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ef: A Tale of Memories.


Alternative Titles

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

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 7, 2007 to Dec 23, 2007
Premiered: Fall 2007
Broadcast: Sundays at 01:35 (JST)
Producers: Rondo Robe
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Studios: Shaft
Source: Visual novel
Genres: Drama, Mystery, Romance
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older

Statistics

Score: 8.151 (scored by 67,839 users)
1 indicates a weighted score. Please note that 'Not yet aired' titles are excluded.
Ranked: #3502
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #305
Members: 137,603
Favorites: 2,494
8.15
Ranked #350Popularity #305Members 137,603
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Episodes: /12

Synopsis

On Christmas Eve, Hiro Hirono runs into Miyako Miyamura, a frivolous girl who "borrows" his bicycle in order to chase down a purse thief. After Hiro finds his bicycle wrecked and Miyako unconscious, the two unexpectedly spend their Christmas Eve together, and when they discover they go to the same high school, their accidental relationship develops even further. This sparks the jealousy of Hiro's childhood friend Kei Shindou, whose pure approach to life catches the eye of Kyosuke Tsutsumi, a womanizing photographer searching for the perfect shot.

Elsewhere, Renji Asou, a boy who dreams of being a girl's knight in shining armor, has a chance encounter with Kei's twin sister—the overly shy Chihiro Shindou, who spends her time reading alone—at an abandoned train station. The two quickly become friends and eventually decide to write a novel together. However, when Renji discovers Chihiro's secret, a disability that causes her to have an eternally ephemeral memory, his childish ideals will be put to the test.

Guided by two mysterious adults, these youths' relationships intertwine in a heart-rending tale of love, rejection, acceptance, and memories.

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Characters & Voice Actors

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

Staff

Matsuda, Akio
Matsuda, Akio
Producer
Oonuma, Shin
Oonuma, Shin
Director
Tsuruoka, Yota
Tsuruoka, Yota
Sound Director
Ishikura, Kenichi
Ishikura, Kenichi
Episode Director, Storyboard


Edit Opening Theme

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

Edit 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)



More reviewsReviews

TheLlama
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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KaminaKai
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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Master10K
Dec 5, 2007
ef - A Tales of Memories is a Psychological, Romance, Drama that may seem like all the other romance anime based of a visual novel (dating sim), yet there is something special about this one.

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The first episode of the series may seem pretty confusing and hard to follow, as the viewer is dragged, from one situation to another. However once you’ve grasped the concept, it quickly becomes clear that this series is made up of two separate, main stories. From then on the show becomes easy to follow and to enjoy, for its uniqueness. There are so many twists and turns that are able read more
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AngelLily
Dec 29, 2007
ef - a tale of memories had everything to be just another harem show adapted from an eroge. The season also brought the incredibly antecipated Clannad, so many wouldn't have given this show a second thought. However, the way such a simple story was developed is different from any other eroge adaptation that has seen the light of day so far.

The story isn't that original if you think about it. Dependable girls that simply need the protagonist, a dose of drama here and there. You're certain you've seen it all before until there were twists you weren't expecting. Somehow, the distant story feels all the read more
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