this movie takes place at some point within the middle of the series. I’m not exactly sure when, though, because it’s been a few years since I last watched Violet Evergarden.

If I had to guess, though, I’d say that the movie probably takes place before episode 5 of the series. I’m basing this solely on the fact that Violet refers to Isabella as her first friend. Surely, Violet would consider Princess Charlotte, who’s introduced in episode 5, to be her friend.

At the end of the day, where the movie falls within the context of the series doesn’t matter. I guess maybe it does if you want to watch it in its chronological placement. But this is a side story meant to be experienced after the main series. That’s even where it falls in the source material.

Anyway, this movie is a bit weird in that it has two distinct halves. In the first half of the movie, Violet is tutoring Isabella York, a girl at a girls’ academy for the children of noble families. And in the second half, Violet is training Amy Bartlett, an orphan who wants to become a mail courier.

When the shift happened midway through the movie, I wasn’t a huge fan of the change. But, it pays off in the end. So overall, I’d say it wasn’t a detriment.

Isabella York

The half of the movie that focused on Violet’s time with Isabella York is definitely my preferred half. I would have been completely happy with getting a full movie of just Violet and Isabella. And I was a bit disappointed that their 3 months together was condensed into half a movie.

I have to admit that I wasn’t expecting to care about Isabella at all when I started this movie. But, surprisingly, that’s exactly what ended up happening. At the start, Isabella isn’t a pleasant person. However, she’s extremely likable once she opens up.

Isabella is a normal girl. She doesn’t know how to interact with other girls her age, she’s shy, and she doesn’t feel like she fits in with high society. But she still wants to make friends and do all the things friends do together. With Violet, she gets to experience this for the first time.

Isabella York and Violet Evergarden from the anime movie Violet Evergarden: Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll
Isabella York and Violet Evergarden

I really enjoy anime characters who act like normal people. Of course, I like Violet too even though she’s anything but normal. But it’s refreshing to see a character like Isabella when you consider how most of the other anime I watch daily don’t have realistic characters.

And by realistic, I’m mainly referring to how the characters respond to various situations. Yes, Isabella originally being an orphan who’s thrust into high society isn’t very realistic. However, the way Isabella reacts to the situation of being alone in an unfamiliar place and how she opens up to Violet after getting to know her is.

Going back a bit to how I like Violet, I think that’s also a reason for me preferring this first half of the movie. Violet plays a bigger role in this half, with Benedict filling in for her a significant amount in the second half.

Amy and Taylor Bartlett

In the second half of the movie, we dive more into Isabella’s background as an orphan. She originally went by the name Amy Bartlett before being taken in by the York family and renamed Isabella. The York family took her in because they needed an heir and Amy was an illegitimate child of Mr. York.

However, Amy wasn’t alone when she was taken in by the York family and sent off to the academy to learn how to be a member of high society. She had an adopted younger sister, who was really more like a daughter, Taylor Bartlett.

Taylor is the focus of the second half of the movie. After we get the background of her and Amy, we learn that Taylor wants to become a mail courier so that she can deliver happiness to people — just as Benedict did for her by delivering Amy’s letter to the orphanage.

Taylor Bartlett from the anime movie Violet Evergarden: Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll
Taylor Bartlett

Taylor and Benedict simply aren’t as good characters as Isabella and Violet are. Taylor doesn’t really act like a kid. She acts like a small, dumb adult. And while that might sound like a kid, it’s not. For a kid who’s around 7 years old, Taylor shows an exceptional level of restraint when it comes to everything other than being a mail courier.

We see that she wants a lot of things just like a normal kid would. She looks longingly at other children playing in a park and she stares wide-eyed at the box of candy she delivers to a boy. But she also never acts out or complains and she didn’t even run out to see Isabella at the end.

As for Benedict, he’s kind of just a jerk and there’s not much to his personality. However, I will say that I enjoyed just how frequently we got shots focusing on the fact that he wears stiletto boots with frills.


