ef – a tale of melodies 02

ef - a tale of melodies

Himura-Yuuko side:

Important revelations are made this week in regards to Himura and Yuuko past. They were both orphaned at a very young age and used to live in the same facility together where they developed an odd bond. Himura’s family possibly lost in a fire, which also took the life of his younger sister, Akane, and he feels terrible regret for not being able to save her; a trauma that still lasts until his teenage years.

During their time at the facility, Yuuko was attracted to Himura and she continuously stuck around him, which dredged up Himura’s memories of Akane. Himura attempted to distance himself from her, but Yuuko proved to be tenacious enough to forge a bond with him, which lasted until she was adopted by a distant relative.

Since then, Himura has decided to live his life as independently as possible, so when he reunites with Yuuko at present time (his high school days), he tells her to not be involved with him anymore as he doesn’t want to remember their past together. Yuuko still proves to be tenacious to her feelings, bringing Himura up to the rooftop using the duplicate key where she confesses that Himura is her first love and it hasn’t ended yet. Yuuko proceeds to hug Himura and declares that she’ll erase all his sad memories.

It seems there are still many skeletons in the closet for this side of the fairy tale, but it’s good to finally know a lot more about Himura and Yuuko’s past. My early suspicions was that they were possibly adopted or their parents married each other, but it seems I’m a bit off the mark. Both of them are tied together by the loss of family, more so for Himura as he feels much remorse over how he failed to save his own sister.

Yuuko’s confession is a daring and somewhat touching too, especially when she declares that her first love hasn’t ended yet. It’s at least known that Himura has a measure of feelings for her, but he doesn’t want to admit it or get close to her as well. We’ll still need to see how Nagi plays in the whole equation as well as the other Amamiya, who didn’t make an appearance this week.

ef - a tale of melodies

ef - a tale of melodies

ef - a tale of melodies

Shuichi-Mizuki side:

Kuze and Mizuki spend another day together. Kuze asks if she would like to go sightseeing around, but Mizuki declines. Both of them head to Renji’s house first, where Mizuki decides to do some laundry and promptly strips an unwilling Renji, who has been up studying for his exams. When the laundry is done, Mizuki heads to take it out to hang, but Kuze collapses suddenly. After a number of “bumps”, Mizuki manages to drag the half-conscious Kuze to the sofa and lets him sleep on her lap when he says he doesn’t want to sleep alone, assuring him that she’ll be there.

Kuze wakes up later in the evening, surprised at how he fell asleep. Mizuki sends him back to his home, and Kuze notices a stack of letters for him in the mailbox. He later brings them out to burn, answering that he’s cutting off all his relationships when Himura questions his conduct. There’s even a letter from Nagi in it, but he doesn’t read it at all.

Later that night, Kuze is having a drink at the back porch when Mizuki comes over, noticing the violin set on the table. When she asks Kuze if it’s fixed, he answers non-committally that it’s still broken. Mizuki starts talking about Kuze’s CD, telling him about how it made her feel so many things from the music, especially from the classics, which sounded “sexy”; as if someone was whispering sweet words of love in to her ears. She further drops a bombshell on to Kuze by declaring that she has probably fallen in love with him, before returning next door.

A surrealistic sequence reveals more about Kuze’s heart condition, hinting that it’s bradycardia arrhythmia, a fatal condition for Kuze as he seems obsessed with rhythms and tempo, with the metronome instrument featuring prominently this time round. It looks like discovering the condition has proven to be big enough shock for him to slump in to a pessimistic outlook for himself, even going to the length of discarding all his relationships, except for Himura and his neighbours, thus having Mizuki’s sudden confession for him comes as a shock to his pessimist self.

ef - a tale of melodies

ef - a tale of melodies

ef - a tale of melodies

ef - a tale of melodies

A proper OP and ED is in place in this episode, which will come as a relief for some. The ED is a Mizuki piece and it remains to be seen if there will be other pieces to rotate as well, as what SHAFT did in the first season.

ef - a tale of melodies

10 Comments

  1. Eirias Said,

    October 14, 2008 @ 3:57 pm

    Speaking as a (soon to be) physician, bradycardias are rarely fatal and certainly treatable (in most instances). Perhaps it may interfere with his own sense of rhythm, as you put it, but it is certainly not a death sentence.

  2. K_S_ Said,

    October 14, 2008 @ 5:13 pm

    According to the website of ef – a tale of melodies, there is another ED, a Yuuko theme to be precisely [called タイトル未定 (can't read kanji, it's "Title something")].

