Violet Evergarden, the anime that has been hyped for a year, has finally arrived with controversy and concern. Is it the masterpiece that’s deemed from most? Certainly not. That does not mean VE could not deliver. I’m not gonna try to defend the anime just cuz it’s KyoAni and it’s highly placed by many, but I will give credit where credit is due. So let’s get started.
There’s no doubt in my mind that VE is visually appealing and accompanied by a great OST. However, do the characters and plot live up to it? So far, it’s too early to say despite 4 episodes still out.
But we can kinda take a guess at this point. However, I do find the setting to be quite interesting and how the characters act seem to be somewhat realistic.
There’s many reasons why people can rant on about this series, and no, “It’s KyoAni” and “It’s Overhyped” aren’t some of them despite people using these as reasons regardless. Violet’s introduction left many questioned, many thinking “She’s not interesting.” “She’s Bland” or “She’s 1-Dimensional.” But to be quite honest, the fact that she’s uninteresting and bland means there’s room for growth, and anyone can figure that out considering this has been done quite a lot. The start of the anime really showcases violet and her imperfection. Monotone, Boring, Lacking. Which is all the more reason for me to look forward to the end result of her character after upcoming development. Sure, maybe the way it was executed or presented seems questionable, but I believe there’s a bigger picture to this and that this sort of direction has a purpose. Or it could be just bad directing, but I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt.
I see no reason to give lack of growth or undeveloped as reasons to criticize characters so early on. It’s like people expect 14 episodes worth of developed from Violet in the first couple episodes. There’s reasons why developments exist, and it’s to further a character and make them more interesting as people would expect to see. However, it’s how they go about this development that makes me question the series a bit. The direction it’s taking can go either way, so we’ll have to see.
Like I’ve said, there’s so much room to give more proper development on violet’s character and the rest, but if it’s accompanied by mediocre writing, then this development would be half assed. Now the writing isn’t horrible for what it’s worth, but sometimes it’s hard to care about what dialogues these characters decide to use. There’s only a lack of substance since it’s still too early for its full potential to be known. So there’s really no “substance” to rate upon anyway. But that’s why although I’m not fond of the writing so far, I look forward to the end result and hopefully they successfully develop the characters enough for us to sympathize or to understand them much better. I think people expected this to be somewhat deep and thought-provoking. But this is somewhat a simple story about a girl trying to find herself. Just that it takes on a more dramatic approach.
Despite the inner contents of the series itself, it definitely does the outer contents right. To the art style, the character design, the colours and background, as well as character movement, which makes them feel more realistic and humane. Sometimes the interactions between characters are fun to watch as well.
I think that VE is one of those shows that needs time and a slower process to really form the bigger picture and its true purpose. Although the pacing seems...awfully slow, I wouldn’t go as for to deem it “boring.” For me, I don’t think that at all. It makes me curious for more and how they decide to execute the given scenarios and how each character grows from it. Sure some of the drama hasn’t been so impactful or meaningful thus far, but it’s been mentioned many times here that with enough time, I believe the drama then will carry more impact and weight than before.
I don’t think people should try place this anime on some sort of pedestal because it’s simply KyoAni or it looks amazing. Violet Evergarden is FAR from perfect, but it’s also not horrible at the same time. It’s been mentioned before, I believe it’s one of those anime that requires time to be able to fully understand VE’s potential. So I recommend lowering your hype level of this series and treat it like any other show this winter, because you'll probably ruin the show for yourself if you don’t. Violet Evergarden doesn’t offer much but great visuals and soundtracks along with it. Look at what type of series it is and see if it interests you. I understand many people feel obligated to watch it because it’s solely KyoAni (Me Included tbh). But see if it truly catches your interest. If it doesn’t, then don’t bother.
I think VE may carry a simpler story than one might think. Not insanely thought-provoking or riveting, but I believe that since this show focuses on Violet’s Character, we’d be able to go more in depth on her past life and her adventures later on. We will see Violet grow as a character as she learns from others’ experiences. That’s her job after all, to deliver letters to people and to fully express their emotions onto a piece of paper.
Overall Violet Evergarden has caught my interest personally and although it’s hanging on the edge, I do hope that the staff finds a way to really bring out the full glory of the series into its full light and shows us a great series with fine narratives and well-developed characters (although sometimes the development is being dragged out a bit too much). Not sure why some of the side characters are original, but I suppose they add a bit to Violet's character.
Thankfully, I’ve learned not to give a damn about MAL scores a long time ago, because those “scores” used to influence me whether to watch something or not. I don’t give a fuck if VE ends up in the 6’s or low 7’s once this is over. If I enjoyed it personally and loved it, then that’s that. But again, my opinion on this can change easily. I’ve only read a couple chapters of the source material so I can’t really determine how well the adapatation is so far. But VE shows promise, it’s up to the staff to live up to the promises and opportunities they’re given. Both the OP and ED were beautiful and the OST's are just great, really not much to talk about there.
