Violet Evergarden Episode 5 Review: You Write Letters That Bring People Together?

In Episode 5 of Violet Evergarden, Violet goes on a field trip to help a princess write some love letters and hopefully avoid war.

Japanese Original Episode Title: 「人を結ぶ手紙を書くのか?」

Plot

Violet is given the very important task of acting as an ambassador/ghostwriter for the princess of Drossel, Charlotte, and is writing her love letters to the prince of Fugel, Damien. The two of them are supposed to get married in order to seal the peace between their respective countries, who have previously won at war, and what better way to make sure no one will try to start a fight again than with a marriage? (this was blatant irony, by the way)

Violet arrives at the castle to meet her fourteen-year-old client and princess of Drossel. We also find out that Violet herself is a fourteen-year-old girl (I’ll be commenting on that later). Charlotte is happy to have Violet writing her letters, being the same age and a very gifted writer. She is, however, not happy about not being able to express her true feelings to prince Damien, who she briefly met after her 10th birthday and fell in love with thanks to his honest charming behavior (more on that later too).

Violet, having gotten tired of the princess’s moaning and crying, decides to communicate to Cattleya, who is writing the prince’s letters, the idea of allowing the couple to communicate through their own letters. They start exchanging actual letters, and despite their doubts about expressing their feelings, the royal couple seems to be in love and their affection is evident in their writing.

By the end of the episode, Violet meets some very hot guy named Dietfried (I believe it’s Gilbert’s brother?), who tells her off for becoming an Auto Memory Doll after having worked as a killing machine. Piss off, man!

Themes & Trivia

More flowers!: Apart from numerous names and other various references, the country flags of Drossel and Flugel are also illustrations of flowers. So cute.

Public love letters: As with most things concerning writing in this show, the concept of public letters is an entirely fictional idea that doesn’t make a lot of sense. I googled ‘public love letters’ to find out if that was a thing at some point in history, and got this as a result.

Nobility behaviorisms: It’s a common thing in various forms of media to portray nobles as sensitive individuals looking for true love, craving to be treated like regular people, and displaying significant amounts of modesty. I’m gonna go ahead and guess that this is a load of nonsense and it needs to stop. It’s not a very contemporary theme any more.

Violet smiled!: First time in five episodes, amirite? Felt a bit eerie.

Comments

I find these side stories so exhausting. It feels as if there is not enough material to continue the actual story so the episodes are just serving as ways to delay what is actually going on. I would much rather prefer to follow the heart-breaking story of Violet and Gilbert, rather than being told what a prolific writer a brain-washed fourteen-year-old is. And why on earth is Violet fourteen? This doesn’t make any sense at all. It is highly unlikely for someone of her age to possess such an aptitude in learning both physical and mental tasks (fighting, creative writing) and excelling at them to the point where they’re taking care of matters of national importance. I guess what I’m trying to say is that Violet doesn’t need to be fourteen, it offers very little to her character and makes almost zero sense. I wish this constant obsession with teenagers as protagonists in anime would stop.

Give us something!

I’m actually pretty excited about Gilbert’s brother showing up by the end of the episode – apart from him being super hot, his appearance makes me hope that we’re going to get some actual development on what is going on in the show.

What did you think of the Violet Evergarden’s fifth episode? Did it live up to your expectations? Let us know in the comment section below! And don’t forget to check the rest of the Winter 2018 anime reviews on MANGA.TOKYO!

Violet Evergarden

Winter 2018 | Anime Info | Simulcast

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