Violet Evergarden is a good show, no, an amazing show. Its story, animation, and characters are part of what I believe to be probably the best anime Kyoto Animation has ever put out. Along with Free of course. It also was a show that I was watching when my life changed in a way that was very similar to the one Violet struggles with for the majority of the show. It ended up being something that connected me to Violet and her story in a way that I never have with any anime before. So that is what we are going to be talking about for Day 7 of 12 Days of Anime.
*There’s gonna be some spoilers so tread carefully*
Violet’s journey in Violet Evergarden is motivated by the fact that she has lost someone very important in her life. While at the beginning Gilbert just seems to be “missing” we find out that it is highly likely he died in the battle where Violet was severely injured. And when she finds out that she is not going to ever see him again, it tears her apart in a way that those of us who have lost a loved one are all too familiar with. I am no different so what makes it so special?
Episode 3 of Violet Evergarden premiered on a Thursday, and that Thursday morning my maternal grandmother passed away. I had been up a school which is an hour from home, and my dad called me at six o’clock in the morning to come outside my apartment. It was in the parking lot of my apartment building that I found out she had died at about one that morning. My grandma helped raise me since my parents worked long hours and both had long commutes, and without her, I honestly do not know where I would be. Losing her was really hard, and now almost a year later it still feels like it just happened.
My last living grandpa died when I was ten, so I knew it was going to be hard. Getting through it was going to be hard, and I knew that. But the weird things was that Violet was going through the exact same thing. She lost someone close to her that helped make her who she was so every week I got to see this character going through a similar situation to me. The hardest episode to watch was probably the one with the little girl whose mother is dying and while I tried to re-watch some episodes, I knew that one would just bring back the tears so I decided to glance over it for now.
It was not the comedic show I watched to make me laugh and escape for a moment from the loss I was suffering from. Instead, Violet Evergarden was the show I watched that helped me cope. Violet got upset and it was obviously a hard experience, but she got through it. That is what helped me to see that I was going to get through it too. That life will go on and it is up to me about how I was going to handle it. Usually, I tend to shy away from things I know are going to make me cry, but I kept returning to Violet Evergarden each week because it made me feel like I was not alone.
This experience was one that I am very grateful happened but hope that a coincidence like this never happens again. I am not saying that if you are going through a loss of a loved one the solution to your problem is watch Violet Evergarden and you will magically be okay. I am just saying that for me it made it a little bit easier. It made me connect to a show like never before because it connected with me with a story of loss I was experiencing along with Violet. Which made the show mean something to me.
Not like it is a hard show to like either. I know some people think it is slow at the beginning or just do not like it, which is fine. I am not usually one for anime with slow starts, but it just gave me a reason to keep coming back. The overall story it tells of a country rebuilding after a war is something really powerful too. It shows us how the country has to rebuild and adapt and in itself overcome the loss of the former state of things. Everyone was affected in some way and it worked to show the many different ways war impacts others. It is truly a beautiful story that I would love to see more of in the future or more stories like it. That wonderful story is in addition to the beautiful animation that tells said story. Plus, a soundtrack that brings a tear to my eye just thinking about it.
Violet Evergarden is not only an amazing show but also one that holds a special place in my heart, and probably will for a very long time. I think that there is a lot to relate to with these characters and the variety of stories that are told within it. It is probably one of my favorite anime from all of 2018, and that says a lot considering how indecisive I am.
Let me know what you guys think though! Have you seen Violet Evergarden? What was your opinion of it? Feel free to let me know down below!
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