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ef: A Tale of Memories.

Alternative Titles

English: ef - a tale of memories.
Japanese: ef - a tale of memories.


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: Mystery, Drama, Romance
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.021 (scored by 87,710 users)
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Ranked: #5502
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Popularity: #521
Members: 198,876
Favorites: 2,785


A boy trying to make friends with a girl who is constantly losing her memories. 
report Recommended by BreezeElric
both have deep emotional arcs and meanings. both contains drama powerful stories to touch the heart. although clannad is more comedy-orientated whilst ef is more drama orientated, both have amazing artwork (though different in style), and BOTH ARE ABSOLUTELY EPIC AND TOTALLY WORTH WATCHING especially if you like drama/romances/slice of life/school stuff!!!! 
report Recommended by sugarplumfairy
The way the drama unravels is similar Both have to do with loss of memory and jealousy in a love triangle 
report Recommended by Andaroo
Ef and True Tears are a perfect match to the point that they could almost be mistaken for the same franchise. Both are Highschool romance anime that avoid many of clichés of the genre to focus on love triangles, keeping the emotional development of the characters as their primary goal. In visual terms they present very solid animation values with gorgeous background art that shines mostly in the sky scenes. Fanservice free, these are titles that handle their potentially jaded subject matter with maturity and in a serious, thoughtful and highly emotional way. Fans of one are encouraged to check out the other.  
report Recommended by Nocturnal
In some ways both are very similar, but, at the same time, there are quite a few differences. If you enjoy the dramatical and yet mystical romantic aspect of Kanon, you'll definitely find that in Ef- tale of memories. The difference probably lies in Ef's abstractly artistic animation and split storyline that follows the romance of three separate relationships. 
report Recommended by AegisReborn
At first, it looks like a school slice of life with a bit of romance and harem, but in the end it ends up beind SO much more than that. Both reach a certain depth in predestined relationships, even if the show doesn't focus on it. 
report Recommended by goblinlady
These anime are examples of very beautiful animation with a lot of attention to details without trade-offs between animation quality and story. If you can appreciate spectacular animation and gripping storytelling, you'll enjoy these two. 
report Recommended by cyruz
They both contain sad stories dealing with love problems. 
report Recommended by Misa-Misa
At first glance ef-a Tale of Memories and Air do not seem to have much in common, the first being more focused on romance while the second deals primarily with tragedy and family ties, however these titles have a similar atmosphere to them. Both are character driven through and through, the interaction between the characters is what advances the plot. These anime are highly emotional in the way they approach human relationships, a stellar soundtrack and flawless animation make them akin in more ways than one. Especially relevant is the attention to detail in the several scenes that feature the sky that are simply  read more 
report Recommended by Nocturnal
Presentation style is similar, though the genres differ a little, at least in the way they are focused, where romance and drama rules Ef while mystery/suspense mixed with characterization plays more prominently in Bakemonogatari. Both are very metaphorical, with Ef being more visual with art and Bakemonogatari more word play. Also consider Ef - A Tale of Melodies 
report Recommended by cronocloud07
Artwork in both animes is outstanding and avant-garde (same applies to ef - tale of melodies). Both incorporate supernatural characters in surreal settings and heavy doses of symbolism (ef much more so). Ef's characterization is markedly more in-depth. Clannad avoids the ef serie's intense (but well-executed) melodrama, whereas ef avoids Clannad's harem stereotypes.  
report Recommended by Cinnamonsylph
In both a girl is lonely and being bullied by others. A kind boy helps them and then a love triangle shows up. 
report Recommended by virix-kun
The plot and characters are all fairly similar. Some of the genres are also the same, making ef ~ a tale of memories very likable, especially if you've seen sola. 
report Recommended by Takukari
similar storiy..a drama and romance type..where the girL has an iLLness that cant easily be cured but she accepted that and what awaits her untiL a guy came into his life abd changed her sights and beliefs about life.=p 
report Recommended by inn0centdem0n
both of these shows are really artsy and deep and have a nice plot 
report Recommended by sulaendgame
Series the contain love triangle relationship between the male lead and main female characters. The two shows are strikingly similar in their mature portrayal of relationship development. Characters make decisions in a realistic way, even though these decisions may seem despicable and may end up hurting other people.  
