The BEST episodes directed by Hikaru Sato

First Mission
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8.39
147 votes

#1 - First Mission

Aria the Scarlet Ammo - Season 1 - Episode 3

Aria follows Kinji to the arcade where he manages to win some plush dolls for her. The next day, Kinji and Aria learn that a schoolbus has been hijacked by the fabled Butei-killer and fitted with a bomb that will explode if it slows down with an armed convertible preventing the passengers from interfering. As the busdriver gets injured when an attempt to stop the convertible is foiled by heat-detection, Aria and Kinji arrive on the scene, taking out the convertible. With the bus slowly running out of gas, Aria finds the bomb on the underside of the bus whilst Kinji finds and destroys the communications sensor. The bomb is disarmed by the sniper ace, Reki, but Aria is injured by another armed vehicle whilst trying to protect Kinji. As she is treated in hospital, she feels disappointed that Kinji didn't meet her expectations.

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I'll Catch Up With You Later. Have I Ever Broken a Promise Before?
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7.50
18 votes

#2 - I'll Catch Up With You Later. Have I Ever Broken a Promise Before?

If Her Flag Breaks - Season 1 - Episode 8

During summer break, while spending his holidays with Okiku and Rin, Souta is kidnapped by Riru and brought to Akane's house, to fulfill Akane's wish to meet him. As a result, Okiku, Rin, Megumu, Mei and Kurumiko went to Akane's house. Nanami, knowing the Quest Dorm members are at Akane's house, are frustrated because she wasn't invited as well. Thus, the Quest Dorm members (plus Ruri) decided to meet Nanami at her country in Principality of Bladefield. On their way to the capital, Twinblade, Souta met Hakua, the 14th Princess of Bladefield, Nanami's half-sister. Later they are being chased by Ruri's clone, which is programmed to assassinate Hakua and Nanami. Souta felt his power increases again and used his own power to save both of them from the assassination, though that makes them separated from the main group.

Going Home Club Applicants / Life is Short; Go Home, Young Lady / Beware of Hagizuki-ryuu Practitioners / Extravagant Youth: Priceless
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6.85
13 votes

#3 - Going Home Club Applicants / Life is Short; Go Home, Young Lady / Beware of Hagizuki-ryuu Practitioners / Extravagant Youth: Priceless

Chronicles of the Going Home Club - Season 1 - Episode 1

Andou Natuski, starting her first year in high school, feels annoyance at the prospect of joining a club. Her classmate Touno Karin sees her and leads her to a certain club room. Natsuki realizes that it is the club room for the "Go-Home Club." Despite her reservations, Natsuki joins the Go-Home Club. She asks the club president, Doumyouji Sakura, what the club does. As for the answer she receives... The Go-Home Club's tactical supervisor, Oohagi Botan, is the heir to the ancient Hagizuki-ryuu style of martial arts. Her extraordinary abilities involve slicing through a plastic bottle with a single chop. What is the story behind her "Summer Bear Tour"?! Kokonoe Claire is the daughter of the head of the Kokonoe Corporation. She feels no sense of loss when she spends money. The shocking extent of her money-spending and her fleeting aspirations are brought to light in this chapter.

Episode 9
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6.80
10 votes

#4 - Episode 9

Dropkick on My Devil! - Season 1 - Episode 9

After her 17,711th loss, Jashin-chan runs to the bank to withdraw Medusa's cash to fund her gambling habit and "rewrite history." Instant karma leads them into a bank robbery and Jashin-chan just wants to save herself while Medusa stands against the robbers to save the people. Jashin-chan's asshole-ness peaks as Minos is more popular with humans and Poporon disguises herself as Noelle Amatsuka.

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Episode 10
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6.75
12 votes

#5 - Episode 10

Dropkick on My Devil! - Season 1 - Episode 10

Charity workers ask for donations at the station as Pekola walks by with her well-earned pay. Tragedy strikes as her money vanishes into the donation box and her last 2,000 yen gets wasted for curry nanban eaten by Jashin-chan. Yusa and Koji reappear and Pekola works as Poporon's bodyguard. Valentine's Day stirs things up between Jashin-chan and Medusa and Jashin-chan's sleaziness goes on parade!

