The Best Episodes Directed by Keitaro Motonaga

The Festival Accompanying Chapter - Part 10 - Bloody Battle

#1 - The Festival Accompanying Chapter - Part 10 - Bloody Battle

When They Cry - Higurashi Season 2 - Episode 23

Irie, Kasai, and Shion head to the clinic to rescue Tomitake, and Irie finally reveals the truth about Satoshi's disappearance to Shion. Elsewhere, the gang battles the Yamainu in the mountains.

star 9.82
65 votes

#2 - Inversion

Date A Live Season 2 - Episode 10

Tohka is born into a negative form with her counterpart sword Qliphoth and has no memory. Mana and Jessica reach the concluded battle. Jessica, dying in Mana's arms, tells how she always felt jealous and wanted to become strong for the DEM, Mana made her decision to dishonor Westcott. Westcott decides to retreat, although he briefly calls Shido "Takamiya". Tohka launches brutal attacks then Miku becomes vulnerable. Yoshino, Yoshinon, Kaguya, and Yuzuru regain their sanity. Shido took the hit to protect Miku. Tohka swings the sword of demise on the city, Shido flies towards her reminding her of him; dropping the Sandalphon, he seals her power once more with a kiss restoring her. Kurumi continue her search for the captive Spirit. The next day, Miku who is happy trusting Shido she purposely kisses him sealing her power much less her clothes. Miku invites everyone to listen to her latest concert then announces to her "darling" stunning the crowd and Shido. His competition among the girls' affection continues.

star 9.15
62 votes
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The Truth About Miku

#3 - The Truth About Miku

Date A Live Season 2 - Episode 9

Shido almost got caught until Miku makes an entry as she commands the Spirits to join the battlefield just to collect Tohka. Origami in a convention suit partners with Mana. While Shido and Miku argue, he reveals that Kurumi learned how Miku acquire her Spirit power from Phantom (like Kotori), she finally tells that she used to be a splendid singer Tsukino Yoimachi, but one day she rejected a TV producer's career offer due to disgrace, then bad rumors spread with no help from her agency and fans, she tried to reconnect with her fans, but suffers psychogenic aphonia, resulting in her losing her voice; this cause Miku to tension condemn humanity. Shido vows to keep his promise. Origami, Ratatoskr, terrorizes the territory to subdue Ellen. Westcott makes his appearance when Shido and Miku find Tohka. Shido is stabbed by Ellen with Tohka watching she goes berserk.

star 9.10
61 votes
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#4 - Manifestation

Date A Live Season 2 - Episode 4

The woman stalking Tohka and Shido before, Ellen, finally reveals her true colors and orders a pack of mechs called Bandersnatch units after Tohka in an attempt to capture her. During the clash, Tohka gets incapacitated and captured only for Shido to call upon her sword to break the Bandersnatch off her. Meanwhile, Kannazuki and his crew on board the Fraxinus gets attacked by an enemy airship. Kannazuki launches a counterattack after deflecting several shots, leading to a full-scale dogfight between the two ships. Back at Shido's battle, Ellen falls down into a pit trap (oddly enough) dug by Ai, Mai, and Mii allowing Shido and Tohka to escape. Running to Kaguya and Yuzuru, he summons Tohka's power to intervene the duel and convinces both the girls to forget about becoming Yamai and focus on enjoying their lives together. Noticing the airship that attacked the Fraxinus, the twins combine their powers and eviscerate the ship with one massive blast. After the incident, Shido successfully seals the Yamai twins' powers, unfortunately stripping them of their clothes just as Tohka arrives. Meanwhile, Kotori learns from a strange man that Shido has manifested a spirit's power and that she might have to kill Shido if the situation worsens.

star 9.09
56 votes
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Girls' Music

#5 - Girls' Music

Date A Live Season 2 - Episode 6

Mana finally awakens from her battle with Kurumi. For the upcoming competition Ai, Mai, and Mii prepare a band to compete against Miku's. Origami hears from Ryōko about the usurp mission in capturing Tohka and Shido during the festival. Serving a Maid Café with the Yamai twins employed, Shido (as Shiori again) even hands out posters as the head maid when he and Miku come across and ask "her" to date her though Shiori still annoyed of Miku's arrogance. Shido then finds the bandmates were manipulated and will not perform for the concert. Fraxinus cuts the stage's power to slow things down, but Miku gets the advantage with her Astral Dress. The AST led by Jessica target the Tengu Square until Ryōko and Origami piloting the “White Licorice” interfere. Kaguya and Yuzuru as they are professional, backup Tohka and Shido to perform as best as they could regardless of outside interference.

star 9.08
52 votes
Don't Fool Around (At Night)!!

