After suffering two major delays due to major catastrophic events (one being the Kyoto Animation fire and the other being the COVID-19 pandemic), Violet Evergarden The Movie will finally premiere on September 18, 2020. And now, the anime’s official website is giving away free background wallpapers to celebrate its upcoming release. These wallpapers are from the TV anime.
Now those are beautiful backgrounds indeed! Sadly, many of these artworks were done by the late Mikiko Watanabe, who tragically passed away from the arson fire. As for the backgrounds, you can download them here: http://violet-evergarden.jp/special/virtualBg/
Speaking of Mikio Watanabe, her family recently opened an art gallery featuring her background artwork as tribute to her, with KyoAni’s blessing of course. She passed away in July last year during the arson attack. She was working on Violet Evergarden The Movie back then, having just finished her work on Violet Evergarden – Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll -. The late art director has worked with many of the studio’s anime, including K-On! and Hyouka. May she rest in peace.
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Source: Violet Evergarden official website