VIVA International Pictures has announced on Wednesday that they will release Violet Evergarden: Eternity and the Auto Memories Doll side-story anime film next month.
The film distributor also reveals that the anime movie is scheduled to premiere on Wednesday, March 11, which will be screened exclusively at SM Cinema branches nationwide.
Violet Evergarden comes to a private women’s academy to tutor Isabella in the ways of being a lady. Heir to the York family, Isabella feels trapped in this new and uncomfortable world. She still grieves for the only person to ever bring her happiness — now lost to her. Violet’s lessons do give her a brief respite from the melancholy but with the absence of joy, how long does it take to truly heal? (Synopsis from Funimation Films)
Violet Evergarden: Eternity and the Auto Memories Doll is a spinoff film of the highly popular anime series Violet Evergarden, which is based on a Japanese light novel series, written by Kana Akatsuki and illustrated by Akiko Takase.
The novel is currently has three volumes, which is being published by renowned anime studio Kyoto Animation’s KA Esuma Bunko imprint.
In a related story, industry sources has revealed to Anime Pilipinas that the upcoming film sequel Violet Evergarden: The Movie, which is scheduled to premiere in Japanese cinemas on April 24, has also been acquired by the film distributor.
Haruka Fujita, the series director of the television anime adaptation, returns to direct the spinoff film, together with Reiko Yoshida handling the series composition and Aiko Takase handling character designs, which is produced by Kyoto Animation.
Yui Ishikawa reprises the titular character of “Violet Evergarden” together with the main cast members from the previous series, where she is joined by Minako Kotobuki (“Tsumugi Kotobuki”, K-ON! series) as “Isabella York” and Aoi Yuki (“Madoka Kaname”, Puella Magi Madoka Magica franchise) as “Taylor Bartlett”.
Minori Chihara performed the anime film’s theme song “Amy”.
Violet Evergarden’s television series was aired on Japanese television in January 2018, which was also streamed on a simulcast basis on Netflix in the Philippines.
The spinoff film was screened in Japanese cinemas in September last year, which was just two months after the deadly arson attack that targeted the animation studio. The film was initially planned to be screened in cinemas for only two weeks but has lasted for five weeks. The film earned an accumulative total of JP¥641,980,500 (about PHP295.6 million).