The Best Episodes Directed by Daisuke Takashima

Battle Against the White Whale

#1 - Battle Against the White Whale

Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Season 1 - Episode 19

To save Emilia, Subaru approaches Crusch to negotiate the formation of an alliance. His terms are a bit difficult for Crusch to believe, but she can see that Subaru isn't lying.

star 10.04
249 votes
Beyond All Blood

#2 - Beyond All Blood

Blood+ Season 4 - Episode 9

In order to keep Diva's public performance from being broadcast, David, Lewis, Kai, and Okamura go to Staten Island to blow up the satellite dishes. Though she is growing weaker and more tired, Saya is determined to fight so she doesn't wake up in a world full of chiroptera. Hagi asks Saya to reconsider their promise, but she makes him ask her to fight again. Amshel orders Nathan to kill Solomon, but Nathan releases him from the dungeon instead. James, in his full chiropteran form, goes to the apartment and attacks Saya. When Saya attacks him, though, her sword bounces off his skin. Hagi and Lulu try to help her in the fight, but the three are losing badly. As James moves to kill Saya with her own sword, Solomon arrives and, in his human form, blocks James' attack. Solomon then swears that he is Saya's chevalier by his own choice and states that it is "beyond blood". He is able to make James drop Saya's sword, but as it falls, it slices Solomon near his chest. James is suddenly inflicted with the Thorn, and Saya is able to strike the killing blow to his head. Solomon tells her to call his name if she ever needs him, then leaves. Though Hagi sees the cut from the sword, Saya does not appear to. Amshel finds Solomon in an alley trying to hold on, but he crystallizes in Amshel's arms from Saya's blood on her sword. Nathan and Amshel are now Diva's only surviving chevaliers.

star 10.00
29 votes
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Return to the Capital

#3 - Return to the Capital

Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Season 1 - Episode 12

At the order of the council of elders that manages Lugunica in the king's absence, Wilhelm and Felix visit Roswaal's mansion as emissaries. Emilia is required in the imperial capital right away, so Subaru asks her to take him along. Emilia tells him this won't be a pleasure trip, but a push from Rem and Roswaal ends in her agreement, so Emilia and Subaru head to the capital. Now all of the candidates to be Lugunica's next king are gathered, and the royal selection is underway.

star 9.80
235 votes
The Morning of Our Promise Is Still Distant

#4 - The Morning of Our Promise Is Still Distant

Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Season 1 - Episode 5

Subaru now lives and works in Roswaal's mansion, working with Ram and Rem, and finally getting Emilia to agree to a date with him. But the day of their promised date never comes as Subaru keeps going back to the day he first awoke in the mansion. He's confused at the thought that he Returned by Death despite having no memory of experiencing anything deadly, but he's determined to repeat his previous actions up to the point of fulfilling his promise with Emilia.

star 9.68
262 votes
Cool Beauty

#5 - Cool Beauty

Kimikiss Pure Rouge Season 1 - Episode 2

Ever since he returned from school Kazuki has been thinking about the he had with Eriko and the words which followed. So the next day he asks for some info on her from Akira but is unable to get anything helpful. Today is also the first day for all the freshmen so Nana, who's able to make a new friend, will be joining him from now on. Later Mao notices Eiji playing the sax and is finally able to get through to him.

star 9.66
32 votes
The Boy's Escape

#6 - The Boy's Escape

Hatsukoi Limited Season 1 - Episode 11

Mamoru, Sogabe, and Kusuda agreed to run away, and it wasn't long until the others, notably Kei (who apologized profusely to Kusuda), Ayumi, Nao, and Mamoru's brother Misao found out about it and started to worry (Misao and Ayumi went into hysteria over Mamoru at one point, because they thought that note Mamoru left was a suicide note). Meanwhile, the boys seem to encounter difficulties, as the boys have little money combined, and Sogabe only had sweets in his bag; and they were hopelessly lost. When the boys turned off their phones in an effort to conceal their location, Kei, Ayumi, and Nao decided to go look for them, with Koyoi tagging along, getting a clue from a phone call they made to Kusuda's phone (and Rika passing this trip)...until Kei saw from a window on their train the three boys on a road following the train's route, furiously pedaling on their bicycles for dear life as they were chased by a sounder of angrily rampaging wild boar--they were caught in the path of the location's annual Wild Boar Race... Meanwhile, as Yoshihiko and Yuuji are worried about their younger sisters, looks like Misaki is getting the impression that Yuuji isn't interested in her, as she told Yoshihiko. She, however, took it lightly.

