ef: A Tale of Memories.

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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)
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: 7.871 (scored by 108561108,561 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #8492
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #953
Members: 257,274
Favorites: 2,749

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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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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)

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Feb 14, 2024
ef - a tale of memories offers a refreshing approach to the romance genre by sidestepping common tropes and instead intertwining multiple narratives, each offering a distinct perspective on love and relationships. Central to its appeal is the profound emotional journey of characters like Renji and Chihiro, whose relationship is both relatable and profoundly moving.

However, the series is not without its shortcomings. Some storylines feel underdeveloped, such as the love triangle involving Kei, Hiro, and Miyako, which pales in comparison to the depth of Renji and Chihiro's arc. Additionally, certain characters lack the complexity and depth found in others.

Visually, the animation is striking, characterized by ...
Aug 19, 2019
Mixed Feelings
Being a huge Slice of Life fan and a sucker for romantic plots, on paper this show should have been right up my alley but upon actually watching it it just wasn't. I do not understand the 9 and 10 reviews I've seen so many of here. I see many, many flaws in this show.

The first half of it was unbelievably slow and boring and it was hard to stay focused and awake. It doesn't get remotely interesting until episode 8 or so and even then it's merely passable, not anything special. There is zero combat, zero mystery/thriller elements, zero suspense. The plot as a ...
Apr 14, 2023
ef - a tale of memories gets a 3/10 compared to its mess of a sequel with 2/10 because it doesn't include the explicit physical abuse of it's female cast but it was even more boring to watch (which is very hard).

The series basically consists of 'atmospheric' scenes with long, empty dialogues. the pseudo deep, artsy symbolism is never once explained. This concept would work if the cast wasn't so incredibly generic and boring (then it would might be something like Bakemonogatari). I read a lot of comments how people found the characters unlikable but I wouldn't even say this. The cast is so ...

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