The Best Episodes Directed by Hiromichi Matano
#1 - Trouble Party
Golden Time (2013) Season 1 - Episode 11
Banri discusses going as a couple to the beach over summer break with the upperclassmen of the festival club and is told he needs money first. When he tells Koko he wants to work, she rejects his idea, saying they would have less time together. However, behind Koko's back, Banri and Yanagisawa accept a job from Nana-senpai, and...?
#2 - Don't Tease Me!!
Ah! My Buddha Season 1 - Episode 11
The Christmas special. Ikkou tries to exorcise a spider-spirit without awakening but fails. Later the gang is assigned by Jotoku to exorcise Santa Claus on Christmas due to a train accident 45 years ago. Sakura's recantation of the sūtra does not exorcise Santa and is forced to allow Ikkou to awaken. The gang eat cake afterwards.
#3 - Don't Haniwa Me!!
Ah! My Buddha Season 2 - Episode 4
Hinata, Ikkou, Chitose, Sakura and Kazuki go on a haniwa excavation together. Kazuki shamelessly seduces Ikkou but is constantly thwarted by her fanboys. In a rage, Kazuki accidentally releases an evil spirit, a giant haniwa. Hinata is forced to make her little demon into a monster to destroy the spirit.
#4 - Body and Soul
Golden Time (2013) Season 1 - Episode 5
After finding the photo of him and Linda, Banri runs to the bridge where the accident that caused his amnesia occurred to remember more, but cannot. Unbeknownst to him, the spirit of the eighteen year old Banri Tada watches him, and explains that the fall caused his eighteen year old spirit, and all his memories, to leave his body, and that he cannot be seen or heard by the current Banri. After returning to school, Banri meets with Kōko, who gives him a mirror that matches hers to commemorate their friendship. The next day, Banri and Mitsuo run into Kōko, who begins to act overly cheerful and dramatic about her friendship with Banri. Linda, who was helping Kōko register for classes, soon joins them and meets Mitsuo, while later inquiring about Kōko and Banri's joining the Festival Club. Kōko answers that both of them will join, while Banri wonders why Linda has not mentioned that she knows him from before. At their first dance rehearsal, Kōko demonstrates she cannot dance, which causes her to be depressed and cry. After calming down, she apologizes to Banri for her behavior, and confesses that she is still recovering from being dumped by Mitsuo, but he reassures her it is fine, and reaffirms their friendship by using the mirror she gave him. That night, Banri recalls the memory from when he escaped the hospital; he had seen a flashing light from his window, and when he snuck out to see what it was, he discovered it was Linda, and as the two talk, it is revealed that she was the one who inspired Banri to come to Tokyo. Banri wonders why Linda has not mentioned any of this to him, and the spirit of Banri laments that he cannot tell the current Banri how important Linda was to him.
#5 - Don't Cry!!
Ah! My Buddha Season 2 - Episode 9
A baby is left abandoned at Saienji's gate. The gang plus Kazuki attempt to pacify the baby in Jotoku's absence. Kazuki uses the pretext of calming the baby to seduce Ikkou. Haruka, who has a natural talent for calming the baby, is reminded of Miyako looking after her in the past.
#6 - Let's Go Together
Killing Bites Season 1 - Episode 10
Hitomi is knocked unconscious. Taiga tries to break Kido’s scales but is tricked and loses his right arm. Taiga is saved by Ichinosuke, whose attack leaves Kido vulnerable long enough for Taiga to claw out his right eye. Despite this, both Taiga and Ichinosuke are impaled by Kido. Yoko happily declares her victory for the Mitsukado. However, Hitomi suddenly and explosively awakens and transforms further into her monstrous honey badger form. Shidoh reveals that while most hybrids are genetically modified humans, Hitomi was born with Hybrid DNA, making her an Origin Beast, a perfect fusion of human and animal. A flashback to seven years ago reveals Shidoh first encountered Hitomi living like a wild animal in Hong Kong. By feeding and spending time with her he gained her trust and named her Hitomi, despite numerous injuries to himself. Shidoh’s co-worker, Shibayama, ended up shooting her with a tranquilizer, causing her to collapse in an area controlled by the Liuman Mafia. They are eventually saved from the Mafia by match overseer Shinozaki and Hitomi begins to develop feelings for Shidoh for protecting her. Back in the present Hitomi attacks Kido with vastly superior strength and speed than her previous attacks.
#7 - Return to Yesterday
Golden Time (2013) Season 1 - Episode 17
In a building near the riverbed where the summer festival will be held, Banri arrives early to help prepare for a festival club party.
#8 - Tosei's Abilities
Big Windup! Season 1 - Episode 19
(Nishiura-2 vs. Tosei-2[Motoyama & Shimazaki]: bottom of the 5th – bottom of the 6th inning) Tosei continue their attack plan, concentrating on hitting Mihashi’s curveball, and manage to get in one run. Nishiura gets into a little mishap, because Mihashi gets a nose bleed, making Abe worry about Mihashi’s condition and whether or not he can pitch. However, it was lucky that this didn’t happen until after the 5th inning, so Mihashi was able to rest for a bit while the field underwent maintenance. The 6th inning doesn’t progress much better for Nishiura, as Tosei ties the score.
#9 - VS Imaginator 2
Boogiepop and Others Season 1 - Episode 5
In order to go to high school in Japan, Kirima Nagi's half brother, Taniguchi Masaki, returns to Japan. Masaki gets advice from his sister to not stand out as much at school, but ends up gathering some grudges from some of the kids at school. He gets surrounded by some students and a girl calls out to them. Orihata Aya seems to be offering herself up in Masaki's place. Because of this encounter, the two of them start to get closer, but...
#10 - What's Lacking
All Out!! Season 1 - Episode 5
The Jinko rugby club's training camp has begun. As the team engages in intense practice, a lone man appears and tells them they're wasting their time. The harsh words of former national team coach Komori Shingo leave the team at a loss. Meanwhile, Sekizan asks him what the team is lacking. Will Komori become the savior of the leaderless Jinko rugby team?
#11 - You Have No Feel For The Game
All Out!! Season 1 - Episode 11
Gion and Kamo have arrived at Ryoin Academy to spy on the team. Among the Ryoin team that overwhelmed its opponent, twin flankers Kirishima Sekito and Kokuto stood out from the rest!! Along with their 92 centimeter 98 kilogram ace Zanba Ryujin, the two feel firsthand just how amazing Ryoin Academy is. Gion's path has become clear to him, while Kamo is overwhelmed by the amazing prowess of Ryoin. On their way home, they stop by a sporting goods store where they run into Sekito and Kokuto...