Hello everygody and welcome to our next episode of Violet Evergarden, the tale of a girl who wants to know what the words "I love you" mean. Because it's not one of those things they teach you in the military.
In our last episode, we got to meet with Violet Evergarden, who is not a robot, but does have metal arms, as she lost them in a war that her side was able to win. She was close to one Major Gilbert, who has died but nobody has told Violet yet, because the last thing her recovery needs is for her to be told that particular tale. So a former military officer, Hodgins, takes her in to help her adjust to life outside of hte military, first by handing her over to relatives of the major's, then by giving her a job at his company, which is a post office, but with a twist. They have a group of ladies called Auto Memory Dolls, who are given the job of writing letters for their clients, but it's not to take their words down, but to give real meaning and feeling behind them.
In one such session, Violet hears a client talk about how he loved his countryside friend, and she has been told those words once before, by Major Gilbert as he was dying, so Violet wants to be an AMD so she can truly understand the meaning of those words. Hopefully she'll have enough power to process all the graphics there. Will she succeed? And will she learn the truth of Major Gilbert's fate? Let's tune in and find out.
-Our episode begins four years ago at the Port of Stimmer in Leidenschaftlich. There, a destroyer docks, waiting for orders to ship out. Inside the city, a man addresses Captain Diethard Bougainvillea, as his brother has arrived to see him. The Captain sits in front of a fireplace, but without turning, addresses his brother, Gil, commenting on how depressed he looks. Gil is, of course, Major Gilbert. And he did have blue hair. I thought it was darker, but it was probably due to him being in low light areas that it was difficult to tell. Anyway, Diethard mentions how Gilbert looks like their father, which I don't know should be a compliment or not. I guess it depends on how close they are to their own parents, though given where Gilbert sent Violet, probably not well.
-Gilbert comments that his brother looks the same and goes to join him. He's certain that if father saw Diethard's hair, it wouldn't be allowed. We then get a shot of some feet out from some covers, which seemed very unusual. The brothers make small talk as we learn that their father died, but Diethard was glad of it. Gilbert looks rather shocked by such words, which Diethard apologizes for. But it appears today is a day for celebration, as Diethard brought something for Gilbert for his promotion. We get another shot of a girl under some covers, which is very much Violet. Oh, the first meeting.
-Diethard warns Gilbert to only use "it" as a weapon and not to get attached. Gilbert has quite the expression on him, which looks like "What in the flying hell are you going on about and why do I feel like I'm being involved in something shady?"
-Diethard pushes Gilbert to open it, and yes, it is Violet under the covers. She sits up and stares at Gilbert as Diethard explains where he found her, and her name is...
-In the present, Hodgins is with Violet and introducing her to the other AMDs, with Violet being made into an apprentice and the boss asking them to train her well.
-They look like they're being put on a line up. Obviously we've met the lady in the middle before, but getting a full shot of her now, I can't help but wonder "How do you not fall out of that?" She's also the only one smiling as the one of the left is neutral while the one on the right looks concerned. It's the one on the left we focus on, who notes that Violet didn't have any facial expressions, almost like she's a doll. It is part of the job title, after all. Violet turns towards her, but she turns away, probably hoping Violet can't read minds.
-We get our title card again, but no opening. How odd. I wonder if this will be one of the few anime series to forgo an opening all together? I think I would like that. Anyway, the lady in charge of the department asks Violet how much she knows about he word of an AMD? Only what the president told her, that they write letters for people. And while Violet doesn't completely understand how it works, she thinks she can perform her duties. The girl from before, the one that was on the right isn't very happy with Violet's comments.
-I honestly feel like a lot of these situations wouldn't come up if Hodgins told them about Violet's past. But maybe he doesn't feel comfortable divulging that kind of information with Violet's consent, and it's not like she's in a position to give that consent, anyway. Talk about being in a bad spot. Anyway, the one yelling? He name is Iris, and Boss tells her to get back to work. This sudden interruption, plus the arrival of the third girl, reminds Boss that she hasn't introduced the others to Violet yet. The girl that yelled before is Iris, and she's a new hire who just completed her training course. Now that is interesting.
-The girl sizing up Violet before, the one that was on the left, is Erica. She and Boss have bene working as Dolls for quite a while. But they aren't the only ones who work here, but Violet will meet them soon. Boss admits that the company itself is young, so they're actually all rookies together. Hooray for camaraderie! Though I think Erica isn't the social type as she walks past Violet and Boss, but not without giving her own comment. I suspect Erica doesn't like the newcomer. Must be the blonde hair.
-Boss asks Violet if she's ever used a typewriter before. Well, time to get to practicing and see how that goes? Iris, still in her work, can't believe Violet became a doll like this. She had to toil for months and go through training to get this position! And some newbie shows up from nowhere and gets in on the first day!? Sounds like my job. Anyway, they're going to borrow Iris' manual to help Violet out. There's a bit of an awkward moment before Boss has Violet take a seat, which she affirms with a salute, catching her by surprise. But she smiles anyway, probably thinking it was cute.
-As the two ladies take a seat, Boss suggests Violet take off her gloves, since typing should be easier that way. As she does so, Iris arrives just in time to see Violet's metal arms. Erica looks to see, as well. Boss is clearly taken aback by this and doesn't know how to respond, so she goes through the motions. First, she checks if Violet is fine with this, and after receiving an affirmative, asks her to try out the typewriter. She shows the young charge how to set the paper, how to get it into position, as well as the proper starting positions for typing. I feel like I'm back in my middle school typing class again.
-Boss has Violet try typing something so she can get a feel for the keys, and after seeing her do it, instructs her on remembering what fingers should be used for what letters. It is my middle school typing class all over again! Boss takes out a page in the manual to help Violet as she lifts up her sleeve, revealing more of the metal arm, and adjusts something in the elbow, probably to help with tension. After testing out her fingers a bit, she looks at the manual and starts typing like a machine, which she isn't. The typing, however, is loud and bothers the others, to the point where the Boss has to shout at her to stop. Well, she doesn't shout, but does raise her voice a bit. After a moment, Boss has a suggestion on how Violet should try her typing.
-When has a typewriter ever been used quietly? In reception, we see some of the receptionist greeting people, as well as giving them prices for delivery. That's when the clock strikes twelve, meaning it's lunch time! We also learn the names of the receptionist ladies, Nerine and Lilian. Benedict comes by and asks if they want to join him for lunch. He brought fried noodles. But it looks like neither lady appreciates his advances, as they decline his invitation, but as they walk by, tell him now to come into reception sweaty like that. I think this is their unsubtle way of saying they aren't interested.
-In the break room, Benedict doesn't seem to quite get it as he complains about the comments he's received from them. He goes on about how women are so calculating, how they reek of perfume, and how they're trying to snag a rich guy at reception. And you wonder why you aren't popular with the ladies, Benedict? An older gentleman is eating his lunch with Benedict. He tells the younger man not to worry about it, but Benedict decides he doesn't want to have anything to do with working girls. That's when Iris and Erica come in and he quickly changes his tune, inviting them to lunch. They refuse, but not only that...
-Iris is not interested in your crap or what you're selling, Benedict. Though as the older gentleman offers to have some noodles with Benedict, his reaction seems to suggest that he isn't actually popular in the office at all. Iris complains about writing addresses again today, as well as the reservations that they have for this afternoon asking for Cattleya. I assume she's talking about Boss. We focus on their feet for a moment as we see Iris tumble. I assume we focused on the feet to show Iris is in heels, but hasn't quite gotten used to walking around them. Perhaps she thinks if she's as stylish as Cattleya she'll get more reservations? That's only a thought for the moment, but we'll see where this goes.
-Iris and Erica take a seat as Iris continues to complain, how she came to Leiden to become a Doll, but all she does is write a bunch of addresses and inquiries about missing people from the war every day. I imagine that takes it's own toll on one's psyche. Erica is the quite one and agrees, but then the conversation leads to Violet, about how she used to be in the army. Erica is surprised by this, because Violet looks like a child. She thinks about Violet's hands, but Iris goes on about how Violet doesn't have to be a Doll, that she's cold and inconsiderate and totally doesn't fit this job. Iris, you've met her for, what, three hours? Four tops? Maybe give her a little more time and see how she is. I mean, Erica seems like the quiet type but you appear to be getting along with her.
-Erica, however, is lost in thought as Iris goes on about wanting to do more with her position. But all those exciting jobs go to Cattleya, and that isn't fair that she gets all the fun ones just because she has a knack for those sort of things! Speaking of, Hodgins is speaking with her, asking how Violet is. She did invite Violet to lunch, but she said she didn't need a recharge and has been practicing typing the entire time. He understands and apologizes for giving her trouble, but she doesn't appear to mind at all.
-Maybe it was my initial impression, but I didn't think Cattleya was the type to give an expression like that. By that, I don't mean she's cold or anything of the sort, but more straight laced and serious. Benedict soon appears but it appears neither of them see him yet as Cattleya gets right up against Hodgins, putting him in a hog and suggesting he can pay her back with dinner. Though she addresses him by his first name, Claudia, which he isn't comfortable with. Can't imagine why. Oh, and Peeping Tom Benedict here...
-Looks like I shouldn't be too hard on the guy. We also learn that, possibly, Hodgins and Cattleya have slept together, and during their night of passion, Hodgins called out another girl's name in bed. Though it's clear she's teasing him and doesn't take it too badly, he still has to decline, mainly because he's not getting a salary this month. Oh, is the company doing that badly? And Benedict heard that, as well, so you know it'll be passing through the company grapevine soon.
-Later that date we see Erica is walking town, stopping in front of a store to look at a doll in the window. She doesn't give a comment but I think it's clear who she's thinking about. Back at the company, Cattleya is packing up as Iris reports her tasks have been completed and she'll be taking them to delivery to be delivered out. When she leaves, Cattleya checks in on Violet, telling her that she's done and checks her progress. She's quite amazed at how much she's improved. Violet comments on how this weapon has been quite useful. Cattleya is a bit confused at first, but actually runs with it.
-Never underestimate the power of the working girl and her weapon. With that, Cattleya will have Violet sit next to a real Doll tomorrow and shadow her. We learn that, if somebody makes a request, they usually go to their house or workplace to write for them. So she isn't packing up for the day, she's packing up for the next reservation. Seeing the case, Violet asks if she can take the typewriter with her. When questioned why, it's for training, and perhaps for something else, but we don't hear it. We see her working with it in her room, that poor stuffed puppy still on the floor. I bet that will have a major impact when she finally picks it up.