#6 - Don't Fool Around (At Night)!!

Ah! My Buddha Season 1 - Episode 2

Ikkou and Chitose clean the temple while the rest of the gang is doing high school club activities. Ikkou and Chitose sneaks into town at night to go to karaoke together. They later go to an arcade to get their photo taken. As they try to leave, earthbound spirits stop them. Chitose gives them a sermon and they are exorcised. When Ikkou and Chitose meet Jotoku and the gang, Jotoku punishes Ikkou for disappearing from the temple.

star 9.00
84 votes
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Don't Peek!

#7 - Don't Peek!

Ah! My Buddha Season 1 - Episode 3

After a swim class, the girls find that only bras and underwear of C-cup girls and above are taken from the locker room. Ikkou is the prime suspect is relentlessly question by the girls. A friend of Ikkou, Yagani, reveals his feelings for Sumi and wants Ikkou to help him make Sumi instantly love him. The underwear thief is revealed to be a spirit and Jotoku orders the gang to exorcise the spirit after school. The spirit is Yagani and is exorcised after Ikkou awakens.

star 9.00
84 votes
Don't Cosplay!!

#8 - Don't Cosplay!!

Ah! My Buddha Season 1 - Episode 5

Sakura's & Chitose's class competes with each others in a food selling contest in an annual festival. The winner will receive food tickets for a year. During the festival, a spirit, who frequents Sakura's homepage, sees her at school. Sakura takes him to go to all the booths in the festival. After the festival, the spirit is able to rest in peace and disappears.

star 9.00
84 votes
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Don't Transform!!

#9 - Don't Transform!!

Ah! My Buddha Season 1 - Episode 6

Ikkou and the nuns go to a department store where there has been a restless spirit. They find a Super Sentai team that cannot rest until they perform one last time. After performing for Ikkou and the nuns, one of them does not dissipate. It's up to Ikkou and the nuns to exorcise him.

star 9.00
84 votes
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Don't Wake Up!!

#10 - Don't Wake Up!!

Ah! My Buddha Season 1 - Episode 12

Chitose is determined to keep Ikkou from needing to awaken to exorcise. Ikkou is chosen to perform the Joya-no-Kane, ringing of the bell 108 times at New Year's Eve to negate the 108 human desires. The other are deal with the visitors. An excessively large amount of spirit gather during the ringing of the bell and Ikkou faints as he strikes the bell the last time. Chitose volunteers to protect Ikkou but is nearly raped. Ikkou wakes up and comes to Chitose's rescue, using the power of the holy priest to exorcise all the spirits gathered without awakening. He faints again afterwards.

star 9.00
84 votes
Two Requests

#11 - Two Requests

Date A Live Season 2 - Episode 3

The twin spirits, still trying to seduce Shido, start cuddling up to Shido completely naked in bed. The situation worsens when one of his teachers walks in on the mess. Later, Shido plans to seal the Yamai twins' powers without letting one of them win in an effort to avoid both the unpredictability of the loser and what would happen to the loser's personality. During their contest, they have Shido coat their backs in suntan lotion ending up turned on from the application. Later, the Yamai sisters team up with Shido to take on Tohka and Origami in a volleyball game in which the winner is the former's team. During the afternoon, Origami is ambushed by a strange mech-like being.

