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Violet Evergarden Episode 5 - Anime Review

Feb 16, 2018

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Altough this episode was anime original, it was quite enjoyable. I especially loved how everyone in both countries seemed to get invested in Charlotte and Damian's relationship (I see nooo real-life example of such a story). However, you can't possibly expect me to believe that Violet is fourteen.

Synopsis


Violet is given the very important task of acting as an ambassador/ghostwriter for the princess of Drossel, Charlotte, and is writing her love letters to the prince of Fugel, Damien. The two of them are supposed to get married in order to seal the peace between their respective countries, who have previously won at war, and what better way to make sure no one will try to start a fight again than with a marriage? (this was blatant irony, by the way)

Violet arrives at the castle to meet her fourteen-year-old client and princess of Drossel. We also find out that Violet herself is a fourteen-year-old girl (I’ll be commenting on that later). Charlotte is happy to have Violet writing her letters, being the same age and a very gifted writer. She is, however, not happy about not being able to express her true feelings to prince Damien, who she briefly met after her 10th birthday and fell in love with thanks to his honest charming behavior (more on that later too).

Violet, having gotten tired of the princess’s moaning and crying, decides to communicate to Cattleya, who is writing the prince’s letters, the idea of allowing the couple to communicate through their own letters. They start exchanging actual letters, and despite their doubts about expressing their feelings, the royal couple seems to be in love and their affection is evident in their writing.

By the end of the episode, Violet meets some very hot guy named Dietfried (I believe it’s Gilbert’s brother?), who tells her off for becoming an Auto Memory Doll after having worked as a killing machine. Piss off, man!

Themes


Public love letters: As with most things concerning writing in this show, the concept of public letters is an entirely fictional idea that doesn’t make a lot of sense. I googled ‘public love letters’ to find out if that was a thing at some point in history, and got this as a result.

Nobility is a common thing in various forms of media to portray nobles as sensitive individuals looking for true love, craving to be treated like regular people, and displaying significant amounts of modesty. I’m gonna go ahead and guess that this is a load of nonsense and it needs to stop. It’s not a very contemporary theme any more.

Violet is starting to show some feelings. We can "already" see some progression in her character.

Verdict


Age-gap issues aside, this was a really enjoyable episode. I especially loved how everyone in both countries seemed to get invested in Charlotte and Damian&

039;s relationship, to the extent that they&

039;d yell love advice at the newspapers as they read the published letters. And it was a really powerful moment to see Violet finally pull off a genuine smile, especially after her failed attempt earlier in the episode.

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