The BEST episodes directed by Hiroaki Akagi

Kyoro on the GJ String, REBIRTH
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9.36
39 votes

#1 - Kyoro on the GJ String, REBIRTH

GJ Club - Season 1 - Episode 9

Kyoya is forced to wear a white coat. It seems today's club activity is playing doctor. The members of the GJ Club appear before Kyoya one by one as his patients. As Kyoya is getting used to it, he notices Kirara staring at something on the ceiling and grows concerned. Apparently they need a sacrifice to exorcise the thing!?

Spring Dawn
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8.62
21 votes

#2 - Spring Dawn

Those Snow White Notes - Season 1 - Episode 4

Shuri wants her grandmother to be able to hear "Shungyou: Spring Dawn" again, but Setsu tells her it isn't something he's capable of playing and ends up denying her request to perform. After Setsu confronts "Shungyou" once more, he finds his own way of playing it and heads off to where Shuri's grandmother lives. At last, it's time for Setsu's "Shungyou" to resound through the air...

The God Falls into the Netherworld
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8.50
62 votes

#3 - The God Falls into the Netherworld

Kamisama Kiss - Season 2 - Episode 3

Okuninushi, the god hosting the Divine Assembly, asks Nanami to go handle a situation happening on the border between the worlds of the living and the dead.

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Memories
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8.50
22 votes

#4 - Memories

Those Snow White Notes - Season 1 - Episode 11

Kaji has been struck by a misfortunate accident—a string snapped in the middle of his performance. Seeing him continue on two strings to give an amazing performance stirs Setsu's heart. Then, Umeko reveals her true motives for creating the tournament to Setsu. Will Setsu play his grandfather's sound or his own sound? At last, his performance begins...

Apple Blossoms
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8.50
22 votes

#5 - Apple Blossoms

Those Snow White Notes - Season 1 - Episode 2

Setsu's unconventional mother, Sawamura Umeko, has suddenly descended and forced him to enroll at Umezono Academy. In helping to assemble a shamisen which has lain long disused, he meets Maeda Shuri, a girl in the same grade as him. While all this is going on, Setsu reunites with his older brother, who he hasn't seen in a while, and they play shamisen together...

The Grip Strength Thingy / Tan / New Semester
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8.36
25 votes

#6 - The Grip Strength Thingy / Tan / New Semester

Teasing Master Takagi-san - Season 3 - Episode 1

Is it possible? Has Nishikata finally one-upped Takagi at long last?

Snow Flurries
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8.35
20 votes

#7 - Snow Flurries

Those Snow White Notes - Season 1 - Episode 9

At last, it is time for Umezono Academy to perform. In spite of their nerves, the Tsugaru Shamisen Appreciation Club begins their performance boldly. Setsu's overwhelming sound overlaps and intermingles with the sounds of the other Umezono members who each hold their own. As the images that arise in their hearts come together, their sounds come together too. Where will their performance take them?

Sudden Downpour
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8.30
23 votes

#8 - Sudden Downpour

Those Snow White Notes - Season 1 - Episode 3

Shuri is caught listening to music during class and has her cellphone confiscated. The song heard through her earphones is Setsu's grandfather, Matsugoro's, improvisation piece "Shungyou." How? How does she know that song? When Setsu asks about it, Shuri tells him that's a song that holds precious memories for her and her grandmother.

Presence / Presence, Continued / Desk Check / Library Duty / Sunset
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8.27
22 votes

#9 - Presence / Presence, Continued / Desk Check / Library Duty / Sunset

Teasing Master Takagi-san - Season 3 - Episode 2

Sometimes, there isn’t any need for words. Other times, there are. And every so often, a relationship grows closer despite the teasing.

Homeland
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8.26
19 votes

#10 - Homeland

Those Snow White Notes - Season 1 - Episode 6

The owner of a shop selling traditional Japanese instruments, Oodawara Hiroshi, has taken the Tsugaru Shamisen Appreciation Club to Aomori for a training camp. The members start practicing right away, but Shuri falls into a slump and Setsu, caught up in his own worries, doesn't seem very interested in helping her out. Then, Oodawara tells them a little of the history of Tsugaru shamisen and it serves as a catalyst for Setsu to find the answer he's been looking for...

Wind From the Mountains
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8.25
20 votes

#11 - Wind From the Mountains

Those Snow White Notes - Season 1 - Episode 10

The Tsugaru Shamisen Appreciation Club has placed 3rd in the Matsugorou Cup. Next, the individual competition finally begins. However, someone unexpected has come to the venue—Kamiki Ryuugen. He reveals to Umeko that he wants Setsu to inherit the Kamiki School from him because...

