The Best Episodes Directed by Hiroyuki Tanaka

Midnight Sun

#1 - Midnight Sun

Attack on Titan Season 3 - Episode 18

While picking up the pieces from the costly battle, tensions rise when deciding which of the wounded Scouts gets to use the single syringe of serum.

star 8.83
746 votes
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#2 - Warrior

Attack on Titan Season 2 - Episode 6

Following the battle, the Scouts regroup atop the wall only to find more questions than answers.

star 8.67
1385 votes
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Crushing Blow: The 57th Exterior Scouting Mission, Part 5

#3 - Crushing Blow: The 57th Exterior Scouting Mission, Part 5

Attack on Titan Season 1 - Episode 21

After a last act of desperation, the person inside the Female Titan has escaped from the Recon Corps and reverted to their human form. Now, disguised as a member of the Recon Corps and equipped with Maneuver Gear, they finally catch up to their prey — Levi's squad.

star 8.59
1684 votes
The Town Where Everything Began

#4 - The Town Where Everything Began

Attack on Titan Season 3 - Episode 13

The operation to retake Wall Maria commences in Shiganshina, the town where everything began. But when the Scouts arrive, something seems very wrong.

star 8.56
735 votes
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#5 - Awakening

Claymore Season 1 - Episode 8

Continuing where the battle left off, Teresa of the Faint Smile will now have to face the Numbers 2-5 Claymores, who have released their full power. Knowing that she has never need to release her power, how will Teresa fair against these tough opponents? Overcome by her emotions, Priscilla surpasses the limit and becomes what is known by an "Awakened One".

star 8.46
322 votes
For Whose Sake

#6 - For Whose Sake

Claymore Season 1 - Episode 25

In the middle of an active volcano, Clare and Priscilla are finally going to face-off and even in her partially Awakened form Clare is still not any closer to being a match for former no.2 Priscilla. For whose sake is Clare willing to risk her life for? Just when Priscilla was about to finish things Miria, Helen and Deneve arrive just in the nick of time, although what can they do against this formidable foe, who hasn't even shown her latent power.

star 8.46
285 votes
Survival of the Fittest

#7 - Survival of the Fittest

Guilty Crown Season 1 - Episode 2

After destroying several GHQ Endlaves, Shu, Inori and the Undertakers are forced to retreat when an advanced Endlave joins the battle ridden by 2nd Lieutenant Daryl "Kill 'Em All" Yan, a narcissist officer who hates being touch on the grounds people are infected. After regrouping with the others, Gai congratulates his hacker Tsugumi and Endlave pilot Ayase Shinomiya but scolds Inori as he wanted the power of the Void Genome but instead was given to Shu. Never the less, Gai still wants the "Power of Kings" and asks Shu for help. When Guin holds a group of innocent civilians hostage where Daryl and several soldiers execute some of them and orders the Undertakers to surrender themselves, the Undertakers trick Daryl to drive his Endlave away from Guin's command center where the Undertakers have a stand off with Guin's men. Using the stand off as a diversion, Shu heads to the truck that holds Daryl's cockpit where Shu pulls out Daryl's Void, a weapon called Kaleidoscope. When Guin fires his laser weapons at Gai, Shu uses Kaleidoscope to shield Gai and deflects the lasers back at Guin and his men, killing them. Despite seeing the atrocities the GHQ does and what the Undertakers are fighting for, Shu declines to join them as he feels he is no hero. But the next day to his surprise, Inori has transferred to his school.

star 8.46
228 votes
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#8 - Charge

Attack on Titan Season 2 - Episode 11

The pursuit begins as the Recon Corps battles their way to Eren. But as the Scouts start to take numerous casualties, Erwin executes a risky strategy.

star 8.42
1157 votes
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#9 - Convergence

Guilty Crown Season 1 - Episode 22

After Mana is completely resurrected, Mana greets Shu but is shunned by him after she speaks ill of Inori, much to her anger. Gai draws out Mana's Void to fight Shu while she triggers the Fourth Apocalypse, spreading the Apocalypse virus throughout the entire world. Haruka confronts Shuichiro who commits suicide by injecting the virus into himself. Meanwhile the Undertakers fight a group of Endlaves led by Daryl, who believes he changed because of them and wants to go back to his old self. Tsugumi finds that her attempts to hack the GHQ system are being repelled by another hacker as skilled as her. Shibungi figures that the hacker is actually Kenji and after tracking his location, he kills him, allowing Tsugumi to operate freely and help Ayase defeat Daryl. Just when Shu is about to be killed by Gai, Shu is seeing a flower while hearing the Voice of Inori.