star 8.89
56 votes
The Promise to Keep

#12 - The Promise to Keep

Date A Live Season 2 - Episode 8

Shido and Kurumi arrive back at the Tengu Square to reason with Miku. Obnoxious she attempts to assault Shido, but Kurumi's power intercepts as she's resistible to Miku. As Kurumi distracts Kaguya, Yuzuru, and Yoshino; Kurumi traps Miku with Shido in a dark void to have private conversation. Despite his apology she still will not listen, so Shido makes his way to rescue Tohka alone. Westcott torments Tohka for his ambition to harness her power in despair. Fake spatial quake alarms are set off to evacuate all civilians. Kurumi holds off a pack of Bandersnatch units, as Mana appears and everyone aboard Fraxinus are back in their right minds. Meanwhile, Miku struggles about Shido's justice whether he actually cares for others than himself. Infiltrating the DEM Industries, Mana and Jessica engage, communications are jammed, Shido summons the Sandalphon to swipe the guards and enduring Kotori's healing ability.

star 8.86
58 votes

#13 - Diva

Date A Live Season 2 - Episode 5

The suspension placed on Origami is finally lifted, we see Kusakabe having some complaints and a new character is introduced into the series. Shido is selected as the organizer of the Ten-Oh Festival, after a spacequake alarm goes off, Shido gets working and a new spirit is revealed, Diva, proves to be more of a challenge than the other spirits. AST interrupts Diva and they go on trying to take her down resulting in her escaping, after Shido encounters himself in a troublesome situation. The transformation of Shido into Shiori begins. The fierce battle to win Diva over begins, but will Shiori be able to accomplish the task at hand or will Diva be more challenging than expected?

star 8.79
57 votes
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#14 - Gabriel

Date A Live Season 2 - Episode 7

As the score results for the annual contest comes in, even though Miku won the best performance, the support of Raizen's Maid Café earns Shido enough declare winner. Depress and refusing to accept Shiori's friendship, Miku unleashes her angel Solo brainwashing the crowd, except Tohka, and hold down Shiori. But then Miku finds out Shiori is a guy leading her totally shock. To make matters worse, Fraxinus and Kotori fallen under Miku's control too, and Ellen abducts Tohka. Shido manages to escape, however, he is now a fugitive in the city. Thought-out the disturbance, Shido meets Kurumi and begs her to help him. Tohka awakens in the DEM facility restrained.

star 8.73
56 votes
Daily Life

#15 - Daily Life

Date A Live Season 2 - Episode 1

Shido wakes up by the troubles of both Tohka and Yoshino and somehow resolves it, meanwhile Origami got suspended for two months by the AST. While eating their breakfast, Shido receives a text from Origami and they discuss about the event that happened a month ago, While cleaning the room of Shido, Tohka notice a suitcase (for their schooltrip) that is a resemblance of a drama sequel on the television. Tohka got worried and rushes to find Shido and found Shido with Origami. While Shido tries to make it up with Tohka by getting her some kinako bread and got home, he notice that the lock of his suitcase was broken, so he went out and meet up with Origami again. While Tohka imagines another scheme of the show she rushes again to find Shido. And this time he caught Shido and Origami together and imagines that both of them are leaving. Tohka gets jealous and gain of her powers and runs of while carrying Shido's suitcase. By the spirit power of Tohka, she activated a spacequake. Shido rushes to find Tohka and finds her in their special place and Tohka (misunderstands everything) tries to prevent Shido from leaving but he explains that all is a misunderstanding, while Tohka cannot control her powers and hit Shido with shockwaves but Shido is determined and sealed Tohka power again. While Isaac and Ellen scheming a plan for Tohka, meanwhile Kurumi have some other plans and that is to kill the first spirit.

star 8.66
62 votes
Hurricane Children

#16 - Hurricane Children

Date A Live Season 2 - Episode 2

After a very awkward moment in Shido's class where Tohka tries switching genders in an effort to bunk with Shido, the class goes on a field trip to Arubi Island. During the entire trip, Origami and Tohka end up constantly annoying Shido in an effort to win his affections. Meanwhile DEM Industries, an organization with an interest in spirits begins stalking Tohka. Some time later, a massive hurricane appears out of nowhere while Shido and Tohka are on a stroll. Three trash cans strike Tohka, knocking her out in the process while two spirits viciously battle overhead. When Shido tries to intervene, the twin spirits Yuzuru and Kaguya decide that their next battle will be over winning Shido's heart to the latter's dismay. When the two girls follow Shido back to the class holding his arms, Origami becomes enraged over her new competition. As Shido's teacher tries to arrange the girls to be students in the class, Kaguya and Yuzuru explain that they were once one spirit named Yamai and that their contests are in an effort to find out whose personality will stay when the girls fuse and become Yamai once more. Later that day, an incident occurs when the twins drag Shido into the men's bath in an effort to sexually seduce him. Things get worse when Tohka shows up along with the rest of the class.

