Hello everybody and welcome to our next exciting episode of Violet Evergarden, the show where a young girl used as a tool of war finally understands why her body was burning so much, and continue her quest to understand what love is.
In our last episode, Violet, still struggling with the news that Major Gilbert is missing and presumed dead, returns to Intense in the hopes of finding some sign that he survived. But it appears to be a futile search. Hodgins comes to pick her up and bring her back as everybody struggles with how to deal with Violet. They all care for her, but given her situation, aren't entirely certain how to go about it.
However, it takes a special client to help push Violet forward. Spencer, the brother of Luculia, comes looking for Violet to have a letter written to his sister to thank him for taking care of him during his own dark days. Thanks to his request, Iris and Erica are able to help Violet take her first steps, where she helps out Old Guy with the deliveries, understanding the joy some people get when getting those letters, as well as figuring out her own way. After writing the letter for Spencer, she comes to Hodgins, understanding what he meant about her body burning. Thanks to her experiences, both good and bad, she's able to start forward, to move past the shackles of her past, to live her live on her own.
And now we get to see how she lives that life, despite it being a perfect finale episode. Where will Violet go from here? Let's tune in and find out.
-Our episode begins in a courtyard, where a young girl talks with a doll about what they should do today. Well, things have gone off the rails already, hasn't it? Playing house as gotten boring as of late, which makes the young girl wonder when Mom's visitors are going to leave? The doll thinks they should go home already. Stupid visitors ruining her alone time with Mom, the jerks!
-The sound of a car quickly grabs her attention. Down the hill she sees the arrival of another person, a blue parasol in hand, making the young girl confused as to the new arrival. In narration, she comments on how she saw a doll walking down the path.
-So big, she can walk on her own. But for some reason, this young girl thought that Violet was bad. I mean, how can you distrust a face like that, right? But then again, it seems like this kid doesn't like strangers. Also, like the episode before, we have no opening for this one. We're just cutting it all out for the final stretch. So after we get the title card, we see the young girl running up the stairs to her mom, who appears to be in an important meeting with other people. And by important people, I mean perhaps doctors, because Mom is in bed. That can't be good.
-So Ann, the young girl, runs in and gets berated by Mom for not knocking. A woman in a green dress is there and smiles at Ann. It's hard to tell if it's a genuine smile or a creepy smile, but Ann doesn't like it as Mom continues to berate her, saying that she should give a proper greeting. Also, the Mom sounds like Wendee Lee. So Ann does the whole thing, which Greed Dress lady finds adorable, and with that settled, asks for the news from Ann. And it better not be a bug, okay? She's not in the mood. So Ann tells her that a doll is coming. Mom is confused, but the maid says that "she" has arrived. Mom understands that Ann meant Doll, and recalling the appointment she had, asks the maid to show her in. Green Dress Lady is upset by this, but Mom apologizes. It's important to speak with the Doll, after all. They'll just have to worry about those super important contracts tomorrow, where she probably won't die from whatever ails her.
-Wait, there's actually more involved here. Green Dress Lady asks Mom what she plans to do with the mansion, saying that "she" can't live her on her own. When she says this, the camera focuses on Ann. It's also why they offered... Mom interrupts, saying they'll discuss it another time. Now out, out you go! And in those few short scenes, we're given a lot of information about the situation here. Things aren't looking good for Mom, and it appears Ann has no other family, maybe. I think Mom is going to be writing up a Will.
-In a side room, Violet waits patiently. Ann goes to look at her, because she's very curious about this walking doll. Mom tells Ann to be a good girl as they go to greet Violet. Mom apologizes for bringing her out here, but Violet says it wasn't a problem. Ann is all "The walking doll can talk!", because she thinks Violet is a real doll. Violet then gives her usual introduction, but is interrupted by Ann, who totally knew she was a doll. Oh, I should point this out in case you're confused. When using the word "Doll", we do mean the profession Violet performs. When using the word "doll", we mean and actual doll. We good? Good.
-Violet completes her introduction and is offered tea. While she waits patiently, Ann continues to keep an eye on her. Can't trust those walking, talking dolls one bit. But I note that she's only in the room proper when her mom is there. Any other time she's hiding behind something to oversee. This is also the case when she's in the room properly with her mom, as she stays behind her during their conversation. As Violet drinks the tea, Ann looks on in fascination, asking a question she feels is important.
-I wonder how long it'll take for Mom to catch on the fact that Ann thinks Violet is a doll and not a Doll. Also, I love the answer Violet gave just now. It's very much in character with her. Mom berates Ann for being rude, but she just pouts. She wanted to talk to the giant, walking, talking doll some more! And probably do some painful experiments to her, like a certain other curious little girl. Anyway, Violet wants to confirm some information with Mom. She's been hired for a seven-day period, and that they should get started immediately. I wonder if this is normal on trips like this? So they'll be going to the sunroom, where it's nice and bright. Ann, confused, asks what they're doing. Why, to write a letter, of course! Ann is upset, because she can write a letter for her, and while Mom is grateful, she can't spell any of the hard words yet. Stupid vocabulary!
-And Mom, while grateful that her child has taken an interest, says that Violet is well known for writing for other people and doing a great job at it. She pats Ann on the head as she asks who the letter is for. After a moment, Mom replies that it's for someone very far away. And it's an important letter, so Ann isn't allowed to interrupt them, okay? Yeah, like that will happen.
-In the sunroom, the work begins. Ann is watching from a nearby window, certain in her knowledge that there is something bad about Violet. She then sees Violet take off her gloves, revealing her metal arms, and this is absolute proof to her that Violet really is a doll. But then we get confirmation of the impending tragedy as Mom collapses on the table, requiring Violet and a maid to help her up. She's clutching at her chest, suggestion an issue with the lungs or heart, as Ann looks on with concern before running away, either towards her mother or to hide somewhere.
-I should probably add that it's currently Fall, which has it's own set of symbolism involved. Sometime later, we find Mom back in her bed as Ann is at her side, worried for her. Mom rubs Ann's head, assuring her that she'll be better soon. But, as we can tell, this isn't the truth.
-She is such a precious child. Though I point to the maid in the background and that's all you need to know about what's going on here. And while Mom appreciates Ann singing, as an adult, she doesn't need a lullaby. Then maybe she'll sleep with Mom instead? But didn't she outgrow naps? Ann responds that it's fine for today! While as adorable as that sounds, Mom would like Ann to entertain their visitor instead. Ann is very much against that, and we learn why. To Ann, "they all try to take you away from me." Mom looks at her child with such sadness in her eyes, as she sees Ann is seeing events play out, but interpreting them in a way that makes sense to her. And they aren't even telling her the full truth yet, which will make the hit that much worse when it does happen.
-Mom does feel sorry for Ann, but assures her that it's just for seven days. Reluctantly, Ann goes to entertain Violet, who sits patiently for her client. In an adorable, somewhat haughty voice, though it is refined, Ann tells Violet that her mother will be resting for a bit, and during that time, she will entertain her instead. Ann has trouble looking at Violet directly, adding that she hates visitors, but since Violet is a doll, it'll be okay. This would be very adorable if it wasn't going to be depressing later on.
-Violet asks what they will do. Ann says they could talk or play or something, she doesn't really care. She'd rather not be there. However, all of those things are beyond Violet's expertise, but if it's only for a little while, she doesn't mind. Ann smiles and suggests they play with her doll, which Violet agrees to, because it's not like she has much else to do at this point. So Ann hands Violet her doll and starts cracking up at the image.
-Oh, you precious child. Violet doesn't get the joke, or how to play with this doll. What is she support to do? Why, talk to her, or take care of her, obviously! First, Violet should try saying hello to it. So she does, and the doll replies, but it's obviously Ann giving the voice. And I love this look Violet gives her after that.
-If you needed a caption contest done, here's your image. Go nuts. Ann claims it was the doll and not her. Violet seems to finally get it, but Ann seems to think that the reason Violet is having trouble here is that she herself is a doll and has never played with one of her own before. Yeah, sure, we'll go with that. So Ann offers to teach Violet how to play properly with a doll, but the maid arrives to inform Violet that her room is ready. Oh, guess she better put her stuff away then. She returns the doll to Ann and follows the maid. Ann herself goes from having a happy smile to one of disappointment, followed by anger. Yeah, that seems about right for a child that age.
-Sometime later, Ann's Mom is back on her feet and working with Violet on the letter. We can't hear the conversation that we're looking at this from Ann's perspective. She wonders what they're talking about. When Ellis, the maid, arrives with snacks and tea, she offers to take the tray, but the maid declines the request, saying that this is her job and it shouldn't be taken away from her. Can't let those little brats take good maid jobs away from people! Though I wouldn't be surprised if she's under orders to not let Ann into the sunroom, no matter what. Ann is unhappy about this, and expresses it the only way she knows how.
-Because the universe hates the young folks, obviously. After a moment of pouting, Ann goes back to watching from the window to see Violet hand a letter to Mom. She looks at it, happy at the results, but her happiness soon turns to tears that she cannot control, which affects Ann, as well. She knows something is wrong, but she doesn't know what it is.
-At night, Ann awakens to find a light shining from Violet's room. She goes in, after knocking and announcing herself, and finds the Doll doing some work on her arm. So that means they'll be writing letters again tomorrow? And the next day, and the day after that, and so on? Yup. So, who are the letters for? That Violet cannot say, because she agreed to confidentiality. Ann tries to repeat them, but as she can't, yells at Violet instead.
-And it's only going to get worse from here, Ann. Still, she plays detective on who the addressee is. It can't be her father since he's been gone a long time, as he died a hero during the great war. Didn't Violet hear about it? Oh, yeah, she did. So who is Violet writing this letter for? Violet decides to nip this in the bud and asks the young girl if she came to see her for a reason? Well, Ellis went home and her mother went to bed, so... she fidgets quite a bit, looking for somebody to play with, but Violet doesn't think that's a good idea and suggests Ann should sleep, as well. Ann gets frustrated and asks why she should go to sleep? Violet responds in her typical calm voice...
-At least, that's what Cattleya says to her. Ann asks who that is, so Violet answers, since that isn't part of the confidentiality agreement. She's another Doll at her company. Ann gets very curious about this, so Violet tells her there are other Dolls there, like Iris and Erica. Ann is shocked! There are that many living dolls? Violet seems to understand the word usage here, but she smiles warmly at Ann and tells her that, yes, there are. After a moment, Violet prompts Ann to go to sleep, who does so under protest, but then tells Violet to do the same thing, or else Mom will get mad at her! Also, if she stays up late, a ghost will come to haunt her, as well! And with that, she's out, leaving Violet to go back to working on her arm. Just outside of the door, Ann stares at her own doll, a whole bunch of strange and unusual emotions hitting her like a sack of bricks, but then she dismisses them all as Violet being a weird doll. She is such a precious child.
