ef: A Tale of Melodies.

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Synonyms: ef: A Tale of Memories Second Season, ef: A Tale of Memories 2nd Season
Japanese: ef - a tale of melodies.
English: ef - a tale of melodies.
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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: None found, add some
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Studios: Shaft
Source: Visual novel
Genres: DramaDrama, MysteryMystery, RomanceRomance, SupernaturalSupernatural
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.001 (scored by 6755667,556 users)
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Ranked: #6242
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Popularity: #1406
Members: 164,300
Favorites: 1,739

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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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Opening Theme

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1: "ebullient future (English)" by TENMON featuring ELISA (eps 1-5, 7-9)
2: "ebullient future (Instrumental)" by TENMON (eps 6)
3: "ebullient future (English 2nd. Version)" by TENMON featuring ELISA (eps 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 (eps 10)
4: "ebullient future (Japanese)" by ELISA (eps 12)
5: "ever forever" by Mai Goto, Yumiko Nakajima, Hiroko Taguchi, Junko Okada, Natsumi Yanase (eps 12)


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 ...
Jan 17, 2010
Mixed Feelings
Ef- a Tale of Melodies is somehow an unnecessary sequel. Unnecessary in a way the first season didn't let any hole for a new season, as I felt it was complete and didn't need to go on. Even tough, I was still thrilled to watch A Tale of Melodies since its predecessor was absolutely beautiful. Perhaps, it would be as beautiful or as interesting.

Sadly, I could only dream about it.

The story is presented in the same pattern as Memories, at this point the viewer shouldn't be confused in the way it's made. While most of the cast are back, they actually switch roll in ...
Mar 28, 2023
I actually made my account on myanimelist because of this anime. I wanted to share my views after seeing it all.

Having watched Tale of Memories, I went into this one with high expectations. And, unfortunately, was let down.

'Tale of Memories' was the first anime after 'Clannad' to actually move me, both 'Air' and 'Kannon' failing in that department (I only saw the latter two after Clannad, and they felt pale in comparison). However, 'Tale of Melodies', in my opinion, went the wrong way. It OVERLOADS you with stylistyc art and does not deliver on the story.

If you split it into two stories, neither ...

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