-The next day, we see a cat with her kitten walking around town as Violet goes to visit Hodgins in his office and requests Major Gilbert's address. She wants to report her current status, about how she has a new job and how her training is going. She perfectly understands that the major is still busy and can't see her yet. Hodgins keeps the lie going and confirms it, and to keep her from learning the truth, offers to send the letter to the major for her. I don't think that's what she wanted, but it's not like he's going to give her some random address. Though I worry on what he'll do with the letter. He can't keep it for fear of being discovered, but it's not like he can destroy it, either. I'm starting to feel real bad for Hodgins.
-The meeting continues, with Hodgins asking how Violet's training is doing? Everything is fine! And the next phase of that training is with shadowing a Doll. And who is the lucky trainer?
-And to think, Iris was complaining about Violet just the previous day. As the client goes on about the letter, Iris starts repeating and typing it. As she does so, Violet notices and error and tells her as much.
-If looks could kill, right? We see Erica walking by, probably curious as to what's going on. The client continues about how he'll pay back the person a certain amount every month, but apparently this is a low amount, because Violet, who can do math in her head like nobody's business, tells him that, if he did pay that much every month, it'll take him 120 years to pay it off.
-Damn, Violet, you can be quite cold sometimes. I also don't think you're winning Iris any favors, either. Onto the next client, and hopefully things will go better. This one is going on about a student who gets very mad. Oh, it's Erica this time. And the client is perhaps a teacher? Erica translates this as "I'm sorry for hurting your previous child." The teacher goes on about how she didn't discipline her enough, but Erica translates that into "our teachings were insufficient." Wow! Violet is unintentionally cold, but Erica, you're on a whole new level. The teacher gets to sobbing, which does make Erica concerned, but Violet is a no-nonsense type of worker and tells the client to stop crying, for it is interfering in their work. Curse these human emotions and getting in the way of our work!
-Another client shows up and gets angry over Erica's letter, mainly about his "selfish" request. He doesn't like it because it sounds like he did something wrong, which probably is the case. He throws the letter at her, which misses by a wide margin, but still, not cool. He demands to know who Erica is, so Violet takes it as a serious question and answers it seriously. The angry client is taken aback by this, but because of the way the letter is, he refuses to pay for it. Violet won't let that stand, though, telling him that it's illegal to refuse to pay if he didn't like the letter, then asks to know what he didn't like about it? Like he's going to stand around for this. He puts his hand on Violet's shoulder to move her aside, but that's when her military training kicks in, grabbing the guy by the arm, locking it behind his back and pinning him against the desk. All while in a calm manner, telling him to provide them with guidance.
-Hey, what do you know! A situation where Violet's military training actually comes in handy. Erica, however, is panicking, though she isn't entirely certain who she should be panicking from. A brief fade and we see Hodgins has appeared, though with a smile, and tells Erica and Violet that they've received a few complaints from their customers. Erica looks very sullen and worried, but Violet continues to remain her passive, stern self. She asks if there was an issue, but Hodgins says there wasn't, but then asks if she's okay. She says she's in fine health, but that isn't what he meant. He means if she's fine with working as a Doll. She's training diligently, after all. Erica's reaction seems to suggest something else.
-Hodgins accepts Violet's answer, since she isn't one to lie or make up things, but it's clear he wants to say more. That's when Erica interjects, saying they don't have anymore reservations, so they're going to work together to make the membership list fo the Chamber of Commerce. And just like that, Hodgins is outside of the Doll room, looking like he just got kicked out of a private meeting. So much for being the President of the company, after all.
-So Erica gets to work in telling Violet what to do. As we see her working diligently, Erica takes off her glasses and asks the Doll in training why she wants this job? Before Violet can answer, a new client walks in. She's dressed rather fancy, but also carries an air of constant agitation. Erica welcomes her in, offering to write whatever document she needs. But apparently it's not Erica she wants.
-The Boss is just that popular, isn't she? She's away on business, which disappoints the client, because apparently Cattleya is the type where nothing can go wrong with her. Erica doesn't like hearing that at all as we learn the purpose of the letter. Apparently, someone has asked her out, more specifically, a man who started an automobile company. But she isn't a simple woman, and she doesn't want him to think she's easy. Erica seems to understand, but apparently the letter may be going in a different direction as the Client tells her that the man isn't that great of a catch. She has no real feelings for him, but if he showed her that he's serious, and if he really loves her, then maybe there's something there. So she wants them to write a romantic and elegant letter. No wonder she's looking for Cattleya. She seems very good at this sort of thing.
-Erica, thinking back to her last client reservation, isn't too keen on such a letter. Violet appears, which draws the client's attention, making her wonder if she'll write it?
-Oh, this isn't going to end well, is it? Erica wants to say something, but she's just standing there, dumbfounded, not saying anything at all. After a time passage montage, that client returns and is pissed off! Yup, that ended poorly. Cattleya is in damage control as Erica looks like she wants to hide in a hole somewhere. Well, it's time to get some answers. Violet is there, presenting her case, that she wrote it just like how she wanted it. Apparently that wasn't the case as the man got angry and sent the letter back. Did you not review the letter, or were you confident that it was going to be fine?
-Apparently not, because the client as Violet read the letter. And it's a honest letter about the client's feelings, but isn't romantic or elegant at all. And I just have to hand it to Erika Harlacher here, because she's selling this scene well for all it's comedy glory. So after Violet reads the letter, which is what the client wanted, only more blunt, she asks if there was something wrong with the letter?
-Though we do get into the heart of the matter, and the battlefield that Cattleya was talking about before. The client did honestly wanted to date the automobile owner, but didn't want to accept the request too soon because she didn't want to seem easy. After all, women want men to chase them, right? She honestly did love him. And there's another poor Yelp review there, only this one ended in actual heartbreak. Damn these human emotions!
-Looks like Cattleya is going to have to set this straight. She takes Violet to a cafe to try and figure this out. She thinks that maybe it was too soon to give her such a hard job, but Violet is having a hard time understanding why the client was upset. She incorporated her requests as much as she could, but Cattleya explains to her that words can be interpreted in different ways. She adds that the words themselves don't tell the whole story. It's a weakness of humans, as we constantly test others to confirm our own existence. She admits that it's a contradiction. She gives Violet a sad smile, knowing that she has a lot of work to do in order to help her understand human emotion better. When the luncheon ends, Violet is alone since Cattleya is going to try to do some damage control on the whole thing. Left with her thoughts, we see Violet alone, but she sees blue haired man in a military uniform walking by her. She reacts to this, chasing him, calling out for Major Gilbert, but as the man turns around, we see that it isn't him. I expected it to be Diethard, but it looks like we're not ready for his arrival yet... assuming he's alive, that is.
-We soon see Benedict getting on his bike for more deliveries when he runs into Violet. He recognizes that she's looking unwell and checks on her. He then thinks that she made a mistake at work and suggests that she come back to the delivery department. He can always use the extra help, but that isn't what she wants. Though Benedict isn't going to let this go, suggesting that she find a different job. Though he's repeating what he overheard from Hodgins, how he isn't getting paid, so it looks like they're company isn't doing too well as a result. Sounds like he plans to abandon ship before any actual sinking begins. No wonder you aren't liked.
-The skies soon open up with rain as Erica looks outside, but then sees that Violet is coming back, but she's drenched from the rain. Showing concern, she runs out to get Violet, getting wet herself, but Violet has been thinking long and hard about what's been happening today. She asks Erica if she's fit to be an AMD. Erica begins to speak of her own experiences, but Violet, well...
-...Damn, Violet. That hurts. I mean, I know you aren't used to all these things about human emotions, interactions, feelings, and such, but still, that was cold. Erica herself looks like she was just shot, so she tells her that she isn't suited, then wants to know why she wants this job to begin with? As before, Violet wants to know what "I love you" means. Erica actually has to reset, but then gives a smile, clearly not expecting that as the reason. Really, just that? Indeed. Violet knows those words express a particular emotion, but why did Major Gilbert say those words to her? She wants to know why, and even if she isn't suited for the job, she's going to keep at it. While the rain continues, the sun breaks through the sky, as if allowing Erica to see a whole new light to this situation. Isn't nice to know that first impressions are wrong?
-Inside, Erica is walking with Violet to the locker room to dry out, but along the way they hear Iris complaining to Hodgins about Violet, who shouldn't be a Doll because it's too hard for her. And while the company is still new, they get so many requests for Cattleya, but if they get a bad reputation because of this, and just when things are about to take off, in her opinion, it's better to have Violet leave now. Hodgins disagrees and wants to give her more time, but Erica decides to jump in to say something. Hodgins sees them, but sees that they're also soaked and wants to know what happened to them? But that isn't important to Erica. What is important is making sure that Violet doesn't leave the job. Violet is confused, but when it comes to these human emotions, it's all confusing to her.
-So Erica does her best to sell Violet on her good points. She's accurate and fast when she types, she can do tasks like making membership lists and writing addresses. And after she learns a little more, she will be very good at writing letters. Erica bows, begging for Violet to stay. But learning what Cattleya told her earlier, Violet says it's a contradiction, that Erica said she wasn't suited for this duty. Dammit, Violet! She's trying to help!
-As the credits roll, Erica says that it's her who isn't suited to be an AMD. This is why she got so serious about defending Violet. Day has turned to night as we see people walking on the streets, with Erica explaining that the machine that was a prototype for the typewriter was originally invented by Dr. Orland, the authority on letterpress printing. We see Erica passing by the shop she was at earlier, with that same doll, who we now see is actually at a writing stand. Erica explains that the doctor's wife, Mollie, was a novelist, but she became blind, so he created the typewriter for her. And it was called the Auto Memory Doll. It is now used for the industry for writing letters for those that cannot write anymore. That's some interesting world building. I wonder how close to the truth it actually is?
-Erica explains that meeting her, by which I assume Violet, make her remember her dream, which she had almost forgotten. She looks at a book in her hands, which is also in the shop, as she explains that her feelings were buried away. Her heart was moved by the novels written by Orland's wife. Suddenly, the lights turn off and the shopkeep asks Erica if she's going to be okay. Yup, totally! But someday, she wants to write beautiful letters that can move peoples' hearts, too.
-While the credits may be done, the episode isn't. Cattleya had done some work on Violet, putting her hair in a twin bun style (I think that's what it's called?). Looks like she's gotten a new outfit, too. Instead of her simple white shirt and green skirt, we're going a bit more fancy with a short, blue jacket and long, white skirt. Hodgins approves of this, but then gives her a gift. It's the Emerald Brooch that she lost. Hodgins claims it was on the black market, so it must have been stolen. Violet is moved, almost to tears, but Hodgins sees something else in her eyes. Cattleya, however, is good at reading people and asks Violet if she wants to attend a Doll training course? Iris attended one a while ago, but she thinks it'll be good for her. Violet doesn't answer, but instead, only stares at the brooch in her hands.