Anyways, I truly believe Violet Evergarden can come out as one of the best from Winter, dare I say year, if it’s done right…
These first few episodes have been hit or miss. While the premise of the show seems interesting, you realize soon enough that it's being bogged down by a bland, unrelatable main character and her sappy quest to know what love is. The idea of an emotionally stunned war veteran finding her place in a peacetime society, working at a job that requires interacting with clients on a personal level, learning to know herself as she learns and explores emotional experiences from others cold be really good. The issue is that it's been tackled poorly so far, and Violet is just not a very good character
to follow, luckily only the first episode has fully centered on her. Every other chapter focuses on more relatable conflicts with better characters, and while not every story has stuck the landing (and even has one or two irredeemable plot-holes), they're a bit more interesting to watch, though not by much. There's also dreaded comedy bits that don't fit the mood of the show at all.
One of the biggest problems for me has to be with how predictable each episode has been, the minute the conflict is introduced I know where it will head, now this is a problem present in most anime, since 95% of them are riddled with cliches and tropes, but they usually get carried by a decent cast of characters and their interactions, this is really not the case with Violet Evergarden, mainly because those interactions always involve Violet, and the side characters don't really have much depth to them either, how could they if we only spend an episode with them then move on to the next one. It's hard for a character driven story to be compelling when every character is about as interesting as a wet croissant... My second biggest grievance is with the sloppy worldbuilding in some regards. This is definitely not a real world setting, though it has Victorian-era aesthetics and technology, but Violet's arms just don't make any sense within their technological context. There's also Chinese takeout apparently and everyone bows and uses honorifics like in Japan. It's comically frustrating and kinda takes me out of the immersion. The made up alphabet is a gimmick as well, it's basically a real world language with different letters, they weren't even clever about it. That said, there seems to be some texture to the world's own history, we'll have to wait and see.
The art and animation is some of the greatest I've seen for a TV anime, but most importantly, they serve a narrative purpose, be it by subtle symbolism that is easy to miss, or setting a visual theme, they're more than competently made. My only nitpick is that the layouts tend to be very safe, very much made-for-TV kind of deal. Oh... and the horrible gray filter that completely destroys the dynamic range of the image, though it can be somewhat 'fixed' using a luma shader on your video player of choice (12-235 to 0-255 is what I use). The OST is very reminiscent of Harry Potter for some reason, it's pretty good. That said there are scenes where it overpowers the voices.
Overall it's nothing special really, just another seasonal anime that will be forgotten next season, but with great production values . Hopefully I'm wrong and the show ends in a bang, the studio making this has made some of my favorite shows ever, though the director in charge is their weakest link.
If you got all the way to the Review section of the Anime "Violet Evergarden", I won't waste words and either of our time.
If there is a single Anime in Winter 2018...screw that, a single all-time Anime that you simply MUST add to your arsenal of favorite/watched Anime - it's this one.
Buckle up, it's going to be a delightfully bumpy ride for all of us!
Violet Evergarden combines absolutely astonishing art, music and setting into a masterfully weaved plot of a simple "doll" seeking to understand the concept of Human Emotions.
At first glance this might seem like a run-down, beaten road that was visited
by many second-rate Anime shows, but make no mistake that Violet Evergarden simply outdid it and made this plot concept theirs.
Our blonde, savagely innocent Protagonist deserves all the credit she can get for this.
There should be no excuse to skip this 14-episode perfection!
"Violet Evergarden doesn't talk much, but she has the power to restore people."
This quote perfectly sums up Violet Evergarden and what the show is trying to get across. After reading the synopsis of the show I was intrigued to see just how they are going to portray this type of character. In my opinion, they've done it almost perfectly. Knowing nothing but war, pain and suffering. Showing us how she finds meaning in these new emotions and how she experiences them for the first time.
Starting off with the story. We follow the journey of a girl named Violet Evergarden. Who has been in the army
as "the weapon" from a very young age. Knowing nothing apart from how to follow orders. The story starts in a hospital where we discover she was greatly injured in the war costing her both arms. When she wakes up we find out the 4-year war has ended and this girl who missed pretty much all her childhood now needs to discover emotions for the first time and so her journey begins to discover the meaning of these emotions. Although you might think the story seems pretty simple it's actually the exact opposite. With flashbacks to show what happened to her in the war as well as meeting new characters and dealing with new emotions with every person. This actually turns into a pretty complex storyline.
Although the first few episodes may suggest this is a generic anime with stunning visuals I can pretty much guarantee that it's not. The story might also seem very basic to people but the way its executed is honestly astounding. You can really sense what the author is trying to get across in every scene. The studio really outdid themselves when trying to make every scene perfect. Each scene has something to be learned from... not just Violet but even the viewers can take away these emotions. You can find yourself emotionally sucked into the story within the first few episodes. Even if you don't like how the story develops you still want to know how she turns out in the end. Which just proves how excellent the story writing is for the show.
