Kyoto Animation has released a new preview video for Violet Evergarden that reveals the word that the protagonist, the Auto Memory Doll Violet Evergarden, seeks to understand. The video highlights Yui Ishikawa’s performance as the title character, and it reveals that the unknown word is “aishiteru” (“I love you.”).
Based on the light novel series written by Kana Akatsuki and illustrated by Akiko Takase, the story of Violet Evergarden involves a world where Professor Orlando, a scientist, creates a series of robots (known as “Auto Memory Dolls”) to assist his wife Molly, an author, in writing her novels after she loses her sight. Later, the Auto Memory Dolls are repurposed as weapons of war.
At the conclusion of a 4 year war that tore the continent of Tersis apart, an Auto Memory Doll named Violet Evergarden retires from fighting and takes a job with a postal company. Violet is haunted by a word that she heard on the battlefield, a word that was told to her by the most important person in her life, a word that she doesn’t understand. By touching human lives and human hearts through her work in taking dictation, Violet Evergarden searches for the meaning of the word.
Violet Evergarden is directed by Taichi Ishidate and features animation by Kyoto Animation. The series will begin broadcasting in Japan in January of 2018. Netflix will begin worldwide digital distribution of Violet Evergarden in the Spring season of 2018.
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