ef – a fairy tale of the two

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Yuuko Amamiya, a mysterious girl dressed like a nun, and Yu Himura, a mysterious gentleman who is somehow attached to the church where Yuuko first appears, are having a reunion in a church during Christmas time. Despite her attire, Yuuko is not affiliated with the church. She always appears generally out of no where, and disappears just as quickly in various places throughout the story to talk with Hiro or other characters and give them advice.

189 comments on “ef – a fairy tale of the two

  1. Isn’t this the one where the translators pruned large amounts of text to improve “readability”? Disgusting.

    1. Yes, it’s older, fantranslated version that joined both games into one. Later on, official, more polished, translation came out.

  2. Thanks! this game works great
    I installed this game at D directory and it works, I don’t have any problem about Music Voice BGM or SFX
    There is no music on the main menu and for a few minute at the first of game, so keep playing for a while.
    You can test sound in option menu, if it work, you shouldn’t have a problem
    sorry for my bad english

  3. This game is just ef – the first tale and ef – the latter tale combined into one, right? So why are the downloads for the other two games on this site so large compared to this one? Did the Mangagamer versions add something?

  4. If you are having problems with the voices, apart from suggestions by other people in this page, try putting ur Ef directory directly under the C drive (C:\ef)

    1. Thanks so much for this! I had been looking everywhere for a fix for this! Though I’m not sure why putting it in c drive does anything, I’m thankful nonetheless!

  5. can anybody tell me how to mount the image ??

    i am using daemon tools , buat i cannot seems to mount the cnd file ??

  6. The game freeze after the 2. tale, so i cant get to the 3. and 4.
    Its wierd, the game is otervise fine, but after the 2. part there is a movie that i can’t see, its black, i only hear music, then it freeze.
    Pls help! Thx

  7. can’t install the game, windows is giving me a critical error, something about updateclient.exe, using win xp if that helps

  8. when try to install the game it says: ef_Lite_Data_[nnl].cnd was no found in the current directory

    but the file was there so i dont know what to do

    if someone knows please respond

  9. For those with “no music” issues, I’ll reiterate what someone has already said:
    There is no music in the menu or during the first few minutes of the game. If you can hear the test music in options, you’ll likely hear music where you’re supposed to.

  10. Download and installation worked without any problems and the game itself runs just fine, even with music, however I have one issue that makes it unplayable to some degree.
    Right from the beginning there is some pretty loud background noise/static looping 2-3 times a second which is very very annoying. Fiddling around with the audio options didn’t help in any way and i cant figure out the source of the noise. I am running Windows 7 with CCCP and (perhaps thats the reason) a Asus Xonar DX sound card.
    Is anyone else experiencing the same issue? I would really appreciate some help here as i was really looking forward to the game and everything else i downloaded works just fine. So on that note, big thanks to the Admin here 🙂

  11. For those with the no music issues… Assuming that the game is a disc image once extracted (I don’t know becuz I haven’t downloaded it) but if it is after you’ve installed explore the disc and find the file for the BGM and manually copy it to the game directory to see if it fixes it. I had a similar no music issue with another game and doing this fixed the problem

  12. When I tried to install, during installation, I end up with an error:

    An external program did not run correctly. Program: rezip

  13. Hi there ~
    I who have watched the anime, I can say without hesitation that I love Yuuko. So I would like to know if there was a way Yuuko / Yuu, or just those of Hiro and Renji O:
    *Sorry if my english is bad, I’m french so i used Google Traduction >.<*

  14. does this run a similar storyline to the anime “ef – a tale of memories”? it looks like it has the same characters at least

    1. Yes, it does. There are a few differences, but when it comes down to it, it’s the exact same.

  15. ok when i try to download the VN from DA it downloads but then it suddenly stops or it says it completed the download but its didnt acctually complete it im not sure if im the only one with this problem it also happens on other VN

  16. Is this both the first and latter tale or just the first tale? The English version is listed as “ef – a fairy tale of the two” on vndb so I’m not quite sure. Thanks in advance.

    1. And yes, I know the “ef – a fairy tale of the two” is the title given to the series of two games, I’m just making sure of whether or not it’s both games or not since it was nagging at me.

  17. Still no way to make the background music working? I could only play bgm with test button in config

    1. Well, I think you’d still need CCCP for audio issues. But if you’re willing to wait (as I am), wait for the official release from Mangagamer. Its very close (from a reputable source)

      1. glad to hear there’s someone working on this. guess i’ll wait then, oh and thanks for reply

  18. I couldn’t figure out why the background music wasn’t working either, if someone comes up with a fix, would they let us know?