-The next day, it looks like Mom is not available at the moment, so Ann is entertaining Violet in her place. Violet is reading a story to the young child, who is enraptured by the story. She turns to Violet and tells her that she's quite good at reading stories. Must be something to do with that playwright she worked with all those months ago. Later, Ann runs up to Violet with a pan behind her back, asking the Doll what she's suppose to do if bread is really hard and can't be eaten? Well, she can put it in soup to soften it. And here I was thinking that there would be a joke instead.
-The next day, Violet is preparing the days work ahead. Ann comes up to her and says that, until her mom arrives, they should say riddles and dance and play house and catch bugs and a whole bunch of stuff. Looks like she's taken a liking to Violet. However, she's confused about something, so she decides to ask Ann to clear things up for her. Mainly...
-Doesn't sound like a no to me. Later, Ann goes to Violet and asks her to read a book to her. And then we get a montage of Ann calling out for Violet and running up to her. We then get a time passage scene of the outside, showing that the world keeps moving, even though we've actually had that already with Ann here. After that scene, we cut to Mom in bed, reading another letter from Violet. She approves, so Violet will keep writing in this style. Ann shows up at the door but doesn't come in, but watches. That's when Mom has another attack, forcing Ann to reveal herself. That isn't going to be good. As for why Ann is there, she was hoping that Violet would tie a ribbon in her hair. If she isn't busy, that is. Which she is.
-Mom thinks that's fine, but maybe later, okay? That's when Violet requests to take a short break. She thinks that Ann would appreciate it now and prefer not to wait. In the living room, Violet performs the task, but Ann herself doesn't look happy. Turns out, she didn't want Violet to tie the ribbon in her hair. Violet, however, has grown to understand the subtly in human speech and emotions, understands. Ann continues, she wanted her mom to tie the ribbon in her hair, to read the story, to do riddles and play house with, but she doesn't like bugs. Violet understands all of this, but Ann, at her breaking point, yells at Violet, to tell her to stop taking away her time from her mom! Violet assures her that it's only for a few more days, but Ann pleads with her to tell Mom that it's okay for her to be there when she's writing the letter. All she wants is to be near her, to be close to her and squeeze her hand. Will Violet do all of that? Unfortunately, she cannot do that. You know, confidentiality and all.
-I think we know the real reason why Ann can't be there, but why ruin the surprise for later? Ann demands to know why, but instead of answering, Violet says she has to get back to work. She leaves, leaving a confused and heartbroken girl alone. Later, Ann continues to watch as Mom wonders if they'll be able to finish today. If they continue at this pace, they can. As Violet hands her the next letter, her illness creeps up again, but she attempts to fight through it, but the illness wins over as she nearly collapses over. Violet, however, is on her game and quickly gets out of her chair and grabs her, preventing her from falling. But despite all of this, despite the obvious pain she's in, she wants to keep on going.
-Ann, however, has other ideas. She's been keeping it in for so long that it finally bursts open. She runs into the sunroom, yelling for them to stop, running into her mom's arms, holding back her own tears. Mom assures her that she's doing fine, so please, go play in the yard. Ann, however, has had enough. She wants to know why they're writing this letter? Who is it for? Dad isn't there with them anymore. Mom assures her that it's an important letter, but Ann thinks it's a letter for somebody she doesn't know.
-Well, we're coming to the heart of the matter rather quickly, aren't we? Ann continues, saying that there's no one who cares about her, anyway, no one! This causes Mom to react, but she puts on a smile instead, since it's obvious that her daughter cares a great deal for her. But still, she asks quite the question for her Mom.
-Ouch! Right in the heart. Mom rubs Ann's and tells her that there is nothing more important than her. Ann doesn't believe her, calling her a liar, but Mom tells her otherwise. Ann moves away from her, crying, saying that Mom promised she was getting better, but it's clear that she isn't getting better at all! But she already knows that if, or rather, when Mom goes, she'll be left here all alone. Mom was hoping to keep this from her for as long as possible, but I imagine it happened at the worst possible time. Mom herself begins to cry as Ann asks another important question.
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-Neither Mom nor Ellis can answer, both heartbroken by Ann's words. But she continues, since she thinks she'll be alone, could Mom stop writing letters and spend time with her now? She pleads, but Mom can only hold back her tears, angry at herself for what has become with Ann. Violet attempts to help out, but Ann, reaching the boiling point, runs out instead, running as far as she can from her home. We follow her, doing down that path Violet took up, before finally she collapses in tears. She has so many feelings going through her right now that she can't even process any of it. It's made her an emotional wreck. She knows her Mom is dying, so she wants to spend whatever time she has left together, but it seems like she's doing something else instead, not knowing exactly what she is doing, since Mom and Ellis are hiding it from her.
-It's a difficult situation, really, for all the parties involved. What do you tell a young child about this? Mom appears to be dying and will be leaving young Ann alone. Ellis may not be around for much longer after that. Her father is already gone. What can be said to make a child understand what's happening? And it's not like they made Ann to be more mature than she looks. She acts like the child she is, being selfish, being demanding, but also hating anything that appears different. It's very tough on her, as it is on her mother. Both are hurting, but how does it get conveyed? I don't have any answers, and I doubt many would.
-Man, you'd think we'd be done with the depressing parts already, but nope, got to keep those hits going. Violet is able to catch up with Ann, because of course she can, and tries to reassure the young child that what they're doing is very important. She asks her not to be angry with her mother. She understands that this is painful to Ann, that she has to accept her mother's illness at such a young age, but for Violet, she is strong to keep going the way she is. Ann denies it, with tears streaming down her face, she comes to realize what she did, as well, that she made her mother cry. For any child, to see their parents cry or be sad for any reason hurts them, and in this situation, she believes she made her mother cry when she is the world to her.
-Violet tells Ann that she didn't, that she's a very kind person, and despite her denials, Violet assures her she's a good girl. Ann has reached her breaking point, though, as she slams her fists into Violet, saying that she isn't a good girl, that the reason her mother is sick is because she is a bad girl. Violet does all she can to assure her otherwise, but Ann refuses to accept this, that she believes she is to blame for her mother's illness. Violet does her best, though, telling the young girl that there is nothing that can be done, like her arms, which will never feel the same warmth that Ann can with hers.
-This causes Ann to stop beating on Violet and starts crying into Violet's... looks like her stomach, actually. Violet does take the girl in her arms, allow Ann to let it all out. Why is Mom writing a letter? People have feelings they want to express to others. But Ann doesn't care about other people's feelings, only her own and her mother's. Remember words spoken to her in the last episode, Violet tells the young Ann that there is no such thing as a letter that doesn't deserve to be delivered. We linger on her providing Ann comfort with her own arms, to let her cry away those tears of pain and sadness.
-After the fade, the time comes for Violet to leave. Mom, Ann, and Ellis are seeing her off, though Ann is reluctant to say anything. Violet still shows courtesy and bows to them and starts to walk away. However, Ann doesn't want to leave anything left unsaid. She calls to Violet and runs over to her, and as Violet kneels down to speak to her, Ann kisses her on the cheek. Violet thanks her for that, but Ann is confused by something else. She grabs hold of Violet's cheeks and finds them to be warm. Wait, you're an actual person and not a doll!? But what about the tea she drunk? Second verse, same as the first. Ann gets really embarrassed about this. Oh, the stories she'll tell her own kids someday.
-Ann waves to her as she takes over narration. She now knows that Violet wasn't a doll, and she wasn't bad news, either. She was very kind, and she wish she could have read the letters she wrote, leaving her to wonder who they were for. I can only imagine, he says with sarcasm. Mom calls her over to have tea, and they can play with the doll, read books and play house and so on. As we linger on the outside, the seasons themselves change, from fall, to winter, to spring. We quickly see a girl staring out to the field as Mom calls out for Ann. We see the two of them playing house, having tea, and reading together in bed, but each image fades away. But it's that last image that has the most impact. When the two fade away, the bed itself loses the covers and sheets, leaving it empty, it's message very clear.
-Just in case you missed it, though, the next scene shows people clad in black on a rainy day, and they, too, start to fade, one by one, until only the young girl, Ann, remains. She's a year older now and had just received a letter. It's from her Mother. She's wishing her a happy eighth birthday. In the letter, Mom understands that there might be many sad things happening, and she might be feeling really overwhelmed now, but she urges her daughter not to give up hope. In the letter, she reminds her daughter that she loves her very much. Ann, reading the letter, begins to cry, for her own loss, and finally understanding what the letters were for.
-Time moves on as Ann herself grows. The next letter is for her tenth birthday. We see her in town with friends, who appears to have grown stronger, and is no longer alone. In the letter, while Mom thinks she still loves dancing and reading, she's probably moved on from bugs and riddles. Hey, some things you never grow out of, no matter how strange they are. We then get a major jump, to Ann's eighteenth birthday. We see Ann, much more grown up than before, working at a store, cleaning the windows. In the letter, Mom wonders if maybe she's fallen in love? IN the montage, a young man comes up to her with a bouquet of flowers, catching her by surprise. Ann reads the letter, and while Mom understands she can't be there to give her advice, she is confident that whoever she choses will be a wonderful person. Or a complete jerk who's only pretending to be a nice guy.
-Another skip, this time Ann is twenty years old. Mom tells her that it's wonderful she has grown up to this age, but also reminds her that adults are allowed to complain sometimes. And whenever she's feeling down, she should remember that Mom is always with her. And we see that Ann has indeed married that boy and is staring a family herself. As she and her family stare out in the field together, knowing they can face whatever comes their way.
-So, how many letters are there? Turns out, there's quite a few, all to be delivered to Ann for the next fifty years. I hope the company is still around by then. Iris is shocked by this as Erica asks if Violet was okay from the extended trip? Nope, no problems at all. Iris thinks this will be great for Ann, as it's something to look forward to for the next fifty years. And Violet agrees, that is great. But, by the time they arrive, Ann's mother will already be gone. Violet herself starts to shed tears of sadness, concerned for Ann, who is still so little, and that she'll get lonely. Violet can barely contain herself, but no longer. She did all she could to hold back her tears the whole time, knowing the truth. Cattleya provides her comfort and assures her that those letters will reach Ann, no matter where she is. End of episode.
