‘Violet Evergarden: The Movie‘ is a 2020 anime film directed by Taichi Ishidate and written by Reiko Yoshida. It was made by Kyoto Animation and released in 2021 by Netflix.
Daisy Magnolia (Brittany Cox) is mourning the death of her grandmother and stumbles on some letters. She is informed that the letters were written by “dolls” who wrote for the postal service in the case the sender was unable to do so. She discovers that one particular doll wrote the letters and she goes on a quest to find out who was behind them. Deep in the past, auto-memory doll Violet Evergarden (Erika Harlacher) visits the grave of the mother of her beloved Major Gilbert Bougainvillea (Tony Azzolino) who told her “I love you” and wishes that he was alive to his brother Dietfried Bougainvillea (Keith Silverstein). She continues to write letters for people at the CHP Postal service along with Cattelya (Reba Buhr) and Iris (Cherami Leigh), though Erica (Christine Cabanos) has moved on to writing plays. She befriends a young boy named Yuris (Anne Yatco) who is dying and wishes her to write letters to his family. they become friends and she vows to write one more letter for him before he passes away. Her boss CHP President Hodgins (Kyle McCarley) stumbles on a letter in their return box and recognizes the handwriting. Could this be the key to finding the major?
Similar to the series and the preceding film, the animation is amazing. chief art director Akiko Takase and the entire team should be applauded for the character designs, the backgrounds, and the vivid colors that bring the story to life. Kyoto Animation is definitely top-notch and this feature is no different.
Like I said about the cast previously, Erika Harlacher shines as Violet and performs the character to perfection. She brings the character to life and her talent brings it home. Co-stars Cherami Leigh and Reba Buhr as Violet’s co-workers are spot on as usual.
This movie does a good job of pulling your heartstrings. It is a story of lost love and trying to move on after a terrible war. I was glad to see that Violet was the biggest focus as the previous movie somewhat deviated from her story-arc to focus on secondary characters. Violet goes through the story with her unique perspective and you feel each emotion as you see the climax fans of the show have been waiting to see.
Bottom line, Violet Evergarden: The Movie is a well-executed conclusion to the anime. Violet went from a terrifying and brutal soldier to soft-spoken scribe. Seeing that journey fulfilled was an amazing journey.
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Violence
FAVORITE QUOTE: I want you to stay here. I want you to stay with me.
Check out the trailer below:
This article is based on the English dub streamed on Netflix.
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