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The night after meeting with Renji again, Chihiro heads to the church and speaks with Yuu about how she had fun. He tells her not to push herself too hard and starts to suggest that she not to get involved, but she finishes the line for him. When she wonders if she shouldn’t tell anyone about herself, Yuu says that he won’t go against it if it’s something she’s decided, and Chihiro responds by noting that if she makes a mistake, she can’t even regret it. The next morning, Kei finds Hiro sleeping at his desk, and when normal methods of trying to wake him up fail, she jump kicks him. She scolds him for sleeping that way, but Hiro feels that it can’t be helped because he’s got a deadline coming up. Even though she thinks that his main occupation is that of a student, he thinks that it’s being a mangaka. On their way to school, she berates him for his attendance record, and the two also talk about reading his manga.

At school, Hiro ends up running to the roof and sitting there admiring the sky, thinking about how he feels there’s something missing. Whenever he looks at the world, there’s always one particular color for him, but he doesn’t know what that color is and can’t find the answer even if he wants to. He then dreams of a brief encounter with Yuuko, and when he wakes up, it’s actually Miyako who’s standing beside him. She claims to have come here just to see him, and they talk about how they’re in the same school. Miyako admits to having had to prepare her heart to see him again since this was their reunion after spending Christmas night together, but Hiro mainly remembers how they went to karaoke and family restaurants until morning and how he had to pay for it all. Miyako then apologizes for seeing what’s in Hiro’s notebook, so he goes ahead and reveals that he’s a mangaka. When she starts making him out to be more important than he really is, Hiro tells her that if she has the time to praise others, she should put in her own praised effort. This causes her to call him bossy, so Hiro notes that there are even more bossy lines in his manga, and the two end up laughing about it.

Meanwhile, Renji goes to the station one day and finds that Chihiro isn’t there yet. She appears soon enough and explains that she had been reading since lunch, but when he asks her what book she was reading, she claims that it was a boring one. Chihiro eventually is willing to tell him about it, though she wants him to keep it a secret. The truth is that Chihiro had actually been writing rather than reading, but she doesn’t want Renji to see what she’s written. Renji can relate because he had thought of writing as a career too, however Chihiro doesn’t want to become a novelist – she just wants to write stories. As the two then walk to town together, Renji complains about how he doesn’t want to go to school tomorrow, but Chihiro likes hearing about school stuff and reveals that her twin sister talks about it a lot. If she actually went to school, Chihiro would be a first year in high school, and upon learning this, Renji offers to call her by the more formal Shindou-san because she isn’t younger than him like he had thought. Since Chihiro still wants to be known by her given name, Renji convinces her to call him Renji-kun in return.

As they part ways, Chihiro seems to have something to say to Renji, but after she decides not to, Renji calls out to her to suggest that they play together again tomorrow. Soon after Chihiro happily runs off, Yuu shows up and comments on how Renji is the person seeing Chihiro. He warns that if Renji wants to be with her, he should prepare himself. Chihiro meanwhile returns home and writes in her journal about the promise to play together with Renji, and she reads a message from her sister that hopes she’ll be happy. She has her own doubts about it because she’s not even sure she’ll be here tomorrow. When she does meet with Renji the next day, Chihiro asks that they go somewhere where there are few people, so he takes her to the beach as the evening sun is setting. It is here that Chihiro finally admits that she’s got a memory disorder – she can only preserve her memories for 13 hours. Based on that, the her that he met yesterday and the her right now are different people. She’s been this way for a long time and feels that she’ll remain this way for a long time too.

OP Sequence

OP: euphoric field feat. ELISA
Watch the OP! Mirror 1, Mirror 2
I’m pretty sure this is supposed to be the OP (it’s labeled as such on the official site), but the actual credits call it the theme song. With the way they’ve been using opening and ending sequences, it wouldn’t surprise me if we never actually got a real OP. I really like the song though, even if I can’t for the life of me make out what the actual lyrics are.

Parts of this episode looked amazing, and but there were a few scenes that left me feeling like I might as well have been listening to a drama CD because they had only audio in front of a relatively static image. Yes, the clouds were still moving slowly, but that didn’t exactly help make it more interesting. This contributes to the main problem I’m having right now with ef: a lot of the dialogue is, well, boring. I understand that they need to develop Renji and Chihiro’s relationship, but there’s got to be a better way to do that than having them converse for half the episode (in addition to everything that was said between them last week).

It didn’t get really interesting until Chihiro admitted her memory disorder. But just as I was feeling better about understanding the plot (“so that’s why this show is called a tale of memories“), they raced through two-dozen different shots in about 5 seconds before immediately cutting away to the OP. That left me wondering all over again what the heck was going on, albeit for a different reason than before. I doubt they just ran out of time and showed what they had animated, so it had to have been intentional. All in all, I’m enjoying the visuals and can see potential in the story, but the boring dialogue and some elements of the stylistic approach aren’t working so well for me. Hopefully it won’t be like this the entire rest of the series.

October 13, 2007 at 5:17 pm
  • October 13, 2007 at 5:25 pmSniper

    This show has some really amazing scenes.

  • October 13, 2007 at 5:41 pmvaldor

    agreed. the silhouettes and pencil drawings are also wonderful.

  • October 13, 2007 at 5:52 pmaidouca


  • October 13, 2007 at 5:54 pmHei

    when i first started watching the series i was like wow… like in bad
    but after getting into it it seems pretty great
    my opinion don’t correct me ;)
    i know what i want

  • October 13, 2007 at 5:56 pmLike MJ-chan

    The english in this show is good. Not like other series were they try to pull it off.

