The BEST episodes directed by Hideyo Yamamoto

The Sound of Chains
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9.78
276 votes

#1 - The Sound of Chains

Re: ZERO, Starting Life in Another World - Season 1 - Episode 6

Subaru's first day at the Roswaal mansion begins for the third time. The first time, he grew weak and died of unknown reasons in his sleep, and the second time, he was killed by an attacker. The sound of chains that he heard as he died the second time replays in his mind, waking him in a terrified, cold sweat. He has no idea what the killer is after, let alone who it is, so he makes a plan to leave the mansion on the fourth night and watch for the attack to happen.

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Elegy of the Back Alley
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9.52
30 votes

#2 - Elegy of the Back Alley

Scrapped Princess - Season 1 - Episode 18

Pacifica, Fulle, Leo and Winia disguise themselves and escape the city. Leo and his rival for Pacifica's love, Fulle, go back for horses. Fulle is killed making sure that Leo can escape. Shannon and Cz grow closer together.

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That Which Connects Spirits ~Possession~
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9.17
36 votes

#3 - That Which Connects Spirits ~Possession~

Psychic Detective Yakumo - Season 1 - Episode 4

After stopping to help a man lying in the street, Hijikata Makoto (a reporter and daughter of the chief of police), is possessed by the man's spirit once he passes away. The next day Haruka is asked by a girl to investigate the death of a schoolgirl named Ayaka. While Yakumo is asked by Gotou to investigate the possession of Hijikata as a plea from the chief. While investigating the death of the schoolgirl Ayaka, Haruka saw the ghost of the schoolgirl and fell into the river while trying to communicate with the soul. She was saved by 2 policemen and taken to a clinic to recover. Coincidentally, Gotou and Yakumo were also at the clinic to ask Dr Kinoshita some questions about their investigation.

Intercepter
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8.41
377 votes

#4 - Intercepter

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - Season 1 - Episode 4

Yamaguchi, an old friend of Togusa's and a police detective working in the Laughing Man task force, is murdered after he calls Togusa, requesting to see him concerning what Yamaguchi terms "suspicious internal activity" by superiors in the police department. At Yamaguchi's wake, Togusa is approached by Yamaguchi's wife, who delivers an envelope from him to Togusa that contain a series of strange photographs. Upon scrutinizing the photographs, Togusa realizes that none of them are taken using a camera. Continuing his investigation, Togusa interviews another detective in the Laughing Man task force, who coincidentally mentions that the task force is waiting to bug a primary suspect in the case with cybernetic surveillance devices called "interceptors". The interceptors allow constant audio and visual monitoring of the subject via their own senses. Togusa concludes that the Laughing Man task force members were bugged with these devices illegally for monitoring.

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Stomach Ulcer, Friendship, and Loss
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8.29
24 votes

#5 - Stomach Ulcer, Friendship, and Loss

Cells at Work! Code Black - Season 1 - Episode 10

Red Blood Cells are summoned to handle an emergency. They carry as much oxygen as they can to the scene, but they discover that the stomach has an ulcer and is badly breached. If the serosa becomes perforated, the stomach will end up melting down. Due to the excessive secretion of gastric acid, the body may die at any moment, but the Red Blood Cells continue to desperately carry oxygen. However, the gastric mucosa is being eaten away, and inflammation is getting worse. In such a disastrous situation, a dangerous enemy appears.

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Return, the Heart, and Demise
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8.23
22 votes

#6 - Return, the Heart, and Demise

Cells at Work! Code Black - Season 1 - Episode 12

Still unable to find meaning in his work, Red Blood Cell (AA2153) is determined to continue delivering oxygen and works hard at his job. Contrary to his determination, the body's internal environment continues to decline. Plaque, which is made up of cholesterol and fat deposits, has accumulated on the inner walls of the blood vessels, causing them to deteriorate. The buildup of plaque has even affected the coronary arteries which wrap around the heart and supply oxygen and nutrients to the entire heart muscle...

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Cardiac Arrest, Revival, and a Change
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8.23
22 votes

#7 - Cardiac Arrest, Revival, and a Change

Cells at Work! Code Black - Season 1 - Episode 13

Bodily functions are coming to a halt. In this dire situation, all the cells are on the verge of losing hope, but only Red Blood Cell (AA2153) hasn't given up. Are they making us work hard because the body is unhealthy? Do we stop working because the body is going to die? After experiencing various diseases and losing his friend, the answer that Red Blood Cell (AA2153) and the other cells find is...

