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: 8.011 (scored by 6551365,513 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #5502
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1269
Members: 158,702
Favorites: 1,685

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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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Characters & Voice Actors


Shinbou, Akiyuki
Producer, Animation Check
Kubota, Mitsutoshi
Matsuda, Akio
Oonuma, Shin


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 ...
Oct 25, 2013
*Please watch ef: A Tale of Memories first, because there is a continuation of the love stories presented in the prequel. Feel free to read my review for Memories also.*

After watching Memories, you probably asked yourself these questions:
- Why does Yuuko pop up out of nowhere and disappear before you can blink an eye?
- How do Yuuko and Yuu know each other?
- How do Renji and Chihiro; Hiro and Miyako; and Kyousuke and Kei's relationships continue?

ef: A Tale of Melodies will answer all of those questions as it introduces the background of vague characters from Memories: Mizuki, Yuuko, Yuu, Kuze, and Nagi. There is a ...
Jan 5, 2009
“Right art tells right people the right things"

I don’t remember exactly in which movie did I hear this phrase, but it has haunted me ever since the first time I heard it. It contains in itself an irrevocable truth about human mind, that tastes are not "universal", but rather contained in each individual.
Thus some people would manage to enjoy stuff like Rosario to Vampire and Miley Sirius music, while others might rather puke at mere mention of them.

Where does the difference lie? In the intelligence of the one who enjoys it, perhaps? I doubt it. If such were the case, it would ...

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