‘Violet Evergarden’: Anime & Both Movies in Order

Violet evergarden watch order

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‘Violet Evergarden’ is a romance coming-of-age anime series based on a light novel of the same name written by Kana Akatsuki and Akiko Takase. The show follows the story of Violet Evergarden, a young girl who was raised as a weapon for war. After the war ends, she seeks to understand the meaning of emotions and love, as her only connection to humanity, Major Gilbert, is no longer with her.

‘Violet Evergarden’ proved to be one of the most popular anime ever despite having only 1 season, OVA, two movies, and one recap movie. Due to the popularity of the series, we decided to present you with a complete watch order.

Editor’s Note: This watch order was updated in November 2023. The latest entry to the franchise is ‘Violet Evergarden: Recollections’ released in 2021.

‘Violet Evergarden’ Anime series & movies in release date order

The light novel was initially adapted into a 13-episode anime series which aired in 2018. Following the anime, the OVA episode was released, followed by two equally successful movies.

  1. ‘Violet Evergarden’ Anime (13 Episodes – 2018)
  2. ‘Surely, Someday You Will Understand Love’ (2018)
  3. ‘Violet Evergarden: Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll’ (2019)
  4. ‘Violet Evergarden: The Movie’ (2020)
  5. Violet Evergarden: Recollections(2021)

Are ‘Violet Evergarden’ anime series & movies connected? What’s the best way to watch them?

The “Violet Evergarden” anime series and the movies are connected. The anime series serves as the foundation, providing the main storyline that follows Violet Evergarden’s journey of self-discovery and understanding human emotions. The movies, ‘Violet Evergarden: Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll’ and ‘Violet Evergarden: The Movie,’ further explore and expand upon Violet’s experiences and the people she encounters.

The best way to watch the franchise is in chronological order, mainly because of the OVA.

‘Violet Evergarden’ anime, OVA & movies in chronological order’

‘Violet Evergarden’ has a fairly straightforward timeline. The only thing that was released out of order was the OVA series that is supposed to be watched between the 4th and 5th episodes of the anime series. ‘Violet Evergarden: Recollections’ released in 2021, is basically a recap movie. Here’s the chronological order of ‘Violet Evergarden.’

  1. Violet Evergarden (Episodes 1-4)
  2. Violet Evergarden: Kitto “Koi” wo Shiru Hi ga Kuru no Darou
  3. Violet Evergarden (Episodes 5-13)
  4. Violet Evergarden: Recollections (2021)
  5. ‘Violet Evergarden: Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll’
  6. ‘Violet Evergarden: The Movie’

1. ‘Violet Evergarden (Episodes 1-4)

Violet Evergarden

Devoted soldier Violet loses her arms in a mission under Major Gilbert, and upon learning the war’s end, struggles to adapt to civilian life. Colonel Hodgins introduces her to his postal business, and witnessing the ghostwriting department’s work prompts Violet’s quest to understand the last words spoken by Gilbert: I love you.

She requests to join the department, displaying signs of independent will, and impressed, Hodgins accepts despite her not being an Auto Memory Doll.


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2. ‘Surely, Someday You Will Understand Love’

Surely Someday You Will Understand Love

This OVA takes place between episodes 4 & 5. Violet faces difficulty in writing a love letter for an opera singer with demanding requests. Despite multiple rejections, Violet discovers that the singer plans to transform the letter into an aria for her upcoming opera performance.

3. ‘Violet Evergarden (Episodes 5-13)

Violet Evergarden episode 5

Violet undertakes a crucial mission to write a public love letter between Princess Charlotte of Drossel and Prince Damian of Flugel to solidify a peace treaty between their previously warring kingdoms. Despite initial dissatisfaction, Violet learns of the princess’s genuine feelings and orchestrates a heartfelt correspondence between the two through exchanged letters.

The passionate exchange captivates both kingdoms, culminating in a successful wedding. However, upon returning, Violet encounters skepticism from Gilbert’s brother, Dietfried, who reminds her of her past actions as a soldier.

4. ‘Violet Evergarden: Recollections’

Violet Evergarden Recollections

‘Violet Evergarden: Recollections’ is a recap movie and adds nothing new to the narrative except highlighting the most important scenes that took place between episodes 1 and 10. It’s not important from the narrative-point, but it’s useful if you’ve taken a pause in watching the series and now need a reminder of what took place during the anime before watching the movie.

‘Recollections’ can be watched at any time, but chronologically, it takes place before the first movie.

5. ‘Violet Evergarden: Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll’

Violet Evergarden Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll

Violet Evergarden is enlisted to assist Isabella York, a reluctant student at a prestigious girls’ boarding school, in her debutante training. Isabella, initially resistant to Violet’s presence, gradually warms up when she realizes Violet is uninterested in her aristocratic status. Isabella confides in Violet about her past as Amy Bartlett, an illegitimate child of the York family, who, after living in poverty, reluctantly joined the family with the promise of a better life for her adopted sister, Taylor.

6. ‘Violet Evergarden: The Movie’

Violet Evergarden The Movie

The last movie in the franchise so far, from the narrative standpoint. Daisy, Anne Magnolia’s granddaughter, discovers letters from the legendary Violet Evergarden and becomes intrigued by her reputation for crafting beautiful letters. The narrative shifts more than fifty years ago when Violet receives a request from a terminally ill boy named Yuris to write letters for his family. Meanwhile, Claudia Hodgins uncovers a mysterious letter from Gilbert Bougainvillea, presumed dead, leading him to the remote island of Ekarte.

There, she finds Gilbert alive but emotionally scarred, refusing to meet Violet due to feelings of guilt. Violet, desperate to see him, experiences an emotional breakdown as Gilbert avoids a reunion.


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Where to watch the above-mentioned series & movies?

You can watch the ‘Violet Evergarden’ anime series on Netflix or buy it from the Apple TV store. ‘Violet Evergarden: Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll’ can be streamed on Netflix or rented on Amazon. ‘Violet Evergarden: The Movie’ can so far only be streamed on Netflix, just like ‘Violet Evergarden: Recollections.’

Will there be more ‘Violet Evergarden’ movies or episodes?

It’s been three years since Violet’s and Gilber’s love story “ended,” and since then, only a recap movie was released. We’re not writing off the possible second season of anime (or additional movies), but so far, there has been no news that the franchise is over or that it’s continuing. The best answer we can currently give you is “We’ll see.” We’re going to update this section with any new available info.

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