Release Date: 6th September 2019 (Japan), 2nd April 2020 (Worldwide on Netflix)
Violet Evergarden is a Light Novel series, by Kana Akatsuki, illustrated by Akiko Takase, as well as a 14 part anime series from Kyoto Animation. The titular character, Violet Evergarden, is a former child soldier recovering from the trauma she suffered during the last war, and ends up joining the CH Postal Company as an 'auto memories doll', effectively a ghost writer for the illiterate and those needing help to truly express their feelings to connect with people. Through her work, she finds a way to reconnect with humanity and understand the meaning of the last words her commanding officer and guardian said to her...
Violet Evergarden: Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll, is a 90 minute side story/gaiden/OVA, centered around Violet's interactions with two women, Isabella York and Taylor Bartlett. Isabella, a struggling student of a finishing school, has Violet contracted to her to help tutor her, while Taylor seek's Violet's aid and joins the company too.
Violet Evergarden is a heartbreakingly beautiful anime, not just in terms of animation, which as you might expect from Kyoto Animation is a transfixing mix of 2D animation with 3D work, but in subject matter too, about recovering from trauma and reconnecting with people, letting your feelings be known. It is also, notably, the last work completed by Kyoto Animation before the arson attack that took so many lives last year, and their first work released since.
Violet Evergarden: Voiced by Yui Ishikawa in Japanese, Erika Harlacher in English.
Isabella York: Voiced by Minako Kotobuki in Japanese, Colleen O'Shaughnessey in English.
Taylor Bartlett: Voiced by Aoi Yûki in Japanese, Sandy Fox in English.