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Episode 8
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6.73
11 votes

#6 - Episode 8

Dropkick on My Devil! - Season 1 - Episode 8

Jashin-chan's voice echoes throughout Jinbocho, "Lost again, damn it!" She lost the grocery money by playing the slots and is desperate to make Medusa lend her more. Infuriated, Yurine swings her morning star, "I've no choice but to kill you." Turns out Jashin-chan's addicted to social-network games too. As Halo-less Poporon and the Ogre of Setsubun appears, Jashin-chan finds herself in a loop.

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Episode 7
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6.69
13 votes

#7 - Episode 7

Dropkick on My Devil! - Season 1 - Episode 7

One afternoon, Jashin-chan was on her way back from the grocery store for Yurine's Polar Bear almond jelly when Poporon attacked her with the Light Sword. Mean, cowardice, lousy, and sly, Poporon's much like Jashin-chan, even though she's an angel. Jashin-chan repels vengeful Poporon by devouring her halo. Will she gain angel powers from it?

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Episode 2
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6.68
19 votes

#8 - Episode 2

Dropkick on My Devil! - Season 1 - Episode 2

It's summer. Beth sprawls in the shade and our devil Jashin-chan hogs the fan. Unable to deal with the heat, Jashin-chan summons and bullies Kori-chan the Ice Devil to cool things down...up to a point. Meanwhile, not one soul helps Pekola who's about to faint, but an unexpected savior appears! Watch Pekola try Bondy's curry for the first time and Jashin-chan and Medusa's long history unfold.

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Episode 1
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6.68
25 votes

#9 - Episode 1

Dropkick on My Devil! - Season 1 - Episode 1

Tokyo, the big city. In the corner of this world, another day of bittersweet drama is about to unfold... According to Pekola the angel, Yurine the witch hosts a sabbath at a run-down apartment in Jinbocho. There, Jashin-chan the devil prepares a divine hot pot that captivates Yurine, Medusa, Minos and Pekola. But everything starts to fall apart when Jashin-chan brings drama to the dinner table.

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Episode 6
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6.67
15 votes

#10 - Episode 6

Dropkick on My Devil! - Season 1 - Episode 6

Jashin-chan whips up pork cutlet curry for dinner one night, then hamburg steak curry the next, then croquette curry on the third night. Yurine calls her out but Jashin-chan's not listening. Our Ice Devils Yusa and Koji are back in town while Pekola encounters her unexpected nemesis. Jashin-chan's dropkick saves Pekola, making her feel overcome with gratitude for the devil.

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Episode 5
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6.58
12 votes

#11 - Episode 5

Dropkick on My Devil! - Season 1 - Episode 5

After a failed hunt for the second volume of a grimoire in Jinbocho's bookstore district, Jashin-chan and Yurine enjoys lunch at Jiro. Yurine buys take-out for starving Pekola, who is hesitant to accept since she houses the devil. When Pekola finally decides to eat, Jashin-chan had devoured it all. Minos and Jashin-chan's past and Pekola's job is revealed as super cop Mei makes a comeback.

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Episode 4
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6.57
14 votes

#12 - Episode 4

Dropkick on My Devil! - Season 1 - Episode 4

Akihabara, the mecca of otaku, is also home to the Gachapon Hall. There, Mei Tachibana, the super cop of Banzaibashi Police, begs Yurine to give Jashin-chan to her and threatens to kill her if she doesn't. Mei swings her sword at Jashin-chan. While completely flustered at the fatal attraction, Jashin-chan still manages to take despicable actions which triggers Medusa's "passive-aggressive mode."

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Episode 11
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6.36
11 votes

#13 - Episode 11

Dropkick on My Devil! - Season 1 - Episode 11

Jashin-chan's killer dropkick hits Yurine, the finale is here! Turns out, Yurine's down with a cold. Ecstatic, Jashin-chan fantasizes of returning to Hell, but ends up taking care of her with Minos and Medusa. Pekola, Poporon and Mei join them for a flower viewing. After a devilish relapse at the bakery, Persephone II finally finds Jashin-chan, only to bid farewell as she floats off into space!

