Violet Evergarden Begins on Netflix
posted on by Andrew Osmond
The first episode of the Kyoto Animation series Violet Evergarden is now available on Netflix here. It is available with English and Japanese audio tracks and English and Japanese subtitles. Additionally, it has Spanish, Portuguese and French audio tracks, and Polish, Arabic, French and Japanese subtitles.
Kyoto Animation announced the anime project based on author Kana Akatsuki and illustrator Akiko Takase's Violet Evergarden novel in May 2016, and has streamed two animated commercials from director and storyboard artist Taichi Ishidate. Takase served as character designer and animation director for the videos. Ishidate and Takase are returning for the anime itself, and Reiko Yoshida (Yowamushi Pedal, Bakuman) is in charge of series composition. Yota Tsuruoka is the sound director, Evan Call is composing the music, and TRUE is performing the opening theme song "Sincerely."
Netflix summaries the series as follows: 'The war is over, and Violet Evergarden needs a job. Scarred and emotionless, she takes a job as a letter writer to understand herself and her past.'
Anime Expo also described the story:
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.
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. All the while searching for the meaning of those words.
The anime stars:
Yui Ishikawa as Violet Evergarden, and "Auto Memories Doll" and newbie at the CH Postal Service. She seeks to learn the meaning of certain words Gilbert said to her when they were in the military.
Takehito Koyasu as Claudia Hodgins, a former officer in the army who has since founded the CH Postal Service. His close friend Gilbert entrusted him with Violet.
Daisuke Namikawa as Gilbert Bougainvillea, an army officer who sees nothing as more precious than Violet.
Aya Endo as Cattleya Baudelaire, and "Auto Memories Doll" who works for CH Postal Service. She was close with Hodgins before she started working there.
Kouki Uchiyama as Benedict Blue, a postman working at the CH Postal Service. He has known Hodgins for awhile, so he has had a brusque attitude since he starting work there.
KA Esuma Bunko published the novel series' two volumes in Japan in December 2015 and December 2016. The novels won the grand prize in the fifth Kyoto Animation Award program's novel category in 2014. The win marked the first time that any work won a grand prize in any of the contest's three categories (novel, scenario, and manga).