Ranked #274

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: Shaft, Sentai FilmworksL
Source: Visual novel
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


Score: 8.221 (scored by 40,072 users)
Ranked: #2742
Popularity: #441
Members: 88,074
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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
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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
Sound Director

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

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)

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)

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Nov 5, 2015
In my mind, the Ef series defined what great animation was in its time; and the animation style paved the way for some of the techniques that Shaft is now famous for. It is a great relationship show with actual meanings, something that many shows these days seem to lack. Thus without further ado, let us proceed with the review.

Ef- A Tale of Melodies is more of a continuation than a sequel to A Tale of Memories. It tells the tale of the older generation (Kuze, Yuko, and Himura) that seemed to show up randomly but at key moments in the first series to give read more
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Oct 8, 2015
Okay, as always I want to preface my review with the three things I’m looking for in an anime: I want a really good story (+5), I want really good dialogue (characters/character development, etc.)(+3), and I want really good “technicals” (style, sound, etc.)(+2). For this anime, I’ll be giving an independent review per season since, while they’re meant to go together, they can be watched independent of each other (Like Clannad/Clannad: After Story). So let’s get to it!

ef: A Tale of Melodies… This is, to me, the darker version of its predecessor, A Tale of Memories. Again, this anime describes what I call “love on read more
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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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Jul 16, 2015
As personal opinion, this series is one of my favorite titles, prior to its prequel ef: Tale of Memories., an adaptation by Shaft from a visual title "ef: Tale of the Two."

First of all, watching this series before the prequel is not advised, it is better to watch the prequel then proceed to this one.

Lets proceed to review:

The story has 2 different plot: Same as the prequel, with different pair of characters. If the prequel runs both plot at the same time, in this case, the other is just a reminisce, and the other is set in present.

The story clarifies most questions about the read more
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Anime: Tasogare Otome x Amnesia
Without giving too much info and spoiling, both female protagonists are somewhat going through similar circumstances. What is quite interesting is they have the same first name... Yuuko Kanoe and Yuuko Amamiya (ef - A tale of melodies), and similar features (hair/color, body)

NOTE: However this recommendation is a SEQUEL so it is suggested to watch the prequel first (ef - A tale of Memories) and understand the story. 
reportRecommended by Mr_DaftPunk
Anime: Clannad: After Story
Both approach adult conflicts in a very human way (Clannad AF: aftger episode 8). Both are drama + romance + slice of life and both will probably make you cry...XP 
reportRecommended by Adanadhel
Anime: H2O: Footprints in the Sand
Both stories have characters that have a dark past and a protagonist that loses their loved one and meets her again. 
reportRecommended by Jakeki
Anime: Romeo x Juliet
Both animes are mostly based on romance, although Ef is also mystery while Romeo x Juliet has fantasy. 
reportRecommended by Tsukinabi
Anime: Clannad
I think the feeling while watching was similar, and both have 'other words' and school stuff, so if you like one, you will probably find the other one nice.
Epecially, If u like shoujo type anime, drama/school/slice of life. 
reportRecommended by mizure_
Anime: Canvas 2: Niji-iro no Sketch
Both contain a character with painful memories and them dealing with it by avoiding some sort of art, whether its musical or visual. The same mood gets sent whenever both shows start digging into the past and each give hint by hint to what happened. 
reportRecommended by SparksOfLogic

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