You're going to be my boyfriend.
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8.15
41 votes

#12 - You're going to be my boyfriend.

A Couple of Cuckoos - Season 1 - Episode 1

Umino Nagi was swapped with another child at birth. He’s going to meet his real parents today, but on his way to school, he meets a girl who is threatening to die to get out of her engagement.

You aren't going to beat me!!!!
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8.06
34 votes

#13 - You aren't going to beat me!!!!

A Couple of Cuckoos - Season 1 - Episode 3

Living together with Erika gives Nagi an opportunity to focus on exam prep, except when they run into trouble.

Tandem Riding / First Day of Summer Vacation / Test of Courage / Summer Science Project / Water Tap
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8.05
41 votes

#14 - Tandem Riding / First Day of Summer Vacation / Test of Courage / Summer Science Project / Water Tap

Teasing Master Takagi-san - Season 1 - Episode 6

Nishikata is so happy summer vacation is starting, but Takagi-san doesn't seem that excited. She suggests they should practice tandem riding during vacation. When Nishikata agrees, she finally seems enthusiastic about summer vacation.

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Playing Together
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8.00
20 votes

#15 - Playing Together

Those Snow White Notes - Season 1 - Episode 5

After being so deeply moved by Setsu's performance, Shuri decides to seriously pursue playing the shamisen. With Setsu at the center, Shuri, Shuri's childhood friends Yamazato Yui and Yaguchi Kaito, and the addition of Nagamori Rai, a fellow student with shamisen experience in a different style, the Tsugaru Shamisen Appreciation Club is formed! But with everyone being new to Tsugaru shamisen, Setsu isn't sure how to approach teaching them, so he ends up...

Can we do our morning study sessions together...?
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8.00
33 votes

#16 - Can we do our morning study sessions together...?

A Couple of Cuckoos - Season 1 - Episode 5

Hiro and Nagi begin studying together in the mornings, but unexpected circumstances put a wrench in their relationship.

The Kuroshio currents beckon to me.
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8.00
24 votes

#17 - The Kuroshio currents beckon to me.

A Couple of Cuckoos - Season 1 - Episode 9

Hiro and Nagi go on date at the amusement park. Sachi is not amused.

I'm not going to marry you.
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7.93
30 votes

#18 - I'm not going to marry you.

A Couple of Cuckoos - Season 1 - Episode 2

Nagi and Erika are now engaged, but Nagi can’t wrap his head around how loaded Erika is, and Erika seems to have concerns of her own.

I thought you live by yourself.
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7.91
35 votes

#19 - I thought you live by yourself.

A Couple of Cuckoos - Season 1 - Episode 6

Erika joins Nagi’s and Hiro’s morning study sessions to wingman for Nagi, and Hiro wants to come hang out at her place.

Those Snow White Notes
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7.85
20 votes

#20 - Those Snow White Notes

Those Snow White Notes - Season 1 - Episode 12

Setsu plays, following his heart. He sets an image within the notes. With all his heart, he tries to convey it. The sound that pours from Setsu' shamisen draws forth memories from everyone who hears it. Then, the favorite for first place, Tanuma Souichiro's performance begins. The sound is overwhelming. Waves of it shake the auditorium and his performance charms the audience. With both of their performances over, the conclusion of the tournament brings...

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Studying for the Test / Test / Test Results / Bookstore / Shelter from the Rain
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7.85
45 votes

#21 - Studying for the Test / Test / Test Results / Bookstore / Shelter from the Rain

Teasing Master Takagi-san - Season 1 - Episode 5

Nishikata is studying hard for the test for the sake of his video games when Takagi-san enters the library. Takagi-san teaches him how to solve a math problem, but Nishikata can't help but think she's up to no good...

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Combatants Will Be Dispatched!
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7.84
43 votes

#22 - Combatants Will Be Dispatched!

Combatants Will Be Dispatched! - Season 1 - Episode 6

The Demon Lord's army has invaded the city, and Rose, Grimm, and Snow can barely keep them back. Will Six help them, even if it means being a good guy?

