I was watching Ef- A Tale of Memories lately and just recently finished. The visuals were beautiful and the character design was very original. Yet, this series did not live up to my expectations.
First off, the special animations are amazing but I felt like they were overused to the point of being distracting. It felt like the anime couldn’t decide on what sort of style it wanted to stick with so therefore mushed together every sort of visual effects it could think of. These special animations embellishes the mood and if you have too much of them, it distracts the viewer. We’ve all heard of the saying “too much of a good thing can be bad” right? It’s like ornamentals or trills in the music composition or a lady wearing too much jewelery. Too much and I think, what the heck is wrong? Even a good joke told too many times loses its charm. What I’m trying to say is, although the animation was artful, they could’ve toned it down a notch.
For the characters and the plot, I won’t go into too much detail because there really isn’t very much to say. The uniqueness of this anime is it conveys its mood using their visuals. The plot is dramatic and a bit thin but some viewers will like it ^^. I personally wasn’t a fan because the relationships were too typical. The producers just changed around the pas experiences of each character so each one could have a pity party.
I feel like I’m being too harsh and I apologize for it. One reason is probably because of other reviewers, I went in with too high of an expectation. I always tell myself to not expect too much from anything but I made a mistake this time and maybe I was doomed to dislike it from the start haha ;p
Hopefully you’re reading this review after you’ve watched it yourself because I’d hate to sway your judgement before you’ve actually created your own. If you like very dramatic scenes (which this anime is peppered with) good animation, and tragic characters, give this one a shot ^^