  19. I still never got this one working…
    Still just got the microsoft error when i program dont respond… never managed to work that one out

  20. The background-picture on erogedownload dot com… is that just a custom picture not related to any VN, or is there a/VN’s with those characters?

  21. I have finished the first tale but the openings aren’t shown, they’re just black screens. I could hear the music, I just can’t see the video.

  22. I downloaded the game and installed it but there is no music. does it really have no music or something? Help anyone?

  23. Same here… tried to download part 11 several times… it always stops at 50-80 MB… would be nice if you could fix that, Admin…

  24. Can someone reupload part 11 i will be very happy since i have been waiting for someone to reupload like 2 weeks D;

  25. C:\EF\Ef.part3.rar: CRC failed in Ef\ef_Lite_Data_[nnl].cnd. The file is corrupt

    please help me… 🙁

  26. I tried to download part 05 but it says “Corrupted Content Error”
    How do I fix that please. Thank you very much. 🙂

  27. pls reupload part 11 admin..
    download stops at 129-133 MB
    I really want to play this..
    i hope reuploading wont be hard ryt?

  28. It said when I installed it didn’t detect ffdshow on my computer, but I definitely am using it, well I’m using the MadVR codec with MPC-HC, which is ffdshow-based. I should be right for the sequences in this right, because I didn’t see any “video” when I started a new game.

  29. Is it normal that I can’t run the installer ?
    I try with 7 and XP,with or without the admin right, he doesn’t want to launch –‘
    Can someone tell me what should I do please ? ^^
    Thanks in advance

    By the way : thanks for the links =)

    1. Just hit show then copy/paste all the links into your browser. Or you can do what I do and highlight them and right-click and choose the option open link in new tab.

  30. YES!! I finally figured out why the game kept crashing halfway through – right the end of Kei arc. For those who have MPC HC and LAV filters, you need to go back and reinstall ffdshow, or the game will crash when it tries to play the movie.

    Just in case anyone else was getting very frustrated like i was. now..on to the latter tale

  31. I downloaded and installed the game, and the fonts, but when I try to open the game I get an error message saying that the game encountered a problem and needs to close. Please advise what can be done to fix this. Thanks.

  32. noooooo!!!..

    I got part5 corrupted!!, admin please reupload the exact file, pleaaase..it took me 3 days to complete them..*sob*

  33. i cant tell whether to get this game or not this is the 2010 version? ef lite? i cant tell this is really confusing me ill just buy it when manga gamer releases it

  34. i have a problem here, when i finish instalation and run the game it instantly comes up saying the program isnt responding, any idea’s whats wrong?

  35. Mr.ADMIN I have problem when install this game,..
    I wait very long but the installation not have any progress,what should I do ????

  36. sry.. it worked after reinstalling it. .. but now i get a fatal error before i start chapter 1 .. hope someone can help me.

  37. If like me you’re on Win 7 64 bits, the sound problem can be fixed by moving the ef folder from Programe Files x86. Apparently, DirectSound problems can appear if it’s not directly in C:\

    I don’t know why though nor I know if it’ll work with another OS.

  38. i’ve got a solution but not everybody wil be able to use it.
    I was playing on a mac on bootcamp before. When i tried to play it on the mac via parallel desktop the sound was there.

  39. I have a problem. The first time I ran it there weren’t any problems, but after that day there was no voice!! Can anybody help me?? Oh, and I didn’t press any of the buttons in the configuration as well. I even tried reinstalling it, but it didn’t work. 🙁

        1. Same problem. Been messing around a bit with different uninstalling tools, but no luck so far. I’m guessing some archives still remain in the system, even after I manually delete the game’s folder, hence, the problem keeping on even after reintalling.

      1. I tried installing the files on the link you had, but there is still no sound. To answer your question, I did have sound when I first installed it, but the sound vanished the next day.

        Could you please help??

        1. If you go now at the configuration what does it say? I know you didn’t press any buttons. At the voices area there are some boxes that say mute, are they checked or unchecked and what about tne volume level? Did you go at the configuration before you close the game? Because there is an area there that says if you change something here you will lose the voices, maybe something changed there by accident before you close the game?

          1. I know how to read. I didn’t change the are about the voices, but I did change the volume levels for BGM, voices, and Sound effects. I never muted the sounds either.

  40. Is there any way to completely uninstall the game?
    It was working perfectly, but somehow, I lost all the sounds ingame. Therefore, I wanted to uninstall the game and then install it from square one.
    Have already tried reinstalling with ef_lite_installer, but no luck so far.

