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Hello, everyone! Today I wanted to talk about one of the most recent TV shows I started watching: Violet Evergarden. As I mentioned before, I have lately really started loving nearly everything anime (both television series and movies) and this series is no different. Set in a fictional world resembling victorian-era England, Violet Evergarden tells the story of a girl struggling to adjust to a normal civilian life after she spent nearly all her childhood being used as a tool of war. At its heart, however, the show is about Violet’s discovery of what it means to love and lose—in essence, what it means to be human as well as take charge of one’s own destiny. Below, I have listed what I loved most about this series.
I loved the series’ beautiful mixture of urban and rural landscapes resembling England during the victorian-era. Rich backdrops illustrating magnificent castles, colorful meadows, and cobblestone streets illuminated in a soft gas lamp glow added an extra layer of enchantment to the story overall.
Violet’s character development throughout the series was truly amazing to behold. While in the beginning, her robotic nature made it difficult to connect with her, throughout each episode, she grows emotionally little by little until at last, she becomes her own person. On a deeper level, she finally comes to terms with *spoiler* the death of her first love while at the same time finally learning what love actually entails.
Aside from the story itself, one of the main elements that contributes to the series’ emotional power is the soundtrack. Composer Evan Call creates a score that is every bit as heartbreakingly beautiful as the anime itself. In equal parts wondrous, pensive, and nostalgic, the music of Violet Evergarden transports the listener on an auditory journey every bit as magical as the breathtaking visuals. Some of my favorite tracks are:
Across the Violet Sky
Letters from Heaven
Wherever You Are Wherever You May Be
Those Words You Spoke To Me
The Ultimate Price
The Long Night
What It Means to Love
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In summary, the main reason why I love this series is because to me it is a perfect example of anime’s ability to combine the fantastical with the emotional truths of reality. Violet Evergarden is heartbreaking because it deals with the heavy subjects of war, human exploitation, and death, and in doing so may understandably not be for some viewers. At the same time, the series incorporates scenes of happiness, wonder, and belonging that ultimately make watching the entire series with in all its sorrow and beauty worthwhile.
✔︎🌠 Would recommend for fans of anime and stories dealing with tragedy as well as self-identity
If I could summarize this anime in three words: beautiful, enchanting, heartbreaking
Check out the official summary of Violet Evergarden here on MyAnimeList.
My rating (out of 5 stars): ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️