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ef - the latter tale. (download)
Reduced Mosaics, Full Voice
$34.95    MG point:174
On Sale:
Dec 20, 2013
Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10
4.7 out of 5 (4 reviews)
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Renji Asou: A young man who, due to parental circumstances, has moved overseas repeatedly, and has never experienced any close friendships.
One winter day he met a girl all alone in an uninhabited train station.
She was looking up at the sky, her left eye covered by an eyepatch: Chihiro Shindou.
That was a turning point in fate for Renji, who had always been searching for a 'fairy tale' like meeting.

Although they both were shy around strangers, Chihiro mustered her courage and said to Renji: 
'Would you be friends with me?' 
The two of them become closer through their common pastime of novels.
But they move forward in different directions entirely.
Despite her unique handicap, Chihiro wishes to try and create a story of her own.
Renji, who only ever admired stories, wavers at the sight.

The two of them establish an emotional bond over the course of their guileless everyday lives.
However, the omnipresent existence known as time eventually digs a trench between them.
As Renji suffers for Chihiro's sake, Yuu Himura tells him:

'I probably know the answer to what you want to know.'
'But I don't know if it's the right thing to do or not.'
'My answer is simply an answer. You have to understand that.'

He tells him the reality needed to grant his dream.
The courage needed to stand at the starting line.
And so, the conclusion to their 'fairy tale' took a massive turn.

Chihiro Shindou
”Today, let me tell you a story about a rabbit.”

The younger of the identical twins. Very literary. She’s naturally quiet, the polar opposite of her sister Kei. Though she appears calm and collected, she seems childish when spoken to, and is a bit of an airhead. Due to a childhood accident, she lost her left eye and bears a unique handicap.

She does not currently attend school, and would appear to be under recuperation. Has the habits of glancing up at people and of tilting her head.

Born: Jun. 2 (Gemini) | 151cm/38kg/77-53-78 (4’11”/84lb/30-21-31)
Renji Asou
”Uh, the thing is, I’m a guy...”

A young man of mixed heritage, his father a German architect. He has a well-raised, relaxed demeanor, but is weary of the daily grind. Due to his father’s occupation, he has regularly lived abroad his entire life. As a result, he has never developed any close friends, nor fallen in love.

Presently his father is on a business trip and he lives alone with his mother. He enjoys novels and makes good use of his international education to read novels in their original languages.

Born: Nov. 1 (Scorpio) | 159cm/50kg (5’3”/110lb)
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)
Shuuichi Kuze
”Well, I’m in cahoots with Himura.”

A spirited professional violinist and former student of Otowa Collegiate, though he left halfway through to study in Germany. Displays animated optimism, but is actually a realist on the inside. His selfless acts are to hide all traces of his true intentions in order to focus on what lies ahead.

He’s like an older brother to his next-door neighbor Renji. Also a bit of a flirt towards Renji’s mother, Sumire Asou.

Born: Feb. 15 (Aquarius) | 177cm/61kg (5’10”/134lb)
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
Required Memory: 256MB (512MB on Vista)
Recommended Memory: 512MB (1GB on Vista)
Required Resolution: 800x600
Required Colors: High Color
Recommended Colors: True Color
Sounds: WDM Sound Driver
Required HDD Free Space: 4.0GB
Recommended HDD Free Space: 5.0GB
DirectX: DirectX 9.0c

I thought ef the first tale was the greatest and then i read this one. together they form the perfect story second to non. make sure you read the first one first. truly one of a kind
An Everlasting Fine
After having finally gotten around to finishing "ef - The Latter Tale," I just realized that I had bought the game during winter and reached it's memorable conclusion in the summer.....having failed to realize that this is quite an unexpected relation to the game's time frame.

Unlike the first tale, the latter tale consists of three relationships.

The latter tale is much more of an emotional ride than that of the first. Like the first, there were parts here and there that felt like a chore to read through which I believe may have something to do with the Shindou twins but it was definitely worth while. I believe that every story told would either be memorable or just another stick in the pile depending on the conclusion and "ef" definitely delivers in that regard. ef definitely ranks among the top visual novels that has ever been in English. Maybe even as the best.

It's too bad that minori would not allow a physical release of the game, but that's all right since it'd only be worth while if it comes in special packaging. The music though is a whole different story.

- Alato "ef - a fairy tale of the two" Original Soundtrack

Music is something to be listened to so it pains me to know that there is no way to get my hands on a physical copy of ef's beautifully crafted music unless I pay some random joe an arm and a leg which in turn does not support the original artists involved.

Mangagamer, please convince minori to allow a physical release of ef's music available to the western fans.


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