Genre: drama, romance
Related Words: memories, loneliness, love, friendship
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.
Review (No Spoilers)
Ef – A Tale of Memories is most likely a show that you won’t forget for a long while. The plot is cliche and it’s common, but the way the show presents it is very unique. The show follows two stories– Chihiro, a girl with a memory defect, and Hirono, a manga artist who finally needs to make important choices in his life.
However, the anime isn’t some happy-go-lucky show, but if you peel back the layers, it is actually very dark. The plot is simple, but the characters aren’t. They have internal conflict, trauma, doubt, which is why it makes the anime so interesting. It has great character development throughout the show and touches on many issues that other slice-of-life or romance anime don’t. The anime has an eerie sort of atmosphere to it and along with the art, it captures the seriousness of the situations. It is a show that will make you cry, yet you want to cheer the characters on to find their happy endings.
Plot 8/10 – As said before, the plot is very simple and easy to follow. If anything, it’s cliche. But the tone of the story makes the plot into something that’s more than that. The plot is the accompaniment to the characters, who grow and learn throughout. Though not complex, it is still interesting to watch.
Characters 10/10 – All of the characters have their flaws and all of them grow and develop throughout the entire story. We are told that the characters are in their early teens, but by the end of the story, they seem much older. The characters are deep and realistic, which makes them very relatable.
Art 8/10 – The art is done very differently, but it has a good flow and artistic sense. It constantly switches back and forth between characters, has many light variations, and might seem confusing, but at the end, it fits the theme of the show very well. The art was what made Ef, Ef, and I really enjoyed seeing this unique style.
Sound 9/10 – Most of the time, if not all, the sound really complemented everything that was happening. From broken chords to chaotic sounds to peaceful ones, it reflected what the characters were feeling and what they were going through. It felt very dramatic and serious, which made the show more intense.
Overall 4/5 – Ef – A Tale of Memories was a simple, yet great show. The characters were very well done and I loved how they did the animation. It did have its off episodes, but overall, I really enjoyed it and its an anime I won’t forget watching.