Violet Evergarden is back with a special episode and some people are probably excited about it. I wish I knew why.
In an ambiguous timeframe as to when this is happening in the Violet Evergarden storyline (I am guessing before episode 13 but then again, what do I know?) Violet finds herself in an opera house, watching a soprano performing an Aria. She is emotionless as usual. We later find out that the maestro of this performance has hired Violet to write a letter for the soprano – this doesn’t get stale at all. However, turns out the soprano is not after a letter but lyrics to her newest opera, and for that, she decided to hire what is an elaborate secretary. Because composers and writers are not as cool as auto-memory dolls. Violet, of course, finds this to be an impossible task and struggles to accomplish it – each and every one of her efforts drives her to a rejection and back to the library for more research, again and again and again. The post office team gets together to brainstorm but the soprano is still not happy. Eventually, Violet finds out through the maestro that the soprano is writing an aria for his son, her lover who was lost in the war and has not come back, and who she still clings to despite being aware of the fact that he is dead. After a bit of insight into their love story, Violet write a -guess what- letter from her to him and the soprano is naturally amazed. She takes the song and turns it into the most watered-down version of a Ghibli Studio song you can possibly imagine, and it is a huge success.
Cow milked dry: I guess one can only do so many episodes about a character who is a professional letter writer, which is why they probably tried to mix it up a little, bringing the script aspect of the writing to the game. I am content that this was presented as a difficult task and something that nobody in the writing team was qualified to do; it gives the show a hint of logic. Of course, in the end, Violet got away with writing a letter again.
Something that appeals to all the boys and girls: Is she basically trying to make pop music? Like a POPERA?
EricaxBenedict: I had completely forgotten that Erica fancied Benedict. I was very surprised to see her blush at him talking to her.
Brainstorming: It was interesting to see the whole team coming together to try and work something out for the demanding customer, even if they failed.
Dodanze: I didn’t even remember Violet’s typing teacher had a name. Mind-blown.
Themes and Trivia
Opening lyrics: I believe the song at the beginning of the episode (which is much better than the ending one by the way) is written in some poorly translated Croatian. I think. It is ‘The Songstress Aria’ by TRUE if you wanna look it up.
Exactly what you’d expect from a special
Nothing new was brought to the table and no continuation of the main story took place; the whole episode was just a treat from the producers to the fans, giving them a chance to see their favorite characters in action once more. I suppose that if you enjoyed the show you’ll probably appreciate this.
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Winter 2018 | Anime Info | Simulcast