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ef - the first tale. (download)
Reduced Mosaics, Full Voice
$29.95    MG point:149
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Jul 27, 2012
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5.0 out of 5 (6 reviews)
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Hiro Hirono is not only a full-time student, but also a professional shoujo manga artist. On the night of Christmas Eve, he happened upon two women.
The first, Yuuko Amamiya, was a mysterious lady who continued to wait for someone at the church.
The other, Miyako Miyamura, was a girl who had her purse stolen and snatched Hiro’s bicycle to pursue the culprit.

This winter, Hiro will waver between his artistic dreams and the reality of school.
He will be charmed by the free-spirited Miyako, who is bound by nothing.
However, there is yet another girl with her eyes on him: Kei Shindou, whom he thinks of as a sister and a childhood friend.
This driven and confident girl, a starter of the basketball team despite her short stature, will try to show Hiro another path.

These students will coalesce within this idyllic school life. Their relationships will be taken a step further, yet what has tied them together is about to become hopelessly tangled.

The choice between dreams and reality...
His heart torn between two girls...
Hiro must find a single solution for these two conflicts.

ef is a visual novel by minori featuring avant-garde cinematic techniques and a peaceful, sentimental story which has met critical acclaim.

Miyako Miyamura
”Whaaat? Being a copycat is so boring!”

Boasting excellence in all facets, she is attractive, has top grades, and is quite athletic. She is, however, known to those around her for being whimsical and selfish.

She hates being tied down, so skipping class and going home early is simply routine for her. Although most matters are uninteresting to her, she’ll relentlessly seize anything that takes her fancy.

She’s a troublemaker and sets her own terms.

Born: Sep. 8 (Virgo) 162cm/47kg/88-57-83 (5’4”/104lb/35-22-33)
Hiro Hirono
”You’ll never know if you don’t try.”

Hiro is a full-time student, but moonlights as Nagi Shindou, a professional shoujo manga artist. He is the youngest sibling in a family where his father and sister are both renowned traditional artists. At his core he’s diligent and softhearted, but his outer personality shows otherwise. He communicates bluntly and has difficulty speaking his mind.

He can also be indecisive. He is influenced by his sister, the Shindou twins (particularly the older one), and countless others, and has poor luck with women in general.

Born: Sep. 9 (Virgo) | 165cm/52kg (5’5”/115lb)
Kei Shindou
”Oniichan? I won’t get mad, so tell me.”

The elder of a set of identical twins. Very athletic. A first-year student, Kei is already a starter for the basketball team. She’s determined to win, knows no fear, and is a sadist. Due to the influence of Hiro Hirono, her ”Oniichan” and friend since they were little, she’s developed a sharp tongue and talks like a man when she gets worked up.

Proud and somewhat reckless, she gets embarrassed whenever she messes up. She is also not adept in romantic affairs, and has a tendency to believe in fortunes.

Born: Jun. 2 (Gemini) | 150cm/40kg/76-55-79 (4’11”/88lb/30-22-31)
Kyousuke Tsutsumi
”Nothing in it for me for helping a guy. Now if you were a girl...”

A cameraman in the film club. Aloof, and perhaps nimble in nature. Particularly so when it comes to women. He has a keen sense of observation, possibly stemming from his diplomatic role with the club. He is devoted and meticulous regarding his surroundings, and has been involved in many relationships. However, he is selfish when it comes to filming, and at times can be stubborn, turning the sorrow of others into material.

At present, he has a keen interest in the love triangle involving his close friend Hiro Hirono.

Born: Nov. 29 (Sagittarius) | 171cm/60kg (5’7”/132lb)
Mizuki Hayama
”Yes! Your dear Mizuki has arrived!”

An energetic girl belonging to the basketball team of Otowa Collegiate’s feeder school.
Formerly Kei Shindou’s junior, she is still quite a devoted fan. Mizuki has quite a few connections at Otowa Collegiate due to her relationship with Kei.

Frank and spirited. Direct and rash. Charmed by too many things, and not wary of nearly enough, she’s a bit like a puppy.
Admires her ”Kei-sempai” and aspires to be a ”cool woman”, though it’s obvious from her upbringing that it’s impossible.
Loves shoujo manga.

Born: Dec. 22 (Capricorn) | 156cm/44kg/80-58-82 (5’1”/97lb/31-23-32)
Yuuko Amamiya
”Oh my, oh my! Are you that interested in me?”

A woman waiting for someone at the church. She could pass as a nun, but doesn’t seem to be affiliated with the church.

Her origins are unknown, but claims she has some sort of job to perform. Roaming Otowa’s streets, she suddenly presents herself to those who interest her, leaving deep guidance and counsel in a jovial manner.

Born: Jun. 21 (Gemini) | 157cm/42kg/82-56-83 (5’2”/93lb/32-22-33)
Yuu Himura
”I was only remembering something from the past.”

A man often seen about the church. He could pass as a science teacher, but would be considered too frightening for the job.

His origins are unknown, but claims he has some sort of job to perform. Roaming Otowa’s streets, he suddenly presents himself to those who interest him, leaving deep guidance and counsel in a crusty manner.

Born: May 5 (Taurus) | 173cm/60kg (5’8”/132lb)

Required CPU: Celeron 566MHz
Recommended CPU: Pentium 4 or equivalent Celeron
Required Memory: (XP) 256MB (Vista/7) 512MB
Recommended Memory: (XP) 512MB or greater (Vista/7) 1GB
Required Resolution: 800x600
Recommended Resolution: 1024x768
Required Colors: 16bit colors
Recommended Colors: 32bit colors
Sounds: DirectSound
Required Graphics: VRAM 32MB
Recommended Graphics: VRAM 128MB
Required HDD Free Space: 4GB
Recommended HDD Free Space: 5GB
DirectX: DirectX 9.0c

Beautifully Illustrated VN
Honestly they put so much effort into this bishoujo game its pretty amazing. Very female friendly for a male-oriented eroge as well. Cannot wait to buy the second chapter.
Buy everything Minori
Truth be told I enjoyed the second chapter more but only due to the groundwork laid in this one. Buy both and prepare for an emotional ride so well written that it will stick with you long after you're done.

I'd break down each aspect of the VN ie soundtrack, storyline, and characters but everything by Minori is always well thought out and feels like it has heart.

If it sounds like I'm a fan then yeah, I guess I am. I haven't found an aspect of any of their VN's that wasn't 5 stars in my book. Hence the title.

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