The BEST episodes directed by Ichiro Itano

Promised Land
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9.88
33 votes

#1 - Promised Land

Blassreiter - Season 1 - Episode 24

Meifong and Sasha are the only remaining Zwölf personnel to counter the ICBMs being fired on towards Germany. Joseph and Xargin engage each other in Blassreiter forms with Gerd and Hermann assisting the former by using their powers on his body. Sasha dies when her Bow Rider explodes from overheating while Meifong is killed after engaging a spacecraft over the Earth. Joseph, after the Isis pill is used, dies with its particles killing Xargin and his Demoniacs by making them solid for good. 5 years after the events of Blassreiter, Germany was able to rebuild from scratch and the federal government reformed XAT with Amanda as a leading officer. The reformed XAT was given a new mandate to protect people who have the ability to turn to Blassreiters. Malek is indoctrinated into XAT due to his abilities as a XAT special agent.

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Feelings from the Past
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9.85
33 votes

#2 - Feelings from the Past

Blassreiter - Season 1 - Episode 19

Snow confronts Joseph and gets him out of his berserk state. Hermann and Amanda confront Wolf and the remaining Amalgam cadre at the former besieged XAT Headquarters before an Amalgam Al attacks the two surviving XAT officers. But seeing his name of Amanda's Paladin brings Al back to his senses as he attacks Wolf. With Amanda and Hermann teaming up, Wolf had been defeated and was killed for good. Al killed himself afterwards with his sniper pointing at his chin because he doesn't feel that coming back to life was normal.

Legion from the Netherworld
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9.85
33 votes

#3 - Legion from the Netherworld

Blassreiter - Season 1 - Episode 20

A horde of 30,000 Demoniacs head towards Zwölf under the command of Xargin with Beatrice following him. Zwölf sends Joseph out to delay his advance towards Zwölf headquarters, wounding Beatrice in the ensuing fight between them and was about to end her life when Xargin interfered despite the modifications given to him on Victor's orders. Amanda and Hermann infiltrate the Zwölf castle to rescue Malek in the midst of the fight.

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A Pale Horseman
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9.85
33 votes

#4 - A Pale Horseman

Blassreiter - Season 1 - Episode 21

Armed Zwölf defense personnel were mobilized to ward off the Demoniac invasion on Victor's orders. Victor heads down to the server room to secure computer data during the invasion when Xargin encounters him in the room and kills him for good. Amanda and Hermann escape from Zwölf HQ with the wounded Joseph and Malek in tow in the midst of the Demoniac fight against the surviving armed Zwölf forces in the castle HQ.

Drifting Hearts
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9.85
33 votes

#5 - Drifting Hearts

Blassreiter - Season 1 - Episode 22

Amanda and Hermann take refuge in a small compound managed by Amanda's aunt, a nun who took charge of an unconscious Malek. Sasha hands Amanda the Isis data, which contains the information needed to defeat Xargin's Demoniac forces after deleting the data at the Zwölf castle since Xargin was able to penetrate it. Malek, after realizing that he could do good with his Blassreiter powers, revives from his coma and attacks Beatrice to give Hermann time to fatally wound her. Hermann dies in the fight, being glad that Malek accepts him as an older brother. Meanwhile, United States Air Force B-2 Spirit bombers are being deployed as part of the UN's mission to eliminate the Demoniacs in German soil.

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Scorched Earth
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9.85
33 votes

#6 - Scorched Earth

Blassreiter - Season 1 - Episode 23

Meifong, Sasha and Shido work together once more to defeat United States Air Force B-2 Spirit bombers and F-35A fighters from conducting a bombing sweep of Germany to clear out Demoniacs. Xargin confronts Malek and the two engage each other in their Blassreiter forms. Shido conducts suicide by destroying his Sword Rider unit, defeating the last F-35As and the launched missiles with help from Sasha and her Bow Rider. Joseph, now recovered, confronts Xargin and swallows the Isis pill as the two men engage one another in Blassreiter form after getting a tired Malek out of Xargin's way. Sasha and Meifong were busy preventing a missile orbital bombardment on German soil from space as a last means of preventing Demoniacs from crossing German land borders to other European countries.