star 8.40
148 votes
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The Witch's Maw (3)

#10 - The Witch's Maw (3)

Claymore Season 1 - Episode 17

Following the events of the previous episode, Clare has managed to make it to Jeane, in order to rescue her, nevertheless she is too late. Galatea continues her battle with the newly motivated Duff which is becoming more difficult for her than she originally thought. How will it turn out for the three warriors, in this dire situation?

star 8.39
230 votes

#11 - Retraction

Guilty Crown Season 1 - Episode 10

Since his failure to save Jun, Shu is suffering traumatic memories of the Apocalypse Virus and hallucinating seeing people being infected which cost the Undertakers a mission to stop a convoy. Unwilling to join them anymore, Gai kicks Shu out the Undertakers. Retuning home, Shu finds Inori leaving but not before giving him her new song but he slaps it after getting another panic attack. Depressed, at school Shu ask Hare if he can be close to her but she slaps him as she isn't his replacement for Inori and he isn't the Shu that she loves and knows. Meanwhile, Major General Yan has put Shuichiro under house arrest for stealing the Apocalypse Virus meteorite and plans to have it transported overseas which Gai and Undertakers plan to attack the plane transporting the cargo and retrieve it. However, unknown to both the GHQ and the Undertakers, Seiga and the Anti Bodies have other plans and start vaccinating themselves. As Gai and his team get inside the transport plane, they find it empty and realize too late it is a trap. Seiga activates a genetic resonance broadcast at Tokyo Tower which causes the meteorite to spread the virus all over Tokyo and causing chaos. With both the GHQ and the Undertakers in disarray due to the virus, the Anti Bodies attack both of them and rescue Shuichiro from his confinement which Shuichiro watches the chaos from GHQ Headquarters and declares he will finish what he started 10 years ago.

star 8.34
158 votes
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Hellsing VI

#12 - Hellsing VI

Hellsing Ultimate Season 1 - Episode 6

As the battle commences, back at the Vatican Enrico Maxwell, the head of Section XIII Iscariot is given a major promotion, and with it he begins to mobilize the Vatican's fighters. Meanwhile, in the heart of London, while Integra is busy convincing the Iscariot members to escort her home, the Hellsing Mansion is under siege by Zorin Blitz and her forces. The only line of defense against this assault are Captain Bernadotte, his Wild Geese, and Seras. As the battle rages on, they must deal with the resilient vampire Nazi forces, as well as Zorin's mysterious power of illusion that almost destroys the Geese from within. The quick thinking of Seras frees them from Zorin's grip, but the battle is not over. After an attempted stolen kiss, the group splits up, Seras in one direction and the Geese in another, but not before promising each other they'll come out of this alive. OVA 6 features a drama CD of Crossfire.

star 8.33
138 votes

#13 - Wish

Attack on Titan Season 3 - Episode 7

As battle breaks out, Historia makes a shocking decision which leads to catastrophe.

star 8.33
701 votes
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Mercy: Assault on Stohess, Part 2

#14 - Mercy: Assault on Stohess, Part 2

Attack on Titan Season 1 - Episode 24

With the identity of the Female Titan now revealed, Eren has reservations about fighting her. Mikasa, Armin, and the rest of the Recon Corps try to fight the Female Titan, hoping to distract her long enough to buy Eren time to come to terms with his feelings.

star 8.33
1629 votes
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Beast Titan

#15 - Beast Titan

Attack on Titan Season 2 - Episode 1

Coupled with the military's cover-up of a previous incident, the shocking discovery inside the Walls causes a stir. Elsewhere, while the new Scout recruits are held for observation, a surprising threat appears.

star 8.30
1768 votes
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Those Who Rend Asunder (3)

#16 - Those Who Rend Asunder (3)

Claymore Season 1 - Episode 11

By working together, Miria and Clare were able to defeat the Male Awakened One, which surprised the handler observing the battle but the team are left with injuries all over the place. In the meantime while they recover from their injuries, they begin talking about their past and it seems like they all have something in common that led to them being teamed up together. It is revealed that they have all experienced the Awakening process in the past.

star 8.29
352 votes
Invasion of Pieta (1)

#17 - Invasion of Pieta (1)

Claymore Season 1 - Episode 21

Having just heard the news of what happened in the City of Pieta, Isley has ordered his entire army of 27 Awakened beings to annihilate the Claymores located there. With the probability of this mission ending in success zero, no matter the odds the teams of Claymores are still determined to carve out their path of survival. Meanwhile Raki is heading towards Pieta with Isley and Priscilla when he later discovers something shocking.