  • October 13, 2007 at 6:03 pmLike MJ-chan

  • October 13, 2007 at 6:20 pmConvael

    Yea…I’d want to read that poem (I think) that’s in the background, I read almost all that I could.

  • October 13, 2007 at 6:28 pmDeadlyrain

    Ok, the first three words of the OP took 5 minutes to hear, & I’m pretty sure whoever is singing it is saying “Fly high, naked”…

  • October 13, 2007 at 6:31 pmGintama

    hey are you guys gonna blog about sola ovas?? Ep 14 just came out…

  • October 13, 2007 at 6:45 pmHei

    the one where they go to the hot spring or something?

  • October 13, 2007 at 6:59 pmMaimeDaifuku

  • October 13, 2007 at 7:00 pmarigatou

    Amazing they really give emphasize to every art
    I think it’s about time to make a power ranking this month or you don’t want to do it anymore?

  • October 13, 2007 at 7:04 pmConvael

    and wait..why did they play the opening of the anime at the end of it?

  • October 13, 2007 at 7:15 pmshh227

    I think that they were one episode too slow if they had put the opening at the end of the second episode. anyway the animation were at its best and a cool opening.

  • October 13, 2007 at 7:46 pmAlgester

    uhh it may refer to how minori also did it from the game cause thats what they did the openning is at the very end of the game kei’s story

  • October 13, 2007 at 7:57 pmHotaru

    i really wanna see this

  • October 13, 2007 at 9:34 pmAznsoulboy

    Looks amazing. I agreed with u Daikufu, it does look like Otome

  • October 13, 2007 at 9:39 pmlulu

    ha i knew shaft would do an awesome job with this. i absolutely love all the artistic touches theyve put in.

    tho i wish they would place more of an emphasis on yuuko and himura, my favorite pairing. i guess theyre planning to follow the actual chronological order and have himura and yuuko’s reunion take place after all the main storylines are resolved…

    Show Spoiler ▼

  • October 13, 2007 at 9:40 pmlulu

    oops i messed up the spoiler tags ._.
    avert your eyes!

  • October 13, 2007 at 10:22 pmMaedhros

    Shaft never disappoints me in Animation. =]

  • October 13, 2007 at 11:46 pmBROOKLYN otaku

    screen caps make me feel like i’m looking at NEGIMA!?

  • October 14, 2007 at 1:09 amsetsuke

    This show is kinna confusing especially when they show Chihiro’s story part (kinna feel like watching Touka Gettan first few ep) well 1 thing is sure that the reason why Chihiro talk like she always don’t want to forget something Show Spoiler ▼

  • October 14, 2007 at 3:31 amAlgester

    ahh yeah that… though i would still want to know what was that accident that cost her eye and her memory as what kei had explained on her story hmmm if my predictions would be correct latter tale would be released on the same month and day the first tale was released but i cant keep my hopes up and wish it to be earlier but if not i guess 12/22 would be the day
    @BROOKLYN otaku
    why this reminds you of negima!? cause its the same animation company that did it including pani poni dash and zetsubou senei SHAFT

  • October 14, 2007 at 4:57 amDarkReign

    This show has some great but wierd scenens, wich i really dont get. Is this a new show or a follow-up?

  • October 14, 2007 at 6:21 amAlgester

    its a new show lol based on an h-game released last year

  • October 14, 2007 at 12:10 pmJayars

    I knew it, I knew something was wrong about her memory. Esp the confused look she gets each time she sees him at the train station. Wonder if it’ll turn out into something like 50 first kisses (fingers crossed that it won’t).

    The show is still really confusing, but at least the visuals are amazing.

  • October 14, 2007 at 12:30 pmFalenXangel

    ok… either im too obsessed with otoboku or… this show is basically otoboku with guys…

  • October 14, 2007 at 11:40 pmConvael

    i dont get how this is like otoboku….we have no ghost and theres no crossdresser…

  • October 15, 2007 at 6:16 pmRonin8317

    The ending with the jumble of images is a rewind of Chihiro’s experience during the day.

  • October 15, 2007 at 10:17 pmChicle

    Heh, lens flare.

  • October 16, 2007 at 12:55 amFalenXangel

    well… look at some of the characters

  • October 16, 2007 at 3:18 amasdffdsa

    Ah…so sad :(

  • October 16, 2007 at 10:31 amxxx

    3 words.

    50 First Dates.

  • October 16, 2007 at 10:22 pmKaito

    Wow, that OP song…. English teachers would faint if they had to decrypt that.

  • October 24, 2007 at 6:16 pmkassy

    I have loved everything I’ve seen of the show so far.

    The only thing that bothers me is the little ” story” inside it. The ” The girl is only on in hte world that makes her god of this world. SHe found herself on an island when she began to understand things around her.” story. Clips of it are givin threwout the show and then in the credits again.

    So dose anyone have the full story? I have most of it written but theres parts that i can’t fill in due to there being somethign in the way of the words or something like that. So if you have it or want to see what i have of it e-mail me at Kagallie@msn.com. Thanks!

  • October 10, 2009 at 1:01 amDimeric

    I really don’t like that Blimp Minori uses in their works. -.-

    Same blimp in “wind a breath of heart” Makes me feel like there in a small world set up like the Truman show movie.

    To make it worse they don’t really explain anything about it, it’s just there with it’s ominous presence watching everyone from the sky.