Violet Evergarden

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Violet Evergarden is an anime available on Netflix. It is also based on a Japanese light novel of the same name written by Kana Akatsuki and published by Kyoto Animation on December 25th, 2015.

An anime adaptation is available on Netflix since 2018, consisting in 13 episodes and an original video animation (OVA).


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Where it begins

The story starts with our protagonist, Violet Evergarden, whom has been raised as a weapon and used in war as such. She was literally a war machine—a child that had not known nothing but to follow military orders. There was nothing but chaos in her life, and her feelings were nothing. Violet was a robot-like creature.

Everything changes for her when the Major, Gilbert Bougainvillea, adopts her. Or more specifically, was given to him as a gift from his brother to use her as a weapon. Gilbert, though, didn’t see a weapon; he saw a starving child that needed something more. To be treated as a human being, not a murdering object.

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Their bonds gathered a sweet strength when both our protagonist and the Major were walking in a market. He wanted her to buy a dress, something that makes her feel like the girl Violet is. Then she saw an emerald and picked it up. Violet told Gilbert that it looks like his eyes; that, of course, touched deep in his heart.

We also see images of war, and how Violet ruined went straight into the battlefield without hesitation. Gilbert realized why she’d been considered a weapon only, but he didn’t let that obscure his perception of the girl. For him, that was a signal that she needed humanity. Love.

Before everything had ended, Violet and Gilbert were gravely injured. The girl lost both arms and she was unable to drag the Major out of the castle, and he asked her to stop. And gave her an order, a dying wish:

“Live… and be free. From the bottom of my heart, I love you.” —Gilbert Bougainvillea

And with those words, the story starts.

The power of words

Words move the world. The words that had been written tell a story, or the feelings of thousands. This is exactly the job of our protagonist now—After the war, Violet is hired as a Memory Doll, and her job description indicates that she has to write letters in the name of the employer. That employer could be anyone, from a single woman trying to reach her brother’s soul, to a big company that needs to close a deal.

Violet Evergarden accepted the job as a doll. Not to follow orders this time; the main purpose of joining is to find the meaning of “I love you”. But before that happens, her coworkers noticed that all her letters are too straightforward, and even though sincerity is a good thing, it is not the right way to do things. There are many ways to build words to cause an impression. And that’s what Violet learns in the beginning.

A linked journey

“I will run as fast as I can to wherever my customer desires. I am the Auto Memories Doll, Violet Evergarden.” —Violet Evergarden

Every customer has a story to tell. Every customer is a new emotion added to Violet’s experiences. As the story progresses, she grows emotionally, becoming more and more into a girl her age. Someone that was hurt by war, but maturing at the same time while accepting she was never a weapon; that she’s worth as any other person.

Conclusion

This is definitely one of the best anime series available on Netflix. If you’re looking for a good drama, do yourself a favor and watch it.

El Camino

El Camino

The wait is over, Jesse Pinkman’s fate is finally revealed. El Camino, a movie that’s made as a sequel of the now classic TV show that was originally aired on AMC, and directed by Vince Gilligan, a decade ago. The show from the very first episode to the last was an unique experience. It wasn’t just about the drugs, cartels, and all that topic–it was the story of Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher that is having a bad time; A REAL BAD TIME. By now, most people know about his journey, turning from a morally weakened Walter White to the most feared capo, Heisenberg. So there’s one question that remained at the end:

What happened to Jesse Pinkman? The last we knew about him is that he finally escaped from the Nazis, leaving Walter White behind, triumphant based on his expression. And that’s it. After that we got back to look one last time at the dying Walter. The end.

Two questions:

Do I need to watch Better Call Saul before El Camino? Nope!

Do I need to watch Breaking Bad before El Camino? Yes, you must!

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The movie starts right after the final episode of Breaking Bad. This time, we focus on Jesse Pinkman, a now former cook and former drug dealer. He though he’d finally escaped his–literal–cage. Finally breaking any tie with Heisenberg. The thing is, “it’s impossible to escape once you enter the business.” Right? There’s an opportunity here. He believes that.

Jesse’s tired and traumatized due recent events that led him to that point. He goes straight to see two of his old friends and they give ’em something to remain hidden. A few flashback will take place in-between the events of the final season of Breaking Bad to add to the nostalgia. Just don’t be surprised if you remember the characters differently; remember the show ended 10+ years ago.

From this point, I don’t think there’s much to say about the movie without giving any spoiler. It is too soon for that.

Is the movie worth watching? If you’re a fan of Breaking Bad, definitely! Though I wouldn’t expect much out of it. It is a huge fan service, and we love it, admit it or not. All these years we were wondering about Pinkman’s whereabouts, and now we got it. A good way to describe the movie is that two episodes where missing, and after a decade, the studio found them and sold them to Netflix for a good amount of money and our hearts.

If you haven’t watched the show, then the answer is: stay away from this! It is a movie exclusively for fans of the show. You won’t know what’s going on and you won’t even care about the protagonist. Same goes for the people that didn’t like the it in the first place.

Remember what we all believe Jesse deserves. That’s all I’m saying.


Personal note: I am glad this was released. Yes, I am glad to know what happens the Jesse, but it also means all the theories about him becoming a zombie during the events of The Walking Dead will be gone forever. Seriously, I know it’s fun to come up with crazy ideas for your favorite shows–I do that, too–but taking them so seriously?

Don’t expect our favorite lawyer, Saul Goodman, to be in the show. If you want to know more about him, you need to watch Better Call Saul, I am sure we’re going to get all the answers we need about him once his show ends. I’m excited for the 5th season.