Review: Violet Evergarden Special Episode

Violet Evergarden: Special (also known as Violet Evergarden: Kitto “Koi” wo Shiru Hi ga Kuru no Darou) was released on October 4th on Netflix, and of course I had to watch it on the release date. It’s not the same as the Violet Evergarden movie, which will be released in 2020. I can’t wait to watch that!

Since it’s an extra episode, it is the same length (34 minutes). If you haven’t watched the series yet, you should start that first. This special episode takes place between episodes four and five. If you are new to the amazing anime called Violet Evergarden, you should watch the first four episodes, this special episode, then proceed to episode five.


Synopsis: Violet is faced with a very difficult job. She has to help an Opera House songstress write a love letter that “makes all women yearn and all men’s hearts pound.”

Although I think that this episode should be part of the main series, I do think that this episode stands out from the rest. I think it’s because of the music aspect, since Violet’s client is an opera singer. The anime has a beautiful soundtrack, but the music is especially good in this one.

The animation is still a 10/10 for me. I enjoyed this episode a lot. If you liked Violet Evergarden, definitely give this special episode a watch. Violet’s character development will make more sense because of her experiences in this special episode.

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If you’ve never seen Violet Evergarden but have an appreciation for letters or for love, please give this anime a try. It took a few episodes for me to warm up, but I gradually fell in love with the series. Many of my anime blogger friends have cried while watching this, and maybe you will too.


Similar Series Recommendations

In this post I compare similar anime/manga/Asian dramas/games!

1. If you like Detective Conan, you might like Ace Attorney (and vise versa)


Both have showed me that people lie all the time and that people will commit murder for silly reasons. Everyone is a suspect!

Detective Conan (also known as Case Closed) is a manga and anime while Ace Attorney is a Nintendo DS game series. Obviously Ace Attorney involves more active participation because you are doing everything. Detective Conan is similar because I always try to figure out who the culprit is before the end of the episode. The culprit is always a character we’ve seen before. This applies to Ace Attorney as well.

2. If you like Liar Game, you might like Kakegurui (and vise versa)



Liar Game is a manga and Japanese drama series. Kakegurui is a manga, anime and Japanese drama. The live-action for Kakegurui is very good. There are very exaggerated moments, but it resembles the anime in that sense. You have to understand that the exaggerated moments are deliberate. This is my order for Kakegurui: manga > live-action drama > anime.

It is similar to Liar Game because the characters are placed into situations in which they have to play games against other players. The winner will win money and the loser will go into debt (we’re talking big amounts of money, like millions of dollars). These series have showed me that people cheat all the time.

3. If you like Your Lie in April, you might like Our Times (and vise versa)


Your Lie in April is an anime that will probably make you cry and Our Times is a Taiwanese movie that will make probably you cry. You might have heard of YLIA but Our Times is very popular as well. It was a highly successful movie in Asia and it’s my favourite movie of all time. I give it 10/10.

Both are similar because a main character tells the other character a lie that is crucial to the plot.

4. If you like Naruto SD: Rock Lee & His Ninja Pals, you might like Attack on Titan: Junior High (and vise versa)


Both are gag series and the characters are drawn in chibi-style. I enjoyed both, but I liked Attack on Titan: Junior High more. These are pretty funny and they are done by different creators (so not the original Naruto and Attack on Titan creators).

There is also the Naruto: Chibi Sasuke’s Sharigan Legend manga if you’re interested. I personally couldn’t get into it.


5. If you like Fushigi Yugi, you might like Haruka: Beyond the Stream of Time. You might also like Scarlet Heart Ryeo


In all three, the female protagonists travel back in time into a feudal period. They are met with a lot of attractive boys.

Fushigi Yugi and Haruka (manga and anime, Haruka is also an otome game) are more similar because the girls are entrusted with a mission that involves travelling with the boys. Scarlet Heart Ryeo (Korean drama) is less similar because the female protagonist stays within the palace grounds.

Now for the ones you probably know already…

6. If you like Death Note, you might like Code Geass (and vise versa)


You probably know this already because both are very popular anime. Both involve intelligent protagonists with huge goals. Light in Death Note wants to become the god of the world and Lelouch in Code Geass wants to rule the world. Both gain supernatural powers that allow them to do things that normal people cannot do.

7. If you like Naruto, you might like My Hero Academia


This is an obvious one. When I watched The Battle Tournament in the U.A Sports Festival Arc in MHA, I was reminded of the Chunin Exams in Naruto. Naruto is the “weakling” who becomes strong, similar to Midoriya. Both are extremely popular shonen shows.

My Favourite Anime

Many people ask me what anime I like. I’m not a big fan of shojo anime anymore.

