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ef: A Tale of Melodies.

Alternative Titles

English: ef ~ A Tale of Melodies
Synonyms: ef: A Tale of Memories Second Season, ef: A Tale of Memories 2nd Season
Japanese: ef - a tale of melodies.


Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 7, 2008 to Dec 23, 2008
Premiered: Fall 2008
Broadcast: Tuesdays at 01:15 (JST)
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Studios: Shaft
Source: Visual novel
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.201 (scored by 42,563 users)
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Ranked: #2982
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Popularity: #483
Members: 94,930
Favorites: 1,403
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Episodes: /12


In a story set years in the past, Himura Yuu is a studious and diligent young man intent solely on maintaining his top academic position at Otowa Academy. One day, he meets a mysterious girl named Amamiya Yuuko, who, to his surprise, recognizes him. Memories of a distant childhood, memories rather left forgotten... meeting Yuuko again will force Yuu to confront the regrets and sorrows of their collective pasts and presents.

In the present, Kuze Shuuichi may seem like a womanizer, but upon closer inspection, is a man who would rather be left alone. Hayama Mizuki, however, is not the type of girl who would let him be, especially after hearing the beautiful sounds of his violin performance. As Mizuki attempts to become closer to him, Kuze attempts to push her away—the tale of their budding relationship is darkened with undertones of an imminent tragedy.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Amamiya, Yuuko
Amamiya, Yuuko
Nakajima, Yumiko
Nakajima, Yumiko
Himura, Yuu
Himura, Yuu
Toochika, Kouichi
Toochika, Kouichi
Kuze, Shuuichi
Kuze, Shuuichi
Hamada, Kenji
Hamada, Kenji
Hayama, Mizuki
Hayama, Mizuki
Gotou, Mai
Gotou, Mai


Kubota, Mitsutoshi
Kubota, Mitsutoshi
Matsuda, Akio
Matsuda, Akio
Oonuma, Shin
Oonuma, Shin
Tsuruoka, Yota
Tsuruoka, Yota
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More episodes Episodes(12/12)

Episode Title Aired
1 Ever
Oct 7, 2008
2 Read
Oct 14, 2008
3 Union
Oct 21, 2008
4 Turn
Oct 28, 2008
5 Utter
Nov 4, 2008

Edit Opening Theme

#1: "ebullient future (English)" by TENMON featuring ELISA (eps 1-5, 7-9)
#2: "ebullient future (Instrumental)" by TENMON (ep 6)
#3: "ebullient future (English 2nd. Version)" by TENMON featuring ELISA (ep 11)

Edit Ending Theme

#1: "Egao no Chikara (笑顔のチカラ)" by Mai Goto (eps 2-5, 7, 9, 11)
#2: "Negai no Kakera (願いのカケラ)" by Yumiko Nakajima (eps 6, 8)
#3: "ebullient future (English)" by ELISA (ep 10)
#4: "ebullient future (Japanese)" by ELISA (ep 12)
#5: "ever forever" by Mai Goto, Yumiko Nakajima, Hiroko Taguchi, Junko Okada, Natsumi Yanase (ep 12)

More reviewsReviews

Dec 26, 2008
Watching "ef- a tale of melodies" is not like watching a regular anime, but more like an artistic painting come to life. It really is a unique experience!

Story: 8/10
Taking place after the first installment known as ef- a tale of memories, we now follow the tale of most of the supporting cast from the original I just mentioned. Going into this I was a bit bummed that they didn’t decide to simply go with a whole brand new cast for this, but it actually worked out quite well, as this time around we get to learn more about: Kuze, Mizuki, Yuuko and Yu. (which again read more
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Dec 26, 2008
Tale of Melodies is like watching Leonardo Di Vinci paint a sequel to the Mona Lisa. He's technical skills has improved, his techniques more refined, but does he have enough soul to mold a creation that matches the sheer brilliance of the original?


Note: If you have not see the Tale of Memories, do not read this review. It'll be rather meaningless.

Make no mistake, Tale of Melodies is definitely not a mediocre sequel. Judged by itself, Melodies would fit the true hallmarks of a classic. Watching episode after episode is akin to surfing upon waves of pure emotion, there will be scenes that are guaranteed to read more
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Oct 25, 2013
*Please watch ef: A Tale of Memories first, because there is a continuation of the love stories presented in the prequel. Feel free to read my review for Memories also.*

After watching Memories, you probably asked yourself these questions:
- Why does Yuuko pop up out of nowhere and disappear before you can blink an eye?
- How do Yuuko and Yuu know each other?
- How do Renji and Chihiro; Hiro and Miyako; and Kyousuke and Kei's relationships continue?

ef: A Tale of Melodies will answer all of those questions as it introduces the background of vague characters from Memories: Mizuki, Yuuko, Yuu, Kuze, and Nagi. There is a read more
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Jan 5, 2009
“Right art tells right people the right things"

I don’t remember exactly in which movie did I hear this phrase, but it has haunted me ever since the first time I heard it. It contains in itself an irrevocable truth about human mind, that tastes are not "universal", but rather contained in each individual.
Thus some people would manage to enjoy stuff like Rosario to Vampire and Miley Sirius music, while others might rather puke at mere mention of them.

Where does the difference lie? In the intelligence of the one who enjoys it, perhaps? I doubt it. If such were the case, it would read more
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