The Best Episodes Directed by Hiroshi Ikehata

6th Bunny: Wooden Framework Town, Mission Complete

#1 - 6th Bunny: Wooden Framework Town, Mission Complete

Is the Order a Rabbit? Season 2 - Episode 6

Mocha continues to effortlessly win all of Cocoa’s friends over and claim them as her new “little sisters.” How will Mocha react when Cocoa starts to treat her coldly?

star 9.14
36 votes
A Malicious Frill Denounces a Farting Newt

#2 - A Malicious Frill Denounces a Farting Newt

Gosick Season 1 - Episode 14

Victorique is dragged by her teacher to her classroom and is introduced to the rest of her classmates. Avril tries to bring her attention but she gets angry on her instead. Kujo demands Victorique to apologize to her, and when she refuses, he sets with Avril to keep investigating the Leviathan case without her help. Meanwhile Victorique has an encounter with Brian Roscoe, a friend of the victim's, on the top of the clock tower.

star 8.92
47 votes
Is it Weird...?

#3 - Is it Weird...?

Secret of Nogizaka Haruka Season 1 - Episode 4

Yūto, Haruka, Mika and Nanami become increasingly worried about Hazuki's attempt to distance herself from the family and thus decide to follow her on a shopping trip, meeting up with various familiar faces like Yūto's otaku friend Nobunaga, Yūto's sister Ruko and their teacher Yukari. Mika and Nanami eventually becomes distracted in buying lingerie, leaving Yūto and Haruka to the job and almost came to a conclusion that Hazuki was about to get married and quit her job. Before going home, they had a misunderstanding with a bridal shop where they are thought to be customers and were given a chance to take a portrait together with Yūto wearing a tuxedo and Haruka in a wedding dress. That night, Hazuki, much to everyone's relief, explains that she is not quitting, but was just going to a hardware store, which was located above the bridal shop, to fix her chainsaw.

star 8.72
152 votes
Black Bullet

#4 - Black Bullet

Black Bullet Season 1 - Episode 4

Rentaro and Enju head into the bay area while Kayo stays behind to defend the area from the looming Gastrea. Discovering that all of the other civil officers had been gruesomely slaughtered, Kagetane and Kohina make a stand before the pair. Rentaro charges at Kagetane and breaks through the latter's Varanium barrier with his own Varanium prosthetic limbs. Kagetane then urges Rentaro to join him in starting another Gastrea War. However Rentaro refuses and Kagetane blows a hole through his abdomen. On the verge of death, Rentaro uses Sumire's experimental AGV drug to successfully regenerate his body and then uses his Varanium-enhanced martial arts to viciously defeat Kagetane. Afterwards a Stage Five Gastrea appears outside the Tokyo Area, and Kisara has Rentaro activate the Heaven's Ladder railgun. Unfortunately, various errors force Rentaro to use his own left Varanium arm as a projectile and manually fire the weapon; successfully destroying the Gastrea. In the aftermath, Rentaro discovers Kayo on the verge of death after defending the area for his sake and ends her life coup de grâce. Later, Rentaro accuses Kikunojo Tendo of being the mastermind behind Kagetane's actions. In the epilogue, Rentaro questions Seitenshi on the origins of the Gastrea however she refuses to disclose any information. Afterwards Rentaro gives Enju the results of her Gastrea corrosion examination which appear normal. Unbeknownst to Enju though, her rate of corrosion far exceeds what Rentaro told her.

star 8.50
223 votes
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The Heart of Taurus, The Spear of Light

#5 - The Heart of Taurus, The Spear of Light

Black Bullet Season 1 - Episode 11

As the monolith collapses, the gastrea attack the JASDF, which while initially successful quickly loses out to the Gastrea. Rentaro spots a detachment of Gastrea moving to flank the civil officer contingent and his adjuvant disobeys orders to neutralize it. Upon their return, they find that the Gastrea are quickly marching forward and the contingent has been overrun. He discovers Gado's son, shell shocked, talking about a "Spear of Light". After Gado's son is eaten, the "Spear of Light" reappears and destroys much of what remains of the force. Mysteriously, after Aldebaran is hurt the Gastrea retreat, leaving the survivors. After resettling, Rentaro is called to a meeting with Commander Gado. After Rentaro suggests killing Aldebaran will win them the battle, the commander reveals that he believes that Aldebaran is immortal and the only way to beat back the advance is to defeat a new stage four Gastrea code-named Pleiades, who is capable of generating large amounts of mercury. He then disbands Rentaro's adjuvant and sentences Rentaro to a suicide mission to kill Pleiades. Rentaro attempts to leave without telling anyone, but is subsequently stopped by Kisara. After he convinces her, he leaves but is attacked by a pack of wolf Gastrea. He is then surprisingly saved by Kagetane, who it seems was not actually dead. Despite his mistrust, Rentaro stays the night with them, and refuses an offer to join them, upon which Kagetane predicts he will. After the night, Rentaro begins to leave, upon which Kagetane steps in and tells Rentaro he has saw Pleiades up the river. Thus the three (with Kagetane and Kohina "happening to go the same way") head upstream.