star 9.64
33 votes
My More Beloved Than Anyone In the World

#7 - My More Beloved Than Anyone In the World

Hatsukoi Limited Season 1 - Episode 4

The Bessho family patriarch goes away for a while owing to a job assignment, leaving siblings Yoshihiko and Koyoi alone in the house, much to Koyoi's delight, so as to keep her brother to herself at home. Meanwhile, Yuuji Arihara, upset about a misunderstanding about his sister Ayumi and Misao, forces a lollipop into Misaki Yamamoto's mouth to explain his point to Yoshihiko. Yoshihiko, embarrassed at what his friend had just done, and holding a secret one-sided love for Misaki, apologizes and leads Yuuji away. Upon receiving a call from Misaki, Yoshihiko meets her at a local restaurant. Koyoi, alarmed at the fact that her brother likes someone other than her, trails him in order to "scout the enemy." Misaki reveals her feelings for Yuuji and asks Yoshihiko for help. Being the nice guy that gets looked over, Yoshihiko agrees to help.

star 9.60
35 votes
Unreachable Fingertips

#8 - Unreachable Fingertips

Nagi-Asu: A Lull in the Sea Season 1 - Episode 13

Hikari thinks of Manaka while he's at home, and decides to tell her how he really feels about her. Manaka also tries to tell him something, but then tells him that she'll tell him as soon as the Ofunehiki is over.

star 9.39
57 votes
What Can I Do for the Two of Them

#9 - What Can I Do for the Two of Them

Heaven's Memo Pad Season 1 - Episode 3

The Yakuza show up for the money that Meo has, but Minli, owner of the ramen shop where Alice sets up HQ, refuses them. The next day, Narumi finds that Meo has disappeared with the money. Despite Alice's warnings, he rushes off to find her. When he finds her, they are attacked by the Yakuza. Narumi is getting beaten up, but then the guys from the dojo show up to dish out some pain. Realizing his weakness, Narumi asks the Fourth, leader of the dojo, to perform a sake ritual with him to formally induct him into the dojo. With that done, there is still the problem of the money Meo has. However, Narumi gets the idea to split the money into small portions and transfer them all into Kusakabe's bank account (Kusakabe is Meo's father), scheduling all of it to be transferred to the corporation that's after Meo, the Kishiwada Corporation. Because the money is dirty, it will cause problems for the Yakuza members. The Yakuza freak out, but Narumi later reveals that it was just a bluff. However, the company is forced to bring Kusakabe to stop the “transaction”, as the account is in his name. When they show up, the Fourth and the guys from the dojo proceed to beat the crap out of them. Meo shows up, and Kusakabe breaks free after seeing her. Distracted by the touching scene, Narumi gets punched in the face by Tetsu (his own ally). The next day, Narumi arrives to find Meo preparing to go out with her father in Alice's room, much to Alice's dismay. However, the case is closed and everyone lives happily ever after.