Hopefully this was a bit funnier than the last episode, given how dark that was. Still, this was also an emotional episode, one that I think will hit home for a lot of people. Really, while I can understand if people find Ann annoying, she is a young child, and she's likely running on instinct, knowing full well that something is wrong with her mother. I think, in a way, that makes people watching it a bit more emotional, because you're seeing a child trying to understand what's happening, knowing something is wrong, but nobody wants to tell the truth for fear of what that will do to her, especially when she's still a growing child.
Which is why, I think, Mom wanted to write all those letters for her, to provide comfort to her child during the years afterwards, especially the next couple of years, which would have been the darkest point in her life. All those letters afterwards are to help provide a comfort to Ann, knowing that even if her mother is gone, she is always looking out for her. I have to admit that I got emotional for this episode, because it's pretty easy to find it sad and concerning for a young child to be by herself. I imagine Ellis, and maybe Violet, kept tabs on her as she grew, but even they would have stopped at some point. But in a way, it's still a happy ending. Ann grew up well, made friends, and even started a family of her own, and we know, though we could have predicted it, that she will always have her mother's letters to provide her comfort.
I think what also helps with this episode is the voice acting involved. Ann takes center stage throughout most of the episode, since it's her story, so they tapped Cassandra Lee to play the role. You probably wouldn't recognize her unless she's played other young child roles before, because she played it so convincingly that I honestly thought they had a young child playing Ann.
As before, I'm still looking for another series to do after this. I have two in mind, but they are on the long side so if anybody else have any other suggestions, I'll be interested to see what they have to offer.
Usually, this is the part where I close out this entry with some random joke related to the episode, or usually something emotional, or non-sensical. But for today, I think I'll let the episode close us out. So until next time, remember...
13 hours agoCaButler
Hello everybody and welcome to our next exciting episode of Violet Evergarden, the show where a young girl used as a tool of war finally understands why her body was burning so much, and continue her quest to understand what love is.
1 day agoCaButler
The FGO Summer event for NA has been officially announced!
The release date for the event is 07/26, which is next Thursday. Which is great because I get paid on Friday, so good timing. And with the 1/2 AP quest, I can start grinding more materials that won't be in the store... which is actually very few, when you think about it.
Also, on the AniplexUS Youtube channel, they have the NP animations for the first five summer servants (Yes, Assassins Scatach counts). And Lancer Tamamo's looks especially painful.
2 days agoCaButler
Hello everybody and welcome to our next exciting episode of Violent Evergarden, where we finally get some information on our mysterious female lead. Also, more about Major Gilbert, and the end of the great war.
In our last episode, after being told that Major Gilbert is MIA, presumed killed, Violet loses it, going to various people to try and find the truth, like his brother, Diethard, and a maid out in the middle of nowhere. During this, we get a bit of an origin story for Violet, leaning the times she spent with Gilbert in this isolated mansion, being cleaned and dressed, as well as later, where we see her as a soldier. We see her name given to her, as well as a gift being presented to her.
We also see a young Hodgins, when he was still in the military, and recognizes Violet from the test she was put through some time ago. He's not a big fan of putting Violet in battle, but got overruled by the brass. Neither was Gilbert, but orders are orders, unfortunately. So they take part of the Battle of Intense, seemingly the last battle of the war, and it's a bloody battle as both sides take heavy loss. Gilbert himself is nearly killed in the battle, but thanks to Violet, he is able to signal the remaining troops to begin the attack. And right after that, he's shot in the eye by some enemy soldiers who appeared on his side. Always check your corners, man!
Where will our story take us from here? Let's tune in and find out.
-Our episode begins right after the last episode. Major Gilbert is on the ground, shot in the eye but surprisingly alive and conscious. Damn, man, boy is made of iron. Or at least, really got lucky just now. Unfortunately, those enemy soldiers are still there, so while Violet was checking on him, the soldier takes a shot and hits Gilbert right in the ribs. Yeah, surviving a shot from the eye? Lucky as hell. Getting shot again in the ribs? Probably not a good thing to happen.
-Violet goes ballistic at this, taking a rifle and firing wildly at the two soldiers. She misses her first two shots but nails one guy with the third. The remaining soldier, one with a scar across his face, stares at Violet with absolute terror on his face, and despite Violet being out of ammo, he decides to do the smart thing and just run away. I'm sure they won't court martial you for being smart, son. Unless they need a fall guy. But still, good luck, soldier, I'm sure we'll never see your scarred face again.
-After making sure the area is clear by standing in place, Violet goes back to the injured Major. Gilbert tells her to run and save herself, but the normally coolheaded Violet refuses, telling the major that she is taking him with her. She'll stay and fight if she must, but will only go if the major goes with her. She picks him up and carries him by the shoulder and starts walking, but another enemy soldier takes aim and fires, hitting Violet in the elbow. The impact is so bad and violent that she loses her arm. She collapses, prompting Gilbert to take his gun and take out the enemy soldier.
-This section is going to be hard to watch, isn't it? Violet takes Gilbert back up, using her remaining strength to carry the major out. He looks at her with a pained expression as scarred soldier from before decides now is the perfect time to murder, as he throws a grenade at them. Violet notices it, but the resulting explosion only seemed to throw them into the stairs leading down. That or Violet threw themselves down there to avoid most of the blast. I say most because we focus on Violet's remaining arm, which begins to slide out of her sleeve.
-Violet, disarmed (I'm so sorry), takes a moment to compose herself, before then losing that composure. She turns to Gilbert, refusing to let him die, and attempts to dragged Gilbert by the teeth. This doesn't work as well without arms, though (I'm so, so sorry), prompting Gilbert to stop her. We then get a repeat of that fateful scene, showing before. Gilbert tells Violet to live, to be free, and says those fateful words, "I Love you." But the scene keeps going. Violet asks what love is, not understanding anything, brawling with tears. Gilbert, struggling with every breath, can only stare as the building starts getting destroyed all around them by bombs. Then, in his final act, Gilbert grabs hold of Violet to protect her from the collapsing debris, allowing her to live at the cost of his life. The ultimate sacrifice to save the one he loved.
-Unfortunately, said loved one is having a pretty tough time understanding that sacrifice. In the ruins of Intense, Violet is digging through the debris, looking for any sign of Gilbert. She's desperate, holding out in fleeting hope that maybe, just maybe, she'll find some sign that Gilbert survive, that he's somewhere, out there, in this world, waiting for her. Or perhaps, looking for her. But as she digs, that hope continues to fade and fade away, as she forces herself to keep digging, worried that, perhaps, it is true. That the one she came to care for truly did die in this battle. Or maybe I'm just reading into it too much and she's just running on autopilot. Either one can be true.
-Hodgins arrives, suspecting that he'd find Violet there. He doesn't seem too pleased, but it seems that he's more upset about being there than Violet going AWOL on him. He tells her what happened during the time she was stuck in the church. After the flare went up, the remaining forces went in to attack. As for the bombardment of the central headquarters? Turns out, the Gardarik Army are a bunch of sour losers and bombed it before retreating. Makes me wonder, if it wasn't for the bombing, would Gilbert have survived, or were his injuries too grave at that point?
-To keep the story going, Hodgins says that Violet was found in those stairs next to her, which was likely the result of Gilbert pushing her out of the way in order to protect her. Violet gets upset, though, because she was told constantly that the major was fine. So why would they all just lie to her like that?
-I hope you have a better reason than "We couldn't tell you because we were deathly afraid you might try to murder us all." Fortunately, Gilbert provides something of a slightly more reasonable answer. Mainly, she was so concerned about the major that she wasn't thinking of herself. Sounds like she wasn't attempting to get better or heal up because of that, so they would tell her that he was fine in order to make sure she healed up. If the doctors lied to her like that, wouldn't that be an ethical issue, or were they putting the care of the patient above all else and that would give them a pass?
-And because the mood isn't somber enough, it starts to rain. It always rains in moments like this. Why can't it just be a sunny day when sad situations happen like this? Hodgins isn't a fan of the rain and tells Violet they should go, but she questions this. Where would she go to? She can only go where the major is. The problem with that is that he's dead... probably. Though I put that as highly likely because it would be terrible to the story and to Violet if the Major was actually alive somewhere. Do not do that to me, show, or we will have words.
-Hodgins, however, isn't interested in taking any of this crap and tells Violet that they're going back to the office. Because she is an AMD and she has work to do! However, the hardline approach doesn't appear to work, so Hodgins relaxes, deciding that he'll stay here, with Violet, until she decides to return with him. Gilbert did ask him to take care of her, after all. Was it in a letter or something, because in the last episode, nothing like that was every exchanged between the two men.
-Luckily, the episode answers that question for me. Hodgins explains that, before the battle began, Gilbert came to him and asks to take care of Violet, should anything happen to him. Good thing this is a flashback or else I'd say that Gilbert just raised a death flag for himself. Of course, this is Gilbert asking him to take Violet to the Evergarden House in Leiden once the war ends. Hodgins seems confused by this, but the major says that he trusts him. Turns out, he knew his friend quite well.
-The rain comes down harder as Hodgins continues, telling Violet that Gilbert never saw her as a tool for war. He was only looking out for her, as a regular girl out in the world. There's a moment of silence between the two of them until something honks nearby. Dammit, geese! Now is not the time for this. Oh, wait, it's a car. More specifically, it's Benedict, and it looks like he's getting impatient. Damn, man, just wait a minute or two. You have to treat Violet delicately at this stage, because she's just a wreck of emotions.
-At some point, Hodgins was able to get Violet in the car as we see her inside of it, all three returning home. Benedict, showing that he isn't completely heartless, apologizes for pulling her away and asks if she's okay? There's more silence, but this only concerns Hodgins, so he asks the question again. Again, more silence. This isn't good, because it seems like she's closing herself off from the world, and who knows what she'll do after that.
-Hodgins expresses that concern to Violet, but he is impressed with her progress, becoming an AMD. Perhaps she can live her life now without needing to follow the major's orders anymore. Violet reacts to this, flashing back to the conversation she had with Gilbert on the eve of battle, about not receiving his orders anymore, and about a conversation they would never have. She begins to tear up, about ready to let it all out. Hodgins looks concerned, but suddenly, the car comes to a stop. Looks like the road has been blocked. Of course it would be blocked now, of all times. What's next, a flood?
-Hodgins goes to check it out. The soldiers there recognize him and salute, but while he makes an attempt to correct himself, he decides to just make it easy on himself and act like he's a lieutenant colonel. He asks what happened, and it turns out, the city of Caisseclaire was attacked by an anti-peace faction from Gardarik. Hodgins has heard of this, then asks for a status of the situation. Good news is that they were contained, but they have to remain on alert for any remaining insurgents. Well, looks like we're not going that way. Hodgins returns to the car and has them go a different route. As the car turns, out of the corner of her eye, Violet sees a younger version of herself, saluting the vehicle. Wait, so is she saluting herself as a way to move on, or has the girl finally lost her mind?