star 8.44
170 votes
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The Children of Fate

#6 - The Children of Fate

Black Bullet Season 1 - Episode 3

Enju tries returning to school but meets harsh rejection from her former peers until Rentaro appears and suggests that she transfer elsewhere. At the same time Kisara locates the source of the recent Gastrea infection and immediately dispatches the pair to its location. However after Enju makes quick work of the creature and exposes the case within it, she breaks into tears because of the status quo but Rentaro promises that he will always stand by her. Afterwards Rentaro tries retrieving the case but they are suddenly ambushed by Kagetane and Kohina Hiruko. Rentaro puts up a valiant effort against Kagetane but finds himself severely overpowered by the latter's Varanium powers and mortally wounded by Kohina. Sometime later, Rentaro awakens in the hospital and Seitenshi has him participate in a mission with other civil officers to stop Kagetane from using a catalyst in the case to summon a deadly Stage Five Gastrea with the potential to destroy the Monolith barriers. As the mission gets underway, Rentaro and Enju stumble upon Shogen Ikuma's Initiator: Kayo Senju and Rentaro pleads at her humanity due to the way she follows Shogen's orders to kill without remorse. The trio then follow Shogen's intel to the bay area where the other civil officers intend to attack Kagetane.

star 8.42
226 votes
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#7 - Consolidation

Accel World Season 1 - Episode 23

On the day of the battle, Chiyu asks Haru and Takumu to join them on the field so she can see the battle to the end. As the sudden death duel begins between Haru, Takumu and Seiji, Haru is ambushed by an ally of Seiji's, Black Vice, who possesses a deceleration ability. As Haru remains trapped, Takumu takes on Seiji using his new incarnate ability, Cyan Blade, managing to overcome Seiji's Demonic Commandeer ability and slice off one of his arms. Seiji explains that he was bullied by his older brother, driving him to become more powerful and get his revenge. He then proceeds to take Chiyu hostage and torture her, causing Takumu to lose his will to fight. As Haru laments the hopelessness of the situation, he manages to regain his resolve and break free from Vice's grip. As Seiji prepares to finish off Takumu, he is stopped by the arrival of Kuroyukihime, who managed to enter the field from Okinawa using the item she got from Sulfur Pot. Engaging battle with Vice, Kuroyukihime encourages Haru to stand up and defeat Seiji.

star 8.32
114 votes
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In the Still of the Moonlit Night, the Dawn Sky

#8 - In the Still of the Moonlit Night, the Dawn Sky

Black Bullet Season 1 - Episode 7

Enju's encounter with Tina leaves her severely injured and serves to dampen Rentaro's confidence of ever defeating her. However Rentaro forces the gloating Takuto to set up a fake protection detail for Seitenshi in order to lure Tina out. Afterwards Rentaro begins preparing for the upcoming face-off while Tina's employer, Ayn Rand gives her the fake details on Seitenshi's next meeting. The next night, Tina shows up at the trap set by Rentaro and wastes no time using her combination of remote-controlled anti-materiel rifles and targeting drones to attack Rentaro. However with Miori's help, Rentaro manages to draw Tina into close combat but gets caught off guard by a fourth drone. On the verge of defeat, Rentaro's misfired flashbang suddenly detonates and disorients Tina long enough for him to pummel her into submission. Afterwards Rentaro decides to take responsibility for her until a jealous Takuto ambushes the pair. However Seitenshi shows up and promotes Rentaro to level five security access which he uses to relieve Takuto of his duties. Sometime later Rentaro returns to the Tendo Agency's headquarters and to his surprise, finds a recovered Enju and a released Tina who Kisara hires to work for their agency.

