EF – A TALE OF MEMORIES COMPLETE COLLECTION

Posted On March - 12 - 2012

SYNOPSIS:
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 isn’t 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. Renji is determined to help her fulfill her dream.

 

The entire 12 episode series on 2 discs in a slim case.

 

REVIEW:
Long story short, you have a bevy of would-be couples and more than one triangle as different people meet and try to connect. First is Renji who is smitten on first sight with damaged girl Chihiro. After a terrible trauma, she can’t remember beyond 13 hours. But the girl wants to write a novel and Renji sets out to make the girl’s dream come true. Then there’s filmmaker Kyosuke who spies a girl through his lens and immediately can’t think of anyone but her. However Kei likes someone else, she likes the self-involved slob Hiro but he wants Miyako.

 

That’s the gist, here’s where things get funky. Renji likes Chihiro but she always forgets him so there is angst, but when she confesses to him he rejects her. Madness I say! What an idiot! Then Kyosuke is a loser who dumps his girlfriend for Kei when he doesn’t even know her name yet, only that he can’t stop thinking about her (obsess much?). Add in the fact that the dude wants to constantly catch the girl on film and before you can say ‘stalker’ the guy is creeping her big time. Then worst of the lot is Hiro. He’s stringing two girls along but she doesn’t play very nice either. She says mean things to Miyako and tries to get in the guys bed before Miyako does. Holy Gossip Girl drama folks!

 

By the end of the series you find out who ends up with who and with little why or reason frankly. My problems with the anime are many. First, you don’t feel invested in the couples. There is no emotional attachment in any way, shape or form in the Kyosuke and Kei romance (if you can call it that) and definitely none with Hiro and his triangle with Kei and Miyako. You never get why these girls are going gaga for him. It simply does not work. The only couple that does work on an emotional level is Renji and Chihiro and even that could use some more explanation as to the why of her condition and his attachment to her, but at least that one is emotionally provocative on some level.

 

The other issues are the storytelling. The stuff is inconsistent and choppy. They do funky animation a lot which makes scenes super dramatic (like Kei taking a shower at Hiro’s and it going white and red with a pumped up dramatic score).  They do stuff like that a lot and they pull away and throw in another scene from an odd angle many times to show the skewed emotions or mental states I guess of the people. All it does to me is make it a headache to watch and pulls me out of any story they are trying to tell. My other issue is that you have these girls all sleeping with these guys but the girls (and one guy at least) look way too young. I realize they may not be, but they look it and that bothered me. The show also has this one small bit that involves a couple called Yu and Yuko and you never understand what that is about or who – or what- Yuko really is as in is she an angel, or ghost, or what?

 

EXTRAS:
Extra goodies include textless opening and ending animation along with trailers of other anime titles.

 

IN SUMMARY:
Choppy with lots of drama but little emotional connection. Not a very romantic romance in my opinion.

  •  Released By: Sentai Filmworks
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • Audio: English and Japanese Dolby Digital 2.0
  • Running Time: 300 minutes
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Release Date: 1/31/2012
  • Reviewed By: Davey C. Jones

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