The BEST episodes directed by Makoto Sokuza

Inside Tsutsukakushi-san's House
108 votes

#1 - Inside Tsutsukakushi-san's House

The "Hentai" Prince and the Stony Cat. - Season 1 - Episode 11

Tsukiko, who along with Yōto, has been brought back ten years in the past by the cat god. As they head to the Tsutsukakushi mansion, along the way they met the younger Ponta, Mai, Azusa, and eventually Yōto, much to Tsukiko's amazement. Shortly thereafter, they meet Tsukiko's mother, Tsukasa, who is brash yet somehow soft towards the younger Yōto, who at the same time badmouths him. Through the younger Yōto, Yōto and Tsukiko were invited for dinner at Tsukasa's mansion, which is at slight disarray. Here, Yōto and Tsukiko discover that Tsukasa's currently living alone and the younger Yōto constantly visiting her to keep Tsukasa company, much to the shock of Yōto and Tsukiko. Meanwhile, Yōto claims that he hasn't remember anything about interacting with Tsukasa, and later, learns that her daughters are currently living at Italy after the death of Tsukasa's husband. The following morning, Yōto stumbles on a young Tsukiko and later Tsukushi, who is deeply hurt of their mother's action of abandoning them. Tsukasa arrives, causing Tsukushi to harshly run off as Tsukiko then reprimands Tsukasa for being a horrible mother. Back in the mansion, a drunk Tsukasa dresses the younger Yōto with girl clothes as a drunk Tsukiko lies atop Yōto. Some time later, Tsukiko founds Tsukasa sewing clothes for her daughters. Tsukasa laments as the results of her inability to take care of her daughters has led her to her dwindling state as she ultimately passes out.

A Big Crash? The Battle at Artemay Tower!
36 votes

#2 - A Big Crash? The Battle at Artemay Tower!

Slayers - Season 2 - Episode 15

The gang visit a place called Artemay Tower, after Xellos tells them a story spooking them of their wits. He tells how a guy lived in the tower, with all dolls and fell inlove with a villager. When the girl went missing, angry villagers went to the tower, only to find all the dolls has the girl (who he fell in love with) had all her face on the dolls. Thanks to the chef at the inn they were in, they get some cute costumes and head for the tower. They disreguard the dolls, only to have the dolls scare them (in broad day light.) They figure out about the costumes, and uses it, as they enter the tower. The dolls aren't arrive of them, and they get a visit from the guy from the story named Joe. After a few twists and turns, they manages to kill the real monster, who was acting as Joe's doll. Back at the end, Lina is upset at Xellos saying that they did that for nothing, thinking that the Claire Bible could be actually up there. But the others are happy with their cute costumes.

The Thousand Year Old Truth! The Traitorous Demon Dragon King!
37 votes

#3 - The Thousand Year Old Truth! The Traitorous Demon Dragon King!

Slayers - Season 2 - Episode 21

Lina steps through the barrier along with Milgasia, the guide/dragon who suppose to show her there. Along with Martina clutching on her leg, they reach a place where Lina manages to view the actual (ball of light) Claire Bible. She gets her answers, when using Giga Slave, she is actually calling on the Lord of Nightmares herself which enters her body. While this is all happening. her friends, fight off Saygram. Lina comes back with full of knowledge, after Gaav manages to enter the dimension, killing Auntie Aqua. She shortly arrived when Lina showed up but fought him back and told them get out of there. Lina manages to kill Saygram with the Laguna Blade spell. Just when Xellos congratulates her, he gets atatacked by Gaav.

The Mass Slaughter Chapter - Part 4 - Negotiation
78 votes

#4 - The Mass Slaughter Chapter - Part 4 - Negotiation

When They Cry - Higurashi - Season 2 - Episode 9

The fight to save Satoko from her uncle continues as the gang tries to appeal to the Child Counseling Center, first alone, and then they gather the whole class. But will it be enough?

The Mass Slaughter Chapter - Part 1 - Rules of the Maze
81 votes

#5 - The Mass Slaughter Chapter - Part 1 - Rules of the Maze

When They Cry - Higurashi - Season 2 - Episode 6

Rika begins a new world, but is getting tired of the same events repeating themselves. However, Keiichi proves to her that fate isn't always set in stone.