    Anyways, like Logeres, I also took my time to translate the Background German text into english; since I am from Germany, unterstanding isn’t a problem at all, I just need to find the right words.

    Firstly, let me tell you that the whole text isn’t really that long; the whole poem (or whatever) consists mainly of the two longer stanzas. All the other verses are parts of these two stanzas.

    The distant sky beyond the window
    Observing the unreachable clouds
    The hurt heart is cured
    I heard a tenderly sound
    A splinter of the dream slithers from my hand
    To seek the lost answer, I start to run
    Across the time of the encounter
    Two hands, one put upon another
    Memories that reawake
    Closed in this chest
    Seeking the forgotten shape (or rather gestalt)
    The sorrow, end it
    I believe in You, still I keep worrying
    I met Your voice in my dream
    Out of fear of getting hurt, I create a fake smile
    Vulnerable courage is put forth, if we were together
    Frozen pain
    If it were transformed in warmth
    The bell, it rings out
    Up to the eternal future
    Fly high, high to the sky
    Even though You have no wings

    With a smile on the way home
    Seeking my at some time lost voice
    When the darkness splits the memories
    Even now it does not end
    From the heaven (sky?) descends
    A white feather, swaying
    My hand extended, I run
    Your shadow, I chase
    When white snow falls down
    It encases and conceals the colour of the sadness
    Deep in the heart, love is kept concealed
    Remember it somehow
    Raising high to the Sky
    Extending the white feathers
    In the soft sunshine
    I want to dream of You
    Dancing in the distant sky
    Enmeshed (

  3. K_S_ Said,

    October 14, 2008 @ 5:20 pm

    Whoa, my comment was too long -.-’
    This is how the post continues:

    Enmeshed (

  4. K_S_ Said,

    October 14, 2008 @ 5:24 pm

    Sorry, the comment wasn’t to long, I used the characters which WILL cut my comment off…T_T The post above can be deleted… This is the continuation of the original post:

    Enmeshed (-looked up in the distionary…) by white feathers
    With both hands one upon the other
    Do not let loose of the future

    I don’t know if I kept the same poetic style in the english translation as it was there in the german original (for example I once used “sadness” and at another time “sorrow”), but this should be quite accurate in terms of contents etc.

    Also, everything in brackets are comments added by me, it isn’t part of the poem ;)

    Anyways, has anyone any idea what th meaning is of the three-digit-numbers in the “eyecatches”?

  5. luckyhuh? Said,

    October 14, 2008 @ 5:36 pm

    thank you the poem is quite touching, i guess this time ef will have much more mature themes i am quite looking foward to it.

  6. thenightsshadow Said,

    October 15, 2008 @ 4:57 am

    Uh…I think those three-digit-numbers are related to Kuze.

    If you look at the numbers, they’re essentially half-lifes and in the order of overtones in music, but reversed.

  7. aldebaran242003 Said,

    October 15, 2008 @ 8:30 am

    Ohh.. That is the translation of the poem, thanks, I’ve been looking for it for a week..

    The ED song reminds me of a BGM in the game that is one of my favorites..

    Overall, this episode is great, can’t wait for the next episode.

  8. BDraw Said,

    October 17, 2008 @ 5:14 pm

    I wonder why noone recognized it already, but the text ins the op is a translation of yukyuu no tsubasa. Since I’m german myself and trief translating it once, I recognized it the instant I saw it. ^^

    I really love the YuxYuuko-Part. It just has that certain something… Plus, Yuuko’s my favourite character. Im really glad they redid Mizukis char-design so it matches the one in the latter tale, it was horrible in the first season…
    I’d really like to see an adult Nagi and how Hiro and Miyako are doing. Or at least Chihiro, since Renji has a lot of screentime.

    The new ED is great and matches Mizuki perfectly, if you ask me… I’m curious about Yuuko’s ED, though. Yuuko’s Version of Yukyuu no Tsubasa was great. *bought the CD*

  9. hitokiri_k Said,

    October 19, 2008 @ 1:29 am

    Actually, the second stanza of that poem is from emotional flutter, from the ef – the latter tale OP.

  10. ETERNAL Said,

    October 24, 2008 @ 8:26 am

    I love this show, I really do. Also, I’m surprised to see the confessions coming at us this fast; at this rate, who knows what’s going to happen next?

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