-We soon return to Leiden as Erica and Iris provide the updates for us. Violet has returned, but there's a question of whether or not she'll be returning to work. Nearby, Cattleya tries to get Benedict to check in on Violet, as he'd be the better person rather than herself. The only reason I think she would go to him is because he's also a former soldier, so he might have a better understanding of Violet's mindset at the moment. I don't think anybody is, though, but Benedict refuses. He's got other things to do. This upsets Cattleya, but that's when the old guy from episode two shows up, asking Benedict to check out District 12 for him while he checks District 14. Apparently their new deliverymen threw away the letters he couldn't get around to delivering. Sounds like somebody is going to get fired!
-This is what Benedict has to do, and why he can't help Violet at the moment. Looks like this is all on you, Cattleya. We check in on Violet and she isn't doing too well at the moment. She's sitting on the floor, staring at her hands. And hey, the stuffed puppy is on the desk and not on the floor! This can't be a good sign. Cattleya shows up to check in on her. After a moment, Violet apologizes for any worry she may have caused them. This isn't quite good enough for Cattleya, so she asks her young protege how she's feeling? Has she been eating? You haven't made any more escape attempts, have you?
-There's no response. Not wanting to push it any further, Cattleya leaves a bag of food at the door for Violet, but she hasn't given up, asking to see Violet tomorrow. They're all waiting to see her, and there's a lot of requests for her. There's no response for a moment, but Violet tells her that, as Hodgins said, she is burning for all the things she's done. And in case you forgot it, we get a flashback to that scene where Hodgins tells her as such.
-Yeah, turns out, Cattleya is royally pissed as Hodgins for telling Violet that. She claims that the young girl didn't have a choice, given the circumstances. The president, however, says that Violet's background doesn't matter, or the reasons behind it. One cannot erase the past. Cattleya starts to argue that it can be forgotten and they can start over, but Hodgins stops her there. It's not something that can be forgotten, either. He knows this quite well, because he's feeling that same fire as well. And Cattleya is, as well. Wait, so she was in the army as well, or does she have a different story?
-Cattleya is at a lost. She wants to help Violet, but because of this, she doesn't know what to do next. Hodgins tells her that Violet has to decide that for herself. To do that, first, she needs to look at herself for who she is, then learn to accept it. Good luck with that. Cattleya points out Violet's issues. She lost Gilbert, as well as everything else she had associated with that. Hodgins contends, however, that Violet hasn't actually lost the Major. Seriously, show, do not pull a "He's actually still alive" twist on me. I will riot!
-As for the AMD division, Cattleya hasn't returned, either. Iris will go check in on Violet tomorrow, but Erica thinks that it's better to give Violet space. Iris questions this as we see Erica getting a flashback to her episode, where Violet gives her reasoning for being an AMD. Iris has a similar flashback, hearing the same thing. Iris doesn't like the idea of giving Violet space. Is this all they can really do for her? She wonders if Violet won't come back to be a Doll anymore. But they don't get enough time to think about it, because a client just came in. They may be down two people, but the show must go on.
-And next we have... a flashback? A dream? Perhaps Violet did escape, because we're back at Intense, though the stairway appears to be cleared of rubble. Has to be a dream. Violet sees the spot where she last saw the Major, with only stained blood remaining. She stares at the spot where Gilbert was and begins to cry for him. And suddenly, he's sitting right there, all cleaned up and not missing an eye. Yup, this is a dream, alright.
-Ghost Gilbert asks Violet what's the matter and then greets her. Violet, crying, continues crying, apparently happy to know that he was alive. Poor Violet. He then asks about the outfit, so she explains that she's working as an AMD, which is a job that has him write letters. And hey, because this scene needs to be really creepy, blood starts flowing down the stairs. Did they get Stephen King to write this? To make it worse, the blood starts spilling down Gilbet's face as he questions Violet's new profession, that she's writing with the same hands that took so many lives?
-Man, Violet, you have some really messed up dreams. The blood starts staining her dress, prompting her to stand as Gilbert continues to talk to her, but he sounds quite robotic and detached. Violet then looks at her hands, covered with blood, and just like that, she wakes up. She begins to look around for the major, but instead, only finds herself in her room, alone. She starts getting depressed, but then looks over to the stuffed puppy on the desk. Oh, Violet, no, don't do that! He didn't do anything to you!
-In a fit of rage, Violet goes up to her desk and knocks everything down except for the stuffed puppy. She screams in agony as she grabs it by both hands, shaking uncontrollably, prepared to slam the puppy to the ground. But after a moment, she's able to calm herself down... only to start chocking herself instead! No! NO! Violet, please stop that, okay? You can't actually choke yourself out like that, to begin with. Wow, that went dark. Also, why does the camera keep wanting to show us the puppy's every watchful eyes? The scene is dark enough already! We don't need creepy staring, as well!
-Violet stops, thankfully, but she's still lost, looking for answers, an order, from the major. She's crying her eyes out, clearly in pain, uncertain what to do at all. It's just not going to be a good week for Violet. Just then, there's a knock on the door. A letter for Violet has arrived. Also, who would be delivering anything at this late an hour? It's the old guy... seriously, do we not have a name for him? He gives her the letter. Apparently Iris and Erica asked him to deliver it to her. Violet is so confused, but as she sees him leave, she sees the bag full of mail on his side. She asks about it, and fortunately, they were able to find the discarded letters, so they have to go out.
-Benedict, however, isn't have a good day. He apparently sprained his ankle thanks to his high-heel boost. No, really, he was wearing those. I was confused earlier because it showed off two pair, but apparently, one belonged to Benedict. Cattleya is with him to help out, and they go back into their sibling bickering once more.
-So with Benedict out of commission for the night, Violet decides to help out. Old Guy asks if she can handle the street, but Violet doesn't answer. Instead, she looks at the letters in the bag, with him telling her that each one contains someone's precious feelings, and every letter deserves to be delivered. Wouldn't that be nice if the post office didn't keep losing letters all the time?
-So we watch Violet deliver the letters. She drops one off at this house, and just as she leaves, she hears a child cry out over it's arrival! More so, it's a letter from Dad, which makes the child quite happy. This reaction prompts Violet to look at the letter in hand and stares for a moment. We then get a montage of her delivering the letters before returning to her senior, thanking her for the help. He sees the empty bag and he's overjoyed to see the letters have made it home.
-With a job well done, Violet returns of the office, staring at the letter that was sent to her. It's not opened yet, as she doesn't know what to expect, but one can't know what's in a letter without reading it, right? So she gets right to reading. It's from Iris and Erica, who decided that it would be better to write a letter instead of seeing her. They admit that this is strange, but they wanted to let her know that they are worried about her, and that they are here, waiting for her.
-In the office, we see the girls working on the letter, with Erica taking over narration. While Violet may not feel like coming back to work right now, so they ask her to take her time. But, should something happen, please don't hesitate to call upon them. They have faith that she will return. Also, someone named Spencer came by, asking for her to write a letter for him. Oh, now I remember. He's Luculia's older brother. He came by because he wanted somebody to write a thank you and apology letter to his sister. He's very insistent that Violet write it for him
-Thanks to the old guy and to Iris and Erica, Violet feels the push to help. She visits Spencer and writes the letter to his satisfaction. He admits that this is embarrassing, but he was able to land a new job thanks to Luculia. She made him want to start over again, which causes Violet to only stare at him, as if he said something unusual. He sees her out and apologizes for having her come out all the way here, since he heard she was taking time off work. Violet tells him of how she knew the situation through a letter. The very first one she ever received.
-Spencer stares at Violet, as if she said something weird, but she changes the subject, saying that Luculia will be very pleased. As the end credits begin to roll, we watch Violet walking down the street, gripping the pin on her collar. As she walks onto the main street, she stares at the sky for a moment, putting her hand up to prevent herself from going blind, then begins to walk until she sees somebody reading the paper. Specifically, it has a picture of Princess Charlotte there, apparently holding a class or meeting with a bunch of younger children. She stares at it for a moment before walking near a poster advertising a new play, this one from Oscar. She stares at it for a moment before continuing on, where she passes by a flower shop that contains...
-Running into Violet's namesake like that? Must be a coincidence and is no way planned by the universe for some nefarious reason. Violet stares at the flowers, repeating a similar scene we've seen before, where the Major first met Violet long ago. She recalls all those moments with Gilbert, including something he told her long ago. That she would be one befitting that name. After a moment, she stands up, thinking on those words, and in a slow moment, she takes her first step out of the clutches of her past, and into a future of her own making.
-At the post office, Violet comes running in, going past many of her coworkers and right into Hodgins office. Oh, this will be a story to tell, won't it? Violet tells him that, it was exactly as he said, that she has many burns over her body. But then asks if she has any right to be an Auto Memory Doll? Does she have any right to live? These were questions that were asked once before, but the context to those questions have changed. Hodgins can see that and fights back his own tears. He tells her that one cannot erase the past, but...
-And before Hodgins can answer, we get a montage of all the people Violet has helped throughout this series, and those that helped her, as well. From Spencer and Luculia having their relationship repaired, to Charlotte and her fiancé understanding their true love for one another, to Oscar, finding a way to break free from the chains of his own past, to Leon, taking his own steps to a future of his own. All people who she has helped, and has helped her in return.
-Hodgins completes his sentence, telling Violet that everything she did as an Auto Memory Doll, won't disappear either. End episode!
You know, if it wasn't for the fact that we have four more episodes left, I think this would have been a brilliant season finale. It hits all the checkpoints a finale should have, like the main character begin given doubt over their mission or something in their life, to hitting the lowest point in their own life, to finding out that they have made some sort of difference, effecting change in others as well as in themselves, to allow them to grow and become the person they want to be.
Sorry if this didn't seem very funny, but this was a rather somber, emotional episode. Not a lot of things to joke about as a result. Unless I wanted to go super dark or really mean, and I just didn't have it in myself to go that far.
So now the question is, what happens with Violet now? She has grown as a person, from her time as a tool of war, to a Doll that connects people together. Though there are some things she doesn't know, like what the words "I love you" mean, I suspect she'll know that all too soon. I guess that will be the season finale, when she finally learns the meaning behind those words.
In other less emotional news, I'm still lacking a series to talk after this. I've got the two I've mentioned before, Pretty Cure and Iron-Blooded Orphans, but if anybody else has another suggestion they want to throw out, I'd be interested in seeing what it can offer. Assuming I haven't seen it already, that is. Though depending on the series, I may decide to cheat it anyway.
