The BEST episodes directed by Makoto Fuchigami

Summer Darkness
100 votes

#1 - Summer Darkness

From the New World - Season 1 - Episode 7

The Giant Hornet colony arrives and annihilates the Ground Spiders. Satoru agrees to accompany the Giant Hornets leader Kirōmaru to the Ground Spiders' nest, where they are attacked by the Ground Spiders' commander. Satoru suspects that Kirōmaru may have received an order to kill Saki and him, and they flee through the forest, guided through a shortcut by Squera. Upon arriving at the river, they are reunited with their friends. As they are returning to town, they encounter Kirōmaru who helps them by towing them with his ship. Saki restores Shun's Force and offers to help the others restore their Forces.

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Official Game Debut
32 votes

#2 - Official Game Debut

Ace of Diamond - Season 1 - Episode 23

With a 15-0 lead in place, Seido brings in Sawamura to pitch inning 4. The game ends up being called, and Seido advances with ease. Seeing how high Furuya's ball was, Chris takes Sawamura aside and teaches him how to hold the ball and turn his pitch into a fine weapon no one will be expecting. Seido then participates in their second game of the tournament against Puplic Murata East High School.

The Ace Takes the Mound
29 votes

#3 - The Ace Takes the Mound

Ace of Diamond - Season 1 - Episode 36

Sanada comes on and reveals he has a dangerous cutter, shutting down Seido's batting strength. Chris tries to figure out why Sanada isn't being used from the start of games. Ichidai players continue to slowly join in and are shocked to see that Seido has shut down Yakusi so far and leads 5-1. Tanba starts warming up in the 5th inning in the bullpen, giving Seido an additional threat. Yakusi's batters are unable to figure out the timing of Sawamura's pitch. Seeing no other choice, Raizou recommends they each get two strikes to get used to the speed of his pitch before swinging. The #8 man gets on base. Then the #9 batter calls for a bunt, the first bunt Yakusi has made in the tournament. Raichi now comes up for his third at bat. A homerun will make it 5-3 and could ruin Seido's momentum. People in the stands begin to wonder if Sawamura will be switched out. As Raichi comes to bat, a mysterious foot comes out of the dugout. Is Sawamura's day over?

Dark Horse
28 votes

#4 - Dark Horse

Ace of Diamond - Season 1 - Episode 31

After winning their match, Seido stays behind to watch Manaka's pitching in hopes of gaining a slight advantage in the quarterfinal game. Tanba remembers his past ties with Manaka and swears to return in that quarterfinal match. However Yakusi has made many changes to their lineup, including three first years in the 3, 4, and 5 spots. When the first of these first years arrives, Raichi Todoroki, he nails Manaka's best fastball out of the stadium to give his team the early 1-0 lead. Ichidai is forced to make an early pitching change, with Manaka moving to the outfield, and the game becomes a slugging contest. As inning 5 approaches, Manaka demands to return to the mound so his team can move on to the quarterfinals. Ichidai gives in, and Manaka returns with better control than before.

I Don't Want to Lose
25 votes

#5 - I Don't Want to Lose

Ace of Diamond - Season 1 - Episode 52

Mei battles Yuuki one-one-one. Then it's time for Furuya to shine. Furuya throws his own team for a loop when he thanks them for helping him be successful. He then proceeds to strike out the side. Miyuki and Mei go head-to-head, and Mei gives Miyuki exactly what he wants in a change-up, but with no one on it turns into an easy out. Furuya comes out for the second and strikes out the clean-up and #6 batters, though Mei manages to pop out to third instead of striking out. With Furuya throwing with more control and speed than ever, Inashiro realizes they will have to change something up to be successful. It's the end of two, and Seidou leads 1-0.

30 votes

#6 - Revenge

Ace of Diamond - Season 1 - Episode 43

Haruchi replaces Tanba in the batting lineup with the bases loaded in a 1-1 game in the top of the sixth. Haruchi falls behind 0-2, but Hino gets greedy and throws a curve ball which Haruchi smacks into left center field for a 3 RBI double, giving Seido a 4-1 lead. Sawamura replaces Tanba as the pitcher and walks the leadoff batter. A quick short field hit gets over Ryousan's head, giving Sensen two runners on. Seido sacrifices a run, making it 4-2, to get the first out, but now Hino comes to the plate with runners and second and third and only one out. After a quirky relay message is sent to Sawamura, all the players relax and Sawamura vows he will never let Miyuki say some words to him again that were shared after the last game. This episode will covers the second half of chapter 127 and go through the first half of 131.

39 votes

#7 - Showdown

Aria the Scarlet Ammo AA - Season 1 - Episode 11

Akari decides to fight Kyochikutou together with her friends. Kyochikutou demands that Akari give her Takamakuri, one of the Mamiya techniques, and threatens to kill everyone if Akari doesn’t give her what she wants.

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The Ace Title
27 votes

#8 - The Ace Title

Ace of Diamond - Season 1 - Episode 68

Yakushi and Seido battle again, this time in a practice game. Furuya strikes Raichi out to hold Yakushi scoreless. Sawamura gets impatient and asks permission from Kataoka to pitch, but Kataoka declines, calling Sawamura a relief pitcher and admitting that this game will determine whom the teams ace will be for the spring.

Roar of Midsummer
25 votes

#9 - Roar of Midsummer

Ace of Diamond - Season 2 - Episode 1

At the Baseball Kingdom magazine office, Mine looks back to the summer tournament. The game between Yakushi and Seido was an exciting watch. Seido played their pitcher relay in order to face Yakushi's powerful batting lineup.

Sunshine of Midsummer
21 votes

#10 - Sunshine of Midsummer

Ace of Diamond - Season 2 - Episode 2

Monthly Baseball Kingdom continues their recap of the Summer Tournament by reviewing the Seido, Inashiro Tokyo West regional championship game. The recap covers until Eijun heads to the mound.

Struggle Over Akari
39 votes

#11 - Struggle Over Akari

Aria the Scarlet Ammo AA - Season 1 - Episode 7

Takachiko decides to take action to make her fantasies about getting close to Akari a reality. But when Shino catches on, she challenges Takachiko to a duel.

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