The Best Episodes Directed by Manabu Ono
#1 - Those Setting Foot Upon the Ground
Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere Season 2 - Episode 3
Musashi ‘s Shirojiro Bertoni is negotiating with England’s Charles Howard over the upcoming joint school event; A vicious back and forth between two skilled treasurers as the residents watch.
#2 - The Soothsayers Take the Stage
Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere Season 2 - Episode 2
With the cargo ship crashed into England soil, the fighting has been put on hold until a treaty can be reached.
#3 - The Hunting Ground's Humanitarians
Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere Season 2 - Episode 5
The “exhibition” fights have started against Musashi and England, while Horizon and Tori discuss terms of their date.
#4 - The Man and Woman in the Plaza
Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere Season 2 - Episode 6
The fights are coming to an end and their a few members of Musashi are missing. To make thing worse, Bloody Double Mary has decided to make her appearance.
#5 - Storyteller in the Hall
Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere Season 2 - Episode 7
The fighting has ended, but the battle of politics is beginning. Musashi has a few tricks up their sleeves but an unannounced party may ruin everything.
#6 - The Decision Maker on High
Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere Season 2 - Episode 8
With all the acronymed groups butting in, Musashi is forced to think quick before the newcomer brings their house of cards crashing in. If accepted, the new plan will offer them a chance to see behind the curtain and into the apocalypse.
#7 - One Parting Under the Night Sky
Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere Season 2 - Episode 9
Even though Musashi agreed to be a mercenary for England in the upcoming war, plans are derailed by a letter of resignation from Tenzo Clothunit.
#8 - Howler at the Theatre
Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere Season 2 - Episode 10
Two writers clash over Shakespeare work as the students work together for Tenzo to make it to his date.
#9 - Successful Candidate in the Flower Garden
Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere Season 2 - Episode 11
As Tenzo battles the Fairy Queen for his Mary’s life, the Inadequate HQ must overcome Spain’s barrage attack or they will lose the war.
#10 - Where the One Scarred by Swords Belongs
Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere Season 2 - Episode 12
The battle is heating up with the Gods of War and the baseball team pressing Musashi. With the help of non-combative students, Musashi plans to turn the war around.
#11 - The Greedy Ones who Cross Borders
Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere Season 2 - Episode 13
Spain and Musashi are going for broke with Spain gaining the upper hand. But when England relinquishes its Armor of Deadly Sins, Musashi finally gains the upper hand.
#12 - Ruler of the Land
Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere Season 1 - Episode 8
The war of words begins. Masazumi goes head to head against Tori in the final leg of the bet of three battle to determine the fate of Horizon Ariadust. A surprise entrant in the debate makes his presence known, however, and Masazumi must defend her new position as best she can.
#13 - Ruler of the Theatre
Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere Season 2 - Episode 4
Musashi prepares for the upcoming school event as Tres España makes their appearance.
#14 - Club Members in Scarlet
Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere Season 2 - Episode 1
Tori is still naked and the battle continues with the battle against the Tres Espana and Europe!
#15 - Those Who are Aligned Beyond the Boundary
Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere Season 1 - Episode 12
Futayo continues her battle with Muneshige and arises victorious. Tori makes it to Horizon, but she doesn’t want to be rescued. Tori must not only convince her to leave with him, but also figure out how to defeat the Disintegration Wall.
#16 - Decisions and Duels
The Asterisk War: The Academy City on the Water Season 1 - Episode 7
After fighting the monsters, what other dangers await Ayato and Kirin?
#17 - Graduates Under the Moon
Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere Season 1 - Episode 5
Don't come to a super powered knife fight without your Armor of Deadly Sins. As the platonic reactors begin hitting critical mass, one warrior stands tall to stop a madman bent on destroying all of Mikawa, while another equally skilled warrior stands in his way. Will he succeed, or will Mikawa burn away in the night?
#18 - Lightning Blade Speed
The Asterisk War: The Academy City on the Water Season 1 - Episode 5
Since Seidoukan and Allekant agreed to co-develop a new type of Lux, a few representatives from Allekant Academy visit the Seidoukan training room. Julis asks Ayato not to get into any duels before the Phoenix Festa!
#19 - Unshackled
The Asterisk War: The Academy City on the Water Season 1 - Episode 4
Julis runs off after reading a letter. Ayato goes after her, worried that she might be in danger.
#20 - The True Face of the Girl
The Asterisk War: The Academy City on the Water Season 1 - Episode 6
Julis is still angry at Ayato after he went against her word, and Ayato learns more about the current rank #1 holder, Kirin Toudou.