But that's all for now. Until next time, remember, we are defined by our past, the good and the ill, and it is up to us to look upon those lessons to define our own future. Or just ignore all the bad parts and do whatever you want with your future.
3 days agoCaButler
In FGO, I tend to do random FP pulls, which works now since I have so many thanks to the anniversary, but I get a lot of FP points because people love Waver and love Mama Raikou. But during one of my FP pulls, something unusual happened.
I got me the Angry Man, who is completely useless to me since I have Jalter. Though maybe if I paired him up with Emiya Assassin, it'll work.
In Girls Frontline, I keep at it even though I'm just skipping so much of the story. It is rather uninteresting. But hey, cute personifications of guns! It's an NRA's dream come true... if they were also into anime. Like any other gacha game, you can roll for T-Dolls, as they are called here, but you have to use in-game resources that, while you can purchase, are replenished automatically at a specific rate, though completing daily quests and doing other achievements will replenish it faster. You simply spend what you want and let the factory do the rest, though it is on a cooldown timer and you have to purchase gems to unlock more slots. This is how they get you.
Anyway, some of the designs are interesting. Aside from the ones I put into the gallery, they also have this:
I get a 50's style gangster vibe from this one here, which is why I think the design works for the weapon she uses. Anyway, I don't think I see myself recommending it to anybody. I just play on it when I'm waiting for the AP in FGO to refill. Got to get me the mats for the summer servants.
Lastly, as mentioned in the journal title, anime is weird, and two for this season really show why that is, but not for the reasons you think.
First, we have the anime Planet With, which is written by the same guy who wrote Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer. Yup, he's getting his own original anime. And here's one of the early scenes in episode one.
Just so we're clear, this is not a comedy show, though there are some comedy elements to it, it's very downplayed. Now look at the above image again and try to make sense of it.
The next is the anime Revue Starlight, which is a series about a bunch of girls learning to put on theater plays.
If you think that's weird, then you should know that the director is a protege of Ikurhara, and the influence shows in the first episode alone. And me just saying that should tell you that the above image with the giraffe is going to be the least weird thing this show has to offer. Get out those Ikurhara bingo cards out, folks, we're in for one hell of a ride.
Of course, both shows are going to get strong recommendations from me based on the first episode alone of each show. Planet With already has it's second episode and it's just as strong, while Revue Starlight will be later this week. I can't wait until they explain that the giraffe is actually a pink haired pretty boy trapped as a giraffe because he didn't bring about the revolution of the world because of some stupid penguins.
Oh, and more images in the gallery, if you made it this far.
5 days agoCaButler
Well, you do now!
This is being declared as a fan film by those involved, but I see what this really is. It's a pitch to make an Uncharted film with Filion as Drake. And after seeing this, I can totally see that being the case. So get on this, Sony!
In F/GO news, if you check out the news section in the app, we're getting the Camelot 2 banner as soon as the anniversary event ends. It's going to run until 08/01. This is a rather long time for a rate up banner, so either we're getting some overlap with the Summer event (which I predict to start next week), or we're waiting until August. Either way, the wait continues. Though we are getting a 1/2 AP free quest week for all our farming needs. Need to get lots of Fool's Chains for Ozy.
In FEH, I'm still taking my shot at the second summer banner. I've gotten three five stars from it... and not a single one of them were the summer servants. Like, seriously? Seriously!? What kind of terrible good luck is that? I'll keep trying, but come on!
And lastly, images have been posted for your viewing pleasure.
1 week agoCaButler
Hello everybody and welcome to our next exciting episode of Violet Evergarden, the show about a girl suddenly learning all the human emotions at once, and came crashing down as a result.
In our last episode, Violet's latest client is a playwright by the name of Oscar, who is working on his first play in a very long time. It's a Children's story, which seems to have a deep connection to him, but the man himself appears to be lost, aimless, and going through the motions. During his time with Violet, though, who is very interested in the play, he begins to see his late daughter in her, who herself had dreams of her own before dying of an unknown illness. She was happy and full of life, and with Violet's help, is able to drive his story towards the happy ending, getting his own in the form of Violet trying to cross a lake. It didn't end as he hoped, but it was enough to give him something he lacked in a very long time. Hope and motivations.
As for Violet, all those human emotions that she knew little of came crashing down hard as she comes to regret her actions in the war, with all the lives she took. On her way home, she runs into Lady Evergarden, who is happy to see how far Violet has grown and thinks Major Gilbert can rest in peace. This, however, bothers Violet, because she was under the assumption that the major was alive. When she confronts Hodgins, all he can say is that they found her alone, and that the major was missing in action and presumed dead. Violet clings onto this as her only hope, running out of the post office, lost in her own direction once more.
How will Violet recover from this? Will Hodgins be able to correct his mistake? Let's tune in and find out.
-Our episode begins with the first meeting between Major Gilbert and Violet as Diethard explains that he picked her up on the northern front. And as she doesn't have a name, he's been calling her "You". Yes, Diethard, we've already established that your jackass. No need to shove it down our throats further. He pushes her head down, telling her to say hello, which Gilbert isn't a fan of. He takes hold of Violet in her arms, calls his brother a fool, saying that he can't treat a child like that. Diethard, however, disagrees. She is no child, but a weapon. A tool for the purpose of war.
-As Major Gilbert doesn't trust his brother as far as he can throw him, he agrees to take her in. Diethard is happy to hear that, as he's already made arrangements with the army. We get a brief point of view shot from Violet, looking up at the major's stern face, though it appears out of focus, as if she's having trouble seeing. I'm sure that won't be important later.
-Looks like we're getting an origin episode here. After the opening, we start off at the Department of the Navy in Leidenschaftlich. We're actually in the present day as Violet has come here to speak with Diethard. She's told off, but she stays firm, because she needs to ask him something important. The guard attempts to grab her, but she easily throws him on his ass, as if she was just brushing off a fly. All this screaming and excitement brings out Diethard, who takes a look at the situation and sees who's here for him. Upon seeing Violet, he orders the guards to stand down, unless he wants to die. You really do have a low opinion of Violet, don't you?
-Diethard demands to know why Violet is there. Violet turns to face him, but Diethard takes one look at his guard and has his own comment for Violet.
-You are just asking to be punched in the face one day, Diethard. Good thing Violet doesn't care about that. Instead, she wants to know the truth, if Major Gilbert is missing in action? Deithard actually has a shocked expression on his face for a moment before having his angry expression back on. He didn't think Violet was unaware of this. As he's about to say Gilbert is dead, Violet quickly stops him, yelling that such a thing can't be true, that the major is alive, and is verging on so many different emotional states that she's just an absolute mess. I'd probably go with rage at the moment.
-Diethard, who's smart enough to be a good distance away from Violet, wants to know why she's acting like this? After all, she was only a tool to him, that's all she was. So how can she be sad? Well, you see, there's this thing called growth, where a person, over time, due to their environment, is able to change and grow, allowing them to feel things they've never felt before, in order to understand their own feelings, memories, and changes. Basically, Diethard, you're an idiot fool too set in his ways. Also, you're a jerk.
-Back at the post office, Cattleya is letting Hodgins have it for telling Violet the truth. He thought she could accept it, but Cattleya has her own opinion on the matter.
-I don't think you can actually say that to your boss, even if you are dating him. And Cattleya keeps going, because of course Hodgins doesn't understand how women feel. Hodgins actually feels like Cattleya is going to punch him in the face, which he probably deserves, but instead, she's been ordered to go find Violet. I guess we know who's actually running the company here.
-As for Violet, we see that she's on a train, heading for who knows where. As night turns to day, we see her at a station that is being built, with Violet wandering down the tracks, aimlessly, looking for some direction. We then cut to a mansion onto a snowy hill. Turns out, this is another flashback as Major Gilbert arrives with the young Violet, confusing the maid. Gilbert walks in, Violet close by, telling the maid to draw a bath and a change of clothes for Violet. Confused, the maid asks what she should tel the madam, as she's currently at the mansion in Leiden? There's nothing to say, for he's just looking after this girl for the time being. Well, that's less work for the maid, so she reaches for Violet to lead her to the bath, but Violet is in her wild state and starts biting the helping hand. I think that will be her first lesson.
-Sometime later, the maid was able to get Violet changed, but she was struggling the entire time. Gilbert seems a bit remorseful, but still leaves Violet in her care, telling her to take Violet to the parole once she's eaten. You don't like your maid very much, do you, Gilbert? Later that night, Violet awakens to find the major standing over him, a coat in hand. She reacts as if he's attacking and quickly moves away, but Gilbert doesn't seem phased by it. He tells her that she needs to use a blanket or she'll catch a cold. She was sleeping on the ground, using a cover as a bed. It's going to be a long winter, isn't it?
-Sometime later, Violet is running through the house and is about to go outside when Major Gilbert comes in. Apparently she's been looking all over for him. Apparently, she wouldn't even eat if he wasn't around. You got yourself a very clingy girl, Gilbert. Make sure to hide the knives. Sometime later, Major Gilbert is speaking with a high ranking officer. He's says that they can't bring Violet to the front lines, as she's too unstable. Apparently she was ordered to the front by the top brass, who saw what she's capable of doing on the training grounds. As far as they're concerned...
-If only he saw what would become of Violet a few years down the line. But in the end, orders are orders, and they must be followed. Gilbert still thinks this isn't a good idea, but his superior officer tells him not to get so worked up and exploit this orphaned girl as much as he can, then dump her on the battlefield when she's no longer useful. Wow, I'm actually not surprised at how brazen the brass is here. Gilbert continues to object but he's shut down. He has no time for his new found morality. And with that, he's dismissed. Seriously, there is something wrong with this army if they think exploiting Violet was such a good idea.
-In the next scene, we're told that the United Gardarik Army has begun advancing to Bociaccia, so they placed a defensive line along the capital city of Capria. At this point, they're in a war of attrition. And with the enemy outnumbering them two to one, they would lose that war. To make matters worse, while their line is holding, the enemy has brought cannons to the front line, which has caused a drop in morale from the soldiers. So Major Gilbert is being tasked with taking out the cannons. Hopefully it won't be a suicidal run, but it'll be tough.
-Later, Major Gilbert is speaking with Violet. He tells her to stay here and not to move until he gets back. Soon, the unit is attempting to get behind enemy lines, but run into an enemy guard. Gilbert is about to give an order to take out the guard, but he doesn't get the chance as Violet shows off exactly what she can do, taking out the enemy guards quickly and quietly... until one of the lanterns falls to the ground and starts setting the place on fire. So much for stealth. Gilbert doesn't know how to take this at first, but he just gets angry and orders his forces to attack. Violet gets right to work, showing herself to be a one-woman army, taking out the enemy left and right, all while the forest burns around her. Gilbert is clearly distraught by this, as this was exactly what he was hoping to avoid. Damn the generals!
