The BEST episodes directed by Akiyuki Shinbo

Ougi Dark - Part 3
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10.00
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#1 - Ougi Dark - Part 3

Monogatari - Season 5 - Episode 7

After being exposed, Ougi is about to be engulfed by the darkness, but Koyomi refuses to give up on her and Meme reappears in the nick of time to save them.

Ougi Dark - Part 1
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9.82
30 votes

#2 - Ougi Dark - Part 1

Monogatari - Season 5 - Episode 5

Gaen assembles Koyomi, Shinobu, Mayoi and Yozuru and reveals that Ougi is the responsible for some of the previous ordeals they faced.

When I Came Out Of The Tunnel It Was White
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9.32
40 votes

#3 - When I Came Out Of The Tunnel It Was White

Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei - Season 1 - Episode 2

After confiding in his latest despairs to Ms. Arai, she asks Nozomu to visit one of his students who hasn't shown up to school — Kiri Komori, a hikikomori. In the end Kiri goes to school but decides to be a hikimori there. The next day, Nozomu notes that another of his students, Matoi Tsunetsuki, didn't show up that day. Ms. Arai brings Nozomu to the counseling room, where she explains Matoi's obsessive-stalker tendencies to Nozomu. That night, he attempts to dissuade her from bothering her last boyfriend; however, his strategy backfires on him. This turns him into Matoi's latest object of affection.

Celebration
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9.12
83 votes

#4 - Celebration

Nisekoi - Season 1 - Episode 11

It's Chitoge's birthday. Seishirou is planning a surprise party for her, and she invites all her friends. Raku and Onodera go out together to get birthday presents for Chitoge. But are they on a date now?

Showtime
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9.00
83 votes

#5 - Showtime

Nisekoi - Season 1 - Episode 20

With Chitoge's inclusion into their cast, the play commences with Shu as the narrator taking their performance into a comedic turn, adding nonsensical subplots into the play's story for the enjoyment of the audience but for the chagrin to some of its casts. Nevertheless, the play finishes, gaining warm admiration from the audience while Chitoge recognizes her true love for Raku. With their usual relationship back in place, Chitoge apologizes to Raku for her harsh behavior and adds that she will still be herself in front of him. During a conversation with Kosaki, Raku takes notice of Kosaki's desire of playing the role of Juliet. To compensate for not having played her role, as a result Raku and Kosaki reprise their roles as Romeo and Juliet respectively and did a private play for themselves as Chitoge looks into the horizon and remarks the conclusion of their memorable cultural festival.

Mayoi Hell - Part 2
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9.00
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#6 - Mayoi Hell - Part 2

Monogatari - Season 5 - Episode 2

Mayoi takes Koyomi to meet Teori, who offers him a way to return to the world of the living. Koyomi is in doubt about accepting his offer, as he believes others like Mayoi are more worthy of reviving than him, until he comes with a surprising decision.

Ougi Dark - Part 2
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9.00
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#7 - Ougi Dark - Part 2

Monogatari - Season 5 - Episode 6

To stop Ougi from meddling further, Koyomi has a final confrontation with her.

Hot Spring
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8.96
89 votes

#8 - Hot Spring

Nisekoi - Season 1 - Episode 9

While on an open-air school trip, Raku mistakenly ends up in the women's hot spring. When his female classmates show up to bathe, he must try and find a way to escape before being caught and labelled as a peeping tom.

After School
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8.94
83 votes

#9 - After School

Nisekoi - Season 1 - Episode 13

Raku finds the photo that was taken ten years ago. It's the photo of Raku and the girl he made a promise with. The girl turns out to be…

Confirmation
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8.91
80 votes

#10 - Confirmation

Nisekoi - Season 1 - Episode 12

Chitoge tells Raku about the boy she made a promise with ten years ago. Raku admits that he, too, made a promise with a girl ten years ago. They decide to try and see if Chitoge's key would open up Raku's locket. But…

Lottery
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8.90
85 votes

#11 - Lottery

Nisekoi - Season 1 - Episode 10

The students are holding their annual Test of Courage. There is a lottery, and the boys and girls are pairing up and holding hands. Raku wants to get paired up with Onodera more than anything, but Chitoge has gone missing in the woods in a ghost costume!

