The BEST episodes directed by Hiroshi Nishikiori

School Trip
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8.74
74 votes

#1 - School Trip

Azumanga Daioh - Season 1 - Episode 21

101 - Anticipation The class is going on a trip to Okinawa, and everyone's excited, especially Chiyo! 102 - I Just Couldn't The girls take in the sights on Okinawa, then head to the hotel buffet to chow down on some champloo(pl.). 103 - Watery Grave Yukari and the girls go scuba diving together. 104 - Island of Dreams The girls head to Iriomote Island, home of the famous iriomote wild cats... 105 - Mountain Cat Sakaki finally gets the cat she's always wanted... The question is, will she be able to say "goodbye?"

Dear My Friends
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8.72
136 votes

#2 - Dear My Friends

A Certain Scientific Railgun - Season 1 - Episode 24

Misaka and her friends reach the facility where the children are being held, but Therestina uses Capacity Down to take the Espers out of the fight. With everything on the line, it’s up to Saten to save the day.

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Chiyo-chan's Birthday
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8.72
78 votes

#3 - Chiyo-chan's Birthday

Azumanga Daioh - Season 1 - Episode 9

41 - If I Can't Pet One... When Kaorin shows off pictures of her cats at school, Sakaki gets an idea. 42 - 11 Years Old Chiyo announces that she will soon be turning eleven. 43 - Mr. Kitty Cat With Chiyo's birthday coming up, Sakaki searches for the perfect gift. 44 - Premise The girls gather at Chiyo's house for a birthday party. 45 - Why? After the party, the girls go for a walk together.

Route Disturb (Pursuit Inhibited)
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8.68
126 votes

#4 - Route Disturb (Pursuit Inhibited)

A Certain Magical Index - Season 2 - Episode 9

As Toma and his group try to track down Oriana, they discover that a “Shorthand”—a specialized spell that operates on its own once being cast—is shorting out their magic. But before they can deactivate it, an incident happens at the middle school.

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Academy City
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8.58
131 votes

#5 - Academy City

A Certain Scientific Railgun - Season 1 - Episode 16

Konori’s past with Big Spider is revealed. In the present, she finds herself torn. Can she honor her responsibilities as a Judgment officer while somehow remaining loyal to Kurozuma?

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Level 6
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8.57
130 votes

#6 - Level 6

A Certain Scientific Railgun - Season 1 - Episode 22

The past comes into focus as Haru'ue and Edasaki’s connection to a common Child Error facility is revealed. Later, Misaka sets out to find Kiyama after learning that the rogue scientist is out on bail and working with the Frog Doctor.

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What Is It You See In Your Eyes Right Now?
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8.55
129 votes

#7 - What Is It You See In Your Eyes Right Now?

A Certain Scientific Railgun - Season 1 - Episode 23

Therestina reveals new information about her real identity and her master plan. Meanwhile, Kuroko and the gang vow to fight alongside Misaka in order to save the children jeopardized by Therestina’s activities.

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Voices
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8.54
130 votes

#8 - Voices

A Certain Scientific Railgun - Season 1 - Episode 21

Kuroko suspects Haru'ue has something to do with the recent poltergeisting events, and it’s causing tension between her and Uiharu. Later, Haru'ue reveals a hidden part of her past.

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Move Point (Coordinate Relocation)
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8.51
130 votes

#9 - Move Point (Coordinate Relocation)

A Certain Magical Index - Season 2 - Episode 7

Mikoto’s clones use their telepathic network to enlist Misaka 10032 to aid them in stopping Musujime from rebuilding the Tree Diagram in an effort to find out why humans are the only beings with esper powers.

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Tsuzuri's Summer Vacation
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8.47
133 votes

#10 - Tsuzuri's Summer Vacation

A Certain Scientific Railgun - Season 1 - Episode 17

After Komoe and Yomikawa encourage her to get a hobby, Tesso rediscovers an old school arcade game she loved as a child and forms an unlikely bond with a fellow fan.

