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One Christmas Eve, Hiro Hirono helps Miyako, the victim of a purse snatching, and discovers that she goes to the same school he does. To the dismay of his childhood friend, Kei, Hiro starts hanging out with Miyako. But Kei is not about to let a new girl in Hiro's life take him away from her, and sets out to prove that she's the only one for him. When Renji Asou meets Chihiro Shindou at an abandoned train station, he doesn't notice anything unusual at first. But he soon discovers that she suffers from a rare form of amnesia and can only remember things for thirteen hours. Chihiro dreams of writing a novel, but her amnesia has made it an impossible task.Now, however, Renji is determined to help her fulfill her dream. Emotionally charged, beautifully animated and now available for the first time with an all-star English cast. Don't miss one of anime's masterpieces: ef ~ A Tale of Memories!

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Product Details

  • Actors: Brittney Karbowski, Chris Patton
  • Directors: Christopher Ayres
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
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    Not Rated
  • Studio: Section23 Films
  • DVD Release Date: January 31, 2012
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005XB8SPK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,526 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By J. Kach on November 26, 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I have been waiting for this set since 2008, this is an amazing series. It's short but they cram a lot of content into each episode. The japanese voice actors are awesome but i'm excitied to hear it dubbed in english.

Plot Summary: The anime revolves around two protagonists, Hirono Hiro and Asou Renji. On Christmas Eve, Hirono Hiro meets a girl named Miyamura Miyako who was chasing a purse snatcher. Hiro later finds out that Miyako also goes to the same school as he does and they start hanging out together. This made Hiro's childhood friend, Shindou Kei, feel left out. Kei then tries to compete with Miyako for Hiro's affection and a love triangle ensues. The anime also tells the story of Asou Renji. Renji meets a girl named Shindou Chihiro at an abandoned train station. He soon learns that Chihiro suffers from a type of amnesia where her memory span only lasts for 13 hours. He also discovers Chihiro's dream of writing a novel, but she has never been able to fulfill that dream due to her condition. Renji then decides to help her fulfill that dream.

Highly recommend buying this sereis!!!
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Format: DVD
I watched this anime a long time ago and it's one of the great ones out there! Like Clannad, it's based on an original visual novel game, "Ef-A Fairytale of the two." It's romantic and psychological. The only thing I don't really like is the sort of "darkness" present in this anime. But I guess that's why the show is so great. The ending is good too, but I won't spoil it. I'm mostly looking forward to hearing the new English dub with many actors I've seen in previous animes released by Sentai. Nagisa Furukawa from Clannad and Haruko Kamio from Air will voice Miyako. Ryou Fujibayashi from Clannad, Ayu from Kanon and Yuri from Angel Beats doing Kei's. Greg Ayres who voices Sunohara from Clannad doing Hiro's. Mizuzu from Air will do Chihiro's voice, Fuko Ibuki from Clannad will do Mizuki's voice, and Yoshino Yusuke from Clannad playing Kazuya's voice (correct me if I got his name wrong). I'm so excited that I know how the characters will sound like before the anime, but too bad we have to wait an entire month until it's released. The opening song (euphoric field sung by ELISA) and second ending song are catchy too. If you buy this anime and it impresses you, don't forget to pick up the sequal season, ef-a tale of melodies which in my opinion, is even darker and kinda more disturbing than this season.
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Format: Blu-ray
As you may know from hearing about this series, it is bittersweet. The plot flows great so that there is no boring times(except maybe one scene but I think it emphasized emotion)since this is a 12 episode series. Each of the main characters get some screen time and to show there character. The animation is very unique, its not very moving as in active motions but was very good. I felt an emotional/lifestyle connection to the 3 main characters. Some scenes in the story reminded me of some american drama stuff, but they were ten times better which increased my liking to this series.

The english dub shook my thoughts of english dubs. Great cast with a very accurate script.
Greg as Hiro, and Clint as Renji were very very good, it brought up there popularity as both of my favorite actors. People need to open up to understand that these actors expressed there character just like there japanese counterparts. Though I hate other stuff that Serephim dubbed just like everyone else(EX: H.O.T.D had good voices but had an inaccurate script).
Chris, David, and Illich were wonderful as usual. I suspected that Luci would voice Miyako, along with Hillary Hagg voicing Mizuki. Brittney had a very unique voice in this compared to other works which changed my opinion about her in a positive way, Monica Rial brought very good voicing as Chihiro. And I was surprised that Tiffany Grant did a wonderful dub as Renji's mom.

But what is so strange about this dub, is because that the actors used a lot of japanese honorifics in this dub. I don't know if this drops it or gives it a plus for cultural reference.
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I was pleasantly surprised by the story line of the title. It was nice viewing an anime without the fan service that substitutes for the lack of an intelligent plot. Will be buying "A Tale of Melodies" at a future date because I enjoyed "A Tale of Memories" so much.
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Format: Blu-ray
I've heard about ef for a few years now and it always sounded like something I would enjoy. However, so much time went by that I figured it would never get picked up. Luckily for us, Sentai swooped in and picked it up. Not only did they release it on bluray but they also gave it one of the finest dubs in recent memory out of Texas.

First of all, I have to say that the word "Masterpiece" gets thrown around a lot in anime. I've heard it applied more than once to ef and I have to say this is one of the few cases where I think it truly fits. The show is emotional and moving, without the feeling that it's constantly screaming "Cry Damn It! Cry!" like so many other series, like Air, Saikano, or even Clannad at times. The touches are subtle and don't beat you over the head. You need to pay attention to pick everything up, which is quite easy considering how easily this show sucks you in. I quickly marathoned through the entire series, which is something I rarely do.

Now as for the dub, I've seen some criticisms of it and I have to say that I can't disagree more. ef is one of the most expertly cast dubs to come out in recent memory, and I'm become pretty picky when it comes to casting and acting in dubs. I love that Sentai and Seraphim get the fact that casting a character isn't just about choosing someone who sounds just like the Japanese VA. It's about how they can convey the character and their emotions. This is a lesson I wish some other dubbing studios would learn. Funimation, Bang Zoom and others have ruined dubs because they cast simply on the sound of an actor's voice and failed to realize that the American actor simply couldn't capture the emotion and range needed for the character. Who cares if the actors sound alike if one just isn't up to the task?
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