Violet Evergarden

Title:Violet Evergarden
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Notables: Animation - KYOTO
A certain point in time, in the continent of Telesis. The great war which divided the continent into North and South has ended after four years, and the people are welcoming a new generation. Violet Evergarden, a young girl formerly known as “the weapon”, has left the battlefield to start a new life at CH Postal Service. There, she is deeply moved by the work of “Auto Memories Dolls”, who carry people's thoughts and convert them into words. Violet begins her journey as an Auto Memories Doll, and comes face to face with various people's emotions and differing shapes of love. There are words Violet heard on the battlefield, which she cannot forget. These words were given to her by someone she holds dear, more than anyone else. She does not yet know their meaning but she searches to find it.
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14-episode TV anime that premiered on January 10, 2018.
Animated by Kyoto Animation.
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Unevaluated Stretch [series:3474#628]
(Three episodes watched):

As I watched episode one of VE, and compared it to the unmemorable new anime I had watched previously, the thought occurred to me that one thing I preferred about VE was that whereas the other show had pretty much revealed all of the basics of it's premise in a sudden, take-it-or-leave-it manner, VE was more careful to reveal the important points gradually and gently. I found that approach to be much more interesting and attractive. With time, however, the thought also occurred to me that it's also possible to keep too much from us, which is frustrating. Violet is a human being, right? A girl who has been brainwashed to serve as a soldier, but a human nevertheless. I hope so, because I'm not looking forward to some sort of semi-human Dolls being included. You would think that at least something as important as that would be made clear. I was impatient for the episode to hurry up and give me a better idea of what it is about and where it was going. In the end, the plot moved so slowly that one episode wasn't enough to get a good idea of what this story would be about and whether it would be worth watching. Episode two still didn't make Violet's status as either human or android clear. The mid-20th century technology seems too primitive for her to be an android, but why would a human girl be delivered in a box? I'm assuming that, being a soldier, she had her hands blown off at some point and that's why she has mechanical prosthetics. The other Dolls don't seem to have this feature. Anyway, the gist of this show seems to be that Violet is so naïve and emotionally dead that she knows nothing about romance, but wants to learn. Nobody dares tell her that the Major Gilbert that she idolizes has been killed; I'm guessing that she'll run into his brother and they will strike up a romance. So, the story seemed to have potential but I was still impatient for it to pick up the pace. But episode three didn't advance the story much either. Violet makes some halting progress towards being able to empathize with other people, but it's not clear why. A problem appears and is solved within one episode, which wasn't terribly convincing. Perhaps the problem is that Violet is so emotionless that it's hard to sympathize with her. In the end, I decided to quit this show. The plot doesn't seem all that sophisticated, and the story is moving at an aggravatingly slow pace.

Last updated Tuesday, February 13 2018. Created Sunday, January 14 2018.

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