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Serial Number (Specimen Number)
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8.47
182 votes

#11 - Serial Number (Specimen Number)

A Certain Magical Index - Season 2 - Episode 18

Laura is confronted with a confidential memo during her bath time, Toma buys Mikasa 10032 a piece of jewelry, and many old enemies come together in the search for Last Order.

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Midsummer Festival
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8.45
128 votes

#12 - Midsummer Festival

A Certain Scientific Railgun - Season 1 - Episode 19

The midsummer festival arrives, and students are preparing to show off their school for friends and family. Misaka’s scheduled to perform a violin solo for the festivities - if her nerves don’t get the best of her!

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Testament (Learning Device)
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8.41
151 votes

#13 - Testament (Learning Device)

A Certain Magical Index - Season 2 - Episode 21

When Accelerator deduces who is pulling all the strings in Academy City, no person—or building—is safe from his rage. Meanwhile, Toma goes on a mad dash through the city looking for Last Order, but what he finds is an angel.

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Poltergeist
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8.41
131 votes

#14 - Poltergeist

A Certain Scientific Railgun - Season 1 - Episode 20

The gang discovers that the recent wave of earthquakes is connected to a phenomenon called poltergeisting - and there’s a chance Uiharu’s new roomie might be somehow be involved.

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The Divine Retribution Spell
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8.40
126 votes

#15 - The Divine Retribution Spell

A Certain Magical Index - Season 2 - Episode 22

In order to save Last Order, will Accelerator sacrifice himself? Vento’s past is revealed, Toma delivers a very Toma speech, and Index sings a song as the battle rages on in Academy City.

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Accelerator (One Way)
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8.40
207 votes

#16 - Accelerator (One Way)

A Certain Magical Index - Season 1 - Episode 13

During a trip the bathhouse, Komoe offers insight on the awakening of esper powers to Index and Himegami. Later, Mikoto is skeptical when Kamijo volunteers to take on Accelerator in battle.

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The Daihasei Festival
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8.39
130 votes

#17 - The Daihasei Festival

A Certain Magical Index - Season 2 - Episode 8

It’s the Daihasei Festival, and everyone’s parents are in town! As Toma and Mikoto compete against each other in various events, a Roman Orthodox magician and her assistant negotiate to purchase a powerful relic from the English Puritan Church.

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Weakest vs. Strongest (Strongest vs. Weakest)
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8.39
235 votes

#18 - Weakest vs. Strongest (Strongest vs. Weakest)

A Certain Magical Index - Season 1 - Episode 14

Kamijo fights Accelerator to gain a better life for Mikoto and her clones. When the battle ends, Misaka 10032 visits Kamijo in the hospital to discuss the steps that must be taken for the clones to adapt to life in Academy City.

Imaginary Number School District - Five-Element Agency
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8.38
167 votes

#19 - Imaginary Number School District - Five-Element Agency

A Certain Magical Index - Season 1 - Episode 24

Kamijo, Index and Kazakiri join forces to take on Ellis. When the battle ends, and with the support of Index, Kazakiri returns to the place of her origin. Later, Tsuchimikado ponders Aleister’s role in recent events.

City of Water
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8.38
120 votes

#20 - City of Water

A Certain Magical Index - Season 2 - Episode 14

After winning a trip to Italy, Toma and Index run across a few old acquaintances. But wherever these two go, disaster is sure to follow—this time in the form of assassins!

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Skill Out
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8.38
161 votes

#21 - Skill Out

A Certain Scientific Railgun - Season 1 - Episode 15

Misaka and Kuroko investigate a gang called Skill Out. The group is known to be attacking Espers all over Academy City - but in some instances, a mysterious man arrives just in time to stop the confrontation.

Imagine Breaker
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8.37
220 votes

#22 - Imagine Breaker

A Certain Magical Index - Season 1 - Episode 6

Kamijo succeeds in eliminating the magical threat to Index’s life. Unfortunately, his memory is erased in the process! Later, Stiyl’s boss orders him to work with Kamijo. Their assignment: Find “Deep Blood.”