#21 - Musashi's Mr. Impossible
Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere Season 1 - Episode 11
With the Testament Union breathing down their necks, Tori and the rest are at their wits' end now that the High Pope has unveiled his trump card: The Armor of Deadly Sins - Lust. With it's incredible defensive capabilities, there's only one thing Tori can do to stop him: the impossible.
#22 - Those Lined Up Above the Horizon
Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere Season 1 - Episode 13
The class of 3-Plum heaves a sigh of relief after Horizon Ariadust, the automaton P-01s, and Toori Aoi finally reunite for the first time.
#23 - The Summit's Flower
Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere Season 1 - Episode 9
The time for talking is over. Blades are unsheathed and ready to strike, as both sides decide that a quicker solution to the Horizon problem must be reached. As both the Testament Union and the Musashi representatives prepare for the worst, new information is revealed that can potentially change everything.
#24 - Breaking the Memory Barrier
The Asterisk War: The Academy City on the Water Season 1 - Episode 15
Ayato and Julis are fighting against Shenyun and Shenhua Li in the quarterfinals. Since the twins are known to only attack their opponents’ weak points, what kind of a strategy will Ayato and Julis come up with?
#25 - The Trumpeter at the Start Line
Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere Season 1 - Episode 10
In order to save Horizon, the newly elected Chancellor Tori must take his army through the Testament Union's best ground defenses. Meanwhile, the battle over the skies will be determined by a God of War and two witches in hiding. Who will reign supreme over ground and air, and will they get there in time to save Horizon?
#26 - The Tyrant Vampire Princess
The Asterisk War: The Academy City on the Water Season 1 - Episode 10
Here comes a new challenger in the Phoenix Festa! The Tyrant Vampire Princess Irene Urzaiz seems to be unstoppable… and her sole target is Ayato!
#27 - The Phoenix Festa
The Asterisk War: The Academy City on the Water Season 1 - Episode 9
The Phoenix Festa has finally begun. However, there are some important changes to the regulations this time. Ayato and Julis are determined to give it all they have got!
#28 - The Gravisheath
The Asterisk War: The Academy City on the Water Season 1 - Episode 12
The final battle, Ayato and Julis versus The Urzaiz Sisters. Who will win?
#29 - Those Lined Up Before the Horizon
Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere Season 1 - Episode 1
GO! In a fantastical floating city, a group of students race across rooftops to catch their bumbling, yet superbly skilled, teacher. The prize? Five chances to play hooky, no questions asked! Explosions, blessed arrows, twin casting, and ninja mayhem are the day's specials in this first episode!
#30 - Advocate at the Confession Grounds
Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere Season 1 - Episode 6
With Horizon detained and expected to commit suicide, the students of Class 3 - Plum must decide what to make of the situation. Tensions are sky high, and making the wrong move could spell disaster for Musashi's people.
#31 - Corrupt Ruler
The Asterisk War: The Academy City on the Water Season 1 - Episode 14
A young girl named Flora visits Julis. Meanwhile, Ayato tries to get in touch with Dirk Eberwein in the hope of getting some information regarding his sister, Haruka.
#32 - Ser Veresta
The Asterisk War: The Academy City on the Water Season 1 - Episode 2
Since Julis is indebted to Ayato, she offers to show him around the academy. Little does she know that she is not the only one who wants to be Ayato's tour guide!
#33 - Musashi's Knight
Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere Season 1 - Episode 7
A best of three battle will decide the road that Ariadust Academy will take in the upcoming war. 3 representatives from each side will do battle, in any way desired, and the losers will bow to the victorious!
#34 - A Holiday For Two
The Asterisk War: The Academy City on the Water Season 1 - Episode 3
Julis keeps her promise and shows Ayato around the city on their day off. Finally, he gets to know the princess better.
#35 - Commandos in Town
Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere Season 1 - Episode 3
The students make preparations for a party by Toori's request while Masazumi hears from her father about the tragedy that befell Horizon and Toori 10 years before. Meanwhile the Musashi is approached by ships from K.P.A. Italia and Trés España, two of the Harmonic Divine States with unknown intentions.
#36 - A Holiday for Two, Part 2
The Asterisk War: The Academy City on the Water Season 1 - Episode 8
Saya and Kirin have teamed up for the upcoming Phoenix Festa. By the look of things, they need to spend some more time together. The girls skip practice to socialize more. Surprisingly, there is something Kirin would like Saya to do for her...