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Episode 3
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6.13
16 votes

#14 - Episode 3

Dropkick on My Devil! - Season 1 - Episode 3

While the town dances with Christmas spirit, Pekola wanders the streets with a bag full of bread crusts and a carton of milk. Bad Santa Jashin-chan steals Pekola's precious food and as punishment, Yurine turns her into a tree and Beth's feast for the holy night. The surprise visitor turns out to be Kori-chan's sister Yusa and Jashin-chan and Medusa's relationship reveals itself to be questionable.

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The Cuckoo Isn't Singing. It Appears to be Dead / Feminine Appeal Overdrive / Social Mixer Training
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#15 - The Cuckoo Isn't Singing. It Appears to be Dead / Feminine Appeal Overdrive / Social Mixer Training

Chronicles of the Going Home Club - Season 1 - Episode 2

Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and Tokugawa Ieyasu each have a poem to describe their personalities that begins "If the Cuckoo won't sing...". The Going Home Club members each try to compose a version of the poem to describe themselves. Although assumed to be a "serene blockhead" type, Karin brings in cookies that she made herself. She reveals a level of Home Ec Club-cultivated "Girl Power" that astounds her fellow members. Karin tells a story about a peer from middle school attending a social mixer. Sakura decides to have the club assume the role of boys and girls and practice so they'll know what to do if they're ever get caught up in a social mixer.

Kill the Suspicious Person! / Middle School Diary / Don't Feed the Cute Girls / Fifteen Years in Solitude
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#16 - Kill the Suspicious Person! / Middle School Diary / Don't Feed the Cute Girls / Fifteen Years in Solitude

Chronicles of the Going Home Club - Season 1 - Episode 3

Botan's powers are incredible, but she doesn't get much use out of them in daily life, so she doesn't know what to do with herself. Karin greatly admires Botan's strength. Botan proclaims that her strength is not physical, but mental. Claire just can't help herself in the face of Karin's cuteness. A certain event inspires Botan to tell the other girls about her lonely life in middle school.

Fierce Battle! The First Term Sports Tournament / Burn! Fire Safety Soul! / Fundamentals of a Retool
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#17 - Fierce Battle! The First Term Sports Tournament / Burn! Fire Safety Soul! / Fundamentals of a Retool

Chronicles of the Going Home Club - Season 1 - Episode 4

The school holds a sports tournament. Sakura and Botan's class 2-1 faces Claire's class 2-5 in a softball match. The club is discussing a schoolwide fire evacuation drill that occurred the day before. Botan reveals a surprising reason for her training: She thinks the show will retool itself into a fighting show if its popularity drops!

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The Demon King's Dignity / Recommended Literature / Vaguely Remembered Folk Tales
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#18 - The Demon King's Dignity / Recommended Literature / Vaguely Remembered Folk Tales

Chronicles of the Going Home Club - Season 1 - Episode 5

Schubert famously wrote a song called "Demon King," but Botan believes that the Demon King in the story lacks the desired qualities of the real thing. Sakura starts talking about other good stories in their textbook besides "Kokoro," and starts remembering other works of literature she once read. The Going Home Club realizes that while they remember the stories of Momotaro and Urashimataro well, they're hazy on the story of Kintaro.

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Youth is an Explosion / Guilty Judge / The Four Heavenly Kings of Hagishirabe-ryuu
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#19 - Youth is an Explosion / Guilty Judge / The Four Heavenly Kings of Hagishirabe-ryuu

Chronicles of the Going Home Club - Season 1 - Episode 6

The girls are playing video games when Sakura proposes that they play a game that doesn't require electricity. Sakura abruptly faints in the club room, shocking the other girls. Just then, a masked figure appears on the TV screen and announces they will play a "Judgment Game." The Hagishirabe-ryuu is a long-time rival to its father house, the Hagizuki-ryuu.

