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Anime Review: "Violet Evergarden: The Movie" (2020)

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"Violet Evergarden: The Movie" official promotional artwork.

"Violet Evergarden: The Movie" official promotional artwork.

Quick Info

Director: Taichi Ishidate
Distributor: Netflix
Runtime: 140 minutes
Availability: Streaming on Netflix in English, Japanese, French, German, and Spanish

Story Summary

Violet Evergarden continues her work for the C.H. Postal Company and writes the song for the thanksgiving for the sea. She then goes to a new client named Yuris. Her boss, Claudia Hodgins discovers what happened to her commanding officer Gilbert Bougainvillea.

The Movie Is a Spectacular Conclusion to Violet Evergarden’s Story

Violet Evergarden is a moving and emotional anime and Violet Evergarden: The Movie continues the tradition of being a heartfelt and emotional movie. It ties in Episode 10 one of the most memorable episodes from the anime and the main plot of Violet’s quest to find out what happened to her commanding officer Gilbert Bougainvillea.

It also has another subplot involving one of Violet’s clients and it was a very nice tie-in that has plot importance and demonstrates the main themes of Violet Evergarden very well.

Violet Evergarden having an emotional moment.

Violet Evergarden having an emotional moment.

Violet Evergarden: the Movie | Official Trailer | Netflix Anime

The Animation Is Gorgeous!

KoytoAnimation did an amazing job animating Violet Evergarden: The Movie (2020). Every frame of this movie is beautiful to look at and you can see all the detail they put into drawing the backgrounds.

The animation is fluid and doesn’t go off-model. The film looks consistent with everything else they’ve animated for Violet Evergarden. The animators use the artwork and animation to convey emotion and evoke it in the audience rather than dazzle with well-choreographed fight scenes.

The movie keeps you engrossed in the story with the spectacular visuals and excellent writing, but the writing is what keeps you engrossed in the story while the visuals bring the story to life.

Audio and Subtitles



Chinese (Simplified )

Japanese (audio description)

Chinese (Traditional)






Japanese (Closed Captions)


The English Dub Is Fantastic!

The English voice cast all return to reprise their roles again and I’ve praised the English dub cast a lot, so I don’t have anything new to say for the main cast because they were all amazing.

Erika Harlacher did a wonderful job as Violet Evergarden. She always brings depth to her character in her voice acting. And Violet goes through an emotional roller coaster in this film and she did an amazing job bringing out all those emotions in her voice acting.

Tony Azzolino is excellent as Gilbert Bougainvillea. I didn’t mention him in my review of the Violet Evergarden anime because he was a supporting character. I can talk about his role in the movie because he moves to the forefront of the cast by being more important to the story and he did a fantastic job in his role and his voice acting covered all the emotions his character went through.

Anne Yatco did a great job as Yuris. She did a great job voicing a sick boy that wanted Violet Evergarden to write him a letter. She gave him a lot of emotion and she did a great job with her voice acting.

Brittany Cox is also great as Daisy Magnolia, the granddaughter of Anne Magnolia the daughter of Violet’s client from episode 10 of the anime. She’s an interesting character because she finds the letters Violet wrote for her grandmother. It’s also a nice way to have nonlinear storytelling in the movie. She gave a great performance as well and she is an interesting character.

The voice cast is fantastic and the new characters did a great job along with the returning voice cast. The English dub is amazing and it’s one that I enjoyed a lot.

The Japanese cast is also fantastic so you can pick your preference and expect to enjoy the movie no matter your language preference so pick your preferred audio track and enjoy the movie!

Violet Evergarden The Movie - Theme Song Full - Will - by TRUE

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The Soundtrack Is Lovely

Evan Call composed the beautiful soundtrack for Violet Evergarden: The Movie (2020) and I loved the soundtrack, he uses familiar themes from the anime and composed a lot of new tracks for the movie and the music is wonderful.

There isn’t an opening song but the ending credit song is “Will” by TRUE and it’s very beautiful.