star 9.19
68 votes
That Summer's 21 Pitches

#10 - That Summer's 21 Pitches

Heaven's Memo Pad Season 1 - Episode 9

Narumi introduce an online game called Power Play Ball, or Powerebo for short. While he's at the arcade playing this game, a few men barge in, one of whom Narumi recognizes as Nemo. The men are trying to raise the rent for the arcade, which would likely lead to it closing down. Major argues against them, and they propose a gamble with the loser backing off, which Tetsu agrees to immediately. They point at a Powerebo machine and say they will use baseball to decide the winner and Major accepts. However, Major doesn't realize that they are talking about a real baseball game. Major starts to try to round up a team, and the Fourth shows up with some guys from the Hirasaka Group to fill up the remaining slots. Alice decides to become the coach for the team. The day of the game approaches, and Alice reveals that their opponents are quite the tough bunch. Narumi reveals to the rest of the NEETs that Nemo was formerly a baseball player. The day of the game arrives, and the NEETs start strong with the Fourth's pitching, but Nemo comes out to hit a home run on the first pitch. The NEET Teddy Bears are able to stay relatively even with the Yakuza team, but Nemo has yet to pitch. The Fourth is reaching his limit, and Alice laments the lack of data on Nemo, so Narumi rushes back to the arcade to check if the game has any information. Finally, Nemo comes to the mound. With the Fourth out of commission, two outs, and a runner on first, Narumi steps up to bat in the Fourth's place. However, Alice finally comes out into the open to take Narumi's place. Nemo has trouble with the first couple of pitches, but gets three strikes on Alice. However, the last pitch is not caught and Alice makes a break for the bases. Narumi then finally steps up to bat, hitting foul ball after foul ball. Finally, on the 21st pitch, Narumi is able to hit the ball cleanly and win the game. When Nemo comes to demand how Narumi knew his style, Narumi reveals that it was all present in Powerebo. The next day, M

star 9.17
69 votes
Emergence Matrix

#11 - Emergence Matrix

Ghost Hound Season 1 - Episode 14

Miyako's dad takes her to Hirata for therapy and Miyako goes into her possessed state. On the way back to the shrine, the 4 boys, Miyako and her dad meet the Makoto's grandmother's handmaiden. She grabs Miyako and says that Miyako is the next miko. Miyako goes into a trance again and Makoto getting angry curses his grandmother. He runs back to his house and finds the grandmother dead.

star 9.11
44 votes
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A Travel Bag and You

#12 - A Travel Bag and You

Heaven's Memo Pad Season 1 - Episode 2

Alice's new case is another missing person, but this time it's a guy who's having problems with the Yakuza. The case is brought to her by his daughter, Meo, who is worried after receiving a phone call from him that's quite grim. Narumi, the new assistant, is tasked with some investigating, but doesn't find much.

star 9.04
72 votes
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The Tradition of the Sea

#13 - The Tradition of the Sea

Nagi-Asu: A Lull in the Sea Season 1 - Episode 3

Akari was rounded up by the older men of the village and Hikari and the others try to stop them. It's there that they first hear the rule that if you are seeing someone from the surface, you will be banished from the village. Hikari, unable to contain his rage, holds a guys-only meeting with Kaname. The girls are thrown out and go to another room, where Manaka finds a red-bellied sea slug. The sea slug is said to tell you the future if you tell it feelings you can't tell anyone else. It's then that Chisaki asks Manaka if she likes Tsumugu-kun...

star 8.83
63 votes
Takamiya-kun and Weekend, Part 2

#14 - Takamiya-kun and Weekend, Part 2

Witch Craft Works Season 1 - Episode 11

Delirious with fever after signing the contract with the town, Takamiya strays into a space between dimensions known as "the cycle of recollection." There, he sees the memories of Kazane, the former contractor, including images of himself and Kagari when they were younger.

star 8.69
52 votes
Takamiya-kun and Weekend, Part 1

#15 - Takamiya-kun and Weekend, Part 1

Witch Craft Works Season 1 - Episode 10

Weekend's scheme using her magic bomb has resulted in many Workshop casualties. Worse yet, the Workshop head, Kazane, has lost all her magic power, causing her barrier over the town that protects its citizens to fall.

star 8.60
57 votes
Il Comandante della Squadra Protezione Animali (Commander of the Animal Protection Team)

#16 - Il Comandante della Squadra Protezione Animali (Commander of the Animal Protection Team)

La storia della Arcana Famiglia Season 1 - Episode 2

Felicità remembers the joy of her first day joining the family. But those memories are pushed aside when her thoughts turn back to the upcoming Arcana Duello. She is later, along with Libertà, noticed that Nova is searching for something. Then he said he is searching for a cat he saved before but remember the mansion doesn't not allow people to bring any animal, he kept it alone. The three then searching for the cat to return it to its real owner.

star 8.45
73 votes
Silent Majority

#17 - Silent Majority

A Certain Scientific Railgun Season 1 - Episode 10

Saten falls into a coma after she confesses using a Level Upper to Uiharu. Later, Mikoto and Kuroko discover that all of the recent coma patients are connected - in more ways than one!

star 8.22
166 votes
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Kureha's Days Being Stood Up!

