Name: Ef: A Tale of Memories
Genre: Romance, Drama, Fantasy
Director: Shin Onuma
Original Airtime: October 7, 2007 – December 23, 2007
The story deals with two simultaneous storyline. One story is about a mangaka and the other one is about a girl who can only keep her memories for 24 hours. The show deals with these two parallel storyline and how their relation with others pan out.
Ef: A Tale of Memories has incorporated two separate stories in a 12 episode anime with excellent precision. The story has the right amount of blend of all elements. They did not overdo it. The mystery, the drama, the romance are all good enough to keep you hooked to the show. Since it is a short anime the pacing is really not that of a big deal. There is no really major issue regarding the story. I think what separates Ef: A Tale of Memories from rest of the other romance anime is the depth of story and the atmosphere. It is not everyday that you see romance anime with such serious atmosphere and yet not making it a totally heart-breaking anime. You can say this is type of anime Senpai really enjoys.
I found the characters of the anime to be extremely well portrayed. If you are a fan of character with eye-patches then you will love this one. Chihiro is probably my favorite eye-patch female character. Her personality and how she handles herself in that state is something I found truly commendable. Hiro is one of the main male characters of the series and it was nice to see him not being a jerk despite being a people favorite. Basically, all characters have something unique that separates them from being labelled as ‘stereotype’. The only drawback here is the character development. It is basically close to impossible to display decent character development when the anime is only 12 episodes long. But even with that handicap I felt this series did a terrific job.
Here are some notable characters from the anime:
Ef: A Tale of Memories has an extremely unique art style. What do you expect this is created by SHAFT? The characters are sharp and has some pointy features. There is nothing wrong with animation. The colours are vibrant and extremely likeable. Overall, the art and animation of the animation is satisfactory
Here are some screenshots from the anime:
Ef: A Tale of Memories has done a terrific job in the music department. The opening soundtrack really gets you going. I really think it’s up there with some of the finest opening soundtracks out there. The background score complimented the atmosphere of the anime perfectly. The ending theme was great too. I honestly believe an anime with fantastic soundtracks like these are hard to come by.
Ef: A Tale of Memories has everything to entertain a romance lover. It’s not a happy go lucky anime. The atmosphere is serious and there are some extreme emotions there as well. However, it has its fair share of comic moments. However, if you are not the type to enjoy mystery this is not an anime for you
Ef: A Tale of Memories is one of the finest romance anime you’ll come across. I earnestly urge my kouhais to watch this. Such a simple setup yet a massive depth of story and complex emotions are very rare to come by. So why not give it a shot?