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Desolate
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7.83
29 votes

#23 - Desolate

Those Snow White Notes - Season 1 - Episode 1

Sawamura Matsugorou, the grandfather of a young Tsugaru shamisen player, Sawamura Setsu, has died. In losing the grandfather whom he'd always admired, Setsu has lost his own sound, and so he has gone to Tokyo with no plans other than to search for what he's lost. When he gets caught up in some trouble, he's saved by Tachiki Yuna, a woman who works at a hostess club. Events progress, and Setsu ends up unveiling his musical skills as the opening act for a live concert...

Cleaning Duty / Kickover / Cold / Tailing
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7.77
47 votes

#24 - Cleaning Duty / Kickover / Cold / Tailing

Teasing Master Takagi-san - Season 1 - Episode 4

Nishikata is put on cleaning duty as a punishment for interrupting class. As he goes to the cleaning supply storage, Takagi-san is there! Was she put on cleaning duty too?

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Coffee / Empty Can / Soda / Muscle Training / Dubbing / Umbrella
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7.73
55 votes

#25 - Coffee / Empty Can / Soda / Muscle Training / Dubbing / Umbrella

Teasing Master Takagi-san - Season 1 - Episode 3

Mina believes she’s mature enough to enjoy coffee, but Yukari and Sanae think otherwise. On a rainy day, Takagi-san has forgotten her umbrella. Nishikata to the rescue...?

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Don't treat me like your kid sister.
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7.73
26 votes

#26 - Don't treat me like your kid sister.

A Couple of Cuckoos - Season 1 - Episode 10

Sachi and Nagi go shopping together for a Mother’s Day gift, but they can’t think of anything their mother would appreciate.

Would you please go out with me...?
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7.72
32 votes

#27 - Would you please go out with me...?

A Couple of Cuckoos - Season 1 - Episode 4

Having scored higher than anyone else in his grade, including Hiro, Nagi decides to finally confess to her.

It's a secret between you and me.
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7.69
16 votes

#28 - It's a secret between you and me.

A Couple of Cuckoos - Season 1 - Episode 21

Having topped his grade in the term exams, Nagi confesses to Hiro once again.

Kisaragi Leaders Will Be Livestreamed!
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7.67
33 votes

#29 - Kisaragi Leaders Will Be Livestreamed!

Combatants Will Be Dispatched! - Season 1 - Episode 10

Kisaragi has defeated the heroes back on Earth, and it's time for some R&R. But things don't go as planned when Lilith starts livestreaming…

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Wind
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7.63
19 votes

#30 - Wind

Those Snow White Notes - Season 1 - Episode 7

The Tsugaru Shamisen Appreciation Club has entered the tournament that Umeko is sponsoring, the Matsugorou Cup. Also participating are Tanuma Mai, who has thought of Setsu as a rival since they were little, and her older brother, Tanuma Souichi. With strong competitors like Osaka's Kaji Takaomi and Fukuoka's Arakawa Ushio gathered from all over Japan, the tournament is shaping up to be a fierce battle. And now, the curtain rises on the Matsugorou Cup's group competition!

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It's not that I like you, yet.
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7.62
29 votes

#31 - It's not that I like you, yet.

A Couple of Cuckoos - Season 1 - Episode 12

Nagi tries to redeem himself after embarrassing himself in front of Hiro on their amusement park date.

How to Make an Evil Leader Cry
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7.61
33 votes

#32 - How to Make an Evil Leader Cry

Combatants Will Be Dispatched! - Season 1 - Episode 11

Six has a plan to save Grace Kingdom from invasion: let the enemy do all the work, then stroll in at the last minute, beat them up and steal their prize!

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Calligraphy / Seasonal Change of Clothing / Pool
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7.60
52 votes

#33 - Calligraphy / Seasonal Change of Clothing / Pool

Teasing Master Takagi-san - Season 1 - Episode 2

Nishikata doesn't know what to write for his calligraphy class, so Takagi-san suggests they should both write what they want from each other. Nishikata wants Takagi-san to stop teasing him, of course, but what does Takagi-san want from Nishikata?

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Are you going to marry him?
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7.60
25 votes

#34 - Are you going to marry him?

A Couple of Cuckoos - Season 1 - Episode 8

Sachi notices something going on between Erika and Nagi and decides to try to get to the bottom of it. Both she and Nagi are on the verge of a big decision.

