Violet Evergarden Movie

Movie (1 ep x 140 min)
4.498 out of 5 from 3,821 votes
Rank #17

As the world moves on from the war and technological advances bring changes to her life, Violet still hopes to see her lost commanding officer again.

Source: Netflix

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Violet Evergarden is essentially the story of coming to terms with dealing with sorrow and guilt in the aftermath of war. The protagonist, Violet after whom the movie and initial series is named, is an orphan, who ended up as a child soldier in a brutal war. Her commander ("major") and perhaps only person who she felt cared for her does not return following the war after sacrificing himself to save Violet.  Violet is left to deal with the guilt of the lives she has taken as a soldier and the guilt of not being able to save her "major" and the sorrow of losing the one person who had cared for her. Following the war, Violet works as an "automemory doll" a term given to those who would write and type letters on behalf of others who perhaps were not able to write and allow them to express their feelings. The series focuses on how Violet is able to come to terms with her own emotions. In contrast, this Movie is has much greater focus on completing the story of Violet which perhaps is not as interesting or rewarding as seeing her emotional growth as we sow in the series. Story/Characters The movie is told as story within a story. With the story of Violet being introduced to us through that of the grandaughter of a client she wrote letters for many years ago. Although this serves as convenient way to introduce people who may have not watched the series to the movie, to much time was spent on building this introductory story which did not add much to the overall movie.  Similar to the series, we follow Violet as she takes up a job to type a letter for a child in a hospital with not to long to live. However, unlike most episodes in the series the story around the job is not the focus of the movie but rather there is significant focus and even explaination of some of the events around Violet's past. Unfortunately, the different subplots do not gel that well which left me feeling somewhat confused at times.  There are also some significant deviations from what I felt was established as the story in the series. (I won't expand on this to avoid spoiling).  Related to this characters are largely as you would expect from the series, however there is very little character developlment bar a few exceptions. Animation The artwork for the movie is gorgeous as we would expect from Kyoani. However, there were times when the animation did not match what I would expect from the scenes. (e.g. animation of people walking when you expect to see them talking). I am not sure if this was intentional or due to resource limitations. Sound The voice acting was excellent. The sound track is great but largely rework of motifs in the series. I felt the sound track did not resonate with me as much as the amazing sound track from the series. Overall Unfortunately, the Violet Evergarden Movie falls short of what you would expect following the series. Part of me did wonder whether the Kyoani fire and Covid played a part in this. After all, it is amazing that they were still able to release this in 2020 as planned despite these set backs.  Having said that, it is still a beautifully animated movie with a gorgeous soundtrack which was enjoyable to watch.

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