ef – a tale of melodies ends

ef - a tale of melodies

I didn’t like it as much as memories, but at least melodies ended things off well. I honestly lost interest after the irritating emo arc of Kuze and Himura around after the middle of the series. Yuuko’s sudden death also didn’t help out…. T_T.

Well, for an ending episode, it’s pretty much just as planned, with present-day Himura finally getting to meet spirit Yuuko in the original Otowa city. The final scene of them both on the school rooftop was really touching and both of them really deserved better after knowing their backgrounds.

That said, melodies didn’t impact me as much as memories did, mostly because of the “draggy” feel of the story. Especially hated Kuze for being an asshole for most of the past 5 episodes, while Himura was just so undecided at times. They should’ve given Miki-chan more than just one episode of airtime too, sigh…

Speaking of Miki, nice kick there, Mizuki-chan!

ef - a tale of melodies

Overall, I think I’ll still reserve judgement on whether melodies was on or below par until the DVD-rips come out. But I can say for certain it’s a bit disappointing after the expectations I had for it.


  1. Stripey Said,

    December 26, 2008 @ 11:59 pm

    I dropped the series at ep 4 when the ep hinted at Yuuko’s bro sexually abusing her. I didn’t have the mettle to confirm such a development and dropped the series. Reading reviews all round, I’m glad I did. I enjoy a good tragedy but this is beyond my threshold since I like Yuuko quite a bit.

    Looks like I’d only be getting Memories DVDs.

  2. Clear Said,

    December 27, 2008 @ 1:59 am

    bah, all of you people are WEAK, I tell you, WEAK!

    I think if anything, this adds to the character development of Yuko. Don’t get me wrong or anything, it’s a terrible thing. If this stopped you from watching it, I would assume you couldn’t get pass Elfen Lied 1 to get to the meat of the story.

    I do admit that their pacing is crappy this time around though. Kuze’s character is just too emo.

  3. Avisch Said,

    December 27, 2008 @ 5:41 am

    I’m agree Kuro. Not as good as Memories. But atleast we have a conclusion.
    But god it was really irritating to see that we didn’t get any actual conclusive moment to Mizuki and Kuze’s story.

    Otherwise it was alright. But the story just didn’t seem as fleshed out. bad pacing as Clear said.

    Perhaps Kuze was too emo. But they were good at showing his insanity (and I love insanity).

    This season was more dark than Memories. Which then caused a real atmospheric shift.

  4. luckyhuh? Said,

    December 27, 2008 @ 9:24 am

    Well to tell you the true, from the game melodies was supposed to be superior, and i don’t want to look resentful, shaft did a good job but the bad pacing was unbalance, and on to of that the cut a lot of the details from the game but like they said beggars can be choosers and the last episode did manage to move me and convey finally that yuuko and yuu were soulmates but we can see it clearly because they left out some small but critical details mizuki and kuze plays a little diferent to, it didn’t felt as superficial but again i blame this an the pacing well what done is done, i can just reflect about it …………………………i am a little disappointed sniff, sniff , sniff poor sniff, sniff yuuko and yuu deserved better sniff.

  5. Haruka Said,

    December 30, 2008 @ 10:36 am

    I think if you played ef – the latter tale, you would see Kuze and Mizuki had a lot more potential than exhibited in the anime. Overall, my favorite episode from melodies was probably episode 1 for two main reasons. It was supervised by the director himself and also that was when Kuze and Mizuki were still at that innocent sort-of stage. They progressed too quickly for the KuzexMizuki arc IMO which is a shame because they are my second favorite couple next to Yuu and Yuuko.

    So, don’t hate on Kuze. His story is a lot more fascinating and heart-wrenching than seen in the anime which only showed a gradual (too slow for many people’s taste to look into) progression. SHAFT did excellent in their artistic devices for the series, but the plot faltered just a bit to display any interest for viewers. ;(

    KuzexMizuki. They were the most playful and innocent couple (ironic according to their age difference though) in the ef series. They were my favorite next to YuuxYuuko and KeixKyosuke.

  6. Yuun Said,

    January 1, 2009 @ 2:14 pm

    I think Melodies and Memories come in a Package. If we watch it and makes a comparison between both, the effects of sensitization will influence our judgement. Frankly speaking, I view ef as a whole and I am able to enjoy the wholesome goodness in it.

    After all the story is one, and I actually enjoy YuukoxHimura alot but putting KuzexMizuki aside. But of course, ChihiroxRenji is real pawnage for me as well. Then again, I think both season got it’s strength so comparison really gets me no where. Again, banzai to ef! This anime kick ass, definitely one of my favourite anime up to date!

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