Ordeal
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8.89
80 votes

#12 - Ordeal

Nisekoi - Season 1 - Episode 14

Raku's dad gives Raku the news that he actually has a fiancée and that she is coming to see him . He wants Raku to entertain her. She is the girl from the photo taken ten years ago!

At the Beach
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8.87
86 votes

#13 - At the Beach

Nisekoi - Season 1 - Episode 18

The gang goes down to the beach to enjoy the last days of summer. Chitoge starts acting very strange after seeing Raku with Marika and Onodera. Is she starting to realize she is actually in love with Raku?

Festival Day
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8.81
79 votes

#14 - Festival Day

Nisekoi - Season 1 - Episode 17

Raku runs into Chitoge at the festival. Seeing that many things come free when she is with Raku, Chitoge decides to hang out with him. However, there is only one thing on Raku's mind… To purchase a romantic relationship charm!

Typhoon
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8.77
80 votes

#15 - Typhoon

Nisekoi - Season 1 - Episode 16

Onodera asks Raku if he could take on a part-time job at her family's Japanese Sweets shop. He agrees, not wanting to miss the chance of seeing her. A storm breaks out, and now Raku has no choice but to stay at Onodera's home with no one else around. And…

The Play
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8.70
86 votes

#16 - The Play

Nisekoi - Season 1 - Episode 19

Due to Chitoge's refusal of accepting the role in their play, Kosaki steps in and takes the role as Juliet with Raku as Romeo. Whilst in the midst of rehearsals, Raku and Chitoge gets into a heated argument over their fake relationship. As Raku vehemently states how dysfunctional things are between them and is considering to end their ties, Chitoge slaps Raku out of indignation. On the day of their play, Kosaki gets injured after rescuing a fellow classmate from a fall. With no one else to take over Kosaki in her role as Juliet, Raku approaches Chitoge and convinces her to take the part. After Raku apologizes and admits he doesn't despise Chitoge as the latter had presumed, Chitoge leans unto Raku and accepts the role as his Juliet.

Hitagi Rendezvous - Part 1
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8.67
0 votes

#17 - Hitagi Rendezvous - Part 1

Monogatari - Season 5 - Episode 3

Now fully human again, Koyomi is called by Hitagi for a date, as they spend some time together, Koyomi has a vision of Ougi.

Three Keys
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8.58
87 votes

#18 - Three Keys

Nisekoi - Season 1 - Episode 15

Marika explains to Raku how they first met. He tries to remember the details, but it's hard for him. She takes him to her home to meet her father. Raku wants to call off the engagement, but he is so scared of Marika's father!

Rival
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8.49
84 votes

#19 - Rival

Nisekoi - Season 1 - Episode 7

A new transfer student arrives at the school. The girls fall in love with him, while the boys can't help having feelings of jealousy. It turns out that the new student is an old friend of Chitoge. Will Raku be able to handle having a rival?

Happiness
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8.48
86 votes

#20 - Happiness

Nisekoi - Season 1 - Episode 8

Claude is training Tsugumi for her mission of finding out the truth about the relationship between Raku and Chitoge. Tsugumi is going through some changes, and she seeks advice from people around her. Could it be possible that she is in love?

The Visit
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8.39
86 votes

#21 - The Visit

Nisekoi - Season 1 - Episode 4

Chitoge's Friend Notebook is helping her make friends. Onodera seems happy that Raku and Chitoge are such a lovey-dovey couple, even though she has feelings for him. Raku can't wait for Onodera to come over to his place for the study group he's having.

Two of a Kind
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8.32
89 votes

#22 - Two of a Kind

Nisekoi - Season 1 - Episode 3

Raku wants to talk to Kosaki and explain to her that he’s not going out with Chitoge. All the other students are very curios about Raku and Chitoge's relationship, while Claude is still suspicious of what is going on. Raku finally decides to consult Shu.

Goodbye, Zetsubo Sensei
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8.19
48 votes

#23 - Goodbye, Zetsubo Sensei

Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei - Season 1 - Episode 1

Kafuka Fuura is cheerily walking to school one April morning when she suddenly spots a man trying to hang himself in a fit of despair. Kafuka manages to use her weight to snap the rope, thus saving his life. Nozomu Itoshiki, the man, eventually cannot take anymore of the girl's ridiculous ramblings, and runs off to school to start homeroom at the beginning of a new school year. When Nozomu walks in the door, he finds Kafuka is one of his students.