star 8.66
61 votes
Plane, the Absolute

#17 - Plane, the Absolute

Katanagatari Season 1 - Episode 1

Togame, a female samurai general, travels to the Fushou island to asks Shichika for help in collecting the 12 legendary swords.

star 8.54
169 votes
Blunt, the Decapitator

#18 - Blunt, the Decapitator

Katanagatari Season 1 - Episode 2

It has been one month since Shichika left his island home and began his journey with Togame. Together they have journeyed across Japan to Inaba where they hope to retrieve the Namakura Sword. However, the swords current master, Ginkaku Uneri is far more skilled than anyone Shichika has ever faced before. Shichika must then use all of his skills in order to defeat Ginkaku and protect both the sword and Togame.

star 8.48
129 votes
Confession (1)

#19 - Confession (1)

Digimon Adventure Tri. Season 3 - Episode 1

star 7.67
51 votes
The Master of the Inn

#20 - The Master of the Inn

Utawarerumono Season 2 - Episode 6

The inn where Haku's staying, the Hakuroukaku, is known for its beautiful owner. She sends him a letter and invites him to a banquet. He goes, but...

star 7.64
14 votes
The Chivalrous Man

#21 - The Chivalrous Man

Utawarerumono Season 2 - Episode 2

The village is under attack by monsters called gigiri, small insects with nasty claws. Haku and Kuon go with a group of mercenaries to help wipe them out, but get more than they bargained for when they run into a boro-gigiri, a monster that's over 30 feet tall.

star 7.50
14 votes
Master of the Blade

#22 - Master of the Blade

Utawarerumono Season 2 - Episode 14

The invading forces are taking Yamato citizens hostage and using them as front line troops against the Eight Pillar generals. Rurutie and Haku go on a dangerous mission behind enemy lines to release the hostages' loved ones.

star 7.45
11 votes

#23 - Masks

Utawarerumono Season 2 - Episode 15

The ancient power of the masks is brought down to bear on the invading Usuurussha armies. The armies are torn apart by the power of the Eight Pillar Generals, but is the cost to Yamato's own citizens too great?

star 7.33
12 votes
The Pirate Girl

#24 - The Pirate Girl

Utawarerumono Season 2 - Episode 5

Haku's busy days of working hard in the mornings and afternoon and studying at night are wearing down his mind. However, his hard work pays off when he's finally given a vacation. With his freedom and a little money, he sets out to the capital.

star 7.30
10 votes
Kamunagi of Chains

#25 - Kamunagi of Chains

Utawarerumono Season 2 - Episode 12

For his services in saving the princess, Haku is invited to the palace and given an audience with the emperor. He is gifted two girls who are called the Priestesses of Chains. But he doesn't realize the deep meaning they possess.

star 7.27
11 votes

#26 - Rescue

Utawarerumono Season 2 - Episode 22

The emperor is dead, and Anju has been poisoned. Oshutoru takes the blame for the crime. Haku mounts a daring plan to rescue him.

star 7.25
12 votes
The Young Princess

#27 - The Young Princess

Utawarerumono Season 2 - Episode 7

The emperor of Yamato holds absolute loyalty from his subjects. And his daughter, Anju, has her birthday approaching. Hakuroukaku finds itself with a strange visitor. Kuon's eyes shine coldly at this selfish young girl.

star 7.23
13 votes

#28 - Warrior

Utawarerumono Season 2 - Episode 20

Haku comes up with a brilliant plan to attack the fortress where the Tousukuru provisions are stored. But he's discovered by a general who's as powerful as his entire group combined!

star 7.18
11 votes

#29 - Curse

Utawarerumono Season 2 - Episode 1

A man wakes up on a snowy mountain with no memories, where he is chased by a giant centipede monster. He's saved by a girl with furry ears and a long cat tale.

