The BEST episodes directed by Ayako Kawano

Sudden Shower
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8.35
40 votes

#1 - Sudden Shower

After the Rain - Season 1 - Episode 10

Akira and Kondo came to the secondhand book fair under the pretext of him recommending a book to her as a friend. However, Kondo gets too excited about the books and neglects Akira. He's always fallen in love with literature, pursued it, and hurt the people around him. Kondo hates himself for repeating the same thing again. Akira directly gazes at Kondo while this is happening, and says...

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Heavy Rain
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8.33
42 votes

#2 - Heavy Rain

After the Rain - Season 1 - Episode 7

Sweltering hot summer break. Akira, who's taking remedial classes bumped into Haruka (track team captain), and they go to school together for the first time in ages.

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Raining Tears
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8.29
42 votes

#3 - Raining Tears

After the Rain - Season 1 - Episode 3

Akira told Kondo her feelings towards him. But, Kondo didn't take that as a declaration of love. Akira feels depressed about not being able to get along with her juniors in the track team, nor with her best friend, Haruka, but she lets Kondo know how she feels about him again. "I like you." Kondo eventually starts to speak in response to the 17-year-old girl's genuine feelings towards him.

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After the Rain
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8.17
41 votes

#4 - After the Rain

After the Rain - Season 1 - Episode 12

The halls after school are filled with students' chatter. The warm heart of youth heats the chilling air. Akira feels as if she is the only one left behind as everything around her changes. Kondo is busy at the restaurant and the company's HQ. He turns to his manuscript at night. Akira thinks of Kondo, and Kondo thinks of Akira. Their thoughts intersect and something lies ahead for their tomorrow.

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Hear the Waves of Turnabout
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8.09
11 votes

#5 - Hear the Waves of Turnabout

Ace Attorney - Season 2 - Episode 14

After accidentally breaking a precious seashell that she received from Maya, Pearl asks Phoenix to help her search for an identical looking shell without Maya knowing. As Phoenix helps her find the beach where it originally came from, Pearl recalls how Maya went against Morgan's authority to bring her to see the beach, giving her the shell as a reminder. While visiting the beach's shrine, Phoenix and Pearl run into Maya and learn that the shell she gave Pearl was something she received from Mia when she first took her to the beach, leading Pearl to feel even more guilty. Upon discovering that the shell was actually a bowl from a ramen shop, Phoenix offers Pearl one as a replacement, but Pearl decides to stick with the one she has due to the memories it contains.

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Rain of Sorrow
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8.08
36 votes

#6 - Rain of Sorrow

After the Rain - Season 1 - Episode 9

Akira invited Haruka to the summer festival. They got along only for a moment. Their suppressed feelings collide, and they get into a fight. On the other hand, Kondo meets Chihiro for the first time in 10 years, and they reminisce about how they always used to write novels in college. Kondo faced his friend. Akira turned her back on her friend. The two carrying different pain, meet at Garden.

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Gentle Rain
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8.03
38 votes

#7 - Gentle Rain

After the Rain - Season 1 - Episode 4

Akira gets excited about her date with Kondo. However, Kase finds out about her feelings towards Kondo by accident. He said he'll keep it a secret, but only under the condition that she goes on a date with him. Akira goes on the date with Kase reluctantly, and he tells her that things will definitely not work out between her and Kondo. Meanwhile, the day of Akira's date with Kondo finally arrives.

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Rain Drops on Green Leaves
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8.00
41 votes

#8 - Rain Drops on Green Leaves

After the Rain - Season 1 - Episode 2

Because Akira injured her leg while delivering something that a customer had forgotten, she had to take some time off from her job. More than about her injury, Akira is thinking about what she felt when Kondo touched her. On the other hand, during her absence at the Garden, Kondo finds out about her past. When it unexpectedly became just the two of them during Kondo's visit, Akira suddenly...

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Bridge to the Turnabout - 4th Trial
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7.90
10 votes

#9 - Bridge to the Turnabout - 4th Trial

Ace Attorney - Season 2 - Episode 20

While Iris is brought in to work on the trick lock, Phoenix finds a charred letter instructing someone to channel someone, along with a talisman Elise was carrying.

Fine Rain
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7.89
38 votes

#10 - Fine Rain

After the Rain - Season 1 - Episode 6

Sweltering hot summer break. Akira, who's taking remedial classes bumped into Haruka (track team captain), and they go to school together for the first time in ages. Haruka wanted to find out the future of their friendship, but the bus arrives to school before she could bring up the subject, and they each go their ways. Akira went to a library during the sudden rain and meets Kondo by accident.

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The Scent of Rain
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7.89
36 votes

#11 - The Scent of Rain

After the Rain - Season 1 - Episode 5

Akira took Yuto back to Kondo's house, but she ends up having to wait there with Yuto because Kondo wasn't home. There were a lot of books and half-written novels in his room, and seeing this new side of Kondo made Akira's heart flutter. They hear Kondo's footsteps, and Akira hides in the closet because Yuto suggested that they should surprise Kondo. However...

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Quiet Rain
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7.79
39 votes

#12 - Quiet Rain

After the Rain - Season 1 - Episode 8

Akira was hugged by Kondo during a typhoon, but she was feeling depressed because Kondo said they were friends. She wants to change their friendship to a romantic relationship, but she doesn't know what to do. One day, while Akira was exchanging opinions about Rashomon with Kondo, she realizes that she should be able to create an opportunity to change that, and she makes a drastic move.

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Northward, Turnabout Express - 2nd Trial
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7.63
8 votes

#13 - Northward, Turnabout Express - 2nd Trial

Ace Attorney - Season 2 - Episode 11

The trial is underway, and the evidence mounts against the defendant, but it is interrupted by a blood-curdling scream and the discovery of a corpse.

The Sound of Rain
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7.62
50 votes

#14 - The Sound of Rain

After the Rain - Season 1 - Episode 1

Masami Kondo is a dull, middle-aged man who's a manager at a restaurant where the female high-school student, Akira Tachibana works at. He can't show dignity to his employees, and cringes to the customer's complaints. Akira gazes at Kondo sharply since he can't do anything right. Kondo gets depressed by Akira's expression of despise. Their lives start to change vividly when their gaze meet.

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Passing Shower
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7.61
38 votes

#15 - Passing Shower

After the Rain - Season 1 - Episode 11

In the midst of autumn, the track team talks about a student who made a comeback after suffering the same injury as Akira. On the way home, Akira walks pass Haruka who is taking shelter from the rain. Unable to approach Akira, Haruka makes a drastic move. Meanwhile, Kondo realizes his feelings for novels after a talk with Chihiro. Akira and Kondo. Who will take a step forward in this muddy path?

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Turnabout Goodbyes - 3rd Trial
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7.52
25 votes

#16 - Turnabout Goodbyes - 3rd Trial

Ace Attorney - Season 1 - Episode 10

Things are looking desperate, as a guilty verdict looms on the horizon. Will the secret behind this case be revealed?