ef – a tale of melodies 10

I kinda skipped posting about ef-melodies due to the sheer emo-ness and stupidity of the story after episode 07. Also the fact the male characters were either asses or idiots didn’t really help the case either. So thank god that we’re finally out of that phase (hurr hurr) and in to something more… uplifting?

ef - a tale of melodies

First off, we finally get to meet Miki! She’s really Mizuki when she was still a child then. It turns out she’s also an orphan after she survived a suicide attempt by her parents at sea and thanks to that, she’s closed off her heart to others. However, Yuuko has her way with children and she manages to establish a connection with her, bringing her out of the shell. Damn she’s cute. I have too much maternal instinct for 2D children.

But it seems that Yuuko is rather doomed to not experience happiness for long, as not long after she’s freed from the clutches of her sadistic brother and in to the arms of happiness, she’s snatched from it when she gets run over by a car. Yeah. Seriously. God is sure cruel to those who want His blessing the most.

ef - a tale of melodies

I do have a bone to pick with how SHAFT is dealing with melodies however. This episode’s pacing felt really fast due to the change from “happiness” mode to “tragedy” mode in less than 20 minutes. It’s not helped either with how predictable the accident was. I really wanted it to happen maybe next week. Just as we got introduced to Miki… Yuuko T.T. Also why the fuck is Yu carrying Yuuko’s body and walking down the road slowly? Can’t they call an ambulance instead? Well, not like it’d make any difference in the end…

ef - a tale of melodies

CALL FOR AN AMBULANCE DAMMIT!!!

That said, another two more episodes to go. They still need to resolve Mizuki’s arc. Kuze is really getting on my nerves.

12 Comments

  1. meganeshounen Said,

    December 9, 2008 @ 6:52 pm

    … Why am I half-expecting Yuu to walk down to a nearby lake from the road, and slowly go into the water, Cloud and Aerith FF7-style?

  2. Kresnik Said,

    December 9, 2008 @ 7:15 pm

    Well, actually they did screw the pacing alright. They dwell on Akira vs Yuu’s confrontation too long, resulting in your confusion, when in the game it ended rather fast. They should have delve more into Yuu and Yuuko’s lifestyle after Akira’s death. Now they have screwed so much, I won’t forgive them if they won’t put Yuu and Nagi together in the end (My only dead weight even from the game).

  3. Kresnik Said,

    December 9, 2008 @ 7:29 pm

    Oh yeah, another thing, in the game, Kuze is not that bad, Mizuki is.

  4. ukitava Said,

    December 11, 2008 @ 7:03 am

    So, are there any chances for her to not die, having to be rescued at next ep?:( if not, well that’s quite disappointing really, first season had so happy ending and now the second is going to pee on it. Sucks.

  5. Hayate-kun Said,

    December 12, 2008 @ 12:17 am

    finally got to see ep.10, loli Miki/Mizuki was soooooo cute…
    Mizuki and Kuze’s meeting at the park somehow reminded me of the movie “memoirs of a geisha” (the difference in their age i guess XD) however I’m disturbed by how Yuuko’s scene under the tree looks like she’s in a forest/park rather than the side of a street. o_O

  6. K_S_ Said,

    December 12, 2008 @ 2:00 am

    The stairway of an angel:

    http://kurogane.animeblogger.net/image/misc/eftlt_cap_01.jpg

  7. Telliamed Said,

    December 12, 2008 @ 8:45 am

    > Can’t they call an ambulance instead? Well, not like it’d make any difference in the end…

    Answered your own question. The ambulance isn’t needed at that point. (Also EDs aren’t to be taken literally.)

    So, I’m guessing that was the same driver that hit Chihiro. Same day, too?

  8. G Said,

    December 13, 2008 @ 8:28 pm

    Your impression on this series seems to be very sceptical. This is a great series playing with viewer emotions. This episode as all other is ‘perfect’ in every way. Haven’t You noticed that it is all colourless and from the beginning it is anticipable that the end will be a tragedy.
    By the way for what reason You write this sentance: “Also why the fuck is Yu carrying Yuuko’s body and walking down the road slowly? Can’t they call an ambulance instead? Well, not like it’d make any difference in the end…” Well… she is dead already, so there is no reason to search for help.

    I fear that You are not able to see this series higher that some point of it. Like there is not a better and much more valuable side of it, but there is. Compressed in the grafic, the lines, the german sentenced and the way characters are showed, how they act. There is more than that what meets the eye.
    I hope I haven’t offended You.

    ukitava posted: “So, are there any chances for her to not die, having to be rescued at next ep?:( if not, well that’s quite disappointing really, first season had so happy ending and now the second is going to pee on it. Sucks.” You impressed me… How in the world You are able to have hope for her to live? I know she was dead from the beginning of the “ef – a tale of memories” story. There is no chance she will survive as she is now – she is dead. And good that that happened. It makes an anime a good anime – when heroes die.

    And one last thing… Why You all compare it to the game? The game is a game and the anime is an adaptation. In the game You choose. In the anime You watch. Don’t make it look like You have more to say than You have.

    You may don’t like this series, You may disagree with me, but the fact is this will be rated high.

  9. DKCesia Said,

    December 14, 2008 @ 1:38 pm

    >So, I’m guessing that was the same driver that hit Chihiro. Same day, too?

    lol, he was just doing his job…it was the cheapest way to kill yuuko and get Chihiro blind
    Still, I can’t believe she died like that…I mean who goes in the middle of the street to pick a damn ball??? I wanted her to die in a heroic way, like saving miki or a terminal disease.
    Also, I don’t get it how did she manage to get under a tree…seriously, and nobody was around to help her.
    Now, I just hope Kuze doesn’t get hit by a truck

  10. Clear Said,

    December 14, 2008 @ 9:58 pm

    Remember, this is “melodies”, last series’ “memories”

    And remember, the last story of the last series was also the most powerful. I have good expectations of how it will wrap up next 2 weeks.

  11. Algester Said,

    December 15, 2008 @ 9:30 am

    what about their child… @_@!! damn it its all this fast but its bad that they didnt stick with the game though the events did but not the setting

  12. Yuun Said,

    December 15, 2008 @ 7:21 pm

    I was way too emotional after this episode. Seriously, though is quite expected but why a car? Again, is pretty much predicted but somewhere in my heart and mind refuses to admit it… sigh… but great series… really great series~!

    And I thought Kurogane would be more emotional on this episode, but it turns out that you are pretty fine… T_T

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