The BEST episodes directed by Jun Nakagawa

Past Sins
star
8.22
9 votes

#1 - Past Sins

Date A Live - Season 4 - Episode 11

Shido takes charge during their Valentine's Day date and trusts his gut to capture Kurumi's heart. Before it ends, a look into Kurumi's past sheds light on how she became a Spirit.

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Cycle of Salvation
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8.15
13 votes

#2 - Cycle of Salvation

Date A Live - Season 4 - Episode 12

Driven by her resolve to erase the Spirit of Origin from existence, Kurumi is fighting a battle of her own. And at long last, the identity of Phantom is revealed.

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So Be It! 2D It Is!
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8.08
13 votes

#3 - So Be It! 2D It Is!

Date A Live - Season 4 - Episode 2

Shido tries to woo Nia whose heart is firmly set on 2D. In order to get Nia to read their manga, the crew challenges her to see who can sell more copies at Comico.

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What's Yours Is Mine
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8.07
14 votes

#4 - What's Yours Is Mine

Date A Live - Season 4 - Episode 3

The girls struggle to sell more than Nia, but they have a few tricks up their sleeves. However, not even the Spirits are safe when Isaac Westcott comes to claim his prize.

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Nightmare's Seduction
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7.91
11 votes

#5 - Nightmare's Seduction

Date A Live - Season 4 - Episode 9

Shocked by Kurumi's appearance at school, Shido and crew try to deduce her intentions. This time, Shido's date with a Spirit is a matter of life and death.

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Don't Panic. It's a Spirit's Trap.
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7.89
18 votes

#6 - Don't Panic. It's a Spirit's Trap.

Date A Live - Season 4 - Episode 1

Shido encounters a girl named Nia collapsed on the side of the road, but learns there's more to this manga artist than meets the eye.

The Decision
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7.84
19 votes

#7 - The Decision

Ace of Diamond - Season 2 - Episode 46

It's the bottom of the fifth, and Yakushi is up to bat. Mishima stands in the batter's box ready to hit but falls short before Sawamura's four-seamer. Sawamura surprises the crowd by striking out Mishima. Next up is Raichi Todoroki, Yakushi's cleanup. Can Sawamura keep him down?

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Succubus-san Is a Real Adult
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7.83
84 votes

#8 - Succubus-san Is a Real Adult

Interviews with Monster Girls - Season 1 - Episode 3

Succubi are demi-humans that arouse sexual desire in men and cause them to have obscene dreams. One such succubus, Satou Sakie, is extremely careful in every facet of her life, from where she lives to the trains she rides to the clothes she wears, so as to avoid causing these reactions in men. With girlish dreams such as romance and marriage so far out of reach, she thought she'd reached a compromise in her own life, but something changes when an accident causes her to grab Takahashi Tetsuo's hand...

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Priorities
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7.83
23 votes

#9 - Priorities

Ace of Diamond - Season 2 - Episode 37

With Ichidaisan on the lead and a confident Amahisa on the mound, Yakushi sends Sanada to pitch, and the score is put to a standstill. On top of the eighth, runners on base and Raichi at-bat, can Yakushi turn the game around?

Space Spirit
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7.82
11 votes

#10 - Space Spirit

Date A Live - Season 4 - Episode 4

When the Earth comes under attack by a Spirit from space, Shido attempts to charm her. The problem is, she's closed off her heart and just wants to be left alone.

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An Opened Heart
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7.82
11 votes

#11 - An Opened Heart

Date A Live - Season 4 - Episode 6

Shido races to save Mukuro before DEM reaches her first. But when she gets hostile, Shido, Kotori, and the Spirits must outplay their enemies in order to open her heart.

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Locked Memories
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7.80
10 votes

#12 - Locked Memories

Date A Live - Season 4 - Episode 7

Mukuro resorts to drastic measures in order to monopolize Shido's heart. To gain his full love and affection, Mukuro locks away all memories of him.

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Key and Sword
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7.73
11 votes

#13 - Key and Sword

Date A Live - Season 4 - Episode 8

In a competition for Shido's lips, Mukuro battles against Inverse Tohka. Before long, all goes wrong and Shido must stop Mukuro from destroying the planet.

