The Best Episodes Directed by Jun Fukuda

Animation USA

#1 - Animation USA

Excel Saga Season 1 - Episode 17

On a mission to investigate the situation in America, Excel and Hyatt run into a band of street thugs... and a communication problem. Fortunately, they get some help from Sandora, the son of Excel's late friend Pedro, who is working as a cel animator to support his mother. But it seems these cels are being hoarded by an evil gangster, who quickly gets a hard lesson in the rules of cartoon heroics by an outraged Excel.

star 9.90
30 votes
Invasion, Mother

#2 - Invasion, Mother

Excel Saga Season 1 - Episode 22

Having finally gotten the hint from ACROSS that he should hurry up the whole invasion thing, Ilpalazzo orders Hyatt to perform final preparations for the conquest of the city of ""F"", and orders the bungling Excel to keep her nose out of it. Excel has no time to be dejected, though: the Puchuus have returned, and she and Hyatt must help a band of freedom fighters thwart the machinations of an evil conqueror and his really big spaceship! But even after our favorite ACROSS agents defeat the invaders and destroy their ship, the city of ""F"" gets squashed by the falling debris. Well, them's the breaks...

star 9.84
31 votes
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We Will Not Be Held Responsible

#3 - We Will Not Be Held Responsible

Excel Saga Season 1 - Episode 25

Fed up with the insanity, Koshi Rikdo finally insists that the animation and writing crew finish the freaking series already. So, the Safety Assurance Agency locks horns with ACROSS, Excel tracks down Ilpalazzo and beats some sense into him, Watanabe finally realizes the truth about Hyatt, and the series finally comes to an end... or does it?

star 9.81
31 votes
Big City Part II

#4 - Big City Part II

Excel Saga Season 1 - Episode 12

Having decided that his employees need some additional training, Kabapu sends Watanabe and the others to train under Purin, a detective who can turn from a tough-as-nails old-timer into a cute girl quite literally at the drop of a hat! And whilst they tag along for Purin's latest case, Excel has some problem solving of her own to do when Hyatt is taken hostage by a pair of burglars.

star 9.77
31 votes
Melody of the Underground Passage

#5 - Melody of the Underground Passage

Excel Saga Season 1 - Episode 7

When Kabapu sends Watanabe and his colleagues to investigate the sewers surrounding the Across base, Ilpalazzo dispatches Excel and Hyatt to deal with the intruders. However, even as the duo familiarise themselves with the Across security system, they discover a far more sinister breed of intruders lurking in the sewers- an army of Puchuus led by the nefarious Puchuu Queen! Will Excel and the others be able to stand against this overwhelming cute force of evil?

star 9.61
36 votes
To the Amazing Promised Place

#6 - To the Amazing Promised Place

Kaleido Star Season 2 - Episode 25

star 9.50
2 votes
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The Woman From Mars

#7 - The Woman From Mars

Excel Saga Season 1 - Episode 2

Across has a new rival in its quest for world domination- a Puchuu invasion force from the planet Mars. As the city suffers from a torrential deoluge of rain, only one woman remains energetic and foolish enough to brave the weather and save the world from the Martian invasion- Excel Excel. Armed with her emergency food supply Menchi, Excel may well be the only one able to withstand the Puchuu's greatest weapon- their overwhelming cuteness…

star 9.48
42 votes
Godzilla vs. Megalon

#8 - Godzilla vs. Megalon

Mystery Science Theater 3000 Season 2 - Episode 12

Movie Plot: The Japanese monsters Godzilla and Megalon fight each other. Intro: The crew puts on a 60-minutes-type show. Segment One: The crew celebrates Halloween. In Deep 13, Dr. Forrester dresses up as a foosball goalie and Frank as a Geordi LaForge. Segment Two: The 'bots argue about who has a more powerful monster. Segment Three: The crew shows a montage of this movie's hero: Rex dart. Segment Four: Servo and Crow put on a weird play about Orville Redenbacher. Segment Five: Joel gives Crow and servo new arms. Frank gets angry at his Mario Bros. video game. Original film made in 1973, released in US in 1976.

star 9.13
270 votes
I'm Gonna Push You!

