I hope that everyone is doing well, and getting ready for the upcoming change in seasons.
Things have been somewhat boring, though it is mainly because of things that some people will not learn until they have a bit of experience in the normal route adults pursue in life.
Fortunately, I still have some things from the recent order I got from RightStuf.
So far, I have covered one of the two things I got and it is time to tackle the last title.
Today, I will be reviewing that title, which is called ef — A tale of Melodies.
Everybody seems to have settled down in their new lives after discovering what makes them happy.
However, some are having difficulties dealing with either their pasts or the hopelessness of their current situation, but when somebody connected to the past of those people are in Otawa, things may not remain the same as they once were with those people.
After being a bit disappointed in the previous anime, I was not too sure if I would have wanted to continue on with the ef series.
Of course, I did not really give this series or any other enough time to shine for me like I did for the Magical Index novels, then I probably would have missed quite a few shows that were actually pretty good.
Fortunately, after this this series, I have to say that I enjoyed.
I liked how everything was pretty well connected throughout this show.
When I watched ef — A Tale of Memories, I did not really like how the stories never seemed to come together and that the two female leads talking to each other via text were the only thing that did seem to connect the two stories.
Yes, they probably had common elements, but there was still so little connection between the stories that they should have been released as OVAs, not in a twelve episode series.
Here, however, the stories seemed to be very connected because everyone had either met in the past or were related to each other.
Not only did some characters share some history, but the exploration into Yuu Himura’s past really added some feeling to the story taking place in the present.
If Yuu’s past with Yuuko had not been explored, I would not have really understood why he was stung so much when Kuze was down in the dumps, much like I did not really feel anything for Hiro’s situation back in the first anime because there was not a whole lot of focus on either him or Renji.
Because of this, I want give Shaft a good round of applause.
After all, it is nice when there is noticeable improvement over what ad come before.
I also liked how had felt the anguish and happiness of pretty much everyone in the series.
Back in ef — A tale of Memories, I could not really feel anything for what the characters were going through because there was not enough focus given on either story to really become involved with the characters.
On the other hand, in this show, each story felt like it got enough attention that I was able to actually feel for each person.
It was also nice how the artwork was not too distracting this time around.
While I could not really immerse myself in the first anime, due to the fact that Shaft’s art style fits more with horror or dark stories, it actually fit pretty well in this series.
If I had to say why, I think it is because the show depicts thing thats are not too pretty to think about, or even see, which means that the things would look quite out of place if the people who did the anime adaptations of works like Clannad worked on this show instead of Shaft.
As a result, I want to applaud Shaft even more because I did not feel like I was being pushed away from the series just because of the artwork.
The thing that I liked the most though was Mizuki declaring her love for Kuze Shuichi on the roof.
Out of all the things that occurred in this series, this is the scene that I would want to playback the most, because her feelings for Kuze felt real and seeing her struggles with bonding with him early in this series really made me want her feelings get through to Kuze, and Kuze himself felt like he did not really need to put up a facade when he is with her, since he did talk quite a bit about how people wear different masks in their lives.
I really have to applaud Mizuki for doing what she did.
While many of my peers and elders might say that Kuze should have been the one to express his feelings the way Mizuki did, I am of the opinion that the one that has the strongest feelings, regardless of gender, is the one that should make the first move, which I also mentioned in my review of Toradora!.
Yes, if women confessed to men more than vice versa, especially in anime, I would probably be annoyed, but right now, I am much more annoyed with people who pass off the false assumptions of the past as fact or the way things are supposed to be, without realizing what the reality is.
Besides, nothing could really ruin my enjoyment of this scene, because it is one in which I would not want to stop watching for any reason.
Outside of those things, I cannot really think of anything else that I particularly liked.
The fact that the characters and stories are connected and receive adequate enough focus to actually for sympathy for the characters and that the art style did not seem out of place made this series rather enjoyable.
Although I liked this show, there are some issues.
However, aside from things being present that parents in the US might not find good for young children, such as discussion and hints of a character being abused by a family member and being raped by said family member, though it is never shown outright, nothing really seemed to bug me too much.
As a result, I will have to say that there is nothing worth mentioning.
Considering that there was not much, if anything, that hurt the show and that there was a dramatic improvement over the first anime, this was definitely worth watching.
I recommend this to pretty much everyone that wants to try something different, though fans of the previous anime may like this more than others.
What are your thoughts on ef — A Tale of Melodies? Did you like it or hate it? If you liked it, did you think this was better than Memories, like I did, or was it about the same? Was there something that you liked or hated that went unmentioned? Feel free to comment.
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