The BEST episodes directed by Hisaya Takabayashi

How Do I Look?
37 votes

#1 - How Do I Look?

Gingitsune: Messenger Fox of the Gods - Season 1 - Episode 6

Satoru has left girls swooning after his first kendo practice. Everyone is talking about him, and there's a clamor when they discover that he's living with Makoto. But at home, his stiff demeanor makes it very awkward.

Flame Spirit (Ifrit)
150 votes

#2 - Flame Spirit (Ifrit)

Date A Live - Season 1 - Episode 10

Kurumi and Kotori start fighting after a short conversation. Kurumi used one of her skills to make Kotori stay still, create copies of her, and shoot her a few times. Kotori fell over after Kurumi's last shot but Kotori's healing skill enables her to not die. Then, the shocked Kurumi send her copies to kill Shido but he was pushed away by Kotori and the copies were killed. In the heat of the fight, Kurumi used her one of her skills to Kotori but it only worked for a while. Kotori used her weapon to shoot Kurumi's angel after the frightened Kurumi summoned her copies to shield her. He immediately stands in front of Kurumi to shield her, knowing Kotori is no longer herself at that time when he tries to reason with Kotori to not kill Kurumi. Later, after the shot have launched, Kotori suddenly regained conscious and deflects the shot.

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Walking on Thin Ice
70 votes

#3 - Walking on Thin Ice

Durarara!! - Season 2 - Episode 33

The number of Saika possessed people continues to increase as they fill the area around Russia Sushi. Anri heads to visit Celty and the Blue Square prepare to confront Chikage, all while Izaya and Shizuo fight to the death.

Asleep or Awake
75 votes

#4 - Asleep or Awake

Durarara!! - Season 2 - Episode 17

It’s summer, and Anri has begun to worry about Mikado. The popular idol Ruri has been plagued by a malicious stalker. It seems that stalker is in the Dollars. In an attempt to obtain information, Yuhei and Ruri visit Shizuo...

We've Come To Rescue You
194 votes

#5 - We've Come To Rescue You

Cat Planet Cuties - Season 1 - Episode 5

Kio and Elis wake up inside a yacht owned by Antonia. They are soon greeted by one of Antonia's maids, who offer them trays of gourmet food. After eating, they decide to escape, but to their dismay Elis' power suit has been limited due to Elis being in heat. They are taken to a play room with Antonia who is dressed like a giant AssistDroid. Kio notes that all of the video games have been fixed to only accommodate one player, due to the maids not having the heart either to beat their master in a game nor lose intentionally. Meanwhile, Aoi and Manami visit a weapons store and stock up. While there, they ask for a motor boat and are told the only one was sold to Director Kawasaki for his upcoming film. The girls infiltrate the set and rig the boat with real weapons, but they are caught by Kawasaki, who contracts them into his film. After being forced into Playboy-like costumes, Aoi and Manami steal the boat and break into the yacht to find that Kio and Elis have switched clothes, enabling Kio to use the power suit's strength-enhancing capabilities. They are stopped by Antonia and one of her maids, but Kio convinces Antonia to let them go. Antonia offers them escape in the emergency sea plane. Aoi sabotages the ship's engines, but is caught by an agent of Dogisia, who is destroying the ship in the hopes that it will take Elis with it. Aoi is trapped by a pile of steel girders and then knocked unconscious by a missile explosion, to be saved by Kio still in Elis' suit. As Kio runs to catch the plane, Aoi regains consciousness and, thinking it is a dream, confesses to Kio.

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Senpai, Want to Go to the Festival? / It's Like a Date, Huh, Senpai? / Let's Go Home, Senpai
88 votes

#6 - Senpai, Want to Go to the Festival? / It's Like a Date, Huh, Senpai? / Let's Go Home, Senpai

Don't Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro - Season 1 - Episode 7

The summer festival is coming up. Senpai is expecting Nagatoro to invite him, but that’s not how either of them end up going.

The Ultimate Halberd
32 votes

#7 - The Ultimate Halberd

Welcome to Demon School! Iruma-kun - Season 2 - Episode 17

Asmodeus and Sabnock contradicted Balam's directions and attacked the Crimson Dragon. Now they need to find a way to escape the clutches of the dragon. As for that, Balam needs to take responsibility for the students!

Carrot and Millia
32 votes

#8 - Carrot and Millia

Peach Boy Riverside - Season 1 - Episode 6

Frau returns to life with the help of the angel Atla, but their form is temporarily changed. Meanwhile, Mikoto begins traveling with the amnesiac Millia (Hatsuki), when the two are confronted by a nameless mid ogre.

Beauty of the Land of Rubble -BATLANTIS-
34 votes

#9 - Beauty of the Land of Rubble -BATLANTIS-

Hybrid x Heart Magias Academy Ataraxia - Season 1 - Episode 5

Himekawa is guilt-stricken by her failure to protect the citizens as they boarded the Tokyo megafloat. When a mysterious radio signal is picked up by Ataraxia, she leaps at the chance to perhaps finally save a civilian. But when Amaterasu arrives at the source of the signal, they find an enemy from another world, and one deeply connected to Himekawa's past.

Which Of Us Will Live a Cool Live?
64 votes

#10 - Which Of Us Will Live a Cool Live?

High-Rise Invasion - Season 1 - Episode 9

Aikawa deploys a sniper to Yuri’s location in a move to eliminate other God Candidates. It's a battle of equals as Sniper Mask takes on the threat.

Vacation Day
35 votes

#11 - Vacation Day

School-Live! - Season 1 - Episode 9

What could possibly have possessed Yuki to make her charge into the club room brandishing a deck brush and shouting about cleaning up? The brilliant idea to turn the rooftop lake (a.k.a the water storage tank) into a pool for the day! The girls carefully transfer the lake's fish to buckets, scrub out the algae and pond scum, and let their troubles slip away for the day as they enjoy their new pool.

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Swaying Hearts of Men
28 votes

#12 - Swaying Hearts of Men

Chu-Bra!! - Season 1 - Episode 7

Hiroki's newfound knowledge of underwear is affecting both his concentration and his reputation. Nayu gets a mysterious 'love' letter in her shoebox. Hiroki gets annoyed and decides to quit the underwear society. On his way home, he runs into Keigo, who tells him about Nayu's efforts to make the society more male-friendly. Nayu's confessor had apparently put his letter in the wrong shoe box, and Hiroki apologises to Nayu and gives the society another shot.