#9 - I'm Gonna Push You!

Good Luck! Ninomiya-kun Season 1 - Episode 2

Reika is introduced and gets worked up when Mayu unknowingly makes fun of her. Reika challenges Mayu to a contest for Shungo, only to lose and be blackmailed into becoming his maid.

star 8.90
117 votes
An Amazing Comeback

#10 - An Amazing Comeback

Kaleido Star Season 1 - Episode 26

star 8.50
4 votes
Our Amazing Futures

#11 - Our Amazing Futures

Kaleido Star Season 2 - Episode 23

Everyone works on their role for Swan Lake. Mia finds that the Kaleido stage is missing something for the climax. May also thinks about her role as Odile and gets Rosetta to be the Fairy of Light for the climax move that will save Odile called Eternal Illusion. With Leon convinced to help Sora again, Sora gets another set of special training with water and weights. Layla also practices the Angel's Maneuver at her home and asks for Yuri's help.

star 8.50
2 votes
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Theory of Avarice

#12 - Theory of Avarice

Fullmetal Alchemist Season 1 - Episode 34

The battle to rescue Al is in full force, as Major Armstrong takes to the sewers to fight off Greed's men while Ed remains on the surface in a showdown with Greed and the Military. As Ed and Greed face off, Ed must make the ultimate decision: is he willing to take someone's life to save his brother?

star 8.28
359 votes
An Amazingly Hot New Production

#13 - An Amazingly Hot New Production

Kaleido Star Season 1 - Episode 12

As Layla rejects a film role, Sora gets the chance to co-star with Layla in the next production, Arabian Nights. The featured act involves a tight rope act attached to a rocking ship. Immediately, Layla mounts the tight rope and tries out some gymnastics maneuvers. For the production, Kalos adds the idea of the ship surrounded by flames. Both Layla and Sora think through the idea of co-starring and dedicate a week of practice towards the viability of co-starring. With the help of others, Sora quickly learns to handle the movable tight rope, despite inexperience with the tight rope. After a locker room prank, she brings the diabolo into her routine to address the issue of falling. For the audition, Sora uses an innovative diabolos trick and demonstrates her ability to co-star with Layla.

star 8.25
4 votes
Two Little Blessings

#14 - Two Little Blessings

Monkey Season 1 - Episode 23

Forty years before the pilgrims' journey to India, two lovers Chun-Ying and Yu-Lee disobey the God of Fertility Ju-Lee by eloping together - love is forbidden in his country. As punishment, he separates them and turns the young Yu-Lee into an old woman, the Keeper of the Well of Small Blessings. To regain her youth and her man, she must make Tripitaka drink the magic water. Things get very strange indeed when Pigsy and Sandy drink the water and become pregnant.

star 8.20
5 votes
Monkey Turns Nursemaid

#15 - Monkey Turns Nursemaid

Monkey Season 1 - Episode 2

Buddha sends a messenger, the Boddhisattva Kuan-yin the Compassionate, to find a holy man to make the journey from China to India to fetch the large vehicle scriptures. She chooses the boy priest Hsüan Tsang, and bestows upon him the name Tripitaka. Joined by the irrepressible Monkey - with his magic wishing staff and magic powers - and a talking horse, this could be a journey to remember...

star 8.14
14 votes
The Amazing Intensive Training Continues

#16 - The Amazing Intensive Training Continues

Kaleido Star Season 1 - Episode 24

star 8.00
3 votes
The Amazing Newcomer

#17 - The Amazing Newcomer

Kaleido Star Season 2 - Episode 4

star 8.00
2 votes
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Cruel Amazing Festival

#18 - Cruel Amazing Festival

Kaleido Star Season 2 - Episode 13

May gains motivation to perfect her Demon Spiral after learning that Sora will compete in the competition as well. Sora continues to train for the Angel's Maneuver, but her lack of basic balance makes it difficult. During the actual festival, Leon and Yuri reveal that they knew each other before. While many people perform, Sora gets the shock of her life from the betrayal of friends. The shock and the unwelcoming spirit of the competition gets to Sora for her performance, and Sora realizes that she wants the friendly stage that she saw as a child with her parents on the Kaleido Stage. Having won the festival three years before, Layla presents the award to the winner,and Layla expresses disappointment at Sora.

