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ef: A Tale of Melodies.

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.

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 7, 2008 to Dec 23, 2008
Producers: Shaft, Sentai FilmworksL
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company

Statistics

Score: 8.281 (scored by 33031 users)
Ranked: #2222
Popularity: #336
Members: 69,190
Favorites: 1,148
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.

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Popular Tags

drama romance

Synopsis

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.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Related Anime

Adaptation: ef: A Fairy Tale of the Two.
Prequel: ef: A Tale of Memories., ef: A Tale of Melodies. - Prologue

Characters & Voice Actors

Amamiya, Yuuko
Amamiya, Yuuko
Main
Nakajima, Yumiko
Japanese
Nakajima, Yumiko
Mosier, Carli
English
Mosier, Carli
Hayama, Mizuki
Hayama, Mizuki
Main
Haag, Hilary
English
Haag, Hilary
Gotou, Mai
Japanese
Gotou, Mai
Himura, Yuu
Himura, Yuu
Main
Matranga, David
English
Matranga, David
Toochika, Kouichi
Japanese
Toochika, Kouichi
Kuze, Shuuichi
Kuze, Shuuichi
Main
Guardiola, Illich
English
Guardiola, Illich
Hamada, Kenji
Japanese
Hamada, Kenji

Staff

Kubota, Mitsutoshi
Producer
Matsuda, Akio
Producer
Oonuma, Shin
Director
Tsuruoka, Yota
Sound Director



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Dec 26, 2008
Retro8bit
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
Ceptryn
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?

Almost...

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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Recommendations

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
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.

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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