I caught up on ef-Melo belatedly (as usual) but with a curious and interesting sense of closure. I don’t think it’s on par with the first season but that I think isn’t the point: I can see where Omo was coming from in thinking about how the two seasons were pretty much complimentary as opposed to be being simply series and sequel and judged on those terms alone. While a sequel can rarely stand alone separate from its predecessor, this one seemed to add more weight and significance to what went before and giving it fresh meaning restrospectively, in addition to merely continuing the story chronologically. It worked better for me because I marathoned the last few episodes in one sitting too.
Listen to his song!
I’m guessing the title refers to Kuze’s occupation and how his work brought certain characters together but it’s as much of a tale of memories as the first season was when you think about how much time it spent in flashback mode, connecting events of the past with those of the present. In both story threads the male lead is stuck in a no-man’s-land with memories holding him back from appreciating what the present holds; the idea of music being a muse or redemption is of secondary importance next to the importance of memories one cannot, or does not wish to, forget. Because of this I think arguing that ef-Melo is somehow inferior to its predecessor is purely academic when they are two parts of the same damn thing.