Best Anime on Netflix: Violet Evergarden
While not a slice-of-life, Violet Evergarden is another beautifully animated emotional drama, but without any moments of quirky, over-exaggerated facial expressions or slapstick actions that some find unappealing in anime. It’s pretty much all serious or all beautiful all the time. Either way, have a tissue box on hand for this best anime on Netflix to kickstart your obsession.
Violet’s story in the anime starts off when she, as a young girl, is found by Naval Captain Dietfried Bougainvillea, who recognized Violet’s natural gift for combat after witnessing her brutally attack others in self-defense. Orphaned, Violet is brought to Dietfried’s home and presented as a gift to Dietfried’s younger brother Gilbert. Dietfried’s hope is that Gilbert will use the young girl as a weapon of war, but as Gilbert spends more time with Violet, he begins to fall in love with her and does his best to teach her about the world outside of the battlefield, even giving her the name Violet after gazing at some purple flowers. While their team is on the battlefield, Gilbert gets mortally wounded. Violet too is badly injured, having lost both her arms in battle, and is unable to carry Gilbert to safety.
Violet wakes up in a hospital bed, with two metallic arms, unable to remember much except Gilbert’s final words to her, that she has to go on living and that he loves her, though Violet, with still much to learn, has no understanding of what Gilbert meant by his confession. Gilbert’s friend Claudia Hodgins is the head of a postal company that uses “Auto Memory Dolls,” individuals who write letters for others. Anxious to learn more about love and the world, Violet begins working as a traveling Doll, motivated by both her effort to find Gilbert who she believes is still alive, and her desire to become a more complete person with a better knowledge of other’s feelings.
Based on the award-winning light novel by Kana Akatsuki Violet Evergarden is a 13-episode romance, adventure fantasy anime with two films released in the last year. Kyoto Animation’s Violet Evergarden the Movie continues the story of Violet and Gilbert where the emotional roller coaster anime leaves off, and western fans have been biting at the bit for a U.S. release date, though none has been set yet.