#37 - Covert Ops Under the Night Sky
Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere Season 1 - Episode 4
Trouble is afoot. Allegiances will be tested, friendships broken, and a true power will awaken. Who will walk away the victor? Only time will tell, and in this world, time is all that matters.
#38 - Innocents at the Table
Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere Season 1 - Episode 2
A brief history of the Harmonic Unification War is introduced, but hold that: Tori is having a "pre pop the question" get together with his class! How ill he confess his love to this mysterious girl? Meanwhile, Masazumi Honda contemplates the way her life has turned out thus far, and just what she can do to change it.
#39 - Never Back Down
The Asterisk War: The Academy City on the Water Season 1 - Episode 16
Ayato and Julis continue their battle against Shenyun and Shenhua Li. Also, Saya and Kirin are facing AR-D and RM-C. Will the Seidoukan Academy live up to the high expectations?
#40 - Power and Its Price
The Asterisk War: The Academy City on the Water Season 1 - Episode 11
Ayato searches for Saya per Kirin's request but runs into Priscilla, the Sister of The Tyrant Vampire Princess. Also, Claudia has a secret.
#41 - My Hero
Sword Art Online Season 3 - Episode 24
Carrying the hopes of Cardinal, Eugeo, and Alice in his heart, Kirito stands yet again and visualizes the Black Swordsman, the top player who cleared SAO. For the sake of everyone he’s encountered in this world, Kirito, faces off with Administrator.
#42 - Clinching Victory
The Asterisk War: The Academy City on the Water Season 1 - Episode 21
The final match continues... Which team will win the Phoenix Festa?
#43 - The Phoenix Showdown
The Asterisk War: The Academy City on the Water Season 1 - Episode 20
Ayato and Julis face off against AR-D and RM-C in the Phoenix Festa finals, but Ayato is still without the Ser Veresta. Meanwhile, Saya and Kirin are trying to rescue Flora from her kidnapper. Can they save her in time?
#44 - Underworld
Sword Art Online Season 3 - Episode 1
Kirito, along with his childhood friend, Eugeo, has been tasked with cutting down a colossal tree called the Gigas Cedar. They’re swinging their ax when their friend Alice arrives with lunch. As they eat, the three friends decide to go to a fabled cave.
#45 - Witch of the Resplendent Flames
The Asterisk War: The Academy City on the Water Season 1 - Episode 1
Ayato Amagiri is a scholarship transfer student. What awaits him at the Seidoukan Academy?
#46 - Sword Dancer
Hellsing Season 1 - Episode 3
Something odd is happening - vampires seem to be growing in number. And when an Italian college student is found to have a computer chip, which has apparently made him into an 'artificial' vampire, it raises more than a few eyebrows. Even though the chip is removed, the student revives, killing many on his search for his lover, who he was caught in the act of making one of his own. Hellsing moves to put a stop to this, but there seems to be more than one person interested in the boy. Hellsing's agents are killed, and Seras is severely wounded. Not by the student, but by a man called Alexander Anderson, a member of the Vatican's section 13 - the Iscariot organization. Though having the same mission as Hellsing, the two organizations are sworn enemies, and when Arucard shows up, a heated battle takes place. One would think a human would be no match for the likes of a vampire, Anderson proves to have more than one trick up his sleeve.
#47 - The Tyrant's Puppet Strings
The Asterisk War: The Academy City on the Water Season 1 - Episode 17
Flora is abducted by a mysterious man. Now, Ayato and his friends have to come up with a plan to rescue her!
#48 - The Lonely Strega
The Asterisk War: The Academy City on the Water Season 1 - Episode 23
Julis’s brother, Jolbert, wants to discuss two important topics with Julis and Ayato. While spending time in Lieseltania, Julis runs into a face from her past.
#49 - Battle Song
The Asterisk War: The Academy City on the Water Season 1 - Episode 19
Ayato is looking around parts of the city, hoping to get a a trace about where Flora might be... Unfortunately, his efforts disturb certain people.
#50 - Lieseltania
The Asterisk War: The Academy City on the Water Season 1 - Episode 22
Ayato and his friends visit Lieseltania, where they are greeted with great enthusiasm! Surprisingly, Claudia has an interesting proposal for Ayato, Julis, Saya and Kirin.
