The BEST episodes directed by Kiyoshi Matsuda

Character Transformation! Amulet Spade!
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9.80
30 votes

#1 - Character Transformation! Amulet Spade!

Shugo Chara! - Season 1 - Episode 6

Amu accompanies Yaya to the guardian's ballet class. During practice, the class's prima Maika Himekawa sprains her ankle and Yaya is chosen to be Maika's stand-in for the upcoming performance. Meanwhile, Nikaidou meets with Ikuto on the street and informs him that that Maika's egg may be the Embryo, but if it is not, Ikuto will need to clean up.

Keep On
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9.73
64 votes

#2 - Keep On

Ixion Saga: Dimension Transfer - Season 1 - Episode 7

What should have been a relaxing trip to the hot springs and complicated by Kon’s glowing inability to control his self and that Erec is staying at the same inn.

Destiny - Schicksal
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9.51
35 votes

#3 - Destiny - Schicksal

Rozen Maiden - Season 1 - Episode 11

Suigintou distracts Shinku with her minons while she send Jun into his dreamworld to prevent him from interfering. Suigintou mentions flippantly that humans tends to break when they can no longer tell the difference between dreams and reality (the ending she meant for Jun). She is angered when Shinku keeps calling her a piece of junk and they engaged in a fierce battle. Shinku can't get away to save Jun and prays that he's not fooled by his dreams. Shinku loses her concentration when Jun is unable to face his fears in his dream. In his dream world, Jun is near breaking point when he is seemingly rejected by everyone, even Nori. Suiseseki and Souseseki wanted to enter Nori's dreamworld to save them, now that they no longer have Renpika and Amethyst Dream to help them open the door. Suigintou captures Shinku and forces her to give up her rosa mystique to save Jun. Hinaichigo comes along in time to provide a distraction and Shinku takes the chance to enter Jun's dreamworld. Suiseseki and

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Out of Your Control
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8.87
131 votes

#4 - Out of Your Control

Durarara!! - Season 1 - Episode 18

Confusion is starting to descend on the town of Ikebukuro. Izaya grins with an evil smile... everything is going according to plan. Unaware of Izaya's plan, Masaomi is remembering the past in an abandoned building. How he came back here. How a girl named Mikajima Saki still waits for him at the hospital. He remembers the words Izaya once said to him: "You can never run from your past."

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Crisis Point
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8.46
170 votes

#5 - Crisis Point

Black Bullet - Season 1 - Episode 12

Rentaro, Kagetane and Kohina reach the Gastrea nest where Pleiades is located and both Rentaro and Kagetane strike Pleiades' weak point, killing it. After evading pursue by a horde of Gastrea led by Aldebaran and returning to the camp, Rentaro informs Seitenshi of Pleiades' death, and she orders some jets to bomb the Gastrea attacking the base including Aldebaran, who regenerates even after its head is destroyed, just like Gado informed him. After the battle, Rentaro is reunited with Enju and the others, but is also informed that Gado was killed in the occasion and as the top ranked officer remaining, he is now in charge of the Adjuvant forces. Some troops surround Kagetane and Kohina, accusing them of killing a pair previously, and Kagetane confirms it, affirming that they just responded a challenge to a fight. Rentaro stops the troops from fighting them in retribution for his assistance, but is later informed by Shoma that Midori was attacked during the fight and as a result, her corrosion rate is past the point of no return. Rentaro then visits the bedridden Midori and after talking to her, she leaves claiming she needs to go to the toilet, but flees instead. Rentaro and Shoma's search for her lead them to find Midori already dead after she commited suicide and Shoma regrets not being by her side in her final moments. Returning to base, Rentaro wears Gado's coat and introduces himself to the others as their newest commander. When one of the soldiers deny his authority, he stabs him instead and both Kagetane and Kohina step in to protect him from an Initiator who attacks him in sequence. After the reunion, Gado's partner Asaka Mibu confronts Rentaro for being so rough on the others and when he berates Gado in front of her for his failures, she draws her sword to attack him, when Shoma stops her and convinces her to be his partner at least until the war is over. To formulate a plan to defeat Aldebaran, Rentaro asks for Miori's help, despite Kisara's protests, and M

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The Crimson Black Assassin
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8.31
218 votes

#6 - The Crimson Black Assassin

Black Bullet - Season 1 - Episode 5

While Rentaro struggles to find a new school for Enju to attend, Kisara informs him of a potential bodyguard job offer by Seitenshi. Rentaro later visits Seitenshi where she explains that he would be her bodyguard in an upcoming meeting with the Osaka Area's head, Sogen Saitake. However the leader of Seitenshi's personal guard, Takuto Yasuwaki, grows envious of Rentaro's close position to Seitenshi and tries to intimidate Rentaro into rejecting the job; making him accept it all the more. Sometime later Rentaro stumbles upon a disheveled girl named Tina Sprout wandering around the city. Unbenknownst to Rentaro, Tina turns out to be a Cursed Child hired assassin. The next day Rentaro attends the meeting between Seitenshi and Sogen and the pair learn of his tyrannical plan to turn Japan into the dominant superpower after the Gastrea's defeat. After the meeting Seitenshi explains to Rentaro of her ideal for the reunification of Japan and enlists him to work for her full time. Suddenly their vehicle comes under the attack of a sniper but Rentaro and the bodyguards manage to get Seitenshi to safety. Finally Tina relays the failure of her mission to assassinate Seitenshi to her superior and wonders about the person who thwarted her attempt.