I don't believe there is a word to describe the visuals in this show apart from mind-blowing. It's stuff you would expect from a movie budget. I'm definitely glad they focused on the art in the show. It's needed to flush out some of the emotions the character is trying to develop. One example is in one scene she looks out on the city during a sunset. Now that scene wouldn't have worked at all without amazing art. It just wouldn't show why the character appreciates it. Now it's not just the environment that has amazing art the characters also have amazing detail even just people in the background. The show does an excellent job of capturing facial expressions since is especially needed when trying to convey new emotions across. The fact this show has 14 episodes and keeps this type of art up is honestly astonishing to me. I would honestly recommend the show just for the art. Best I've seen for the budget of a show.
This part is definitely the weakest of the show. Don't get me wrong it's still good but compared with the writing and art it just doesn't compare. The show does still deliver excellent soundtracks and the voice actors fit perfectly for the roles for both dub and sub versions of the show. They perfectly express the emotions the characters are feeling. However, I feel like the soundtracks are more just background music rather than dramatic music helping to convey emotions. Although it's still better than must it just isn't as good compared to other shows.
The story is focused solely on the development of one character and that being Violet Evergarden. At least that's what you would expect. However, that's not the case. Violet has this tendency to change the way characters think and feel showing us great character development throughout every episode. With new characters being introduced for a short time and some long-term character which we can see progressively change throughout the entire show. One of my favourite things about Violet Evergarden. Now I don't know if it was done on purpose or just how I perceived it but she was given the personality of a machine. Knowing nothing but how to follow instruction and orders similar to computers. Then we find out both her arms are mechanical which for me was a massive nod towards her being a machine emotionally. This was amazing character design if it was intended. Her full character is based on being this good soldier knowing only how to follow orders and getting things done according to what was specified. Which is shown a lot in the show like typing at a certain speed when doing a letter. Then we begin to see her develop new emotions and rekindle ones she didn't know she had like love which is a major development in 14 episodes especially when she started with pretty much nothing just a blank canvas if you will.
This show definitely gives me amazing enjoyment looking forward to every episode each week knowing its going to be better than what I expected. Each episode brings old and new characters into the mix allowing for new storytelling and new emotions to be developed and sitting watching her develop these emotions is honestly so entertaining. I couldn't praise it more it keeps me coming back every week wanting to know what will she discover this week.
Now there are a few things people may dislike about the show which will ruin there experience so here are the main problems people are having with it. The first major problem is the story feels dull and slow which can ruin some peoples experience so try to keep in mind this isn't a fast show. It likes to go slow and let the characters built up progressively rather than being rushed.
Another major point would be the character development which goes hand in hand with the story. It feels slow and underwhelming. Making people dislike the show straight from the first few episodes. So if you aren't a fan of slow shows I would suggest staying clear of this show or a least give the first 3 episodes a try.
Now my last negative point isn't too much about the show itself it's more for other people's comments on it. A lot of people were really hyped about this show and feel let down by its performance so far. I would suggest just giving the show a try regardless of what they say. Usually, if something is hyped up too much it just can't reach what people are expecting. So try to go into the show with an open mind and if you don't like it by the end of episodes 3 then its probably not for you.
This show is a much watch for any person looking to get emotionally invested in a show for a complex storyline. With amazing visuals and stunning character development. There are few negatives I can give this show apart from the pacing feeling off in some early episodes. However, this is soon fixed after a couple of episodes and we are left to completely get sucked into her world and what she will discover. If anybody is thinking about watching the show but not sure. Highly recommend watching until the end of episode 3. I think by that point you should have a clear direction for what type of story the show is trying to get across. This definitely has the potential to be the best anime this winter. That now concludes my review of the show. Feel free to add me if you want to comment on my review or discuss anything.Thanks for reading.
I'll be updating this review once the show has ended to give a more accurate view of the show.
Violet Evergarden is the best looking show of the new year. Yet, beneath its alluring veneer lies something
Art & Animation: 10/10 ("Outstanding")
The art is stunning and consistent with its pseudo-European world. Hard work has gone into to animating even the most mundane moments, adding brief glimpses of humanity to otherwise lifeless characters.
Sound: 8/10 ("Very Good")
The Orchestral music is apt. Yet at times the music clashes with scenes, taking away from moments are best left quieter. Some of the best moments in cinema and animation have relied on sound effects over dialogue and music.
Story: 3/10 ("Poor")
Some changes must happen when adapting a light
novel to anime. Yet, the changes made in adapting Violet Evergarden are lackluster and timid. The writers must have recoiled when faced with a story that begins in medias res. (Lit. "Into the middle of things") So instead they altered the flow of events. Even if it was disruptive and even if scenes no longer made sense.
