If you've been keeping up with some of the new anime series dropping on Netflix, you've probably seen Violet Evergarden a few times. The gorgeous anime has grown in popularity for a beautiful story and even won the Best Animation selection in Crunchyroll's 2019 Anime Awards. Following the story of a young girl, just discharged from the military and fresh from war, Violet Evergarden has never known a peaceful world. Being trained as a killer her entire life, she struggles with even understanding some of the most basic emotions. Thanks to her Major, she receives a job at CH Postal Services as an Auto Memory Doll, working to write letters for the public. However, longing to meet the Major again, the person who matters most to her, Violet is stuck learning to convey the letters of her clients' while trying to understand her own.
If you're looking for recommendations for Violet Evergarden, we don't blame you; beautiful anime is always a must on an otaku's list after all. There are plenty of series that have both heartwrenching storylines or bring your eyes the same pleasure of watching elegant animation such as The Ancient Magus' Bride, Izetta: The Last Witch, and Full Metal Alchemist. Vote up your favorite anime like Violet Evergarden to let us know which ones you liked the most. Comment to let us know what series you wish had made the list!
The Ancient Magus' Bride
15-year-old Chise Hatori has given up on her life, being unwanted for most of it. In a desperate act, she sells herself and is picked up by a tall man in an unusual mask. Elias Ainsworth has the head of a strange animal skull and takes in Chise for being a "Sleigh Beggy," a rare person with incredible magic abilities. Being a powerful magus himself, Elias will help Chise with her potential as a magic user; a feat that must be done soon, as creatures like her, often don't live for very long. A budding romance and gorgeous story about finding your place in the world, The Ancient Magus' Bride is just as bright and beautiful as Violet Evergarden.
Despite being a classic series that most anime fans are already familiar with, we absolutely have to include Fullmetal Alchemist on this list; between its contentious setting as well as the time period it seems to be portraying, there are plenty of ways this show is a lot like Violet Evergarden. Alchemists must always follow the Law of Equivalent Exchange; "In order for something to be obtained, something of equal value must be lost." Edward and Alphonse Elric learned the price for asking of the impossible when trying to bring back a loved one from the grave; a sin that no alchemist should never commit. Losing so much while gaining nothing, the two brothers are on a journey to find the Philosopher's Stone in order to get back what they've lost.
Violet Evergarden was a beautiful story that had a hint of romance that captivated audiences with gorgeous animation. The movie Your Name is very similar in the same respect, despite being very different in terms of story. Mitsuha Miyamizu lives a rural life in the countryside, but longs for a life very different of her own; one with the hustle and bustle of the city. Meanwhile, Taki Tachibana is living that exact busy life with a wish for things to slow down. Their story begins when one morning they've woken up in each other's bodies! Now they must work together to realize the reasoning for this strange phenomenon and perhaps discover a greater purpose in the long-run.
What if, when you died, there was no heaven or hell? In this version of the afterlife, those who pass on will be met with a bar where games are played in order to decide whether or not the person will be reincarnated or if their soul will be sent to oblivion. Quindecim is such a place where Decim greets those who've perished. While his usual visitors often have to play games, such as bowling or darts, there's one who can't seem to make up her mind. With no memories of who she is, and going by Kurokami no Onna, this woman acts as Decim's assistant while trying to learn about her past before making a decision of where she should go. Like Violet Evergarden, Death Parade is all about finding your place in this life, or perhaps even after.