Still busy as hell…but still ended up watching Violet Evergarden. I don’t think I was as wowed by this episode as the first, but this was definitely still a solid episode.
- Emerging feminism! Taking all into account, this would be something like…the late 19th century?
- Benedict continues to be cute. I expected him to be more embittered after being rejected so many times, but he’s a gooder soul than I thought.
- The way Claudia got his name was certainly…kind of sad.
- I do ship this pair though – they’re like the parents. I always ship the “parents” in an anime with a large cast (though I’m not sure how large this cast would be). The wise people who observe and protect at a distance and are cute together in private. Well, this scene was more like harassment, but we get some insight into their relationship at the end of the episode.
- Another image that reminds me that Violet is still a “dog.” She leaves her stuffed animal on the floor, and possibly even plays with it on the floor. I wonder if she still bites it.
- This one really got me to laugh. I found some of the jokes around Violet’s inability to read the atmosphere a little predictable in this episode (like the incident with the love letter), but this one, especially coupled with that perfectly innocent expression, was pure gold.
- This was visually stunning. I haven’t seen such beautiful rain scenes in a while. I have to say that it beats Koi wa Ameagari no you ni, which is actually about the rain. Pathetic fallacy is such a cliched technique – having it rain when characters are confronting each other and having the sun come out when they’re done. But obviously, it works really well.
- It was nice that Violet and Erica bonded. I can’t say much about Erica’s personality right now, but she feels like someone who is potentially relatable. I enjoy Erica’s design, and hope to see her develop more.
- Same, Violet, same! I shall continue with your show.
So that was episode 2! I found some parts more predictable than the first episode, which was gripping throughout, but ep. 2 does show us some more of the cast. Hmm…it’s only going to have 14 episodes? I feel like this should really be a 24-26 episode show. That’s how I generally feel about fantasy anime that introduces its audience to its cast at a slower pace. We’ll see how it goes.