-Later, Cattleya, who is good at reading people, knows why Hodgins had no salary for this month. He purchased the brooch back for Violet. So the company is actually doing fine, it's just those things you accidentally overhear and misinterpret as something else. We see Hodgins and Cattleya at a bar, possibly on a night out, but she asks who the major Violet keeps talking about is? Not a question he was expecting, but he answers it. Apparently he and Gilbert were friends back in the Military Academy days. More importantly, Gilbert is from the Bougainvillea family, a name Cattleya recognizes, suggesting that they are quite high class.
-But Hodgins has a very high opinion of Gilbert. Despite coming from a rich family, Gilbert was a man with spirit. Cattleya catches the tense used, though, which gets Hogins emotional. We focus in on Violet, staring at the brooch in her bed, as we briefly return to Hodgins and Cattleya, who let silence reign there. As Violet stares at the brooch and starts to eat it (what is it with her and eating things), Hodgins tells Cattleya that the major isn't coming back. That still kind of leaves it open for his possible return, but let's be honest, the man be dead, and it's going to hurt Violet badly when she learns. End episode.
While the first episode sets the tone, this episode is all about introducing the side characters that will be involved in this story. Mainly, we get to meet the other AMDs, as well as learning more about Benedict, as well as Gilbert and his family situation. I suspect we'll meet Diethard again later, and that's going to be putting Violet through the emotional ringer.
Anyway, time to talk about the voice actors that were important here.
First we have Ben Pronsky, who plays Benedict here. He has also played Siegfried in Fate/Apocrypha, and is currently involved in FLCL: Alternative.
Next, Cattleya is played by Reba Buhr, who played Numi in Knights of Sidonia.
Iris is played by Cherami Leigh, who plays Kudelia in Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans and plays Misao in Fate/Extra: The Last Encore. So that makes two for that series.
Finally, Erica is played by Christine Marie Cabanos, who played Madoka in Madoka Magica, and plays Rani VII in Fate/Extra: The Last Encore. Now that should be an interesting role for her.
I think this series will play to their strengths, because it's looking like this show is going to be a drama through and through. Outside of flashbacks to Violet and Hodgin's military life, you won't see much in the way of action pieces. You could say the story is going to center around Violet learning about human emotions, the feelings behind words, and the meanings with give them. This played an important roll with that fancy client who wanted to date that automobile owner, but wanted to make sure she wasn't considered easy.
It's also pretty clear that Hodgins cares a great deal for Violet, but how far that goes depends on how far the show is willing to go. Will it go romantic, or more familial? Only time will tell, so come back on Sunday to see how Violet handles these human emotions better.
Until next time, remember, never let the newbie handle romantic letters. Especially if they were the military type. They'll just get right to the point and make things worse for the company.
1 day agoCaButler
Hello everygody and welcome to our next episode of Violet Evergarden, the tale of a girl who wants to know what the words "I love you" mean. Because it's not one of those things they teach you in the military.
1 day agoCaButler
At least, this video suggests as much:
In other news, I posted some new images. Go enjoy them.
In other, other news, I've put two new items up for sale:
Finally, it looks like they've announced the English dub characters for Fate/Extra: The Last Encore. Rin is being played by Mela Lee, who has played Rin in every interaction of the Fate series. Yes, this includes her younger self in Fate/Zero. So I expect good Rin goodness there.
But the one I was more interested in is who would play Saber Nero in the anime. Because, let's be honest, she is going to be a rather complicated character, who must sound mature, as well as very whimsical. I couldn't tell you who could do the roll well, but it looks like they're going to try with Cassandra Lee. She played Kyuuby in the Madako Magica series, Suguha/Leafa in Sword Art Online, and Morgana in Persona 5. So when the show drops on June 30, I will be watching it to see how she handles the role.
Looks like Netflix dropped a trailer for it, which can be seen here. Seems like the voicework is spot on, but I am concerned about Nero here. Being my favorite character in the Fate franchise, I'm going to have some very high standards here.
2 days agoCaButler
Hello everybody and welcome to my next Where I Watch project, and one that I was anxious to do for a while now, but due to certain circumstances, could not, hence why we got Little Witch Academia instead. It's fine, I've been meaning to finish that series up anyway. In this case, we're returning to Netflix for another Netflix "Original" show, one that was officially released a few weeks after I started my WIW of LWA, Violet Evergarden.
Animated by Kyoani, who needs no introduction, Violet Evergarden, from the trailers, is a gorgeous show about a girl who may be a robot having to write letters for people while learning all about these things call human emotions. Maybe. Possibly. I honestly have no idea because, outside of the trailer, I purposely kept myself in the dark for this show. Basically, I'm going into this 100% blind, so the whole "No Spoilers" rule will be in effect for this entire watching.
The show also has a bit of a unique trait as this is the first time I've done a show that was released this year, so I don't know what the general reaction will be with this show. I don't know if it's well liked, well hated, or somewhere in the middle, but obviously, during this little adventure, I'll find out the truth myself. And if it's really that bad, keep the snickering to yourself.
So with that all out of the way, let's begin our thread with episode one of Violet Evergarden.
-We begin the episode on an extreme close up of... something white? And that came out wrong, but our next scene shows that we're actually looking at the back of a man as his shirt moves with him. We quickly cut to a blonde haired girl looking at said man, walking with stiff movements, as if she was walking for the first time. The girl appears to be in some sort of military uniform, following a man with his own military outfit. He stops and turns around, asking her what's wrong? Because she's stopped and is looking at pretty jewelry. More specifically...
-My word is this show pretty. We're not even a full minute in and the use of colors, the animation, pretty much everything on screen is just so, so pretty. I don't normally care too much how a show is animated (unless I'm making fun of something), but I can't leave this without comment. This will be a visual treat for the eyes.
-Right, anyway, the thing the blonde girl was saying. It's the same color as Military Guy's eyes. She's looking at what I suspect is an emerald, which causes Military Man to react with a sad expression. yeah, those are some green eyes he has. Blonde Girl, who really does look like Saber, looks back at the emerald, which actually begins to move a bit. Well, that isn't trippy at all. She tells Military Guy that she has this feeling she can't describe, clutching onto her chest as she stares into the emerald, mesmerized by it. She asks what this feeling is called. Military Guy can only look one with more sadness as the up close shot of his eye transitions into the emerald, before fading to white. Which is doing a number on my eyes.
-The white itself begins to fade away as more color comes in, mainly that of some trees. We get a shot of an opening eye (what is it with the eye shows so early?) as Saber is seen laying on a bed with a bandage on her cheek. Must have been quite the party last night. She appears a bit confused as she decides to take a look at her bandaged hand.
-If that's how your hadn't looks now, I don't want to see what the other guy looks like. Though her hand is shacking a bit uncontrollably as she puts it down, back to her own thoughts. We then get a quick transition to Saber writing a letter. She's addressing it to Major Gilbert. She's been in the hospital for 120 days, close to half a year, but her strength has almost recovered. She'll get him that Holy Grail yet! She remarks that movement is a little difficult, but she can perform her duties. She's hoping to return to her post soon. However, because of her uneasy movements, she loses her pen as it drops to the floor, but within reach. As she goes for it, a gust of wind picks up, taking her unfinished letter and sending it off into the hills.
-This is not a reliable means of sending out mail to people. Though we do follow the letter as it goes on quite a journey. No, really, I'm not kidding, it goes through those green hills, some war torn city, passing a desert with train tracks as a plane flies overhead, over this beautiful lake with a rather large mansion nearby, then finally, through a bustling alleyway full of people. Now that's just showing off, Kyoani. The scene transitions to a boat in dock, prepared to leave as the people wave goodbye to their loved ones, off to their own adventure, ending it on a wide shot of a costal city, as well as our show's title.
-I should add that some of the notes played here are also done with that of a typewriter. Well played, show. Well played. After the title, we cut to a guy walking along a path, as well as some text of where this show is taking place. We're in the Kingdom of Enciel, and the shot is somewhere in the capital of Enchaine. Little do we know that Enchaine is actually the size of a small state, so that really doesn't narrow it down. Our narrator, possibly our traveler, states that "her existence" was hidden from everyone. I wonder if he's talking about Saber? We get a good look at our traveler, who looks ragged and out of breath, adding that the people who knew her said that she was a weapon. Well, when you're summoned to fight in a battle royal to the death...
-The traveler stops in front of a modest building, which may actually be a hospital. He's created by a nurse at the door as his narration continues, adding that Saber would fight if one ordered her to. She just looked like a human. She is just a tool without a heart. Isn't that rather dehumanizing? Traveler is shown in and he notices a rather creepy looking doll on the table which starts bleeding!
-Is this really a horror series? But it doesn't look like a horror series. Have I been lied to? The scene quickly switches to that of Saber, kneeling around a group of dead bodies. She appears to be breathing heavily, but this may actually be a flashback or a dream scene, as the nurse calls out to Lt. Colonel Hodgins, the traveler's name, because he's going the wrong way. Or he was mesmerized by the doll, for when he turns back, the dolor is clean and pristine. I'm sure that doesn't have any deeper meaning at all!
-Hodgins apologizes as there's a sudden crashing noise. He and the nurse quickly enter the room to see that Saber has collapsed on the floor. He calls out to Violet, our Saber look-alike, and asks if she's okay? As he helps him up, she looks around the room briefly before asking for Major Gilbert. Hodgins gets a bit sullen as he tells her that the major isn't here. Yeah, this isn't going to end well as Violet asks more questions, like where the major is, if he already returned home, and how bad his injuries were? She knows they were pretty severe, but then she wants to know the truth.
-Hodgins is about to answer, but the nurse decides that now isn't really the time to let that cat out of the bag. She tells Violet that she's being discharged from the hospital and that Hodgins here has come to pick her up. He confirms it, grateful that he doesn't have to give out any bad news. Hearing his rank, Violet stands up and salutes him, but he tells her to relax. Nope, she's keeping that pose, but he appears to have a more relaxed regards to military protocols. Or maybe he's been discharged from military service, given the lack of a uniform.
-Still, Violet finally sits down, with Hodgins happy that she recognizes him. Violet remembers the meetings clearly. Once during training, and a second time on the night before the battle. Hodgins seems pleased with this answer, but then turns to the paper and writing instruments on the bed. He asks what she was doing, and she responds that she was writing a report to Major Gilbert. She's been told that writing words would be good for her recovery. It does make me wonder how bad it was, given her bandaged hands. But speaking of the major, how is he? And we're back to that uncomfortable question.
-Hodgins can only stare at those crystal blue eyes, which are looking for some sort of answer. Well, he gives Violet one. He tells her not to worry, for it was the major who asked him to come here. Violet breaths a sigh of relief, thinking that this means he's fine. Hodgins had put his hands in his pockets to hide his tension, because he's purposely avoiding the truth here. Yeah, it's pretty obvious that Major Gilbert did not survive the battle, though I wouldn't be surprised of what Hodgins said was true, that the major's last act was to have him get Violet. Still, when this comes out, this is going to hurt so much.
