Many people followed Violet Evergarden episodically over the course of the last season. I waited for the Netflix release and watched it in spurts of three to four episodes at a time. This is a good thing, because I could not imagine waiting a whole week for another twenty minute chunk of this masterpiece. If it were not for the rather complete ending offered by the first season, waiting for the second part would seem like an eternity.
Violet Evergarden excelled at many levels. The animation was spectacular–easily the best of last season. I loved how well they captured the look of Old World European cities for the backgrounds. Besides being very detailed, the backgrounds did a great job of conveying the mood: whether of a bright, sunny day in town or a dark night of death and chaos on the battlefield. The juxtaposition of war and peace in Violet Evergarden, the greatest tragedy against the great desire of mankind, makes for very powerful tale–as Leo Tolstoy also knew when he penned arguably the greatest novel of all time, War and Peace. Violet Evergarden uses the interplay of these motifs about as well as I’ve ever seen in any anime.