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Inheritance
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7.70
23 votes

#14 - Inheritance

Ace of Diamond - Season 1 - Episode 73

Yuki learns of Kataoka's pending resignation and shares the news with the third years. The third years come up with a plan that could change Kataoka's mind if it's executed correctly. As Kataoka puts the team through the newest version of hell week Maezono gives words of wisdom to the players who are slacking. Miyuki is impressed with how dependable Maezono has become and wonders why Coach Kataoka seems to be keeping a secret.

Demi-chans Want to Try
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7.68
79 votes

#15 - Demi-chans Want to Try

Interviews with Monster Girls - Season 1 - Episode 9

Sakie the succubus is spending her evening at home alone, ranting her troubles to her teddy bear, when she receives a call from Ugaki. Sakie knows she can't avoid the influence of her inborn aphrodisiac effect on romantic relationships, but she doesn't want to use it in the process of starting a relationship... so Ugaki offers her some advice.

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I'm Not Running
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7.64
36 votes

#16 - I'm Not Running

Ace of Diamond - Season 1 - Episode 27

As the heat continues to increase, Coach Katoka declares that if Furuya even lets one batter on base, he will switch him out. At first this declaration provides Furuya the motivation he needs to get stronger, and his pitch gets faster. However Akikawa begins to use their bunt plan efficiently forcing Furuya to tire himself even more. With no other choice, a pitcher change is called for. Sawamura is called into action. After nearly throwing the ball away on a toss to first base, Miyuki calls for a four-seam fastball to the inside, the exact pitch Sawamura used against the coach the night before. We see the results of that pitch. Akikawa hesitates being unable to see his (Sawamura's) pitch due to his form, and Sawamura forces a pop out to third to get out of the 4th inning.

The Resilient Second-String
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7.58
19 votes

#17 - The Resilient Second-String

Ace of Diamond - Season 2 - Episode 28

The intra-squad match begins with Sawamura pitching for Team B. Ochiai, in charge of Team A, makes Haruichi use a metal bat instead of his signature wooden bat and then instructs the team to go for Eijun's high change-ups.

The Two Batteries
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7.50
36 votes

#18 - The Two Batteries

Ace of Diamond - Season 1 - Episode 7

The game concludes, and Furuya and Masuko are promoted to varsity while Eijun and Haruichi are promoted to JV. Along with the promotion comes additional pitchers training for Furuya and Eijun. However their training can only be done with the partners that Coach Katoka assigns them. Furuya is assigned to work with Miyuki while Sawamura is assigned to work with Chris. However instead of catching Eijun's pitch, Chris continually gives him additional work that isn't pitching, making Eijun think the coach has gotten the last laugh and that he won't succeed at Seidou.

Entrusted Faith and the Courage to Perform
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7.50
24 votes

#19 - Entrusted Faith and the Courage to Perform

Ace of Diamond - Season 1 - Episode 54

In the top of the fifth Furuya gets a hit off of Narumiya, leading to a chance to tie the game with Shirasu. The only problem- Shirasu bats ninth. Will Shirasu make it on base, and what will Inashiro do when Tanba takes the mound in the bottom of the fifth?

Fairy Tale
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7.45
11 votes

#20 - Fairy Tale

Date A Live - Season 4 - Episode 5

Trapped by Beelzebub in a world of fiction, the crew is desperate to escape. But without their powers to aid them, they're at the mercy of the story they're inside.

