Violet Evergarden | Is it possible to learn emotions?
The story of an empty doll
Violet Evergarden. A prizewinner anime.
Violet Evergarden is a Japanese light novel series written by Kana Akatsuki and illustrated by Akiko Takase. The 13-episode anime television series adaptation by Kyoto Animation aired between January and April 2018 with several advance screenings taking place in 2017. The series was awarded Best Animation at the 2019 Crunchyroll Anime Awards. The animated series is a must watch, even though you don’t like the specific genre. In fact, this work can be relocated to the same branch of Your Name e Una voce silenziosa, but unlike these films it is able to build connections with the audience episode by episode.
Violet Evergarden. A product of War.
The story takes place facing the spectator the hard drama of war. The auto-mail (metallic prosthetics) of today is not that of Edward Elric (FullMetal Alchemist Brotherhood) but belongs to a girls who found emotions: Violet Evergarden.
Violet is an abandoned and nameless child. She was found by navy officer Dietfried Bougainvillea on an island where he and several members of his crew were forced to land after a naval engagement. From that specific moment she is supposed to be the tool of the army, due to her great combat skills. The only one who looks after her as a human being is Dietfried’s brother, Gilbert. Gilbert taught her how to speak, read, and write, e named her Violet, wishing she could grow up to be as beautiful as the flower. During the decisive battle, Violet loses both her arms in the desperate move to save her “Major” (Gilbert). The Violet we find after the recovery is an empty doll, a doll without soul. From this very moment, her only aim is to become an Auto-memory doll to finally understand the last words Gilbert said to her “I love you“.
I want to know what “I love you” means
The story of an empty doll that fullfilled others’ life.
Each episode of Violet Evergarden is almost a self-contained story throughout which Violet touches the reality and the feelings of real people. Yes, because at the beginning Violet is a doll full of emptiness. A the initial stage of the anime, Violet Evergarden is a Rey Ayanami: a human being without emotions. The novel gives the audience also an important lesson about writing. The act of writing is far beyond a mere mechanical action. The Violet Evergarden of the initial episodes, even exercising a lot in writing down as many words as possible is not a ready to be a letter-writer. For that, she needs to feel empathy.
Violet Evergarden: è possibile imparare le emozioni?
Violet’s naive approach with the external world bonds her character to the audience. At the end of the anime, Violet is capable of understanding the feelings vehiclulated by a glimpse. She finally feels the burden of major Gilbert’s words. She takes the name of the flower Violet. A flower appreciated by ancient Greeks and associated with delicacy e sensitivity. It’s the final stage that Violet Evergarden achieves. Romans and Greeks also accompanied the flower Violet to funeral and death as a simbol of innocence e purity. Violet Evergarden is a strong shout about hope. It establishes the spark inside all humans, even in characters who experienced despair. It’s the lyric of the soul.
Violet Evergarden. The signs of a masterpiece.
Details, bright colours, light reflections makes Violet Evergarden alive. It’s like the reality of Shinkai (see our review of Weathering with You) has blended with the sentiment of Una voce silenziosa. Shading and the precise soundtracks add an extra tone to the series. Each frame is precisely calibrated in terms of drawings and music. It’s the perfect recipe to create a warm environment to steal the heart of the audience.
Everything I’ve done so far has sparked a flame that is now burning me up
And you? Have you seen Violet Evergarden?
Violet Evergarden (13 episodes)