In Violet Evergarden episode 6, Violet continues her travels and teams up with a group of people at an observatory to uplift old manuscripts and retain them. Episode 6 aired on February 15, 2018.
In all honesty, Violet Evergarden episode 6 was a non-episode. After the dramatic end of the last, there was hope here for a true plot turn. Instead, we are provided with another Auto Memory Doll mission. The entire point of the anime series is that Violet Evergarden wants to become the best Doll and learn people’s emotions. It is not that episode 6 is poor but that nothing really truly happened.
At the observatory, she is partnered up with Leon who quite obviously has an instant crush on the lead character. He sweats, blushes, stutters on his words and cannot keep himself on a steady emotion every time he converses with Violet. For the Auto Memory Doll, this is just another task to type as efficiently as possible. You begin to learn in this episode that this series is just as much about learning about the support characters as Violet herself.
Leon is struck by her obvious limited emotional availability. Like previous episodes, Violet makes it known that she does not understand human emotion. The war has damaged her emotions to the point that she may as well be a robot learning the trade. Of course, the war did not hinder her intuitiveness as she quickly learns to understand Leon. Like her, he was an orphan; he feels abandoned and misunderstood.
A scene in particular, which became quite amusing, is where Violet and Leon have to get to work writing up an old manuscript. He instantly tries to instil dominance but is well aware of her unique speedy typing skills. In order to maintain face, he continues talking to her authoritatively, with quivers and the odd tinge of shyness. If there is one lesson learnt from Violet Evergarden episode 6, it is that the characters she comes across are intimidated by her.
By the end of the episode, Violet and Leon have bonded. Their connection landed under the stars at night as they spoke about their personal lives and emotions. It is clear that this night was important to Leon and much more of a formality for Violet. Just as she is intimidating she can provide important moments for her acquaintances. Unfortunately, this episode was also a formality as you never really, truly understand the purpose of the story and how it adds to the progression of the character. Yes, we understand she does not understand emotions and yes we get it, she wants to be the best in what she can do, but surely something has to be returned to the audience for their time investment. What you are left with is something rather unrewarding.
Violet Evergarden is a weekly Netflix anime series so unfortunately, more answers will have to wait. I think it is worth noting again that artistically this is a stunning piece of work. I just wish that the show could offer a little more by this point.