-But what's worse about telling one lie? You'll need to tell another. Violet was told that they won the war, so she asks what post Major Gilbert is at now and when she'll be able to join him? Hodgins sidesteps the issue, telling Violet that she should get changed. He'll have a car sent in the mean time to pick them up. He does not feel like walking all the way again. We transitions to outside of the hospital as the nurse gives Violet her belongings, which were apparently transferred to a military base by mistake. Violet takes a quick look inside the suitcase to check it before closing it up slightly. Though apparently it's missing something...
-So it was emerald. It's also not here. The nurse is a bit surprised by the comment, but tells Violet that this was everything from the garrison, as well as the place where they found her. She stands up and prepares to run off, to go looking for it, but Hodgins stops her. Without explaining anything, she tells him that it was a gift from the major. He takes a long look at her bandaged hand, then releases her. He understands and promises to look for it. She's real anxious about getting it, though, but Hodgins stops her there. For now, she is to come with him, claiming that those are Major Gilbert's direct orders. And that's all Violet needs to hear to comply. She's going to need a lot of deprograming, isn't she?
-Inside the car, Hodgins looks over to Violet, who stares forward, but asks when she'll receive her next orders from Major Gilbert? Her concern is that, given her current condition, her duties would be limited. Hodgins tries to take her mind off of the major, for you see, he has a gift for her!
-Hodgins admits that he didn't know what Violet would like, so he got her all three and asks what she thinks of them?
-What a cold answer to give. Well, Hodgins isn't going to let this go to waste and refuses to take that as an answer. He tells Violet to choose one and pretend that the world is about to end. She then decides on the puppy, because everybody loves puppies! Hodgins does seem a bit agitated as he gives her the stuffed puppy. Violet gives it a look over and...
-All the hugs! Hodgins is confused by Violet's actions here, then decides to throw caution to the wind and asks why she chose the puppy? Well, according to the major's brother, "You're Gilbert's dog." Sounds like he's an asshole to me. Hodgins understands the meaning behind the words, though, and realizes he may have screwed up a bit, so he tries to start some small talk about the journey itself. They have to take a car because the train tracks were bombed during the war so they aren't useable anymore. We get a shot of the outside and see a bridge that has collapsed, as well as the signs of war all around them. Looks like the area recovered well despite all the fighting, from the look of things.
-Hodgins asks Violet if she's ever been to Leiden before? She says she wasn't and then she... starts eating the puppy. Hodgins has the same reaction as me. There are no words, but man, this girl is pretty badly messed up, isn't she? Going to need a lot of therapy, I imagine.
-We then get what appears to be a flashback of the war. Violet is helping a man, possibly Major Gilbert, who tells her to live and be free. They both look seriously messed up, though Violet is slightly better off. Gilbert is fighting to keep going, though, as he tells her that he means every word he just said. Violet is in tears, because I think we are witnessing the major's final moments. The girls is going to have such terrible PTSD.
-Then we're back in the present, because seagulls! Looks like we're on a boat as Hodgins is walking towards the bow of the ship, where Violet is watching the scenery around her. As he approaches, she goes into the relaxed pose for soldiers and greets him by rank. He points out the port of Leiden to her, prompting her to turn and look. We get more tex telling us that we're in Leiden, the capital of Leidenschaftlich. So was Violet actually in the former enemy country recovering, or was that actually her home country? Perhaps we'll get more answers, but for now, look at the pretty scenery!
-The boat soon enters port as Hodgins and Violet debark from the ship. In a voice over addressed to Violet, Hodgins tells her that Gilbert was thinking about her future after the war, which is why the major wanted to leave her with the Evergarden household, his most trusted relatives. Along the way, we get various shots of people going about their business, but Hodgins can only stare sadly at Violet, who watches on with no expression on her face. Looks like you got quite the task ahead of you, Hodgins.
-Hodgins informs Violet that he already contacted the Evergarden couple before hand, who would be more than happy to take her in. We see them approaching the house, which as quite the garden going for it, which is where Hodgins and Violet stand, waiting an answer. It's a somewhat tense moment as Violet reacts to the door opening, revealing a lovely older lady, who is introduced as the lady of the Evergarden household. Looks like the major came from the upper class, given Lady Evergarden's dress. Violet doesn't react at first, which requires prompting from Hodgins to get her to greet Lady Evergarden. So Violet gives the only greeting she knows. She salutes her.
-Violet needs a lot of work. Inside, Lady Evergarden hosts the two youngins, commenting that it should take three days to get here from Enchaine. Hodgins confirms this, saying that, normally, he'd return in a day. But the war went on for four years, so it'll take a while to restore everything. Lady Evergarden takes this information in and has a drink of tea, but prompts Violet to have some herself. She attempts to do so, but her hands shake heavily. Realizing her mistake, Lady Evergarden tells Violet not to force herself, but she's too late as Violet drops the cup, spilling the tea. Already in grandmother mode, Lady Evergarden rushes to Violet, worried that she'll get burned. But that isn't an issue, it seems.
-That bad, huh? Lady Evergarden is still worried and wants to cool down Violet's hands and orders for some ice to help the young lady. But Violet soon takes off the bandages and we know why she can't feel heat...
-I guess Violet is actually a cyborg... maybe? Possibly? It would explain some things, but at the same times, opens up a lot more questions. Anyway, Violet admits that they are clumsy but hopes to adjust to them one day. Lady Evergarden stares at her with shock for a moment, but then gives a somewhat sad smile. She asks Violet to come with her for a minute. We're going to stress test those hands for all their worth!
-Actually, Lady Evergarden as a gift for Violet. She gives her a pair of gloves, telling the young lady that she used them when she was younger. Hodgins thinks they're quite nice and suggests to Violet to try them on. With some struggling, including using her mouth, she's able to put them on. Both Hodgins and Lady Evergarden think they suit her. With that, Hodgins decides to take his leave, but before doing so tells Violet to listen to Tiffany, the Lady Evergarden. Tiffany doesn't seem too worried, telling Violet to think of her as her real mother, so she can tell her anything. Oh, that is going to end quite badly, isn't it?
-Violet turns to Tiffany, telling her that she doesn't have parents, so she doesn't need any replacements. Tiffany is shocked by such a statement, because she played this out differently in her head, but then tells Violet to not say that. She tells her young charge that she did have a son, but that he was killed in the war. We see a picture of Tiffany with her husband and a younger person, most likely her son. But Violet isn't interested in being anybody else's replacement, either. Curse those non-existent human emotions!
-Hodgins doesn't like where this is going and reminds Violet that it was Gilbert's wish for her to happily live here. While Violet understands, she shows her first real emotion, but hides it with her hands as she grips them tighter. Hoo boy, does Tiffany have her work cut out for her. We see Hodgins leave, but he takes one look back at the house before making his way to the gate. He doesn't get close to it as Violet quickly rushes out the door and demands to know why Major Gilbert is leaving her here? She asks if it is because she lost her arms, and therefore, lost her value as a weapon? Okay, so she is human, got it.
-But Violet doesn't want to give up. Clutching her arms, she tells Hodgins that, if she trained al little, she could still fight. Fight what, is basically how Hodgins puts it, as he reminds her that the war is over. There is no need for fighting anymore. But it seems like fighting is all Violet knew how to do, as she tells him that she is the major's tool, but if she isn't needed anymore, then she should be thrown away. She begs to be discarded. Hodgins, it looks like you have quite the work ahead of you.
-One cut later and we see Hodgins and Violet on a tram back into town. Violet asks Hodgins where they're going, but before answering that, he tells her to drop the rank, for he isn't in the army anymore. So what should she call him? President. That's a hell of a promotion you got, Hodgins. They stop in front of a very large building as Hodgins tells her that this is his company. Inside, he explains that he purchased the house and renovated it a bit. Just how cheap was this place? Or do you also come from an upper class family as well, Hodgins?
-Inside, we see people moving about as Hodgins explains that the first floor is the reception, where we see various people, including a couple of attractive young women, giving various statements to the people there. Sounds like they're running a postal service here. But it doesn't seem to be the case, as Hodgins explains that the second floor houses the office and the writing department. The part that confuses Violet is the "writing" part. Yup, for you see, this department writes letters at the requests of their clients. There are still many people who don't know how to write, which included Violet until the major taught her. This gets Hodgins to smile a bit. Curious indeed.
-The tour continues as Hodgins explained that his plans were to open a business once the war ended. He adds that the government's postal service doesn't address the civilian's needs, so he thought it would be a good opportunity to swoop in and take it for themselves. Sounds like you're the UPS to the USPS. But now it's time for Violet to get to work. Oh, and he addresses her as Violet Evergarden, suggesting that she's been adopted by the Evergarden family. Got no say in that, it seems.
-Probably recognizing that this is the best way to help Violet, Hodgins tells her that Gilbert left her in his care, so he'll be giving the orders, adding that she is still useful, and that she can work in his company. I wonder how close Hodgins was to Gilbert that the major would entrust him with Violet? Assuming what Hodgins said was true, and I like to think that he is telling the truth here. It'd be terrible if he was lying, even if his intentions were good.
-Hodgins then calls out for Benedict, but apparently he's a bit of a slacker as he gives a nonchalant answer, which irritates Hodgins. When Benedict appears, asking what he wants, Hodgins apparently teleports behind the slacker and slaps him over the head with rolled up paper. Hodgins may be a nice guy but he runs a tight ship. He introduces him to Violet, with his job title as postman. And he's an old friend of Hodgins, which may explain the working relationship these two have. When he introduces her to Violet, she begins to salute, but catches herself and bows instead. Good thing she catches on quickly.
-Looks like Violet will be working as a postman, starting today. Benedict isn't pleased, calling her a kid. Yeah, well you get to train the kid, Benedict. Have fun! Hodgins has to go to the bank to make sure all those paychecks clear. So Benedict gets right to work, first at the lockers, where Violet will put her stuff, then giving her a uniform to change into. She starts changing right away in front of him, prompting him to stop her from doing that. Doesn't she know better? Though I should add that, while yes, this can be a fan service shot and used for comedy, if you're quick enough, you can see that her body has a number of scars on them. This will probably come up again later but I think it's something to keep in the back of your mind for now.
-Anyway, the uniform is too big for Violet, but she says it's not a problem. It'll probably shrink in the wash. That's when Benedict notices the gloves and suggests taking those off. She does so without hesitation, revealing her cyborg hands. Benedict doesn't appear to react to them, but thinks it'll be hard for her to sort the mail like that. Violet doesn't think it'll be a problem, so Benedict doesn't press it. He shows Violet a letter, telling her to sort it like it says on the letter and to put it on the shelves. While there is a huge pile of mail, there is no rush. Sounds like the attitude at my job.
