The anime Violet Evergarden had the European premiere of its first episode on Saturday 5 August 2017 at AnimagiC2017 in Mannheim, Germany and revealed its newest PV at Comiket 92 in Tokyo. The anime is produced by Kyoto Animation and is scheduled to go on air in January 2018 and will be available worldwide.
AnimagiC2017 Episode 1 EU Premiere Event Report
Director Taichi Ishidate and TRUE arrived in Mannheim on 3 August and immediately attended a welcome party held by the organizers of AnimagiC2017. Using the time left until the opening ceremony on the next day, Director Ishidate went sightseeing around Mannheim and took many pictures.
5 August was the second day of the event and the European premiere finally began in Germany. The venue was at capacity almost as soon as the event began and at the call of the host, Director Ishidate and TRUE took to the stage. They were welcomed with great applause from the German fans. Director Ishidate said, ‘Since it is the European premiere, I am very happy to have our European fans see Violet Evergarden.’ TRUE commented, ‘Violet Evergarden is a work that places importance on “living” and “words”. Please enjoy the first episode today!’
After the screening, in the midst of the applause and cheering, Director Ishidate and TRUE once again went onstage. The director asked, ‘Did you all enjoy it?’ and the audience responded with loud cheers and applause. Next, Director Ishidate spoke about his thoughts during the production of Violet Evergarden, ‘While producing, I felt that I would be happy if Violet Evergarden because such a work that, though a TV series, allows the viewers to watch over the naive main characters as they grow personally.’ Also, TRUE commented, ‘Violet is in a state similar to a newborn baby, very inexperienced. I carefully weaved the words together similar to the way she remembers more and more words.’
In the following Q&A session, Director Ishidate and TRUE answered the questions from the audience who had just watched the first episode. In response to the question, ‘Why did you become a director?’, Director Ishidate said, ‘I think everyone here would be surprised at how much anime is aired everyday in Japan, so naturally I was watching anime from a very young age. When I became an adult, I began thinking about what kind of job I want to do. Since I like images, drawing, and I’ve been watching anime since childhood, I naturally wanted to do a job in animation.’
At the question ‘How was it to make a work that was set in Europe?’, Director Ishidate responded, ‘There are many Kyoto Animation works based in Japan so creating something with a European background was very difficult. We used pictures as references but having come here to Mannheim, I felt that it was a good move to have come and see it for myself.’
TRUE was asked, ‘Why did you become an anisong artist?’ and she responded ‘Just like the director, I’ve been watching anime from a very young age. Anime teaches me things that I wouldn’t be able to experience myself so I wanted to do a job related to anime and became active as an anisong artist. As an anisong singer, I am very glad to be able to perform at AnimagiC2017.’
An audience member asked, ‘Why did you decide to preview the anime in America and Germany before Japan?’ Director Ishidate responded, ‘Even in Kyoto we can feel the interest of international fans in Japanese animation. International fans may find Japan’s unique style interesting but Violet Evergarden is set in Europe, so I think it is easier for foreign fans to understand and relate to the work. That’s why we wanted people worldwide to see the anime and decided to do a world tour.’
In response to the question ‘What are you careful of as an anisong artist?’ TRUE responded, ‘In Japanese anime songs, it is common to raise your natural voice. The work has a lot of power, so as not to lose to that I increase the power in my vocals.’
At the end, the was a celebratory picture with the audience and the European premiere of Violet Evergarden ended with smiles on everyone’s faces.
Violet Evergarden Second PV
Director: Taichi Ishidate
Series Composition: Reiko Yoshida
Character Design: Akiko Takase
Audio Director: Youta Tsuruoka
Music: Evan Call
Studio: Kyoto Animation