PASSION! Shall We Give Our Lives for the Stage?
46 votes

#6 - PASSION! Shall We Give Our Lives for the Stage?

Slayers - Season 1 - Episode 16

In exchange for food and transportation, Lina's team joins a traveling theater company managed by an eccentric director and is heading near Sairaag for a competition. Ironically, the play they perform is "The Death of the Abominable Fiend Lina Inverse" and revolves the hero defeating a fictional, evil Lina Inverse. Amelia is cast as the protagonist and falls in love with the role's frequent proclamations of justice. During the competition, Zangulus and Vrumugun launch an attack on the play, which the audience mistakenly believes is part of the show. After Lina and friends defeat the enemy, the audience and judges award the team 1st place, praising the unpredictable plot, marvelous special effects, realistic combat.

The Disaster Awakening Chapter - Part 2 - Powerless
81 votes

#7 - The Disaster Awakening Chapter - Part 2 - Powerless

When They Cry - Higurashi - Season 2 - Episode 3

The gang goes to visit the festival site during the preparations and later participates in a baseball game. Meanwhile, Satoko worries about Rika's depression and tries to confront her about it.

116 votes

#8 - Blackout

Golden Time - Season 1 - Episode 4

After being found by Linda, she explains that she was out on a club retreat with the Festival Club, and brings Banri and Kōko to their campsite. After returning, Banri is greeted by Nijigen, Mitsuo, and Chinami, who are all relived to know both he and Kōko are alright. Later during a break, Banri, Mitsuo, and Chinami get together to talk, but they are interrupted by Kōko, who begins to berate and belittle Chinami, causing Mitsuo to leave with Chinami, leaving Banri to comfort a remorseful Kōko. After classes, the pair is once again met by Linda, who invites them to participate in one of the Festival Club’s dance rehearsal, which afterwords makes Banri decide to join, with Kōko thinking about joining. Later that night, Mitsuo tells Banri he will settle things with Kōko, because he wants to pursue a relationship with Chinami, and the next day Mitsuo flatly rebuffs Kōko’s affection in front of Banri. Kōko asks Mitsuo if their time together meant nothing to him, and Mitsuo replies that while he treasures their time together, he only sees her as a childhood friend. Kōko angrily yells at him to forget their history, resulting in Mitsuo leaving, and Kōko yelling at him to disappear, but realizes her words were hurtful to Banri, causing her to continuously apologize in tears. After a few hours, Kōko and Banri are invited by a girl called Nana, to her concert, and Kōko goes to vent her frustration, but is thrown out, and spends the night at Banri's apartment. During the night, Banri and Kōko talk, where Kōko reveals she needs him, while Banri confesses his love for her. After she leaves, she texts Banri encouraging him to not forget about his lost memories, which motivates him to return to his home in Shizuoka, where he finds a scrapbook containing pictures of himself and Linda in high school together.

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From Beyond the Twilight
180 votes

#9 - From Beyond the Twilight

Hell Girl - Season 1 - Episode 1

Hashimoto Mayumi, a typical high school girl. She plans on seeking revenge on her classmate Kuroda Aya for bullying and torturing her. One day, she finds a strange ad regarding sending tormentors to hell. Is this hotline to hell real? Will she get her revenge?

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Glass Scenery
99 votes

#10 - Glass Scenery

Hell Girl - Season 1 - Episode 17

Hajime Shibata and his daughter were caught in a fog. They had found themselves caught in an abandoned sanitarium. There, they found the ghost of a vengeful girl named Nina.

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Match-Making Meeting
62 votes

#11 - Match-Making Meeting

Hayate the Combat Butler - Season 1 - Episode 29

Saki's mother asks Saki to have a marriage meeting. Wataru becomes worried and asks Nagi on what to do. They decide to go on a marriage meeting tour to spy on Saki. The man Saki is to meet turns out to be Kyonosuke Kaoru, but they both reveal that they both have someone else they like. After a misunderstanding, Wataru decides to crash the meeting by sending Tama to kidnap Kyonosuke and to lose to Wataru on purpose. The plan is set back and Yukiji kidnaps Kyonsuke instead. In the meantime, Kirika sends Duel Butler to bring Hayate into the Dark Butlers League.

