The BEST episodes directed by Hiroshi Ishiodori

Aruka Schild
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8.25
8 votes

#1 - Aruka Schild

Needless - Season 1 - Episode 16

During the battle with the Fourth Great One, her mask is taken off, shocking everyone as to her true identity.

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Ash's Greatest Day
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8.00
1 votes

#2 - Ash's Greatest Day

Golgo 13 - Season 1 - Episode 39

Golgo 13 is hired to kill Hewitt, the number 2 in a crime syndicate. The head of the syndicate died in an accident and all signs point to Hewitt being responsible. The previous number 1 had placed a large amount of gold bullion in a bank vault and Hewitt becoming paranoid will only be vulnerable on the ceremony day when he visits the vault in the morning. However the location of the bank plus the small army of goons as security make the shot impossible. Opposite lives a struggling artist named Ash who is behind in his rent payments and is the only one in the apartment block. One day Golgo 13 shows up at his door and buys Ash's entire art works making him a rich man. Ash pays off his rent and flies off to Florida to start a new life. Meanwhile Golgo buys the apartment block in cash from the landlord. As Hewitt gets out of the car towards the bank, the client's henchman demolishes the apartment and Golgo 13 from the building behind snipes Hewitt before the dust cloud obstructs his and the goons view. Meanwhile Ash is enjoying his new life in Florida grateful to the man that gave him the means to live this new lifestyle.

Ebony Eyes
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8.00
1 votes

#3 - Ebony Eyes

Golgo 13 - Season 1 - Episode 48

Mafia boss, Thomas Grebbick has annoyed his superiors who send their three hit-men to kill him. To protect himself he sends his own, Ron, who kills them. In retaliation the bosses hire Golgo 13 to kill Grebbick. Whilst Golgo evades Grebbick's goons, Ron's girlfriend recognizes Golgo as her child's father from a previous sexual encounter. and she begs him to just take a glance at their child. Grebbick uses this arranges to meet Golgo to persuade him to switch sides or the child will be killed. Instead Golgo completes his contract and shoots Grebbick and Ron accidentally shoots his girlfriend whilst trying to kill Golgo. All the goons are killed leaving only Golgo and the child. After glancing at the child Golgo leaves.

Purple Dawn
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7.64
22 votes

#4 - Purple Dawn

The Perfect Insider - Season 1 - Episode 8

Shimada checks the computer records and notices that someone named Michiru accessed the isolation tank system while she and Nishonosono were in the tanks. Shimada and Saikawa think someone may have pieced together audio clips to impersonate Magata. Yamane switches the lab's computer systems from Red Magic, the lab's proprietary operating system, to UNIX in an attempt to end the computer malfunctions. External communication is restored, and Nishinosono calls her butler, telling him to call the police.

Back to My Original Self! What Should I Do?
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7.61
23 votes

#5 - Back to My Original Self! What Should I Do?

Kiss Him, Not Me - Season 1 - Episode 5

The anime Mirage Saga is hosting a Valentine's event, and Kae decides to make a chocolate for Shun for the event. As Kae fusses over what chocolate to make in order to perfectly capture Shion's beauty, Nishina suggests Kae try making a 3-D chocolate sculpture. Kae agrees, and throws herself into making one, but is unable to improve in her ability to sculpt the chocolate at all. Nishina can't bear to see Kae saddened by her situation, so suggests Kae use the chocolate she made instead. What will Kae decide to do?

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And So Pinocchio Becomes Human
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7.58
12 votes

#6 - And So Pinocchio Becomes Human

Gunslinger Girl - Season 2 - Episode 13

The "Pinocchio Arc" comes to a conclusion. Franco and Franca decide to come to the aid of Cristiano and Pinocchio. Triela and Pinocchio battle it out with guns and knives while Hillshire looks for Cristiano. Pinocchio shoots Triela with her own pistol and Cristiano is shot and then captured by Jean and Rico. Franco and Franca arrive to rescue Cristiano and make their escape by car. They reach the roadblock and Angelica shoots Franca. They fail to negotiate a bend in the road and crash into the Mediterranean. Triela finds Pinocchio and her training allows her to finally defeat him. In the aftermath of the battle, they dredge the car from the sea, but no bodies are found. All of the cyborgs are congratulated by their handlers for jobs well-done. Back at the compound, the girls settle back into their daily routine.

