The Best Episodes Directed by Kazuya Murata

Tandem Mirror

#1 - Tandem Mirror

Planetes Season 1 - Episode 21

Debris Section has been assigned to the Moon for a month to help collect debris from the Tandem Mirror Drive disaster. In training as a finalist aboard the Von Braun, Hachimaki learns that one of his fellow candidates is planning to sabotage the mission.

star 7.91
34 votes
Swing High

#2 - Swing High

Gunsmith Cats Season 1 - Episode 2

With Jonathan Washington in the hands of the ATF, it looks like the gun-bust mission is nearly complete - until "The Bloody Pierce," a Russian hitwoman in a bulletproof coat, shows up and starts wiping out evidence. With a rumored mole in the ATF and good guys getting killed left and right, Bill and the Gunsmith Cats are forced to work underground. Working off of a tip they got from Washington, the Cats locate one of the gunrunners' arms storage facilities, but things take a turn for the worse when the guards spot them. Bloody Pierce captures Minnie May and Rally has to race in reckless pursuit to rescue her best friend from being carved up by the sinister Russian.

star 7.83
42 votes
High Speed Edge

#3 - High Speed Edge

Gunsmith Cats Season 1 - Episode 3

The good news is, Bill figures out the house where the ATF mole is. The bad news is, when he gets there, the mole is dead and the house is rigged to blow up. Meanwhile the unsuspecting Gunsmith Cats are on their way to receive a civic award from Senator Haints - where the Bloody Pierce is waiting for them, thirsty for revenge. Can Bill and the Gunsmith Cats figure out who's really behind the gun running operation before the Bloody Pierce kills them all?

star 7.80
41 votes
A Sky of Stardust

#4 - A Sky of Stardust

Planetes Season 1 - Episode 10

Tanabe is preoccupied with her discovery of Gigalt's illness. Yuri's involvement in a famous high-altitude shuttle accident is revealed. On a routine debris retrieval mission, Yuri finds the only keepsake of his deceased wife.

star 7.77
61 votes
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#5 - Way

A.I.C.O. -Incarnation- Season 1 - Episode 8

The Divers confront Aiko and Kanzaki, but they agree to continue with the mission. Isazu becomes lab director and learns about Unit One.

star 7.65
46 votes
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#6 - Breakthrough

A.I.C.O. -Incarnation- Season 1 - Episode 7

The CAAC Special Forces intercept the group to try to take Aiko back. Kurose realizes that Isazu's daughter Yuzuha is connected to the Matter.

star 7.64
45 votes
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#7 - Ignition

Planetes Season 1 - Episode 16

Hachimaki is left adrift in space in the middle of a solar flare and miraculously survies. But he is diagnosed with Acute Spatial Disorder and unless he can overcome it, he will be grounded from space for the rest of his life.

star 7.63
32 votes
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#8 - Truth

A.I.C.O. -Incarnation- Season 1 - Episode 9

The team reaches the biotech research facility at Primary Point, but Isazu manages to patch in a video feed to confront Kanzaki about his intentions.

star 7.60
43 votes
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#9 - Reincarnation

A.I.C.O. -Incarnation- Season 1 - Episode 12

At the surgical site, Yura admits his intentions changed with Aiko's decision. Kurose tries to sever the link between Yuzuha and her duplicates.

star 7.59
49 votes

#10 - Awakening

A.I.C.O. -Incarnation- Season 1 - Episode 6

Kaede's showing off delays the group's progress to point K2, which they must reach before sunrise to enter Area Three. Isazu tells Kurose what he did.

star 7.49
45 votes
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#11 - Volition

A.I.C.O. -Incarnation- Season 1 - Episode 10

Aiko has the chance to speak to her other self inside the Malignant Matter. Meanwhile, the human form Matter engulfs Yura, revealing Yuzuha.

star 7.43
47 votes

#12 - Devotion

A.I.C.O. -Incarnation- Season 1 - Episode 11

Isazu establishes a link to the Matter so he can interrogate Yura. The JSDF prepares to incinerate the entire Area despite Nanbara's objections.

star 7.38
45 votes

#13 - Target

A.I.C.O. -Incarnation- Season 1 - Episode 2

Kanzaki takes Aiko to the Town, where her father's old colleague Kurose tells her the unbelievable: Her brain was transplanted into an artificial body.

star 7.34
58 votes
The Neutral Zone

#14 - The Neutral Zone

Gunsmith Cats Season 1 - Episode 1

Expert gunsmith Rally Vincent (slender, curvy, all-business brunette packin' heat) and her maniac side-kick Minnie May Hopkins (short, cute, dizzy blonde explosives nut) are happily running a gun shop and a bounty hunting operation in Chicago, when pony-tailed and hunky ATF Agent Bill Collins saunters into their lives. With a little coercion, Bill leads the Gunsmith Cats on a bullet-riddled mission to bust a ring of gunrunners by setting up a sting on smuggling under-boss Jonathan Washington.

star 7.33
18 votes

#15 - Memory

A.I.C.O. -Incarnation- Season 1 - Episode 5

Inside the Area, the group rests and resupplies at the camp. Nanbara gets a ride from Kurose, but she and Isazu appear to have their own plans.

star 7.25
44 votes
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#16 - Encounter

A.I.C.O. -Incarnation- Season 1 - Episode 4

The group clears the Gate just as the government orders an evacuation. Their first target is the Guillotine Shutter at K1, but the Matter is active.

star 7.24
51 votes
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#17 - Contact

A.I.C.O. -Incarnation- Season 1 - Episode 1

Two years after the mysterious Burst that killed her family, Aiko has nearly learned to walk again. But a transfer student's arrival upends her life.

star 7.20
59 votes
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#18 - Decision

A.I.C.O. -Incarnation- Season 1 - Episode 3

The CAAC detains Aiko and Yuya, but the Divers manage to break them out. Though the Matter is active again, the group plans to head to Primary Point.

star 7.13
47 votes
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