star 8.00
3 votes
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Taboo Magic

#19 - Taboo Magic

The Misfit of Demon King Academy Season 1 - Episode 12

"Please, the only person who can stop Zeshia is me." Anos carries Misha, who is on the brink of death after being attacked by Diego, to an inner room of the temple. Eleonore is waiting there and claims that she is "the embodiment of magic itself." She explains the meaning behind this and exposes the madness that has taken ahold of the Hero Academy.

star 7.94
79 votes
The House of the Evil Spirit

#20 - The House of the Evil Spirit

Monkey Season 2 - Episode 6

After getting separated from Pigsy and Sandy, Monkey and Tripitaka find a creepy house in the middle of nowhere. They are shown hospitality by Mr. Chin and his daughter Kohran who live there. After he befriends Kohran, Monkey discovers that there's more to her father than meets the eye. Meanwhile, Pigsy and Sandy are kidnapped by the man who murdered Mr. Chin's wife thirteen years earlier. He plans to abduct Kohran...

star 7.86
7 votes
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The Fires of Jealousy

#21 - The Fires of Jealousy

Monkey Season 1 - Episode 24

The pilgrims enter the Kingdom of Lo-Chun, the Queen of Fire, where they are prevented from continuing their journey by the active volcanoes in the Fire and Flame mountain range to the west. The Queen of Fire has a magic fan that can extinguish the fires. Ever since her husband, the Spirit of Water Buffaloes, left her for a human woman, she's lived as a recluse. So getting her to lend them her fan could be quite a challenge.

star 7.83
6 votes
Outrageous Coincidences

#22 - Outrageous Coincidences

Monkey Season 1 - Episode 20

To escape from a deadly blizzard in the Himalayan foothills, Monkey, Pigsy, Sandy and Tripitaka take refuge in a small cave. With Tripitaka's death from starvation looking imminent, Monkey tricks Pigsy into going out into the cold to sacrifice himself to provide food for the master. Grief-stricken Tripitaka believes he has eaten his disciple, and becomes possessed by the spirit of Pigsy.

star 7.80
5 votes
The Amazing Distant Stage

#23 - The Amazing Distant Stage

Kaleido Star Season 1 - Episode 3

Fool reiterates his claim of Sora as the stage's "chosen one". For the next stage production, Cinderella, everyone is given a role, except for Sora. Disappointed, she complains but is assigned the task of distributing toys to the audience children. She feels doubtful and demotivated as a toy distributor and makes mistakes early. After one day, Fool advises her to create her own path. So, she takes up a clown outfit and treats her job as a performance. However, she makes the mistake of delaying a show, which makes her reflect upon her job. Yuri Killian tells her objective: to make other people happy. So, on the third day, she does her job well and learns the true meaning of performance.

star 7.80
5 votes
Enrollment Part VI

#24 - Enrollment Part VI

The Irregular at Magic High School Season 1 - Episode 6

Tatsuya and the others go after the intruders. They are informed that the intruders are in the library, and Mibu is with them. Will they be able to stop them and find out what is going on?

star 7.80
130 votes
Magic Sword Tournament

#25 - Magic Sword Tournament

The Misfit of Demon King Academy Season 1 - Episode 6

In recognition of their accomplishments in the team competition exam, Anos welcomes Lay and Misa to his team. The team gathers at Anos' home to celebrate, but shortly after, Lay and Anos are announced as participants in the Magic Sword Tournament. Lay rejoices at the chance for a rematch with Anos, but Anos suspects that there is an ulterior motive. The situation escalates when Misa takes Anos to meet one of the Seven Elder Demon Emperors, Melheis Boran.