-And with that, Benedict leaves her to do her thing, telling Violet that there is a break room on the second floor. While I'm glad Benedict is confident in Violet, I suspect Hodgins won't be so pleased with him leaving the newbie on her own like that. Though we get a time passage shot, which is just absolutely gorgeous to look at, indicating that the day is coming to an end. Benedict has returned and checks in on Violet, who is more or less done. He's surprised that she didn't take a break, but she says that she's used to long hours. Shocked by how well she did, he suggests that maybe she can try delivering the mail? He has to explain this part to her, and during the long moment of silence, she takes a look at the letter and then the map on the wall. Benedict, recognizing the long silence, decides that he doesn't want to be there anymore and takes his leave. You know, I can't really blame Benedict for this. Hodgins just didn't explain the situation well to him, like the good boss he's suppose to be.
-Speaking of, we see that day has turned to night as Hodgins is on the tram, practically falling asleep. Looks like he had a rough time at the bank, because either he was looking for a loan, because the bank told him "We will discuss financing after reviewing your performance." Hodgins knows exactly what that means. "No loan for you!" He peers outside to see somebody delivering letters at night and he comments on how it'd be nice to afford that. That's when he recognizes his company's logo on the cart, and he goes from mild shock to irritating. I actually laughed a bit at that, because in most situations you'd see somebody like that go a bit over the top with their reactions, but here, Hodgins goes from mild curiosity, to mild shock, to mild irritation.
-Getting off, Hodgins goes to confront the person delivering the mail.
-Who didn't see that one coming. Hodgins asks the stupid question of what she's doing, so in a straight reply, Violet says that she's delivering the mail. Yeah, Benedict is going to get it for this. And by get it, I mean he's going to get dinner with Violet and Hodgins. Realizing his mistake, he corrects Violet on how it should have been done, with Hodgins adding that she needs to take breaks during work. She did get out of the hospital, after all, but Violet is a bit of a workaholic as she says it isn't a problem. Benedict says it is, probably because she would make him look bad if she continues like this.
-Realizing that Violet hasn't touched her food, Hodgins tells her to eat, which she does after giving the affirmative. As she struggles with that fish, he tells her that, once she's done eating she can return to the office, but they only have space in the attic so she'll have to sleep there, unfortunately. Wait, what happened to the Evergarden residence? is that a non-factor now?
-Though Hodgins does bring up the Evergarden family, who agreed to take Violet in until she becomes an adult. Wait, so how old is Violet, anyway? She looks like she could be in her late teens, but then again, Anime makes everybody look younger. Oh, but Hodgins was going on about how leaving her at the mansion would be a problem, but Benedict is blunt about it, which gets him a kick in the shins from the boss. I am so confused now.
-With that, dinner ends and Benedict takes his leave. He probably wants to keep his shins where they are. Hodgins, however, has the good sense to walk Violet home. Who knows what she'll end up doing if left unattended. Along the way, he asks what was the last order she received from Gilbert? The answer was, of course "to live and be free." Violet attempts to continue, but the words are trapped, unable to get out. This is when we learn more about Violet through Hodgins, how she was in the army since she was a child, spent a lifetime fulfilling her duties. But that was the army. Now, she's going to learn many different things in the future. Though Hodgins thinks that it'd be easier for her if she didn't. I think that would be more of a hassle, and if she didn't, we wouldn't have a show!
-Though this gets to talk about the post military life. Hodgins tells Violet that her body is on fire, but she doesn't realize it yet, and is burning up because of the things she did.
-Curse that heat immunity she has! Though one thing Violet will need to be taught is metaphors. Hodgins says she is, but she denies it and admits to being confused. And we know why Hodgins took on Violet. Remember that scene of Violet surrounded by dead bodies? Yeah, that actually happened, and Hodgins was there as a witness. He saw her like that, but left her alone. This is why he jumped at the opportunity when Gilbert left Violet with him. It was his chance at redemption. He hopes she'll understand this one day, and then realize that she has many burns. And just to drive the point across to the audience, our next shot is of Violet, but through the street lights, which use actual fire, showing as if she's burning. Real subtle there, show.
-At the post office, Violet is sitting on the roof, clutching and releasing her hand, probably to get a feel for them, as she stares out into the city sky. We get another time passage shot as night turns to day. It's early morning now and we see Violet, ever the workaholic, is cleaning the windows. That's when a client comes in, addressing her as Miss Doll. How rude, sure! We already established that she isn't a robot!
-Violet corrects him, and he apologizes. The client then asks her to write something for him. The credits begin to roll as the client says he doesn't know how to write and would like her to write the letter for him. Violet, still not understanding how human interaction works, asks what he wants her to write. He's taken aback by it and asks if they should talk about it here? She doesn't have a problem with that, and so, feeling a bit uncomfortable, the client tells her the letter he wants to write. You should really ease it back a bit, Violet.
-So, the letter is to a childhood friend of his in the countryside. Said friend has received a marriage offer from another man, so he wants Violet to tell her something important. We then cut to the writing room as we hear the sounds of a typewriter in use as the letter is written. This plays out in Violet's head, as well as with her own memories. The client, in the letter, tells the friend that she was the first person who was kind to him and that he appreciates it. She was everything to him, and he would have done anything for her. Now change the male pronouns to female pronouns and vis-versa, and you get Violet's own thoughts, which is done through flashbacks. Gilbert apparently took Violet in when she was much younger and may have been a street orphan. He then took her to war, because that was the smart thing to do, and they went into battle.
-It seems to be a bit of a World War One battle as they're in the trenches, but a nervous and reluctant Gilbert tells the forces to go. And there we see other soldiers mowed down, but not Violet, as she continues into No Man's Land, rifle in hand. The narration continues, "I want to know how you feel. I want to understand what's in your heart. Even though we're apart now. I love you." In the flashback, Violet has reached the enemy trenches and starts her own mini-massacre, taking a wound to the wrist from a soldier attack.
-In the present, a raven haired young lady is writing the letter, ending it with "I love you." Though this also resonates with Violet. The client is pleased with the letter. Looks like Violet finally understands her own feelings for Gilbert now. With that, the writer tells the client where to go for delivery, where she then thanks him for choosing the Auto Memory Doll Service. And damn, she's dressed to kill! The client smiles and thanks her again. I bet he's happy for the letter as well as the service involved.
-With the client gone, the writer, apparently kept in the dark about Violet, asks who she is. Violet doesn't answer that, but instead, is curious about how she knew the client's feelings. In either case, Violet decides that she wants to be an Auto Memory Doll and addresses it with Hodkins. While she admits it's difficult for her to hold a pen, she can operate a typewriter. But that isn't the question he was asking, but why she wanted to be one? It's because she wants to know. She wants to know what "I love you" means.
-Turns out, Major Gilbert said those words to Violet after giving her his last orders. Those were the first time she heard those words from the major, but she can't understand what those words means, so she thinks this may help her understand. Hodgins points out that people become Auto Memory Dolls because they understand those words, but it looks like he's on board with this. Perhaps as a way to help her with that burning she isn't quite feeling yet.
-We focus on the stuffed puppy, which is just lying on the floor, as Hodgins takes over narration. Violet has always just followed Gilbert's orders in the past, but her request was the first time she asserted her own will. He was always told that she didn't have a heart, that she was a tool, but after that request, he's got a different feeling about her. As Violet enters her room and shuts the door, we flashback to the past, where apparently Violet loses her arms. I guess they were just barely hanging on? But yeah, fun shot. Violet, tells Gilbert that she isn't going to let him die. She tries to dragged him off with her mouth, but he tells her to stop. This is when he gives his final orders. To live and be free. And he means it as he says "I love you" to Violet for the first and last time. End of episode.
This is going to be a bit of an emotional rollercoaster, isn't it? Though I guess that's dependent on how the characters themselves will be written. And that may depend on the adaptation itself, as well as the original source material.
The first episode is purposely keeping us in the dark about a lot of things. We know that Violet was close to Gilbert, that the Major did have feelings for her, but because she was in the army at a young age she could never understand those feelings properly. We know Gilbert is dead (and won't that be fun when Violet learns about that?), but that Hodgins, seeing Violet in the past, has taken her in to help her with her own issues.
It's not something you see in most media, how a soldiers return from the battlefield can affect them. It will be quite interesting to see violet's growth and where they take it from here. This looks to be entirely character driven from beginning to end, but in a way, centers around Violet and her own growth as a person, from the soldier to the person.
I will have to say, this show is rather gorgeous to look at. Granted, there is a lot of motion most of the time, but when it's there, it's rather good. The use of colors, the shots of some scenes, the whole thing is just amazing to look at. I just hope that this is something they can keep going throughout the show's run.
Now for the voice cast. I'm doing the English dub, but we'll only focus on three characters here.
Violet is played by Erika Harlacher, who's other roles include Ruler from Fate/Apocrypha, Ann from Persona 5, and Kyoko from Danganronpa the game. So yeah, she's got quite the resume behind her.
Next is Hodgins, who is played by Kyle McCarley. His roles include 9S from Nier: Automata, Hyde from Blazeblue: Cross Tag Battle,, and Shinji from every Fate work that he's in, including UBW and the soon to be released Fate/Extra The Last Encore. Wait, they released the voice list for that? I got to see who they have playing Saber in that.
Finally, Major Gilbert is voiced by Tony Azzolino. I haven't heard him in anything else, but his other voice work includes Masoh from Children of the Whales. We didn't get a lot of speaking lines, but given his importance to Violet, he'll need to have quite the impact.
As for this episode, the pacing felt weird to me. Not in a bad way, but I can't help but think this was two episodes compressed into one, but only because we had the first half of Violet being taken to the Evergarden residence and then in the second half where she gets her job. That said, the pacing didn't feel rushed, but I just had that feeling that was the case here.
How will Violet take to being an Auto Memory Doll? Will her attempts at understanding human emotion help her find her own? And what other misunderstandings will she do next? Tune in on Sunday to find out.
Until next time, remember, when a newbie who doesn't understand human emotion wants to do something that requires human emotion, let them give it a shot. What's the worst that can happen?
5 days agoCaButler
Brakes? What brakes? There's only one speed on this train, and it's full speed. And no breaks, either, it seems. Hopefully we'll get one before the summer event hits, which is suppose to be after Camelot.
Though I guess this means that the SSR servants from Camelot will likely be in the anniversary gacha.
In other news, I have another Transformers figure to sell. This one is in the auction, though. It's Fanstoys Apache, aka, Springer.
6 days agoCaButler
...Wow, that can be read the wrong way.
