Tuesday, June 5, 2018

[New][End][January 2018] Violet Evergarden - A charming light drama

Summary: The Great War finally came to an end: Fractured in two, the continent of Telesis slowly begins to flourish once again. Caught up in the bloodshed was Violet Evergarden, a young girl raised for the sole purpose of decimating enemy lines. Hospitalized and maimed in a bloody skirmish during the War's final leg, all she was left with from the person she held dearest was words, but with no understanding of their meaning.

First Impression: I accidentally watched episode 5 first. This in no way interfered with me liking the show, in fact I may have liked it more because of it.

My Opinion: This is one of the best light dramas I've ever had the pleasure of consuming. I've never been much of a history or war buff, but I still think that this show does a fine job of capturing the feeling of a country slowly mending from a devastating war. The focal point for this is absolutely Violet herself, who is so obviously a broken person from the war, but has no self-awareness of it at all, for she has barely any humanity left to her.

This one keeps begging me to call it an emotional rollercoaster, but after having read an actual emotional roller coaster to it's conclusion recently, (World End Economica for reference), my standard's are a little high at the moment. Instead, I'll call it as accurately as I can: One of the most charming and emotionally valuable stories about a post-war environment I've ever seen. The characters are top notch, no one is 'cheesy', they all feel consistent with the world. They didn't shoe-horn in some arbitrary romantic interest, or daring rival, or dastardly villain. The people feel like actual people. On paper, this show is definitely something I would have skipped. I honestly couldn't tell you why I picked it up and started reading it. Maybe it was on a recommended list from some reviewer I read? After all, a story about a girl running around writing letters for people sounds rather meh, eh?
The reason why it ends up being so amazing, is because it's about the characters themselves, not the things they're doing.
I honestly feel like I should be saying more, but I can't think of good ways to talk about specific parts without dropping spoilers, so I'll just leave it by saying that, honestly, you can absolutely watch episode 5 out of context, and I think I'll go ahead and recommend that you do that. It's got one of my absolute favorite moments in the whole show, when Violet takes something said as a joke as an actual instruction. You won't miss it.

This show is by far and large,

and of course gets a full


From me for some absolutely high quality characters, and a beautiful story. It is every bit worth your time, unless all you want is high paced intense action. The show has some action to it, but the over all tone of the show is exceptionally mellow and peaceful, if not explicitly...happy.