Rewatching ef anime again, thanks to watching the ef – the latter tale opening by Makoto Shinkai. The sheer cinematography and music coordination of the short clip already shook my soul to tears. Makes me wish for an ef anime made by Makoto Shinkai himself, maybe in a movie form. That would be awesome enough, I’ll say.
I’m curious though, who is that little girl that Yuko picks up in the OP. It doesn’t seem like she’s in the cast until now, but they’re hinting it’s the 4th girl, Hayama Mizuki. Would love to know more about Yuko too, the way she was presented in the clip… made me fell in love with her.
Back to the anime, I have to mention some things that I have left unsaid. First off, the telephone card counting down scene in episode 10 is really damn awesome. I’ll say it again, SHAFT has truly managed to make watching ef a very interesting experience, because of artistic touches like this. When I started rewatching the show, I went, “Ahhh, this really does fit the mood of the scene, in the overall picture of the show”, at quite a lot of parts.
Episode 11 set the bar even higher, with the whole buildup of Chihiro and Renji going on their inaugural date, only to end it at midnight, with Renji reading the surprising ending to Chihiro’s novel and Chihiro “breaking up” with Renji by tearing and throwing away all the pages in the diary of her and Renji spending time together on the rooftop, more especially when I was totally lead to think that Chihiro was going to commit suicide at that point.
ef’s end… is probably the best way to end it, although I still feel it pales in impact to the climax of episode 11. My earlier post about the show are still very much valid. Well, I guess I just wanted enough material to put in one post :).
Now I kinda want to play ef – the latter tale, to see the story of Mizuki, the only girl who’s story wasn’t covered in the anime.