Violet Evergarden

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“Auto Memories Doll.” It’s already been a long time since that name was first popularized. It’s a machine that Dr. Orlando created that talks in a natural voice. At first, he only made it to help out his loving wife, but before long they spread out into the world. and companies were made to lend them out.

“I’m Violet Evergarden, the Auto Memories Doll who will rush to provide service anywhere you wish.“

That translucent voice comes from a robotic beautiful girl with blonde hair and blue eyes like she came out of a storybook.

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ヴァイオレット・エヴァーガーデン
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Latest Release

Date Group Release
11/16/17 x0401x side story
11/08/17 x0401x v2 afterword
11/08/17 x0401x v2c13
09/18/17 x0401x v2c12
09/18/17 x0401x v2c11
08/31/17 x0401x v2c10
07/31/17 x0401x v2c9
07/17/17 x0401x v2c8
07/03/17 x0401x v2c7
06/15/17 x0401x v1 afterword
06/15/17 x0401x v1c6
05/14/17 x0401x v1c5
05/05/17 x0401x v1c4
05/04/17 x0401x v1c3
04/08/17 x0401x v1c2
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nekomamushi
New nekomamushi rated it
October 27, 2018
Status: side story
All in all, the novel itself is such a heartwarming story where a girl who tries to live and find the purpose of her life after missing her closest person, which is Major Gilbert. I watched the anime and of course, they differ from each other but I do love both endings nevertheless. Oh, forgot to mention that if you do read this one it does spoil a bit more for anime but I can tell you the story has a bit different plot towards the end. In the end,... more>> it's simply 10/10 for me. <<less
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youseiki
youseiki rated it
January 12, 2018
Status: Completed
"A captivating story which ventures beyond your imagination, almost perfect in every way."

That's what I would use to describe this novel. Even though my expectations were very high before I read this, it still managed to surprise me in every single chapter. This novel has the power to play with your emotions to such extent that you end up thinking about what you read for weeks, let alone days. The really descriptive narration enables the reader to picture the scenes perfectly, as if he/she was really there.

Story: 10
This is... more>> a beautifully crafted story, too good to be the first work of Akatsuki Kana, I do sincerely hope she writes more of these kind of stories. The story is mainly set in a country called Leidenschaftlich, which means 'passionate' from German. I'm guessing the author deliberately done it. Violet travels around the world to help her clients express their feelings to their receivers. Along with that, she learns to understand their emotions as well, ultimately to comprehend something her master said a long time ago.

First of all, I just want to say that Violet's beauty was highlighted so much I can almost memorize her description... Here's one of numerous examples:

"Her soft, braided hair was held by a dark red ribbon, while her slim body was enclosed in a snow-white ribbon-tie dress. Her pleated silk skirt swayed gracefully as she walked, the emerald brooch on her chest glittering in sparkles. The jacket she wore over the dress was of a contrasting Prussian blue. Her long leather boots, worn for practicality, were of a deep cocoa brown."

Chapter 1-5:
Unlike being in a boring chronological order, it starts in a very unusual way: we see Violet carrying out her normal duties as an "Auto-Memories Doll" for the first 5 chapters. We don't get much information about her past, and we only get some slight clues that she was a formal soldier and seems to be following someone's orders.

Each of the 5 chapters are very interesting. They persuade the reader to become very attached to the characters (other than Violet), by showing their pasts in depth and the letters they tell Violet to write. It's as if they're one of the MCs as well. Now the best part about each chapter is that they all have an emotional ending, which never stops from boring the reader. The novel constantly shows completely unrelated, new adventures set in completely different places.

Violet is presented as a beauty compared to no other, a perfect 'doll'. However we are also shown that she does not understand feelings. The way she tries to learn emotions from the letters her clients send was a a very unique part of this novel that I loved so much. Whether it'd be pride, fear, love, sadness, joy... All emotions are covered throughout these first 5 chapters.