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The Sea Floor Dries Up, and the Moon Grows Full
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8.14
175 votes

#8 - The Sea Floor Dries Up, and the Moon Grows Full

Darker Than Black - Season 2 - Episode 11

Hei decides to leave for awhile to settle his own problems. After which, Suō decides to do the same - going to find her father and ask him about her. Suō, July and Mao go to the aquarium and they find Dr. Pavlichenko there. He tells Suō the truth about the meteor incident that year and about Shion's abilities to copy. On the other hand, MIAC head for the aquarium and Genma bumps into Suō and gang. Misaki bumps into Madam Orelle and she tells her to follow because there will be a bloodbath soon. Suō and gang run and hide, but Dr. Pavlichenko is shot by a contractor while trying to protect Suō. They hide somewhere while Genma calls for Suō. Suō tells the rest to hide while she confronts Genma herself. She manages to knock out Genma in the battle, but gets back to the rest only to find her father dying. They leave while MIAC finds Dr. Pavlichenko's body, with Suō's origami of a star on him. Meanwhile, Hei tries to find Yin, but was surprised to see the containment empty. Mina comes out and attacks Hei. Back at the Gate, Misaki meets with Mao and July, only to have found Suō disappeared. It is shown that she found Shion on the floor, unconscious.

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Desperation, Gout, and Rebellion
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8.12
26 votes

#9 - Desperation, Gout, and Rebellion

Cells at Work! Code Black - Season 1 - Episode 11

Red Blood Cell (AA2153) repeatedly sees flashbacks of his fellow Red Blood Cell (AC1677) falling into a sea of gastric acid and beats himself up for not being able to save his friend. However, this body does not have the wherewithal to let Red Blood Cell recover. While lack of sleep and exercise is pushing the body into a state of disarray, a sharp and huge inanimate object is found floating midair. An attack from a mysterious germ begins...

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Gunsmoke Blows, Life Flows
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8.08
183 votes

#10 - Gunsmoke Blows, Life Flows

Darker Than Black - Season 2 - Episode 5

Hei was attacked by a group of MIAC agents led by Michiru, the wife of a local restaurant owner who left him three years ago after being a Contractor for the MIAC. Suou and July were able to escape capture from the agents under Hei's instructions. Misaki is tasked by the MIAC to lead a Section 3 unit in delivering a device with the codename as Izanami under orders from Kobayashi. Hei recruits Suou to assist him in launching a raid on the Section 3 convoy under orders from his employers to seize Izanami with the mission seemingly a success after the truck drives away in the attack. Michiru appears to her family in Sapporo, startling her ex-husband and son. Suou watches the waters of Sapporo after the mission, seeing an unknown submarine covertly entering Japanese territorial waters.

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City Under Crackdown, Moist with Tears... (2)
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8.01
275 votes

#11 - City Under Crackdown, Moist with Tears... (2)

Darker Than Black - Season 1 - Episode 22

Mao is taken by Amber to the headquarters of the EPR. While there, Amber calls a meeting for all of the EPR's contractors, including Mao, and the Doctor. She reveals that there was a plan to destroy the South American gate, which would have led to the eventual disappearance of all world-wide contractors. The Doctor notes that the plan was interrupted by a mysterious blue light. November 11 meets the head of East Asian MI6 operations, who is revealed to be a member of the Syndicate, and they kill each other. Hei attacks the EPR to rescue Mao. Hei uses his powers on Amber while Amber activates her meteor shard, resulting in the illumination of the whole building in a blue light.

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¥€$
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7.86
386 votes

#12 - ¥€$

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - Season 1 - Episode 14

Acting on a tip, Section 9 breaks up a cabal of thieves planning to rob a Japanese financial institution. Shortly after the raid, a Chinese intelligence official contacts Section 9 and informs them of suspicious activity that he believes may indicate an assassination attempt by Chinese Socialists on Kanemoto Yokose, a prominent, yet reclusive, Japanese billionaire. Section 9 is therefore tasked with protecting Yokose, a 56-year-old ex-mathematician who has amassed a fortune by playing the stock market. Section 9 and the assassin arrive within minutes of each other, but after reaching Yokose’s bedroom, both sides discover that Yokose died from a medical condition several months ago, and an advanced computer program had been managing his investments the whole time.

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Excitement, Expansion, and Emptiness
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7.85
33 votes

#13 - Excitement, Expansion, and Emptiness

Cells at Work! Code Black - Season 1 - Episode 3

The Red Blood Cells have been given an important mission to fill the erectile tissue with blood to trigger an erection. Red Blood Cell (AA2153) is enthusiastic about the opportunity to contribute to the birth of new life. However, after overcoming various struggles, the exhausted cells must face their arch enemy, the gonococcal cells, known for multiplying at astonishing rates. Though they are vastly outnumbered, the White Blood Cells (Neutrophils) fight the gonococci with everything they have. The desperate battle to protect this body and their world begins now...