star 8.28
255 votes
To You, in 2000 Years: The Fall of Shiganshina, Part 1

#18 - To You, in 2000 Years: The Fall of Shiganshina, Part 1

Attack on Titan Season 1 - Episode 1

After one hundred years of peace, humanity is suddenly reminded of the terror of being at the Titans' mercy.

star 8.25
2861 votes
The Endless Gravestones (2)

#19 - The Endless Gravestones (2)

Claymore Season 1 - Episode 13

Clare has separated from Raki in order to save him from the merciless Ophelia, who is currently pursuing Clare. It doesn't take long for Ophelia to catch up with Clare, where she is forced to fight for her life. With Clare putting up a good fight, Ophelia gets excited and decides to reveal the secret behind the name she gave herself "Ophelia of the Ripples". Clare is now in a dire situation, yet there was no chance of winning to begin with, when suddenly a familiar face appears from the shadows.

star 8.25
259 votes
To the Successors

#20 - To the Successors

Claymore Season 1 - Episode 26

The battle between the two awesome powers Clare and Priscilla reaches its climax as Clare somehow manages to gather the strength and determination to go on. Raki and Jeane have also arrived to witness the bloodbath, that is about to begin, yet what will be the overall outcome of this battle?

star 8.25
349 votes
Critical Point (2)

#21 - Critical Point (2)

Claymore Season 1 - Episode 24

The immense battle between the partially Awakened Clare and Rigardo is now over, though Clare has paid a terrible price for this and is on the verge of completely Awakening. Priscilla is able to sense this from afar and is so frightened that she runs away. Nonetheless she cannot run away from the past she thought she forgot, as her memories return and she is forced to remember about her family, about herself and of course "Teresa". An epic battle is about to commence.

star 8.25
253 votes
Never-Ending Night

#22 - Never-Ending Night

Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress Season 1 - Episode 2

Ikoma somehow survives and heads towards the last Hayajiro left in Kenkin Station, the Kotetsujyo. Meanwhile, Ayame and her people were left behind to fend off the Kabane when a young girl named Mumei appears before them. The girl clears open a path to the Kotetsujyo with incredible combat prowess.

star 8.25
271 votes
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Hellsing V

#23 - Hellsing V

Hellsing Ultimate Season 1 - Episode 5

While Alucard remains trapped on the Eagle, Millennium starts attacking London. Zorin Blitz is told to head toward Hellsing HQ with a small group of soldiers, while the rest of the vampires attack London. They kill thousands of civilians and attempt to capture Integra. She manages to escape the vampire SS soldiers only after Walter sacrifices himself to hold them off; however, Walter is captured himself by The Captain. When the vampire soldiers manage to corner her, she is saved and later captured by a large group of pistol-wielding Iscariot priests, led by Alexander Anderson, Heinkel Wolfe and Yumie Takagi. After the credits, Alucard uses his powers to steer the Eagle towards London.

star 8.25
175 votes
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The Witch's Maw (2)

#24 - The Witch's Maw (2)

Claymore Season 1 - Episode 16

Clare has joined the hunt for the Awakened One, in the mountains of Zakol, to save the no. 9 "Jeane". Things seem odd to begin with, as Clare enters the eerie lair, with an irregular Yoki flowing everywhere and the fight begins once she finds the source of the Yoki. Even with the Flash Sword it appears impossible for Clare to defeat her foe however the tables turn with the arrival of no.3 "Galatea". More is revealed about the powerful Awakened One in the mountains and the reason why it's gathering more Awakened beings.

star 8.23
263 votes
The Carnage In the North (2)

#25 - The Carnage In the North (2)

Claymore Season 1 - Episode 19

Awakened Beings have launched a surprise attack on the city of Pieta, forcing the teams of Claymores to begin their battles against these unbeatable creatures. Even with these incredibly powerful Awakened Beings to fight against there may be some Claymores who are able to handle this sort of situation, which will only get tougher in the future.

star 8.22
256 votes
Frightened Corpse

#26 - Frightened Corpse

Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress Season 1 - Episode 1

Kabane, the immortal monsters, attacked Aragane Station. Ikoma, a steamsmith boy who lives in Aragane Station, ran against the waves of terrified civilians. He is going to fight against Kabane using the weapon he has been secretly developing - the Piercing gun. He fights for his own past and dignity.

star 8.21
304 votes
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Critical Point (1)

#27 - Critical Point (1)