The Promise
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8.18
135 votes

#24 - The Promise

Nisekoi - Season 1 - Episode 1

Raku Ichijo is a normal high school student. But, he also happens to be the son and heir to a yakuza clan called the "Shuei-gumi." Raku was never popular with the girls but 10 years ago, he met a girl and they promised each other that "they will get married" when they reunited. Raku still keeps the pendant that the girl gave him 10 years ago. One morning, while Raku was walking to school, a girl suddenly came falling from atop a wall and kicked Raku. That girl turned out to be, Chitoge Kirisaki, the girl that transferred to Raku's class.

Swimming
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8.18
84 votes

#25 - Swimming

Nisekoi - Season 1 - Episode 5

Ruri talks to Onodera about her feelings for Raku and the promise she made ten years ago. Ruri asks Chitoge to join the girls' swim team and invites Raku, Chitoge and Onodera to the swimming practice, in hopes of investigating their true feelings.

Encounter
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8.16
89 votes

#26 - Encounter

Nisekoi - Season 1 - Episode 2

Raku and Chitoge have their first fake date. Raku wishes it was Kosaki instead of Chitoge. Kosaki is convinced that they are a couple, but she doesn't seem to be bothered by it. Will Raku be able to confess his feelings to Kosaki?

Borrowing and Lending
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8.11
89 votes

#27 - Borrowing and Lending

Nisekoi - Season 1 - Episode 6

Chitoge faces surprising difficulties in her attempts to thank Raku for rescuing her. After discovering the true nature of Chitoge and Raku’s relationship, Onodera tries to muster up the courage to confess her true feelings for Raku.

Mother
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8.10
39 votes

#28 - Mother

Nisekoi - Season 2 - Episode 4

Raku is working extra hard as Ms. Hana's secretary in order to give her some time to spend Christmas Eve with Chitoge. However, is Ms. Hana really interested in getting together with her daughter?

Need
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8.03
35 votes

#29 - Need

Nisekoi - Season 2 - Episode 3

Christmas is just around the corner... Shu tells the gang that they should throw a party. However, Chitoge has other plans. Her mom is coming to visit, and Chitoge's dad wants to introduce Raku to her!

Hitagi Rendezvous - Part 2
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8.00
0 votes

#30 - Hitagi Rendezvous - Part 2

Monogatari - Season 5 - Episode 4

Koyomi and Hitagi spend the rest of the date bonding further. Once back home, Koyomi has another encounter with Ougi.

Sister
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7.97
33 votes

#31 - Sister

Nisekoi - Season 2 - Episode 7

Kosaki's younger sister, Haru, finally enters high school. After hearing unsavory rumors about Raku, Haru is none too pleased about him trying to get close to her sister.

That's Impossible Isn't There an Original
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7.92
13 votes

#32 - That's Impossible Isn't There an Original

Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei - Season 1 - Episode 11

The girls are watching a particularly awful movie. Outside, they meet with the director, who defends himself by saying that he is just "following the original story." Chasing him, they arrive at roads that are used by many people to escape or to shift blame from their mistakes. In the second part, Nozomu, Majiru, and Matoi are sitting in a kotatsu in Nozomu's house. Chiri then arrives to clean up everything. After the cleaning, Nozomu keeps wishing that humans can hibernate and finally he and the regular cast decide to take a winter hibernation. However, after the group nearly dies of carbon monoxide poisoning, Nozomu decides to simply leave. Fūra goes to find him, only to witness him being struck by a runaway trolley. The episode ends at the hospital as the entire class waits for Nozomu to leave surgery.

Removing Toxins and Stains
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7.89
37 votes

#33 - Removing Toxins and Stains

Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei - Season 1 - Episode 5

On physical examination day, many of the girls are feeling stress about their weight, measurements and fitness. Nozumu distracts them by deciding to judge the "social worth" of students so that they will know whether they are living "above their station." Kitsu seizes on this idea, scolding everyone who possesses any luxuries, appalling Nozumu to the point where he decides to go on a hedonistic binge before killing himself. In the second half he encounters some of his students at a hot spring and is frightened to learn the spring has the power to remove their "toxicity" giving them well-adjusted personalities.

Support
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7.87
29 votes

#34 - Support

Nisekoi - Season 2 - Episode 10

Suspecting something is up, Raku asks Shu which girl he is crushing on. Will Raku be able to get the truth out of him?