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Reunion
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9.82
33 votes

#7 - Reunion

Blassreiter - Season 1 - Episode 16

Hermann, now a Demoniac converted by Beatrice, infiltrates the Zwölf castle in order to see Amanda. Meanwhile, Wolf leads a Demoniac force to attack a Luftwaffe air base in order to draw attention of the Apocalypse Knights. Demoniac-manned Eurofighter Typhoons were used to intercept the Knights with Beatrice coming close from behind. Hermann later turns to an Amalgam and escapes with a Paladin motorbike, killing Zwölf defense personnel in his wake.

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Bellow of the Beast
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9.82
33 votes

#8 - Bellow of the Beast

Blassreiter - Season 1 - Episode 17

The Apocalypse Knights take on the Demoniac Eurofighter Typhoons and Beatrice, while Amanda confronts Hermann in his Blassreiter form and helps him realize what he is supposed to be fighting for. He and Amanda arrive near the Luftwaffe airbase, now damaged by a bomb to kill off the Amalgams and prevent them from attacking nearby towns and cities. The two of them face off against Wolf and his Amalgam cadre.

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Ordinal Four of the Apocalypse
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9.82
33 votes

#9 - Ordinal Four of the Apocalypse

Blassreiter - Season 1 - Episode 18

Amanda and Hermann engage Wolf and his Amalgam cadre until Joseph enters the scene in his upgraded Blassreiter form, making him attack both friend and foe. Wolf retreats due to casualties, but not before luring Joseph to attack Amanda and Hermann. At the United Nations, the ambassadors have been concerned about the inability of German security forces to handle the Amalgams and agrees to send in UN peacekeepers to eliminate the Amalgams after being told of the elimination of XAT and the capture of the Luftwaffe base. Victor communicated with surviving members of the German government after the country has fallen to a near state of anarchy. Amanda encounters a young Blassreiter named Snow while trying to locate Hermann.

I Wanna Be There Now!
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8.54
105 votes

#10 - I Wanna Be There Now!

Gantz - Season 2 - Episode 2

Kei is crushed by Kishimoto's decision.

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Just Shoot Me!
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8.06
99 votes

#11 - Just Shoot Me!

Gantz - Season 2 - Episode 7

The battle with the statues continues, with tragic consequences.

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Please Die
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7.93
118 votes

#12 - Please Die

Gantz - Season 1 - Episode 13

Kurono faces off against the main alien alone. The survivors get their scores.

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Welcome Back
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7.86
101 votes

#13 - Welcome Back

Gantz - Season 2 - Episode 5

Kurono takes out the green colossus, the team goes after the red one, but the fight's not over, more statues awaken.

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Let's All Go Back Alive
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7.82
99 votes

#14 - Let's All Go Back Alive

Gantz - Season 2 - Episode 12

The team tracks the bum hunters to a funeral home and a firefight breaks out.

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I'll Do It!
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7.77
100 votes

#15 - I'll Do It!

Gantz - Season 2 - Episode 3

The priest convinces the others that Kato is a demon. The game begins. Meanwhile two punks go bum hunting.

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Kato, You Wait Here
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7.75
113 votes

#16 - Kato, You Wait Here

Gantz - Season 1 - Episode 12

The team splits. Kato, Kishimoto and Hojo go after the other Suzuki aliens. Kato's suit runs out of power. Kurono, Testu & Haruya find the rest.

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I Can Shoot Them, Can't I?
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7.71
101 votes

#17 - I Can Shoot Them, Can't I?

Gantz - Season 2 - Episode 4

The team takes on the Colossi, the bum hunter continue.

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What the Hell Is That?!
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7.70
98 votes

#18 - What the Hell Is That?!

Gantz - Season 2 - Episode 6

After the fight with the Red and Green Colossi, the team must take on several man sized statues, plus a Colossal Buddha!

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Big Brother?
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7.70
98 votes

#19 - Big Brother?

Gantz - Season 2 - Episode 8

The final battle with the statues, who will survive?

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Don’t Ever Say That Again
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7.69
72 votes

#20 - Don’t Ever Say That Again

Gantz - Season 2 - Episode 9

Having barely survived the last mission, Kurono is drawn back in. This time the players include the bookshop clerk, his teacher, and the bum hunters. The rest introduce themselves and Kurono snaps.

