© Kana Akatsuki, Kyoto Animation / VIOLET EVERGARDEN Production Committee

The official website of Kyoto Animation’s Violet Evergarden franchise has released a new “intermission” trailer on Friday for the upcoming anime film.

The anime film, which is scheduled to be released in Japanese cinemas next month, also revealed on Wednesday its new key visual.

The upcoming film was originally set to premiere in Japanese cinemas last January 10, but the franchise’s production committee decided to postpone the film’s opening to April 24.

 

© Kana Akatsuki, Kyoto Animation / VIOLET EVERGARDEN Production Committee

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 novel’s third volume is scheduled to be released on Friday, March 27.

 

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

Yui Ishikawa will reprise her role as the titular character “Violet Evergarden”.

 

The franchise had released Violet Evergarden: Eternity and the Auto Memories Doll, which serves as a side-story to the main storyline, in Japanese cinemas last September 6.

The anime film was initially set to screen for just two weeks, but extended to at least five weeks due to public demand, which earned an accumulative total of JP¥641,980,500 (about PHP295.6 million).

Global streaming giant Netflix had announced earlier this month that the side-story anime film will be added to their streaming lineup on April 2.

 

VIVA International Pictures, the foreign film distribution arm of VIVA Entertainment, had released the spinoff film last March 11, which was screened exclusively at SM Cinema branches nationwide.

The film was only screened in cinemas until March 14, due to restrictions imposed by the government caused by COVID-19.

Industry sources had previously revealed to Anime Pilipinas that the upcoming film sequel, Violet Evergarden: The Movie, has also been acquired by the film distributor.

 

The anime adaptation was aired on Japanese television during the Winter 2018 season, which was streamed by Netflix on a simulcast basis in select countries, including the Philippines.