By Sangte Taku
Violet Evergarden is an anime based on the novel of the same name, directed by Taichi Ishidate. Taichi Ishidate is a Kyoto Animation director and has previously worked on notable works like Inuyasha, Hyouka, Koe no Katachi, etc.
Auto Memory Dolls are people employed to write letters for people who either cannot read and write or those who cannot express themselves through words.
Violet Evergarden is a war soldier who until the war had lived following orders and with the end of the war has to manoeuvre her ways to live among civilians. An abandoned child trained with the sole purpose of killing enemies, the only humanly kindness she ever experienced was from her general, who she saved and ended up losing both her arms. Post-war, even with her prosthetic hands, Violet decides to become an Auto Memory Doll to figure out what her General’s dying message, ”Aishiteru” meant. In the process, she teaches those around her the depth and sincerity behind those words.
Violet in the initial episodes seems like a doll with her curt and polite language, but, with the progress of episodes, the more she learns about life outside war, the more humanely her facial expressions become. Slowly, the distant look in her eyes starts showing more emotions. As a viewer, it is very satisfying to see her go through this coming of age transformation and the journey towards the meaning of ‘aishiteru’.
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