Entrance Exams Study Camp!
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8.37
73 votes

#23 - Entrance Exams Study Camp!

Azumanga Daioh - Season 1 - Episode 22

106 - It's Nice Osaka admires Kagura's summer tan. Also, the girls plan another trip to Chiyo's beach house. Plus, Sakaki and Kaorin risk death as the Yukari-mobile returns! 107 - Tricked The girls have some fun on the beach before getting down to studying. 108 - Miss Kurosawa Night falls, and the girls hit the books, sort of. Plus, Nyamo faces her bete noire, much to Yukari's delight. 109 - An Attempt Kaorin tries to capture the elusive Sakaki-chan on camera. Plus, Osaka wakes Yukari. 110 - It's Not Over Yet School is back in session. The girls' minds? Not so much.

Shorthand (Stenographic Sourebook)
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8.35
153 votes

#24 - Shorthand (Stenographic Sourebook)

A Certain Magical Index - Season 2 - Episode 10

With the Shorthand cancelled, Stiyl uses his magic to locate Oriana, causing a fight to erupt. In London, Laura learns that Oriana’s deal might not be for the Stab Sword, but for something else entirely.

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Remnant (Wreckage)
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8.35
130 votes

#25 - Remnant (Wreckage)

A Certain Magical Index - Season 2 - Episode 6

A high-tech suitcase is stolen from couriers, and Kuroko is on the job! But the contents of the package may prove to be more dangerous than any robbers or petty crooks. Also, what is up with all the strange weather in Academy City?

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Third Year
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8.35
72 votes

#26 - Third Year

Azumanga Daioh - Season 1 - Episode 20

96 - Separation The girls move on to their third year of high school. However, not all the girls are present and accounted for. 97 - Yukari's Birthday When Nyamo's class gets her a birthday gift, Yukari gets insane with jealousy. 98 - Flap Your Wings, Chiyo The girls discuss their future plans. 99 - Child President Chiyo wants to study abroad after she graduates. Of course, the others have something to say about that. 100 - Please Be Strong Kaorin has ended up in Kimura's class, and now she's hating life.

Game Master and Satan Slave
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8.32
109 votes

#27 - Game Master and Satan Slave

Trinity Seven - Season 1 - Episode 10

The ultimate demon lord, Astral Trinity, shows up in the form of Arata with a grotesque new appearance. Hijiri appears as well, and the others discover that she is a high-level mage whose goal is to kill Arata and destroy the school.

Deep Blood (Vampire Killer)
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8.31
216 votes

#28 - Deep Blood (Vampire Killer)

A Certain Magical Index - Season 1 - Episode 9

Aureolus finds his plan to turn Index into a vampire thwarted and learns that Kamijo has already saved Index’s memory. Overwhelmed by anger and jealousy, the alchemist attacks Kamijo in a fit of murderous rage.

Mikoto Misaka (Sissy)
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8.29
155 votes

#29 - Mikoto Misaka (Sissy)

A Certain Magical Index - Season 1 - Episode 10

Kamijo senses something odd about the relationship shared by Mikoto and Misaka, who appears to be Mikoto’s twin. Later, after a friendly meeting with Kamijo, Misaka has a much more intense encounter with Accelerator.

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The Last Day (August 31)
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8.27
168 votes

#30 - The Last Day (August 31)

A Certain Magical Index - Season 2 - Episode 1

As summer ends, Toma desperately tries to catch up on homework—but that’s totally out of the question once a magician named Yamisaka kidnaps Index. As Toma tries to rescue his friend, he finds there may be more to her captor’s motives than just malice.

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Level 6 (Absolute Ability)
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8.27
206 votes

#31 - Level 6 (Absolute Ability)

A Certain Magical Index - Season 1 - Episode 12

Kamijo learns that thousands of Mikoto clones were created for one simple, violent reason. Now that her look-alikes are dying off, the real Mikoto vows to save the rest of her doppelgangers by making the ultimate sacrifice.

