Violet Evergarden – Anime Review

I’m back again, with another “amateur” review to combat self-proclaimed anime experts.

Once again, I came here to review based on my own experience, only to see more of those, “I’m an anime connoisseur, listen to me bash the anime” reviews. Please. Get over yourselves. Are you trying to impress people with your pseudo-expertise, or write something that strokes your ego, because that’s all that fits in your hand?

But I digress. Not sure if I should say potential spoilers, but I’m not discussing key plot points other than what I feel the trailer offered already.

All other reviews aside, I’ve honestly enjoyed this anime. The art is beautiful, and the story is something that I believe would be emotionally cathartic for those who’ve experienced hard times. What’s wrong with an anime being relatable? Absolutely nothing. This is an anime about loss, grief, heartache, PTSD, and self-discovery. Those who brush off these aspects are brushing off the anime, because they are key points to the story.

Note: there’s only one case of boobservice, and it’s not even big enough to really count. If anything, it visually describes the character being in touch with emotion, passion, and her femininity.

As someone with family who works with military veterans, I have a deeper appreciation for what this anime portrays. This is about someone who was was too young for war, and had seen/done too much in a short time. Her personality definitely depicts heavy PTSD. Given what I’ve heard about how vocational rehabilitation works for veterans, I felt this offered enough realism in a war vet’s own self discovery. Some become bitter and angry while others shut down emotionally. I feel this anime would be an important tool in helping civilians understand how hard it is for a war veteran to reintegrate back into society.

This anime is still a classic anime story, where the protagonist has some skills that are exceptional, while also having hurdles to overcome. But this is where I believe people should overlook the anime for the story it tells. The tropes exist, but it’s merely a platform to help people get in touch with a side of themselves they might be used to closing off. Or, to remind people that we’ve all been through something rough, and instead of shut down, learn to accept what happened and deal with it. I believe it can also help us all remember that we shouldn’t try to live life alone.

You could almost call this a “Hallmark anime,” if one could exist. Is the storyline predictable? Perhaps. Is it a tear-jerker? Yes, and I’m not ashamed to say that I teared up over it. If you think that’s funny, you probably have no heart anyway, so screw you, lol.

Once again, it’s an anime that you have to take at face value. Like most anime. It was successful in what it set out to do. Those who want to write long-winded reviews about how it’s nothing more than a ‘pretty picture show with no plot’ didn’t even take the time to get into the plot to understand what the real message was. They can go back to their high school slice-of-life seinen while hugging their dakumakura waifu.

Meanwhile, I’ll take the time to live in the moment and appreciate a story that further instilled this ideal: That our past doesn’t define us, and we should strive to be the best version of ourselves for the future.

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Spends a lot of free time writing, reading, watching and playing all things Anime, Manga and Gaming. Can also be found learning game dev, SEO and web optimization techniques. Loves all genres with an interesting plot but as a soft spot for shounen, slice of life, comedy and horror.
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