star 8.29
202 votes
Kamogawa Spirit

#9 - Kamogawa Spirit

Lagrange - The Flower of Rin-ne Season 1 - Episode 2

Madoka’s excitement over her triumphant victory is short-lived when she is told by Pharos officials to be ready for the next battle. Feeling like she’s been tricked into becoming a Vox pilot, a furious Madoka plans an escape.

star 8.27
92 votes
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The Golden Thread Cuts Through a Passing Moment

#10 - The Golden Thread Cuts Through a Passing Moment

Gosick Season 1 - Episode 4

Kazuya witnesses the bizarre beheading of a man riding a motorcycle. While a suspect matching the description Victorique surmised is arrested a new girl joins Kazuya’s school who also matches the description.

star 8.13
106 votes
The Last Hope

#11 - The Last Hope

Black Bullet Season 1 - Episode 1

Year 2031: Tokyo Area. Most of the human race has been wiped out by the parasitic Gastrea. Part of the Anti-Gastrea movement, high school student Satomi Rentaro works as a civil officer for Tendo Civil Securities. On a mission, he meets a suspicious man in a mask and a tuxedo: Hiruko Kagetane.

star 7.86
278 votes
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#12 - Fragmentation

Accel World Season 1 - Episode 17

As Haru contemplates how to go about facing Seiji, he receives a video call from Kuroyukihime, who mentions giving some information about Seiji to Takumu. During gym that day, Takumu challenges Seiji to a battle, revealing he knew about Haru's ability being stolen. Although Takumu initially gains the upper hand, Seiji uses the incarnate system to give himself powerful arms and overwhelm Takumu. Haru manages to trick Seiji into switching to Battle Royale mode so he can fight against him instead, managing to cut off one of his arms with his own icarnation attack. As Seiji activates Haru's wings and some pyro equipment, Haru equips the Gale Thruster he received from Raker, allowing him to take to the skies and face Seiji head on and manages to beat him with assistance from Takumu. However, before Haru can finish him, Chiyu appears and heals Seiji.

star 7.74
141 votes
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Whoa, I Battled With Game Cards!

#13 - Whoa, I Battled With Game Cards!

Akiba's Trip: The Animation Season 1 - Episode 9

Arisa helps Tamotsu rediscover a card game that he stopped playing a few years ago. Meanwhile, another Bugged One conspiracy is at play, causing chaos within the Akihabara vigilante groups.

star 7.70
37 votes
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Akiba's Last Trip

#14 - Akiba's Last Trip

Akiba's Trip: The Animation Season 1 - Episode 13

The cultural cleansing of Akiba is turning into something more closely resembling an ethnic cleansing operation, and Akiba residents are being rounded up by the police. Can Matome and Tamotsu defeat the mastermind and save the day?

star 7.61
36 votes
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The Wild Habits of a Troubled Animal

#15 - The Wild Habits of a Troubled Animal

Seton Academy: Join the Pack! Season 1 - Episode 7

Mazama Jin here. The fact that I'm starting to get used to Seton Academy frightens me. What does it mean to be masculine or feminine? I just want to face Hitomi-chan as I am, without worrying about all that! With strong feelings and an unyielding heart, you can overcome any barrier! Or so I'd like to say, but somehow it's just annoying. Probably because the ones trying to overcome barriers are a stupid hyena and a stupid honey badger.

star 7.47
17 votes
Those Who Strip with the Ones They Love

#16 - Those Who Strip with the Ones They Love

Seton Academy: Join the Pack! Season 1 - Episode 3

I'm Mazama Jin, a first-year at Secon Academy. It's been nothing but smooth sailing in the cooking club I started with my beloved Hitomi-chan, and all kinds of rumors have been going around about what we do there! Will this draw in some more new members? Right after I asked that, two unfamiliar students showed up for a surprising reason! An exciting incident is in store for me and Hitomi-chan! Or... that's what would've happened if those two students weren't a dumb lion and a dumb naked mole-rat.

star 7.43
14 votes
Who was Brave?

#17 - Who was Brave?

