One of Netflix’s latest additions is the heartbreaking story of the child soldier, Violet Evergarden, who loses her sense of purpose once the war is over.
In the aftermath of the conflict, Violet notices the absence of her commanding officer, Major Gilbert Bougainvillea. Following his orders, she accompanies one of his friends who takes her to a postal services office, where she works as an Auto Memory Doll — a literary assistant who transcribes people’s thoughts and emotions on letters in an eloquent way.
This is a wonderful story, narrated through stunning animation, which depicts the aftermath of war, suffering, loss and PTSD. It is also about soldiering on and persevering, especially at times when it seems like there is no way out.
Violet’s bluntness is refreshing, and her relationship with each character is inspiring. She is determined to understand what “love” is, as it was the last thing she heard from the major who she followed so diligently.
P.S. Keep a tissue box with you at all times; this is an emotional series about a girl who learns about complex human emotions through watching their experiences.