Death Note (2006 – 2007) – 37 episodes


This was my favourite anime for many, many years. Now it’s my second favourite anime. It’s about a high school genius called Light Yagami who picks up a notebook from the ground. The notebook is called ‘Death Note’ and if you write a person’s name in it, they will die. You can also write down the time and cause of death. Light decides to become the “god of the world” and purge all criminals. The public knows Light as ‘Kira.’

It’s super interesting because it’s like a game of cat and mouse between Light and the greatest detective, L. L wants to catch Kira and you get to see two opposing sides of justice. I used to ask people who they support more and the answers were pretty mixed. Is Light a bad guy?

I love all the tricks and the soundtrack is the best I’ve heard in anime. It is popular all around the world. Some elementary schools have banned Death Note and there have been copycat crimes. There was an American Netflix adaptation. I watched it and they made heavy changes to the characters. It is definitely not on the same level of greatness as Death Note, the manga or anime, so I definitely encourage you to watch the anime or read the manga. You will see how Light changes after possessing the Death Note.

Inuyashiki (2017) – 11 episodes


One night at a park, an explosion takes place and two people are killed. The extraterrestrial beings that caused the explosion repair their bodies but turn the two people into robots. The two people are Inuyashiki, a 50 year old man who looks like a grandpa, and a teenager named Hiro. With their robot bodies, they are able to do a lot of things that humans cannot do, such as cure diseases, heal people, kill people, control technology, and fly into space. Inuyashiki uses his powers to do good and heal people. Hiro, on the other hand, uses his powers to mass murder people.

It’s very interesting to see how people react differently to new powers. I was interested from the start, but I wasn’t hooked until I watched episode 6. That’s when things really picked up. The ending made sense to me because I’m not sure how they would end it otherwise. It was kind of expected. The last episode showed President Trump and their depiction of him.


 Attack on Titan (2013 – present) – 37 episodes & ongoing

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Titans are huge creatures that eat people. Because of this, all the humans are forced to live within these walls and the anime follows a guy named Eren who becomes a member of the Survey Corps. The Survey Corps go outside of the walls and investigate and learn more about Titans. Later on, we learn that Eren is able to transform into a Titan and the humans decide to keep Eren alive because he can help them.

A lot of people die in every episode and it might be scary for young viewers. My favourite female anime character is in this anime and her name is Mikasa. She’s one of the best at killing Titans and is not afraid to kill traitors. One thing that makes the anime interesting is that there are a lot of traitors. The first episode is really good.

Tokyo Ghoul (2015) – 12 episodes


There is also Tokyo Ghoul √A and the ongoing season, Tokyo Ghoul:re. I haven’t caught up on the anime yet so I can’t talk about them.

Tokyo Ghoul was kind of slow for me. It wasn’t until the very last episode when I decided the whole thing was worth it. I talk about this in a lot more depth in my response post. It is spoiler-heavy so you might not want to read that yet.

Mainstream, I know. Well, things are popular for a reason. I actually read and watch just about everything. I’m not a big fan of slice of life though. Obviously these are not all the shows I like. I might do a part 2 if people are interested. Of course, I can’t not talk about One Piece.

One Piece (1999 – present) – 828 episodes & ongoing


Death Note was bumped to second place because of One Piece. To be honest, I didn’t like One Piece in elementary school. I loved Naruto, Yu Yu Hakusho and Shaman King in the Shonen Jump magazines but I didn’t like One Piece because of the art style. It was also hard to follow. I became invested in One Piece when I was in second year university. I do believe that you need a certain kind of maturity to get into it. I loved the anime in the beginning but now I think I prefer the manga. Anime episodes get dragged on for a very long time. I’ve spent the past few days watching a backstory and the fighting has not started yet… I do both so I am far more ahead in the manga.

One Piece is about a young pirate named Monkey D. Luffy who has a dream of being the Pirate King. He forms a crew and each member has a backstory and Luffy helps them fight the people/thing they are struggling with. Brook didn’t officially join the Straw Hat Pirates until episode 381. Everyone in the crew has their own goals and ambitions. Their friendship is very strong and it’s one of the things that drew me in. The crew travels to different islands and they are usually faced with a conflict. Although pirates are typically seen as menacing, the Straw Hats are mostly good people and they have saved entire villages. The fact that they are pirates is very important to me because I like seeing how they live their lives. They all have Wanted posters and are seen as criminals by the Navy.

It is a commitment and the thing I hear the most is the fear of starting it because it is so long. That’s understandable, but you are definitely missing out. You can always read the manga instead. It’s never too late to start One Piece. Look at me, I started a couple of years ago.