'Violet Evergarden Gaiden: Eternity and Auto Memory Dolls'
It is no secret that Kyoto Animation, the producing company to Violet Evergarden, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, and A Silent Voice, received an arson attack on July 18, 2019. The attack resulted in the death of 35 people and roughly 33 other persons injured in the fire. It has been roughly one month since the victims, and the victims' families and friends have had to cope with the loss of loved ones. Amidst all the pain and mourning, Kyoto Animation will once again continue to work towards making beautiful animation despite the loss of my dear ones.
The first project the animation studios will release is Violet Evergarden Gaiden: Eternity and Auto Memory Dolls. The side story will continue to move forward with its release date and will hit Japanese theaters from September 6, 2019, to September 26, 2019. The side story will bring back our beloved auto memory doll girl, Violet, back into the world full of emotions and drama that only Kyoto Animation has painted so beautifully. The story will center around a young girl, Isabella York, that attends a girls-only academy. Though the academy may be composed of young girls from respectable families and aristocrat associates, it is only a prison cell to young Isabella. As she struggles to find any hope in her future, she lives her daily life at the academy in misery and finds herself to be feeling quite displeased with life. Leaving a life behind her, and taking on a different identity, her own life and the life of her adoptive sister, Taylor Bartlett, are bound by destiny to Violet Evergarden. Violet finds herself to be the tutor of the ever-resentful Isabella and together they will walk the path of an epic tale of life, struggles, and emotions. If you haven't already, check out the new trailer of the upcoming side story. Unfortunately, the new trailer is only available in Japanese, but surely the English dub or sub will be released prior to the side story being released next month, as well as its release in English speaking countries.
Kyoto Animation, despite having to be a victim of the terrible attack, continues to stay on task and true to its promised released dates for the Violet project(s). As of today, the animation studio is still standing and will continue to move forward with its September release, and will also continue to work on the Violet Evergarden movie that is bound to be released next year. The original release month for the film was set for January 2020, however, due to the attack, the project is likely to be pushed back for quite some time and will not be airing at its original set date. That does mean you cannot catch up on the first season of the anime series as well as the OVA that can be found on Netflix for streaming.
'Til then, fans can look forward to seeing the new project hit the theaters next month and can continue to indulge in the series. As per the movie release for next year, we can only cross our fingers that Kyoto Animation will continue to thrive despite the tragedy that occurred, and move forward with more wonderful anime series/ movies in the future.
Sentai Works has recently closed their fundraiser for Kyoto Animation and with it, they were able to raise over $2 million dollars! Wow, the fans and followers of Kyoto Animation have truly expressed their love for the animation studio as well as their support for the team to be able to get back on their feet after the tragedy. All the funding money that was collected will be 100% donated to the victims and their families that were affected by the violent act, and fans can rest assured that their expenses are covered in any way possible. So to all the fans, a warm thanks and gratitude to all that have contributed!