What We Are Watching Today: Violet Evergarden

Updated 13 July 2018
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What We Are Watching Today: Violet Evergarden

  • This is a wonderful story, narrated through stunning animation
  • Violet’s bluntness is refreshing, and her relationship with each character is inspiring

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.


Elton John signs with Universal ‘for the rest of his career’

Updated 22 September 2018
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Elton John signs with Universal ‘for the rest of his career’

LONDON: Elton John has signed a deal with Universal Music Group for his back catalogue and any new work as well as brand management, merchandising and licensing rights, the company said on Friday.
Under the agreement signed with John’s company Rocket Entertainment, Universal Music Group (UMG) will represent the veteran British singer’s new music “for the rest of his career” on top of his work from the last 50 years.
“The multi-faceted agreement marks the beginning of a new era of expanded collaboration between Elton John and UMG and significantly expands their global business partnership,” the company said in a statement.
The agreement covers publishing rights to John’s “iconic song writing catalogue to be administrated by Universal Music Publishing Group long into the future.”
The group’s brand-management company Bravado will work with Rocket on merchandising, branding and retail licensing around the singer’s three-year final world tour, “Farewell Yellow Brick Road.”
No financial details of the deal were given.
The 71-year-old kicked off the tour in the United States this month. John, who has two children with husband David Furnish, has said he wanted to stop traveling to focus on family life.