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Hard Chase
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8.29
85 votes

#7 - Hard Chase

Macross Frontier - Season 1 - Episode 2

Ranka Lee is on her way to S.M.S. to drop off some items for her older brother Ozma Lee when she happens to meet Sheryl Nome. Alto Saotome also shows up when the two arrive at an observation park, but then the Vajra loom over from the skies above.

Your Name Is
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8.23
184 votes

#8 - Your Name Is

IS: Infinite Stratos - Season 1 - Episode 12

The final battle is at hand! The Gospel IS seems like an unstoppable force, and it will take all the teamwork, trust, and power that the girls can muster to take it down.

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The Monument on the Border
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8.12
201 votes

#9 - The Monument on the Border

Black Bullet - Season 1 - Episode 8

Rentaro and Kisara decide to teach the Cursed Children in the Outer District themselves due to the tension created by the New Gastrea Law. However Seitenshi informs them of a recent Stage Four Gastrea attack on one of the Area's Varanium Monoliths and that in six days the creature's corrosive agent will dissolve the barrier and leave the Tokyo Area vulnerable to the Gastrea. Seitenshi then has Rentaro put together an adjuvant squad of civil officers for a mission to intercept the Gastrea invasion. The next day, while the tension from New Gastrea Law continues to escalate, Rentaro invites Tina to accompany him to recruit civil officers for the mission. They also encounter a blind Cursed Child begging to make ends meet and Rentaro warns her to stay out of the public for her own safety. Being the subject of envy from other civil officers, Rentaro has difficulty in recruiting and visits the Kitagari Civil Security Agency in an attempt to recruit the sibling duo, Promoter Tamaki Katagiri and Initiator Yuzuki Katagiri. After some bargaining disagreements though, the teams decide to spar, with Rentaro and Tina emerging victorious and gaining the Katagiri's aid. Finally, the mission to repel the impending Gastrea invasion begins that night.

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All My Classmates are Female
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8.07
257 votes

#10 - All My Classmates are Female

IS: Infinite Stratos - Season 1 - Episode 1

On his first day of school, Ichika already has a group of admirers, has to room with his childhood friend (who’s not happy), and a lot more problems he didn't foresee.

Tokyo Area Defensive Battle
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8.00
206 votes

#11 - Tokyo Area Defensive Battle

Black Bullet - Season 1 - Episode 10

With three days to go before Monolith 32's collapse, Rentaro and Kisara continue tutoring Matsuzaki's Cursed Children, taking them to visit the Flames of Revolution memorial site where they show their affection for Rentaro. Later that night, Rentaro and Kisara investigate the crumbling Monolith 32 and ponder on why it was specifically targeted by the Aldebaran Gastrea, with Kisara deciding to conduct further research on it. The next day the Tokyo Area's population begins evacuating into underground shelters via lottery, and the remaining public's tension against the Cursed Children only escalates further, forcing Rentaro to rescue the blind Cursed Child from an angry mob. Back at the camp, Kisara and Rentaro are left in shock after learning that Monolith 32 was privately commissioned by Kazumitsu Tendo. The next day, Rentaro and Enju horrifically discover that the other Cursed Children had been killed when a bomb was deliberately dropped on the school. This sends Rentaro into a depression and he vents his frustration on Kisara by arguing against the corrupt strata of their society. Suddenly, the winds knock Monolith 32 to the ground a day early, leaving everyone with no time for grief due to the imminent Gastrea invasion.

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Boy Meets Boy
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7.86
219 votes

#12 - Boy Meets Boy

IS: Infinite Stratos - Season 1 - Episode 5

It looks like Ichika's got new competition. A new male student arrives, a representative from France who is dashing, polite, chivalrous and....well, another boy!

Pass! Pass to Me!
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7.84
19 votes

#13 - Pass! Pass to Me!

Re-Main - Season 1 - Episode 11

Yamanami's team nervously enter the county tournament. Minato intends to fulfill his leading role, but that’s not counting on the Rikka Academy and its offensive strategy.

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C'mon, Let's Get Started
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7.84
19 votes

#14 - C'mon, Let's Get Started

Re-Main - Season 1 - Episode 12

It's finally time for their second match of prefecturals--the long-awaited showdown with Shogakukan. Minato, Eitaro, Jo, Amihama, Ejiri, Babayaro, and Ushimado join their seven hearts as one and challenge the best team in Japan.

