There are words Violet heard on the battlefield, which she cannot forget. These words were given to her by someone she holds dear, more than anyone else. She does not yet know their meaning.
A certain point in time, in the continent of Telesis. The great war which divided the continent into North and South has ended after four years, and the people are welcoming a new generation.
Violet Evergarden, a young girl formerly known as "the weapon," has left the battlefield to start a new life at CH Postal Service. There, she is deeply moved by the work of "Auto Memories Dolls," who carry people's thoughts and convert them into words.
Violet begins her journey as an Auto Memories Doll, and comes face to face with various people's emotions and differing shapes of love. All the while searching for the meaning of those words.
Let me be clear: in my opinion this show is one of the most over hyped, overrated first episodes I have seen. I have not read any source material, so if you are an anime-only viewer perhaps some of my words will resonate with you.
After a single subpar episode this series has somehow managed to crack the top 50 anime. While i know that will degrade in time as most people who have rated this series at this point are die-hard source reader fans, it still upsets me seeing no counterbalance to the reviews which were clearly written by people who read the source
The first episode which generated massive amounts of hype was in my opinion one of the weaker first episodes of this anime season. To get the obvious out of the way: yes, the soundtrack and animation were stunning. The animation in particular is among the best I have ever seen.
However, a polished turd is still a turd.
When it comes to characters, our heroine is bland and completely lacking in personality. It is basically waifu worship when I see people call Violet's character a masterpiece; the decision making process behind writing her character was anything but masterful, other than perhaps from a marketing perspective.
Of course people will argue that her childhood and the war caused her personality to be this way. In reality it was a writing decision; many characters, even in this show, have gone through similar experiences and still sport something resembling a personality. And while she does have room for character growth, so do other characters who do not start out completely uninteresting.
As for the plot it just didn't entice me at all. The flashbacks did give us our one glimpse of Violet acting human, hooray! Other than that I wasn't nearly attached enough to care. PTSD and adjusting to life post-war isn't that gripping of a plotline when your main character literally reacts to every single thing in life with the exact same boring look on her face. I know some people really enjoy those sorts of female characters, and that is okay, it just really is not for me.
The only thing about the story that really sucked me in was the music and visuals. All in if you enjoyed the source material or really prioritize things like animation and sound this could be for you. If you want well written characters and an enticing narrative, I would look elsewhere.
As for this show, Violet Evergarden it reminds me of PLASTIC MEMORIES with the way they make your heart strings ever so reberate to them being tugged at the moment the show starts and do not let go till the end.
This show is a good pace off of action but has some yet still keeps your attention. It has great character build up and iIwill continue to watch.
Also, this show has the great art of Made in Abyss so look forward to great scenes. Thats all for now for my review with just the first episode who knows it may
The beginning of the anime made me really sad.
I've never seen a person so lost before.
Violet is also a human being with normal feelings, but it's foreign to her, so I really hope that in the future, she'll understand what feelings are and how to express them comfortably. In other words, I want to see her develop as a character.
What I look forward to!:
Violet's character development
More of the beautiful art
The opening and ending- it hasn't been revealed yet.
As to what I do not like about the anime, there's really nothing much, except that I'm afraid it'll be a disappointment because people have been raving over
it for a while. High expectations=bigger disappointment if it isn't good.
I believe the anime will appeal to you if:
-You are patient, are a huge sucker for good art (Almost all of us amiright) and like seeing the man character grow every episode