report Recommended by bunny1ov3r
Similar in terms of tragedies befalling on the characters and art style. Although, Angel Beats! has a mix of comic relief. 
report Recommended by hokeymon
Both are series that rely on cheap drama and emotional twists hinged around shallow unconvincing characters who are based around these twists. They both construct their emotional drama recipes similarly, and contain elements of romance, so I assume appeal to a similar audience 
report Recommended by Claptrap
Both animes deal with the profound concepts of romance, friendship, and the value of time. Time affects the lives of the characters, implying how precious time truly is and how it can affect the lives of so many. Even memories play the part in the development of character. Furthermore, the animations are enthralling. If you enjoyed one of these, you'll definitely enjoy the other. :] 
report Recommended by SilentMuse
Psychological, very deep. Turns you into a philosophic mode and make you think of life. If you like anime with deeper meaning than you will like both. Ef has no mecha or fights, but much better art and faster action. 
report Recommended by Frisco
Both are similar in the way you have more than one main character. The story revolves around all of them, following each of them at different times, their expedition and their relationships. Kimi-kiss is simpler and more straightforward than ef - a tale of memories! 
report Recommended by Friendlysoul
The style of Nagi no Asukara and ef: A Tale of Memories gives a familiar mood with its spectacular visuals and colorful cast of characters. Among these character includes interpersonal relationships with romance and drama. Ef: A Tale of Memories does take on a more mature style with descriptive dialogues while Nagi no Asukara has a more atmosphere of innocence. However, they both include characters with a multitude of personalities. The setting of both series also takes place in a school life environment.  
report Recommended by Stark700
Romance is everywhere, not only in fiction; it doesn't exist only in another, imaginary world. The grey everyday life is always waiting for love to paint it colorful. As we have all heard of the tragic love of Shakespear's Romeo and Juliet, we maybe have wished to find that special someone who is destined to bring us happiness. The anime adaptation Romeo x Juliet is as exciting as the original play, but there is much more magic and mystery in its own cute way. The stories of gentleness, love and passion are not always supposed to be seen on stage. They are everywhere around us;  read more 
report Recommended by TotallyLovable
Similar fractured method of storytelling. 
report Recommended by Kinodesu
Both have something to do with losing your memories with a cute love story on top of it. Both have great animation and great music as well 
report Recommended by block_bot27
The two stories have a common theme about a girl with short term memory loss. 
report Recommended by Archaeon
Both have extraordinary animation, especially the scenery. The viewing experience is stunning, instead of watching characters the main focus is the breathtaking scenery. Both also have similar deep dark atmospheres of pain and heartbreak, the main characters desperately trying to find love. 
report Recommended by sugarplumfairy
Watch it, you'll love it as some of the characters you think boring are actually not.. Worth giving it a shot though its a bit slow.  
report Recommended by sakibsaklaine
I like both animes and both have a character who has lost his or her memories both very touching romances with lonely flat chested women 
report Recommended by kissXsisFanatic
If you like the 'realistic calming' and maybe sad ending of Kimi No Na Wa, you'll like EF series too. Also the person who made the story of Kimi is the same as the one who made EF. 
report Recommended by PoDH
They are both romance drama type anime, expect this Da Capo is a harem. However they both contain some supernatural phenomenon. 
report Recommended by ray357
Both are romance with heavy drama (Ef more so than Kokoro Connect). Both involve characters that face tear-jerking problems (Again, Ef more so than Kokoro). 
report Recommended by Deliriant
Both series are produced by Shaft hence the outrageously humor that takes place in the series through the usage of word play. Both series contain heavy use of dialogue as well as comedy, drama, and romance. Ef - A tale of Memories swings a bit more on the mature side while Arakawa Under the Bridge features more on humor. Both series however contain an unique style that moves the viewer. 