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Hey! Look this way!
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7.83
24 votes

#15 - Hey! Look this way!

Re-Main - Season 1 - Episode 6

The Yamanami club are hosting an intensive training camp during Golden Week with the aim of securing their first victory in the departmental tournament in July.

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I'm No Prodigy
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7.68
31 votes

#16 - I'm No Prodigy

Re-Main - Season 1 - Episode 2

Minato learns from Chinu Kawakubo about a promise they made in the past. To fulfill their promise, he decides to join the water polo club, much to the delight of Eitaro Oka and the team captain, Jo Jojima. They utilize his fame to recruit members, but...

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But, Give Us a Hendy
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7.58
31 votes

#17 - But, Give Us a Hendy

Re-Main - Season 1 - Episode 3

Takekazu Ejiri, Yutaka Babayaro Inomata, and Yoshiharu Ushimado join the club, but it needs one last person to make seven for a regulation team. They ask Shugo Amihama, who swam in junior high, but he refuses. When they persist, Shugo makes a proposal.

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Dude, That's Scary!!!
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7.58
26 votes

#18 - Dude, That's Scary!!!

Re-Main - Season 1 - Episode 5

During the training match against the juniors, Yamanami's team begins to understand why water polo is seen as a combat sport.

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This Ain't Looking Good...
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7.52
29 votes

#19 - This Ain't Looking Good...

Re-Main - Season 1 - Episode 4

Amihama stubbornly refuses to join, but a certain something changes his mind and Yamanami's Water Polo Club is officially underway. Despite the team struggling with the basics, they find themselves playing their first practice match.

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Sorry, Who Are You?
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7.49
35 votes

#20 - Sorry, Who Are You?

Re-Main - Season 1 - Episode 1

Minato Kiyomizu wakes from a coma following a car accident. Though once a water polo star in junior high, he's lost three whole years of memories. Abandoning any hope of playing again, he enters Yamanami High School an entire year late.

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Who Are These Guys?
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7.45
22 votes

#21 - Who Are These Guys?

Re-Main - Season 1 - Episode 8

Minato finds out what kind of person he used to be from a video from an old game. He decides to ask Chinu for more details in order to find out the truth, which will leave him speechless.

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Auspicious Day
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7.41
22 votes

#22 - Auspicious Day

Re-Main - Season 1 - Episode 7

Yamanami's captain offers to create a jog that would be unique to their team. However, Amihama seems to stick to her personal joggers and refuses to change them.

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Retiring Samurai
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7.38
21 votes

#23 - Retiring Samurai

The Gymnastics Samurai - Season 1 - Episode 1

Gymnast Jotaro Aragaki is told by his coach to retire, but he can't bring himself to tell his family.

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I've Always Been Me
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7.30
20 votes

#24 - I've Always Been Me

Re-Main - Season 1 - Episode 9

Eitarō tries to convince Minato to continue water polo in Yamanami. Unfortunately, the latter refuses, furious at not being the mainstay of Shogakukan and constantly being compared to who he was before.

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It's the Only Way I Know To Win
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7.29
17 votes

#25 - It's the Only Way I Know To Win

Re-Main - Season 1 - Episode 10

A month before the departmental tournament, Minato takes the reins of training, while following his own particular program in order to find his former form.

Time for Bear and Girl to Part
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7.21
53 votes

#26 - Time for Bear and Girl to Part

Kumamiko - Girl Meets Bear - Season 1 - Episode 1

Fourteen-year-old Machi Amayadori is sick and tired of life in her "boring" mountain village, but can a girl raised by a bear make it in the big city?

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Ms. Kokkuri's Miracle Hot Springs Search in the Steam!
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7.00
7 votes

#27 - Ms. Kokkuri's Miracle Hot Springs Search in the Steam!

Gugure! Kokkuri-san - Season 1 - Episode 8

A curse turns Kokkuri-san into a woman. When Shigaraki proposes they visit a legendary hot spring capable of lifting curses, the entire Ichimatsu household goes on a trip. Kokkuri-san and Shigaraki search for the hot spring together, and Kokkuri-san develops feelings for Shigaraki's gentlemanly behavior...

Inugami Stay House!
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6.79
14 votes

#28 - Inugami Stay House!

Gugure! Kokkuri-san - Season 1 - Episode 3

Inugami begins haunting Kohina and begins criticizing Kokkuri-san's housework in order to drive him out of the home. Kokkuri-san's stomach begins hurting from the stress inflicted on him by Inugami.

Decision
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2.78
36 votes

#29 - Decision

Kumamiko - Girl Meets Bear - Season 1 - Episode 12

Machi has gone missing after making a blunder during the idol contest rehearsal. Yoshio and Hibiki look all over for her, but she’s nowhere to be found, and the time for her to appear on the stage is fast approaching.

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