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The Fighting Puppet
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7.42
12 votes

#7 - The Fighting Puppet

Gunslinger Girl - Season 2 - Episode 12

Back at the bridge, the fratelli are searching for Franco, Franca and Pinocchio. Henrietta discovers the three setting charges in the main support. She opens fire and a fire-fight ensues. They escape in a boat and Franco sets off the charges, though it is insufficient to drop the bridge. They return to the farm in Frascati and Triela returns to the house in Naples where she had her first fight with Pinocchio. Pinocchio goes to Cristiano’s house in Milan just prior to Section 2 launching their assault. They take out a gas station where some of Cristiano’s men are using as a guard house and then set up a road block to prevent anyone from escaping. In his house, Cristiano is planning his escape, but Section 2 arrives and launches their assault. Triela and Pinocchio face each other for the second time.

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Simulacra
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7.33
12 votes

#8 - Simulacra

Gunslinger Girl - Season 2 - Episode 3

Hilshire and Triela are ordered on a mission to relocate a member of the Public Safety Division who has gone missing in his search for a Padanian assassin named Pinocchio. While investigating at a hotel in Montalcino, Triela stumbles upon a book titled "Pinocchio" and begins reading it, later throwing it onto the ground for a lack of a better story. The next day, Triela ends up finding a girl named Aurora who happens to know Pinocchio. Unbeknown to Aurora, Triela slips a mic into her lunch basket. A moment later, Aurora sneaks into Pinocchio's house and is captured by him, Franco and Franca, who then hold her hostage. Triela and Hilshire break in and Triela fights Pinocchio but is outwitted and defeated by him. Although Aurora is saved thanks to Hilshire's effort to release her from Franca's grip, the terrorists are able to escape. Triela becomes humiliated after being beaten.

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Fly Me to the Moon
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7.33
73 votes

#9 - Fly Me to the Moon

Planetes - Season 1 - Episode 5

Fee, Hachimaki and Tanabe decide to go to the Moon for their holiday. But on the Lunar Ferry, a pickpocket steals Tanabe's wallet while Hachimaki makes his debut as an actor.

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Can She Do It? A Real-Life Otome Game
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7.32
47 votes

#10 - Can She Do It? A Real-Life Otome Game

Kiss Him, Not Me - Season 1 - Episode 1

"I love seeing guys get along more than anything!" Serinuma Kae is a second year high school student who's always entertaining such wild thoughts and pairing boys up everywhere. Everyday, she enjoys discussing her fujoshi flavored fantasies with her like-minded friend, A-chan. But one day, Kae's favorite anime character dies, and she suddenly loses a lot of weight in shock. She becomes a head turning beauty, and because of that, gets asked out on a date by four hot guys from her school.

Flowers of Goodwill
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7.27
11 votes

#11 - Flowers of Goodwill

Gunslinger Girl - Season 2 - Episode 10

Triela is still upset at her failure to defeat Pinocchio. Mario Bossi is testifying against the Mafia and Hillshire and Triela are sent to Naples to guard his teenage daughter, Maria Machiavelli. Maria chafes at the restrictions and tries to escape, being captured by Mafioso sent to capture her as leverage to prevent her father from testifying. Henrietta and Giuseppe rescue her, however. Triela undergoes Close Quarters Combat training at a Carabineri base. And a series of flashbacks also tells the story of how Hillshire and Rachelle Belleut met at Europol and while investigating a child torture/murder ring, rescued Triela at the cost of Rachelle’s life. It ends with Triela having one of her legs replaced and when she awakes, she notes that she dreamed of someone who was maybe her mother.

