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ef: a tale of memories & melodies: Complete Series (2008/Sentai Filmworks Blu-ray)

Picture: A Sound: B Extras: C- Episodes: A-

Fate intertwined cross time, space and generations, four couples meet and their lives are forever changed. Hiro saves Miyako from a purse snatching. Renji meets Chihiro at in an abandoned train station. Kuze discovers his new neighbor and admirer Mizuki. And Yuu is reunited with a his childhood sweetheart, but each couple has a bitter-sweet and heart-rending secret that will test their hearts and feelings for each other in the two-season ef: a tale of memories & melodies: Complete Series (2008).

Hiro is an aspiring manga artist, but he is caught between two girls, Kei and Miyako. Kei has been childhood friends with Hiro and has been in love with him since she was small. Miyako is a carefree and independent girl, but has a sad and lonely past when her parents abandoned her. Renji discovers Chihiro has a rare condition, everyday she forgets the last 13 hours of her life including everyone and everything she meets, including himself. Kuze is a musician/shameless playboy but is cutting all his past ties because his body is dying, but can Mizuki save his heart and make him believe in love once more? Yuu is reunited with Ayako years later, but finds out she has been raped, beaten, tortured by her adopted family. Together they are all bound together by friends and family.

This anime was a beautiful, heartwarming and touching anime full of romance and drama. The first half the series was your usual shojo anime about girls, relationships and them finding love. The second half as a bit more dark/adult themed including a relationship between an older adult with a girl who could of been old enough to be his daughter, also the final story was (spoiler) where the girl had already died and was spirit/angel who help guide the other couples from giving up or making the same mistakes they did.

The 1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image is among the strongest we've seen from Sentai recently among their many great releases of late, while the lossless DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 2.0 Stereo sound in each show is again rich, warm and has Pro Logic-like surrounds. Extras include trailers.

- Ricky Chiang


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