star 7.76
86 votes
Fire it up! Amazing Mia

#26 - Fire it up! Amazing Mia

Kaleido Star Season 1 - Episode 17

Entrusted with the next show, Mia devotes her efforts towards writing the script. In the meantime, Layla turns to Simon, an experienced scriptwriter. Also, Sora talks to Yuri about his motivation towards dismantling Kaleido Stage, which involves revenge for his deceased father. The next day, Mia presents her rough draft, and Layla disapproves. Yet, Kalos appoints Mia as the director, and Simon is assigned as Mia's mentor and the script supervisor. Just as Mia nearly quits writing, Sora inspires her with additional story ideas, and Mia asks the others to practice some routines, even with an unfinished script. A week later, the show is successful.

star 7.75
4 votes
The Amazing Seal

#27 - The Amazing Seal

Kaleido Star Season 1 - Episode 6

Prancing happily on the beach, Sora trips over an unconscious baby seal, whom she names Jonathan. With pity, she sneaks the seal back to the dormitory, with the intent upon keeping and taking care of him. In addition to her Kaleido Stage work, she fills up her daily schedule with part-time work, over Layla's objections. Eventually, the doubled workload renders Sora exhausted, and her concerned friends look to pick up some of the burden. However, Sarah Dupont shows a flyer of a juggling contest, where first prize can feed Jonathan for a month. Having never juggled before, Sora and company work on a routine. Having been gone for six days, Kalos returns and sees the juggling act. After some convincing, he allows Sora to keep Jonathan as a company mascot, under the care of Marion and her father.

star 7.60
5 votes
Launching An Amazing Smile!

#28 - Launching An Amazing Smile!

Kaleido Star Season 2 - Episode 18

With Leon in the hospital, the Stage cannot open up performances so the Kaleido gang create a performance for the Kenneth Motor Show based on the theme Harmony with Nature. Sora tells Layla that Sora wants to return to the stage and Layla gets an urge to return to the stage too. Anna creates a fun caterpillar act with two others and Ken. The day of the show, there is a net placed for the trapeze act that will prevent Sora and May from being visible or close to the audience. With little preparation, but some smart use of free ropes, Sora, May and Rosetta put on a dazzling and fun performance for all ages. Sora adlibs wildly, and May realizes that Sora's energy is to make the audience smile.

star 7.50
2 votes
An Aria of the Rapidly Beating Heart

#29 - An Aria of the Rapidly Beating Heart

La Corda d'Oro ~Primo Passo~ Season 1 - Episode 15

In the conference room, for the concourse meeting, Amou and Mori talk about their impression of the male participants while Hino and Shoko just listen to them. Amou also talks about the "Violin Romance" and asks Hino, who is a violinist, who she's most interested among the male participants. None of them know that Kazuki, Ryotaro, Len and Keiichi were eavesdropping on their conversation. The next day, Hino can't practice at home so she goes to the park to practice. She then sees Kazuki playing basketball with his elder brother and friends. Suddenly, his brother and other friends go home saying they have something to do. The both of them see Ryotaro with his ex-girlfriend, Sakimoto, and they join them. After, Ryotaro and Kazuki play a one-on-one basketball game. Sakimoto tells Hino about her junior high relationship with Ryotaro. When Kazuki is injured, Hino runs inside the court to aid him. Sakimoto, then, asks Ryotaro to escort her on going home. After having Hino washing his injury, Kazuki realizes that he has feelings for her.

star 7.50
4 votes
Marion's Amazing Debut

#30 - Marion's Amazing Debut

Kaleido Star Season 2 - Episode 9

star 7.33
3 votes
Omelette Rice / Tofu Steak

#31 - Omelette Rice / Tofu Steak

Restaurant to Another World Season 1 - Episode 4

A lizardman hero braves the door to another world to carry on his tribe's tradition. An elf requests a vegan dish.

star 7.28
43 votes
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Once More, Andante

#32 - Once More, Andante

La Corda d'Oro ~Primo Passo~ Season 1 - Episode 21

Hino asks Tsukimori how to restring violins. He takes her to a violin artisan, Mr. Nakata, out-of-town. Mr. Nakata is amazed how the violin was build but he is surprised not to see any label on the violin. After going to Mr. Nakata, they go to Manami Instruments to buy new string. They meet Tsuchiura, playing the piano, there. After picking and restringing the violin, Tsuchiura helps Hino on tuning the violin though it doesn't sound good. The next day, Hino starts to practice again. Tsuchiura finally decides to quit soccer to pursue the concourse. He then thanks Hino for helping him play in public again.

