ef – a tale of melodies 06

ef - a tale of melodies

…………… man I’m stunned.

I knew this episode was going to have major revelations when I put it in the MPC-HC playlist and the OP rolled w/o vocal tracks and the characters in the animation. I was certain for sure nothing good would be in this episode.

However, it seems even with the mental preparation…. this episode still hit me quite hard.

This episode fully focuses on Yu and Yuuko and finally reveals the secret that Yuuko has been hiding from him all this while, after Yu confesses his love towards Yuuko with full honesty and from his heart.

As we’ve suspected, Yuuko’s adopted brother has been severely abusing her because she isn’t a perfect replacement for his own dead sister. Not only has he abused her physically, Yuuko also describes, intensely and in detail, on how he violated her sexually the first time and detailed the abuses she has been suffering through for the past few years when he couldn’t get over the fact that Yuuko isn’t his dead sister.

In this aspect, SHAFT’s presentation style, which mirrors the Miyako spamming of Hiro’s phone in memories, was really applied to full effect and probably surpasses the mentioned example twice-fold. The visuals. The script. The voice acting. All of them choreographed together to reveal the pain and suffering that Yuuko has gone through and fully imparts the pain she has felt towards the viewers and most importantly, towards Yu, blaming him partially for what happened and for his rejection of her back when they first met and last saw each other.

God, that was a really intense and hard-hitting episode. I’ve been especially wondering what Yuko’s life has been and it definitely isn’t all sunshine and joy.

Notably as well, the visuals this week also employ liberal usage of tarot cards to present the characters emotions and state of mind to the viewers, both with Nagi, who finally realizes her own feelings towards Yu, as well as Yuuko’s painful recounting of her own suffering.

Now that this has happened, what will Yu do to resolve it? There should be a confrontation between him and Akira but who will come off the better. Most importantly to me is Yuuko’s fate afterwards and what happens that leads to her future incarnation.

12 Comments

  1. Kresnik Said,

    November 12, 2008 @ 4:46 pm

    Even in the game, Yuko is very scary in this confession scene. She gives me the chills.

  2. FF Said,

    November 12, 2008 @ 9:08 pm

    I haven’t had the time to go back and check, but apparently all the Major Arcana cards are shown in this episode at some stage…except the “Lovers” card. Subtle.

  3. K_S_ Said,

    November 12, 2008 @ 9:20 pm

    Just on monday, I was wondering why they put the off-vocal version as the background music for the website… The name for Yuuko’s ED was also announced, so I ecpected the ED to come.

    Anyways, I like Yuuko’s ED theme “Negai no Kakera” very much, it has this special atmosphere that reminds of of christmas or winter, it’s kinda… holy. I’m so looking forward to the 26th, when the 2nd ED single comes out (Yuuko version of ebullient future^^).

    And I like the idea of naming the next episode reflection.

  4. Clear Said,

    November 13, 2008 @ 2:19 am

    ha! I knew that bastard raped her from the start. I might actually need subs to see this one right, I’ll wait until then.

  5. Clear Said,

    November 13, 2008 @ 4:09 pm

    k, I saw the RAW, and I have to say, with no knowledge of the game what so ever, that Yuko may die. Otherwise, Yuu would not be like that in the future; nor will Yuko appearing in Miyako or Kei’s thoughts almost like a god.

    Other than that, I loved how they presented this week’s melodies, the way Yuko near the end was just… wow, and I thought the phone thing between Miyako and Hirono was good back in melodies…

  6. Rawr Said,

    November 14, 2008 @ 3:02 am

    Anyone else notice how it showed Himura blinking after every line he said about having a future as long as you’re alive and what not? Subtle, since at the end, she tells Himura that he has a habit of blinking after lying. Is that the reason why she calls him a naive?

  7. Avisch Said,

    November 14, 2008 @ 9:24 am

    Ugh….This episode was alittle powerful to me. From the eerie opening, to the end of it all.

    The connection to Miyako’s 99 messages scene is easy to see, both are long, both are powerful.

    And the after credits things, punches you in the stomach again. When she calls him a liar.

    I have never seen such powerful use of artstyle changes since Higurashi, remembering Yuu’s face drawn as a blurry sketch is pretty much etched into my mind, alogn with the final culmination of Yuuko in the abyss)

  8. Clear Said,

    November 14, 2008 @ 1:05 pm

    Subs are out… not HQ, but deal with it for now.

    oh my dear god, seeing the subs just punch me in the stomach even more.

    This is just… so powerful now that I finally what Yuko said in the “Scar” part, it really makes you wonder how could she be so calm when shit like this happened to her. If it were to be anyone else, they would be anything else than how Yuko behaves.

    Again, SHAFT is a studio that does NOT disappoint, and this episode proves it. This and memories is going straight to my top 10 and the series is only half over…

  9. sadakups Said,

    November 16, 2008 @ 2:39 am

    I just finished watching Episode 6. And it’s 2:30 AM right now in my place. I got chills during Yuuko’s revelation, and those eyes really scared the crap out of me.

    In all respect, this is the kind of episode that I’ve been wanting to see – the emotion-filled ones. I agree that the visuals, the music and the voice acting was executed brilliantly and yes, I’m still stunned from what I’ve seen.

  10. darkloner Said,

    November 17, 2008 @ 9:54 am

    This was…too much….i dont know what to say,,,

    During Yuuko speech i felt a mixture of feelings…rage,sadness,pain and my chest felt thigh…And now i feel my body really heavy,,,,That was INTENSE
    And that last scene after the credits,,,Himura screaming…i could feel his pain

    Incredible episode,by all means

  11. animekritik Said,

    November 18, 2008 @ 10:16 pm

    Twisted. Especially in the way Yuko obviously blames Himura for all of the abuse she has suffered. He’s not at fault coz he as a boy he didn’t have a clue what would happen but it still hurts like hell: things COULD have been different. It’s interesting how this show can switch from a situation like Nagi’s (ef – a tale of mammaries) to Yuko’s (ef – a tale of miseries) and make it seamless. Twisted.

  12. Busby Test Said,

    November 21, 2008 @ 6:16 pm

    indeed it was a very moving episode, especially when Yuuko is saying the line..

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