Review: Save Your Tears for ‘Violet Evergarden: The Movie’

The development of the first telephone is an achievement that everyone will remember. From there, the technology only progressed. However, in this modern age, letters are beginning to lose their purpose and are forgotten.

However, a letter reflects a person’s soul and feelings, and will present the most beautiful tears ever. “Violet Evergarden: The Movie” is the pinnacle of the importance of letters.

“Violet Evergarden: The Movie” was released in Japan on September 18, 2020, and quickly hit Netflix on October 13.

“Violet Evergarden” started as a light novel written by Kana Akatsuki and illustrated by Akiko Takase in 2015. Soon, Kyoto Animation released an anime adaptation on April 5, 2018. “Violet Evergarden: The Movie” was also animated by Yasuhiro Takemoto (animator for Kyoto Animation), who passed away in 2019, making the film much more powerful and meaningful. The film lasts two hours and twenty minutes. Nevertheless, it is worth every second.

This film concludes the “Violet Evergarden” series, which consists of 13 episodes with an additional episode (not included in the anime) and an “Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll” movie. It’s a powerful ending that the last “Violet Evergarden” movie will ever get.


“Violet Evergarden” is set in the 19th century when World War II began. It also takes place in a town called Leidenschaftlich, which is German but not exactly a representation of them as the film has fictional aspects.


In the 13-episode anime, Violet Evergarden started out as an orphan whose origins and parents are unknown. It later became a “tool” and a “weapon” of emotionless warfare. All she could do was fight and follow orders.

A soldier named Gilbert Bougainvillea was a very big turning point for Violet and is an important character later in the story. After the war, Gilbert was considered “missing in action” and soon to be “killed in action”. Violet quickly lost her arms in the war and replaced them with prosthetics.

After a while, she became an Auto Memory Doll, someone who writes letters for other people. Automatic memory dolls specialized in highlighting the emotions of others and representing them in the form of a letter. The anime chronicles Violet’s mighty journey to become a famous auto-memory doll in order to find the meaning of Gilbert’s last words, “I love you”, before he disappears.

Around this time in the film, Violet is widely known as a famous auto memory doll who soon gets a call from someone for a letter. Will Violet find the meaning of Gilbert’s words? Or will she be stuck in a world of pain, searching for answers to questions that may never be answered? The movie can only bring out the most tears and emotion if you have already watched the 13-episode anime.

Sound effects

In “Violet Evergarden”, the sound effects used are perhaps the best of the best. It’s very crisp and sounds like the ones you’d hear in real life and can’t help but listen to in awe. With the movie sound effects alone, this would make a really good ASMR YouTube channel. It really adds a nice touch to the beauty of the film and provides a wonderful harmony of sound and animation.

Animations and graphics

When the film was released, “Violet Evergarden” received first place in animation and graphics. Every second of the film was full of jaw-dropping and eye-opening scenes and moments. The animation was very smooth when it came to the little things, such as the grass dancing in the wind or the fireworks lighting up the night sky. Every scene in “Violet Evergarden: The Movie” is screen worthy – just the icing on the cake for the great plot presented. Do you disagree with me? Well, watch the movie to find out.


“Violet Evergarden: The Movie” definitely exceeded my expectations tenfold. I’m sure for those who watch the film, they will cry beautiful tears. My ranking? 11/10.

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