So in FGO, the final raid boss for the current event is up, and of course it's evil Raikou as her evil personality, because she is the 5 star summon, after all!
The thing is, this raid was so much easier than the previous one. So much so that I've already completed the DP score. I'm still going to do the raid because Raikou drops store stuff that I need, which is nice.
Basically, Jalter/Double Waver equals dead Evil Raikou. Go with that.
And in case you missed it before, I put up some new images in the gallery a little while ago.
1 week agoCaButler
Hello everybody and welcome to our final look at Little Witch Academia. The cute show about cute girls going off and saving the world for a mad scientist who just wanted to be the chosen one.
Having given the show a couple of days to mull over, I've come to realize that I've had a few issues with the show. Mainly it's second half than it's first half, but it's nothing terrible, like with a certain season of the otherwise enjoyable Symphogear. Huh, I wonder when that season is coming out?
But enough about lingering thoughts, what about the show itself? Well, like any good Trigger show, it takes what would be considered the normal genre conventions and changes them up in different ways. First, the show is very much their own take on a Harry Potter type series, with magic and fairies and dragons and the like, but one major difference between HP and LWA is that, in LWA, the magic world isn't secretive at all. Magic exists and is well known, but has also been on the decline thanks to science change our perspectives in how the world works. This is considered a bad thing to the old guard, who are very traditionalist, but most believe that for magic to continue to thrive, it must change and adapt, which is something we'll get into a bit later when we talk about a certain character. Heck, some of the old guard also believe that change is inevitable, but creating that change is difficult. Though it would have been interesting to see Luna Nova go over a massive modernization of it's campus. Less reliant on magic and it's precious Sorcerer's Stone and more reliant on technology, like electricity.
Then we have the supernatural or fairy creatures. Most of them tend to work as custodial or support staff, doing the cleaning, cooking, maintenance, and so on. And they seem content for their work, except for one particularly funny episode, but that may have been the exception due to what was going on there. The only supernatural creature we meet that could be considered mean is Fafnir, but he's more of a sharkloan dragon than actually being mean.
Of course, having the setting and worldbuilding is nice, but it won't do you any good if your characters aren't good and if your plot isn't compelling. This is where I have issues with LWA, mainly in the treatment of both of these aspects. They do some good things with them, but at the same time, there are some questionable decisions involved.
First, let's start with the star of the show, Akko, aka, the chosen one, who just wants to make everybody smile because she saw a popular witch do just that. She's not that much different from her OVA counterpart, but the main difference between those two characters is actually a plot point in the LWA series. Akko isn't what I would call bookdumb, but easily distracted and rather selfish at times. While she is kind and wants to help out her friends, she's usually projecting herself onto her friends instead of realizing that they have their own goals and wishes they want to do. This is a flaw that she comes to realize rather early on, though she kind of switches between remembering some lessons and forgetting others.
Her task as "Person to gain access to the Grand Triskelion" isn't made known to her until the second half. For the first half, she just kind of stumbles into completing part of the task without realizing it at all. It does occasionally make me wonder how much of the show was planned and which parts were added in at the last minute. You could actually make an argument for both, but we'll get to that later.
Now, what makes Akko different from your typical main protagonist is that she is neither the book dumb hero who's able to do things thanks to luck and overwhelming power, nor is she the kind of character what is just so overwhelmingly good at everything she does. She's more of an average type of protagonist. She's not smart, nor is she dumb. She's just easily distracted, but she is quite capable, when given enough time and practice, as well as shown great insight when it matters. She's motivated in her goals, kind to her friends, but is also flawed in that she can be selfish at times and unintentionally hurt her friends. She's actually the type of protagonist we don't get to see much these days, but that depends on how you can handle her flaws.
Next we have Akko's main rival, Diana. She's the typical foil to the main protagonist, except, for a twist, she actually isn't. Diana is the type of character who has everything Akko wants. Mainly, popularity with the students and staff, exceptionally gifted in magic, and just seems to know what she's doing all the time. The twist is that A) She's not actually mean to anybody except to Akko, but that's because Akko has a way of getting under her skin, and B) she doesn't take anything for granted. We find out later that she had to work for a lot of her own strengths and abilities, especially when she lost them for a time, and her dislike for Akko stems more with herself than anything else, and she never goes out of her way to try to sabotage or hurt anybody. She wants everybody to have a good school experience, even with Akko.
Now, one particular instance where her "know it all" attitude comes back to bite her in the ass, and it happens very early on, in episode 2, where her attempts to resolve a matter end up having the opposite effect, requiring Akko to correct it. She receives credit, but from this episode we can see that Diana is very reluctant to accept any credit that she doesn't earn. This shows up again at the end of the first half, where she's named the Moonlit Witch, even though she thinks Akko would be more deserving. It's something interesting to see in rival characters, where they're only antagonistic to their rival is because the rival is actually the one that gets under their skin. It's rather rare in most media.
Of course, a main character needs a supporting cast to help them get into trouble, out of trouble, and point out their flaws. Enter Lotte and Sucy, Akko's friends and roommates at Luna Nova. Lotte is what you would call your stereotypical supporting protagonist. She's friendly and supportive of Akko, and while she has her own motivations and wishes, she typically puts other people ahead of her. This is actually a bit different from how she's portrayed in the second OVA, where she and Akko have a very nasty fight that leads to a massive crack in their friendship. This is something that I don't recall seeing in the show, and I think it's something that should have been included in, just so that their friendship can be rebuilt as stronger than before.
Sucy, however, is not what you would consider the stereotypical supporting protagonist for the main protagonist. At least, not one where the main character is very much on the good side of the spectrum. Sucy is pretty much chaotic incarnate, usually ranging from chaotic neutral to chaotic evil. Which is funny given that we get a look at her mindscape, and at one point, she actually appears as a Star Wars fangirl, and shockingly enough, as a Jedi. She's also rather mean to Akko a lot of the time, usually snarking at her in one way or another. But, like Lotte, she will support Akko in her endeavors, but usually it'll end with her being able to test her potions on her.
What's rather disappointing with Lotte and Sucy is that a good chunk of their development happens in the first half of the show's run. When the second half starts, they're pretty much pushed to the sidelines as the series starts focusing on the plot more. This is actually where a lot of my problems for the second half come in. Characters who look like they would have more agency or be more involved in the plot disappear for good parts of the series. Which is very odd for Lotte and Sucy, who should appear more frequently.
This is more glaring with one other character, Professor Finneran. She's the hardliner of the Luna Nova Staff, and early in the second half, when things starts to change, she becomes concerned and skeptic of the changes being made. You'd think that would mean she would show up more often, but nope, she doesn't reappear again until the final two episodes. It makes me wonder what she was doing all that time. Matter of fact, the staff outside of two character's don't show up again for the second half of the series' run, which is kind of bad as you have some interesting story elements that could be told here.
The two that don't get sidelined are Professor Ursula and Professor Croix, who's own past and rivalry take center stage in the second half. Professor Ursula, who is actually Chariot, a character Akko admires, takes a on-hands approach to helping Akko, who is struggling magically compared to everybody else, but in her case, it's because she had a direct involvement in crippling Akko's magical abilities, thanks to Croix providing her with a spell that actually robbed people of their talents. This is a major different for Akko between her OVA self and her series self, where in the former, she just didn't come from a magical family, while in the latter, it was actively stolen from her, though unintentional.
Croix, who appears in the second half, is a former friend and longstanding rival of Chariot's, and their rivalry is what you would normally expect in shows like this, which can get rather murderous at times. It also mimics a lot of the rivalry between Akko and Diana, though unlike their seniors, those two girls have completely separate motivations for coming to Luna Nova and doing magic. Though it is interested to say that, if Akko and Diana were closer, or if Akko ran into Diana before Lotte and Sucy, the series might have taken a different turn.
But I think that's where part of the problem lies. The first half was a semi-slice of life magical school series that did have something of an underlining plot, which showed up in bits and pieces, which really revved up in the second half when Croix is introduced. It was clear that she was suppose to be involved since the very beginning, but because the plot really revved up in the second half, it makes me think that either Trigger couldn't pace themselves properly here or didn't have a firm grasp of what they wanted to do with the story. Clealry, it was to do something different from the OVAs, but was it really the right call?
Honestly, I think people would have been happy with a semi-slice of life magical school show. While the main plot in the second half wasn't terrible, I feel like it would have been better if it was happening throughout the entire show's run instead of being compressed like it was in the second half.
Now, that's not to take anything away from the show itself. The show is well animated, with great character designs all around, creative use of spells, as well as having strong characters with good characterization all around. After all, if you can get good characterization out of a character who doesn't speak, you're doing it correctly. And this is why Constanze is best girl. I also like how the series took the standard tropes, but instead of flipping them around too much, worked with them to make a different kind of show. It's familiar, but at the same time, does things differently where it doesn't feel stale.
So, would this be a show I would recommend? Yes, yes I would. I would also recommend the OVAs, though I would add that the OVAs are pretty much in a different universe from the TV series, so it's best to keep that in mind. While I do have my issues, it doesn't deter from a show that, in my opinion, was strong from beginning to end. Especially when Best Girl Constanze was involved.
And that wraps it up for Little Witch Academia. And thanks to that, the show I originally planned to do is now available, and is also on Netflix. It's a show that was released this year, but we Americans didn't get it until a couple of months ago. So I hope you join me this Friday as we take a look at the Kyoani series, Violet Evergarden. Until next time.
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it’s a reference to the current FGO event, but Tamamo and Kiyohime are upset they aren’t the faithful dog companion for this adventure.
Hoesntly, I’m a bit surprised that Ushi is the main companion for this event, but given who’s involved, it would make sense that she would take on that role.
In other news, I went a bit image happy today. I hope you like what I found. I was a bit inspired to find these images from Mojojoj and them drawing up the RWBY girls in china dresses.
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Hello everybody and welcome to our final episode of Little Witch Academia. Unless you guys want me to do the OVAs, that is. That's totally up to you.
But since we're at the final, there's no time for recaps, because there's a missile coming our way!
-We start the episode by seeing a bunch of those square drones flying together towards a signal point, a submarine, and there, infects one of it's missiles. Why do I think that's a nuke? In Parliament, the Count is telling them to stop that damn beeping, but one of the assistances (I think) says the alarm wasn't sanctioned by anyone, and they have no idea where it's coming from. The chairman takes out his phone, which is freaking out, before getting an image of the missile flying in the sky. That's when somebody comes in to report that an unidentified flying object was just spotted. It'd be great if you can in with that information just thirty seconds ago.
-The Chairman tells them all what the UFO is. And it looks like we're skipping the opening here as we get our show title for the grand finale.