Further, the anime has taken a complete departure from the adaptation. In fact, it would be best to say there is no central narrative. The directors have instead chosen to adapt Violet Evergarden as an omnibus. (By their own admission.) As a result, Kyoto Animation has opted to abandon foreshadowing. These changes have weakened the story on the whole. It has become something that is disposable and lacks character. Kyoto Animation's use of brute force and crude manipulation is unsuitable for a story about post-war recovery.
Characters: 1/10 ("Pathetic")
As bad as the story is, the characters are worse. A weak story makes weak characters. The shuffling and omission of events make attachment to any character difficult. Violet's desire to learn what "I love you" means is too grandiose to empathize with. The scope is too far removed from reality to be the sole string which ties the omnibus together. So, each episode Violet manages to feel less and less human.
To conclude, I find this show guilty. It is guilty of being bad despite the clear hard work and talent that went into it. In some ways Violet Evergarden is a bigger travesty than a bad anime which had no effort put into it. This show could have been great, but it isn't, and nothing after these first four episodes can repair it. This show is a solemn reminder not to judge a show based on the quality of its original content, animation studio, or appearance. Read the light novel instead. You will enjoy it more.
Violet Evergarden feels like the anime equivalent of Oscar bait. It's big and sweeping, trying desperately to convince you that its sappy story really means something, but it's ultimately shallow and entirely surface level. Everything that really matters, the meat of the story - its characters, its themes, its ideas - are so basic that it actually brings down the visual presentation. You're wasting this incredibly detailed art on this story, of all things? Why?
Violet Evergarden is a story about a girl who is some sort of superpowered golem woman (?) who somehow has just been given robotic arms (??) despite living in a setting
where most people are illiterate and typewriters are still the new hotness (???). She was used as a soldier, but now she's a glorified traveling secretary, writing letters for others in the hopes that she can answer one nagging question: What is love? (Baby don't hurt me)
There are problems with this setup. The setting is a mess, and I have been struggling to try and get a grasp on it. I'm all for alternate reality settings based on Europe (Fullmetal Alchemist nails it) but the schizophrenic tech levels and people's relatively muted reactions to Violet's robotic arms makes it hard to get a sense of anything. There’s other weird inconsistencies, like a scene where characters apologetically bow in a Japanese manner or when a character gets Chinese takeout, paper box and all. Violet herself is also confounding, as the show has yet to make her origin clear, and while that might sound like the setup for a mystery, it certainly doesn't feel like one when every character seems to take her existence for granted.
Violet's character is also a major hindrance. If you've seen one "robot wants to be human" movie, then you've seen all she has to offer. She's dull and monotone and utterly uninteresting to watch because she’s got nothing else to her. I can literally summarize her character in two words: "Muh Major." The emotional core of her arc is her relationship with her now-dead Major, but it's hard to care when they seem to be dragging out Violet's discovery of his death and we only see him in quick flashbacks. His story seems a lot more interesting than anything going on in the present; it's a shame the whole show couldn't have just been set around him as he trained Violet.
She's a weak anchor for the show, and the rest of the characters around her are even worse. For a show that presents itself so ostentatiously, it's really jarring when all of her coworkers are immature, one-note anime cliches that could be from any generic shounen or slice of life show. There's no chemistry among the cast, either, so I have absolutely no interest in learning their "deep and mysterious backstories". Episode 4 was probably the best so far because it actually fleshed one of the cast members out, but her story was predictable and thin so it's not like it makes her all that much more interesting. If that’s the level of quality I have to expect from the rest, I’m not holding my breath.
You can have all the pretty visuals in the world, and some of these landscapes really are gorgeous, but if you don't have a good story or characters to carry it through, what's the point?
And actually, I do want to take aim at the story's visuals - or, rather, the directing. I don't think enough people are ragging on this point, but this is not a well-directed anime. There are so many laughably overwrought sequences that it feels as if the show is desperately overcompensating. I was giggling during the opening of the first episode when Violet's letter flies out of her hand and then proceeds to fly around the city in GRAND, MAJESTIC shots until we've apparently gone from the country to the motherfucking ocean. It's like the opening shot of the feather in Forrest Gump, except whereas in Gump that feather is a visual metaphor for the course of his existence, in Violet Evergarden it's just a way too obvious attempt to impress the audience.
Another galling example is in episode 4. Violet gives another character a curtsy. This is not an important interaction, she's basically just saying hi, and there is nothing pivotal about the moment. Despite the mundanity of the gesture, however, we suddenly get a million cuts and the animation goes into maximum overdrive as a massive gust of wind causes her dress to flutter like the show is announcing, "This is the most important thing ever!" It's completely over the top. Look, being over the top can be great, but it's all about tone, and it totally does not gel with the feel of that particular scene and the general "serious" tone the show so desperately wants to convey.