#51 - Reunion
The Asterisk War: The Academy City on the Water Season 1 - Episode 24
Ayato wakes up three days after fighting Ophelia. Julis explains the story about Ophelia as she used to be a very kind girl, but with the orphanage in desperate need of money, she was sold off to be experimented on by the Arlequint scientist Hilda Jane Rowlands. She was artificially made into a Genestella that wilts any plants that she approaches. The capital is under attack by Gustave's chimeras, while he unleashes a hydra monster to attack Julis. Ayato, Julis, and Saya defeat the hydra while Kirin arrests Gustave. As everybody heads back to Seidoukan, Julis lets Jolbert know that she intends to change Lieseltania and commits herself to fighting in the Gryps Festa. Back at Seidoukan, Ayato sees Haruka's comatose body. He is approached by Hilda and despite being aware of what she did with Ophelia, Ayato allows her to operate on Haruka.
#52 - Scrambling
The Asterisk War: The Academy City on the Water Season 1 - Episode 18
It's time for the semi-finals, where Ayato and Julis face Galahadworth’s True Knights. Meanwhile, Saya and Kirin search for the missing Flora.
#53 - The Tournament Begins
Saki Season 1 - Episode 6
After arriving at the tournament area, Saki gets separated from her friends, and during this time Nodoka gets hounded by reporters due to her having won last year's national junior high school tournament. After Saki makes it back to the others, Hisa explains the order of the players, starting with Yūki, followed by Mako, herself, Nodoka, and finally Saki. While initially underestimated by her opponents, Yūki wins many hands, nearly shutting out the others. Afterwards, Mako and Hisa also make quick work of their opponents, ending with a commanding lead. When it is Nodoka's turn, more people show up to watch her match.
#54 - Tradition
Saki Season 1 - Episode 7
Nodoka walks into her match holding her penguin stuffed animal which causes a stir among the observers and her own opponents. Nodoka plays extremely well, and of the competitors from Ryūmonbuchi, Tōka, notices her similarities to a famous skilled online mahjong player known as Nodocchi. She tries telling this to her teammates, but they still do not think it can be true. Saki makes short work of her round by taking the remaining points from one of the players, and the team progresses on to the semi-finals round. In the semi-finals, Saki's team makes it through to the finals, along with Ryūmonbuchi, Kazekoshi, and Tsuruga Academy. One of the members from Kazekoshi, Kana Ikeda, gets harsh treatment from their coach for not playing up to her expectations, despite the fact they made it to the finals. The captain of the the team, Mihoko Fukuji protects Kana, and after the coach leaves, the captain encourages her teammates in showing everyone that their school is the best.
#55 - Last Night
Saki Season 1 - Episode 8
The Kiyosumi team takes the train back to town since they do not have enough money to stay in a hotel near the tournament. Hisa tells Mako how she was the reason why Hisa held on to the hope that more girls would join the mahjong club the next year so that they could go to the prefectural tournament together. Nodoka recounts to Saki how she used to play mahjong only on the Internet due to lack of players, but after entering junior-high school met Yūki and others, leading them to enter into the junior-high tournament, though only Nodoka advanced. The girls from Kazekoshi talk about how their captain, Mihoko Fukuji, does most of the work for the club, and since it is her last year, they want to play as hard as they can so they can go to the national tournament. Tōka dispatches a butler to bring Koromo Amae to the tournament, who had been sleeping all day.
#56 - Enlightenment
Saki Season 1 - Episode 9
The final's first round starts when Ryūmonbuchi representative Jun Inoue accidentally eats Yūki's only taco. The latter cries and causes a commotion, but Mihoko shares her lunch box with her. As the game progresses, Jun starts to win many hands and pressures Yūki who is gradually losing her confidence. Mihoko opens her right eye and uses her power to read the game's flow in order to help Yūki gain her points back from Jun. Jun gets irritated over the two teaming up against her while Yūki thinks Mihoko is her ally. However, Mihoko surprises everyone with her continuous winning, and both Jun and Yūki finally realizes that she is the true enemy. The first round ends with Mihoko completely dominating the game points for the Kazekoshi team.
#57 - Awaken
Saki Season 1 - Episode 12
Mihoko arrives to pass along the information to her companion, and Hisa barely recognizes her. Koromo takes the torn penguin to her butler, who fixes it, and she returns it to Nodoka. While Nodoka expresses her gratitude, she leaves quickly and is unable to hear Koromo's name.
#58 - Fever
Saki Season 1 - Episode 13
The fourth round begins off slow with Nodoka winning a small hand, and as play continues, the players continuously keep on getting draws. Eventually, Nodoka is able to get more into the game, and ups her skills like when she is playing online. By the time of the last hand of the first half of the round, only Nodoka has won any hands and has pulled ahead of the other three.