-See, everything is just fine. Back at the Grand Triskelion seal, the group there are hearing that noise, as well. Damn, how far is that beeping going? Chariot takes a look around and finds the source of the noise, a smart phone showing off the image of the missile heading into the sky. When Chariot identifies it as such, this catches Croix's attention.
-And this is why you test all kinds of new technology very throughly. Croix attempts to disable the missile, but she's told that she lost her admin rights. And this image is being displayed on every smart phone in the country. Just how royally screwed up is your app to display the same shot to everybody on every phone in the country? Though that is rather impressive on a technological level. If only you didn't use it for evil, Croix. This stops all the rioting, because I imagine a doomsday scenario is going to get a lot of things in order for a lot of people.
-Back at the seal, Chariot is displaying the same shot to the rest of the students, who are showing their own concerns for their impending demise. When asked how this happened, Croix straight up admits this is on her, as she wasn't expecting the hatred in people's hearts to be this much. Lady, you screwed around with a World Cup game, what did you think was going to happen? And as such, the hatred continues to breed hatred, like some evil Dark Side virus. Diana questions why something like that was built and Croix admits, again, that its purpose was to spread negativity across the entire world. And to think, I was joking when I called Croix an Evil Mad Scientist.
-Chariot asks if there's a way to disable it, but apparently its power is too out of control and Croix's system can't restrain it. Croix, I can understand having a grudge, but you'd think you'd at least but in a failsafe somewhere in the system somewhere. Or is this like Star Trek where even the failsafe can fail? Croix likens this to the moon incident, but that's a bit of a stretch, given that you also caused that, though it was indirect. Geez, thinking on it, a lot of things that happened could actually be placed square at the feet of Croix. Dammit, Croix! And I don't want to throw around blame like that, either!
-So the students are staring at their teachers, looking for some kind of answer, but nothing comes from them. One, however, speaks up, saying they can spot it! And who is this eternal optimist who looks at failure and goes "Failure? There's no such thing!"
-Amanda is flabbergasted by Akko's remarks. Don't they know that they're up against a system that is so powerful that even its creator can't control it? Best Girl Constanze agrees with Amanda, and as for Jasminka...
-...I honestly have no idea how to respond to that. Lotte thinks they couldn't catch up to it, even on brooms, but Akko refuses to admit defeat, even if they've already been defeated. She points out that there re nine of them in total, and with magic on their side, she knows they can do something. Diana agrees, because if it's a magic beast they're facing off against, magic would be the best option to deal with it. And it looks like Akko's eternal optimism is spreading.
-I could make a list, but it'd take too much time and fun the joke into the ground, so let's move on. Chariot is rather shocked by their bravery, but Croix has to be the downer, saying that it's pointless. There's no way for them to catch up to a missile. And assuming they could, there's no even enough magic left to do so. Her system, the SSS, isn't functioning anymore, either. Whatever magic is left wouldn't be enough. But Akko isn't going to let facts stop her from trying. After all...
-Now they just need a giant robot and they're all set. And thanks to those words, as well as being made part of a new group of famous witches, Amanda is in. Diana is in, as well, but she was already in from the get go. She thinks that if they use the Shiny Valley, she and Akko will catch up easily to the missile. Oh, and don't forget about Lotte and Sucy, even though they haven't had as much screen time this season as they did in the first. Sucy full on admits to being worried if Akko went by herself, the tsundere. And with that, they're all in and coming up with plans to get them to the missile. Amanda thinks that if they connect their brooms, they can take the two a good distance. Best Girl Constanze agrees that it is possible. Akko is overwhelmed by their wanting to give it a stab. Croix continues to be a downer, but Chariot is smiling, telling her old friend to have faith in them. Beside, without them, there would only be seven, and nine is such a better number. So they get right to work and... oh my.
-With the brooms jerry-rigged together, Croix and Constanze are able to finish up the work. And who said you can't mix magic and technology? Well, I imagine Constanze has been. It'll probably be her senior paper. And with that, Akko brings out the power of the Shiny Rod to give this put together set with a new paint job.
-Apparently there's very little the Shiny Rod can't do. The students are impressed by this, but Chariot and Croix have their own things they want to do with the students first. They perform a metamorphosis spell and...
-Well, if you're going to save the world, you might as well look good doing it. Akko feels like she got a power-up. Chariot thinks that they might want some extra help from their predecessor. Are you talking about the Nine Olde Witches or yourselves? Because if you were talking about yourselves, wouldn't "seniors" or something be more appropriate? Still, Akko is grateful as she and the Magnificent Seven take their positions on the Shiny Broom 2.0. As each girl confirms their status, a gem on the broom lights up. And with their combined power, the girls take off like a rocket in the sky... if they were going to space. They're just taking a leyline to get to their destination, because this is cooler.
-As they leave, Croix can't believe they're letting them do this. You're one to talk, aren't you? She doesn't feel confident the girls will succeed, but Chariot has faith in her young charge. Croix thinks they'll need a miracle, but Chariot points out that Akko never believed in miracles, because Akko believes in herself. Croix takes that in for a moment as the green stars of the girls exit float around them, with one landing in her open hands. Speaking of the girls...
-Well, that's one way to make your exit. But they're going so fast that wind resistance is kicking in, so Lotte calls upon the wind spirit to help out with that, which produces a forcefield around the girls. With this protection, the girls are able to push it to the limit. Though apparently this is treated as stages. Jasminka is the first stage, and once her booster comes to an end, she detaches and taps Constanze on the back, letting her know it's her turn. Constanze does the same, passing it on to Amanda, who gives them their final boost. Guess it's going to be our original three girls and main rival saving the world this time. As Croix watches on, something puzzles her. Who, exactly, is filming this? Hey, no lampshade hanging is allowed here, okay? Okay.
-News is passed along very quickly of an incoming missile. The townsfolk are showing the proper display of panic as there is confusion over where this missile is going to hit. Though apparently there is some confusion as the shot of the girls flying is displayed, with some people thinking that they are the missile. It's the cutest missile to ever exist! But man, the news folks are scratching their heads wondering how they're going to report this.
-Back in Parliament, in the war room, one of the scientists is showing off the missiles current trajectory, which is heading towards their rival country. The Count, not looking to be the aggressors in whatever war scenario plays out, asks if they can shoot it down. The military advisor notes that the missile is slow compared to normal, so chances are good to take care of it. Of course, given the situation they can't really do anything without the Prime Minister, who is on the way there now. The Count wonders if they should warn the rival country, but the Chairman balks at the idea, given that it sounds ludicrous, even if that is what's happening now. Hell, the Chairman states that, should the missile land, it was a total accident and not their fault, so they won't be paying for any damages that should occur. Andrew has issues with a lot of this, but the main thing is that they should at least warn them, as people's lives are in danger. Oh you poor, naive boy. Also, why are you even here anyway? Shouldn't this only be for high security clearance? Wait, does Andrew actually have high security clearance?
-The Count, who was suggesting this earlier, tells Andrew that all that would do is give the rival country an excuse to retaliate against them. As if the missile itself wouldn't be enough of an excuse. That's when they get word of another flying object pursuing the missile. There's confusion across the room as the military advisor puts the image the big screen, showing off Akko and her troupe.
-As if the bigwigs aren't confused enough as it is. We check in on the girls and Lotte and Sucy give Akko the boost she's going to need to catch up to the missile. They detach briefly only to act like a twin rocket for Akko and Diana, leading to this...
-Is it weird that I have "Danger Zone" playing in my head right now? At Appleton, the students there are watching the events unfold, with Frank recognize them as the witches they met before. Of course Frank would recognize Lotte, given his own interest in her. Most of the other students aren't interested, but the Chairman's son, who's name I honestly forgot, thinks that they're trying to stop the missile. Back with the group, Lotte and Sucy pass it on to Diana and Akko, leaving the rest to them. Good luck girls.
-So, hey, remember when Croix asked who was filming this? I'm curious, myself, but the rest of the world is seeing this... or at least the country is, and even in a crisis, people can't help but post it.
-Let's see what I can identify here. I see 4chan, I see Twitter, I see Youtube, I see a random news site, I see what appears to be a mix between Facebook and Myspace, but the one in the upper right alludes me. I wonder which one that is? So, yeah, it went viral. The Chairman isn't pleased and wants these leaks stopped at once. Yeah, once something goes viral, there's no coming back from that.
-Akko and Diana soon reach the missile, but they're slowing down. They're magical power is at the limit. And they were so close, too! That's when two regular missiles appear, going for the magic one. But the magical missile dodges both, though it got creative with the second dodge.
-Stupid, sentient missiles! It then counters by firing smaller missiles at the others, destroying them. But thanks to this, Diana and Akko are able to make up the distance. This is displayed for the country, causing them to worry more. But suddenly, somebody came up with an idea. Let's rely on the witches! They'll know what to do! So they're going to put their faith in the witches! And believing is magic as green streams of light appear from the town, reaching Diana and Akko, giving them a surge of magic to use. Thanks to this, they can keep flying towards the Danger Zone. No, I'm not letting that go.
-Back at the seal, Croix is shocked to see that the girls are still flying. they see the green lines coming from behind them, which Croix thinks is fuel spirit before correcting herself. That's magic, and its helping them gain speed! Chariot is a bit surprised by this, but not as much as Croix, who remarks on how the people's thoughts are being turned into magic without any sort of system. She can't believe it, but Chariot points out that those two girls still believe that their actions can change people's hearts, and it looks like she's being proven correct. So Croix wants to help out by spreading that image all over the world. She's hoping that, thanks to them, people will see witches in a new light. Though they are going to need a little help, so she turns to Chariot, since she's good at putting on a show.
-So Chariot gets right to work, providing narration for the watching masses, telling them that a dangerous monster has appeared and that these two young witches are trying to defeat it. We get shots of various people watching the clips, including Annabel, working on her next book, Fafnir, and Shopkeeper, who's jaw hit the floor. He's going to make so much money from this. Chariot goes on how the girls are going to fearlessly take on this dangerous monster, but asks them to raise their voice and cheer for them, to lift their heart and believe in them! The support of the people will give them the power to win, so believe in them, and in yourselves, because...
-Here's hoping the show doesn't try to pull a downer ending on us. And while the message went far and wide, some people are less enthused by the idea than others, as back in the War Room, the Chairman wants the TV broadcasts shut down! Andrew points out that such an order is a bit late to follow. After all, it already went viral, and it appears Chariot's narration started reaching the bases. They are rooting for those girls, but the Chairman can't believe that anybody would want to believe in witches. And they're children for that matter! But Andrew tells him to take a look for himself, and up on the big screen, you see various people all over the globe cheering them on. Damn, Chariot has charisma for days!