Corrupt, Black-Hearted Knight
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7.59
34 votes

#35 - Corrupt, Black-Hearted Knight

Combatants Will Be Dispatched! - Season 1 - Episode 8

Princess Tillis has a plan to send Snow on an important diplomatic mission to secure water for the Kingdom of Grace. Unfortunately, Six goes with her…

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Eraser / Day Duty / Funny Face / One Hundred Yen
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7.59
57 votes

#36 - Eraser / Day Duty / Funny Face / One Hundred Yen

Teasing Master Takagi-san - Season 1 - Episode 1

Takagi-san is an expert when it comes to teasing Nishikata. Is there any way Nishikata can get back at her?

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To Be a Hero
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7.56
39 votes

#37 - To Be a Hero

Combatants Will Be Dispatched! - Season 1 - Episode 5

Six is run out of town on a rail as the Demon Lord's army marches on the city. He's a coward and a sleeze, but is he willing to let his old friends fight the Demon Lord's army alone?

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You must have noticed by now.
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7.55
20 votes

#38 - You must have noticed by now.

A Couple of Cuckoos - Season 1 - Episode 19

Erika reveals who it is that she’s been trying to reach through social media.

Who is that person?
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7.55
20 votes

#39 - Who is that person?

A Couple of Cuckoos - Season 1 - Episode 18

Nagi is hoping to do the test of courage with Hiro, but Erika takes him instead. Nagi can’t figure out what it is that’s bothering her.

How to Defeat an Evil Leader
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7.50
40 votes

#40 - How to Defeat an Evil Leader

Combatants Will Be Dispatched! - Season 1 - Episode 4

Six's crew is tasked with the toughest job in the army: battling the forces of Heine of the flame. She's a powerful enemy, but when he gets the upper hand, there's no limits to how far he'll go…

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We have to tell her... about our secret!
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7.50
26 votes

#41 - We have to tell her... about our secret!

A Couple of Cuckoos - Season 1 - Episode 15

Erika and Nagi walk around the festival together, and she shocks him with how out-of-touch she is.

Is my fate going to change?
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7.48
31 votes

#42 - Is my fate going to change?

A Couple of Cuckoos - Season 1 - Episode 7

Nagi invites Hiro to join his group for a school field trip. The group is plunged into chaos with the addition of a couple more members.

Tuning Fork
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7.47
19 votes

#43 - Tuning Fork

Those Snow White Notes - Season 1 - Episode 8

Setsu has finally shown how he really feels. The Tsugaru Shamisen Appreciation Club is strengthening their bonds, but with their performance rapidly closing in, Shuri's insecurity and nervousness reach their peak. Shuri turns to Yui for support, but Yui's behavior seems strange somehow. Struggling with her own anxiety before the big event, Yui tries to act tough in front of Shuri, but she begins to collapse under the pressure...?

I want to talk about now.
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7.46
24 votes

#44 - I want to talk about now.

A Couple of Cuckoos - Season 1 - Episode 16

Sachi is worried about Hiro, so she brings Erika along to follow her and learn about her.

Anything could happen right now!
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7.45
20 votes

#45 - Anything could happen right now!

A Couple of Cuckoos - Season 1 - Episode 17

Erika, Hiro, Sachi and Nagi make plans to study at Erika’s vacation house, but there ends up being a slight change in the roster.

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The Con Artist Marriage Girl
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7.42
38 votes

#46 - The Con Artist Marriage Girl

Combatants Will Be Dispatched! - Season 1 - Episode 7

With the Demon Lord's army driven away, Alice has time to investigate the local wildlife. But things turn sour when Grimm talks about summoning a ghost…

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Walls exist to be overcome!!
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7.41
27 votes

#47 - Walls exist to be overcome!!

A Couple of Cuckoos - Season 1 - Episode 14

Erika’s parents want her to come home if she fails her make-up exams. She asks Nagi for help, but it may not be that easy.

The Right Way to Clear a Tower
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7.40
42 votes

#48 - The Right Way to Clear a Tower

Combatants Will Be Dispatched! - Season 1 - Episode 3

When the army needs to clear out a tower controlled by powerful demons, the only man for the job is the sleaziest, nastiest soldier they have: Agent Six!

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Strong Partner and Smart Partner
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7.40
35 votes

#49 - Strong Partner and Smart Partner

Combatants Will Be Dispatched! - Season 1 - Episode 12

Russell has trapped Six and his friends inside the ruins with his giant robot. Alice has a plan, but Six will have to face him alone to buy time…

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I'll be with you when you meet him.
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7.38
13 votes

#50 - I'll be with you when you meet him.

A Couple of Cuckoos - Season 1 - Episode 22

Sachi can’t contain her anger at Hiro, who had suggested to Nagi that Sachi may have feelings for him.