#18 - Kureha's Days Being Stood Up!

Gugure! Kokkuri-san Season 1 - Episode 10

One winter day Kohina and Kokkuri-san discover a maple tree still displaying autumn colors. A girl dressed in a kimono standing behind the tree asks them to find the person she is waiting for. They seek out the tengu, who knows about everything happening in the mountains, and he agrees to tell them on one condition.

star 8.20
5 votes
Sleeping Beauty

#19 - Sleeping Beauty

Nagi-Asu: A Lull in the Sea Season 1 - Episode 20

After finding Manaka in the graveyard of Ojoshisamas, Hikari and the others bring her back up to the surface. They think that she will wake up soon just like Hikari and Kaname did, but even after a week, there is no sign of her waking up. Hikari, Kaname, and Chisaki go to Shioshishio in hopes of finding a clue to waking Manaka up.

star 8.14
20 votes
The Coal Mine Littered with Stacks of Money ~ The Kamchatka Peninsula Nightime Blitz III ~

#20 - The Coal Mine Littered with Stacks of Money ~ The Kamchatka Peninsula Nightime Blitz III ~

Heavy Object Season 1 - Episode 19

The group is rescued from Nutsley's attack by one of the antiwar civilians, and Qwenthur and Havia then lead Nutsley into a trap, killing him. Qwenthur then heads for the surface to witness the battle between Baby Magnum and Wing Balancer. Realizing that Wing Balancer requires delicate IR sensors to control its landings, Qwenthur uses an IR laser to disable one of the sensors, causing the Wing Balancer to land improperly and cripple itself and is subsequently destroyed by Baby Magnum. However, even with hostilities over, another Legitimate Kingdom Object, Indigo Plasma, arrive and destroys mines to eliminate the antiwar activists. Fortunately, Frolaytia managed to warn the activists in time for them to safely escape the mines. Qwenthur then realizes that Nutsley was not working for the Faith Organization, but for a radical faction of the Legitimate Kingdom. With Indigo Plasma's treachery, a civil war within the Legitimacy Kingdom is inevitable.

star 8.13
30 votes
Takamiya-kun and Noblesse Oblige

#21 - Takamiya-kun and Noblesse Oblige

Witch Craft Works Season 1 - Episode 7

Takamiya and Kagari have begun their life together, but they have some weird roommates: Medusa and the KMM Team, who know about the White Princess, Evermillion. Kagari tells Takamiya that their high school security was assured as long as the seals within him were intact, but if Kazane finds out that Evermillion was released, she would most likely seal Takamiya himself.

star 8.10
60 votes
Takamiya-kun and the Witches' Agenda

#22 - Takamiya-kun and the Witches' Agenda

Witch Craft Works Season 1 - Episode 2

The prettiest girl in the school, Kagari Ayaka, says her mission is to protect him - since Takamiya Honoka learned this shocking fact, he has been caught up in several incidents. He had no idea why, but in a battle between Ayaka and the Tower Witches, Tanpopo reveals that their target is the "white stuff" inside him.

star 8.00
41 votes
A Requiem for the Flowers Blooming in the Field ~ The Battle to Destroy the Baby Magnum I ~

#23 - A Requiem for the Flowers Blooming in the Field ~ The Battle to Destroy the Baby Magnum I ~

Heavy Object Season 1 - Episode 23

What begins as a routine political hostage exchange turns into a hairy situation when the Baby Magnum suddenly becomes unreachable out in the field.

star 7.86
22 votes
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The Graveyard of Junk is a Mountain of Rare Metals ~ Interception at the Site of the Alaska Battle I ~

