Novel author Kana Akatsuki posts a special comment celebrating the film
It's 10 days until Kyoto Animation's Violet Evergarden The Movie reaches cinemas in Japan on September 18, after the journey being a rough one for the sequel to the much-loved TV anime series. The film was delayed twice, once due to the arson attack on the studio, which killed the art director on the franchise Mikiko Watanabe, and once due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic shutting down cinemas across Japan.
To celebrate the upcoming release, the official website for Violet Evergarden released some virtual backgrounds from the TV anime series on September 8 and posted a special countdown comment from the novel author Kana Akatsuki.
Comment from Kana Akatsuki:
The time has come for the big journey to start at last.
The blue-eyed girl is ahead of us with her travel bag and frilly umbrella.
Is our guest well prepared?
The work of art is finally complete when it reaches the guest, but it is not merely the end, it is just the beginning. Someone might have their chest tighten by the tale. That's right, it could be you, you could pass on the tale to another, like a bard, letting the creators' love, passion, and even their breath be engraved on the world.
If it's okay with you, please make it all "eternal."
I wish you well on this journey.
Violet Evergarden The Movie reaches its destination on September 18 into Japanese cinemas with direction from Taichi Ishidate, who returns from the TV anime series, at Kyoto Animation.
Daryl Harding is a Japan Correspondent for Crunchyroll News. He also runs the YouTube channel about Japan stuff called TheDoctorDazza, tweets at @DoctorDazza, and posts photos of his travels on Instagram.