    Thanks in advance.

  41. are you sure these files aren’t corrupt? i used the program winrar and no matter what i did, it wouldn’t work! i can download the files but i can’t find any way to play them! please help!

  42. How can I uninstall this game? Or is this just a translated folder rip where I can just manually delete the whole folder?

      1. cool. i tried downloading latter tale alone from somewhere but it’s raw. i tried googling but every site is saying latter tale hasnt been translated yet

  43. I’m having problems. I unziped it but all the file had was a .cnd and install file. When i try to run the Exe I get a program isn’t responding message.

    Any thoughts?

  44. I have the exact same problem, and guess what, it was solved by changing my ISP. May be you should ask your friend to help you download it.

    Btw nobody answered me yet, is this in english?

      1. Thank you, and sorry. Every other game here are either I have or I was following the translator, but ef from what I heard sometimes ago is still being translated. It’s looked like I get the wrong info though. lol.

  45. I am completely unable to download the 2nd part of this game. The file sharing website keeps telling me that it is no longer available. Please help!

      1. I tried over 10 times =[ Part 2 is the only one i cannot download. The filesharing website just keeps telling me its no longer available. Might i know what browser your using? I’m currently on Mozilla Firefox. If changing doesn’t work, i’ll try to install it from a different computer =\

        1. Probably a temporary (regional?) fileserve problem. Downloading starts fine for me. BTW, I’ve torrented it the same day NNL released it but haven’t run it, I’m waiting for an official release.

  46. Hey..they said there r options to skip the “exciting scenes” but i did’nt find any . It just skipped on its own . WHAT THE HELL

  47. Hey on the first choice there appears two choices with some letters not english, japanese, or russian. What does these characters mean? One is a box, another like a sun giving light next to a triangle, a couple of circles, one little another big… what’s that language? Help!

    1. There are no strange letters: you should set japanese localization language on your pc.
      First choice is “Continue talking”; second one is “Follow Miyamura”.

  48. Hello,

    I downloaded all the six files and installed it, but when launching the game, I have only a black screen (but the right-click does seems to work because it shows the menu). ='(

    Any idea of what’s happening there, and a way to help me ?

    1. Problem solved… It was Daemon Tools wasn’t it ? Cause it works now that I installed it… ^^’

      But, there’s still no BGM. Seems that I’m not the only one, but I didn’t see any solution there…
      Help please ?

  49. Forget about the save thing above, but i got a new problem. When i got to the 2nd chapter the music doesnt work anymore for anything.

  50. soo… i just finished this game this morning (after finally submerging my urge to kill this guy on the grounds that it’s physicall impossible to kill a game character..) and i noticed that even though i finished it, and then just in case, finished all the bad endings…. there was no extra/recall/etc option in the main menu…. is this normal or was there something wrong with my game?

    p.s. epic game….

  51. I have the same problem as Bob. I tried installing different codec packs, but without results… My OS is Win XPSP2, plase help! Music in EF is the most important for me!

  52. I can’t get the BGM to work no matter what i try. I know someone was talking about x264 earlier but i didn’t quite get what they meant.

    Any help on this would be appreciated.


  53. its strange, the survey link takes me to a facebook customization page, but no actual survey. If you expect me to download something off some page though, you are sadly mistaken, as I will use the hotfile links rather than risking my pc’s safety

  54. I have completed the download and the installment. It all works fine. Except, when I already played it no words coming. Only their voices. Can you please help me here?

  55. just too bad…
    “Sorry, There are no surveys available to your
    country at this time. Please try back later.”
    maybe this can solved?

  56. it say “Ef.part2.rar.part could not be saved, because the source file could not be read.

    Try again later, or contact the server administrator.”


  57. when i press start download this word suddenly appear
    “Please complete a survey to download this file.
    Test Your IQ right here”
    i dont see any survey beside this words

  58. Thanks for the uploading all great games on here.
    It’s the best selection I’ve ever found.

    I have to ask though has anybody got past the surveys?

    I’ve tried several and they keep me on 99% for over 10 minutes whether I sign up for any offers or not.

  59. thank you!!! i finished it! i hav a question. hav any of u ever heard of a game called tenshi no nichiyoubi? its a fan disk, i think its like another stories or something. im actually japanese, so i dont really need it to be translated, but where is the game?

    1. I have no idea about japanese version, since i only deal with english translated ones, but i think this fandisk will be translated as a part of minori and NNL deal of official english ef release.

