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Violet Evergarden (ヴァイオレット・エヴァーガーデン, Vaioretto Evāgāden?) is a Japanese light novel series written by Kana Akatsuki and illustrated by Akiko Takase. It won the grand prize in the fifth Kyoto Animation Award's novel category in 2014, the first ever work to win a grand prize in any of the three categories (novel, scenario, and manga). Kyoto Animation published the first light novel on December 25, 2015, under their KA Esuma Bunko imprint. A 14-episode anime television series adaptation by Kyoto Animation premiered in January 2018, with several advanced screenings taking place in 2017.
The story revolves around Auto Memories Dolls; dolls initially created by a scientist to assist his blind wife with writing her novels, and later rented out to other people who needed their services. While the initial function of these Auto Memories Dolls is only to generate voices into text, a second group of people created a company that rented out beautiful, talented women who, while having the same function as the original Auto Memories Dolls, can also perform military-related tasks.
Light Novel Edit
The light novel series is the original source material. The light novels are written by Kana Akatsuki and illustrated by Akiko Takase. KA Esuma Bunko published the first novel in Japan on December 25, 2015.
| Violet Evergarden Volume 1|
|December 25, 2015||ISBN 978-4-907064-43-3|
| Violet Evergarden Volume 2|
|December 5, 2016||ISBN 978-4-907064-44-0|
| Violet Evergarden Gaiden|
|March 23, 2018||ISBN 978-4-907064-81-5|
|Violet Evergarden Ever After|
|March 26, 2020||ISBN 978-4-910052-04-5|
- See also: Violet Evergarden (anime)
The anime adaptation was first announced via a commercial of the light novel's first volume in May 2016. In June 2017, Kyoto Animation announced that Anime Expo, AnimagiC, and C3 AFA Singapore 2017 hosted the world premiere of the first episode. The 14-episode anime premiered on January 10, 2018 in Japan. The series is directed by Taishi Ishidate at Kyoto Animation with the screenplay written by Reiko Yoshida. Akiko Takase designed the characters and Yota Tsuruoka handles the sound direction. True will perform the opening theme titled "Sincerely" while the ending theme will be "Michishirube" by Minori Chihara. Netflix will stream the series beginning January 11, 2018.