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Violet Evergarden (ヴァイオレット・エヴァーガーデン Vaioretto Evāgāden) is a Japanese Light Novel series, written by Kana Akatsuki and illustrated by Akiko Takase. It won the grand prize in the fifth Kyoto Animation Award's novel category in 2014, the first ever work to win a grand prize in any of the three categories (novel, scenario, and manga). Kyoto Animation published the first light novel on December 25, 2015, under their KA Esuma Bunko imprint, and it also aired a 13-episode anime television series adaptation AND an OAV in 2018. A spin-off film will premiere in September 2019, with another anime film scheduled to premiere in January 2020.

The protagonist is the titular Violet, an ex Child Soldier from the fictional continent of Telesis, who seeks to reintegrate herself into society after a massive war that costed her her innocence, her arms, and the first person who was kind to her: her superior in the army, Major Gilbert Bouganvillea. There are people known as the Auto Memory Dolls, who have mastered the art of ghost writing (writing for others), and Violet joins a business based on this (the CH Postal Company, led by Gilbert's old friend Claudia Hopkins) to find out what to do from now on. As a plus, she also wants to comprehend the Famous Last Words that Gilbert told her before disappearing from her life: "I love you"...

Tropes used in Violet Evergarden include:
  • Artificial Limbs: As seen above, Violet has these after losing hers in the war.
  • Break the Cutie: Violet was already pretty broken, and she often works to help out people who have been shattered as well.
  • Darker and Edgier: It's quite more cynical compared to other Kyoto Animation works. Akatsuki's novel was even more cynical and graphic, and had to be toned down for TV consumption.
  • Floral Theme Naming: Violet, Cattleya, Bouganvillea, Magnolia, etc...
  • Schizo-Tech: The worldbuilding resembles post-WWI Europe, save for the prosthetic techs which are downright fantasy-inspired.
  • Serious Business: Writing letters is taken so seriously in this series, there are whole companies dedicated to it.
  • War Is Hell: The series, and especially the novels, is not shy about this trope.
  • What Is Love?: Violet's driving motivation is to properly learn what love and emotions are. It won't be easy, logically.
  • World War One: While Telesis isn't exactly our world, The War that tore it apart intoi North and South is HEAVILY inspired by WWI. Plus some Steampunk touches, for good measure.
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