Seton Academy: Join the Pack! Season 1 - Episode 5

Mazama Jin here. I'm slowly growing accustomed to Seton Academy. It's Field Day, and I'll be running... toward the shining future that awaits the two of us. For me, there's only one goal to run toward, and that's Hitomi-chan. Yes, it's only natural to think that just running isn't enough. I'm no fool. But I can't stop. I'd never last if I did. Because... this is the stupid animals' Field Day.

star 7.43
14 votes
The Animal Students I Know

#18 - The Animal Students I Know

Seton Academy: Join the Pack! Season 1 - Episode 12

Mazama Jin here. As much as it pains me to admit it, I'm part of a stupid mutt's pack at Seton Academy. Being with someone really is a challenge. It's a different story when two people are bound to each other by fate, like Hitomi-chan and me, but most aren't like that. And going out of one's way to try to accomplish something so difficult is just foolish. But now I've been forced to think that might not always be the case.... after watching all the animals at this school. As much as it pains me to admit it.

star 7.39
18 votes
The Self-Styled Young Man and the Giant Wolf

#19 - The Self-Styled Young Man and the Giant Wolf

Seton Academy: Join the Pack! Season 1 - Episode 4

Mazama Jin here. I go to school at Seton Academy, and right now, my happening high school life with Hitomi-chan is being threatened with violence! Everyone wants to be strong. I get that. So I told them this: true strength comes not from scaring people, but from loving them. Yep, just like Hitomi-chan and me. At least... I might have been able to say that, if the ones being violent weren't a stupid hyena and a stupid giant dog.

star 7.32
19 votes
The Legend of the Panda Girl

#20 - The Legend of the Panda Girl

Seton Academy: Join the Pack! Season 1 - Episode 6

Mazama Jin here. I've been attending Seton Academy for a few months now. Popular people exist everywhere. We may get sick of them sometimes, but there's always a reason for their popularity. We should not feel inferior or envious, but learn what we can from them and emulate the qualities worth emulating. As for me, I'm going to grow as a person for Hitomi-chan's sake. Or... maybe I could've seen it that way if the new popular person wasn't that stupid panda.

star 7.30
20 votes
A Gentle Savage

#21 - A Gentle Savage

Seton Academy: Join the Pack! Season 1 - Episode 10

Mazama Jin here. I've started to adapt to living in the dorm. I wonder what it's like to be in heat. It's hard for humans to understand, since we can breed at any time. If humans had a heat cycle, would Hitomi-chan be chasing me around all the time? Better hurry and get to me before someone else does! That particular worry might actually become a reality... if that mysterious new girl at school has anything to say about it.

star 7.29
17 votes
Extinct Species and a Primitive Plot

#22 - Extinct Species and a Primitive Plot

Seton Academy: Join the Pack! Season 1 - Episode 11

Mazama Jin here. I'm the vice president of Seton Academy's cooking club. They say birth rates have been on the decline, but it's hard to imagine that leading to our extinction. What would happen if humans were on the brink of extinction? The answer is simple: Hitomi-chan and I would have to be the next Adam and Eve! I was having fun imagining it... until a bunch of stupid extinct animals crashed our culture festival.

star 7.25
16 votes
Why Females Put XXX in Their Mouths

#23 - Why Females Put XXX in Their Mouths

Seton Academy: Join the Pack! Season 1 - Episode 2

I'm Mazama Jin. I just started at Seton Academy this year. The cooking club I started up with Hitomi-chan can't stay alive with only two members, so we got some awesome friends to join us, and they're taking a club entrance test so they can help support the two of us. We're living out our own romantic comedy surrounded by our unique friends! Or... that's how it would be if they weren't a dumb dog, a dumb koala, a dumb sloth, and a dumb cat.

star 7.19
16 votes
Electric Mayo's Falling Apart!

#24 - Electric Mayo's Falling Apart!

Akiba's Trip: The Animation Season 1 - Episode 12

With the new Akiba Ban law in effect, otaku and otaku culture is being pushed out of Akihabara. Meanwhile, Tamotsu loses his powers, forcing Electric Mayonnaise out of commission.

star 7.08
36 votes
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The Beach Bard

#25 - The Beach Bard

Seton Academy: Join the Pack! Season 1 - Episode 8

Mazama Jin here. Seton Academy has a campus by the sea. Just try to picture it: blue sea, white clouds... and the one you care about most by your side. In my case, of course, that's Hitomi-chan. And in Hitomi-chan's case, it's me. I think. Look! The sea creatures are giving us their blessing with a beautiful performance! Maybe I could have immersed myself in that feeling... if the ones performing weren't a stupid beluga whale and a stupid bottlenose dolphin.

star 7.06
17 votes
Your Memory Is Full

#26 - Your Memory Is Full

Akiba's Trip: The Animation Season 1 - Episode 6

Tamotsu needs a new PC, and he decided to build one from scratch. He's trying to create something totally one-of-a-kind, and gets more than what he expected.

star 7.00
38 votes
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No Reason I'd Lose!