I give Violet Evergarden: Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll a 9/10. The title doesn’t make sense and I would have preferred if the movie wasn’t split into two halves. But the emotional payoff at the end was really good. I loved seeing how Isabella reacted to Taylor’s letter.

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Violet Evergarden Special

Violet Evergarden Special


Since Boruto episode 65 has been delayed by a week, I had to come up with something else to write about today. Luckily, the Violet Evergarden special was finally fan subbed.

Unfortunately, the subtitles were so bad that I basically had to translate them into proper English. If this special episode is ever officially released outside of Japan, which I doubt it will any time soon if ever, I’ll have to give it a rewatch with real subtitles.

This special, also known as episode 14, came bundled with the Blu-ray set of the series. Although it’s called episode 14, the contents of the episode actually come somewhere in the middle of the series, not at the end (after a small amount of searching I couldn’t find out exactly where this episode falls).


The episode starts out with Violet watching an opera, something which seems out of character for her considering she isn’t with anyone else from the postal service. However, we then learn that the reason she’s there is because her latest client is the star of the show.

The letter Violet is tasked with writing is vague at first. The only information she’s given is that the letter is to a man who has yet to come back from the war, and that it should be moving to both men and women alike.

While the Violet of episode 13 could probably accomplish this task because she has gained more experience by then, it proves too difficult a task for her at this time since she still doesn’t truly understand love. Up to this point, all of her letters have been dictated to her.

We later learn that this letter isn’t actually a letter that’s going to be sent to anyone in particular, but rather, it’s going to be used as a song in an upcoming opera. Despite reminding her client that she writes letters, not songs, Violet is determined to see this job through to the end.

After getting some help from her coworkers, Violet decides that the best course of action is to follow her client in order to get a better understanding of her heart. Once she learns that Violet also lost someone dear to her in the war, the client opens up to her more.

In the end, the letter/song Violet writes is about longing to see someone again who will never return, something she herself has increasingly had to grapple with throughout the series. I’d go into more detail, but the fan subtitles for the song were so bad that it really didn’t make sense.

While this episode didn’t seem as emotional as some of those in the original series, it still made me feel a little something. However, I’m not sure if that was really due to anything that happened in the episode, or if I’ve been conditioned to feel things when certain songs play in this series.

Violet Evergarden from the anime Violet Evergarden
Violet Evergarden


In the end I decided to give this episode a 9/10 even though it felt more like an 8. My reasoning for this is that I really feel like the quality of the fan subtitles detracted from the episode and so I think with proper subtitles it would be better.

Also, since this is just a single episode, and it’s expected that viewers have already seen the first 13 episodes, it’s difficult to judge this special in isolation. Although I recognize this bias, I still stand by my rating when the taking the rest of the series into consideration.

If I had never seen Violet Evergarden before this episode, my view of it would be drastically different, but I think it would be unfair to judge it in that way.

Finally, while I do suggest that people watch this special, I would recommend waiting until there are proper subtitles for it. Also, watch the first season of the series first because context is important.

My review of the movie Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll is available now.

Violet Evergarden

Violet Evergarden

Violet Evergarden anime cover art featuring the titular character
Violet Evergarden Cover Art


Violet Evergarden is the most recent “Netflix Original” anime I’ve watched, however, unlike Devilman: Crybaby, it’s not a true “original” by Netflix, they just own the U.S. broadcasting rights.

I may have mentioned this before, but Netflix didn’t understand anime for a long time. They used to, and still do, purchase the rights to stream series, but then wait until the series is complete to start airing it, by which time everyone who wanted to watch it has already done so illegally.

While I didn’t watch Violet Evergarden while it was airing in Winter 2018, apparently they actually simulcast the episodes as they aired like a real anime streaming service. Good job, Netflix, you’re beginning to get it.