-Looks like the Count agrees with the Chairman, though, saying that the witches are only causing more problems. Andrew disagrees, pointing out that the girls are doing everything they can to help out, and they are the only ones who have a reasonable shot at stopping this. They need their support by letting them do what they can. Andrew stands firm on this, with another voice joining him in his agreement. Everybody turns to see a short, bald man, who is identified as the Prime Minister. He orders them to give the girls all the support they can, but to also prepare for the worse. Damn, as soon as he shows up everybody is bowing to him, though he smiles at Andrew, saying they should go cheer them on. Yay for reasonable authority figures!
-Meanwhile, Akko is shocked by the extra boost in magic. Where did it all come from? And for that matter...
-Yes, yes you will.
-That had me laughing for a bit. Of course, they still have the problem on how to deal with this creature, who has spotted them and start firing all the missiles at them. They're able to dodge thanks to Diana's impressive flying abilities, and Akko soon notes that the rod appears to be at max power. She wonders if they can change the missile into something less threatening. Diana thinks they can, so she changes positions with Akko, tagging her in. Taking the lead, three lights appear from the Shiny Broom, giving her a new Shiny Rod to work with. She's going to give some missiles a bad time.
-Akko casts her metamorphosis magic on the swarm of missiles, changing them all into harmless creatures. She continues to do this with their high speed dodging, taking away that threat. But the main missile isn't happy as it reverses course and goes straight for the girls, changing into multiple smaller missiles. We see them do some impressive dodging, with Akko showing off her own metamorphosis skills, dealing with a few of the missiles. She's able to rejoin Diana on the broom, giving a mocking laugh, but is knocked off because they missed their observation roll. Damn those sneaky missiles!
-With Akko tumbling to her death, Diana goes full speed for her, having to deal with a tornado of missiles. Diana is in trouble, by the looks of things. But something strange happens to Akko. She transforms into what appears to be a phoenix and disappears. Diana herself is looking bad and is knocked off the room as well, returning the Shiny Rod into it's original state. Yikes, that isn't looking good at all. Diana is about to fall to her own death and Akko is nowhere to be found. What happened to her anyway?
-...Uh, what? What is the Shooting Star doing here? Where did it come from? Did Akko teleport to it unconsciously? Or did it like Akko that much? Even she hands a lampshade on the dramatic reunion, which the broom reacts it. Akko catches the Shiny Rod, and with that, the three of them are off, and the Shooting Star shows how much of a speed demon it is, keeping ahead of the missiles. This forces them to combine into one to try and reach the girls, but they're so far ahead and they're already preparing to strike.
-Around the world we see the magical energy from the various characters, including Annabel, Fafnir, the Luna Nova Staff, the students, Shopkeeper, and so on. Even the new Nine Witches are giving their power to Akko and Diana. High above the skies, it appears a new tree is forming as Akko gives her wish to the Grand Triskelion. If it can really change the world...
-You go, Akko! After all, believing in yourself is everyone's magic! She turns to Diana, who smiles at the line. There, they join hands and begin saying the first word, which changes the Shiny Rod into...
-...A Shiny Bow the size of a small satellite. With their combined powers, along with the power from the world, they fire their one shot at the Noire Missile, which eats the shot, but then explodes into... a smiley face?
-Sure, why not. The energy then disperses all over the globe, looking like shooting stars, then into butterflies. This brings a smile on a lot of faces, including those in the War Room. There are a lot of applause going on there, including the chairman, but he seems reluctant to actually get involved. Andrew is quite impressed and happy to see that Akko did it. The Count, apparently having a change of heart, wants to hear more about their importance from Andrew at a later date. Yay for victory all around!
-Back at the seal, Chariot and Croix watch the magic fall down to the Earth. Croix repeats the line "believing in yourself is your magic", but never thought that would be the source of it all. Thanks to this, it has led her to see that magic is more complex than she first thought. Chariot agrees, adding that it'll only continue to grow from here. Behind them, Professor Woodward looks on to her two proteges, but with a smile to see that the mission has been completed. We know it has, because the Shiny Rod, the source of all this magic, begins to fade away. Akko looks upon it with tears, but lifts it up to the night sky to let it rejoin the stars, thanking it for their help. Also, I just noticed that the girls are really high up. I hope breathing won't be a problem for them.
-Some time has passed and it looks like Croix is being taken away by the magical authorities. I imagine "attempting to use magic to do terrible deeds, even if they were out of your control" wouldn't be taken well. Chariot is seeing her off... yes, I said Chariot, because she has her red hair out. Professor Holbrooke is there, as well, who tells the young professor that she's welcome back at any time. Croix thanks her for that offer, but she doesn't know when she'll return. I imagine there's the trial to go through, plus whatever plea deal they can work out. Oh, and she has more work to do, as well. Mainly, to break Wagandea's curse. Chariot is confused, but Croix tells her that, when Akko learns to fly, it'll be bad if her teacher can't. As they leave, Chariot calls for her to come back soon, promising to wait for her. I think that depends on the plea deal.
-Speaking of, we check in on Akko who's going to give this whole flying thing another shot. After making sure the conditions are good, she gives the spell and... nothing happens. All the build up for nothing, but we got to get our laughs in somehow, right? We see that our original seven are here, along with Hannah and Barbara, who are eating with Jasminka and reading the new Night Fall book with Lotte, respectively. Sucy, keeping her snark going while playing a game with Constanze, remarks on the failure, but Lotte keeps cheering her on, because she's going to do it one day! Amanda has her doubts, and Diana is here to get her own snark on, as well. Damn, that was a nasty burn, even if it was polite.
-Well, Akko isn't going to let all those mean comments stop her, because today is her day, and she's going to do it! We soon see some more people show up, which includes Chariot, Holbrooke, Finneran, who is smiling, Frank, and Andrew, carrying with him Akko's hat that she keeps forgetting about. Geez, Frank, I can't imagine why you're here.
-With hat in hand, Akko prepares to give it one more go, but Lotte and, shockingly enough, Sucy, give more words of encouragement, telling her that believing in yourself is her magic. As everybody laughs a moment, it quickly turns into shock as we see Akko is actually flying! This is such a shock that the normally quite Constanze makes a comment.
-Akko cheers as she finally did the one thing she couldn't do as the camera pans up towards the New Moon Tower and the Moon with it's star shaped scar behind it. Cue credits... wait, they were already play. Cue ending!
Well, that was fun, wasn't it? I'll have more thoughts on the show on Sunday, when I do the series wrap up, but they certainly went big for this episode. Granted, it wasn't exactly a world threatening event, but it's an event that could have led to one. And, of course, we had to get one more triumphant win for Akko, just to make sure that we know things are looking up for the young student.
This actually went on quite long, so we'll end it for now. Until next time, to take a cue from the show, believing in yourself is your magic, and it'll allow you to do anything. Which includes doing high level dodging against a missile while on a broom.
1 week agoCaButler
So my luck continues to hold for the rate up servants. I did my typical ritual of spinning the FP rolls until I get a 3 Star servant (Kiyohime, surprisingly enough), then went to the main banner. On my one roll...
Hi, Mama! I don't have enough EXP cards to level her up enough, but she is in the Berserker slot of my support formation for now (Kintoki, who is a higher level, is in the all slot). I'll try getting her leveled up so she can last longer in later battles, but yay!
And apparently she was a little confused as to what class she is.
Can't disappoint second best Mom.
1 week agoCaButler
Nintendo announced a bunch of games at E3, but these three caught my eye.
First, we have Super Mario Party:
I honestly can't wait for the MP crew to tackle this one.
Next, we have a new Fire Emblem game:
Spring is so far away now.
And finally, we have an expansion pack for Xenoblade Chronicles 2:
This one contains heavy, heavy spoilers for the main game, so keep that in mind.
Oh, and we have Super Smash Bros, which apparently includes all the characters. Insane. How did Nintendo do it?
Gravity Rush images go here.
Final Fantasy XIII
All things Final Fantasy XIII
So much eye candy...
Art from Persona 3, 4 and Arena here.
Tales of Graces
Here is your Tales of Graces love
Selvaria Bles Album
You know why you're here.
Hayate the Combat Butler
The place for the ladies (and guy) of this series.
Something for everybody!
All Fate/Extra stuff here (and then some)
The Wheel of Fate is Turning
These people are guilty for not wearing a crown
For the popular strategy RPG
You know why you're here. If not, you need new glasses.
Your cosplay action here.
Love for a great game with great art.
Even horrible creatures of the night need love
The most messed up pretty girls you've ever met.
The Devil is a Part-Timer
And now has it's own part time album.
Date a Live
Crazy girls going crazy for a guy who's treating this like a dating sim because if he doesn't the crazy girls go insane and start blowing stuff up. It's that kind of show.
Cosplay Gallery number 2
We liked it so much we made it twice.
The console war done with cute girls.
Because Hajime needs her own album.
Cosplay Gallery the third
Because you can never have enough
Rooster Teeth's first ever anime, it's images go here.
The Familiar of Zero
The one anime where I absolutely hate our two main protagonists.
High School DxD
Angels and Devils do battle while getting naked for no apparent reason.
Is This a Zombie?
No, they are hot vampire ninjas and magical girls.
Not that kind of Golden Time, though, but the anime.
Persona: The Second
For all the stray ones.
Cosplay thread IV
Like Saints Row, only sexier.
It's about a bunch of kids in the afterlife playing with guns.
Where being sexy will always forgive you for wanting to kill your sisters in bloody ways.
I couldn't become a hero...
...So I made this album instead.
Knights of Sidonia
Because we always make a folder for these shows
It's about a guy trying to become the Magic King and have his own harem
The Shantae Folder
The place where we put our magically sexy half-genie in all her glorious glory.
The Irregular at Magic High School
Where the protagonist can kill you just for annoying his sister.
Cosplay Gallery the Fifth
You know the drill.
Anime Screen caps
Because anything can be taken out of context when anime is involved
Because I'm watching it, that's why.
No Game, No Life
Okita is going to slice you up
More of swimsuit cat girl Noire
Neptune out on the beach
Looking for her own summer adventure.
If Rias was Purple Heart.
Though I suspect she’s having a hard time breathing.
Martha the punching nun is here
When will summer come?
What a nice shot of father and son together.
No, that wasn’t a typo.
Looks like Neptune is going out on a night on the town
That poor town
Protect the kohai!
Mama Raikou fills out the dress well.
Casko is showing off, too.
And she wants to be the faithful dog companion. Like a certain other Berserker.
Scathach is showing off all her curves
Because she knows where your looking
Drake is looking to get that booty.
Mash is looking a bit embarrassed
I bet Nero convinced her to try it out.
Nero doesn’t object to other forms of dress.
Especially if they help accent her beauty.
Questions answered by CaButler
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To become the world’s greatest writer!
Uh... 32 mph?
Havoc has been sold. Sorry.
I'm really Carlone Butler, the NBA player.