ef ~a tale of melodies.~ op 1 – Ebullient Future
Obviously, it’s quite similar to Euphoric Field, only now the text is in German and the song’s lyrics play a bigger part in the video. The girls dissolve into feathers once again, and just like the first op had the Shinbo-riffic chains, this one has a crucifixion, which I’m pretty sure is Shinbo’s favorite thing in the universe. What’s important to notice is that the video’s all in black and white. Like memories, this op will evolve throughout the series.
ef ~a tale of melodies.~ op 3 – Ebullient Future
It’s the same opening theme, but now everything but the characters is in color, so the emotions withheld in each moment become more intense. How can this end~?
ef ~a tale of melodies.~ ep 12 ed – Ebullient Future
The op becomes the ed for the final episode, and now the characters are in color and looking positively brilliant. The girls don’t dissolve, but take each-other’s hands and run off smiling. The crucified man tears the nails right out of the fucking walls—once again, an emotionally powerful final iteration, and this one also includes a lengthy trail-out with some text and images. Very tasty.
Like memories, melodies has a lot of ending videos, and once again I just want to show off one that helps to strengthen my points. I don’t even need to say anything—you’ll see it all yourself.
ef ~a tale of melodies.~ ed 1 – Egao no Chikara
So, now we’ve cleaned out the ef series, and it’s time to move on to Oonuma Shin’s latest work, Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu. Remember—this series wasn’t done with SHAFT or Shinbo, so anything that returns in these videos can be considered strictly Oonuma’s doing.
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