The Best Episodes Directed by Kazuya Sakamoto

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Part 6

#1 - The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Part 6

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Season 1 - Episode 14

Haruhi becomes frustrated and jealous of Mikuru's friendly relationship with Kyon. One night, Haruhi's power is activated without her knowing. Haruhi and Kyon become trapped in a sealed reality at their school. Before long, a blue giant appears and begins to destroy the school and the surrounding area. As more appear, Kyon and Haruhi evacuate the school. Kyon uses hints, provided by Yuki and Mikuru beforehand, to defuse the situation and escape

star 9.62
121 votes
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Graduation Ceremony!

#2 - Graduation Ceremony!

K-ON! Season 2 - Episode 24

On the day of the girls' graduation, Yui gets off to a rough start by being late and ripping her tights. Meanwhile, Azusa is similarly distracted and ends up banging her head. The girls hold onto something, though Yui's attempts to hide it during the graduation ceremony cause Sawako to grow suspicious. They later give Sawako the present, a card signed by the entire class, later that day as thanks for being their teacher. After the classroom empties, leaving behind several goodbye messages for Sawako, the girls go to the light music room, shortly followed by Azusa. Azusa, who had been holding in her feelings all day, finally breaks down into tears, begging them not to graduate. To cheer her up, the girls perform a special song they wrote just for her.

star 9.29
205 votes
The Road Home

#3 - The Road Home

Clannad Season 2 - Episode 19

Tomoya and Ushio get back from their trip together. After spending a night with Nagisa's parents, they leave to Tomoya's apartment, where they will both be living from now on. Some time later, Tomoya takes a day off from work and the two meet up with Kouko, whose sister Fuko has been released from the hospital. Afterward, Tomoya and Ushio visit Tomoya's father. Tomoya manages to convince his father into moving back to the countryside with his mother. While Tomoya and Ushio say goodbye to Tomoya's father, a light appears and gets absorbed by Tomoya, while only being noticed by Ushio.

star 9.18
177 votes
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Summer Festival!

#4 - Summer Festival!

K-ON! Season 2 - Episode 12

With summer vacation starting, everyone initially decides to do another training camp, but instead they decide this year to go to a summer rock festival in the mountains, which Sawako conveniently has tickets for. After following Sawako's strict survival guide, the festival starts and everyone gets into it, especially Mio, although Tsumugi and Yui become depressed when they cannot eat the foods they want. Meanwhile, the girls shortly go separate ways to listen to different bands. While Mio gets entranced by a left-handed guitarist, Sawako enjoys headbanging to a heavy metal band far from the others. After a day of music, the girls sit under the stars, listen to the bands far away, and agree to perform at the next Summer Festival.

star 9.11
200 votes
Rainy Season!

#5 - Rainy Season!

K-ON! Season 2 - Episode 6

On a very rainy day, Yui gets completely soaked trying to keep her guitar from getting wet. While Yui lets her clothes dry, she temporarily wears a maid costume made by Sawako until she gets told off about it. Azusa later helps Yui maintain her guitar. When it continues to rain the next day, the others recommend Yui keep her guitar in the clubroom overnight, though it causes her to worry late at night. The following day, Yui is so overjoyed to be reunited with her guitar that she brings it to class, but Sawako tells her to put it away.

star 9.07
203 votes
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Leading Role!

#6 - Leading Role!

K-ON! Season 2 - Episode 18

Much to their dismay, Mio and Ritsu are respectively nominated for the roles of Romeo and Juliet in the class play. Mio has her usual problems with the pressure of being centre stage, whilst Ritsu can't act lady-like enough for her role. After not being impressed with the other girls' 'training' for them, Ritsu and Mio decide to have a cram session. Whilst doing impersonations of each other if they switched roles, they find the key to successfully acting out their parts. Noticing Mio still lacks confidence, Tsumugi arranges for her and the others to work as maids in her family's tea shop to help get over her embarrassment. Although she gains some confidence, Mio still is reluctant about being centre stage. Meanwhile, Azusa grows concerned that, with everyone rehearsing for the play, no one's preparing for the live concert.

star 8.88
200 votes
Graduation

#7 - Graduation

Clannad Season 2 - Episode 13

Tomoya tries to convince Akio to talk to him about his decision to marry Nagisa. Akio, however, will only talk to him if he can get a decent hit with a baseball match. Tomoya continues to practice hitting the ball until he gets good enough to face Akio again. He finally hits a home run, and runs over to Akio to beg him to let Nagisa be with him; Akio agrees. Christmas time arrives, and as Nagisa turns twenty, she has her first drink of sake; when she is drunk, she accuses Tomoya of being attracted to Sanae. Nagisa's fever goes up again, causing her to become absent from school, but not enough to repeat another year. Tomoya soon organizes with some of their friends and previous classmates to gather at the school and celebrate Nagisa's graduation. Nagisa receives her diploma and graduates. Tomoya and Nagisa get married soon after.