The directing is a mess because it never seems to know when to stop or when to pull it back. It’s as if the director is convinced that if you make it look epic enough, then you trick people into thinking it’s actually deep and resonant. Instead, it has all the emotional resonance of a fucking Michael Bay product.
And while I'm bitching, can I bitch about the soundtrack? The musical choices (big, blaring orchestras) sometimes come in at the most inappropriate times, or the music is mixed so poorly as to drown out the characters' dialogue. The ED is complete trash, and sounds as if the singer dared herself to perform the song entirely through her nose. From Kyoto Animation, who usually nail the soundtracks and sound designs of their shows, this is just baffling.
Ultimately, Violet Evergarden’s biggest sin is that it’s mostly boring. Everything this show has to offer has been done a million times better elsewhere. Even the “sakuga” isn’t all that enthralling because, in the end, it’s in service to nothing. I can appreciate moving wallpaper as a screensaver, but I’m not going to enjoy watching it for 24 minute chunks. I guess I’ll keep watching to see if it ends up going anywhere, mostly because I don’t want to think Kyoto Animation would fuck up this badly, but I certainly wouldn’t recommend this show to anyone else.
Maybe I’ll be wrong. Maybe it’ll get better. And maybe I’ll win the lottery and they’ll finally announce Nichijou Season 2 and Donald Trump will fulfill his campaign promise of making anime great again. Fingers crossed, everybody!
Note to Anime: It is very important to make sure your viewers can easily tell whether or not your characters are human or highly advanced robots, especially when your world is set in a steampunk Victorian era and their occupation is literally called "Doll."
Spoiler: none of the "dolls" are actually robots. Just girls training to ghostwrite. Why is it only girls? Dunno. Why do they have to be called "doll"? Dunno.
Violet Evergarden. An anime that has all the glamour and musicality, but not a lot of sense. That was my review 2 episode into the series. The art is gorgeous, the music
and voice acting are top notch. Animations are fluid and subtle. A pretty house that is furnished with terrible, dated furniture. The premise is cliche and the story makes little sense at times and tries way too hard to be "thoughtful" and "touching."
How have things fared since the start of the episode?
In episode 2 we see violet send a letter that pissed off the client because she's a robot (not really but she acts like one and has robot hands). This was done in an extremely forced, and illogical way. For starter, Violet is new. And yet no one proof-readed the letter for her. They just let a complete newb, whom they know talk and act like a robot and have trouble fitting in, ghostwrite a letter on the company's behalf. Also, Violet was a soldier that relies on order. This being the first letter she ever wrote, you'd think she would ask someone if the content was okay. This is BS storytelling. Sacrificing logic for plot is weak writing and I honestly didn't expect it in an anime everyone has been raving about.
Having re-adjusted my expectation, I watched two more episodes with a less critical eye and just genuinely trying to have fun. Unfortunately, this anime tries very hard to be dour and serious and touching, but ended up being very boring and devoided of fun and genuine moments.
Think of an anime like Neon Genesis Evangelion. Aside from being really dark and twisted (also features a heroine similar to violet in the name of Rei), Neon Genesis is also fun and subtly touching at times (not "everybody crying all the time" touching, except Shinji because he's a crybaby) You can argue that the series becomes increasingly convoluted, confusing and overtly religious towards the end, and I'd completely agree with you, but the series, for the most part, had a simplistic story to tell, had interesting side characters, had a focus... all the while being tonally dour and smothering.
Violet Evergarden has a very similar tone. It is serious most of the time and almost completely devoided of laughter. I can count the number of fun moments I had between episode 3 and 4 with 1 hand.
In episode 3, we are introduced to a girl named Luculia, who is good-natured and wants to take care of her brother since he was the only family she had left. This storyline had a lot of promise and had they taken the time to properly set up her struggles and motivations, the payoff would've been far greater. Then, somewhere in the middle of episode 3, she cried. Then towards the end of episode 3, she cried some more. Her brother also cried.
Episode four focused Iris, one of Violet's hot-head coworker, and her trip to her hometown. 10 minutes into the episode she cried and got into a shouting match with her mum. (how dramatic.) Another 10 minute she cried after seeing some dude who rejected her from way back.
There is so much CRYING.
How is any of this "touching"?
The biggest mistake this anime makes is thinking that throwing a sad melody on top of someone crying automatically makes the scene touching. Nevermind letting the audience get to know the characters. Nevermind the circumstances. Just have them cry and your audience will cry along. Spoiler: It doesn't work this way. Instead, it ends up feeling really forced.
There are some good moments in episode 4. For instance, iris asking Violet not to send the letter, and the very next scene you see is violet sending the letter. The dolls at the post office declared to have an official party, only to completely leave out their boss. Moments like this are very welcomed, and sourly needed in a show so devoided of light-hearted moments. Almost all the characters are cardboard cutouts. You can describe them in less than 3 adjectives.
