Name: Violet Evergarden
MAL Score: 8.62/10
Genres: Fantasy, Drama, Slice of Life
Caution — There will be spoilers ahead.
After serving in the war, Violet Evergarden comes out with two things: mechanical arms and hope that she’ll get to see Major Gilbert again. Unbeknownst to her, he had died in the last battle of the war. Throughout this beautiful anime, Violet yearns to understand one thing: what “I love you” means. She wants to feel it — to know what the Major meant when he said his last words to her.
Violet quickly learns what she wants to be — an auto-memory doll. Under the guidance of her boss, Claudia Hodgins, and fellow auto-memory doll Cattleya Baudelaire, Violet begins her training. An auto-memory doll’s job is to take their client’s true feelings and transfer it to the page they write on. We watch the trips and falls that Violet makes, but each time she gets back up and tries again. Unable to feel emotion but wanting to so badly, Violet meets client after client and soon becomes the most requested auto-memory doll in service. Day after day she waits for word from Major Gilbert, telling her that it’s time to come back and serve in the war by his side.
The only one that showed Violet life outside war was Major Gilbert. In the beginning, she was a gift from Gilbert’s brother. Nothing more than a tool. She was unable to perceive emotion and didn’t know how to talk. She was raised as a tool for the army and little more. From day to day, she followed commands and slaughtered countless people with little remorse. Later in the anime, Hodgins tells Violet that she is on fire and has many burn marks due to the actions that she made in the war. She becomes more aware of people’s emotions and feels guilty for the pain and suffering of others, even when she isn’t the cause of it.
We get to feel the soul-wrenching hurt and heartbreak when we find that Major Gilbert has passed away. After finding out that he is gone, Violet feels guilty about living herself and feels that she doesn’t have the right to be happy when he is dead. By the end of the anime, Violet learns what the words “I love you” means.
I loved watching Violet Evergarden grow as a character. In the beginning, Violet is introduced as a weapon that follows the command of others. In the last episode, though, Violet tells Dietfried, Gilbert’s brother, that she doesn’t need orders anymore. She is ready to live her own life.
My final rating of this anime is a nine out of ten. The art and music tie together perfectly for a dramatic effect. The development of the main character is phenomenal.
Written by karme.