A Broken Disguise
129 votes

#12 - A Broken Disguise

Hell Girl - Season 1 - Episode 7

Ayaka is an aspiring actress who is adopted by Kurenai Midori because of her potential talent for acting, but it's pretty obvious from the very beginning that she isn't nearly as talented or as gifted as her adopted mother had hoped for. Instead, she appears to be rather clumsy and untalented since can't even get her role as a weeping willow right, and she even has to endure an embarassing lecture from her mom in front of the entire class. She pathetically summons Emna Ai in hopes of teaching her mother a lesson in attitude adjustment since she's incapable of confronting her about it herself, but she thinks twice about her decision in revenge after getting a glimpse of spending eternity in Hell.

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Level Upper
166 votes

#13 - Level Upper

A Certain Scientific Railgun - Season 1 - Episode 8

Mikoto and Kuroko ponder the ramifications of Kaitabi’s shocking display of strength and wonder if Level Uppers actually exist. Before they can find answers, Kaitabi mysteriously slips into a coma!

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The Wiping of the Disciple’s Butt
728 votes

#14 - The Wiping of the Disciple’s Butt

One-Punch Man - Season 2 - Episode 12

Silverfang and Bomb catch up with Garou while the hero hunter is battling Genos, starting a whirlwind battle that draws in more and more combatants as it marches towards its hair-raising climax!

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The Coal Mine Littered with Stacks of Money ~ The Kamchatka Peninsula Nightime Blitz III ~
32 votes

#15 - The Coal Mine Littered with Stacks of Money ~ The Kamchatka Peninsula Nightime Blitz III ~

Heavy Object - Season 1 - Episode 19

The group is rescued from Nutsley's attack by one of the antiwar civilians, and Qwenthur and Havia then lead Nutsley into a trap, killing him. Qwenthur then heads for the surface to witness the battle between Baby Magnum and Wing Balancer. Realizing that Wing Balancer requires delicate IR sensors to control its landings, Qwenthur uses an IR laser to disable one of the sensors, causing the Wing Balancer to land improperly and cripple itself and is subsequently destroyed by Baby Magnum. However, even with hostilities over, another Legitimate Kingdom Object, Indigo Plasma, arrive and destroys mines to eliminate the antiwar activists. Fortunately, Frolaytia managed to warn the activists in time for them to safely escape the mines. Qwenthur then realizes that Nutsley was not working for the Faith Organization, but for a radical faction of the Legitimate Kingdom. With Indigo Plasma's treachery, a civil war within the Legitimacy Kingdom is inevitable.

His Chasm
38 votes

#16 - His Chasm

Golden Time - Season 1 - Episode 20

After Chinami admonishes Banri for being too friendly with Linda because she's the girl Mitsuo likes, Banri catches up with Koko to share everything that happened. Koko and Banri talk about Chinami, and they both realize that they are ok with their former likes liking others. Banri then considers giving Koko his mother's ring as the moment is perfect, but realizes he didn't bring it. Back at his apartment, Banri considers when he can give the ring to Koko and wonders who he can talk to about it. In the morning on the way to school, Banri runs into Nana and tries to talk to her during the train ride but realizes she isn't in the mood to talk about anything before falling asleep on Banri. At the school, 2D, Koko and Banri talk about Mitsuo's strategy to keep filming the festival club, and when Mitsuo and Chinami arrive, Chinami convinces Koko to go with her to get Belgian chocolate, leaving Mitsuo, 2D and Banri to discuss Mitsuo's failure to get any closer to Linda. Mitsuo points out that Koshino seems to be protecting Linda from Mitsuo, but they realize class is about to begin and run off. After class, Banri meets up with Koko and they decide to go to the Woodstock Cafe, where they talk about their immediate future, both very happy about the pleasantness of their days lately. At school the next day, while Banri is considering how to give Koko his mother's ring, he is accosted by the Tea Club girls who discover his plan and make him extremely nervous about it before trying to recruit him again. Koko arrives for them to go to Festival Club practice, where three fourth years have decided to join for the upcoming performance, and Banri and Koko see how Koshino seems to be protecting Linda from Mitsuo. Later, at the train station, Banri and Koko talk about everything happening. Later, at the performance, Mitsuo renews his focus of filming the Festival Club, while Linda points out that Koko isn't nervous as she tries to help the fourth years. During the actual performance,

The Seventh Spirit
34 votes

#17 - The Seventh Spirit

Date A Live - Season 3 - Episode 1

Shido meets a pretty trickster that loves to get compliments. He also runs amok at the school doing one naughty thing after another. Or does he?