-Back in the present, Violet appears to be going through that same battlefield now, still walking aimlessly until she finally reaches her destination. The mansion that was on the snowy hill. Except it isn't snowing now, but Violet herself looks like she's been through hell.
-There, the maid recognizes Violet. Not certain what to expect, Violet is the one that speaks first, asking for Major Gilbert. The maid cannot answer at first until sometime later, she shows her Gilbert's grave. Violet collapses in front of it, reading the name on the tombstone, unable to fully compute what is happening. She recalls when the major gave her the name "Violet", and how he thinks she would grow into a person worthy of it. This is also when Gilbert learns that Violet can actually talk, as she repeats the name to the major, then his rank.
-Gilbert is a bit surprised but happy that Violet can talk. Though she's still having some issues as she points to herself as major. Oh, they're so cute when they're young and not killing on the battlefield. Looks like Gilbert decides that she doesn't have to be a tool and helps her grow. First, by having her read a children's book. From there, it's teaching her how to write. Sometime later, at camp, Violet shows off her report to the major. He's pleased with it, so from now on, she's to write a daily report to him about whatever she's done that day. Violet in the past understands that and will write a report daily, because it's orders from the major, and they are not to be disobeyed.
-In the present, all of these memories, as well as the words from Hodgins about Gilbert's ultimate fate, come swarming in all at once. Oh, this is going to be a very long day indeed. In another flashback, Gilbert is on the streets with Violet, explaining to her that it's Thanksgiving, and the people are celebrating after being liberated from the Gardarik forces, for they were occupied by them for three years. And it was all thanks to the Violet, the murder machine of murder death. Yay!
-It's apparently a tradition in this town to give gifts to those you are thankful to, so Gilbert asks Violet if there is anything she wants? Okay, if it's an order, Violet will select something. Except it isn't an order, it's just a way for him to express his thanks towards her. This whole thing just confuses Violet. Still, he wants to thank her for all the fighting, and he stops himself there as he takes a look at her knees and neck, seeing the scars from the constant battles she's been in. Realizing that his foot is very much in his mouth, he suggests they talk a walk. I'm sure that will make the conversation less awkward.
-During the walk, Violet asks Gilbert if he knows what would be appropriate for her to ask for? He thinks about it for a moment. A girl Violet's age would want dresses or accessories, so Violet agrees to that. This gets Gilbert to smile, since that's such a typical Violet thing to do. We then get the shot of the two walking from back in episode one, which lead to her finding the Emerald Brooch, which has the color of Gilbert's eyes. And thanks to what we know before, the scene takes on a whole other meaning. The shopkeeper, realizing that she has a potential sale, talks up the brooch and how beautiful it is. Sadly, this isn't a word Violet is familiar with, and asks if it's similar to pretty? Yup, though the shopkeeper would probably say anything to get that sale going. They're always pushing their wares.
-Sometime later, after Gilbert has purchased it, he asks Violet if she wouldn't want the one that matches her eyes? Violet is happy with her choice, for it was the most beautiful one. She never knew the word before, hence why she never spoke it, but now that she knows what the word means, she's finally able to say it to Gilbert.
-Sounds like love at first sight to me. Gilbert is shocked by this comment and has no idea what to say. So instead, he takes the brooch in and and places it on Violet to make her look pretty. She's thankful for it, but Gilbert is raging, and it's pretty obvious why, too. Sometime later, we're at the Western Front at Obergerg, at the Leidenschaftlich Army Headquarters. We see a familiar looking person walking the grounds as various other troops talk about what's been happening in the war. The Gardariks pulled back from the west coast, which makes them wonder if they'll be home by spring? They seem quite confident that the war will be ending soon.
-Up at the walls, Violet is staring at her brooch as Gilbert stands watch. That's when Hodgins, back when he had short hair, greets him. Gilbert salutes him, since Hodgins is a lieutenant colonel at this point. Hodgins, however, isn't comfortable with the rank and tells Gilbert not to address him like that, but Gilbert can't, given that he is of a higher rank. As Hodgins joins the major, he remarks how that cold attitude of his seems so charming after not seeing him for a while. Gilbert expresses the same compliment to Hodgins, so apparently, in the colonel's case, they were actually sending him to places they could win without fighting. Apparently, Hodgins also comes from a high class family as they are an important financier to the military. Huh, you learn something new every day.
-But Gilbert thinks this is a good thing, and that Hodgins can't blame HQ for wanting to keep him safe. But that doesn't mean he likes being promoted like this. But still, as it's the two of them and nobody is really watching outside of Violet, Hodgins drops military procedure and wraps his arm around Gilbert, asking if he's been eating and sleeping well. Violet is about ready to murder this man touching her man, but Gilbert waves her off. He explains to her that, while he may be older, they were in the same class in officer school. Hodgins recognizes Violet, though, at the training grounds. The same one that saw her get sent to the front lines to get her murdering on. He's rather shocked to see her still here, though I imagine he was probably the lone descanter of high ranking officers who saw her in action and thought "Yes, she will kill well for us."
-Hodgins himself is rather disgusted that Violet is being used as a weapon, with him telling Gilbert that he should be using her skills in a more appropriate way. Violet reacts rather badly to this comment, causing Hodgins to apologize for the comment. That's when Gilbert tells him her name, since it's be rather inconvenient to call her "You" all the time. Hodgins then asks if he's taking her to retake the city of Intense. Seriously, they actually named it that? That is the plan, and if the operation succeeds, the enemy will crumble and will likely be the final fight. And there went up that death flag. Poor guy.
-Hodgins starts to leave, but before doing so tells Gilbert of his plans, to leave the army and start his own company. And he wants Gilbert to work for him, if he wants to. Gilbert doesn't like the idea of being an underling to Hodgins. As a joke, Hodgins says that he would just have to hire Violet instead. It's funny because the hindsight here will be hilarious. Gilbert, however, thinks that is a brilliant idea. I think I need to rewatch the first episode again because I feel like I'm missing something here.
-We soon see soldiers gearing up for this final battle. In his tent, Gilbert loads up his gun, but Violet comes in. She wants to know if Gilbert no longer needs her? She wants to know if, when she's dismissed, will she be transferred under Hodgins' command? Will she never receive orders from the major ever again? Yeah, now isn't the best time for this. They have a war to finish. Once that battle is done, they can talk about it later. And by later, he means never. And so, the final briefing takes place. They're going for the enemy headquarters in Intense, but it's surrounded by cliffs, making it a natural fortress. Attacking from the front is too difficult, so their artillery will bombard the enemy first. Once the enemy is distracted, they'll use the sewers to enter the city, rush to the cathedral, and take control of their headquarters. Once that is done, they'll send up a flare to signal the rest of their forces to charge, and with that, the operation will be completed.
-And with that, the battle begins. Hodgins is involved, as well, leading the artillery, keeping him as far from the battle as possible. Once the first bombs drop, the battle begins in earnest. Violet takes the lead, clearing a path for the soldiers. They are soon pin down by enemy fire, giving Gilbert time to get a SITREP on his unit. Squads 1 and 2 are doing fine, but Squads 3 and 4 lost half their men and will need help. Gilbert then gives out the orders. Squads 1 and 2 will secure the perimeter and draw the enemy reinforcements in. The remaining Squads will come with him to take control of the cathedral. Move out!
-The battle intensifies as the city burns. Hodgins is counting on Gilbert to complete the task. They soon reach the main room of the cathedral, but it seems empty. Violet soon realizes it's a trap and drags the major out of the way as the rest of the soldiers are mowed down, leaving only them. Which is more than enough to deal with this rabble. They soon get right to work, dealing with the enemy inside while the remaining squads deal with the outside. Both Gilbert and Violet are looking quite beat up, but Gilbert keeps going, launching his flare into the air, giving the signal. Interesting how the flare almost sounded like a gun shot.
-Though I may have been foreshadowing a bit, because the Major does get shot. This is after launching the flare, though. He turns and smiles to Violet just in time to get a bullet to the head, though it may have defected off his helmet. But no, I'm wrong. Went right into the eye. How lovely. Violet is shocked to see that happen as Intense burns up in flame... CUE CREDITS!
What a cliffhanger ending. But are they going to drag this out for the remainder of the series? We have five more episodes after this. This just seems like season finale material to me. But we're learning more about Gilbert, Violet, and Hodgins, as well as witnessing the final battle of the war, as well as the final battle for those three.
With so many different emotions going through her mind, how will Violet deal with them now, in the present? Will she understand the last words Gilbert said to her at the end? Will she be able to cope with his loss? Tune in on Friday to find out.
Until next time, remember, when launching a signal flare, always make sure to check your surroundings, just to make sure there are no enemy soldiers there waiting to shoot you in the eye.
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And she's just as scary in person.
So at AX, at the Aniplex booth, they had Gudako show up as a special appearance, where she proceed to beat up on Albert for the lack of SQ and five stars. Poor Albert.
I watched the stream and was kind of disappointed they didn't announce a release date for the summer banners. One would think, given how long we've been waiting for them, they would have had solid dates for them. Either we're getting them next week, after the anniversary ends, or in two weeks, with next week being the Camelot 2 banner.
Oh, and I posted some new images, Go comment on them or else I'll be sad.
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Hello everybody and welcome to our next exciting episode of Violet Evergarden, the show about a girl looking for love and being loved by random people up in a mountain. You know, one of those types of shows.
In our last episode, instead of getting a follow up with the confrontation with Major Gilbert's Brother, we instead have Violet, as well as several other AMDs, go up to a mountain observatory to help preserve some old texts and manuscripts with their fellow transcribers. Violet is paired up with Leon, somebody who has lived there for a long time, and has some resentment towards AMDs and women in general. Long story short, his mother was an entertainer (not that kind) and fell in love with a man while in town. They married, had Leon, but then the father disappeared, as he was tasked with collecting texts and it wasn't always safe. The mother went out to find him and never came back, leaving Leon to himself.
During the two weeks together, Leon starts falling for Violet, but comes to recognize that she is actually in love with somebody else, even if she doesn't understand it herself. Still, she continues to grow, and thanks to her list, helps Leon grow as a person, too. But will this help Violet understand the meaning of "I Love you"? And will we get a proper resolution with Major Gilbert's brother? Let's tune in and find out.
-Our episode begins at a play, where two actors overact quite badly. Going to mark this low on my Yelp review. We see Erica is in the crowd, who is enraptured by the play, with Iris next to her, looking rather bored. The play reaches it's final line, with the crowd giving it a standing ovation. Well, I guess having a play so shortly after the war, anything will be good. Still, two out of five, would not recommend.