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Red Giant over Eastern Europe... (2)
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7.83
339 votes

#14 - Red Giant over Eastern Europe... (2)

Darker Than Black - Season 1 - Episode 6

Havoc is iterrogated by Hei on the whereabouts of Amber and Pai (Who is Hei's younger sister) Unfortunately, Havoc does not know anything useful. She offers to help Hei by approaching the Gate and recovering her memories and powers, but that only leads her to wanting her own death. With the MI6 agents in pursuit, her wish may be granted.

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Battle Hymn of the Two Princesses
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7.70
32 votes

#15 - Battle Hymn of the Two Princesses

Scrapped Princess - Season 1 - Episode 12

Natalie explain that Pacifica is the "Providence Breaker" and that Guardians, people with magic powers, have been created to protect her. She is the only human capable of resisting the Peacemakers. Shannon and Zeferis combine and drive off Steyr.

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Calves, Pulmonary Embolism, and Quick Thinking
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7.67
24 votes

#16 - Calves, Pulmonary Embolism, and Quick Thinking

Cells at Work! Code Black - Season 1 - Episode 8

Due to an increase in smoking and alcohol consumption, the liver has lost the vitality and vigor it once had. It is apparent that the Liver Cells are unhealthy, and according to these cells, too much fat has built up in the liver which has caused the functions of this organ to deteriorate. While Red Blood Cell (AA2153) is bewildered by this situation, he is asked by other Red Blood Cells to help carry oxygen because they are lacking in numbers. The Red Blood Cells are unable to get any rest, but the calves are in a weakened state, so they decide to deliver oxygen to a deep vein that is oxygen deprived...

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Calamity, Athlete's Foot, and the Meaning of Work
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7.67
24 votes

#17 - Calamity, Athlete's Foot, and the Meaning of Work

Cells at Work! Code Black - Season 1 - Episode 9

White Blood Cells are nowhere to be seen, and White Blood Cell (1196) is alarmed by this abnormal situation. Red Blood Cell (AA2153) is worried about the deteriorating health of the body but continues to deliver oxygen. He happens to see newly recruited Red Blood Cells undergoing training. Since Red Blood Cell (AA2153) has been recognized for his recent achievements, he is chosen to train the new recruits and is asked to deliver oxygen with them. However, Red Blood Cell (AA2153) pushes himself too hard without rest while trying to set a good example for the new recruits, and...

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Front Line, Gonococci, and Conflict
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7.61
28 votes

#18 - Front Line, Gonococci, and Conflict

Cells at Work! Code Black - Season 1 - Episode 4

Gonococci have entered the body through sexual intercourse. The White Blood Cells are forced to fight an uphill battle with the gonococci, who are known for their unbelievable proliferation rate. The gonococci have invaded the areas surrounding the urethra and are closing in on the epididymis where the sperm are. In order to stop any further advancement of the gonococci, White Blood Cells wage an all-out war against them in the lymph node. Meanwhile, Red Blood Cells have been assigned with the dangerous task of delivering oxygen to the urethra.

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Caffeine, Temptation, and Jealousy
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7.60
25 votes

#19 - Caffeine, Temptation, and Jealousy

Cells at Work! Code Black - Season 1 - Episode 7

An accident occurs where the oxygen delivered by Red Blood Cell (AC1677) to a young Ordinary Cell transforms into reactive oxygen, causing the Ordinary Cell to age. Though it was an accident, he is overcome by guilt for making a cell grow old. Shortly after, an awards ceremony is held for new Red Blood Cells, where AA2153 is chosen for the Rookie of the Year award. Though they started on the job at the same time, AC1677 is pained by a sense of inferiority towards his coworker, but a senior Red Blood Cell approaches him and says that he understands how he must feel. The senior Red Blood Cell says, "I know a place that will make you feel better," and tries to take AC1677 somewhere.

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Overwork, Hair Loss, and Delirium
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7.56
27 votes

#20 - Overwork, Hair Loss, and Delirium

Cells at Work! Code Black - Season 1 - Episode 5

Red Blood Cell (AA2153) has gained confidence in his work after overcoming numerous obstacles. Along with White Blood Cell, he vows to create a better world and is overcome with a sense of purpose in his work, but shortly after, inflammation is found in the hair follicles. Red Blood Cell discovers that the Killer T Cells, who are normally reliable colleagues, are attacking Hair Matrix Cells and destroying the follicles.