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The One With the Sharper Fangs Will Win
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7.43
51 votes

#21 - The One With the Sharper Fangs Will Win

Killing Bites - Season 1 - Episode 1

In Japan four Zaibatsu Conglomerates sponsor underground death matches between genetically engineered hybrids called Therianthropes who combine the intelligence of humans with the power of animals. A high school girl named Hitomi Uzaki is kidnapped by several men intending to rape her with college student Yūya Nomoto forced to drive the van. Before he can save her, Yūya finds that Hitomi has easily killed her attackers and is forced to drive to an arena for a fight between herself and a lion hybrid. Hitomi wagers that she will win, betting the money that Yūya's organs would fetch if harvested and sold. Hitomi reveals she is a hybrid of a honey badger, the most fearless animal in the world, and easily kills her opponent. Yūya is informed by Hitomi's guardian, Reiichi Shidō, that the Zaibatsu use death matches to attract wealthy investors and gain political and economic influence. Due to Hitomi betting his organs, Yūya is technically the only investor she has allowing her to take part in matches. Hitomi is ordered to protect Yūya, who is given Hitomi’s prize money, 100 million, to bet on future fights. Later, Yuuya is attacked by another Hybrid wanting to learn about Hitomi.

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Girl Time
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7.40
10 votes

#22 - Girl Time

Date A Live - Season 4 - Episode 10

After a lunchtime showdown, Kurumi and Shido plan to settle their competition on a special holiday. In the meantime, the Spirits help Shido prepare to face Kurumi in their own way.

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Roles
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7.33
30 votes

#23 - Roles

Ace of Diamond - Season 1 - Episode 38

After the captain hits a home run off Sanada, Seido once again leads by two runs. We reach the bottom of the eighth inning, and Kawakami is struggling. He insists on connecting to Tanba in the next game, but when Raichi is walked and manages to steal second base he finds himself in a pinch. Kawakami is able to get two outs, but Raichi scores, making it 6-5, and Yakusi has runners on first and third. Kataoka steps up and calls for a pitching change. In comes Tanba with two outs for his first appearance for an ace vs. ace showdown.

Money Tree
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7.32
31 votes

#24 - Money Tree

Ace of Diamond - Season 1 - Episode 33

The episode begins with Chris coaching the team on Yakusi's batting power and their true ace, Sanada, who comes out of the bullpen and throws a shootball. Seeing their methods, Katoka decides to take action. Kataoka calls Sawamura, Furuya, and Kawakami into his office and tells them that Tanba isn't ready to pitch in the next game. Instead he decides they will go with Furuya for innings 1-3, Sawamura for 4-6, and Kawakami for 7-9. After he leaves them he approaches Tanba and tells him to start getting ready in the bullpen in inning 5 and that he will likely play in the game. As game day arrives the entire Seido team stares down Yakusi, mostly focusing their stares on Raichi Todoroki. When the lineups are revealed though, coach Raizou Todoroki has made some adjustments. Raichi has been moved and is now the first batter.

My Path
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7.31
26 votes

#25 - My Path

Ace of Diamond - Season 2 - Episode 9

Seido prepares for the second round by moving the batting cages and giving the players a different type of practice than they are used to. Despite the change in practice style, the entire team is aware that if they win their next game a rematch with Inashiro could await them in the third round. Coach Kataoka decides to change up the line-up to confuse their second round opponent, Nanamori. Furuya is placed in left field, but whom will get the starters role? Meanwhile Sawamura practices late into the night trying to regain his use of the inside pitch. Miyuki also decides to ask Watanabe Hisashi to act as the new manager for Seido, replacing Chris.

That Summer
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7.30
27 votes

#26 - That Summer

Ace of Diamond - Season 1 - Episode 47

Despite seeing Mei's pitching, Sawamura declares that they will be the ones to advance to Nationals. When the first years need to use the restroom after the match, Kazuya decides to escort them so they won't get lost like usual. While waiting for the first years to finish, Kazuya and Mei meet face-to-face, and we learn that Mei had tried to recruit Kazuya to Inashiro to form the strongest team in the nation. Instead of joining them, Kazuya vowed to beat them and form the strongest team elsewhere. This episode covers chapter 140 and the second half of 149.

That's Why I Told You to Stop, You Scum!
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7.23
43 votes

#27 - That's Why I Told You to Stop, You Scum!

