The Best Episodes Directed by Akira Iwanaga
#1 - The Mass Slaughter 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.
#2 - The Festival Orchestrating Chapter - Part 2 - Writhing
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.
#3 - 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.
#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.
#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.
#6 - 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.
#7 - Resolution
Isuca Season 1 - Episode 10
The power I get from Shinichirou is so rich and energizing.
#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...
#9 - 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.
#10 - 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.
#11 - Attack
Isuca Season 1 - Episode 9
I will defeat you with my own hands, Sakuya Shimazu!
#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?
#13 - 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.
#14 - 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.
#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!
#16 - 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...
#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.
#18 - Awakening ~back~
Saiyuki Season 3 - Episode 6
After the "last episode" flashback, we return to the KT and the SI-minus-9, faced off on top of the cliff. Kou raises his head: Genjyo Sanzo, he rasps, give me the Maten Scripture. Kotowaru, I refuse, snaps Sanzo. Then I'll take it, says the prince. Doku is alarmed, and tells him to stop, that his arm's broken [so, Goku was right-- Kou just ignored it] and this whole thing is insane. But Kougaiji struggles to his feet and tells him to shut up; get in my way, he adds (his voice is a flat snarl) and I'll kill you both. [Gojyo is astonished by this, but Hakkai smiles that it sounds quite familiar. =)] Let's go then, growls Sanzo, and Gojyo adds that 'this is to avenge that stupid monkey." (Hakkai does quietly point out that Goku's still alive--and we hear him snoring.) Doku is still inwardly agonizing about what to do if Kou doesn't return to normal. Gojyo summons the shakujou, warning his brother to be ready, as he's not going to hold back. Kougaiji calls up a fire attack; Hakkai blocks it with a ki shield, and the ikkou goes on the attack, Sanzo drawing first blood with a bullet graze to Kou's shoulder. But he somersaults away seemingly unhurt, and Gojyo wonders if he doesn't feel pain anymore, while Hakkai says it seems there's only one way to beat him.== When I first met him, Doku says to himself, all I could think of was how much he looked like my little brother. Those sharp eyes and red hair...the way he seemed to be be trying to look tough... little things like that. --He watches that same brother charge the prince... As Sanzo reloads, Hakkai notes that something's strange here; normally Kou uses not only his mist and fire powers, but his summoning technique as well. Sanzo gets it: summoning requires an agreement between the summoner and the demon, he says, but if the summoner becomes someone else... Then does that mean Kougaiji can't summon demons now? asks Hakkai.== Yaone likewise has a reflective moment: in all the time I've been at his side, she thinks
#19 - Runaway Hakkai!? ~reflection~
Saiyuki Season 3 - Episode 11
Early morning; Hakkai strides out of an inn alone. Glances back, says firmly "Someone ought to teach them a lesson", gets into Hakuryu and drives off. --Goku and Gojyo at breakfast: Goku eating while Gojyo ogles pinups. Do you know what's wrong with Hakkai, asks the saru; I saw him this morning and he looked pretty ticked off. Kappa=clueless. You're seeing things, he grumbles; but we see how the room is filling up with food wrappers, donut boxes, Pepsi cans, beer cans, tied bagfuls of trash, AND stacked plates full of cig butts. [EEEw. Go, Hakkai; I'd leave too.] Sanzo can't even get out of bed without kicking over a fruit soda can, which spills into his set-aside-for-the-night ivory robe. He tosses the robe into Gojyo's face with a curt "wash that", adding that the can must have been his and brandishing his gun for emphasis. Right away, Your Highness, says the redhead resignedly. As we see Hakuryu parked beside a lake and Hakkai gazing off over the water, Goku and Gojyo approach their leader about The Hakkai Problem. Sanzo growls "what's he got to be angry about?" but Gojyo reports that 'Kai's room is cleaned out and Hakuryu is nowhere to be found. You idiots, doing as you please, snaps Sanzo; it's his fault we've been here for three days. But he had a cold, protests Goku. ==Flashback: bedridden Hakkai, coughing and apologizing for being ill. [He would.] Gojyo told him not to sweat it, a few days' setback wouldn't matter; Sanzo conceded that it would be worse if he caused an accident; and Hakkai gratefully replied that he'd just rest--but would they please not make a huge mess in the room? it would just cause trouble for others. It's the inn's job to clean up, said Gojyo, but Hakkai persisted that the ikkou goes far overboard,and last time they almost lost Sanzo's sutra in a mountain of trash--what if it got thrown away? OK, OK, we'll clean it up, grumbled the kappa; you just get some sleep. Hakkai wearily pressed him to remember this promise and Gojyo sa