The Best Episodes Directed by Akira Iwanaga

The Massacre Chapter - Part 6 - Strong Will

#1 - The Massacre Chapter - Part 6 - Strong Will

When They Cry - Higurashi Season 2 - Episode 11

The efforts to rescue Satoko reach a conclusion, and with the Cotton Drifting Festival the next day, everything seems to moving in the direction of a happy ending — until the true culprit finally comes forth.

star 9.09
11 votes
The Festival Accompanying Chapter - Part 2 - Wriggling

#2 - The Festival Accompanying Chapter - Part 2 - Wriggling

When They Cry - Higurashi Season 2 - Episode 15

Takano's story continues, including how she met her foster grandfather, and her determination to continue his work.

star 8.27
11 votes

#3 - Resolution

Isuca Season 1 - Episode 10

The power I get from Shinichirou is so rich and energizing.

star 7.60
15 votes
Eye of Truth

#4 - Eye of Truth

Isuca Season 1 - Episode 5

Shinichirou has the Eye of Truth and it allows him to figure out people's true names, but Sakuya doesn't want anyone to know her true name, so she's keeping Shinichirou away from her.

star 7.56
16 votes

#5 - Promise

Isuca Season 1 - Episode 6

Shinichirou tries to cheer Sakuya up after he finds out that she might lose her right to become next head of the family. The secret behind Sakuya's birth, and why she's so hung up on taking over the family becomes evident. But then a monster shows up which will test her allegiances to the past, to the present, and to herself.

star 7.50
14 votes
Multiple Separation

#6 - Multiple Separation

Corpse Party: Tortured Souls Season 1 - Episode 1

A group of schoolmates from Kisaragi Academy perform a friendship charm called "Sachiko Ever After" for classmate Mayu Suzumoto, who is about to transfer to another school. Upon completing the charm, they are engulfed by an earthquake and transported to the cursed Heavenly Host Elementary School, separated from one another. Friends Naomi Nakashima and Seiko Shinohara reunite and search for an exit together, but find that all the windows and doors in the building are sealed. While they are resting in an infirmary, Seiko notices she has lost her paper charm slip and leaves Naomi to look for it. Naomi is then attacked by a ghost and narrowly escapes with her life before encountering a girl in a red dress. When Seiko returns, Naomi berates her for leaving and drives her away in anger. Naomi later searches for Seiko to apologize, only to find her hanged in a bathroom stall.

star 7.50
32 votes
True Name

#7 - True Name

Isuca Season 1 - Episode 2

Shinichirou becomes friends with Tamako, the cat-monster, and ends up helping Sakuya clean, as she lives alone. Sakuya is bossy and doesn't give Shinichirou a break. Another monsters appears at the school, which takes girls underground and eats their flesh.

star 7.47
15 votes

#8 - Confrontation

Isuca Season 1 - Episode 3

Sakuya's younger sister, Suseri, shows up. She also works to rid the world of monsters, and is a rival to the head of the Shimadzu family. She wants to bring Shinichirou over to her side, so she attempts to seduce him, and eventually kidnap him, but they run into a bit of trouble with monsters on the way...

star 7.40
15 votes

#9 - Attack

Isuca Season 1 - Episode 9

I will defeat you with my own hands, Sakuya Shimazu!

star 7.25
16 votes

#10 - Trials

Isuca Season 1 - Episode 8

Sakuya is in a coma now that she's lost her spiritual energy, and Shinichirou would like nothing more to save her. Suseri decides to undergo the exorcism ritual after seeing Sakuya in her state. She must subdue a lightning beast on her own in order to make it into a shikigami, and during the fighting we learn about Suseri's hidden past and her feelings towards Sakuya.

star 7.23
13 votes
Light and Shade

#11 - Light and Shade

Isuca Season 1 - Episode 7

After surviving a number of battles together, Sakuya and Shinichirou have grown very close. Then, Shinichirou gets the a katana, and wants to train to help Sakuya. Just when everything seems to be going well, a smoke monsters appears in the subways and Sakuya and the gang head to get rid of it.

star 7.12
17 votes
Shadow Play

#12 - Shadow Play

Isuca Season 1 - Episode 4

There's been a ghost samurai going around killing a bunch of people near the school, but why is all of this happening around the school? Everyone thinks it has to do with Western magic, but what does that have to do with Sakuya?

star 7.07
15 votes
Chance Meeting

#13 - Chance Meeting

Isuca Season 1 - Episode 1

Strange things start happening to Asano Shinichirou, a second year student. A woman turns into a centipede, and he sees a girl is attacked by a monster. During all the chaos, he runs into Shimadzu Sakuya, who uses a bow as a weapon. She is the 37th head of the Shimadzu family, tasked with ridding the world of monsters. Shinichirou and Sakuya end up fighting one of the monsters together, when...

star 6.91
22 votes
To the People and Not for the People

#14 - To the People and Not for the People

Ikki Tousen Season 3 - Episode 8

Suspicious of her master’s odd behavior, Kanu sends a messenger to ask Hakufu for help; Ryomou’s peaceful dip in a hot spring is disrupted by Ryofu.

star 6.85
12 votes
The Military is a Great Matter of the State

#15 - The Military is a Great Matter of the State

Ikki Tousen Season 3 - Episode 1

Hakufu and her crew work to raise money for a tournament where they will face fierce opponents. When her little sister shows up things get crazy!

star 6.67
14 votes
Do Not Fight Unless the Situation is Critical

#16 - Do Not Fight Unless the Situation is Critical

Ikki Tousen Season 3 - Episode 5

A day at the beach turns into a treasure hunt, but when giant man-eating sharks appear, the bikini-clad warrior babes show off their moves.

star 6.58
11 votes
Bound to Reunite After a Long Separation

#17 - Bound to Reunite After a Long Separation

Ikki Tousen Season 3 - Episode 12

Koukin and Hakufu risk their lives in the battle to save Chuubo; brawling with Ryofu, Ryomou learns a lesson of vital importance.

star 6.50
11 votes