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Kidneys, Kidney Stones, and Tears
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7.43
28 votes

#21 - Kidneys, Kidney Stones, and Tears

Cells at Work! Code Black - Season 1 - Episode 6

Red Blood Cells AA2153 and AC1677 are getting accustomed to their jobs and even have enough energy to joke around during their downtime. They head to the kidneys to wash away the dirt accumulated on the job, where they meet the Glomeruli who work silently to filter the blood. A young Glomerulus warns Red Blood Cell to be careful when getting close to the ureter. When the Red Blood Cells arrive at the efferent arteriole, they hear the ominous sound of something blocking the nearby ureter...

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When One Takes Back What Was Lost Within the Wall...(2)
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7.43
260 votes

#22 - When One Takes Back What Was Lost Within the Wall...(2)

Darker Than Black - Season 1 - Episode 12

Nick and a few other researchers are sent into the restricted section of the Gate to retrieve what is to believed to be the meteor fragment. Everything goes wrong and the entire team ends up dead, except Nick. Now Hei realizes that Nick is a contractor too, who seems to have the same power, and he also has the meteor fragment. Upon confronting Nick, the two begin to fight. Can Hei defeat Nick or will something else end the battle?

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The Liver, Alcohol, and Pride
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7.39
41 votes

#23 - The Liver, Alcohol, and Pride

Cells at Work! Code Black - Season 1 - Episode 2

There are no such things as rookies in this workplace. Even on the first day of the job, Red Blood Cell (AA2153) and his coworkers have to carry oxygen throughout the body without rest. Red Blood Cell (AA2153) sits down after an exhausting day of work when a veteran Red Blood Cell appears in front of him. "This is just my hunch as a veteran... but on a day like this, it's going to pour." Red Blood Cell (AA2153) has no idea what the veteran means by this, but immediately afterwards, they find themselves caught in a shower of alcohol. The Red Blood Cells make their way to the liver to relieve their stress from work...

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The Magical Girl Comes Back
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7.36
22 votes

#24 - The Magical Girl Comes Back

Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka - Season 1 - Episode 1

It's been three years since the end of the Distonian War, where humanity fought against the Disas Beasts. War Hero Otori Asuka has quit her job as a magical girl and gone back to being a regular high school student. But one day terrorists attack her city...

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Smoking, Bacteria, and the Beginning of the End
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7.27
51 votes

#25 - Smoking, Bacteria, and the Beginning of the End

Cells at Work! Code Black - Season 1 - Episode 1

Inside the human body, the Red Blood Cells that were produced after erythroblast enucleation, watch an orientation video explaining that they will be going to a fun work environment, but they find themselves at the mercy of their seniors who make unreasonable demands to them without explaining anything about the job. Red Blood Cell (AA2153) carries oxygen all over the body while still in a state of bewilderment, and is shocked to find that the cells he saw in the orientation video are now overworked and look like a mess...

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Act 5
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7.20
5 votes

#26 - Act 5

High School Star Musical - Season 1 - Episode 5

A test stage "Rookie unveiling performance" to survive as a musical department candidate Team Otori has finally begun to come together. However, Hoshitani's lack of power was still a big challenge for the team. At that time, Hoshitani and his friends witness the performance of Team Hiiragi, the Star of Star frame. Overwhelmed by its perfection, Hoshitani suddenly feels uneasy.

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The Pied Piper Song of the Knights
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7.16
31 votes

#27 - The Pied Piper Song of the Knights

Scrapped Princess - Season 1 - Episode 6

Pacifica recovers from her illness but Galil kidnaps Racquel and Shannon. Leo and Pacifica are given their location by Kidaf Gillot and go to save them. Ultimately, Zeferis makes Shannon a D Knight and helps him destroy Galil.

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A Very Realistic Way of Dealing with a Problem
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6.92
12 votes

#28 - A Very Realistic Way of Dealing with a Problem

Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka - Season 1 - Episode 5

As Kurumi escapes with Nozomi, Asuka fights the two Russian mercenaries. M Squad arrives to join the fight, but they lack any magic of their own...

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Springraphy
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6.91
11 votes

#29 - Springraphy

Haruchika – Haruta & Chika - Season 1 - Episode 6

It's spring break and the clubs are on the prowl for new members as students get ready to enter high school. During the break, there's been a tresspasser in the music room. Can the brass band club members figure out what she's been doing there?