The Best Episodes Directed by Manabu Okamoto
#1 - The Beast and the Prince
DARLING in the FRANXX Season 1 - Episode 13
In the deepest, darkest parts of a forest lived a strong and beautiful beast princess. Beckoned by the moonlight, she wandered into a land of humans, and in the moonlit garden of a small castle, she fell in love with a prince.
#2 - Kill the Curse
Akame ga Kill! Season 1 - Episode 17
After the massive explosion set by Bols' Rubicante, everyone from Night Raid and Jaegers manage to stay alive. As Bols walks away, he still thinks about the Jaegers as his family and he must regroup with them as soon as possible. Bols meets a wounded girl and treats the wound with a bandage, but the girl responded of how many people does he burned with his Rubicante and it reveals as the disguised Chelsea, piercing a needle on Bols' nape. Bols crawls as he accepts his fate and the only thing he can do is to get home but he succumbs. Chelsea meets Lubbock and she is requesting for reinforcements before Kurome acquires new puppets. Before trailing Kurome, Chelsea disguises herself as Bols. In the Night Raid outpost, they debrief on their skirmish with Jaegers until Lubbock arrives and asking for assisting Chelsea. Meanwhile, Kurome becomes tired and as she recuperates from their previous battle, she recalls her past with her older sister Akame where they're being tested first to become capable assassins. They passed the test but separated on which Kurome was designated on the Imperial forces and was experimented with various drugs to enhance her fighting prowess. After her recollection, Kurome is then joined by Chelsea, in disguised of Bols. Chelsea maintains patience but takes advantage when Kurome shows exhaustion, piercing a needle on her nape. Chelsea seems satisfied and recalls her past on how she wants to change the world by becoming an assassin, from her early days as an apprentice, seeing her master brutally toying people and accepting bribes, to acquiring the Imperial Relic Gaea Foundation on which she kills her master using deception. Chelsea shocks when Kurome approaches her and uses Natala and Doya to kill her. Akame and Tatsumi reaches a town and Tatsumi roams around in stealth, but shocks to see Chelsea's head placed on the top of the pole.
#3 - Kill Absolute Justice
Akame ga Kill! Season 1 - Episode 6
Leone and Tatsumi storm the illustrious Red Light District to assassinate a gang of drug smugglers. Infiltrating a temple where the targets reside, they find a large room full of women being held captive by the gang, who incapacitates them with their drug. Enraged at this, they assassinate the gang and their clients. Meanwhile, after assassinating their own target, Sheele and Mine are ambushed by Seryu, who had been seeking out the former. During the battle, the two seem to overwhelm Seryu and Coro, forcing Seryu to use Coro's special attack, its Berserker form. Coro transforms and attempts to crush Mine, but Sheele intervenes and rescues her. However, when she is distracted by Mine, she is shot by Seryu, then bitten in half by Coro as Mine watches in horror. When additional Imperial Guards arrive, Sheele manages to activate her Imperial Arm's special attack and orders Mine to escape. She is then devoured by Coro as she reminisces of her experiences with Night Raid and expresses her happiness in finally being useful. After informing the others of Sheele's fate, Mine swears to avenge her friend with her own hands, while Esdeath returns to the Capital by the Prime Minister's request.
#4 - Karen Tendo and Surprise “Happy End” (Gamers and Wipeout “Game Over”)
Gamers! Season 1 - Episode 6
Aguri and Keita discover Chiaki and Tasuku on what appears to be a date. Aguri is devastated, but both she and Tasuku decide independently to help Keita move things along with Karen.
#5 - I Cried, Cried My Lungs Out, and Stopped Crying
Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Season 1 - Episode 8
Subaru's first day in Roswaal's mansion begins for the fifth time. Determined to save everyone this time, he makes it a point to keep his best smile on his face in order to earn the trust of the mansion's staff. But although he works his hardest to make them like him, his body begins to have trouble keeping up with his heart's intentions. Soon Emilia is unable to bear the sight of him struggling any longer and takes an unexpected action...
#6 - Erogamer and Spectator Mode / Gamers and Half their Life Game
Gamers! Season 1 - Episode 8
The Gamers Meet-up gets together at Chiaki's place to play a board game. The seems to reveal – or maybe even predict – something about the gang's relationship with each other.
#13 - INTERMISSION × Karen Tendo and Slump Days
Gamers! Season 1 - Episode 4
Tendou Karen has been out-of-it ever since Chiaki and Keita have become friends. She runs into Keita in town, and so they go on a "walk" together.
#14 - Aguri and Communication Error
Gamers! Season 1 - Episode 5
Tasuku pieces together the surprising connections between Chiaki and Keita. Chiaki and Keita, meanwhile, not even aware that they'd had those connections, discover that they have some seemingly irreconcilable differences.