Oh boy, what a joy it is to be writing to you all about this fabulous addition to my collection. It may come as a surprise to you that a person would be this excited about reviewing a book; but, if you were as touched as I was when Violet Evergarden aired in the Winter of 2018, you may understand after all.
To think that after 3 exclusive releases, over the span of one and a half years, this art book has been recorded as owned by only 13 users. If you haven't already heard of this item or if you've forgotten about it, I hope that my article will inspire a few of you to consider buying the book (it is available through third parties, but at an inflated price).The Packaging:
It came packagedClick to hide in what I would consider the minimum amount of rigidity. To my surprise, the book was in perfect condition. Thanks, EMS!
The book is protected by a translucent slipcover. Printed on it are the title and gold ornamental bordering around Violet. If you were to remove the plastic cover, the book would lose those aspects of the design, but the book's covers return to their original colors: contrast-y and bold.
At the back of the book, and wrapping around the binding side, is a sheet printed with the back cover's image — reminiscent of what one would find included with a Japanese CD (if you've ever ordered one before). It includes all the typical document information (MSRP, ISBN, Catalog Number), two bar codes, and sticker of authenticity. Below, you can see the sticker is holographic.
Table of Contents:
In the interest of time, I will not be translating any of the text. Fear not, the chapter titles are also in English. If any chapter catches your eye, feel free to jump to it (CTRL + F, "Chapter Name Here")! I will be showing a lot of the pages from each chapter...
Chapter 1: Model Sheet of Characters
Our beloved "Vaioretto-san", the esteemed Major Gilbert, the beautiful Cattleya, the precious Luculia, Princess Charlotte, the loving father Oscar, the unforgettable Ann and her thoughtful mother Clara Magnolia...
I'm already crying.
Chapter 2: Model Sheet of Props
Much of the "fictional" world is explored in this chapter, though you'll find a lot of things were directly inspired by past centuries' tools and trinkets. Everything from Violet's Episode One trunk to the military equipment from the Great War is extensively depicted. If you're keen on seeing the detail that went into crafting the personal letters of Violet's nation, KyoAni show that aspect in remarkable detail...
Chapter 3: Machinery Design
So many of my favorite aspects of Violet's time period are shown here. Steam-powered trains, prop planes, and the gondola that Violet rides above the clouds. What a majestic world she experienced.
Chapter 4: Background Art
You're really in for a treat this chapter. Probably all the scenes from the show are depicted, in great detail. I've damn near included every page from this chapter... I just couldn't stop taking photos! Notable artworks include the streets of Leidenschaftlich, the nighttime marketplace where Gilbert and Violet shopped together, inside Violet's room at CH Postal Company, the Kingdom of Drossel, the Shahar Observatory, and most importantly Oscar's residence. Oh, how I wish I could be there...
In my lifetime, I have not known anyone that actively seeks out this feeling. It's strange, really — loving so much something that is so sad. Violet Evergarden is the epitome of what I've looked for in anime since the night I watched Your Name. (君の名は。) in a completely empty theater (occupants: 1, me). In some ways, it would have been better if I liked Naruto or My Hero Academia; at least those series got the merchandise attention they deserved. In any case, I bought this book as a reminder of how Violet's journey affected me. It was no surprise that Kyoto Animation thoroughly reviewed every aspect of the show in this setting collection book. With this addition, as well as my two soundtrack CDs, I now have a lot to cherish.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,