There was also a time when seeing that an anime was a “Netflix Original” meant “bad anime” in my mind, but with Devilman: Crybaby at the beginning of 2018 that image began to change. Netflix actually had a good anime all to itself and it wasn’t making us wait for it.

Violet Evergarden is the next step in the evolution of Netflix anime. I thought Devilman: Crybaby was great, but it doesn’t compare to this.


Violet Evergarden is about a girl, named Violet Evergarden, who survived the Great War (basically WW1) and is now starting a new life outside the military. She was used as a human weapon (basically a super soldier) even though she’s just 14 years old.

Because the military and the war were the only lives she ever knew, Violet has a distinct lack of emotion and thinks logically rather than emotionally about everything which makes interacting with others difficult.

The only person she ever cared about was the Major who she served in the military, and who is now missing after the final battle in which Violet lost both her arms to save him. She now has robotic prosthetic arms (like Ed from Fullmetal Alchemist).

The last thing the major told her was “I love you,” however, Violet didn’t understand what that meant at the time. She now starts her new life as an “Auto Memory Doll,” someone who writes letters for others who are unable to properly express their feelings, as a way to search for the meaning of the Major’s final words.

Violet Evergarden from the anime of the same name
Violet Evergarden


Violet Evergarden is the titular character as well as the protagonist of the series. From the start of the series, Violet has a doll-like personality, meaning she doesn’t really have a personality unless the Major is mentioned.

However, over the course of the series, she slowly begins to express more emotion as she gathers experience writing down the emotions of other people.

Visually, I’ve seen Violet compared to Saber from Fate/Zero, but I would compare her more to a combination of Saber and Edward Elric from Fullmetal Alchemist as I mentioned earlier.

Major Bougainvillea is the military officer who Violet served. While Violet saw their relationship as essentially a master-slave one, the Major saw Violet as either a daughter or due to the time period the series is set in, potentially a romantic partner despite her age.

While I like to think of their relationship as more of a father-daughter one, one could make the argument for it being a romantic relationship.

Claudia Hodgins was the Major’s friend in the military and was tasked with taking care of Violet after the war in case anything happened to the Major in the final battle. He owns a postal company and hires Violet to work there so she can have a normal life.

Also working at the postal company alongside Violet are three other Auto Memory Dolls: Cattleya, Iris, and Erica. There are recurring characters in the series, but I’ll leave it at that.


With the exception of episode 12 and potentially episode 1 (I don’t remember how I felt after the first episode), every single episode of Violet Evergarden almost made me cry for one reason or another. Usually, it was because I just wanted Violet to be happy, but not always.

This reaction to every episode was very surprising to me considering how the series is structured. There’s definitely a plot throughout the whole series, but even so, the series is mostly episodic.

Each episode (except for a few) involves Violet interacting with someone new from whom she learns a little bit more about emotions. Episode 12 was one that didn’t follow this formula, but that’s also why it wasn’t as emotional of an episode.

I honestly never thought a generally episodic anime could make me feel as much as this series did. For me, and it seems most other people I’ve talked to, episode 10 hit particularly hard due to both what happens in the episode, and Violet’s reaction to it.

There are only two parts of the series which I’m still not sure how I feel about. The first is the final scene of the last episode which I won’t go into. The other is the fact that there is going to be a second Violet Evergarden project of some kind.

While you may think that more of a great series is always a good thing, that’s not the case. I loved Violet Evergarden so much that I’m actually afraid they might ruin it by making a second season. It was a perfect series in the 13 episodes we were given.

Violet Evergarden crying (from the anime Violet Evergarden)
Violet Evergarden


This may come as a surprise but Violet Evergarden is the newest anime to break into my top 10. I actually think this series is a 10/10 which makes it the fourth anime I’ve given a perfect score.

While I don’t think I would put it above the Monogatari series, I think it’s better than Your Name. It also pains me to say that it might actually be better than Madoka Magica.

My review of the movie Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll is available now.