Friday, December 26, 2008

Ef ~ A Tale of Melodies (Ended): Emotional Ride

With the conclusion of Ef ~ A Tale of Melodies, all lose ends from previous series has been tied up. I have to say these two series are two brilliantly made stories. Even that one year break between these two series is perfect because it put the audience into a vaguely familiar place at the start of the second series and slowly draw them back in the world of Ef.

Ef presents a set of stories about intangled fates and the will of those involved. What separates Ef from other similar animes is the feeling of watching a fine art being crafted right in front of you. This is definitely the most artistic anime I've seen in 2008, so I'll go ahead give it the

Most Artistic Anime of 2008

On top of that, I'm also going to award it with:

Best Short Season Drama Anime of 2008


Best Sequel Anime of 2008

Final scoreboard (out of 5):

Drama: 5 (Quite some)
Comedy: 4.5 (For the very little it had, it's pretty good)
Action: N/A
Art/Animation: 5 (Artistic)
Sound/Music: 5 (Heart pounding)
Character: 5 (Entangled fates)
Plot: 5 (Very well designed)
Ending: 5 (Bitter Sweet)

Re-watch value: 4 (I think it's still interesting for the second round)

Overall (not average): 4.95 ~ Emotional

Recommendation: Just look at the award I had just handed out above, do I really need to tell you this is a "must watch" anime? If you have heard about these two series but haven't watche it yet, you should finish up what you're watching and watch these two next. If you haven't even heard about this series, well, that means you don't know enough about animes and you should go revoke the "anime fan" status for yourself. This one will definitely be a contender when it comes to the time for me to hand out the No.1 anime of the year.

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