Claymore Season 1 - Episode 23

The fight rages on and while battling with the unbeatable Rigardo, Clare has inadvertently awakened partially and dealt a deadly blow. With her new found abilities Clare has proven herself to be a great adversary for the "The Silver-Eyed Lion King", so now he is finally able to go all-out.

star 8.21
307 votes
Those Who Rend Asunder (2)

#28 - Those Who Rend Asunder (2)

Claymore Season 1 - Episode 10

The team of Claymore reach the mountains and are surprised by what they encounter, a Male Awakened One. Another Claymore and a handler are watching the battle from a distance, but what do they appear to be plotting? The battle reaches its climatic stage, with all but the "Phantom Miria", badly wounded. This may be what the Awakened meant by "true despair", however Clare is one to know what true despair is really like and this is not it.

star 8.20
317 votes
The Carnage In the North (3)

#29 - The Carnage In the North (3)

Claymore Season 1 - Episode 20

In the Northern country Raki is with two surprisingly helpful people however he is unaware that these two are the two most powerful Awakened Ones in the area; "Priscilla" and "Person of the Abyss, Isley". Meanwhile after having just survived the first attack, the teams of Claymores are recovering and replenishing their supplies along with some interesting developments.

star 8.19
254 votes
Forest of Giant Trees: The 57th Exterior Scouting Mission, Part 2

#30 - Forest of Giant Trees: The 57th Exterior Scouting Mission, Part 2

Attack on Titan Season 1 - Episode 18

As the Female Titan continues to tear its way through the Recon Corps, Levi makes a bold decision to split the ranks and send Eren and the supply wagons through a huge forest. Is his strategy genius, or does it spell certain death for the scouts?

star 8.17
1693 votes
The Carnage In the North (1)

#31 - The Carnage In the North (1)

Claymore Season 1 - Episode 18

After what occurred in the mountains of Zakol, Jeane is accompanying Clare until she can return her favour however Clare already feels thankful to her because she is now able to fully control her "Flash Sword". Out of the blue Clare's handler Rubel turns up with the no.5 "Rafaela" but not with request for her return to the organization but with orders to join the war, against Awakened beings, in the Northern Lands. This mission brings upon an unexpected reunion.

star 8.16
282 votes
Great Sword

#32 - Great Sword

Claymore Season 1 - Episode 1

A village is tormented by a Yoma, which is a demon that has disguised itself as a human it has eaten. As a last resort the Chief of the village has ask for the help from a Claymore, who are feared as they are half human, half Yoma. Raki is a young boy who has found an interest in the Claymore and he begins to follow her about until later when he discovers who the Yoma is.

star 8.15
446 votes
The Witch's Maw (1)

#33 - The Witch's Maw (1)

Claymore Season 1 - Episode 15

The Organization is getting uneasy of no. 47 Clare, after receiving no contact from her for three months. Following recent events, they end up taking drastic measures by sending out a Claymore on the mission to find Clare and it's made top priority. Meanwhile Clare is searching for Raki but while doing this a Claymore expedition team pass through the town, to hunt down an Awakened One; in the mountains nonetheless something seems odd about the situation.

star 8.13
255 votes
The Endless Gravestones (1)

#34 - The Endless Gravestones (1)

Claymore Season 1 - Episode 12

Following her recent experience in the mountains Clare is back to her jobs of taking care of Yoma, accompanied by Raki. In the light of her recent change in personality Clare has been given a job to hunt down another Awakened One, North to the village of Gonahl. As she reaches the rendezvous point Clare is greeted by a lone Claymore and to her surprise it is non-other than the Claymore who lust for blood and battle, no.4 "Ophelia".

star 8.12
298 votes
Invasion of Pieta (2)

#35 - Invasion of Pieta (2)

Claymore Season 1 - Episode 22

Rigardo also known as "The Silver-Eyed Lion King" has begun his rampage by targeting all the Captains. With four Captains down, in the end, just how many will survive this as the light of hope begins to fades away? Also Raki has learned what Priscilla is and he's able to empathize with her yet that still doesn't stop him from heading off, after news of nearby Claymores reaches his ears.

star 8.11
225 votes
To Be Qualified to Fight

#36 - To Be Qualified to Fight

Claymore Season 1 - Episode 14

Clare continues her intensive training with the former no.2 Irene and she doesn't seem to be improving much, without her dominant arm. Clare and Irene later part ways but not before Clare is given a farewell gift. It doesn't take long for Clare to run into some trouble again; however this time it's something monstrous yet someone she has already encountered. Will Clare prove that she is qualified to fight?