-At the post office, Erica starts talking about the play and says that Violet should have come. However, if they're talking about the play know as the Red Devil (or Red Demon, as the dub calls it), then she's reading it right now. Erica, however, is a bit jealous, because she would have loved to scribe for Oscar Webster, the person who wrote the play. And apparently, Violet is his Doll. Erica herself is jealous, since it means Violet can read the new works first. Apparently, this will be his first work in a while and she can't wait to see how it turns out. Hopefully it'll involve better actors than the last play.
-Violet reaches the last page and says the last line, giving a better read than the guy we just saw, but she just gets blank stares from Erica and Iris.
-Everybody is a critic. After the opening we're in Hodgins' office, handing off the letter requests to Cattleya. It's a rather large number, and it's all thanks to Violet and the love letter situation some time ago. Apparently, she's been getting more requests now. But that's when Cattleya decides to bring up the uncomfortable subject about Major Gilbert. Has he spoken to her about it yet? Nope, because that's a subject Hodgins isn't ready to deal with yet. That fallout will be epic. The reason Cattleya brings it up is through concern, as she notices that Violet is lost in thought lately. Though I imagine she gives that look all the time, she's probably been around her long enough to catch some of the little things Violet does.
-Next, we're on a boat, hopefully not doing a bad rap song, as it approaches the Roswell Region of Genetrix. Violet is here to fulfill another request, and boy, does she have to go far. Her client is apparently living out in the middle of nowhere, living in a house that looks a bit rundown and appears abandoned. Still, Violet knocks on the door a couple of times until she finally gets an answer from the person inside. He looks rather disheveled and appeared that he was going to ask Violet to leave until he got a good look at her and was just stunned. Why, yes, your yard is terrible, but that isn't the point right now.
-Violet gives her usual on the job greeting while this new person takes over narration. Turns out, he requested Violet because she has the same colored hair as the girl he wanted to see again. Okay, I think I don't want to hear his thoughts anymore. And apparently, the name causes him great sadness that he can't speak it outloud. Violet, I know your a badass ex-soldier, but I think this is one of those times you just want to turn and walk away. This guy is crazy!
-Oh, and if you thought the yard was bad, wait until you get a look at the inside. It's possibly worse. The client quickly cleans up a bit, commenting on his own surprise as he wasn't expecting such a child like Violet. Seriously, she does not look fourteen to me at all. Violet takes it as him being unsatisfied with her and offers to have another Doll come. Violet, why are you so mean to your co-workers? The client declines the request. As long as Violet types, she'll do. His health hasn't been the best lately, as show when he grabs a bottle but starts shaking rather badly. Violet reaches over and places a hand on his. But no, she isn't offering comfort. She's telling him not to drink alcohol while they work.
-...Oh, right, this is the playwright, Oscar. I have no idea why I forgot about him. Anyway, Oscar says he can't write unless he drinks, but Violet corrects him. She'll be the one doing the writing. Whatever, as Oscar takes a swig and says they'll start tomorrow. Violet, who is very blunt about her opinions, decides to give hers.
-Violet is not interested in taking any of your crap, mister. But she's a professional and doesn't let it linger, asking if they'll be doing the writing in this mess of a room. Yes, or on the terrace, depending on Oscar's mood. He does have a study, but it's a little too cramped. Can't imagine why. In any case, Violet is ready to work and takes off her gloves, revealing her metal hands. In an unusual twist, Oscar is only mildly curious and doesn't give a shocked, horrified expression on his face. He asks what happens and she answers honestly. Still, I get this suspicion that his new main character is going to feature a character that's very similar to Violet. Just a hunch, really.
-We get a time passage shot outside as we see what Violet has done.
-I hope you charge extra for that, Violet. After this, she asks if Oscar has any type paper. Nope. She needs to go buy some at the store at the port. Oh, and he wants dinner, too. Oh, the hours that Violet will be charging this guy. Though any thoughts of that are quickly dashed by this comment from Violet.
-And this is what happens when you request Violet. She is a no-nonsense type who will listen to your requests but won't go beyond her operating parameters. Too bad Oscar decides now is a good time to fall asleep. And Violet is actually getting agitated by him. Shocking, I know. So Violet ends up going into town, getting the ingredients for dinner. Except she has a problem.
-It's going to be one of those days, isn't it? So the store owner explains it to her, but she's still just as confused, so sometime later, she actually gets instructions, and back at the house, we see her preparing the meal. Turns out, she kind of sucks at breaking open the eggs. It's fine. Not everybody gets it right initially. Oscar shows up, confused, and finds out that she's giving her hand at cooking. This is either going to go really well or really bad. Though we see the meal and it looks normal, but it's all in a lump. Still, Oscar gives it a try and decides to give it a passing grade. Though he wonders why she isn't eating and asks. She'll have something later. Oscar stares at the empty chair in front of him, looking sad and a bit lonely. Violet stares at him, noticing the look, and is probably trying to determine just how difficult he will be.
-Sometime later, Oscar is going through his cabinets, looking for something. We see that he found a bottle of alcohol, hidden behind other items. Violet goes to confront him, and when he asks where all the alcohol went...
-First, well done, Violet. Second, why are we going with this shot? It makes her look like a horror movie villain. Finally, she would be the worst person to be marooned on an island for Captain Jack. Anyway, as far as Violet is concerned, Oscar getting drunk is bad, because it'll hinder the writing process. Also, drinking alcohol in excess is not good for his health. She then takes the bottle she apparently missed out of his hand, telling him that she will keep these in her possession. Oh, Oscar, you are in for a world of pain.
-And so the writing process begins, but we catch it in the middle. Oscar is reciting the lines to the play as Violet diligently types away. Looks like we're going with another fantasy play. Oscar also gives the stage directions and other side notes to Violet. If anybody has read a play script before, you know exactly what these are. Violet, of course, is totally in for this play. In the play, Olive, the main character, needs to cross a burning valley to get to a sword, so a water spirit will come by to help out because why not? Though that sounds like a Deus Ex Machina, to me, but maybe Olive helped out the water spirit before. Oh, right, Violet. She's really into this play and comments about the last line, glad to know that Olive will be able to cross it. Hooray!
-Anyway, the burning fire is extinguished, but Violet asks how that will happen? Well, if the red cloth acting as the fire gets pulled in, then there you go. Violet understands, getting a little insight into how this all works. During this pause, Oscar asks for her opinion on the play so far. Honestly? Even though she didn't go through it, she feels like she's experiencing it. Hey, if you can pull in the viewers, you're doing the job right. Violet finds herself feeling much like Olive, the main character, who also happens to be female. Geez, I can't imagine why that's the case.
-Violet explains all the emotions she's feeling when listening and reading, but can't understand why. Oscar smiles, though, but he's gettin the best kind of compliment, and explains to her that she's feeling what Olive is feeling, that she's beginning to identify with her. She feels empathy with Olive. And after that, Oscar is relieved that she feels that way. This is his first time writing a play meant for children, which is probably not an easy task. Might also explain why the Water Spirit just show up out of nowhere. Violet, who's totally informed this story and asks what happens next? Well, seems like, during her travels, Olive will lose her power to speak with the spirits. Violet is shocked, shocked, I tell you! How will Olive return home? She already lost her boat, after all. Wow, to make Violet feel like that, Oscar must be quite the playwright.
-Still, Violet's question gets Oscar thinking. He hasn't actually come up with that part yet. This is unacceptable to Violet. He must come up with the answer, or else Violet can't return to her waiting father. Though this comment seems to have an effect on Oscar, who looks sadden. Still, Violet presses for an answer, but Oscar doesn't give one. He stands up and takes a look outside. Damn this weather! It's too good! He apparently went outside at some point, which seemed like a very weird cut. Weren't they inside just before? Do not do what you guys did with Beyond the Boundary, what with it's confusing cuts, okay? That is not acceptable!
-Violet joins Oscar, holding a small parasol in her arms, asking what it is. Oscar answers, but makes me wonder why she asks? Because it's beautiful to her. And now we get a sudden flashback to a girl holding that parasol. After experiencing this random flashback, Oscar decides to take a little break. He'll need to go find his secret, secret stash. Except Violet already found that, so he just wallows in sadness and pity inside of his room, staring at a picture who's face is blurred out. I'm sure that won't be important later.
-Oscar stares outside, seeing Violet playing around with the parasol because why not? This triggers a flashback for Oscar, with a young girl who looks suspiciously like a younger Violet in the same parasol proposing to show Oscar one day. But this isn't a happy memory for him as he storms out of the house and yells at Violet, knocking the parasol out of her hands. He tells her to stop, but as she begins to apologize, he decides that he's had enough and tells her to go home. Yeah, no, Violet doesn't like this for one simple reason.
-I'm glad to know where your priorities lie, Violet. She's also being rather vocal about this, too, which is unusual to see from present-day Violet. She wants to see Olive's story complete, but then asks Oscar what he's hiding from her in his heart? This gets him to stop as she says that she's unable to sense the feelings of another person and apologize for any rudeness she may have done. We get a long pause as Oscar looks guilty, then to the parasol, then back to Violet. He admits that he can't write anymore, but can't let it end like this, either. No wrier worth his salt would ever leave a story unfinished... unless it was really, really bad. then you just rewrite the whole thing all over again.
-But this is why Oscar wanted to do this play. He wanted to finish the story he told Olivia. Oh, so that's who his main character is. Violet is confused at first, but we learn that Olivia is actually Oscar's daughter. Dun dun dun! After a cut that seems like a good place to put in a commercial, Oscar explains that, after losing his wife to illness, he moved here with his daughter. I originally had a theory that Olivia was actually Violet, but that theory is shot immediately as we see the color of Olivia's eyes. They're brown, while Violet's is blue. Then again, it isn't unusual for a person's eye color to change. I used to have green eyes, now they're this grey/bluish color.
-We get shots of the two living together here, which was their summer home. Oscar believes she was sad in not having a mother, but she never showed it. But rather, she would always help her so she can focus on her work. He then adds that his daughter's favorite things were silly frilled parasols and waterbirds. In a flashback, Olivia sees a waterbird skim the lake and she admits to being jealous, wanting to cross the lake, as well. She wonders if she can try walking on the leaves floating, but Oscar says that only if the wind carries her with her parasol. Suddenly, a gust of wind comes in, nearly blowing the parasol out of Olivia's hands. Oscar worries for his daughter, but she says she's fine. But she will cross this lake one day and promises to show him. Cute daughter is cute!