The Search / Just Testing
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7.64
35 votes

#35 - The Search / Just Testing

Nisekoi - Season 2 - Episode 12

In her rush to school for being late, Chitoge lost her ribbon. The gang forms a search party for the said ribbon but no avail. After Raku fails to gull Chitoge with a newly-bought ribbon, Chitoge dashes to retrieve her real ribbon at a distance but is seemingly ripped apart by a passing train. However, Raku reveals that the wrecked ribbon was actually his and Chitoge's ribbon is safe at his hands, much to Chitoge's excitement. After reading a light novel, Chitoge practices in confessing her love to Raku which is constantly hindered by embarrassment. But after consulting her father and Raku, Chitoge decides to postpone her confession for the time being and use it to spend more time with her fake boyfriend

From Now On / Please Notice
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7.64
46 votes

#36 - From Now On / Please Notice

Nisekoi - Season 2 - Episode 1

Now that Chitoge has come to terms with her feelings for Raku, she sets out to mold him into the ideal boyfriend! However, with Raku being the oblivious guy he is, just how many different ways can Chitoge try to get him to recognize her more?

Fate / Showdown
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7.44
35 votes

#37 - Fate / Showdown

Nisekoi - Season 2 - Episode 2

Tsugumi has a visitor from her past. Her dark, violent past… Now, she has to prove that she still has the skills she once had!

Delicious
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7.43
36 votes

#38 - Delicious

Nisekoi - Season 2 - Episode 6

It's Valentine's Day and Raku dreads the idea of not receiving chocolate from anyone. Meanwhile, Chitoge, Kosaki, Marika, and Seishirou are all dealing with their own issues with what giving chocolate to someone entails.

Teach Me / Master Raku
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7.42
37 votes

#39 - Teach Me / Master Raku

Nisekoi - Season 2 - Episode 5

Marika asks Raku to help her study, since her grades are very low. Raku agrees to tutor her, but Chitoge wants to tag along! Also, now Raku is given a pet he needs to take care of!

Cleaning / Sick Visit
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7.34
28 votes

#40 - Cleaning / Sick Visit

Nisekoi - Season 2 - Episode 9

Raku pays a visit to Kosaki, since she has a cold. However, is it appropriate for a guy like him to go see a girl when her parents are out of town? What does Haru have to say about the situation?

I Want to Lose Weight / Good Morning
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7.34
31 votes

#41 - I Want to Lose Weight / Good Morning

Nisekoi - Season 2 - Episode 11

Kosaki assumes she is gaining gaining weight after checking their scale and prevents herself from eating excessively which proves to be difficult for her. Noticing Kosaki's adversity, Raku tries to present her with her favorite treat but Kosaki storms off. In the end, Raku advises Kosaki to have a proper diet due to her slender figure. Meanwhile, Haru discovers that their scale is defective. As middle-schoolers, Kosaki and Raku were classmates with the former being in love with the latter. In her pursuit of love, Kosaki tries hard to enroll in the same school as Raku but ends up failing in the entrance exams, much to her depression. Whilst being together with Raku, Kosaki receives news that she actually passed the test as she looks forward to interacting with Raku again.

What an Incredible Bother!
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7.33
9 votes

#42 - What an Incredible Bother!

Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei - Season 1 - Episode 12

The first part of this episode introduces Ai Kaga, a girl who always takes blame for everything, even though it is not her fault. Nozomu takes the class to a "guilt scramble" to explain that history has led to the "guilt complex" such as Kaga's becoming the Japanese mentality. After being overcome with guilt himself, Nozomu and Kaga travel the world to try to stop burdening others. The second part introduces another girl, Mayo Mitama. Her evil-looking eyes have led to her being misunderstood - that is, she actually is evil, but people try not to prejudge her and assume she is actually good. She commits several cruel acts that Nozomu bears witness to and is blamed for, being the only other nearby party. He becomes so concerned with not prejudging that he doesn't blame her when she hits Majiru over the head with an aluminum bat or when she drops a brick onto Nozomu's head.

Episode 2
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7.20
5 votes

#43 - Episode 2

Le Portrait de Petit Cossette - Season 1 - Episode 2

Eiri is tortured mentally and physically by Cossette, who demands that he prove his professed love for her. It is revealed that Eiri is the reincarnation of Marcello, and that Cossette is becoming as infatuated with him as he is with her.

