Violet Evergarden I: Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll – Our Review

The former soldier makes her way to educate a young woman and change her life forever.


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Without having seen the anime or read the manga, it would be hard to fully appreciate Violet Evergarden I: Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll. However, the movie fills you in on the more major points needed to enjoy it. The plot, performances, and visuals from Kyoto Animation are all here and together, they deliver an emotional theater experience that will likely bring you to tears. Unless you are a heartless monster.

Violet Evergarden may not be a household name, but if you watch anime then chances are you know of Kyoto Animation, a studio that has some of the most impressive animations in the world. That is really all you need to know when it comes to the visuals of Violet Evergarden I: Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll.

The first feature-length Violet Evergarden film arrives in select theaters Feb 17 – 20. Now you can see the beautiful animation from the beloved studio Kyoto Animation on the big screen. Tickets are on sale now! Get them here.

Violet Evergarden comes to a private women’s academy to tutor Isabella in the ways of being a lady. Heir to the York family, Isabella feels trapped in this new and uncomfortable world. She still grieves for the only person to ever bring her happiness – now lost to her. Violet’s lessons do give her a brief respite from the melancholy but with the absence of joy, how long does it take to truly heal?


Violet Evergarden I: Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll is an emotionally moving story with incredible voice performances and impressive visuals. And while you would need to see the anime series or read the manga to get the most out of it, the movie by itself does a good job of making sure you know just enough to enjoy the film as it is presented.

I can’t say that I was or am a fan of the series, nor can I say that I even heard of Violet Evergarden prior to seeing this movie (fake fan, I know), but I can say that the theater was filled with fans who were brought to tears by a compelling story about sacrifice and doing whatever it takes to help someone else.

It is not every day that you get to experience an anime film in theaters, and it certainly doesn’t happen often where you are moved emotionally to tears of sadness and joy. Violet Evergarden I: Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll does all of this and more and is worthy of your time if you are considering seeing it in theaters.

Screening Courtesy of FUNimation.

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