Budding Feelings
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7.25
12 votes

#12 - Budding Feelings

Gunslinger Girl - Season 2 - Episode 11

An assassin walks through a house, killing everyone he encounters. He calls Cristiano to report the successful completion of the job and he arrives to confirm it. As he leaves, Cristiano detects a false floor and in a room below they find a young boy - a boy who will become Pinocchio. Back in Frascati, Franco, Franca and Pinocchio rest and recuperate. Franca’s uncle calls, informing them that the police almost arrested him and will soon make a move to arrest Cristiano. They discuss plans to bomb the Strait of Messina Bridge. Section 2 is expecting them, however, and multiple fratelli are in position to guard the structure along with Army and Naval forces.

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Night of the Murder
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7.25
4 votes

#13 - Night of the Murder

Golgo 13 - Season 1 - Episode 34

A real-estate businessman, Johnson, discovers that a bet he lost years ago to Crump, another real-estate business man, was rigged and resulted in Crump becoming very rich and powerful. In a bid to exact revenge he hires Golgo 13 to kill Crump, who has a love of the theater, but not anyone else. As Crump is constantly surrounded by bodyguards, Duke has to use a specially made disposable gun and time the shooting with the sound effects of the play and hide the gun before anybody notices.

Transience and Reminiscence
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7.20
10 votes

#14 - Transience and Reminiscence

Gunslinger Girl - Season 2 - Episode 5

A month after Angelica's successful return, she seems to be doing well-- Marco, however, still has doubts, and is upset by the fact she is becoming more and more different from the old Angelica; Triela, on the other hand, remains deeply depressed after her failure in the fight against Pinocchio. Priscilla, feeling sorry for Angelica, offers her a ride back from the firing range on her Vespa, and the two become much closer, despite Angelica's continued memory loss. Meanwhile, Marco's ex-girlfriend, Patricia, is approached by a reporter named Leonardo Conti, who claims to know a shadowy truth about the Social Welfare Agency, and wants Patricia to help him investigate it. Driven by concern for Marco and a growing distrust for the Italian government, Patricia agrees, but Leonardo turns out to be a PRF undercover agent and takes Patricia hostage. After Angelica kills Leonardo, Patricia demands to know why he's aiding the government in its "crimes", to which Marco responds that he didn't end up that way because he wanted to-- suggesting that he's still driven by his love for Angelica.

Retirement of the Tibetan Terrier
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7.10
10 votes

#15 - Retirement of the Tibetan Terrier

Gunslinger Girl - Season 2 - Episode 6

Section Two is asked to watch over an important politician, Chairwoman Isabella d'Angelo, whose agency is in charge of the Strait of Messina Bridge project; meanwhile, the PRF send Nino, the "Tibetan Terrier", one of their best kidnappers, to seize her. Henrietta and Rico quarrel after the latter breaks Henrietta's kaleidoscope, and Giuseppe must take it to be repaired, which he does at the very antiques shop in which Nino works as cover. Henrietta and Giuseppe are then assigned to guard Chairwoman d'Angelo, who debates the morality of using children as soldiers with Lorenzo. Giuseppe discovers a PRF agent on the Chairwoman's staff, and uses his information to set a trap for Nino's men-- meanwhile, said PRF agents decide to charge in despite the advice of Nino, who is making up his mind to retire-- he does so at the end, bidding a fond farewell to Franca. Henrietta, Giuseppe, and Rico easily foil the PRF's kidnapping attempt, and the Chairwoman is saved.

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Caterina and the Circle of Revenge
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7.09
11 votes

#16 - Caterina and the Circle of Revenge

Gunslinger Girl - Season 2 - Episode 7

Flashbacks reveal that Franca (whose given name was Caterina) was the person who introduced Priscilla to Marco when they were both going to the University of Rome. She, Franco and Pinocchio are hiding out and recovering at her farm in Frascati after the escape from Section 2. Additional flashbacks reveal how, after her father dies in prison, Franca seeks out the bomber Franco to get revenge on the national government. Driving back from a meeting with her uncle, Franca stops to assist some stranded motorists, who instead turn out to be Section 1 agents. Franco and Pinocchio rescue her, killing all the agents in the process, and take her to a nearby hotel to recuperate. Section 2 arrives and sets off an anti-personnel mine left under one of the agent’s bodies, but Henrietta’s quick actions save everyone from fatal injury.

