When I saw Netflix was releasing a movie sequel to the Violet Evergarden anime series, I was excited to see the story continue. The movie was visually beautiful, much like the original series. However, not much happened in the 90-minute runtime. The plot was rather simplistic, and it felt like the scriptwriters took the story for a 20-minute TV episode and stretched it to cover an hour and a half instead, without adding any depth or plot intricacy. I actually thought that Violet’s initial assignment was going to end after the first portion of the movie and that then the film was going to show her completing other assignments or delve more into her personal life or past like in the TV show. Instead, Violet’s job as a tutor at a private girls’ boarding school and her interactions with her student and her student’s adopted sister turned out to be the whole plot. While the story was pleasant enough and had nice moments involving loyalty, friendship, and sisterhood, I don’t think the plot would have even made a particularly great episode in the original series. This movie had a lot of promise, but I felt disappointed after I finished it and slightly bored as I watched it. If someone could produce a film that capitalized on all the potential the anime series has in terms of plot, mystery, themes, characters, and beautiful animation and music, then I think that would be a movie well worth watching. This one, though? Not so much.
If you haven’t seen the original series, check that out instead. I highly recommend it. My review of the TV show is available here.