© Kana Akatsuki, Kyoto Animation / VIOLET EVERGARDEN Production Committee

Japanese animation studio Kyoto Animation has revealed in a video on Friday that they will release a “side-story” anime film of Violet Evergarden franchise in September.

Violet Evergarden Side-Story: Eternity and the Auto Memories Doll, which tells “another story”, is scheduled to screen in Japanese cinemas for two weeks, from September 6-19.

Haruka Fujita, who served as the series director of the popular anime series, will direct the side-story anime film.


© Kana Akatsuki, Kyoto Animation / VIOLET EVERGARDEN Production Committee

This anime film will be separate from the previously announced Violet Evergarden anime film project, which is set to premiere in Japanese cinemas in January 10, 2020.

The teaser trailer video also revealed a new key visual for the upcoming anime film.

Taichi Ishidate, who directed the anime series, will return to work on the upcoming film, which he will be joined by other staff members from the anime, including scriptwriter Reiko Yoshida and character designer Akiko Takase.

The upcoming film is slated for a “same time period” worldwide release, but did not specify the details.


Violet Evergarden is an anime series based on a Japanese light novel series, written by Kana Akatsuki and illustrated by Akiko Takase.

The novel has won the grand prize in the fifth Kyoto Animation Award competition in 2014, marking the first time that any submitted work has earned the grand prize on any of its three categories, which are the novel, scenario and manga.

KA Esuma Bunko, which is the light novel imprint of the anime studio, had published two volumes of the novel in December 2015 and December 2016.


The anime adaptation was aired on Japanese television during the Winter 2020 season, which was streamed by Netflix on a simulcast basis in select countries, including the Philippines.