The characters talk, but you never get the sense that they're real people. Just mouthpieces to fabricate conflict. (except Luculia. She had Violet write a letter to her dead parents. She's the first real character I've seen on this show that felt real.) You barely get any meaningful insight into each of the character's life. What's iris like when she's not working? What does she like to do? It's four episodes in already and so far we barely got to know the main cast, beyond one or two descriptors.
Violet Evergarden is like a beautiful piggy bank. The art is fantastic. The characters are pretty to look at. Great music and soundtrack. The exterior of the piggy bank promises riches beyond your imagination, and if you shake the piggy bank ever so lightly, you might even hear a faint rustle of coins or see a glitter of gold through the slit.
When you break it open, however, there's nothing inside but pebbles. No story to tell. No interesting character or dialogue to keep you engaged. What you have is a story that doesn't really say a whole lot, but isn't really fun to hear either.
if you're a teenager and this is going to be your first anime (or one of the first) by all means, watch it. It is pretty to look at, with all that filters and DoF and melodramatic soundtracks. If you are someone who grew up on anime, you can give this a pass.
Although the shit of this title is limited beyond the misunderstanding of the protagonist and the mediocre handling of situations, are the two points that I consider most repulsive.
He says that it belongs to the fantasy genre ... The only ones who are fantasizing are those that give high score to this, work. And if the reality is painful, use the unreal to be able to use narrative shortcuts and more exotic resources and thus surprise the spectator I suppose.
Regarding the drama is correctly assigned there is no doubt, but even when the dramatic is going to be based on the relationship between people? Until
now that was repeated and if something I hope for what follows is a bit of relevance.
The cast of characters is so far little and poorly developed, only gives rise to talk about Violet, a somewhat inexpressive character who has the need to know the meaning of a feeling, love, within the theme I can not think of a less innovative idea.
Something that denotes in her is her false intellect, personally I'm annoyed by someone who says:
"Do you mean that you approached him with a romantic purpose, but that you were rejected? What did you express your affection for, but were you categorically repudiated?" instead of simply avoiding asking the question and understanding what would be the most sensible, or just to stop complexing the dialogues unnecessarily, I understand perfectly that it resembles a doll for obvious reasons but the handling is annoying. Its history does not become minimally moving or any other similar definition, even though what is related to the Dolls and all those generalities have logic seems to me easily recognizable as uninteresting.
I hope one of two things, that I get to like or that they stop overvaluing it, I do not know which of the two options is less likely.
If you have noticed an error of expression, badly constructed phrase, or little sense, keep in mind that it was translated from Spanish into English ;)
Violet evergarden is the epitome of style over substance. It's the story of the hyper capable outsider that excels at everything but can't fit in their enviorementl. Visually it is really good; but I don't think nor expect that the story is going to be anyhting avobe average. Though if it achieves average color me impressed.
On a more positive note, the main character is very cute, though plain as hell.
Unless you want to be part of the conversation about seasonal anime, I dont see anything that makes this anime stand out; though if you arent looking for anything too good, and that is just good
looking and with high production value this is as good of a choice as any other style over substance show.
Quite simply this series as of 4 episodes can be summed up as "pretty, but boring".
The characters and story leave very little impression and it's difficult to become invested in a main character who is as close to an emotionless robot as I've ever seen. What intrigue existed in episode 1 with Major Gilbert and Violet's roll in the war has been pushed too far into the background and feels like it won't be revealed for far too long, and in it's place we are forced to sit through some of the slowest, uninteresting character progression I've seen in a while.
I wanted to like this
series, but it's putting me to sleep. It's sad that such pretty visuals are being wasted on such a bland and excruciatingly slow paced story.
It's hard not to dive into such a show without any expectations. I usually come into shows completely blank, barely even reading the synopsis, but even I couldn't help sneaking a peak at the trailer. And when the studio put so much work in the animation, surely they would create a story to match, right?
The main character, Violet, is the most bland person I have ever seen in an anime. Her design in memorable but if you ask me about her personality? Can't tell you a thing. In fact that's all I can tell you about her, because there is nothing really to say.
characters have more personality than Violet, but that's not really saying much. The moment you hear a character speak for the first time you will already know everything about them there is to know. They also treat Violet like a kid while acting like children themselves. It's painful to watch, especially when the show wants you to take the drama seriously.
I guess there's also a story in there somewhere, but I was busy counting missed opportunities. There were a few instances where Violet faced some hurdles she needed to overcome, but instead of her actually working for it, making the viewer want to root for her success, and her growing as a character as a result, she is given a pass on a silver platter, thus letting her remain as bland as possible and me unable to give a fuck.
All in all it's not a bad show, just a generic pretty looking anime. If you're ok with that, you'll probably enjoy this series a lot, if you want something more however, this will only be a huge disappointment.
