ef: A Tale of Memories.

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Alternative Titles

Japanese: ef - a tale of memories.
English: ef - a tale of memories.
German: ef - A Tale of Memories
Spanish: ef - A Tale of Memories
French: ef - A Tale of Memories
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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: DramaDrama, MysteryMystery, RomanceRomance
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.881 (scored by 107236107,236 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #8002
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #922
Members: 253,702
Favorites: 2,770

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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


Shinbou, Akiyuki
Producer, Storyboard
Kubota, Mitsutoshi


Opening Theme

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Youtube Music
1: "euphoric field" by Tenmon feat. ELISA (eps TV: eps 3-9, 11; BD/DVD: eps 1-11)
2: "euphoric field (Japanese ver.)" by Tenmon feat. ELISA (eps 12)

Ending Theme

1: "I'm here" by Hiroko Taguchi (eps 1, 3, 7, 10)
2: "euphoric field" by Tenmon feat. ELISA (eps 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 (eps 12)


Mar 14, 2008
Several love stories... they will make you cry. Definite recommendation.
Love. Tragedy. Sadness. 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 their dreams and loves... ...
Sep 3, 2009
Mixed Feelings
I decided to watch this anime after watching some AMVs. I've always despised the art style of this anime (big heads, pentagonal faces and skinny characters don't really appeal me), but the animation was gorgeous, which motivated me.

Story: 5.
The story doesn't pick up until episode 5. I almost dropped watching it because it's boring at first, but it does get better as it goes, and since it's actually a short anime, I recommend watching it all. This anime could be divided in three stories. Sadly, aside from Renji and Chihiro's part, the story is very poor. If you're looking for a more complex, mind blowing ...
Dec 7, 2010
I can't even begin to fathom why people love this series so much. The story is incredibly, mind-blowingly generic, and the characters are so typical that I feel like I've seen them in dozens of other shows. On top of that, the "artistic" style of the anime was so distracting and ridiculous. I found myself laughing every time the scene became obnoxiously distorted or the colors changed, because it was so non-discrete and it never quit. Yes, this anime is pretty. But it's pretty in a way that makes it clear that it's trying way too hard to be beautiful and artistic. All in all, ...

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