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Clever Snake, Simple Pigeon
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7.09
11 votes

#17 - Clever Snake, Simple Pigeon

Gunslinger Girl - Season 2 - Episode 9

Giuseppe reunites with an old friend from the Italian military, with whom he reminisces on the past, and especially his sister Enrica, until a PRF terrorist detonates a bomb near their restaurant. After his capture by Beatrice and interrogation by Rico reveals a large supply of plastic explosive, supplied to the PRF through the military, Section Two is tasked with finding out the identity of the traitor. The trail eventually leads to Giuseppe's old acquaintance, who is killed in a raid by the Fratello, badly upsetting Giuseppe, and his superior, Colonel Garnier. Meanwhile, Henrietta is troubled both over feelings that she is being overly selfish with Giuseppe and his general depression. She and Rico assassinate the Colonel and his second-in-command at a performance of Tosca, and Giuseppe reaffirms his affection for Henrietta, gently pinching her on the cheek as he used to do with his sister.

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Goldilocks
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7.03
39 votes

#18 - Goldilocks

Needless - Season 1 - Episode 6

Eve manages to escape from the Simeon Girl's Force to the nearby 'Governor's Mansion', a pre-war building protected by an advanced security system called Goldilocks. Meanwhile, the rest of the group, now accompanied by Disk decide to regroup at the church.

Angelica's Return
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7.00
10 votes

#19 - Angelica's Return

Gunslinger Girl - Season 2 - Episode 4

Angelica is allowed to go on her first field mission since her earlier hospitalization (see Gunslinger Girl, episode 13). Together with Marco, her fratello, and Rico and Jean they head for Milan to get more information on the activities of the PRF and Pinocchio in particular. Olga and Priscilla have also headed to Milan to check up on how Angelica is doing and Marco drafts them into helping with the mission at hand. Trouble arises, when it appears that Angelica is suffering from an addiction to her conditioning pills, as she breaks Priscilla's arm due to the withdrawal symptoms she's suffering from. Priscilla manages to convince Marco not to tell Jean about what has occurred, and to let Angelica continue with the mission. Marco relents, and the team ends up capturing one of the Cleaners used by the PRF after a successful ambush by Angelica, Marco, and Rico. Angelica is initially disappointed in herself for failing to kill any of the terrorists (thanks to their bulletproof car), but Marco praises her for carrying out the mission correctly, thus making her rather giddy with joy as she and Rico talk about what just occurred.

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A Day in the Life of Claes
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7.00
11 votes

#20 - A Day in the Life of Claes

Gunslinger Girl - Season 2 - Episode 8

Claes has dreams of her time with Raballo, but can't seem to remember who he is, which distresses her. However, she keeps her emotional distress to herself, and continues to follow her daily routine of study, piano and gardening, as well as being examined by Section Two's science team. Jean, concerned about how much Claes recalls, has her watch a nature video that recalls the fishing trips she and her handler would take; this serves as something of a trigger for Claes, who goes wandering through the firing range, and seems to remember Raballo's name. At the end of the episode, she and a new cyborg, Beatrice, find a meteorite in Claes' herb garden, and the song Scarborough Fair is played as she reminisces over what she can remember of her mentor.

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White Lovers
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7.00
5 votes

#21 - White Lovers

Step Up Love Story - Season 1 - Episode 3

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Dragoon Storm
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6.92
40 votes

#22 - Dragoon Storm

Beyblade - Season 1 - Episode 6

The final battle of the semifinals is Tyson versus Ray, an undefeated Blader. Kenny is working on something, and is not there for the first round. Tyson and Ray clash, but Ray easily beats Tyson with his stronger Bit Beast, Driger and his Tiger Claw attack, destroying Tyson's Bey. Kenny shows up before he forfeits, and Tyson's Bey is fixed with a new Defense Ring Kenny was working on. The second round is ferocious, but Tyson's Defense Ring pulls through, despite not being built for attacking. Ray forfeits the third match, saying he has nothing left to prove, and joins the team. The finals are decided, Tyson versus Kai.

