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Violet Evergarden Episode 2

A 13-episode anime television series adaptation by Kyoto Animation aired between January and April 2018 with several advance screenings taking place in 2017. An original video animation episode was released in July 2018, and a spin-off film premiered in Japan in September 2019. A second anime film, Violet Evergarden: The Movie, premiered in September 2020.

Violet Evergarden Episode 2

The anime adaptation was first announced via a commercial of the light novel's first volume in May 2016.[12] In June 2017, Kyoto Animation announced that Anime Expo, AnimagiC, and C3 AFA Singapore 2017 would host the world premiere of the first episode.[13] The second episode was first screened at the KyoAni and Do Fan Days 2017 event on October 21, 2017,[14] and the third episode in five theaters across Japan on December 10, 2017.[15] The 13-episode anime aired from January 11 to April 5, 2018, in Japan.[16] An original video animation episode was released on July 4, 2018, with the final Blu-ray and DVD volume.[17] The series is directed by Taichi Ishidate at Kyoto Animation with the screenplay written by Reiko Yoshida. Akiko Takase designed the characters and Yota Tsuruoka handles the sound direction. The opening theme is "Sincerely" by True[18] while the ending theme is "Michishirube" (みちしるべ, lit. "Guidepost") by Minori Chihara.[19] Netflix began streaming the series worldwide on January 11, 2018, except for the United States and Australia, where they began streaming on April 5, 2018.[3][20] Anime Limited acquired the series for home video distribution in the United Kingdom and Ireland, and premiered the first episode at MCM London Comic Con on October 28, 2017.[21] Madman Entertainment acquired the home video distribution rights for the series in Australia and New Zealand.[22]

Between the events of episodes 4 and 5,[23] Violet is hired by Irma, a famous opera singer, to write a letter for her for a soldier missing in action. However, Irma's requests for the letter are both vague and complex, making it difficult for Violet to write a letter that can satisfy her despite numerous rewrites. Irma's conductor, Ardu, then reveals that Irma is in fact trying to use Violet to write the lyrics of the song she plans to use in her next opera play. Determined to complete the job, Violet decides to follow Irma to better understand her heart. Irma reveals to Violet that her boyfriend/fiance Hugo, Ardu's son, left to fight in the war but never returned.

Reflecting on the episode afterward, however, I wondered if the show had peaked right then and there. Violet Evergarden is based on a pair of light novels under the same name, which I'd tried to read beforehand but found too repetitive and overwrought for my liking. The first episode of the anime begins very differently from the light novels, mixing elements from the final chapters of both books to weave a straightforward telling of Violet's origin story. Unlike the light novel, which always framed Violet through the perspective of another character, the anime focuses more on Violet's perspective. It's like the anime staff read the novels and came to the conclusion that the story they wanted to tell was the one hidden between the lines. Violet learning to love has become the explicit rather than the implicit theme of the narrative.

After the extravagance of episode one, the second episode was definitely an anticlimax. Even the visual style and storyboarding became more down-to-earth as the story shifted gears. The second episode is an anime-original storyline that delves into how the postal service works, as well as Violet's place in it. A story about Violet's initial struggles with her job was needed in order to keep the focus on her character development, but it mostly just reiterated things that episode one had already made clear, like Violet's current lack of emotional intelligence and her unswerving dedication to doing her job. The climactic moment of this episode, when Violet's coworker rushes to defend her after saying that she wasn't suited for the job moments before, felt as if it was cut off abruptly and didn't connect well with the scene that followed. Episode two isn't going to wow viewers the way episode one did, partly because of the show's narrative structure and partly because it just wasn't as well-written.

The side characters are also enjoyable to watch, even if they do serve mainly as foils for Violet right now. Cattleya's self-confident sexuality steals the show, but she also possesses the sensitivity to respond to other people's emotions in a way that Violet seriously lacks. She's the first one who brings up the idea that people don't always say what they truly mean, a concept that will no doubt prove to be a running theme in this show. Episode two was also refreshing in that it gave Violet some female mentors and role models after the first episode only showed her being cared for by older men. Violet already feels as if she's developing a sense of agency thanks to her interaction with the other female characters, which does a lot to offset the paternal grooming vibes that were present in the premiere.

The first two episodes of Violet Evergarden do an admirable job of setting the tone of the story and laying the groundwork for Violet's character arc. Aesthetically, Violet Evergarden is a fantastic show that's worth watching for its production values alone, but the story is shaping up pretty well too. Even if the rest of the show doesn't match the sheer impact of episode one, there's already enough indication that this will be a strong adaptation. I'm curious to see what other changes the anime will make to the beautiful yet flawed novels.

This is an emotional pilot preparing you for a character arc. Violet, completely in denial to her post-war condition, is adamant that she needs to serve. There is something tellingly saddening watching her as she keeps on requesting communication from Major, the man she served in the war. One of the first aspects I recognised in the first episode is that visually, this is one of the best Animes I have seen in this form. It is vibrant, colourful and has a wonderful shine to it. There are certain scenes that show the transparency and fluidity of drinks, whilst sunlight beams through it. Visually, it is impossible for it to not strike the audience.

The fact remains is that it is clear in this episode that Major is actually dead. Violet is very much unaware of this and I wonder as she embarks on her Auto Memory Doll training, how her acquaintance Colonel Hodgins is going to break it to her.

The last episode in my catch-up gets rid of the formalities of the pilot. Violet clearly has a friend in Luculia and both embark to Auto Memory Dolls school. This is the least eventful episode so far, however, it has the most major character progression.

Despite each episode being 30 minutes each, it has a wonderful effect from a storytelling perspective. Violet is a closed book ready for her pages to be turned. You can tell early on that with each episode she will make some mistakes but also offer sweet moments where her character develops.

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