  60. You should consider seeding these games so that people can download them as torrents.
    Thanks for uploading them anyway!

  61. Thanks for upload. Ef is soooo greaattt. I love both the story and artwork. Btw, would u upload the fan disc of ef? the title is tenshi no nichiyobi.

    1. I upload only translated games – fandisk is not translated ( but it probably will be – as an official mangagamers release – once i get it, you will find it here )

  62. @art:
    That error is caused by NNL’s “auto-update” feature – this is fan translation, but recently people responsible for it came to agreement with game producer and ef will recieve official english version – as a result NNL removed auto-update scripts from their server. You can ignore it, since it doesn’t affect gameplay, or you can install the game again, but this time uncheck “auto-update” box during installation.

  63. Is this game English?
    I have download the 6 pack from hotfiles (no survey for my country ) and when I extract them I get the same error:

    ! D:\Ef\Ef.part1.rar: CRC failed in Ef\ef_Lite_Data_[nnl].cnd. The file is corrupt
    ! D:\Ef\Ef.part1.rar: Unexpected end of archive
    ! D:\Ef\Ef.part1.rar: Packed data CRC failed in Ef\ef_Lite_Data_[nnl].cnd. The volume is corrupt

    The same problem with all parts

    Can I not download it complete from somewhere else like torrent? ( but please tell me if it has English sub or if it is complete jap )

    1. All games here are in english.
      The error you got is a result of corrupted download. Try downloading again – this game is worth it.

  64. i have a couple questions actually:
    1: if i downloaded from the hotfile downloads will it make me get anymore RAR files after i have completed downloading them all? i have troubles with that alot.
    2: will it work for anytype of windows? sometimes i cant use things because i have windows 7
    thank you ^.^

  65. I discovered the reason many of you are having issues after you get the game installed at various points in the game.

    This game requires you to install a x264 codec on your system. Oddly enough the codec isn’t used for all media. It doesn’t kick in to around chapter 3 where the first video is played. Also some of the background music (but NOT all) appears to be x264 compressed.

    Also if you have any codec packs installed that might fudge it up as well. The “shark codec settings manager” helped me get things going.

    Hope that helps!

  66. Recently installed this with no problems. But I when I started playing it again the next day I skipped a part and then there was no sound. So I thought maybe if I uninstalled and reinstalled it would work fine but it hasn’t worked.

  67. Help! I installed the game fine. But it keeps crashing when I start it. Windows XP. GMT +9 enabled. Jap language set. Anything else I should do?

  68. Can you upload these on Megaupload? My internet is kinda flaky sometimes and Happy hour is really good for my downloads~
    You can get rewards too

    1. No, we use Hotfile.com as primary filehost and we’re providing downloads from our download server ( you have to complete short survey to use this option) – we’re not adding additional mirrors.

  69. Whenever the choices come up on screen they are displayed in symbols. All the other ingame text displays correctly so I’m at a lose here. Can anyone help me please?

  70. it’s one of the best games on this site, thx for the upload =3

    (for the admin)
    btw, u should write some more information about the games like how long is it, what do u have to do, is the story fix like in this one or u can choose the character u like. (i like the 2nd more >.>)

    it’s just my opinion, but i think it would be useful to others as well, bcuz its hard to tell anything about the game unless u tried it

  71. I played till the end of chapter 3 (Chihiro/Renji), but now the game always crashes at the same point.
    The scene where Yuuko meets Miki. Last i can read is “However, this was certainly the beginning”. After this the game simply shuts down. 🙁
    Can anyone help?

  72. Try to run setup as administrator, if it won’t help then maybe it’s some problem with multi-threaded installer – try to run it disabling all cpu cores, but one.
    If this won’t help then you can try disabling your antivirus, or maybe opposite – maybe some virus is corrupting installation files.
    If all of this won’t help then i have no idea – as I said – installation runs without problems for everyone i know.

  73. windows system error in Function MoveFileEx.the process cannot accesss the file because it is being used by another process,from
    file C;#program files#ef#nnl1.tmp#date#bg2.zip
    to file;C#Program files#ef#bg2.zip.

  74. I keep trying to install the game but it keeps
    coming up with the words critical error,
    I will be really grateful if you can help.

  75. You can download from hotfile then. I can’s just hotlink it from main page, since game is rather big and judging from amount of visits I’d use monthly bandwidth in one day.

  76. the survey said that they don’t have any survey for my country… could you afford any help please…?

  77. I can’t download from your server.
    “Start Download” button doesn’t do anything.

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