star 7.17
12 votes

#30 - Banquet

Utawarerumono Season 2 - Episode 16

After returning from the war, Haku is deeply depressed. The girls all offer him gifts to cheer him up, but it doesn't help. So all the men decide to have a massive banquet and drink together. It gets out of hand and everyone starts taking off their clothes..

star 7.17
12 votes
The Eight Pillar Generals

#31 - The Eight Pillar Generals

Utawarerumono Season 2 - Episode 13

Yamato is threatened by a barbarian invasion from the north, but the town doesn't seem worried at all. The eight pillar generals mount a counterattack, and Haku finds himself dragged along.

star 7.10
10 votes

#32 - Afterglow

Utawarerumono Season 2 - Episode 17

The truth behind Haku's past is revealed. What is his connection to the emperor, and to the mysterious and powerful masks?

star 7.09
11 votes

#33 - Escape

Utawarerumono Season 2 - Episode 23

The chase is on as Haku attempts to smuggle Oshutoru and Anju from the capital. But will he be able to flee the combined might of the eight pillar generals?

star 7.08
12 votes
Imperial Capital Detective Stories

#34 - Imperial Capital Detective Stories

Utawarerumono Season 2 - Episode 8

A lone passenger ship set sail in the night fog. It turns out to be a hub for illegal gambling.

star 7.08
13 votes
The Princess Plays With Fire

#35 - The Princess Plays With Fire

Utawarerumono Season 2 - Episode 11

The princess has decided to pretend to be kidnapped, in hopes that Oshutoru will come and save her. She enlists Nosuri's help and Haku is forced to help too. But Nosuri has no idea who she really is, and when Oshutoru comes, Haku is forced to face him alone...!

star 7.08
13 votes
The Imperial Capital

#36 - The Imperial Capital

Utawarerumono Season 2 - Episode 4

Having reached the capital, Haku and gang look for work... but not before partying. That's when a girl named Nekone appears before them, and she's actually Ukon's little sister.

star 7.00
14 votes
Death of the Emperor

#37 - Death of the Emperor

Utawarerumono Season 2 - Episode 21

The Emperor is dead, and now his daughter must take his place. But the Eight Pillar Generals have other ideas. She is poisoned and Oshutoru is blamed for the killing. Will Haku be able to make it in time?

star 7.00
11 votes
The Road to the Imperial Capital

#38 - The Road to the Imperial Capital

Utawarerumono Season 2 - Episode 3

Haku and Kuon travel to the capital, but their journey is interrupted by a bandit attack.

star 6.92
13 votes
In Flames

#39 - In Flames

Utawarerumono Season 2 - Episode 19

The war against Tousukuru is going poorly, and Haku is sent with reinforcements. Munechika turns to him to come up with a plan to break the stalemate.

star 6.91
11 votes
Messengers from the Land Where Gods Sleep

#40 - Messengers from the Land Where Gods Sleep

Utawarerumono Season 2 - Episode 9

A messenger arrives at Yamato, claiming he's from a land beyond the eastern sea.

star 6.85
13 votes

#41 - Invasion

Utawarerumono Season 2 - Episode 18

The Emperor has declared war on Tousukuru, and Haku is summoned to join the fight. Will Kuon be willing to fight against her homeland?

star 6.73
11 votes
What Makes a Ruler

#42 - What Makes a Ruler

Utawarerumono Season 2 - Episode 24

The race is on to escape the capital as the rest of the Eight Pillar Generals seek Oshutoru's death. Burai corners Haku and his friends, and the only way to survive is for a wounded Oshutoru to use the power of his cursed mask.

star 6.42
12 votes
Who Carries On His Will

#43 - Who Carries On His Will

Utawarerumono Season 2 - Episode 25

The princess and the rest of the group have successfully fled to Enna-Kamui to ready themselves for the coming civil war. Oshutoru and Nekone arrive later, bearing bad news: Haku is dead.

star 6.31
13 votes
In Love

#44 - In Love

Utawarerumono Season 2 - Episode 10

Anju is in love with Oshutoru, the royal general. But because she is the imperial princess, she can't fall in love like ordinary people do. Kuon and the others try their best to help her.

star 6.09
11 votes