Now only one eternal question shall remain on the lips of many fans: Why the hell did the United States have to wait while the rest of the world got a simulcast?

(Sorry, couldn’t resist!)

Earlier today, Netflix USA launched their page for the Violet Evergarden anime. According to the site, the series will launch on April 5. The series previously ran as a simulcast in regions outside of the United States (and select other territories).

The show hit Japanese TV on January 10, while Netflix’s simulcast started a day later on January 11.

Taichi Ishidate (Beyond the Boundary) directed the project at Kyoto Animation, with Akiko Takase providing character designs. Reiko Yoshida (K-On!! franchise, Girls und Panzer) was in charge of series composition.

TRUE was tapped to perform the show’s opening theme.

Other confirmed crew members include:

  • Sound Director: Yota Tsuruoka
  • Opening Theme: TRUE
  • Music: Evan Call
  • 3D Director: Rin Yamamoto
  • Art Director: Mikiko Watanabe
  • Color Design: Yūka Yoneda
  • Director of Photography: Kōhei Funamoto
  • Editing: Kengo Shigemura
  • Music Producer: Shigeru Saitō
  • Prop Design: Hiroyuki Takahashi, Minoru Ōta
  • World Setting: Takaaki Suzuki

The Japanese voice cast includes:

  • Violet Evergarden: Yui Ishikawa
  • Claudia Hodgins: Takehito Koyasu
  • Gilbert Bougainvillea: Daisuke Namikawa
  • Cattleya Baudelaire: Aya Endo
  • Benedict Blue: Kōki Uchiyama
  • Erica Brown: Minori Chihara
  • Iris Cannary: Haruka Tomatsu

Violet Evergarden is based on Kana Akatsuki’s and illustrator Akiko Takase’s novel series of the same name. The book hit Japanese bookstores in December. title, which was published under KA Esuma Bunko’s imprint, won the grand prize in the fifth Kyoto Animation Award program’s novel category in 2014. The win was significant, as it was the first time that any work took top honors at the Kyoto Animation Awards.

Anime Expo describes the project as:

There are words Violet heard on the battlefield, which she cannot forget. These words were given to her by someone she holds dear, more than anyone else. She does not yet know their meaning.
A certain point in time, in the continent of Telesis. The great war which divided the continent into North and South has ended after four years, and the people are welcoming a new generation.

Violet Evergarden, a young girl formerly known as “the weapon”, has left the battlefield to start a new life at CH Postal Service. There, she is deeply moved by the work of “Auto Memories Dolls”, who carry people’s thoughts and convert them into words.

Violet begins her journey as an Auto Memories Doll, and comes face to face with various people’s emotions and differing shapes of love. All the while searching for the meaning of those words.

Source: Netflix (Thanks to L.B. Bryant for the tip!)