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Sealed Words!! / The Fierce Battle's Conclusion!! / Surprise Party
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#20 - Sealed Words!! / The Fierce Battle's Conclusion!! / Surprise Party

Chronicles of the Going Home Club - Season 1 - Episode 7

Natsuki and Sakura are alone together in the club room, and decide to play Word Chain to pass the time. The Natsuki vs. Sakura Word Chain battle has escalated from a mere pastime to a fierce competition. The girls are planning a Surprise Party before Natsuki's birthday.

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Big Sis and Little Bro / Street Poems / Big Sis and Friends / The Nameless Landmark
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#21 - Big Sis and Little Bro / Street Poems / Big Sis and Friends / The Nameless Landmark

Chronicles of the Going Home Club - Season 1 - Episode 8

It's revealed that Natsuki has a brother two years younger than her. Intrigued, the other girls start peppering Natuski with questions about him. Sakura makes the members of the Going Home Club write poems to be sold on the street around the station. The club members come to Natsuki's house to meet her little brother. Sakura asks the question "Which is the main body?" and points to Natsuki's cowlick.

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The Ultimate Decision / A Magnificent Training Camp / Starry Sky Imagination / Mankind's Greatest Invention is Air Conditioning
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#22 - The Ultimate Decision / A Magnificent Training Camp / Starry Sky Imagination / Mankind's Greatest Invention is Air Conditioning

Chronicles of the Going Home Club - Season 1 - Episode 9

Sakura suggests a "training camp" for summer vacation so the girls can take a trip together. Sakura has decided on a location for their training camp! The location is... Kagawa? After their training, the girls spend the night at an inn. The Going Home Club heads out to the pool. The subject comes up of just how "free" freestyle swimming is, which leads to a discussing of summer vacation research projects.

Judge People by Appearances / Feild Trip!! The Ancient Art of Hagishirabe-ryuu / Five Girls, One Hundred Ghost Stories / I Won't Give It Up
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#23 - Judge People by Appearances / Feild Trip!! The Ancient Art of Hagishirabe-ryuu / Five Girls, One Hundred Ghost Stories / I Won't Give It Up

Chronicles of the Going Home Club - Season 1 - Episode 10

At the end of summer vacation, Natsuki had a dream that the members of the Going Home Club have undergone striking changes in image. Botan and the club head to the dojo of Hagizuki-ryuu's sworn enemy, Hagishirabe-ryuu, for training. The girls participate in the "Telling of One-Hundred Tales" which involved putting out a candle each time they tell a ghost story. Sakura wants the girls to join the club relay at the Athletics Festival. When they go to the field to practice, they find the soccer club is already using it.

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Names of Flowers / Bound by School Rules / All's Well That Ends Well
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#24 - Names of Flowers / Bound by School Rules / All's Well That Ends Well

Chronicles of the Going Home Club - Season 1 - Episode 11

It's her first day of high school, and Doumyouji Sakura is looking forward to a fun high school life. The Going Home Club is about to go bowling in the school corridors, when the student council president, Takamado Reina, appears. Sakura tries to get the girls to think about the final episode: what they "should do" and what they "want to do." What kind of "final episode" does each of the girls want to see?

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Misreading / What's Tap-oom? / I Hate Bugs / Conserving Water / Antonyms / Debut!! Aikarin / Aikarin Strikes Back / Complacency / The Perfect Equal / Animal Sounds / Map / Taste of the Commoners / Her
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#25 - Misreading / What's Tap-oom? / I Hate Bugs / Conserving Water / Antonyms / Debut!! Aikarin / Aikarin Strikes Back / Complacency / The Perfect Equal / Animal Sounds / Map / Taste of the Commoners / Her

Chronicles of the Going Home Club - Season 1 - Episode 12

Misreading / What's Tap-oom? / I Hate Bugs / Conserving Water / Antonyms / Debut!! Aikarin / Aikarin Strikes Back / Complacency / The Perfect Equal / Animal Sounds / Map / Taste of the Commoners / Heroic Tale / What if the Person Inside the Four Bear Kings / A Song That's Not Even Vaguely Remembered / You Fed the Cute Girls Too Much / The "How to Draw" Song / Cute / The "How to Draw Sakura-chan" Song / The Retorters' Pit / Important Announcement