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Violet Evergarden is the main protagonist and the eponymous title character of Kana Akatsuki's light novel and its anime adaptation by Kyoto Animation.

Blessed by the creative staff at KyoAni, Violet Evergarden (both the show and the character) garnered positive reception from critics and audiences alike. Since her anime debut in Winter 2018, Violet came to be known as an all-around player, having many vocal supporters all around the world, but her greatest strength comes from the support of the Chinese fanbase.

Violet is the most successful girl debuting in 2018, winning ISML's Winter Diadem and the overall seasonal championship. Not content with this success, she took it one step further by winning the Aquamarine necklace and the Heavenly Tiara in next year's tournament.

Elsewhere, she secured a fourth-place finish in China's Bilibili Moe in 2018, and was the most successful debutant in the sixth edition of r/anime's Best Girl Contest, reaching the round of 16 as a 15th seed.

Contest History

KyoAni Pedigree

Kyoto Animation's creative talent is responsible for much of Violet's strengths. The first thing the audience sees are the incredibly detailed and beautiful visuals of the anime. Some of the episodes are anime-original, which serves to futher develop her character arc.

2018: Bilibili's Last Dance

Violet's first major tournament happened in China, where she was pegged as one of the favorites to win Bilibili Moe 2018. Her tournament run ended when she lost to Nero in the semi-finals, narrowly losing to the Fate character by two thousand votes despite significantly leading in true-love tickets (which are worth 2 votes each and can only be used once). She then lost the playoff to Rin, finishing the tournament in fourth place.

2019: Best Girl Contest Debut and Road to Tiara

Meanwhile in r/anime, she made her debut in the 2018 Winter edition of the Seasonal Salt contests, where she stood in the shadow of Zero Two from Darling in the FranXX. The same result came in the Best Girl of 2018 contest, losing to the klaxosaur girl in the semi-finals. However, when the actual Best Girl Contest came in 2019, Violet got the highest seed among the debutants (#15) and also got the farthest among them: she lost in the round of 16 to r/anime powerhouse and #2 seed Aqua from Konosuba.

It wouldn't take long for Violet to win a major title however, as she had shown signs of promise to win ISML by winning the 2018 Winter Diadem, and beating Mai Sakurajima for the seasonal championship. When the actual tournament began in 2019, she immediately won the first necklace round and finished a respectable 3rd place in the regular season.

The playoffs were a different beast altogether because of the single-elimination format. Every single match was fought tooth-and-nail; all of her matches were decided under 1,500 votes. She denied Mai Sakurajima once more in their rematch in the semi-final by a margin of 168 votes. In the finals, she faced a rematch against Rin Tohsaka, who was blowing out every opponent she encountered prior to this match. In a stunning turn of events, Violet got a massive vote swing (possibly boosted from Mashiro fans and Anti-Fate fans). The Auto Memory Doll got her revenge against Rin, winning the Heavenly Tiara by 173 votes, and prolonging Fate's quest of an ISML title for at least one more year.

Violet is the third KyoAni girl to win ISML after Mio Akiyama (2010) and Eru Chitanda (2015), putting the studio on par with J.C. Staff in terms of Tiaras won. (J.C. Staff won three titles with Mikoto in 2011, Kuroneko in 2013, and Shana in 2016.)

International Saimoe League

ISML 2019

  • Regular season icon Record: 18-3
  • CVP: ??? (3rd seed)
  • Gems Won: Aquamarine small Aquamarine

Playoffs (seed 3)


Best Girl Contest

Best Girl 6 (2019) - seed 15

Bilibili Moe: 2018 Edition

Group Stages

  • ????

Final Bracket



ISML Posters

External Links

Class of 2018 - Winners & Honorable Mentions
ISML Violet Violet EvergardenWNOchako Ochako UrarakaSPPlatelet PlateletSUMaisan Mai SakurajimaFA
r/anime 02 Zero Two WNAnzu hina AnzuSPChisa k Chisa Kotegawa SUMaisan Mai SakurajimaFA
Winter Ichigo (015)Rin ShimaNadeshiko KagamiharaHinata MiyakeShirase KobuchizawaGinko SoraAi HinatsuruMei AiharaYuzu AiharaTakagi-san
Spring Hitomi MishimaHina(matsuri)LLENNNarumi MomoseMaho Hiyajou
Summer Rinne OharaRed Blood CellRachel GardnerRem GaleuMahiru TsuyuzakiSatou MatsuzakaAkira Oono
Fall Aobuta Kaede AzusagawaRio FutabaTomoe KogaNodoka Toyohama
Other Rikka TakaradaAkane ShinjouSaki NikaidouSakura MinamotoPriestess (GS)High Elf Archer (GS)Alice ZubergJuliet PersiaYuu Koito
Legend: Bold underlined text - Overall Winner

WN - Winter, SP - Spring, SU - Summer, FA - Fall, - Not a Debutant

Female Major Champions
ISML ★ 2008: Fate testarossa Fate Testarossa · 2009: Hinagiku1 Hinagiku Katsura · 2010: Mio kon Mio Akiyama · 2011: Mikoto Mikoto Misaka · 2012: Kanade Kanade Tachibana · 2013: Ruri Ruri Gokou · 2014: Kotori dal Kotori Itsuka · 2015: Eru Eru Chitanda · 2016: Shana Shana · 2017: Megumi katou Megumi Katou · 2018: Rem Rem · 2019: Violet Violet Evergarden · 2020: ???
AnimeBracket Best Girl ★ BG1: Kurisu Kurisu Makise · BG2: Yukino Yukino Yukinoshita · BG3: Mikoto Mikoto Misaka · BG4: Rin tohsaka Rin Tohsaka · BG5: Rem Rem · BG6: Asuna Asuna Yuuki · BG7: Kaguya Kaguya Shinomiya · BG8:
Best Char. ☆ ‡ BCh2: Hitagi Hitagi Senjougahara · BCh3: Shinobu Shinobu Oshino
Bilibili Moe † Japan ★ 2015: Saber Saber · 2016: Rem Rem · 2017: Mash Mash Kyrielight · 2018: Cardcaptor Sakura Kinomoto
China ★ 2016: Tushan susu Tushan Susu · 2017: Su mucheng Su Mucheng · 2018: Kagura onmyoji Kagura (Onmyoji)
Anime Saimoe ☆ † 2002: Cardcaptor Sakura Kinomoto · 2003: Riku harada Riku Harada · 2004: Rosemary Rosemary Applefield · 2005: Nanoha Nanoha Takamachi · 2006: Suiseiseki Suiseiseki · 2007: Rika furude Rika Furude · 2008: Kagami hiiragi Kagami Hiiragi · 2009: Taiga Taiga Aisaka · 2010: Azusa nakano Azusa Nakano · 2011: Mami Mami Tomoe · 2012: Toki onjouji Toki Onjouji · 2013: Madoka Madoka Kaname · 2014: Nodoka saki Nodoka Haramura + Saki Saki Miyanaga (co-winners)
Korea Best Moe ☆ † 2006: Suiseiseki Suiseiseki · 2007: Hinagiku1 Hinagiku Katsura · 2008: Holo Holo · 2009: Taiga Taiga Aisaka · 2010: Mio kon Mio Akiyama · 2011: Homura Homura Akemi · 2012: Hitagi Hitagi Senjougahara
Legend: Defunct, Hiatus / Unknown fate
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