Anime Movie Review: Violet Evergarden Side Story: Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll

Details: Also known as Violet Evergarden Gaiden: Eien to Jidou Shuki Ningyou and ヴァイオレット・エヴァーガーデン 外伝 -永遠と自動手記人形-. More information can be found at https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10477558/ and https://myanimelist.net/anime/39741/Violet_Evergarden_Gaiden__Eien_to_Jidou_Shuki_Ningyou

Details: 7.5/10

Violet Evergarden Side Story: Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll does everything the thirteen episode series does, just better. The production values are higher, the visuals are somehow even better, and the story affected me even more than the series did.

Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll takes place after Violet has established herself as an Auto Memory Doll, which is basically a ghostwriter who writes letters for people. A noble from a foreign land has requested Violet become the handmaiden for his daughter at an all girls school for three months. As Violet serves as a handmaiden, she bonds with the noble’s daughter and learns about her tragic past.

Visually, this movie looks even better than the series, which already looked amazing. I think the series even won an award for its visuals. There’s a ton of beautiful scenery and imagery. This movie is fantastic just to look at.

The music is also fantastic. I love a fully orchestrated soundtrack.

The story moved me more than any of the episode from the series. That’s not to say that the series was bad, it was really good. This movie was just even better.

Overall, this movie was beautiful in many ways. It was beautiful to watch, the music was fantastic and the story was meaningful and affecting. I don’t recommend watching this if you haven’t watched the series. If you have watched the series and you enjoyed it in any way, you need to watch this movie.