ef - a tale of memories

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Memories made and memories lost from two tales made bittersweet…


On the night of Christmas Eve, Hiro Hirono meets Miyako Miyamura as she chases her purse-snatcher. From there blossoms an unlikely friendship between the two as circumstances bring them closer together. However it gets a little more complex when Hiro’s childhood friend, Kei Shindou, decides to make her feelings known.


Renji Asou meets Chihiro Shindou at an abandoned train station and learns that her memory is not what it should be. Due to her condition it has made Chihiro's dream of writing a novel an impossible task. Now, however, Renji is determined to help her fulfill that dream.


An emotional roller coaster that’ll be sure to tug at your heartstrings, ef ~ a tale of memories is an interesting look on how these individuals navigate the treacherous waters of love in all its forms.


  • Hiro Hirono

    Hiro is a successful manga-ka although juggling both his job and his studies are a bit of a struggle that something always gets set by the wayside. He meets Miyako one night when she steals his bike off of him on Christmas Eve.

    Voiced by Hiro Shimono

  • Miyako Miyamura

    Miyako has an energetic personality and is willing to do exciting things. She meets Hiro when she steals his bike in pursuit of the purse snatcher.

    Voiced by Hiroko Taguchi

  • Kei Shindou

    Kei is Hiro's childhood friend and is the identical twin sister to Chihiro. She is the athletic one between the two and is on the school's basketball team.

    Voiced by Junko Okada

  • Renji Asou

    Renji is shy but despite this he goes out of his way to meet Chihiro, a girl he meets at an abandoned train station.

    Voiced by Motoki Takagi

  • Chihiro Shindou

    Chihiro suffers from a certain type of memory loss after an accident when she was young, where by her memory resets every 13 hours. Due to this issue Chihiro does not go to school and tends to hang out at the abandoned train station.

    Voiced by Natsumi Yanase


Original Work

Original Creators: minori / Kagami Yuu / Mikage | Planning:Akihiro Kawamura / nbkz Sakai / Naohiro Tafu / Takeshi Oikawa


Shin Ohnuma


Akiyuki Shinbou

Series Planning

Katsuhiko Takayama

Original Character Design

Naru Nanao / 2C=Galore


Music: TENMON / Eiichiro Yanagi

Animation Production

Character Designs & Executive Director of Animation: Nobuhiro Sugiyama | Producers: Akio Matsuda / Eiji Kazuma / Kozue Kananiwa / Mitsuteru Shibata / Mitsutoshi Kubota|  Executive Producer: Yuichi Sekido

Animation Production by: Shaft | Presented by: "ef" Production Committee / Geneon Universal Entertainment / minori / Movic / Frontier Works / Shaft


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