Violet Evergarden Side Story: Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll Anime Reviews

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This article has been translated from Japanese into English by Deepl.

Rating 81 points, all 90 minutes

Synopsis Isabella York, heiress of the great aristocratic York family, attends a prestigious girls’ school where white camellias bloom and only daughters of good families are allowed to attend, but because of a contract she made with her father, school life is painful. Quote – Wikipedia

This Ephemeral and Aesthetic World

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This work is a theatrical film work of Violet Evergarden.
Unlike the TV series, it is directed by Haruka Fujita and produced by Kyoto Animation.

A Quiet Beginning

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Image credit: Violet Evergarden Gaiden – Eternity and the Automatic Hand Puppet – from the trailer.
© Kana Dawn, Kyoto Animation/Violet Evergarden Production Committee

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The beginning of the movie, it’s a quiet beginning. Violet, an automatic writing doll, is a daughter of a prestigious girl’s school.
Violet, an automatic diary doll, is dispatched as an “exclusive educator” to a certain daughter of a prestigious school for girls.
It’s a special episode of “Gaiden”, where the occupation of a letter-writing doll is different from what she usually does.
It’s the beginning of a very special episode of “Gaiden”.

It’s a quiet and unhurried beginning that is typical of “Violet Evergarden”.
The overwhelming quality of the drawings is the same in the movie version.
In fact, the high quality of the animation, which I felt was different from that of the TV anime series
It is as if the high quality of the TV anime series, which I had felt was different from the TV anime series, has finally been put in its place.

The story is about a girl named Isabella, who is rude, brash, and doesn’t fit in with her surroundings as an “educator” in a simple and solemn way.
“She is the educator of a girl named Isabella, who is rude, boorish, and unfamiliar with her surroundings.
Her past is told in fragments, and the story slowly progresses.

It’s a really quiet beginning. The sound of Isabella’s heels as she walks is so deafening.
The detailed footsteps of the characters are strangely deafening. That’s how quiet it is.
Isabella’s past and the characters she portrays are told in the quiet.
At the same time, Violet’s past is revealed in fragments.

Although this work is based on the premise that you have seen the TV anime
This work assumes that you have seen the TV anime, but even if you haven’t seen it at all, it may not be a problem.

Aesthetic

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Image credit: Violet Evergarden Gaiden – Eternity and the Automatic Hand Puppet – from the trailer.
© Kana Akatsuki, Kyoto Animation / Violet Evergarden Production Committee

The Ball

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Image credit: Violet Evergarden Gaiden – Eternity and the Automatic Hand Puppet – from the trailer.
© Kana Dawn, Kyoto Animation/Violet Evergarden Production Committee

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The promise is three months. Three months of work to raise a girl to be a lady.
She definitely grew up to be a lady thanks to Violet’s education.
The story is quietly told, but you can feel it.
The dance between Isabella and Violet looks really fun and beautiful.

She asks for a “letter” at the end.
She asks for a “letter” at the end of the story. It is about her poor past, which she could not tell anyone about, but which she enjoyed.
Her life with her sister-in-law, who was her only family.
The reason why she became a lady-in-waiting is a realistic but sad reality.

She gave up her confidence to make her sister happy.
Her only wish was for her sister’s happiness rather than the pain of separation.
“It’s a past that she can only talk about with Violet, who has become her friend.
What she gave and what was given to her, they were in different positions, but they understood each other because they were in different positions.

She leaves a letter of “love” to her friend.
Although it is an external story, this work is undeniably a story of love.
It makes you realize that this is a work called “Violet Evergarden”.
A short letter to her sister-in-law who can’t even read.

And time flies.

The Deliverer

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Image credit: Violet Evergarden Gaiden – Eternity and the Automatic Hand Puppet – from the trailer.
© Kana Akatsuki, Kyoto Animation / Violet Evergarden Production Committee

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In the TV series, the job of “deliveryman” was not focused on.
In the TV series, the focus was not on the job of “deliveryman”, but on the fact that Violet is an automatic handwriting doll and spells out letters.
The story of the “deliveryman” was not depicted in the TV series.
In the TV series, the story of the “deliveryman” was not depicted, but in this film, the focus is on him as a deliveryman.
A letter is not meaningful only when it is written, but also when it is delivered.

Taylor, the younger sister of Violet’s friend, has grown up a bit.
Taylor, the younger sister of Violet’s friend, has grown up a little and asks Violet for help.
She asks for Violet’s letter, and he asks for her, and she asks for him.
“Violet’s friend’s sister, Taylor, is a little older and asks Violet for help.

“She’s my friend’s precious sister.”