Chapter 6-8:
These 3 chapters go back to the past of Violet. I think I liked these chapters the most in the novel. The development of Gilbert's feelings, who cared for her during the war, from a parental love to a different form of love was amazing to me. The depictions of the battles were very detailed and rich too, and emphasized a lot of the contrast between Violet's beauty and the horrible damage she caused to her enemies. She was basically presented as a killing machine. The idea of Violet being a 'tool' or the fact that she is described as 'it' was also interesting, she was not considered human at all by the military. Hodgins appears in this part of the novel for the first time, and we get some development between him and Violet after the war has ended, especially as he tried his best to make Violet adapt to the world away from war.

Chapter 9-10:
These continue with Violet's adventures with 2 more stories, back to the present. Just like the 5 first chapters, they are perfectly crafted stories which were a delight to read. However I did feel like Chapter 9 was a bit odd, the basic idea of this 'Utopia' was completely ridiculous for me. 2 new characters are introduced, Benedict and Lux, who are employees of the CH Postal Company.

Chapter 11-13:
Our last character, Cattleya, who was briefly introduced in Chapter 8, finally gets some interaction with Violet. Violet and Cattleya are two very different characters, and the way their conversations unfolded during the aerial festival helped to expose more of Violet's thoughts for Gilbert and also some of Cattleya's personality.
The last chapter was simply marvelous, almost like a fairy tale, a perfect way to end the novel.

Art: 10
You guys should now this. If I could only give more than 10... I mean the covers are so beautiful I can't describe it in words... Really this is perfection itself... One of those times when you say to yourself, "I wish I could live in that world." I honestly would.

Character: 10
Violet's development is focused a lot, especially her transition from a 'tool' to a more humane person. It only increases my curiosity as to why she was left in that island alone, and why she only understood the word 'kill' when she was first discovered. Gilbert's development is pretty good too, from his family's strict rules and their tradition of being close with the army to his strong determination to protect Violet no matter what, and going beyond that point. Hodgins is a slightly mysterious character to me. We are shown quite a lot of his interactions with Violet, presenting him as a protective guardian, but not much about himself other than the postal company he founded.

The only thing I was disappointed about the novel was the development of side characters like Cattleya, Lux and especially Benedict. I think they were introduced a bit too late in the novel to get enough attention. They still felt like unknown characters to me by the time I finished reading this novel, but I guess that's just me moaning about how short the novel was.

Enjoyment: 10
I definitely enjoyed this novel to the fullest and I would strongly recommend this novel to anyone who cannot bare to wait for the anime adaptation to come out (although it's coming closer now) or after watching the anime, since novels always show more than the anime adaptation.

Overall, this is too good for just a 10... <<less
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RenTheWitch
RenTheWitch rated it
April 1, 2018
Status: v2c13
I came after falling in love with the anime, but what I found its ten times better than what I was expecting.

Poetic writting style, makes you feel like swimming in a beautiful landscape painting. Full of emotion and development for the characters, each the protagonist of their own letter.

I cant wait for Violet Evergarden - Gaiden, to be translated!
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SleepingAtDawn
SleepingAtDawn rated it
February 7, 2018
Status: v1c2
It is a wonderful story that centers around the POV of multiple individuals on their perspectives of the main character Violet Evergarden, the Auto Memory Doll. It is very touching and the writing style really draws you into a sense of wonder, as if you were reading a fairy tale.

Warning, if you came to read this after learning about the anime it'll spoil the show for you.
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trippy-chan
trippy-chan rated it
June 22, 2018
Status: --
Came to read the light novel after every episode of the anime made me tear up. I had heard that the artistic direction the anime took was different, but somehow I did not realize the extent of that difference. That is not to say that it's bad! Rather, I think these two permutations of the story of Violet Evergarden simply have shifted focuses--both of which are incredibly touching and heartfelt. The novel version tends to center more on how Violet affects the lives of those she encounters rather than on... more>> the interior of Violet herself.

A large part of why this works is the mesmerizing writing. There is a delicacy to the words that the author chooses; the fairytale dream persists at the surface but nonetheless moments can pierce through your heart. How can it be like this, you wonder? How can it manage to twist the most tender parts of your heart? This is a novel ultimately dealing with loss and healing. "You are not alone." The author really gives us such a beautiful message.

Spoiler

ALSO the ending fully satisfied my heart in a way the anime wasn't able to. Good god, I needed that reunion.

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