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Must-See! Complete Autumn 2007 Guide of the Latest Fashionable Date Spots for the Young and Hip
91 votes

#18 - Must-See! Complete Autumn 2007 Guide of the Latest Fashionable Date Spots for the Young and Hip

Hayate the Combat Butler - Season 1 - Episode 35

Nagi is having trouble writing a new manga, so she orders Hayate to go out and gather references for her. She also gives Maria and Klaus the day off because she feels she needs to be alone to concentrate. Maria tags along with Hayate and the two soon become uncomfortable because their joint effort to gather references feels like a date. Yukiji, Risa, Miki, and Izumi spot them and try to get the two to kiss by bringing them to the trendiest date spots. At the end of the day, Nagi shows Hayate her fiery wrath when he shows her the photo references he took, which are mostly pictures of him and Maria having fun together.

You're Natsumi
29 votes

#19 - You're Natsumi

Date A Live - Season 3 - Episode 3

Shido is losing his head and losing friends faster with each passing day of Natsumi's game. But when it's all over, he may have a little problem on his hands.

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The Outdoor Activities Club and the Solo Camping Girl
52 votes

#20 - The Outdoor Activities Club and the Solo Camping Girl

Laid-Back Camp - Season 1 - Episode 4

The Outdoor Activities Club plans its first trip, but they do not have the right sleeping bags for the cold weather. Trying to cut costs, the club members try wrapping the summer sleeping bag in foil, bubble wrap, and cardboard, and ultimately decide to each purchase a winter sleeping bag online. Meanwhile, Rin gets her motorcycle license and goes on a solo camping trip in Nagano. On the day of the camping trip, the club members hike through Fuefuki, stopping at a cafe and hot springs resort along the way, and then watching a live stream of Rin.

She Is Nothing But a Pervert
22 votes

#21 - She Is Nothing But a Pervert

Engaged to the Unidentified - Season 1 - Episode 4

The morning after learning about Hakuya, Kobeni ends up with a fever due to her weak body. As Benio informs Mashiro and Hakuya about what she told Kobeni, she blames herself for Kobeni's accident back then, as she had Kobeni take her place alongside Hakuya so she could go and play. The next morning, Kobeni opts to stay at home alone whilst the others go to school, though Mashiro comes back to help her as soon as school ends, where Kobeni shows her the scar she received back then. The next morning, as Kobeni starts feeling a bit better, Hakuya suddenly rushes out of the house when he notices Kobeni struggling to face him properly. Kobeni catches up to him and states that, even though she doesn't remember anything, she owes him her thanks, becoming awed by his smile. Later that night, Mashiro and Hakuya receive a letter from their family, saying they will be sending someone to check up on them.

Make Shido Itsuka Swoon
27 votes

#22 - Make Shido Itsuka Swoon

Date A Live - Season 3 - Episode 12

All the sealed Spirit power is making Shido go wild, but the only cure is to kiss him again. Can all the girls entice Shido to fall for them before it's too late?

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The Strongest Sage Infiltrates.
55 votes

#23 - The Strongest Sage Infiltrates.

The Strongest Sage With the Weakest Crest - Season 1 - Episode 4

Matthias and his party take a dragon ride to the village where the demons are hiding. The demons are taken aback by his presence, but they've got something big waiting in store...

Summer Has Come
46 votes

#24 - Summer Has Come

Golden Time - Season 1 - Episode 13

Summer first event, the Awa dance festival, arrives. Amidst the excitement generated by the numerous participants, the upperclassmen of the festival club inform Banri about a problem that is occurring.

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The Strongest Sage Goes on a Journey.
50 votes

#25 - The Strongest Sage Goes on a Journey.

The Strongest Sage With the Weakest Crest - Season 1 - Episode 7

Matthias and his team set out for the dungeon city of Melkia, where they learn that the resident adventurers are being offered up for slaughter at the whims of the local lord. Is it incompetent leadership... or more demon influence?!