#24 - The Graveyard of Junk is a Mountain of Rare Metals ~ Interception at the Site of the Alaska Battle I ~

Heavy Object Season 1 - Episode 15

Qwenthur and Havia are sent back to Alaska in order to destroy the Water Strider's remains and prevent the Information Alliance from gathering any valuable data from it. Opposing them is the Elite codenamed "Ohoho", who battles Milinda, but both Objects disable each other. Qwenthur moves to sabotage Ohoho's Object by climbing aboard and breaking into the cockpit.

star 7.72
32 votes
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Three-Legged Mountain Climbing Race is Risking One's Life ~Iguazu Mountains Bombardment Battle II~

#25 - Three-Legged Mountain Climbing Race is Risking One's Life ~Iguazu Mountains Bombardment Battle II~

Heavy Object Season 1 - Episode 11

Qwenthur and Havia's battalion makes a successful amphibious landing, but they soon discover that the Mass Driver Conglomerate has been putting its technological prowess to good use when it comes to arming its Object.

star 7.71
28 votes
Tom Thumb Runs Through the Oil Field ~Gibraltar Passage Obstruction Battle II~

#26 - Tom Thumb Runs Through the Oil Field ~Gibraltar Passage Obstruction Battle II~

Heavy Object Season 1 - Episode 5

Qwenthur and Havia bought time for Milinda's Baby Magnum against the Tri-Core, but when things start to look dicey for Milinda, Qwenthur has to decide whether he wants to try his luck against this Object yet again.

star 7.67
39 votes
Flap! Bound Wings

#27 - Flap! Bound Wings

Aquarion Season 3 - Episode 11

Stoic, industrious Hayato drafts a comprehensive operating strategy for fighting the M.J.B.K. menace, but behind his calm façade, ambition, resentment, and jealousy whirl through his mind.

star 7.50
2 votes
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Narumi and Hirotaka Meets Again, and...

#28 - Narumi and Hirotaka Meets Again, and...

Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku Season 1 - Episode 1

Narumi Momose (a secret yaoi fangirl) decides to change jobs after her boyfriend breaks up with her, and runs into her childhood friend Hirotaka Nifuji (a hardcore game addict) at her new company by coincidence. Narumi tells Hirotaka that they're otaku friends, but Hirotaka has something that he wants to tell Narumi.

star 7.46
85 votes
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Goddess, Please

#29 - Goddess, Please

Kamichu! Season 1 - Episode 2

Matsuri decides her family's shrine will host a festival in honor of Yurie, but discovers Yashima, the god of the shrine, has gone missing. Yurie travels to the land of the gods to convince him to return.

star 7.38
8 votes
Mixed Bath Trip in Ookami Village

#30 - Mixed Bath Trip in Ookami Village

Majimoji Rurumo Season 1 - Episode 10

mountainous Ookamimura with many legends related to Japanese wolves from ancient times. FHK members and Kota Torumo, classmates Nishino, Sugawara, Sakurai, Maaya, and the disciplinary committee were all heading to Kamimura by train. In addition, Chiro, who transformed into a human figure, also participated as a younger sister of Rumono. This trip was presided over by FHK, whose purpose was to uncover the legend of the wolf, but it was far more important to Kota. The inn where you stay has a mixed bathing open-air bath. Kota floats in a mixed bath with girls. However, an unexpected change appears in his body, which casually drank the water given by his senior. On the other hand, there was a fuss about the appearance of a phantom wolf inside the inn ...

star 7.29
14 votes
Doll Girl Meets Kokkuri-san!

#31 - Doll Girl Meets Kokkuri-san!

