donderdag 25 november 2021

Violet Evergarden Gaiden: Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll

 As I`m catching up with Noshi on all the Violet Evergarden material, next on the list was this side story movie.

Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll takes place during the series, and it is another gutwrencher, be warned.

Violet is recruited to become the private teacher of Isabella York, daughter of a magnate in a private girl school.  Here she is groomed to become a debutante, and then married to a rich aristocrat.  But she rather sees it as a golden prison, because she carries a deep secret.

She grew up in poverty, under the name Amy Bartlett.  One day, she takes in a young girl, Taylor, and makes her her little sister, no matter how few she can offer the child bar love and protection.  But when her biological father shows up, the sisters are separated and bar a letter to Taylor, they have no more contact.

Three years forward, and Taylor has ran away from the orphanage to become a postal worker.  That way, she can hopefully bring hapiness to people like Field did to her when he delivered the letter.  She writes a letter to Amy, and goes off to deliver it together with her teacher Field, but she knows she can`t see her big sister.

This leads to a heartbreaking moment as Amy reads the letter and cries from happiness knowing her little sister is alright.  But unbeknowst to her, Taylor is barely meters away, swearing that one day she shall deliver her own letters to Amy...

Yup, another highscorer on the tearjerking scale for certain, but this one has a rather happy ending, as the farewells aren`t finite this time round in the story.

Recommended for anyone loving this most beautiful of anime made the past decade... if you can stand the emotional rollercoaster.

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