Violet Evergarden

Hello everyone. I hope you are all doing well.

It has been a while since I talked about something not directly related to depression and mental illness as a whole, and it has also been a while since I talked about anime, so I thought I would remedy that. Today, I want to talk about an anime that I started about two years ago and only got around to finishing it recently. This is not because it is a bad anime. Actually, it is a great anime. It took me this long because in the past couple of years I have found it hard to enjoy things I once did; anime, music, movies, video games, etc. Anyway, let us talk about Violet Evergarden.

Violet Evergarden tells the story of, well, Violet Evergarden, a young girl and former soldier who fought in the Great War (not World War I). Violet was brought up for the sole purpose of fighting, and as such was utilized as a tool for war and bloodshed. As a result, she does not understand human emotions and acts like a robot. During the war, Violet took orders from Major Gilbert Bougainvillea, who was the only one who treated Violet with compassion and care – even Violet did not care about herself. Towards the end of the war, Violet is injured and hospitalized, and the Major, unbeknownst to her, is killed.

Violet starts a new life working for the company CH Postal Services as an “Auto Memory Doll” – people who write letters on behalf of others. These letters carry the feelings, love and thought of those people, and it takes a skilled person to properly turn those feelings into words. As Violet adjusts to her new life and surroundings, she embarks on a journey that not only impacts the life of others, but of herself as well.

I adore Violet Evergarden. This anime tells a heartfelt story of love, loss, self-discovery, self-love, selflessness, and hope. You really become invested in Violet and her story. The supporting characters are so well written and so well developed that you also become touched by their own stories and troubles. The voice acting (Japanese) is so amazing and adds much depth and emotion to the anime. The soundtrack is beautiful, and the visuals are crisp, colorful and just very beautiful. I could only find a brief trailer with English captions which I will leave below.

That is it from me. I could talk about this anime some more, but I will leave it here. I hope you are all staying safe and sane. Thank you very much for reading, and I will see you all in the next blog post.

Sincerely Yours,
Kojo

Image Credit: Wallpaper Abyss

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