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Anime Review: Ef: A Tale of Memories

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Genre: Drama

Studio: Shaft

Distributor: Sentai Filmworks, also streams on Crunchy Roll and Hulu

Suggested Age: 13+

My Rating: 7/10

Summary: On Christmas Eve, Hiro Hirono’s bike is stolen by a girl chasing a thief who stole her purse. He gives chase and finds her unconscious and his bike ruined. The girl, Miyako Miyamura, soon awakes and the two begin to talk. After making sure she is okay, they end up spending Christmas Eve together. Later, Hiro finds out Miyako attends the same school as him and they begin to spend more and more time together, Miyako developing affections for Hiro. Kei Shindou — Hiro’s childhood friend who has long held a crush on him — begins to become jealous and a love triangle follows.

The series also tells the story of Renji Asou. One day, he meets Chihiro Shindou, the twin sister of Kei Shindou, at an abandoned train station. Even though she’s very shy, they get along pretty well and begin meeting at the same spot everyday. However, Renji finds out that Chihiro was in a car accident years ago and as a consequence she suffers from a disability: her memory lasts only 13 hours. Nevertheless, after learning that Chihiro’s dream is to write a novel, Renji finally decides to help her fulfill her dream while also trying to make her overcome the difficulties imposed by her condition.
Note: This is actually a two season anime bases on the Virtual Novel Ef: A Fairy Tale of the Two. Because both seasons are divided by a time skip, I felt it best to treat them as separate titles.

Review: This anime was surprisingly more than decent.  I tried it on a whim, and although it’s not something I’d put in a top 10 list, I’m glad I chose it.

The artwork is really good.  I thought the character designs were cute and it was refreshing to see female characters that were not based on fanservice. In fact, not one female in the story has a figure for that reason. The backgrounds were spectacular and very realistic-looking.

The story is built around the relationships of the cast and is very character-driven.  My favorite character was Chihiro. She had an accident early in her youth and wears an eyepatch. What’s worse, she has no short-term memory. To compensate, she keeps a diary and writes down everything that happens that day, then reads it the next morning. I loved her relationship with Renji, who tries his best to help her make the best of her situation.

My main problem is that I felt the show went way too fast. Twelve episodes just wasn’t enough time and I felt overwhelmed by the time I was done.

Sub/Dub: I was only able to watch the sub, so I’m not giving a comparison.

Music/Score: Pretty good. The theme song was actually in English and I kinda liked it.

Violence: 5/10–This is due to the aforementioned car crash.

Language: 2/10

Sexuality: 0/10

Nudity: 0/10

Religion: Although Christmas is mentioned in the first episode, there really aren’t much religious connotations.

Related Media: see note.

 

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