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Kurono Alien!
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7.69
70 votes

#21 - Kurono Alien!

Gantz - Season 2 - Episode 10

Gantz makes Kurono the target! Everyone sees Kurono as the person that killed them.

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Goodbye
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7.64
103 votes

#22 - Goodbye

Gantz - Season 2 - Episode 1

Kato stands up to his aunt and moves out, Kishimoto leaves Kurono, and Tetsu's life falls apart.

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We're After You
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7.61
122 votes

#23 - We're After You

Gantz - Season 1 - Episode 7

Kurono and Kishimoto decide to head to Kishimoto’s old house to see what the "other Kishimoto is like". What will they discover? Meanwhile, Kato is having trouble at home, with his aunt beating his littler brother, and at school, with bullies picking on his friends. When a senior challenges him to a fight, will he go too far?

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Yuzo?
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7.51
84 votes

#24 - Yuzo?

Gantz - Season 1 - Episode 10

Kurono, without a suit, follows the Suzuki alien until he makes it mad, then leads it to the others. Nishi and the alien face off in the canal.

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Uh-oh!
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7.46
93 votes

#25 - Uh-oh!

Gantz - Season 1 - Episode 8

Gantz calls Kurono, Kishimoto, Kato, and Nishi once again. But, who else will it call and what new mission does it have for them?

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I'll Kill You Without a Moment's Hesitation
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7.45
119 votes

#26 - I'll Kill You Without a Moment's Hesitation

Gantz - Season 1 - Episode 9

The bikers kick Tetsu out of the gang, Kurono doesn't have his suit, Nishi badmouths everyone, then the hunt for the Suzuki alien begins.

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All Right!
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7.43
157 votes

#27 - All Right!

Gantz - Season 1 - Episode 6

After finding Kishimoto asleep at his door, Kurono has one lucky streak after the other. Eventually, Kishimoto asks if she can stay with him! Kato is, however, unaware of Kishimoto’s problems. Will she tell him? Meanwhile, everyone else has problems of their own...

No Labyrinth Is Inescapable
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7.43
98 votes

#28 - No Labyrinth Is Inescapable

Gantz - Season 2 - Episode 11

The team realize the bum hunters are psycho and team up with Kurono to try and stop them.

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Kei, You're Awesome!
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7.43
178 votes

#29 - Kei, You're Awesome!

Gantz - Season 1 - Episode 3

The new Gantz participants have to face off against a really nasty alien.

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It's the Beginning of a Brand New Day
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7.35
301 votes

#30 - It's the Beginning of a Brand New Day

Gantz - Season 1 - Episode 1

Introduction of the cruel selfish setting, Korono Kei, and Kato Masaku. This episodes ends with the first sight of the black sphere known only as Gantz and a couple of the other characters who will play more important roles later on. Most of the episode is done with the Korono's internal monologue.

Please Live
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7.34
100 votes

#31 - Please Live

Gantz - Season 2 - Episode 13

The final fight for Kurono and the game ends

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That Means at the Time...
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7.30
192 votes

#32 - That Means at the Time...

Gantz - Season 1 - Episode 5

Now that Kurono, Kato, and Kishimoto are alive again, they can return to their regular lives… or can they? What trouble awaits the three in the future? Are they really alive? And, can Kurono survive a fight with a school bully?

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OK, Here Are Your Scores
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7.28
173 votes

#33 - OK, Here Are Your Scores

Gantz - Season 1 - Episode 4

Kei, Katou and Kishimoto learn from Nishi about the scoring system involved in the alien hunt. Nishi also tells them about boundaries and ground rules when they are not transported to fight aliens.

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He Can't Shoot
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7.25
88 votes

#34 - He Can't Shoot

Gantz - Season 1 - Episode 11

Kato takes on the alien.

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They Aren't Human
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6.92
244 votes

#35 - They Aren't Human

Gantz - Season 1 - Episode 2

Green onions are enough for me. That's what the poor little alien says, but green onions aren't enough for the trigger happy alien hunters who are being controlled by the black ball known as Gantz. After seeing a dog going down on a girl, and the same girl nearly getting raped, you'd think it couldn't get worse right? Wrong. In this episode, we see just how rutheless the "dead" can be when given space age weapons and a mission.

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