With Violet Evergarden, Netflix has secured one of the most anticipated anime series of the winter season. Can the light-novel adaptation actually meet these high expectations set up in advance?
"Violet Evergarden" is the first anime series to feature Netflix in simulcast worldwide. The adaptation of the Light Novel by author Kana Akatsuki and illustrator Akiko Takase provided for the euphoric wave of anticipation after the release of the first trailer, but must be forced to face high expectations, which is always a very difficult task.
The story revolves around the young Violet (spoken by Yui Ishikawa), a so-called Auto Memory Doll, created with the ability to turn feelings into words, helping the developer's blind wife write her novels. But when the country is hit by the war, it is sent to the front as a secret weapon, where it learns to know humanity from its worst side.
After returning home, she has to deal with the loss of her superior, to which she has built a very close bond and at the same time find her place in the world with her newly gained freedom.
A FEAST FOR THE EYES
Visually, Violet Evergarden is simply stunning and the animations and drawings of the team of Kyoto Animation are among the best that the anime world has to offer, especially in the series area. With incredible attention to detail, almost every picture can be described as a small painting.
The story deviates from the original of the Light Novel and focuses much faster and more directly on his fragile-looking protagonist. Very early on, we realize that we are in a story of humanity, loss, emotion, and, above all, love, for the last words of her warrior Gilbert are a sealed book for her. So it is definitely a positive decision that the anime seeks its own identity with its own pace and rhythm.
Violet Evergarden looks really good with its beautiful drawings and animations and ambitious directing. Whether the anime series around Violet can pick up the audience with its story, the other episodes must show, as they still need some space to gain emotional power can. Potential for a big hit is definitely there.
(image source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zi6Jjwt61D0)
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