ef: A Tale of Memories ~ Review
“The beauty of this anime is beyond words…“
If there is one thing that separates cartoons from anime (and in fact, good anime from bad anime) is the visual effects. Anime is known for not only its stories and art, but its execution and beauty: in other words, eye candy that will get the art-crazy viewers to go absolutely bonkers. And this beautiful anime has certainly succeeded in doing just that.
ef: A Tale of Memories tells two different stories at the same time, firstly following the story of Asou Renji, a half German, half Japanese high school student who goes to his favourite place – an abandoned train station – to meet a strange girl with an eyepatch called Shindou Chihiro. After they start to know each other better, Chihiro starts to open her heart up to Renji, who then gets notified of a shocking truth behind Chihiro.
The second story follows Hirono Hiro, a high school student who is also a professional manga artist. One Christmas Eve, he gets his bike stolen by a girl, Miyamura Miyako, who had her bag stolen by a thief. After the pursuit, she ends up destroying the bike and the two end up hanging out for the rest of the night. Hirono laters meets Miyako at school, and the two start to open their hearts to each other. However, Hirono’s childhood friend, Shindou Kei, does not accept this relationship, and a love triangle starts to form. Hirono is trapped in this love triangle, tossing up between relationships, work and life in general.
The anime is known for its beauty in all forms; music, animation, story and overall execution have been acclaimed for its inner and outer beauty.
The anime aired for 12 episodes during the Winter 2007 Anime Season (October 2007 – December 2007). The anime is based on a game series titled ef: A Fairy Tale of the Two, with this anime being one of two anime seasons based off this game. The anime is animated by Shaft Studios, who have known for its unique animation techniques in such acclaimed anime series as Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, Puella Magi Madoka Magica and the Monogatari series.
The anime contains some fairly well-known voice actors and actresses including Shimono Hiro who voices Hirono Hiro (and is also known as the voices of Katsuragi Keima from The World God Only Knows and Connie Springer from Shingeki no Kyojin), Taguchi Hiroko who voices Miyamura Miyako (and is also known as the voices of Haruna Yuuki from Fortune Arterial and Kasugano Sora from Yosuga no Sora) and Takagi Motoki who voices Asou Renji (and is also known as the voices of Raki from Claymore and Itou Mamoru from Shinsekai Yori).
At first, this anime seems very confusing. As many people watch the anime not knowing that there are actually two different stories at the same time, the first couple of episodes may not make much sense to a lot of people. But trust me when I say that you should hang around just a little longer; because this anime gets amazing near the end. And the subtitle for this anime – “A Tale of Memories” – may give you a general idea as to what the main ideas of this anime revolve around. This anime has also been closely compared to series like Clannad and Air for its beauty and emotions, so you know its good. All in all, this anime is beautiful, amazing and will surely give you a thrilling ride on the emotion roller-coaster.
The Final Judgement:
Recommendation Level: 5/5 – Highly Recommended
Final Score: 9.5/10