It’s ef – a tale of melodies episode 7, and Yuuko continues to reveal her darker side to Yuu, but he’s forced to face repercussions he hadn’t considered in his wish to save Yuuko. Meanwhile, Mizuki tries to see Kuze again, but is turned away once again.
It’s ef – a tale of melodies episode 6, and Yuu finally discovers the dark secret Yuuko has been hiding from him.
It’s ef – a tale of melodies episode 5, and in this episode we get an eyeful of familiar characters from the first series as Kei, Chihiro, and Mizuki all reunite. But things aren’t alright with Nagi nor in Yuu’s arc.
It’s ef – a tale of melodies episode 4, and we once again pull double-duty as Yuu and Yuuko pull closer as Kuze tries to pull away from Mizuki.
It’s ef – a tale of melodies episode 3. Mizuki learns a terrible secret about Kuze, who is trying to stomp out their relationship before it goes too far. Meanwhile, Yuu finds out that Yuuko is being bullied.
It’s ef – a tale of melodies episode 2, and we learn more about Yuko and Yuu’s past while Mizuki continues to fall more for Kuze
It’s ef – a tale of melodies episode 1. This series appears to be both a prequel and a sequel to the first series as we both get a look into some of the adult characters’ pasts while also looking ahead towards Mizuki.
Name: ef – a tale of memories
Genre: Drama, Romance
Released: October 6, 2007 – December 22, 2007
Based On: ef dating sims by Minori
Director: Shin Oonuma
Produced By: SHAFT
US Distribution By: N/A
Major Japanese Cast
Hiro Hirono: Hiro Shimono
Miyako Miyamura: Hiroko Taguchi
Kei Shindo: Junko Okada
Renji Aso: Motoki Takagi
Chihiro Shindo: Natsumi Yanase
Kyosuke Tsutsumi: Yuuki Tai
Shūichi Kuze: Kenji Hamada
Yu Himura: Kouichi Toochika
Mizuki Hayama: Mai Goto
Yūko Amamiya: Yumiko Nakajima
Major English Cast
Animation: 10/10 (x 4 = 40 pts)
Story: 9/10 (x 4 = 36 pts)
Music: 10/10 (x 4 = 40 pts)
Coherence/Story Arc: 8/10 (x 2 = 16 pts)
English Dubs: N/A
Gut Score: 10/10 (x 5 = 50 pts)
Total: 182/190 (95.8%)
ef – a tale of memories is a pair of two marginally connected stories about discovering one’s true path in life.
In the first story, Hiro, a high school student who is a freelance mangaka on the side, runs into Miyako one night. The two grow together rather quickly, especially since Miyako is afraid of “being forgotten.” In the meantime, Hiro’s childhood friend, Kei, has a crunch on him and, as a result, tensions between Miyako and Kei soon get tense.
In the second story, Renji, a boy who just can’t decide what he wants to do in life, meets Chihiro at an abandoned train station. Chihiro, who is Kei’s twin sister, was injured when she was younger and as a result her long term memory has been destroyed and she can only remember things in short term memory for 13 hours. Despite this, Renji tries to get closer to Chihiro and tries to help her in her dream of writing a book.
Episodes of ef tend to switch back and forth between these two stories, and the two stories, other than having Kei and Chihiro being twins, don’t really have anything to do with each other. However, the two stories are both about the main characters figuring out what they really want to do in life. Renji has no idea what he wants while Chihiro believes that she can’t be anything with her handicap. Meanwhile Hiro is trying to balance being a mangaka and school work to the detriment of both, with Kei and Miyako pull him in different directions on that front.
One of the amazing things about this series, though, is that despite switching between stories, I still found myself engrossed in each episode, and when we moved from one story, it just made me anticipate returning to the other story that much more.
On the technical aspects, both animation and music are spectacular in this series and it is overall one of the best series that I can remember watching overall. There are few weaknesses to be found in this series.
If you’re interested in watching a good romance-drama, then I would definitely recommend checking out ef – a tale of memories.
First Watched: October – December 2007
Do I Own: No
Do I Recommend: Yes
I’m shocked I didn’t show either of these before. A blast from the fall season:
It’s the 12th and final episode of ef – a tale of memories. Will Renji and Chihiro end up together, or is Renji’s arc doomed to a sad ending. And what comes of the others too?