By Patrick Aguda / May 27th, 2016
Kyoto Animation recently posted an animated commercial for Kana Akatsuki’s novel, Violet Evergarden. At the end of the video, it was announced that the novel would be receiving an anime adaptation project.
You can check out the commercial below. The commercial has English subtitles and the anime announcement at the end was made in several different languages.
The video description lists the staff that produced the commercial. They are as follows:
- Story Board/Director: Taichi Ishidate
- Character Design/Animation Director: Akiko Takase
- Keyframe Drawing: Nami Iwasaki, Fumio Tada, Kohei Okamura, Shinpei Sawa, Nobuaki Maruki, Tatsuya Sato, Miku Kadowaki
- In-Between Animation Check: Hiroko Kuroda
- Color Design: Yuka Yoneda
- Special Effects: Rina Miura
- Background Art: Mikiko Watanabe
- 3D Art: Joji Unoguchi
- Director of Digital Composite: Kohei Funamoto
- 3D Computer Graphics: Tetsuro Umetsu
A synopsis of the story is provided by Kyoto Animation:
Auto Memories Doll.
It’s been quite a while since that name caused a fuss. Originally invented by Professor Orland solely for his beloved wife, Auto Memories Dolls eventually spread out into the world, and a machine that allows people to rent out the dolls was also created.
“I will run as fast as I can to wherever my customer desires. I am the Auto Memories Doll, Violet Evergarden.”
A girl who almost appears to have popped out of a fairy tale with her blonde hair and blue eyes said this with her inorganic beauty and sweet voice.
Violet Evergarden is written by Kana Akatsuki and illustrated by Akiko Takase. The first volume of the novel was published in December 2015 by Kyoto Animation under their KA Esuma Bunko imprint. The novel won the Grand Prize in the Novel category at the Fifth Kyoto Animation Awards in 2014. This is the first time any work has won the Grand Prize in any of the three categories (novel, scenario, and manga).
It is not known if the staff that produced the commercial will return for the upcoming anime project.
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