report Recommended by Stark700
This is a somewhat weird recommendation since Spice & Wolf is rather lighthearted and funny though it does touch on more serious elements. While ef: Tale of Memories is more serious and melancholical. However they both feature some amount of romance (ef - alot, S&W - teasing which develops later) the reason I thought of this recommendation is that the relationship between Miyako and Hiro is the same sort of teasing relationship Lawrence and Holo have. The thing is that S&W is a pretty long light novel series so it develops slower than EF which is really short. Both series are very good though so  read more 
report Recommended by PawnDa
- Both have love triangles - Both have one girl left heart broken - Both of the main male characters have great hobby's e.g: manga artist and film maker - Both have the same line of story from the beginning of the anime. - Both start of meeting the girl by accident. 
report Recommended by Valencia
Both series worked by the studio Shaft. Their unique use of gags and word play are themes of the series that give a different style in anime. Both series also have "romance" although exploited in an unique way. There are also ecchi in both of these series at different turn points.  
report Recommended by Stark700
If you love school romance drama and this anime is for you. and both are definitely worth watching! 
report Recommended by bloody_Venus55
They are both good anime with a good dose of romance..... 
report Recommended by pc_magas
If you're looking for deep and believeable characters, go for those two. Ef is pretty serious and OreImo's a comedy, but both are good-looking, involve some great voice acting and are surprisingly enjoyable. 
report Recommended by Kurisu666
In both at first it's hard to understand how all these characters and their stories are connected to each other but in the end they all become one big complex story. Also both have a little bit strange fantasy story with romance in it - Mekakucity actors is a lot stranger than Ef and Ef has more romance though! Both stories also leave you with lots of unanswered questions. In both the story still somehow works completely fine. Both are made by Shaft so both have the same typical style. And also both have the same nursery story style in it explaining the original background story. And  read more 
report Recommended by Kshmir
As for myself, these two gave me the urge to watch more romance with drama and both of them are good series to watch if you're looking for an anime with the said genre. 
report Recommended by Navizel
The biggest similarity between them would be the dialogues, many characters in both series like to speak in metaphors. So if you like to immerse yourself into deep dialogues, both series may be to your liking. Black Lagoon is a gun-loaded action series with a darker tone, while ef-A Tale of Memories is a romance series with a brighter tone.  
report Recommended by Lord_Odous
Both animes gives to the viewer the similar feeling of dependency and sadness that each heroine has to the hero of the story. Also in both stories heroines have to carry a huge pain and burden in their hearts and the hero helps them to overcome.  
report Recommended by pc_magas
Both anime contains plots about artists who are trying to find their particular marks in between widespread appeal, and niche appreciation. 
report Recommended by lmisohax
While ef S1 is a VN adaption, White Album is an eroge adaption, but you will still see similar scenes in both. The drama level in both is very high, but in White Album it's enough to be like you're watching a soap opera. Even though the circumstances for the male leads and female leads are varied, the feeling of emptiness, sabotage, and guilt is evident in both, only difference that in WA it's depressing to the max. 
report Recommended by Inuchiyo
Both of these anime's have similar feeling to them. With the fate being decided but a will to try to change take both stories on and even doing that at the cost of others. They both may have happy tone but really under lying tragic tone and sad at times.  
report Recommended by Ace19
Similar art style and visual tricks. Romance, a bit of mistery. SHAFT ). A lot of specific dialogs 
report Recommended by Nachtwandler_21
Both animes have an artistic look to them and are strongly romance-based 
report Recommended by MyFriendSam
The scenes in episode 3 made me feel like this one would b appropriate for ef. if you like the way episode three is and you like crazy mysterious confusing anime you'll love ef. 
report Recommended by iwashere
Both anime have weird camera-angle-shots that are artfully pulled off. Ef employs this more while Madoka Magica only uses it sparingly. However, you can really see the emotions of the scene at work in those shots. 
report Recommended by Xrave
They both have a sad aura to them, have interesting "camera" angles, and are very artistic, yet somewhat simple. The second season of EF (a Tale of Melodies) is also similar to She and Her Cat, but it reminded me of the first season more ^^ 
report Recommended by TsuruyaSonozaki
both have the same bitter, bitter, bittersweet taste and feeling to it. shows the harsh realities of love, and the problems of life entwined. excellent romances which tear at your heart strings. even the composition of how it is 'filmed' is the same. 