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Pinocchio
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6.82
11 votes

#23 - Pinocchio

Gunslinger Girl - Season 2 - Episode 2

In a flashback, Pinocchio, a young child, commits his first murder under the auspices of his foster father Cristiano. In the present, he finishes an assassination for the Padania Republic Faction (PRF). The leaders of the PRF, including Cristiano, meet to plan a bombing on the Strait of Messina Bridge, and they enlist the aid of Franco and Franca, a pair of terrorist bombers, to destroy the bridge, with Pinocchio assisting them. Franca is surprised at Pinocchio's social awkwardness, especially when he fails to identify that her car is a Alfa Romeo Giulietta. Afterwards, Pinocchio tells Aurora, a girl living near him, to stay away from him. At the Section 2 headquarters, Hilshire and Marco observe Angelica, Marco's partner, and Rico, as Hilshire prepares to leave on a mission with Triela in Montalcino.

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Kiss Him, Not Me
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6.82
22 votes

#24 - Kiss Him, Not Me

Kiss Him, Not Me - Season 1 - Episode 12

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Casting
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6.67
3 votes

#25 - Casting

Golgo 13 - Season 1 - Episode 29

A movie director is hired to film Golgo 13 in action in a bid to expose him to the public and thus end his career. He uses un unknown actress whose life story is similar to the scripted events as a way of appearing genuine to hire the hit-man. During the job Duke notices an inconsistency and realizes what is happening and he sets about cleaning up the mess.

Rockford's Ambition
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6.50
2 votes

#26 - Rockford's Ambition

Golgo 13 - Season 1 - Episode 44

David Rockford, the most powerful and influential man in the world, attempts to hire Golgo 13 on a permanent basis but is refused. Using his vast wealth and connections he has Golgo's secret bank accounts and cards frozen. Golgo finds out about a man named Ou Kyouson, the leader of a group of Chinese ex-pats in Taiwan who have an extensive intelligence network who can find Rockford. Ou Kyouson hires Golgo 13 to kill Rockford as the ex-pats are being squeezed by Rockford for their resources. Rockford flees to his villa in Switzerland and calls the US president. In return for ensuring his rigged re-election the president calls Golgo 13 and warns him to leave Switzerland or face every law enforcement agency in the world. Golgo shoots Rockford from a boat outside the Swiss border.

The Distance Between Two People - Brothers and Sisters
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6.45
11 votes

#27 - The Distance Between Two People - Brothers and Sisters

Gunslinger Girl - Season 2 - Episode 1

While preparing to return to Italy, Jose and Hilshire go to an antique store in France to pick gifts for their partners, Henrietta and Triela. On the train home, Jose has a flashback to when he was assigned to the Balkans and had to leave his younger sister, Enrica, with his older brother, Jean. Back in Italy, Jose and Henrietta join Jean and his partner Rico, as well as Hilshire and Triela, as they chase a group of bombers after they conduct an attack. With aid from all parties, the bombers are captured. Later at the headquarters, Henrietta goes to Jose's room, and finds inside a kaleidoscope addressed to a "Louise Antoinette Rolle," whom Henrietta suspects is Giuseppe's lover. Heartbroken, Henrietta returns to her room, and voices this suspicion to her roommates, Claes and Triela. Claes recalls that the woman in question is the mistress of a nineteenth century author who commonly used the character "Henrietta" in his novels. Pleased, Henrietta joins Jose stargazing, while Claes remarks that the kaleidoscope is likely fake.

Olympia Challenge
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6.29
7 votes

#28 - Olympia Challenge

Beyblade - Season 1 - Episode 38

The Bladebreakers have made themselves at home at Robert's mansion, refusing to leave unless the Europeans agree to a final Beybattle. To teach his guests a lesson, Robert agrees to a match at his new stadium. But there's one condition: If the Bladebreakers lose, they have to forfeit their berth at the world Championship. Ray and Oliver battle fiercely and the first round ends in a tie. Johnny and Kai, bitter rivals, step to the bowl. But can Kai get revenge for his previous loss? Or will he once again fall at the hands of Johnny?

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Yura In Costume
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6.25
4 votes

#29 - Yura In Costume

Step Up Love Story - Season 1 - Episode 4