star 8.87
121 votes
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Forever By Your Side

#8 - Forever By Your Side

Clannad Season 2 - Episode 6

After getting over Igarashi, Misae starts hanging out with Katsuki more and starts falling in love with him. One day, Katsuki realizes after going to his house with two of Misae's friends that he is in fact not Katsuki Shima, but a cat who was sent by the dying Katsuki Shima to grant Misae's wish. At the autumn festival, Misae confesses she has come to love Katsuki, but that night he disappears shortly after Misae made her wish for him to always be with her. After Tomoya wakes up, and realizes the cat showed him all this, Tomoya later tells Misae some things Katsuki did not get a chance to tell her.

star 8.80
121 votes
Another Training Camp!

#9 - Another Training Camp!

K-ON! Season 1 - Episode 10

Azusa meets up with Ui for lunch and are later joined by Ritsu. They try to call Tsumugi but end up talking to her butler. Yui and Ritsu invite Sawako to join their next training camp, but she appears disinterested. The gang arrive at an even bigger villa than last year, though Mugi points out it still isn't the one she desired. Yui and Ritsu want to play and Mio and Azusa want to practise, but the latter gets outvoted by Tsumugi in favour of playing. Azusa objects, but ends up having the most fun anyway, even getting sunburnt in the process. After practise, dinner and fireworks, Ritsu suggests a test of courage, and Mio and Azusa are shocked by the sudden appearance of Sawako. Later that night, Azusa joins Yui practising guitar. Azusa meets up with Ui again, although she can barely recognise her with all the sunburn.

star 8.74
189 votes
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Part 3

#10 - The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Part 3

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Season 1 - Episode 5

Yuki completes her explanation of the Integrated Data Entity and how it relates to herself and to Haruhi. Furthermore, she discusses Haruhi's powers, and how she could destroy and recreate the world on a whim. Kyon, while simply trying to understand all of what Yuki had told him, is initially skeptical of her story. The SOS Brigade gets a new member — a mysterious transfer student by the name of Itsuki Koizumi. On a day off from school, the SOS Brigade searches the city in groups to try to investigate mysteries, during which Mikuru reveals to Kyon the existence of time-travelers. Kyon later confronts Itsuki and learns of the Agency.

star 8.48
188 votes
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Where She Belongs

#11 - Where She Belongs

Clannad Season 2 - Episode 7

Tomoya, Nagisa, and Youhei finally find out that Yukine is respected by the two rival gangs in the city since she helps both sides' members after they get hurt. Her older brother is the leader of one of the gangs, and a young boy named Yu comes to her to find his older sister who apparently is dating a guy in Yukine's brother's gang. Youhei tells Yu that he is Yukine's brother for a time, but the truth is later revealed after Yukine takes Yu, along with Tomoya, Nagisa, and Youhei, to a bar where her brother's gang hangs out. Yukine's brother has been in the hospital since he saved a friend and got in a car accident. While heading home, three members of the rival gang think Youhei is Yukine's brother and try to fight him and Tomoya, but Tomoyo intervenes, stopping them single-handedly.

star 8.44
116 votes
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Episode 13

#12 - Episode 13

Nichijou - My Ordinary Life Season 1 - Episode 13

The kid is up to something ridiculous again. Your trick is out in the open! Buy it! Buy it! Buy it! Buy it! Starting tomorrow, you can go to school.

star 7.83
36 votes
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Episode 11

#13 - Episode 11

Nichijou - My Ordinary Life Season 1 - Episode 11

Pretending to be asleep won't do any good! Super ultra great delicious wonderful bad. That must be the power of Daiku Industries. Surely happiness must taste like mud.

star 7.76
37 votes
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Episode 23

#14 - Episode 23

Nichijou - My Ordinary Life Season 1 - Episode 23

Mio is poisoned, Makoto is caught, Yukko makes a tough decision, and Mai tries to make peace with the Professor.

star 7.70
30 votes
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Ways for Spending Summer

#15 - Ways for Spending Summer

Lucky Star Season 1 - Episode 20

Konata and Kagami talk about getting rare cards from snack packs and female otakus' tastes in males. Konata, her dad, and Yutaka are annoyed by mosquitoes. The girls are taking summer classes, and Konata tries to get some of her homework done at Kagami and Tsukasa's house. The girls all go to a fireworks festival and meet with Yutaka's classmates along the way. On Lucky Channel, Akira and a special guest, Daisuke Ono, take a quick look at Shiraishi's trek on Mount Fuji.

star 7.14
69 votes