The BEST episodes directed by Kiyoshi Murayama

24 votes

#1 - Fearless

Ace of Diamond - Season 1 - Episode 59

Yuki and Narumiya faceoff to determine who has the superior strength in what could be the game's final determining showdown. Will Seido be able to take their first lead and change the pace of the game?

170 votes

#2 - Revival

Haikyu!! - Season 1 - Episode 15

Karasuno arrives for their first matches on both the men's and women's sides of the tourney. On the men's side people talk about how Karasuno did well in the past bu they were now crashed ravens. On the women's side they contemplate how they should have practiced more. Aoba Johsai watches from the stands and wonders how the addition of a coach and two new players will change Karasuno's attack. As the match begins Kageyama sets to Ryuunosuke for the quick spike and kill. The second point goes to the ace, Azumane. Finally the quick attack of Kageyama and Hinata is unveiled on the third point. It is only set 1. Karasuno now leads 3-0, but others have just realized that Karasuno is back and possibly better than ever.

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Data for the Future
17 votes

#3 - Data for the Future

Baby Steps - Season 2 - Episode 3

After winning his first match in America, Eiichirō finally gets to play Ike in a one set match. Ike gets it approved at the New Years party where many of Eiichirō's new friends first learn of Natsu. Eiichirō plays Ike and begins to collect data on what the players in the world of the Pros is like. On his final day in Florida the coach proposes Eiichirō and Alex play a 3-set match. Alex learns how fearsome the notebook can be as he is forced to change his play pattern after Eiichirō breaks him twice. Eiichirō wins Set One 6-2

Dramatic by Nature
13 votes

#4 - Dramatic by Nature

Baby Steps - Season 2 - Episode 17

Ide's remarkable ability to adapt instantly to everything has Eiichiro struggling, and reads his notes again to regain his focus. This improves his movements and leads to more impressive rallies, making the match even more exciting. Neither is willing to yield as the match comes down to which player can manage to hold serve...

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Hachiken Makes a Huge Mistake
67 votes

#5 - Hachiken Makes a Huge Mistake

Silver Spoon - Season 1 - Episode 8

Hachiken's older brother Shingo pays a visit at the Mikage farm to check on him, much to his young brother's chagrin. Just as his part-time job is about to finish, Hachiken's carelesness lead to a huge prejudice to the farm and willing to take responsibility for it, refuses to be paid for his work, but he is convinced by the Mikages to accept as they consider that all the help he provided them during these three weeks were worth it despite what happened.

Holiday -Festival-
11 votes

#6 - Holiday -Festival-

Seven Knights Revolution: Hero Successor - Season 1 - Episode 6

The school is preparing for its annual festival. While the rest of the students worry about finding a partner for the night's dance, Claire struggles to find a way to be useful to Gareth.

Conclusion -End Times-
10 votes

#7 - Conclusion -End Times-

Seven Knights Revolution: Hero Successor - Season 1 - Episode 9

While Reda joins the fight against Amis Germain and his overwhelming power, Gareth learns the secret of the old library from Sophitia.

Caffeine, Temptation, and Jealousy
25 votes

#8 - Caffeine, Temptation, and Jealousy

Cells at Work! Code Black - Season 1 - Episode 7

An accident occurs where the oxygen delivered by Red Blood Cell (AC1677) to a young Ordinary Cell transforms into reactive oxygen, causing the Ordinary Cell to age. Though it was an accident, he is overcome by guilt for making a cell grow old. Shortly after, an awards ceremony is held for new Red Blood Cells, where AA2153 is chosen for the Rookie of the Year award. Though they started on the job at the same time, AC1677 is pained by a sense of inferiority towards his coworker, but a senior Red Blood Cell approaches him and says that he understands how he must feel. The senior Red Blood Cell says, "I know a place that will make you feel better," and tries to take AC1677 somewhere.

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Baffled by Intuition
13 votes

#9 - Baffled by Intuition

Baby Steps - Season 2 - Episode 9

Coach Ryuhei Aoi decides to teach Eiichirō the importance of relying on instincts during a match instead of relying solely on data. In order to teach him how to play against a player who relies solely on instinct Eiichirō is forced to face off with Natsu. Eiichirō takes the words that he can play at full strength to hearts content though and starts using the data he's collected in his head to target all of Natsu's small weak points.

Change Gears
23 votes

#10 - Change Gears

Ace of Diamond - Season 1 - Episode 53

After three innings the game remains close. Next up is the cleanup, Yuki, and Narumiya changes his gears. Baiting with the changeup, he strikes out Yuki with a fastball, creating momentum for Inashiro. Seido realizes Narumiya is only going all out for Yuki, but will this lead to them having a mental blow or lead to them being more determined than ever to defeat Narumiya?

A Vicious Circle is Lucky
16 votes

#11 - A Vicious Circle is Lucky

Baby Steps - Season 2 - Episode 2

Eiichirō begins closing the gap on the others at the Florida Academy, but during everyone of his matches he has one moment where he presses too hard, costing him a set and eventually costing him the match. Coach Mike takes Eiichirō to the video room and points out this pattern. He suggests Eiichirō find a way to remain calm during the match. If he can do so, he'll be able to reverse this tide. During one match Eiichirō accidentally trips, but while error costs him a point it awakens him to the world of repetitive patterns in tennis. By using a pattern he finds in the match, Eiichirō is finally able to win his first set in America.

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Are You Not Happy?
19 votes

#12 - Are You Not Happy?

All Out!! - Season 1 - Episode 20

The whistle sounds and the curtains close on a fierce battle. In their fight against Tenjiku, Jinko has achieved victory. At dinner after the game, Jinko finds themselves unable to celebrate their victory. However, when Komori asks the team, "Aren't you happy?", Sekizan and the others boil over with delight. Later Komori makes good on his promise to take Yoshida drinking, but at the bar they encounter...!

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A Rude First Meeting
13 votes

#13 - A Rude First Meeting

Baby Steps - Season 2 - Episode 19

Eitaro, upon winning spectacularly in his fight against Ide, decides to go to the National Junior's. Coach Aoi explains that towards the end of the match, Eitaro was completely in the zone.

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Awakening -Succession-
22 votes

#14 - Awakening -Succession-

Seven Knights Revolution: Hero Successor - Season 1 - Episode 1

Faria, successor to Eunomia of the Seven Knights, saves a boy named Nemo in a village under attack by monsters. Nemo awakens his own successor power during the fight, and what he does stuns even Faria!

37 votes

#15 - Opt-out

Gatchaman Crowds - Season 2 - Episode 9

The general public has come to accept the Kuu-samas into society, and they seem to be helping with Gelsadra's wishes to help everyone become one. However, in order to make everyone become one, the Kuu-samas take the next step. The Gatchaman try to warn the public about the Kuu-samas and their actions, but they find out now that this has been set into motion, it's not easily stopped. The Gatchaman now consider Gelsadra and the Kuu-samas dangerous, which ends up making them unfavorable to the general public that loves both Gelsadra and the Kuu-samas...

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