star 8.07
282 votes
Teresa and Clare

#37 - Teresa and Clare

Claymore Season 1 - Episode 6

After naming the girl who was following her, Clare; Teresa is heading towards the town of Rokut to drop her off. At night while they are resting in the woods, the man whose arm was chopped off is back for revenge. It turns out that the girl was able to save her and not from the man but to save her lonely heart.Teresa later encounters the bandits but this time they have done something unforgivable which forces Teresa to do something unforgivable.

star 8.02
325 votes
Response: The Struggle for Trost, Part 6

#38 - Response: The Struggle for Trost, Part 6

Attack on Titan Season 1 - Episode 10

Cadets respond to Eren's terrifying transformation with doubt and fear as he struggles to understand it himself. If Armin can't talk the commander into using Eren's newfound powers for the good of humankind, all hope of stopping the Titans might be lost.

star 8.02
1861 votes
Marked for Death

#39 - Marked for Death

Claymore Season 1 - Episode 7

Two more Claymores have appeared, Sophia and Noel who have entered a town that has become a Yoma hive, don't require much effort to eradicate the hordes of Yoma. There are still some Yoma left but that is until Irene nicknamed, 'Flash Sword Irene' finishes them off. Following Teresa's betrayal, the number 2 - 5 Claymores have gathered with orders to execute Teresa, but who is the remaining Claymore yet to arrive?The ultimate battle between Claymores is about to begin.

star 8.00
345 votes
Smoke Signal

#40 - Smoke Signal

Attack on Titan Season 3 - Episode 1

After barely surviving Eren's recovery, a rising threat from the shadows puts everyone's lives in danger again.

star 7.95
871 votes
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Those Who Rend Asunder (1)

#41 - Those Who Rend Asunder (1)

Claymore Season 1 - Episode 9

Three Claymores arrive in the town of Toriro to only find Clare, who has already taken care of the Yomas. It is revealed that what Clare defeated in the Holy City was not a Voracious Eater but a regular Yoma; because Voracious Eater is a public term for what the organization labels an "Awakened One". Clare has been added to the expedition team to hunt an Awakened One, as a chance to measure the limits of her skills. How will Clare ranked no. 47, fair against such a powerful being after a shocking turn of events?

star 7.93
318 votes
Teresa of the Faint Smile

#42 - Teresa of the Faint Smile

Claymore Season 1 - Episode 5

Another Claymore known as Teresa has appeared in a town where she quickly dispatches a Yoma, with no effort. She is well-known as for her nickname 'Teresa of the Faint Smile' because she never releases her Yoma powers. In the town of Teo, as soon as she arrives there she ruthlessly attacks any Yoma she senses and after the massacre a girl with no name who was with one of the Yoma seems to be very attached to Teresa. This girl ends up following Teresa no matter what she did.

star 7.92
328 votes
Darkness in Paradise

#43 - Darkness in Paradise

Claymore Season 1 - Episode 3

Rabona the Holy City that does not allow the entry of unnatural beings is being preyed upon by a Yoma and as a last resort, have to disobey their own laws and called for help. So Clare now has a job to do but it will be different from the usual Yoma hunting, it's more of a covert operation and she has to suppress her powers to do so.During her searches Clare happens to run into 2 soldiers on patrol, but they only seem to get in the way of her job. After she manages to lose them Clare faces the Yoma which happens to be an extremely strong one known as 'Voracious Eater'.

star 7.87
376 votes
Clare's Awakening

#44 - Clare's Awakening

Claymore Season 1 - Episode 4

Clare becomes seriously injured in her fight with the Yoma and just before the Yoma could finish them off it is interrupted and quickly escapes. Clare is then taken back to the inn to recover from her serious injuries and Raki waits by her bedside hoping that she'll eventually wake up.Father Vincent decides to cooperate with Clare to help her find the Yoma but something doesn't seem right. Defeating the Yoma is the least of Clare's worries as she begins to lose control.

star 7.79
382 votes
The Black Card

#45 - The Black Card

Claymore Season 1 - Episode 2

It doesn't take much effort for Clare to quickly complete her job and so Clare and Raki are off while she waits for another job. A strange man from the organization comes to give Clare a new set of clothes but not only that, he also gives Clare a "Black Card". What does this Black Card mean to Clare. Raki later has an encounter with the same man from the organization, who explains to him exactly what Claymores are (half human, half Yoma).

star 7.73
377 votes
Bitterness of the Past

#46 - Bitterness of the Past

Kemonozume Season 1 - Episode 4

The story of Toshiko's father is finally revealed, as how he became the leader of the Kifūken and his relationship with Yuka's mother.

star 7.21
14 votes