Gugure! Kokkuri-san Season 1 - Episode 1

A little girl named Kohina ends up summoning a Kokkuri-san, a lower-ranking ghost in Japanese folklore. The Kokkuri-san she calls ends up being a white-haired handsome, young man. Although he had intended to merely haunt her at first, he becomes worried about her terrible eating habit of cup ramen for every meal, so he decides to haunt her in order to protect her. Super, Ultra Cute!!!

star 6.96
24 votes
A Little Resolution

#32 - A Little Resolution

Kamichu! Season 1 - Episode 6

Kiyomi, a freshman, comes to Yurie seeking love advice - but the object of her crush is Kenji. Trying earnestly to help her rival nonetheless, Yurie joins Kenji's calligraphy club with her.

star 6.86
7 votes
It's Your Decision

#33 - It's Your Decision

Kamichu! Season 1 - Episode 10

As another of her business ploys, Matsuri convinces Yurie to run for student council president, but they encounter unexpectedly fervent opposition.

star 6.71
7 votes
These Were Two Unrequited Loves

#34 - These Were Two Unrequited Loves

Honey and Clover Season 1 - Episode 3

Takemoto, Morita and Mayama are invited over to the Hanamoto's for a dinner party after Hagumi brings back some soba from her summer vacation in Nagano. However, Morita and Mayama fail to attend. Takemoto offers to help Hagumi with something but soon finds that he has taken on more than he can chew. And Mayama's job puts a serious strain on Yamada.

star 6.56
44 votes
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We Do What We Want

#35 - We Do What We Want

Kamichu! Season 1 - Episode 13

Matsuri, as the daughter of the shrine, becomes offended by the foreign holiday of Christmas and stages "Yurie-chan Thanksgiving Day" in order to combat it.

star 6.33
3 votes
Love Pushes us Around

#36 - Love Pushes us Around

Honey and Clover Season 1 - Episode 11

Takemoto and Yamada talk about Mayama's future and how Hagu has grown before they are interrupted by Professor Hanamoto's sudden and early return from his trip to Mongolia. Everyone then gathers at night to hear about Professor Hanamoto and his teacher's trip. The next day, Hagu goes out shopping with Morita for art supplies due to everyone else being busy. Hagu wrests with her feelings for Morita as he treats her coldly the entire day. Eventually, Hagu returns and cries to Professor Hanamoto, nearly regressing to the past where she only trusts Professor Hanamoto.

star 6.30
40 votes
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14 Days: Act 4

#37 - 14 Days: Act 4

His and Her Circumstances Season 1 - Episode 22

After reading the Aya's play, Yukino decides that she'd like to participate in it.

star 6.28
36 votes
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14 Days: Act 5

#38 - 14 Days: Act 5

His and Her Circumstances Season 1 - Episode 23

Yukino's organizational talents shine as the play really starts to come together. Meanwhile, Tonami's plot for revenge against Tsubaki isn't going as well as he'd hoped...

star 6.24
37 votes
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He Came Back

#39 - He Came Back

Honey and Clover Season 1 - Episode 18

Morita, airing on television in a startling appearance, is given an Academy Award. After making a ruckus on the hospital ward, they were shocked to see Morita on the bed right beside Takemoto. The next day, they return to the hospital, only to see Morita well. After Professor Hanamoto drags Morita away for his thesis, Yamada asks Mayama about his work, realizing that she herself is being hurt from the fact that only Mayama and Rika are working together. Later, Morita was given a heavy lecture by Professor Tange, but still ends up graduating due to his graduation thesis being finished and submitted in time, being that his work was a self-portrayed hand-made sculpture made of gold. But he returns later, enrolled as a third-year student in the Japanese painting department.

star 6.24
38 votes
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The Flowers on the Desk are a Message!

#40 - The Flowers on the Desk are a Message!

Gugure! Kokkuri-san Season 1 - Episode 5

Inugami appears in her female form. Taking advantage of being the same sex as Kohina, she begins doing things she cannot do as a man to close the distance between them. However, she instead finds herself being badgered by ladies' man Shigaraki, and seeing this, Kokkuri-san worries for the corruption of the Ichimatsu household's morals...

star 6.20
5 votes
Shout! Sousei Gattai!

#41 - Shout! Sousei Gattai!

Aquarion Season 3 - Episode 1

When the enigmatic Sougon unleashes the twisted power of the written word upon Tokyo, Sakurako Soda and the members of the Verbalism Club – secret soldiers of Deava – unite with the mysterious youth, Akira Kaibuki, to protect the city!

star 5.86
7 votes
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