The community around this anime gives me cancer. You are all like, "wow this is perfect" or "this is pure trash".
For the first ones, this could be perfect when it ends, it's been only 4 fucking chapters like what the hell it's not even the half you guys better wait. And stop parying this for the animation we all know that netflix paid some millions to give it good-visuals but that's not what defines a show. Also the music is good, why arent you talking about it? Do you have eyes just for the animations?
And for the haters, you all monkeys were hyped about this
series bc of the animation and now you realize that it is not a stupid shonen and you're crying critizing everything that you haven't seen before.
Fuck both of you, and respects to everybody who doesn't give this show a score yet, and all that people who use their fucking brain.
Also to you all, you better go back to school or watch the fucking Wikipedia and learn about flowers and the kinds, their properties and that shit, so you'll understand everything better.
PS1: If you have got offended by anything that I said, fuck you x2. I don't give a fuck I just want all of you to stop shitting around when you want to be the coolest BOI, the CONNOISSEUR one, like LMAOOO.
Masterpiece! I am glad MAL named an anime 10/10 scored as masterpiece, because that is what Violet Evergarden really is. An anime full of stunning landscapes, fascinating OST, and lovely characters, highlighting our blonde “doll” as the protagonist. In every Violet Evergarden’s episode I watched so far I couldn’t stop saying one sentence: “this anime is so beautiful”.
This anime is not only concerned in show you how Violet sees the world and the human’s emotions, it also wants to show you that even those who didn’t pass their lives without any contact with the outside world, as Violet did, also face challenges trying to
understand and interpret the feelings of those they’re surrounded by, or even themselves.
In summary, this is by far the best anime of this season, I’m excited to watch the next episodes and I hope to see more productions like this show in the future.
Well, I don’t know about you, but where I come from we call an anime like this art.
I will admit I was on the fucking hype train on this anime, like full force going Crunchyroll's "Anime of the Year" when it wasn't even released yet. Now after a solid year of waiting, I was giddy as a 5 year old to see a story that was full of nail-biting moments and action. But no, what I got was a simple story of a young woman trying to understand the society she was denied by the war as a child and a quest to find love.
It may sound like a cheezy overused plot point, even more so in a high budget anime like
this, but it's not. This is a character-driven anime. At first glance, Violet may seem like a boring MC, emotionless, robotic and stale, but in my opinion, watching her develop slowly into a more understanding person is so interesting. In this case, the blandness contributes so well to the other characters all in a way where they are helping her find the truth she deserves, about love.
The art style and soundtrack of this anime are just beyond words, KyoAni's best work by far imo. Character-wise, they do not really have amazing traits that stand out, all in the fact that it contributes to the show's simplicity. But the main personality is Violet's. she has to put this show on her back as it progresses, watching her grow while she handles tough situations is gonna be one hell of a ride.
I can't think of a reason why you shouldn't watch this show, even if you are not a fan of simplistic shows, just stay for the visuals, you won't be disappointed.
So there is people the reason you don't vote an anime series before it even gets half of the season out!! In episode 5 finally we get a "sneakpeek" of a very interesting background image of the main character and a most likely interesting future story (war based) . I won't vote the story yet because we don't know much of the series yet. Art and Sound are just incredible made especially the art is amazingly done. The characters are still not that amazing because I feel like we get some side character stories that we will never see again... but at least they do
help violet to develop as a main character ( I think that's the purpose of those characters) . As for the rest of the "main" cast we havn't really got that much off them except maybe from 1-2. It's still early though. As an overall I would give it a 9 for now but none can have a complete opinnion if we don't get to see the whole season!!
Story: ? ( Too early )
It is surprising that an anime with such high production value has at best a mediocre story to it.
The art is fantastic, one of the best I have ever seen.
With the exception of Violet, although they haven't developed her much, the characters are mundane, predictable, and quite frankly boring stereotypes.
The dialogue and story are laughable, I literally laughed at how bad they are, it is on the verge of being ironic how bad the story is. It's one of those things that you might see on MST3K. It is beyond me how little they invested on the writing for this show.
Secretaries do more than these
"Dolls" their function is to write letters in a world where many (most?) are illiterate but have the technology to make robotic limbs. It is horrible, and the dialogue in such a slow paced character driven show is ridiculous, nobody has conversations that stupid.
Overall it is a laughably vacuous piece of predictable sappy asinine nonsense.