report Recommended by sugarplumfairy
both extremely emotional dramas which reflect the harshness of love and life. both show many different storylines which show the soul searching of different individuals. ef a tale of memories is more based on young school goers and is also more artistic, whilst honey and clover is more based on older adult problems and has a different way of protraying the events; however both and brilliant watches and both have the same extremely bitter sweet taste. 
report Recommended by sugarplumfairy
They both have a reflective and contemplative view on life. While in Shigofumi, you see how humans react to the unaltered and unaffected words of the dead. In ef, you see the reactions and encounters of people who are nearly dead (in an emotion sense) but yield interesting enough personalities, dreams, ideas, and activities that they began to rediscover their passions in an all too well-flowing story. This is the biggest similarity between the two shows as Shigofumi also takes lessons from a few of its short arcs and builds its main monotone character as well. 
report Recommended by Ani-Blast
The way ef, presents it's animations is very similar to that of Negima. The difference is their storylines. Compared to Negima!?, which uses the animation for more of a magic/adventure (Harry Potter-like) anime, ef uses these animations for more of a cross between romance and drama (similar to that of Kare Kano.) 
report Recommended by Shigeyama
For those who loved the storytelling style of Kino no Tabi, ef - a tale of memories does it quite similarly, but instead of reflecting on the inperfection of humans, ef is catered more to the audience who wants a plot, yet at the same time keep the same style. ef focuses more on the visuals than ideals or the script, so be prepared to think harder if you are not so artistically-inclined. 
report Recommended by Frostea
I think that relation betwen Renji and Chihiro and his problem with Chihiro is quite similar to Hideki and Chii from Chobits. 
report Recommended by Pruzio
Both are romantic dramas that take place during high school. 
report Recommended by XanthReborn
This animes Series are very good stuff for those that are interested in Psicologically and good-stories about mind and fiction. I recommend these because I like good series that have in their posses a great End. 
report Recommended by lord_shaolin
Disappearing memories...  
report Recommended by Cashdax
Both of these stories are originally created by minori. They look like a school slice of life with some elements of romance and drama. And by the way, Makoto Shinkai took part in creating these series. 
report Recommended by hsuzumiya
Both series delve deep into the characters' emotions and portray affection, though dramatically, well. 'ef' will make you care deeply about the characters and what happens to them. 'ef' made me realize that, for God-knows-what reason, I am a sucker for these sort of anime, and Amagami has reinforced that so far. o_O 
report Recommended by shi-zu-me
They have the same feel on the sad moments and are both deeply emotional scarring for the characters also it both has such sad moments. Although Ef feels much more like a very sad dream and FMA feels closer to the harsh reality  
report Recommended by SkillsSkull
The two both center around the love story of a boy. Towards the end of both, their plots become quite similar. 
report Recommended by Swofty
Both of them are related to amnesia, with the main character losing all his/her remembrances. Ef is more dramatic, whereas Golden Time mixes comedy and drama in a very good way. Both of them are great in my view. Golden time is much more focused in romance as well. 
report Recommended by naceale
Both involves romance. Both also involves several characters that are unrelated to each other at the start of the series but as as the story develops, the characters get connected to each other slowly. (also applies to ef - a tale of melodies) 
report Recommended by Yukari_Hiwada
Both involve a theme of forbidden romances, or the want to protect one from the pain love can cause. While ef is more abstract in conveying deeper themes than the brutal honesty of Koi Kaze, both have a deep impact. 
report Recommended by MarshallM
Both of these great shows draw upon the various restrictions that force one to live in specific ways, as well as the true motives behind relationships. While NHK!'s mood displays a wider spectrum, both anime were both entertaining and had some good life lessons. 
report Recommended by MarshallM
There's a similar romance in both of those anime between a nice understanding guy and a beautiful girl with a mental problem. Mahoraba is less artistic and has a lighter mood overall but it's just as touching and interesting. 
report Recommended by Mithzor