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The story of Yu Himura and Yuko Amamiya’s relationship is troubled and complex. One day, Yuko showed up at Yu's high school and, despite the two not having seen one another for ten years, confessed that Yu was her first love and still loves him. In the present, Mizuki Hayama moves in with her cousin as she prepares to begin high school. She meets his smooth and handsome neighbor, Shuichi Kuze, and begins spending increasing amounts of time with him; they begin to fall for one another despite their age difference. The tale of these relationships thus begins to unfold.

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Anime Name Type Year Relation More Info
ef - a tale of memories TV 2007 TBD
ef - a tale of memories: Prologue OVA 2007 TBD
ef - a tale of melodies: Prologue DVD Special 2008 TBD
ef - a tale of memories: Recollections OVA 2008 TBD

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Manga Name Year Relation More Info
ef - A Fairy Tale of the Two 2006 TBD
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Nobuhiro SUGIYAMA Character Design
Shin OONUMA Director
Tenmon Music

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eaper

These series are both very unique, very well known romance/drama series based on H-games. They both have amazing OSTs and art work. Furthermore, they both have very original elements them that help made them as great as they are.

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These two animes are connected through the emotions they give, through the feeling of helplessness in face of inevitabilities. Air and Ef-A tale of melodies represent stories of pure-hearted people who have to suffer, to love and keep living in spite of everything. You will love the animation, the way the story goes, the similarities between characters and everything else ! They are both a must-see!

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Ef - A Tale of Melodies and Air have quite a few things in common, among those:

1) Extremely well developed plots, with enough mysteries to keep you entertained

2) Interesting character development

3) A certain degree of drama mingled with a healthy doze of realistic romance

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I was a litte on edge about linking these two series but after rewatching them both i see they are alike in a few areas. They both of course are great for emotional impact, the selling point that is. but that alone doesn't make them similar.

The actual plots shared between the series can be alike on a few levels and though the events building the splot isn't it's still well put together. Both of course are full of emotion and loss, if you like one i think it is at least worth giving the other a try as they do have some simularity.

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Each of these series can be characterized by their superb OST, moving story, and the individuality of their story. If you enjoyed either of these series, there is little doubt you'll enjoy the other.

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Children who go through some kind of tragedies while they are young come to face the consequences after they've grown up just a little bit. This may sound like the main plot for both Kanon and Ef- a tale of melodies. Each of the characters has his/her own problems and a unique personality. It is with the help and support of others that those problems are solved, after much pain. The animation is alike in both animes, wonderful, gives an aura of magic, which is anyway present. You will most certainly love how the characters evolve, as well as their relationships, and you will be saddened by certain unpleasant moments, and all in all, you will love both animes! 

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These series are two of the more prominent series within their genres, and for good reason. Both of these series bring something to their anime that make them excel and stand out from all their other competitors, and that is what brings these series together, the fact that they are both unique.

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Both of these anime were very short, yet managed to portray a very remarkable story. These series, aside from their amazing story telling and character development, also have great artwork and a notable soundtrack.

Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai.

Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai.

Long ago, young Meiko Honma tragically died and her tight-knit group of friends, shaken by the event, drifted apart. Now, ten years later, Meiko has re-appeared as a ghost that only Jinta, the former leader of the gang and an avid shut-in, can see. All she desires is for Jinta to fulfill her final wish so that she can move on to the afterlife, but with no memory of what it was, it’s up to the teenager to gather his former friends and discover what will allow his beloved friend to rest in peace. With so many feelings left unsaid, can this group work out their strife and help the ghost of the girl they once adored?

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Both AnoHana and Ef have amazing music, visuals and a stellar voal cast. AnoHana's story about learning how to move on with life is similar to Yu and Yuko's story in Ef. Both series are beautifully touching series and if you liked one you will enjoy the other.

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