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I've recently watched the series on Netflix, and it was not what I expected whatsoever. You see, when I watch a series I usually shrug my shoulders or make a small comment to myself when something turns the tide of the plot. But by the time episode 9 rolled around... well I can't even describe how much I hoped for Violet to move past her Break the Cutie moment. Perhaps I ought to explain her development in better detail.
On episode 1, there were a bunch of hints showing that there was something off about Violet. But the most telling hint was her stoic behavior, and the fact that she willingly calls herself a weapon and nothing more.
As the next few episodes are brought up, we see how she interacts with other characters from a perspective that doesn't entirely make her the protagonist, but rather another side character among a blend of other side characters. What makes her stand out as the protagonist at that point, is her unusual behavior and her desire to learn more about love.
By the time Episode 9 rolls around, the audience would have learned enough about Violet to sympathize with her loss. I certainly did, and that obviously gives this story a good plot.
As the last episodes are brought up, I see that Violet has accepted her nature as a war veteran, and refuses to hurt anymore people. After the skirmish with the extremists is taken care of, everyone can finally rest because the war is officially over. That included Violet Evergarden.
Note: This series makes me understand why KyoAni is so important to the anime industry. And I hope they get recover from that asshat fire.
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