Ef: A Tale of Melodies

Studio: Shaft    Genre: Romance/Drama
Aired: Fall 2008    Length: 12 Episodes
Weeaboo Average Score: N/A  (0 ratings)

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The measure of a man is how many different girl's school uniforms he's collected

Posted by: Shere @ 2009-03-29 14:53:12

Another sequel to a popular romance anime based on a Visual Novel. Ef a Tale of Memories was the title of season one and it focused on three different and ridiculously melodramatic love stories. Melodies thus far seems to be based on the relationship between two characters who were given cameo roles in season one. The first episode is mostly setup: a lot of it is gibberish and makes absolutely no sense. That is until halfway through where they switch over to some moemoe schoolgirl side character from season 1 who is staying with a friend until she gets dumped off on their womanizing violinist neighbor who collects girls school uniforms. She spends about 10 minutes switching uniforms and being moe all the while they keep hinting that something is wrong with Mr. Womanizer. The entire setup comes off as extremely creepy when the obvious intent was to work in copious amounts of fanservice. See the screenshots below to get an idea of what I'm talking about.

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The show is produced by Shaft, best known for their shows directed by a man named Shinbo (Pani Poni Dash, Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, Hidamari Sketch). Their animation style is often strange, and ef is no exception. The philosophy behind Ef's animation seems to be tricking people into appreciating still shots and other budget saving measures by using them creatively and applying the right filters. For the most part, it works, the animation isn't incredible but it's interesting to look at to say the least. The music didn't really stick out for me, the OP wasn't as catchy as the first season's but once again the animation along with it is incredible.

Category: Romance/Moe/Melodrama
First Impression: 4/10
Verdict: It starts off weak, but it's obviously going places. Give it 3 episodes if melodrama is your thing.