I loved the soundtrack and it brings emotional weight to the film, it embodies the end of Violet’s journey and our journey with her.

You Have to Watch the “Violet Evergarden” Anime Before Watching “The Movie”

Violet Evergarden: The Movie (2020) is not a movie that you can watch and enjoy as much without watching the Violet Evergarden anime and the special and the movie Violet Evergarden: Eternity and the Auto-Memories Doll first because the entire series and the previous film show Violet Evergarden’s emotional journey and this film is the payoff to Violet’s entire journey.

The chronological watch order of Violet Evergarden is:

  • Violet Evergarden Episodes 11-4
  • Violet Evergarden Special
  • Violet Evergarden Episodes 5-13
  • Violet Evergarden: The Movie: Eternity and the Auto-Memories Doll
  • Violet Evergarden: The Movie (2020)

This is how the story takes place chronologically, although the Special and Eternity and the Auto-Memories Doll were released after the anime aired.

If you want to watch Violet Evergarden: The Movie please take your time and watch the anime, the special, and the movie first.

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Violet's client Yuris on the phone.

Violet's client Yuris on the phone.

The Pacing Is Slow

The pacing of Violet Evergarden: The Movie is slow and it is a slow build movie and it takes time for the plot to get going. But once the story starts moving along the movie doesn’t feel as slow but it takes time for the film to get the plot going.

Some viewers won’t like that but the payoff for the movie is fantastic. It’s just that some people won’t enjoy the slow pacing.

Some People Don’t Like the Ending

I loved the ending but I know some people don’t and they are entitled to an opinion. But I did like the ending because it gave Violet closure to something very important to her, but I won’t spoil it for people that haven’t watched the movie yet.

Some people feel it took the easy way out after everything Violet went through in the anime but I enjoyed the ending because I felt it was the happy ending she deserved.

A Heartwarming Ending to a Wonderful Series

Violet Evergarden: The Movie (2020) is a wonderful conclusion to the emotional and meaningful journey of Violet Evergarden. To see her character development throughout the anime, the special and the first movie is a wonderful experience. To see her get the happy conclusion she deserves is a special experience too.

I loved this movie. It’s a very rewarding experience if you’ve seen the anime, the special, and the first movie Violet Evergarden: Eternity and the Auto-Memories Doll, and then to cap it off with Violet Evergarden: The Movie is a worthwhile experience to enjoy a heartwarming and emotional experience that the story of Violet Evergarden tells, is a wonderful journey that ended on a high note.

Violet showing Yuris an emergency clause for him having letters written as a child.

Violet showing Yuris an emergency clause for him having letters written as a child.

Quick Summary

What Works:What Doesn't Work:

Great story, characters, and world-building

The movie requires you watch the "Violet Evergarden" anime

Gorgeous animation

The pacing is slow and the plot takes time to get moving

Great English and Japanese dub

Great soundtrack

My Rating: A+

Violet Evergarden: The Movie is a moving and emotional experience that everyone should watch, but only after you’ve completed the anime series, the Violet Evergarden Special and the side story Violet Evergarden: The Movie: Eternity and the Auto-Memory Doll. Violet Evergarden’s conclusion is something that will satisfy most fans of the character and the anime.

It does require watching the anime, although the special and the movie are side stories, they are important to Violet Evergarden’s character growth but you don’t have to watch them, but the main anime is a requirement because this movie is a direct continuation of the anime.

The movie was wonderful and heartfelt and gave Violet Evergarden’s story an immensely satisfying ending that I loved.

While the movie does have some pacing issues, it’s still a wonderful movie in both the writing and visual storytelling. The soundtrack is superb and the movie is just an emotional ride that fans of Violet Evergarden will enjoy.

I highly recommend this movie, it’s a must-watch and must-buy if you love anime. I loved this movie, I don’t have the space to buy it yet, but I enjoyed watching it on Netflix and if you want a satisfying conclusion to a character arc, you’ll love this film.

It is worth both your time and your money. If you have a Netflix account you should watch Violet Evergarden: The Movie (2020).

My Rating

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