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Asunaro Park
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8.23
129 votes

#32 - Asunaro Park

A Certain Scientific Railgun - Season 1 - Episode 18

Misaka and the girls decide to play matchmaker with their dorm’s Head Resident and Daigo, Uiharu and Saten's teacher. Things look to be working out - until Daigo brings up the subject of marriage.

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Stab Sword
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8.23
154 votes

#33 - Stab Sword

A Certain Magical Index - Season 2 - Episode 11

Tsuchimikado’s location spell backfires and leads Oriana straight to him, resulting an epic showdown. But he’s not the only one exposed to Oriana’s magic: Himegami feels the force of the spell caster’s power, and may not survive.

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Queen's Fleet
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8.22
150 votes

#34 - Queen's Fleet

A Certain Magical Index - Season 2 - Episode 15

Agnese makes a deal with Toma and Orsola that guarantees their safe escape from the Roman Orthodox ship—so long as they take Sisters Angelene and Lucia with them. As they search for the nuns, they uncover more about the ship’s terrible true purpose.

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Croce di Pietro (Apostolic Cross)
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8.22
150 votes

#35 - Croce di Pietro (Apostolic Cross)

A Certain Magical Index - Season 2 - Episode 13

As Toma and the others come close to beating Oriana, the motivations behind her actions are finally revealed. But taking out Oriana might not be enough to stop her plot from reaching a catastrophic completion!

Kagura and Sakaki
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8.20
79 votes

#36 - Kagura and Sakaki

Azumanga Daioh - Season 1 - Episode 11

51 - Cosmopolitan City Kagura tries to converse with a foreigner using English. Plus, "what does IT stand for?" 52 - Showdown Kagura challenges Sakaki to a series of contests. 53 - You Didn't Have To Hit Him The girls get their measurements taken. Plus, Kamineko attacks! 54 - Covered in Cats Sakaki takes time out to fantasize, then goes in search of an alley where wild cats meet. 55 - Don't Run Away Kagura tries to help Sakaki by scaring away the cats that could bite her... much to Sakaki's dismay.

Challenge
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8.20
5 votes

#37 - Challenge

Jyu-Oh-Sei - Season 1 - Episode 4

Thor asks Third to take him and Tiz to see Colin. There he figures out who could be the responsible for their parents's death, and has a shocking revelation about his future.

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Penalty Game
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8.20
155 votes

#38 - Penalty Game

A Certain Magical Index - Season 2 - Episode 17

Mikoto convinces Toma to sign up for a couples cell phone contract with her so she can get an adorable promotional item—but how far are the two willing to take the ruse before they get, well, maybe a little too close.

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The Book of Law
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8.19
158 votes

#39 - The Book of Law

A Certain Magical Index - Season 2 - Episode 2

The Book of Law is an encrypted grimoire that only one nun has the skills to decipher—and it’s gone missing! If its magic is ever used, it will bring about all sorts of ruin. Now, the church just has to keep the gifted nun safe. How hard can that be?

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Lotus Wand
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8.19
159 votes

#40 - Lotus Wand

A Certain Magical Index - Season 2 - Episode 5

The Roman Orthodox nuns continue their attack as Orsola risks everything to have Index decipher the Book of Law. The infamous grimoire could help them finally defeat their enemies—but that’s only if it works like it's supposed to.

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Prewar
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8.19
154 votes

#41 - Prewar

A Certain Magical Index - Season 2 - Episode 23

Accelerator is injured, but even in that state he’s approached by a city-employed organization that wants to recruit him. As rumors of an impending war spread throughout Academy City, the students in Toma’s class decide to throw a party.