-Though it appears all good things come to an end. For you see, Olivia herself was also sick and possibly dying. Against the advise of the doctors, Oscar brought his daughter back here, to be happy one more time. He was happy to see her smile again, on those quiet, warm days. In this flashback, we see a weakened, but smiling, Olivia, sitting beside her father on a bench, looking out towards the lake. She then closes her eyes and rests her head on his shoulders, never to open them again. This is symbolized by her fading away, leaving Oscar truly alone. Does everybody Violet has met have a tearjerker backstory?
-In the present, Oscar asks why God took away something so precious to him? And as you expect, this hits close to home for Violet. We see her clenching her fists, and on her face, we see her shedding tears, knowing how sad and painful it is, but only now learning the true meaning behind such feelings. Later that night, Violet is in the guest room and tries to eat the Emerald Brooch again. Why is that a character tic for her? But there's a knock on the door. It's Oscar, and he came to apologize for his actions earlier that day. Violet says it isn't his fault, for she was the one who lost her composure. I know, that seems weird, but if you think about it, she did. She really, really likes that story.
-Oscar vows to finish the story, that Olive will reach home and reunite with her father. No matter how difficult the adventure, she will get her happy ending. As a result, both Olive and the audience will be happy. As long as the story makes sense, that is. But Violet is all in for this. The next day, Oscar is getting to the ending as we see him and Violet outside, enjoying the nice day. Still, they are nearing the ending, but Oscar is at a loss. How do they get Olive home from here? Violet suggests taking a plane. Lady, this is a fantasy story. What madman includes planes in a fantasy story?
-Still, Oscar isn't totally against the idea. It just needs to be more imaginative. Violet looks out to the lake and sees the birds there and suggests "Maybe she can turn into a bird and fly home?" This actually helps out Oscar a lot, but in a different direction. Oscar suggests that she can fly using a parasol, but Violet remarks that one cannot fly with a parasol. Sure, in reality, but this is fiction and we can do anything, so long as it makes sense. Here, the wind spirit will appear to Olive one last time, telling her to open her parasol. He gets Violet to open up the parasol they have there, continuing the line from the Wind Spirit. Violet is totally in for this.
-With that, Olive is able to return home and reunite with her father. But he lingers on what the first thing they say when they're reunited. Oscar goes through a couple of lines, with Violet suggesting she has writer's block again. And she won't be bringing out the sledgehammer again to help. Still, Oscar feels like he's on a roll and needs help, so he instructs Violet to help him visualize it. And if she can, to walk on the fallen leaves. She gets right on that. No! Wait! He wasn't being serious.
-Oscar gives chase, but Violet looks posed to cross the lake with the parasol. Oscar stares at her, a bit confused, but then we see Violet take her run and leaps into the air, visualizing the last bit for Oscar.
-Though I have a different work in mind when I see this. As Violet makes her leap, Oscar hears Olivia promising to walk across the lake one day. And Kyoani shows off once again.
-Granted, it's in slow motion, but all those colors! But seeing Violet, who looks a lot like his daughter, causes Oscar to tear up, wishing he could hear Olivia say those things to him a thousand times more. He recalls her birth, her first steps, her first stuffed animal, the parasol, them spending time together, all the way to her final moments. How he wishes for her to have grown up, to live, something she wished for. In his mind, Olivia reaches out to him, giving him that warm, knowing smile, before leaving once more. As for Violet?
-A ninja you are not, Violet. Still, that was an impressive leap. She asks if Oscar was able to see it, but he's too busy being a blubbering mess. Yeah, the remainder of the session is going to be quite difficult. In narration, Oscar says that, after granting him this miracle, he told her that he didn't believe there is a god, but if there were, it would be you. Yeah, let's not try ascending anybody to godhood quite yet, okay? Okay.
-At the port, Violet is returning to the post office, but Oscar is seeing her off. And he has a gift for her. The parasol that belonged to his daughter. She's a bit surprised by this, but laments that she couldn't fly further. But Oscar was satisfied with what he saw, because she was able to fulfill Olivia's wish for one day. Violet lingers on this for a moment, but the sound of the horn on the boat means it's time to leave. Violet gets into business mode and thanks Oscar for using their AMD service, but like with Leon before, she has a smile on her face. And with that, the two part ways, as is the case for an AMD and their client.
-On the boat, Violet is in her cabin, lost in thought. As she closes her eyes to sleep, she recalls the words from Diethard from a couple of episodes ago. Hey, we're actually going back to that! Maybe. Because in a flashback, Hodgins is telling Violet that her body is on fire and she doesn't realize it, because of the things she did. Though what's interesting about this flashback is that Violet is in her Doll getup, which is what she wasn't wearing when this scene took place. When she tries to deny it, Hodgins stops her, saying that she'll understand one day. And the background change to that of a battlefield, filled with the bodies of the dead. There, she stares at her hands, covered in blood, but is then covered up hand, causing her to wake up.
-Awoken by the dream, Violet clutches onto the Emerald Brooch, calling for Major Gilbert, recalling their final moments together. She asks herself if she's allowed to live after killing so many? Hasn't she taken so many "one day" wishes? She breaks down, head in hands, lamenting that those very same people also had loved ones. Oh man, she's cracking and it's going to be bad.
-In a conversation with herself, Violet, in her head, says she isn't burning, but present day Violet says that she is. They argue like this for a moment before present day Violet says she can feel the fire spreading across her body from all the things she's done. Oh dear. I hope Hodgins gets to her first before something terrible happens.
-Back home, Violet gets off the port just in time to run into Lady Evergarden, who is happy to see her. Violet is in a sorrowful mood and apologizes for her past actions, for it was never her attention to offend her. Lady Evergarden says that she doesn't have to apologize for anything, but she's thankful to see how far she's come, and she's sure Gilbert can rest in peace.
-...Wait, what? Violet lingers on the "rest in peace" line. Oh, this was the worst possible thing that could happen. At the post office, Violet storms Hodgins' office, catching him by surprise. She is furious, though she doesn't actually show it, accusing him of lying to her. She demands to know the truth, if the Major is safe and alive. She wants to know that he's alive, right? Oh, Violet, this is going to end so badly for you.
-Hodgins finally admits that Gilbert isn't alive. At the Final Battle of Intense (seriously, that's a city name?), they found Violet alone on the ground under a church. It's likely that Major Gilbert pushed her away right before it was bombarded. While they didn't find his body, they did find his ID tag under the debris. As a result, he's listed as missing in action. Oh, so he may not actually be dead, then? That works for Violet, though. Hodgins, however, doesn't want her to keep her hopes up for something that likely isn't true and tries to get her to see that, but Violet is so far gone that she refuses to accept or understand that. Like how she could be the only one to survive? The Major was there with her to the end.
-Hodgins, trying to provide some comfort, reaches out for Violet, but she doesn't give him the chance. Instead, she runs out of the post office, running off to who knows where. Our end card, which usually has the last line from the person who spoke it last, is instead blank. Cue credits!
Well, this was an emotional episode, wasn't it? Though I think the visuals, combined with the music during the leaping scene, played a major factor in that. And also, the truth finally comes out that Major Gilbert is... missing in action and presumed dead. Violet, however, who decided now was the perfect time to have a break down, just heard the one thing she didn't want to hear at all. This will likely have terrible consequences for her, even when we're only halfway through the series! I guess they realized that they couldn't actually drag this out for a full season. I wonder how they'll resolve this and finish up the series?
And as we're halfway through the series, I have a question for those that have joined me this far. What show would you like me to do after this? Normally I have another show lined up at this point, but the one I had planned won't be released until next year. With that, I don't really have another show for now. As such, I'll take suggestions, though I'll add two myself.
One show I can take a look at is Futari wa Pretty Cure. The very first season, actually. I see a lot of people talk up the franchise itself and I decided it want to take a gander, though there are technically only two I can watch legally, and only one of them seems to remain intact with all episodes, which is the first season, which is on Crunchyroll.
Another show I can try is Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans. I never actually finished this series, and I've kinda wanted to see if I can. It's actually kind of weird because I think the only Gundam show I've watched to completion was Gundam Wing. I even have Gundam X but haven't even taken off the plastic for it yet.
But if anybody else has any other suggestions, I'll be more than happy to see if that's possible.
Until next time, remember, when you need to help visualize a scene, make sure to make it as accurate as possible, even if physics says otherwise.
1 week agoCaButler
For you are blessed to take part in the deadliest of all wars. The Waifu Wars.
May you somehow live through this terrible ordeal of death, soldier.
In other news, the second summer banner Heroes allude me. I can't tell if this is a good thin or a bad thing for the FGO Summer Banners, but I really, really want that Camilla..
1 week agoCaButler
Of course Tiki gets a second version for her younger self, just for that demographic. Otherwise, I got forty orbs to take my shots here. Especially for Carmilla.
With this summer banner, that means FGO's summer banner is coming up soon, and it's going to be a pain on the wallet. FEH typically isn't because it's very, very generous with it's Orbs. Still, we have to go through the Anniversary Week in FGO, then the second Camelot Banner, and that's assuming they don't run that banner with the summer event.
The Anniversary is suppose to run until the 17th, so it's entirely possible that the second Camelot banner will run at the tail end of the Anniversary banner, which is suppose to end on the 17th. So, unless they run the summer event right afterwards, I'm predicting the Summer event will start on or around the 24th and will run well into August, since the original event was close to a month long.
Oh, and don't forget to do the survey in the app to get a free summon ticket. In the field talking about collabs, what did you put down? I put down RWBY because I'm unoriginal, but in another place I go to, somebody suggested Game of Thrones. Which can work, when you think about it. What about you guys? Did you put in anything different?
Lastly, I put up some new images in the gallery to be enjoyed.
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
Valkyrie from FGO
A new servant we won’t get for another 2 years
Casual Saint is casual
The Queen of Shiba
Also another 2 year wait
Okay, who gave Nero a microphone?
JoJo Martha is here to kick arse for the Lord!
I wonder who will get that joke?
The goddesses out on a date.
Scathach the lancer
Will be just as hot as Assassin Scathach
Lucina cosplaying as Iris Heart
She must have lost a bet
This was pretty much my reaction to seeing Darkness dressed up like this, too.
Seriously, how do they stay in?
Mordred and Fran getting some excerise in for their beach adventure.
“Master! How do I look? And be honest, or I might get... upset~”
Cordelia in her own summer vacation.
“Master~! Come me have a drink with me! I don’t know what this is but it tastes great!”
“You know, I think I understand how some of the servants feel now.”
Tamamo the bikini Lancer.
Going to be whaling for her.
Questions answered by CaButler
Some Orange that lucked out due to how our electoral system works.
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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.