Violet Evergarden (???????·???????? Vaioretto Evagaden) is a Japanese light novel series written by Kana Akatsuki and illustrated by Akiko Takase. It won the grand prize in the fifth Kyoto Animation Award's novel category in 2014, the first ever work to win a grand prize in any of the three categories (novel, scenario, and manga). Kyoto Animation published the first light novel on December 25, 2015, under their KA Esuma Bunko imprint. A 13-episode anime television series adaptation by Kyoto Animation aired between January and April 2018 with several advanced screenings taking place in 2017. An original video animation episode was released in July 2018, while an anime film is scheduled to premiere in January 2020.