Demon King of Descending Darkness
26 votes

#26 - Demon King of Descending Darkness

Date A Live - Season 3 - Episode 8

Origami is on a mission to avenge her parents, but when she finally discovers the truth, it turns out to be much harsher than she bargained for.

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The Strongest Sage Leaves the School.
52 votes

#27 - The Strongest Sage Leaves the School.

The Strongest Sage With the Weakest Crest - Season 1 - Episode 6

While Mattias works on the barrier around the school, he sends Lurie and Alma to deal with demons appearing around it. But when a full horde of demons appears before the barrier is complete, can the students alone hold them off?!

I Am Enjoying My Handkerchief
23 votes

#28 - I Am Enjoying My Handkerchief

Engaged to the Unidentified - Season 1 - Episode 11

Hakuya is troubled over what gift he should get for Kobeni to make up for White Day. Meanwhile, Mashiro is almost spotted using her powers by Niko, who becomes determined to investigate the existence of a 'flying humanoid'. Later, Mashiro suggests that Kobeni and Hakuya go on a date, though Kobeni turns it into an outing with Mashiro. On the way home, Kobeni discovers Hakuya has a scar over his right eye, quickly coming to the conclusion that he got it from saving her. The next morning, after Hakuya and Mashiro receive another letter from their clan, Kobeni discovers they have disappeared, along with their belongings.

33 votes

#29 - Crossroads

Date A Live - Season 3 - Episode 6

Origami makes an unexpected decision that shakes things up. While Shido runs off to investigate, a spatial quake alarm lands the others in a special kind of trouble.

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The Strongest Sage Faces a Powerful Enemy.
44 votes

#30 - The Strongest Sage Faces a Powerful Enemy.

The Strongest Sage With the Weakest Crest - Season 1 - Episode 11

At last, the agent behind the demon activity in Melkia and Folkia reveals himself... and the revelation fills even Matthias with terror. Can Alma and Lurie retrieve a powerful magical weapon before it's too late?

Spies Will Be Dispatched!
59 votes

#31 - Spies Will Be Dispatched!

Combatants Will Be Dispatched! - Season 1 - Episode 1

Agent Six is a powerful (but stupid) combat agent for an evil secret organization. His life takes a twist when his bosses send him to a fantasy world!

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Carnivorous Female Chimera
33 votes

#32 - Carnivorous Female Chimera

Combatants Will Be Dispatched! - Season 1 - Episode 9

The team gets stuck in the desert after a mission goes bad. They're forced to spend days trekking through the hot sands, and Rose is looking at Six in a very strange way…

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The Strongest Sage Goes on a Journey Again.
37 votes

#33 - The Strongest Sage Goes on a Journey Again.

The Strongest Sage With the Weakest Crest - Season 1 - Episode 12

The Sun, Shining Again in the Clouds
11 votes

#34 - The Sun, Shining Again in the Clouds

Laughing Under the Clouds - Season 1 - Episode 11

Tenka has reappeared, but he learns that his brothers are in trouble and goes after them. Meanwhile, the Yamainu go after the Orochi...

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39 votes

#35 - 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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Quartet, Part 2
41 votes

#36 - Quartet, Part 2

Aria the Scarlet Ammo AA - Season 1 - Episode 5

The Quartet match between Team Mamiya and Team Takachiho has begun. While Akari and Shino go out to find their opponent’s eye flag, Raika and Kirin defend their eye flag from an attack by Hina Fuma, who seems to know where their eye flag is.

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Fuma, Sneaking through the Prison Gate
15 votes

#37 - Fuma, Sneaking through the Prison Gate

Laughing Under the Clouds - Season 1 - Episode 4

Soramaru meets a mysterious masked man in Gokumonjo and regains memories of the past. Meanwhile, Shirasu is on his way to rescue him..

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One Man Army
24 votes

#38 - One Man Army

Argevollen - Season 1 - Episode 3

The 8th Unit fights off their pursuers and unites with the main force. At the Gate of No Retreat, a fortress between the two countries, they are given the mission to support the forces' retreat and close the gate. In the middle of the operation, Tokimune encounters an enemy ace pilot.