What time will Violet Evergarden: The Movie release online and how can fans around the world watch the emotional conclusion to the hit franchise?

The global anime conversation may still be centred around Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, but there is another incredibly successful franchise making its return this week, Violet Evergarden.

The coming-of-age fantasy series has become an icon of modern anime over recent years, with very few titles being able to match its highly emotional character development.

The franchise is set to return this week with the release of the second anime movie, simply called Violet Evergarde: The Movie, but how can you watch the film online and what time will it become available to stream?

Violet Evergarden: the Movie | Official Trailer | Netflix Anime

Violet Evergarden: the Movie | Official Trailer | Netflix Anime

What is Violet Evergarden: The Movie about?

The Violet Evergarden movie is split between ‘present time’ with Daisy, the granddaughter of Anne Magnolia, and 50 years in the past with Violet.

One day, Daisy finds the letters that were sent to her grandmother and becomes fascinated with the legend of Violet Evergarden.

Back with Violet, who continues to rise to fame after her letters are made public, despite the Auto Memory Dolls becoming less prevalent in society.

Violet Evergarden Movie follows Violet as she continues to comprehend the concept of emotion and the meaning of love. At the same time, she pursues a glimmer of hope that the man who once told her, “I love you,” may still be alive even after the many years that have passed.” – Synopsis, via MAL.

How can you watch Violet Evergarden: The Movie online?

Violet Evergarden: The Movie will be available to stream online through Netflix. The streaming giant also possesses the first anime season, Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll movie and the 2018 special episode.

At the time of writing, the film is not available on alternative platforms such as Amazon Prime Video, Crunchyroll or Funimation – neither are the anime series or previous movie.

However, the first 10-minutes of the movie is available on the Kyoani YouTube channel, see here.

Violet Evergarden: The Movie release date and time

Violet Evergarden: The Movie will release through Netflix on Wednesday, October 13th at 12 AM PDT in accordance with the launch of the Blu-Ray DVD in Japan.

The film will be made available to most international versions of the streaming giant, (Netflix France will launch the movie on November 19th) at the following times around the world:

  • Pacific Time: 12 AM PDT
  • Eastern Time: 3 AM EDT
  • British Time: 8 AM BST
  • European Time: 9 AM CEST
  • India Time: 12.30 PM IST
  • Philippine Time: 3 PM PHT

The movie was scheduled to premiere in Japan back in January 2020, but was delayed multiple times because of the Kyoto Animation arson attacks and coronavirus pandemic. It was released in Japanese theatres in September 2020, with Funimation streaming the movie in select theatres in March of this year.

How was the movie rated by critics and fans?

Violet Evergarden: The Movie received stellar reviews from both fans and critics alike.

The film is currently scoring an impressive 8.6/10 on IMDB, 8.88/10 on MyAnimeList and an average audience rating of 99% on Rotten Tomatoes!

“I could not believe my eyes. Kyoto Animation, you god… This beautifully crafted story of a somewhat coming-of-age romance film will go down as a classic in the future.” – TheZilla, via MAL.

Similarly, the reviews from film critics have been outstanding so far, with Anime UK News explaining how the story feels “emotionally earned and substantial”. It also ends with a “satisfying and emotional conclusion to Violet Evergarden, the character and the series.”

The Guardian drew attention to the visual style of Violet Evergarden: The Movie, noting that “the animation here is simply breathtaking.”

“Without giving anything away, the bittersweet sentimentality at several crucial sequences will leave the audience scrambling for hankies. While the intense emotion and slow pace are not everyone’s cup of tea, especially those unfamiliar with the series, the romanticism is done exceptionally well, and with unabashed sincerity.” – Phuong Le, via The Guardian.

By Tom Llewellyn – [email protected]

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