Killing Bites - Season 1 - Episode 4

Before the start of the matches Hitomi’s team meet Nakanishi Taiga, a Tiger Hybrid fighting for the Yatsubishi. His sister, Eruza, decides she wants to kill Hitomi. Reiichi Shidoh is announced as the director of the match on Hotei Island in the Philippine Sea. During the match the hybrids are forced to follow instructions from their investors who move them around the map like pieces on a chessboard. Yuya is initially treated with contempt by his investor opponents who know he has no idea how to play the game but they are forced to take him seriously when he makes an expert move and it is revealed Hitomi has been sending him hand signals via the CCTV monitors, telling him which locations to move her to. Hitomi faces her first opponent, Jerome Hongo, a Bear Hybrid representing the Mitsukado. Hitomi shocks the investors by incapacitating Jerome in less than a second with only a single move. Elsewhere on the map Ichinosuke is placed into a temporary alliance with Shota Yabe, a Gorilla Hybrid from Mitsukado, and Ryuji Shiina, a Crocodile Hybrid from Sumitomo to take down Taiga as a team.

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In the Sun
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7.23
26 votes

#28 - In the Sun

Ace of Diamond - Season 1 - Episode 65

Seido begins practice games to get their new roster made before the spring tournament. Inashiro shuts down their opposition and reaches the Koshien finals, only having given up runs to Seido. The upperclassmen try to ignore what is going on with Inashiro to avoid getting more depressed.

Chain Reaction
star
7.13
23 votes

#29 - Chain Reaction

Ace of Diamond - Season 2 - Episode 16

Seidou High continue to expand their lead. But despite being down by five, Ugumori's team however, remain unperturbed and cheerful. Finding inspiration from Matsubara's strong will he's continued to show the team, and the cheering crowd behind them, Ugumori's batters attack relentlessly with no plans of stopping.

Thanks for Everything
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6.84
32 votes

#30 - Thanks for Everything

Killing Bites - Season 1 - Episode 12

The Chameleon hybrids, under orders from Sumitomo, attempt to kill all surviving hybrids but are stopped by match overseer Shinozaki who publicly declares Ui the victor. The Sumitomo Chairman is killed by Leo while Shidoh instigates a Coup d'état led by himself, the Ishida and Yatsubishi Chairmen and the Anti-Chairman faction of the Mitsukado. They kill Youzan, the Mitsukado president, to give civilian’s access to the Hybrid creation surgery. With her grandfather dead Yoko is left powerless. Leo takes revenge against her for abusing Hybrids by sexually assaulting her and claiming her as his slave. With the match over Yuya returns to his normal life and Hitomi disappears. Two weeks later he receives a message from Hitomi asking him to come to the arena where she first fought Leo. At the arena Yuya thanks Hitomi for giving him confidence in himself while Hitomi thanks him for helping with her matches. Yuya almost confesses his feelings for her, but Hitomi suddenly attacks and kills him, his death having been ordered by Shidoh. As she leaves, Hitomi begins to cry. In the future Hybrids are fully accepted into human society and have their own city built on an island in Tokyo Bay. Non-lethal Killing Bites matches become popular entertainment with many new young hybrids hoping to become champion. Yuya is revealed to be secretly alive and living in Hybrid city.

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Roar of Midsummer
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4.96
25 votes

#31 - Roar of Midsummer

Ace of Diamond - Season 2 - Episode 1

At the Baseball Kingdom magazine office, Mine looks back to the summer tournament. The game between Yakushi and Seido was an exciting watch. Seido played their pitcher relay in order to face Yakushi's powerful batting lineup.

Sunshine of Midsummer
star
4.90
21 votes

#32 - Sunshine of Midsummer

Ace of Diamond - Season 2 - Episode 2

Monthly Baseball Kingdom continues their recap of the Summer Tournament by reviewing the Seido, Inashiro Tokyo West regional championship game. The recap covers until Eijun heads to the mound.

Path, Eijun Sawamura to the Scorching Mound
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4.53
32 votes

#33 - Path, Eijun Sawamura to the Scorching Mound

Ace of Diamond - Season 1 - Episode 28

This episode serves as a recap of the first 27 episodes, showing how Eijun Sawamura joined the Seido High School Baseball team, his struggles with the JV, and his eventual rise to play in the tournament all while hoping to become the ace of the team.