Halftime for ef – a tale of memories

November 25, 2007


It’s nice to see that SHAFT really can use its unconventional animation style to support the story that’s there to be told instead of promote their animation style on the expense of the story telling. This time pace and style create an atmosphere most fitting to the feelings and mind of the protagonist. Especially Chihiro’s torn state of mind is pictured quite well this way and I love the overall surreal impression that is accomplished. I also like the idea of telling both, so far mostly independent plots at the same time, thus using each other to fill up some time on the other which is otherwise managed by doing filler episodes or introducing filler characters. This way most of the characters are of real importance or, if they aren’t, only receive little screentime. And there is always the possibility that both plots might merge to a much greater one in the end. Of course this all only works right if both stories are interesting and compelling for the viewer, but at least for me it definitely does.

One comment

  1. […] filler-like feeling. I’m sure this is one of the main things which makes animes like sola and ef – a tale of memories so great and leaves others like Myself; Yourself rather mediocre. I think with the cast of sola […]

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