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Perfect Memory Ability
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8.18
278 votes

#42 - Perfect Memory Ability

A Certain Magical Index - Season 1 - Episode 4

Kaori Kanzaki confronts Kamijo, demanding that he hand over Index. Kamijo is wounded in the ensuing scuffle – and when he wakes up a few days later, Index offers to take drastic measures to protect him from further harm.

Dream World and Sub-Administer
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8.18
122 votes

#43 - Dream World and Sub-Administer

Trinity Seven - Season 1 - Episode 5

Arata wakes up to Yui and Arin sleeping beside him naked before Lilith comes to his room to wake him up. During physical exercises class, Yui and Arin cling to Arata while he watches the girls doing exercise. Mira and Akio appear, and Mira issues a warning to Yui stating that if she loses control again, Mira will have to take her out. Serina shows up, getting the impression all four of them are fighting over Arata. Lilith and Levi appear, Lilith assuring Arata the girls aren't fighting over him, while Levi gets excited to fight against Akio. Everyone excluding Mira and Lilith activates their Magus Mode, but the fight is cut short as Yui uses her magic and transports everyone to her dream world. Before leaving the dream world, Arata tells Yui he will be her friend, which in turns makes her very happy. Later, Akio and Mira talk about all the breakdown phenomena happening recently.

The Researcher (Amata Kihara)
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8.18
150 votes

#44 - The Researcher (Amata Kihara)

A Certain Magical Index - Season 2 - Episode 19

Accelerator attempts to make amends for his past by doing a few good deeds, but ends up attacked by a group led by someone from his past. Meanwhile, Toma discovers strange goings-ons in the police force and overhears talk of an intruder in Academy City.

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Lost Technica and Problem Solving
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8.18
114 votes

#45 - Lost Technica and Problem Solving

Trinity Seven - Season 1 - Episode 7

The headmaster's grimoire, Solomon's Gate, has activated. Even high level mages go crazy if they stare at it too long. Liese escapes battle with the headmaster, and attacks Arata and the others, where she uses her ultimate secret technique, Final Crest. And then, the school in the West falls when Liese freezes time...

Skill Out (Armed Gang)
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8.17
151 votes

#46 - Skill Out (Armed Gang)

A Certain Magical Index - Season 2 - Episode 24

GROUP continues to order Accelerator around by giving him an assignment to kill Misuzu—which leads to Accelerator protecting the woman just to spite the organization when Skill Out attacks.

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Limit (12 o'clock)
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8.17
219 votes

#47 - Limit (12 o'clock)

A Certain Magical Index - Season 1 - Episode 5

When Kamijo springs into action to prevent Kanzaki and Stiyl from erasing Index’s memory, he learns there’s a chance that the Church was lying about the threat to Index’s life all along!

Belvedere (The Observatory)
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8.16
152 votes

#48 - Belvedere (The Observatory)

A Certain Magical Index - Season 2 - Episode 12

Toma and Tsuchimikado investigate the history of a sacred artifact as they try to figure out what Oriana’s plan is. When they discover they have only until nightfall to stop her from enacting an evil plot, the battle for the future of Academy City begins!

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Hound Dog (Hound Squad)
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8.16
148 votes

#49 - Hound Dog (Hound Squad)

A Certain Magical Index - Season 2 - Episode 20

Accelerator manages to escape from Kihara, taking Index with him. Elsewhere, Toma and Last Order are on the run from Hound Dog—but the real threat to their lives may come from Vento.

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Administer and Third Selection
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8.16
139 votes

#50 - Administer and Third Selection

Trinity Seven - Season 1 - Episode 1

After Lilith's arrival, Arata discovers that his normal, peaceful life had actually ended three days ago with the Black Sun gravitational phenomenon. He also learns that his current world was created by the grimoire that Hijiri gave him before disappearing, therefore granting his wish. After discovering that Hijiri is alive, Arata decides to become a mage in hopes of saving her. After he enters into the Royal Biblia Academy, he discovers that only those of Demon Lord class mages are able to create worlds. He also found out that in order to save Hijiri, he will need the help of the Trinity Seven.