- Violet Evergarden
- Season 1
- Episodes: 13 x 24 minutes
- Keep watching: could have gone either way... eventually, "yes".
- One-line summary: semi-emotionless girl after the war
- I've since finished it and it's... mature, restrained, very good and not really what you'd call "fun".
It's mature, serious and sincere. However it's also downbeat, kind of pedestrian and has the heroine's guardian making decisions that I think we're meant to support, but I don't.
is a human weapon who fought in World War One (?) and lost her arms. She's from Leidenschaftlich, which is German for "passionate". I think that's ironic, or counterpoint or something. Violet sees herself as a tool, to be discarded when no longer useful. She never knew her parents. All she wants is to be with the major and to fight for him, which is unfortunate since the soldiers have all been sent home and it looks as if the major's dead anyway.
The bloke who's looking after her is Claudia. He's concerned and nice. He's effectively her new father. He gives her a job as a postman (and then has to stop her from delivering letters in the middle of the night). However he also keeps telling her that the major's still alive, which wouldn't have been my choice, personally. (Violet's a soldier, for goodness' sake. She'd understand better than anyone that people die in wartime.)
I could have gone either way. It looks intelligent and serious, but also humourless and a bit dull. It's beautifully animated and clearly a prestige project, but I wouldn't have lost any sleep if I'd dropped it. Reading some reviews, it looks as if different people have had very different reactions. Some people think its best episodes are so beautiful that the show's a must-watch despite its problems. Others find it a frustratingly written series that keeps shutting out Violet from her own story and infantilising her. After reading all that, I nearly dropped it... but, on reflection, I've decided that the show's strengths make it worth checking out. Maybe I'll agree that it's flawed. If so, I'll say so in my review, but if nothing else, this sounds like a work that deserves attention.
- Voice of Fox
- Kitsune no Koe
- Season 1
- Episodes: 12 x 13 minutes
- Keep watching: I didn't even finish this episode
- One-line summary: "ghost" singer/songwriter
It starts with a bloke on a rooftop considering suicide. "I valued singing more than anything, but now I can't sing at all." "It all started with that email."
We then see the world of super-famous pop idols, which looks so vapid that you'd think being part of it would be the better reason for suicide. Pointless TV shows! Photoshoots! Sycophantic interviews!
Our hero doesn't seem to be part of all that, though. He does various boring day jobs and he's not even good at them... but he's also the Night Fox, putting his songs online anonymously and doing guerilla broadcasts. Uh, right. I didn't care. I didn't see the point in any of it. Good luck with your songs, mate, but it doesn't matter, does it? (Of course there are lots of brilliant shows built on people trying to do something pointless and/or useless, but this show isn't one of those.) I was reaching for the fast-forward button after only seven minutes.