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ef: A Tale of Memories.

Alternative Titles

English: ef ~ A Tale of Memories
Japanese: ef - a tale of memories.


Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 7, 2007 to Dec 23, 2007
Premiered: Fall 2007
Broadcast: Sundays at 01:35 (JST)
Source: Visual novel
Genres: Drama, Mystery, Romance
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


Score: 8.181 (scored by 63,303 users)
Ranked: #3182
Popularity: #266
Members: 125,644
Favorites: 2,347
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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 every day; 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.


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Characters & Voice Actors

Shindou, Chihiro
Shindou, Chihiro
Yanase, Natsumi
Yanase, Natsumi
Miyamura, Miyako
Miyamura, Miyako
Taguchi, Hiroko
Taguchi, Hiroko
Asou, Renji
Asou, Renji
Takagi, Motoki
Takagi, Motoki
Hirono, Hiro
Hirono, Hiro
Shimono, Hiro
Shimono, Hiro


Matsuda, Akio
Matsuda, Akio
Oonuma, Shin
Oonuma, Shin
Tsuruoka, Yota
Tsuruoka, Yota
Sound Director
Kamitsubo, Ryouki
Kamitsubo, Ryouki
Episode Director, Storyboard

More episodes Episodes(12/12)

Episode Title Aired
1 Eve
Oct 7, 2007
2 Upon a Time
Oct 14, 2007
3 Paradox
Oct 21, 2007
4 Honesty
Oct 28, 2007
5 Outline
Nov 4, 2007

Opening Theme

#1: "euphoric field" by Tenmon feat. ELISA (eps 3-9, 11)
#2: "euphoric field (Japanese ver.)" by Tenmon feat. ELISA (ep 12)

Ending Theme

#1: "I'm here" by Hiroko Taguchi (eps 1, 3, 7, 10)
#2: "euphoric field" by Tenmon feat. ELISA (ep 2)
#3: "Kizamu Kisetsu" by Junko Okada (eps 4, 5, 9)
#4: "Sora no Yume" by Natsumi Yanase (eps 6, 8, 11)
#5: "Yūkyū no Tsubasa 07mix" by Yumiko Nakajima (ep 12)

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Nov 10, 2015
What makes anime such a fantastic medium is that directors aren't subjected to the confines of reality. In other words, they can manipulate the scene as much as they please to create symbolic effects: patterns imposed on silhouettes, a character's eye moving on a white surface, and distorted colours just to name a few. Personally, I can't see how live-action cinema can take those techniques and apply them to the actors without making it feel weird and awkward.

Ef: A Tale of Memories stretches the artistic boundaries of anime by making you ask yourself "What just happened" at the end of every episode but also leaving read more
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Mar 14, 2008
Several love stories... they will make you cry. Definite recommendation.
Love. Tragedy. Sadness. And a happy ending. This show has all the basic ingredients that's needed to make me cry. . However, not all shows with those basic ingredients have done so. What made this show so special then?

I guess the characters, and the way they were portrayed. They were all struggling... struggling with their dreams. What to do. Who to be with. That was portrayed in such a way that I completely fell into it, with my entire mind. It was as if I was standing next to them, having to watch them struggle through read more
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Jun 11, 2009
“Put your wishes into the memories you do not want to forget…”

Ef – a tale of memories is one of those anime that will probably stay in your memory and will be used as a standard to compare with other similar series in the future. Why in the future? Because the entire series is so beautifully made that there is only a very small handful of shows that are worth comparing it to at present time. In fact, as far as animation quality and technique are concerned Ef – a tale of memories is one of a kind and will most likely remain so read more
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Dec 31, 2014
ef : A tale of memories..

This is my first review of an anime or it would be better if i said the first time i though of writing one...

I was attracted to start watching this anime only because of its overall but it seems to be far more fascinating than i expected it to be..

Lets go straight at my impressions as far as the story, the characters and the effects of this anime are concerned.

Story (10)

The first episode, which i tried to watch with a friend but i never finished it, was very complicated for me. There were many blanks at my mind and many read more
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Ef and True Tears are a perfect match to the point that they could almost be mistaken for the same franchise. Both are Highschool romance anime that avoid many of clichés of the genre to focus on love triangles, keeping the emotional development of the characters as their primary goal. In visual terms they present very solid animation values with gorgeous background art that shines mostly in the sky scenes. Fanservice free, these are titles that handle their potentially jaded subject matter with maturity and in a serious, thoughtful and highly emotional way. Fans of one are encouraged to check out the other.
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both have deep emotional arcs and meanings. both contains drama powerful stories to touch the heart. although clannad is more comedy-orientated whilst ef is more drama orientated, both have amazing artwork (though different in style), and BOTH ARE ABSOLUTELY EPIC AND TOTALLY WORTH WATCHING especially if you like drama/romances/slice of life/school stuff!!!! 
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In some ways both are very similar, but, at the same time, there are quite a few differences. If you enjoy the dramatical and yet mystical romantic aspect of Kanon, you'll definitely find that in Ef- tale of memories. The difference probably lies in Ef's abstractly artistic animation and split storyline that follows the romance of three separate relationships. 
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