While we all wait for the much-anticipated Violet Evergarden: The Movie to hit theaters outside Japan, we can at least satisfy a little of our curiosity on the blockbuster film, as Kyoto Animation has released the movie’s first 10 minutes on Youtube! While the video is not region-locked and there is no indication that the studio will take it down after a prescribed number of days, the video sadly has no English subtitles (we can dream, but alas). Still, the video is satisfying enough with the franchise’s characteristic stunning visuals and music.
Check out the movie’s first 10 minutes here!
The movie was released in Japan last September 18. As of October 4 the film has already earned an impressive box office gross of 1.1 billion yen (about USD 10.57 million) from 781,817 tickets sold.
Director Taichi Ishidate, who directed the anime series, returns to direct the film. Script will still be handled by Reiko Yoshida, character design and chief animation by Akiko Tase, and music will still be composed by Evan Call. The film will be taking place several years after the war that killed Gilbert Bougainvillea, the man Violet loved. As the world is slowly becoming peaceful, Violet Evergarden finds a certain letter.
First released as a light novel series written by Kana Akatsuki and illustrated by Akiko Takase, Violet Evergarden won the grand prize in the fifth Kyoto Animation Awards novel category in 2014. It was then published in 2015 by KyoAni’s publishing arm, KA Esuma Bunko, and was then subsequently adapted into a 13-episode anime series by the same studio. The anime series premiered on January 2018 in Japan and in other countries as well via Netflix. The story revolves around Violet Evergarden, a robot who was once used as a soldier in a recently-ended war. She tries to reintegrate into society by becoming an Auto Memory Doll, or robots hired by people to write for them. The series follows her in learning how to become an Auto Memory Doll, understanding the feelings of people and the world around her, and trying to comprehend her former major’s dying words to her: “I love you”.
Source: Anime News Network