She has grown and changed over the course of the TV series, and has regained her emotions.
The emotions she feels because she has gained a friend brings tears to my eyes.
Longing for the “deliveryman” who delivered her sister’s letters to her confidence, she becomes an apprentice deliveryman.
“As an apprentice, she works for Benedict, the “deliveryman.

Benedict feels a sense of emptiness in this job.
He felt bored by the repetition of the same thing day in and day out.
“He felt bored.
The existence of a girl who admires his work as “great” is precious to him.

“Because the postman carries happiness.

Mitsuami

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Image credit: Violet Evergarden Gaiden – Eternity and the Automatic Hand Puppet – from the trailer.
© Kana Dawn, Kyoto Animation/Violet Evergarden Production Committee

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Violet and Taylor’s relationship is like that of real sisters.
Violet and Taylor are like real sisters, sharing a bed instead of an older sister, doing each other’s hair instead of an older sister.
She teaches her sister how to write.
It’s as if she’s replaying the days she spent with Isabella as her friend.
The relationship between the two, where Violet takes the place of her sister instead of her friend, is very funny.

The way Violet expresses her emotions straightforwardly stimulates the tear glands.
In her days with her, she utters the emotional word “happy”.
Violet herself suggests to her, “Why don’t you write a letter?
She also wanted to write a letter to her sisters, because she wanted to connect their feelings.
She said this because she also wanted to connect the feelings of the two sisters who were separated from each other.

The letter is not a substitute. Taylor and Violet work together to type.
It’s not an automatic handwriting doll, but a letter written by Violet and Taylor.
It’s a letter to a friend and my sister.
Letters from friends who have stopped responding, and Violet herself.
“Violet and her sister wrote the letter because they were worried about their friend.

The “deliverer” who is entrusted with this fact does his job as a deliverer.
A letter is meaningful only when it is delivered.

“There is no such thing as a letter that doesn’t need to be delivered.

The letter that arrived

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Image credit: Violet Evergarden Gaiden – Eternity and the Automatic Hand Puppet – from the trailer.
©Kana Akatsuki, Kyoto Animation/Violet Evergarden Production Committee

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Isabella has abandoned her name and herself to marry for the sake of her sister.
She receives a letter from her “sister”.
The letter is short and poorly written, addressed to her by the name she was supposed to have thrown away, which was never to be used again.

A letter from her sister, written with the help of her friends. A letter from her sister, written with the help of her friends.
It’s not time to meet her yet, but when she becomes a full-fledged person.
It’s not time to meet her yet, but when she becomes a full-fledged person, when she becomes “independent” instead of being spoiled by the happiness her sister gave her.
She can give it to her sister as a deliverer for the first time and meet her again.
She will be able to say that she became independent and happy thanks to the happiness her sister gave her.

It’s not a happy ending to meet again.
“It’s a work called “Violet Evergarden.
I can imagine a happy “sequel” to the happy ending that leaves a certain fragility.
It gave me a lingering feeling of imagining a happy “later story”.

Review: A story that makes you imagine the future of two sisters

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Image credit: Violet Evergarden Gaiden – Eternity and the Automatic Hand Puppet – from the trailer.
© Kana Akatsuki, Kyoto Animation / Violet Evergarden Production Committee

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Overall, this is a wonderful work.
In 90 minutes, the story of two sisters is depicted and accompanied by
“In 90 minutes, it depicts the story of two sisters and the growth of a girl named Violet Evergarden.
It is a story that progresses quietly, solemnly and unobtrusively.
The story proceeds quietly and solemnly, but the portrayal of “love” in the story unintentionally stimulates the tear glands.

The drawings are of the same high quality as the TV anime series.
The worldview depicted in the drawings is beautiful and supports the story.
Unlike the TV anime series, the understated direction is not overpowering.
Unlike the TV anime series, the understated direction that was “not intrusive” made the true quality of the work “Violet Evergarden” stand out.
Unlike the TV anime series, the direction was “unobtrusive” and understated, which made the true quality of “Violet Evergarden” stand out.

In a good sense, the understatement of the direction made it less intrusive.
The flat story has few ups and downs, but it still makes me cry.
The character portrayal and the pure quality of the story are outstanding.

“It’s a great way to learn more about Violet Evergarden.
This is a continuation of the TV anime.
It can’t be denied that this is a continuation of the TV anime, but it is also a work of high perfection on its own.
If you have seen the TV anime, you will enjoy it more.

It was a work with a very high degree of perfection as a single movie.
“It gives you the feeling that you have seen a good movie. It’s a work of art.

Personal impression: better than the TV anime

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Image credit: Violet Evergarden Gaiden – Eternity and the Automatic Hand Puppet – from the trailer.
© Kana Akatsuki, Kyoto Animation / Violet Evergarden Production Committee

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