#27 - No Reason I'd Lose!

Akiba's Trip: The Animation Season 1 - Episode 5

During his "training session" in one of Akihabara's video game arcades, Tamotsu is confronted by a mysterious enemy who challenges him in a fighting game.

star 6.93
15 votes
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We Formed a Team - Call Us Electric Mayo!

#28 - We Formed a Team - Call Us Electric Mayo!

Akiba's Trip: The Animation Season 1 - Episode 2

Tamotsu, Arisa and Niwaka visit Matome's hideout, where they discuss Tamotsu's new powers and the current state of Akihabara. What evil lurks in the streets of their favorite town?

star 6.90
51 votes
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Did You Open Your Pyloric Canal?!

#29 - Did You Open Your Pyloric Canal?!

Akiba's Trip: The Animation Season 1 - Episode 10

Tamotsu suddenly realizes that he wants to have girlfriends and go on dates! Niwaka and Arisa conspire to send Tamotsu and Matome on a "practice date," but the event does not play out in the way they imagined.

star 6.86
37 votes
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Akiba's First Trip

#30 - Akiba's First Trip

Akiba's Trip: The Animation Season 1 - Episode 1

Tamotsu Denkigai is just another otaku, prowling the streets of Akihabara for elusive rare figurines and other treasures. However, the streets of Akihabara aren't what they used to be - pretty cosplayers are ripping each other's clothes off!

star 6.86
66 votes
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What Happens When You Mindlessly Follow Someone Who Offers You an Idol Debut

#31 - What Happens When You Mindlessly Follow Someone Who Offers You an Idol Debut

Akiba's Trip: The Animation Season 1 - Episode 3

Tamotsu finds a series of new hobbies, and being who he is, he runs off to pursue them. Meanwhile, Arisa, Niwaka and Matome go on patrol without him, and receive a type of attention that they did not expect.

star 6.85
52 votes
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Only a Liar Says Something Is Too Hard

#32 - Only a Liar Says Something Is Too Hard

Akiba's Trip: The Animation Season 1 - Episode 7

Tamotsu is short on cash again, so he must find a new part-time job. He finds a job that pays great hourly wages... But at what cost?

star 6.67
12 votes
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Try Guessing How Much I Like You

#33 - Try Guessing How Much I Like You

Kinmoza! Season 1 - Episode 11

With the arrival of the New Year, Aya and Yoko idly discuss their first dreams of the year at school. Karen, who suddenly appears dressed in a Japanese kimono, announces something terrible happened to Alice in her first dream. Shinobu appears on the scene with a sad expression on her face, and Alice shows up wearing her English school uniform with a different air about her?!

star 6.57
7 votes
Cheering Party

#34 - Cheering Party

Big Windup! Season 1 - Episode 12

During practice, the team, with the addition of Hamada, continue to meditate, but this time start to actively train their relaxing reflex to trigger with the presence of a third base runner. Momoe-san and Shiga-sensei stress to Hamada the importance of the cheer squad, because the mood of the audience can make a break the team’s moral and ability to play.

star 6.40
5 votes
Akihabara Grand Tournament

#35 - Akihabara Grand Tournament

Akiba's Trip: The Animation Season 1 - Episode 8

A mysterious duo is purchasing all the rice cookers in town, messing with the balance of the retail market. The culprit is someone Arisa didn't expect to see.

star 6.03
39 votes
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Ham Radio Fighters

#36 - Ham Radio Fighters

Akiba's Trip: The Animation Season 1 - Episode 4

Deadly radio waves send Akihabara to chaos. The team must employ classic radio technology to counter the threat.

star 5.77
44 votes
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On The Floor

#37 - On The Floor

Girl Meets Bear Season 1 - Episode 8

Yoshio and Natsu trick Machi into working at a supermarket to sell nameko, one of Kumade Village’s specialties. Having difficulty selling it, she longs to abandon the job and go home.

star 4.95
37 votes
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The Midsummer Akiba Festival Begins!

#38 - The Midsummer Akiba Festival Begins!

Akiba's Trip: The Animation Season 1 - Episode 11

The Akihabara Festival, a major government-backed event, is about to begin. As everyone works hard to prepare, behind the scenes, an unknown group conducts unspeakably evil deeds to ruin the fun.

star 4.82
38 votes
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