This is my first time ever writing a review. what made me write one? yes Violet Evergarden. From the first episode and ongoing every episode i fall in love more and more.If you are into romantic calming types this is the one for you. The story is outstanding I mean the concept of meaning of love and what difference feelings make. Characters are amazing each and every one of them. Theme of the anime is 90's type which is less now a days. Animation is outstanding. sound track is amazingly soothing, and the music just makes the atmosphere so real. The last anime I watched
like this was your lie in April. the rating is underrated I think
As you know already, Violet Evergarden has been the most talked about anime of this season and unfortunately it has become one of the mistreated anime on this site. Now I know this MAL after all and in all honestly I can understand why a lot of people find this anime disappointing. However, for someone like me, this anime does work for me while most others it doesn't. And the reason for this is because most people who have been criticizing this anime don't understand what kind of story this is and they don't take the time to try to understand. This is problem with
the anime community and today's generation for they have never a situation that Violet and some of the other characters have gone through.
Violet Evergarden is not your typical anime and it was never meant to be. This is an anime that has a far deeper story than pretty much any other anime out there. If you were expecting this to be some kind action show or even a war drama, then you were either misinformed or assumed too much. Now I myself have never read the LNs in which this anime is based on and I am aware that there are some differences such as the additions of character not in the original story, but at least let me give you an idea of what this anime is really about.
EASY TO UNDERSTAND
While I did mention that this show is about self-discovery, it also about dealing with PTSD, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, originally known as Shell Shock. And considering that the anime has a post World War One setting, it makes perfect sense. Let me give you a little history lesson.
PTSD is something that's existed since the beginning of mankind, but WW1 was where people really started to research it, hence the original term Shell Shock. If you look up any videos about WW1 veterans suffering from shell shock and saw how they reacted to sometime they either see or hear on the battlefield as the doctors and scientist were doing this research, you'd be pretty shocked yourself. Believe me, it's not a pretty sight. And there's usually two outcomes when it comes to dealing with PTSD. The person either recovers or commits suicide.
While this anime doesn't go deep into this subject it still addresses both it and its effects, as is evident of episode with Luciuia's older brother. That man could have easily taken his own life due to his depression, but he didn't. And that was because Violet saved his with her not even realizing it. This is where the anime really does shine.
EASY TO FOLLOW
Violet Evergarden herself is the most misunderstood character in this anime, just like Dorothy Catalonia is the most misunderstood character in Gundam Wing. The people who have been criticizing this anime put a lot of that blame on Violet. They either call her boring, bland, or both. Well, I hate to say it but those people are forgetting what Violet is. She practically is a robot at this point. She's been a soldier all her life and she know nothing else. Not only that she's been used and abused all her life. And to top it all off she's lost both her arms and the only person she's ever had a bond with is dead(presuming that he is) and his last words to her were, "I Love You".
If you really think about it, Violet is practically Darth Vader but with Data's personality. In Star Trek TNG Data was trying to discover what it's like to be human while living in a mechanical body. For Violet it's a more specific goal: Trying to discover what the meaning of "Love" is. Try putting yourself in her shoes. You've lived your entire young life taking other lives in violent ways while seeing nothing but death and destruction around you. Then your commanding officer dies, despite you trying to save his life, and he says those last words. You then wake up in the hospital and discover that you're part machine now but those fateful words are still with you. Wouldn't you want to discover what those words meant?
EASY TO CARE ABOUT
What people are not understanding is that Violet is still a child, and a very innocent one at that. Yes, it may seem annoying to some people but until now she's had no mind of her own. Now she's starting wake up to that. So the question becomes as this series goes on is how she's going to deal with it when she starts to feel emotions?
When I really think about it, the story isn't just about Violet. It is about the people around her in a world that is trying to move on from a devastating war. This is what the last episode of The Pacific was all about, showing the aftereffects of the war the characters fought in. If you grew up in military family like I did and spoken with veterans like I have you would understand this well. Violet has yet to realize that her existence and what she's trying to accomplish may bring a great deal of change in the world and bring peace to those who were effected by the war.
A story like this has to take its time to develop and unfortunately this doesn't work for most anime watchers. With the way its going now it may look formulaic and even predictable. Some I'm sure will think that the episodes are nothing but filler, but I'm pretty convinced that the final delivery will be very much worth it in the end. If I were to provide an example of what kind of story this is I strongly recommend an old movie from 1946 called "The Best Years of our Lives". Watch that movie and then maybe you will understand this anime better.
It's very rare and very risky to make an anime that isn't what you usually see in this media. And that's the reason why I like this anime and why I will be sticking with to the very end. Hopefully you'll come to understand it as I have. For now I'm only going to give this anime an 8 since it's too early to tell if this show will be a masterpiece in terms of story telling. I do believe, however, that it has all the potential to be one.
If I wanted to look at some anime girl because It looked good, without story, characters or pacing, I could have opened Pixiv.
The music and sounds are OK I guess, nothing exceptionally bad or good. But I can also look at Pixiv with my own favorite music in the background.
Or even some audio books, now I would have a story, and It would still be less soporific.
And why do I need to do a longer review when there is nothing to talk about MAL, this story emptier than the Sahara Desert, the little of what we know about the characters is not
enough or just plain stupid and/or generic (like the main character).