star 7.25
4 votes
What Monkey Calls the Dog-Woman

#33 - What Monkey Calls the Dog-Woman

Monkey Season 1 - Episode 9

When the magistrate Lord Li's stepdaughter is kidnapped by bandits, Monkey reluctantly takes on the job of catching them. He soon learns that the bandits are not what they seem, but their bark is far worse than their bite. Meanwhile, Tripitaka, Pigsy and Sandy spend the night at an inn that's owned by a wicked dog-woman. She has a big surprise in store for Tripitaka.

star 7.21
39 votes
The Barefooted Vibrato

#34 - The Barefooted Vibrato

La Corda d'Oro ~Primo Passo~ Season 1 - Episode 5

On the day of the first selection, Hino turns up dressed informally through her ignorance. Thankfully, Lili shows up in her dressing room and uses magic to provide her with a selection of dresses. At one point, Hihara enters without knocking and sees her wearing a nun's habit. However, Lili quickly switches her back to the school uniform and Hino attempts to pass it off as "seeing things". A teacher then directs Hihara away from the girls’ dressing room. Hino and Lili eventually choose a knee-length white dress. During the performance, Hino's accompanist ducks out, criticizing Hino's lack of commitment to music practice. Tsukimori arrives at the scene and defends Hino, while her accompanist runs away crying. Hino goes on without accompaniment; after a few notes, she is asked to leave the stage because all participants are required to have an accompaniment. Tsuchiura steps forward from the audience and takes the place of Hino's accompaniment. Tsuchiura tells Hino to forget their arguments, and the two take the stage. Hino plays Chopin's Tristesse, or "song of parting" but she feels that it is not an ending, but a beginning, during the performance; Tsuchiura admires Hino and her way of performing. Everybody, even the judges, remarks on how joyful and vibrant the piece sounds when Hino plays it. The concourse members, too, are overcome with emotion. Then Tsukimori goes on and gives a powerful performance. In the end, Hino comes last in the selection and Tsukimori comes first.

star 7.20
5 votes
Pigsy's in the Well

#35 - Pigsy's in the Well

Monkey Season 1 - Episode 10

Tripitaka is visited in a dream by the restless spirit of the deceased king of the land of Cockcrow. He tells Tripitaka he was murdered by a Taoist magician and thrown into a well; for the past three years this magician has been impersonating him. With the help of the king's son, Tripitaka and his disciples set out to prove that the current king is a fake.

star 7.17
35 votes
Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster

#36 - Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster

Mystery Science Theater 3000 Season 2 - Episode 13

Movie Plot: Japanese monster Godzilla fights a Sea Monster. Intro: Joel reads "The Velveteen Rabbit" to the 'bots. Segment One: Joel invents the mind-controlled guitar. In Deep 13, The Mads invent squeeze toy guitars. Segment Two: The SOL crew sings the ""Godzilla Genealogy Bop"". Segment Three: Joel makes models of the world's famous buildings using found items. The bots destroy the models. Segment Four: Mothra visits the SOL. Segment Five: The SOL crew talk about great movie lines that were never said. In Deep 13, the Mads ponder whether to "institute a change to a less hostile posture" towards Joel and the 'bots. Original film made in 1966.

star 6.96
168 votes
Pigsy's Ten Thousand Ladies

#37 - Pigsy's Ten Thousand Ladies

Monkey Season 2 - Episode 1

Monkey, Pigsy and Sandy become disillusioned with the pilgrimage and go their separate ways. Monkey flies home to his Kingdom of Fruit and Flowers. Pigsy goes back to China seeking rewards from the Emperor. Sandy returns to the Western Heaven, hoping the Jade Emperor will forgive him. Tripitaka continues his journey. He's flabbergasted when lightning strikes the horse and it turns into a human called Yu-Lung. Deserted by his disciples, Tripitaka soon finds himself in grave danger.

star 6.94
36 votes
An Amazing New Rival

#38 - An Amazing New Rival

Kaleido Star Season 2 - Episode 3

star 6.00
4 votes
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