Day 3 (1) The Savant Gathering
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7.17
12 votes

#44 - Day 3 (1) The Savant Gathering

Kubikiri Cycle: Aoiro Savant to Zaregoto Tsukai - Season 1 - Episode 1

Go Fly Over That Country
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7.10
39 votes

#45 - Go Fly Over That Country

Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei - Season 1 - Episode 3

This episode is a pastiche of parodies about foreigners and Japanese attitudes concerning them. A foreign student named Kaere Kimura transfers into the class. Kimura is a blonde girl with multiple personality disorder stemming from cultural identity confusion. Nozumu prevents her from committing suicide but sees her underwear and is sued. While Nozomu is absent from school Chiri investigates his students and discovers that Maria is an illegal immigrant.

From Elbow to knee
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7.08
38 votes

#46 - From Elbow to knee

Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei - Season 1 - Episode 4

Chie dispatches Nozomu to investigate rumors that the invariably injured Abiru Kobushi is suffering from domestic violence. He pursues Abiru's father while he shops, causing him a great deal of inconvenience, before discovering Abiru's obsession with pulling the tails of dangerous animals. The latter half of the episode concerns Meru Otonashi, who is silent and shy in person, but remarkably abusive via text-messaging, her only means of communication.

Leap Before You Look
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7.06
36 votes

#47 - Leap Before You Look

Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei - Season 1 - Episode 6

Kafuka comes down with a cold during the summer and has to go see the doctor, Mikoto Itoshiki, who happens to be Nozomu's brother. Later, Chiri and Kafuka find out from Mikoto that Nozomu has gone back to his hometown in Kuraizawa for an arranged marriage. One way or another, the girls somehow all end up arriving at Kuraizawa, where they are taken to the Itoshiki residence by Tokita. Here they find out that the Itoshiki tradition for arranged marriages simply involves both parties exchanging eye contact. The rest of the episode involves Nozomu and his attempts to avoid eye contact with the girls and various other people/objects.

Mayoi Hell - Part 1
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7.00
0 votes

#48 - Mayoi Hell - Part 1

Monogatari - Season 5 - Episode 1

March 13th, the morning of college entrance exams. Koyomi Araragi has died due to Izuko Gaen. Mayoi Hachikuji was waiting for him in the afterlife, and guides him towards an unknown destination. Koyomi would have never thought that this certain someone would be waiting for him there.

One Morning, When Gregor Samsa Awoke, He was Carrying a Portable Shrine
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6.97
36 votes

#49 - One Morning, When Gregor Samsa Awoke, He was Carrying a Portable Shrine

Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei - Season 1 - Episode 7

This episode begins with Fujiyoshi bumping into Nozomu while she is on her way to make copies of her doujinshi. Through a misunderstanding, Nozomu ends up going to Comiket to sell his doujin literature with mixed results. At Comiket, Chiri reads Fujiyoshi's yaoi doujinshi. On the way back from Comiket, they meet Kafuka, who talks Chiri and Fujiyoshi into drawing more manga that strictly adheres to the above mentioned format. The second half of the episode involves the girls at a matsuri, where overzealous festival-goers begin piling random objects and people on portable shrines and dancing and parading around with them.

The Evening Primroses on Fuji are Wrong
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6.94
34 votes

#50 - The Evening Primroses on Fuji are Wrong

Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei - Season 1 - Episode 9

Nozomu notices a few members of the class playing a "spot the differences" game. Nozomu tells them that it is important to spot mistakes, and he instructs the class in how life is filled with mistakes. He asks the class to identify mistakes in their lives, after pointing out several of his own. After Nozomu contradicts himself, saying that a mistake was the correct action, Kafuka reasons that if a mistake comes to light, it is correct, resulting in many people approaching her, confessing their mistakes, making them correct. In the end of the first part, a boy approaches Nozomu, calling him "Dad." The second part of the episode reveals that he is actually Nozomu's brother's child, Majiru Itoshiki. Nozomu asks him to prove that he is indeed his nephew, and then asks all of his students to prove that they are the real one. When Majiru asks Nozomu to prove he is genuine, Nozomu is unable to come up with a response, and runs off. The episode ends with a sequence that deals with Majiru's apparent hair fetish.