#59 - Existence
Saki Season 1 - Episode 14
Tōka makes a slight comeback, ruining Nodoka's perfect run, but then falls into a play laid by Tsuruga's Momoko Tōyoko, whose presence is so small her calls for riichi cannot be heard by her opponents. She had trouble being noticed and had abandoned all communication until she was found by her school's mahjong club leader, Yumi Kajiki.
#60 - Demon
Saki Season 1 - Episode 15
Momoko's abilities fall short against Nodoka, whose training matches her real life playing to her online play style, therefore not taking notice of Momoko's lack of presence. The round ends with Kiyosumi retaining the lead. The final round starts with Saki, Kana, Yumi and Koromo, though initially Saki cannot connect the fearsome aura she felt with the petite looking Koromo.
#61 - Conspiracy
Saki Season 1 - Episode 16
As the round continues, Saki finally recognizes Koromo's aura. She starts putting pressure on her opponents by reducing their tenpai probabilities and playing two haitei raoyue moves in a row. However, this is broken up when Yumi allows Saki to win with a her discard. Yumi then follows this up by getting some points from Kana.
#62 - Confrontation
Saki Season 1 - Episode 3
It has been a week since Saki joined the mahjong club, though Nodoka is still distant to her. Nodoka plays a game by herself with all the tiles exposed and takes notes, but she is still unable to attain a plus/minus zero score like Saki who can do this flawlessly. Hisa and Mako go and sign up their club for the national qualifiers for high school students. Saki wins a game against Nodoka, Kyōtarō, and Yūki, who is depressed that she cannot possibly win when playing against both Saki and Nodoka. In the next game, Saki lets Yūki win, which makes Nodoka angry since while Saki did it so that everyone can have fun, Nodoka can only have fun when Saki is playing at her best. Saki makes a promise with Nodoka to shoot for the nationals, and the two finally become friends.
#63 - Beat-down
Saki Season 1 - Episode 4
Hisa announces to the club that they are now signed up for the national qualifying tournament, and she hands out the rules. Yūki sees that one school, Ryūmonbuchi, are extremely skilled and even won the tournament the previous year despite being all first-year students. Hisa asks Saki and Nodoka to help out at Mako's family's cafe, telling them that learning about the real world is also important to improve their mahjong skills. When they arrive at the cafe, they see that it is actually a maid cafe, and they have to wear embarrassing maid uniforms. Patrons can also play mahjong there, and Saki and Nodoka easily win against two customers. After one leaves, a woman who Saki is intimidated by joins them. The woman completely mops the floor with them, and at the end it is revealed that she is Fujita, a professional mahjong player. Saki and Nodoka later find out that Hisa set the whole thing up so that they could also feel what real defeat is like. Hisa explains that the club is going on a training camp to improve their skills.
#64 - Training Camp
Saki Season 1 - Episode 5
The mahjong club goes to a mountain retreat training camp to improve their skills. The first day is spent mainly having fun, and playing some normal games of mahjong. The next day, Hisa gives the first years (excluding Kyōtarō) special tasks. Saki plays mahjong online, but is dejected how easily she loses to others. Nodoka has to gain experience playing others in real life when she is more skilled playing online like she is used to when playing at home. Yūki does math drills in order to improve her ability to keep track of the score when playing mahjong. Afterwards, Yūki becomes depressed how she loses so much against Nodoka, Saki and Hisa, and the club president recounts how when she was a first-year, she was the only member of the club, but she kept with it and now she is grateful there are many new members. Yūki continues to play, and manages a win. The next day, Yūki, Nodoka and Saki go to see the nearby waterfall.
#65 - Beginner
Saki Season 1 - Episode 10
Hisa recommends Saki and Nodoka take a nap before their matches, and while Nodoka initially declines, she decides to go so that Yūki does not have to cry in front of her and Saki following her match. Mako's turn comes up, and Hisa explains that she takes off her glasses in order to remember past matches she had witnessed.
#66 - Prank
Saki Season 1 - Episode 11
The third round starts and Hisa puts to work her strategy of sticking to the bad waits in order to get the big scores, knocking off Kazekoshi's lead. Hajime Kunihiro helps gain a slight comeback while avoiding her slight-of-hand habit. Meanwhile, Nodoka wakes to find that her penguin is missing and leaves Saki to go look for it.