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Violet Evergarden: The Movie (2020)Violet Evergarden: The Movie (2020)

Violet Evergarden: The Movie (2020)

An unapologetically earnest anime about love in the time of war

Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

7.0

movie

d, Japan
Japanese
Character-driven, Depressing, Dramatic
2020
Taichi Ishidate
Aya Endo, Aya Saito, Ayako Kawasumi
140 min

Synopsis

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As the world moves on from the war and technological advances bring changes to her life, Violet still hopes to see her lost commanding officer again.

Our Take

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Based on the 13-episode series of the same name, Violet Evergarden tells the story of Violet, a scribe commissioned to write letters at a time when telephones and computers had yet to exist. Shell-shocked from her time in the war, Violet is exceptionally stoic, except when she remembers Gilbert, her military superior and sometime lover. His parting words were “I love you,” and through her letters, Violet has been examining the meaning of the phrase since then. 

Fans of the series will have no trouble following the events of the film, but if you’re going in cold without any prior exposure to the franchise, it might take a while for you to adjust to its world. More an amalgamation of multiple cultures than a reflection of just one, the imaginary Leidenschaftlich is filled with Japanese-speaking citizens, in modern-day-influenced clothes, with architecture and vistas that could fit right in 1800s Western Europe. Against this backdrop, Violet attempts to restart her life as a writer. Living often doesn’t feel easy, especially when PTSD comes in the form of shocks and painful flashbacks, but loving, as she finds out, might be even harder. A tale of self-forgiveness and forging on, despite all odds, Violet Evergarden is a moving ode to life and love at a time of war. 

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