The BEST episodes directed by Masaaki Kumagai

The False Cat
56 votes

#1 - The False Cat

Black Cat - Season 1 - Episode 11

A man named Woodney, claiming to be the legendary assassin, Black Cat, meets Eve. Eve helps him out of a potentially dangerous situation. Soon afterwards, a member of the Apostles of the Stars, Durham, appears, eager to kill Black Cat. Train saves Eve and Woodney, and then confronts the gunman. Who is the superior gunman, Train or Durham?

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Neo Originals
35 votes

#2 - Neo Originals

Gun X Sword - Season 1 - Episode 15

Desperate for money, Van and Wendy go to a nearby casino, after two days of offering bodyguard services were for naught. Wendy bets her remaining money on a turtle race, with her pet turtle Kameo as her contestant. After having won the race, Wendy spends the money on one-way tickets to Jhoschdarn, via the blimp called Birca One. From there they can walk to Missoghi, where they plan to meet up with Carmen 99. A flashback is seen of when Van was first introduced to the Dann of Thursday. Wendy tries to impress Van by dressing elegantly. The blimp is suddenly attacked by Woo, who seeks to prevent Van from approaching The Claw. Woo awakens the Metsä of Tuesday, shown as the third armor of the Original Seven, and engages in combat against Van with the Dann of Thursday.

Existence is the Driving Force
16 votes

#3 - Existence is the Driving Force

Baby Steps - Season 2 - Episode 22

After beating Takagi, Eiichiro moves onto the semi-finals as does Natsu in the women's division. Eiichiro becomes aware of new feelings towards Natsu while watching her match. The next match is against the top tennis player, Nabae who has no physical or psychological weaknesses. While Eiichiro is troubled by what strategy to use, Takuma reveals Nabae's childhood weakness to Eiichiro. The battle against Nabae, the greatest opponent is about to begin!

Gathering of Rivals
15 votes

#4 - Gathering of Rivals

Baby Steps - Season 2 - Episode 13

The gang begins their third and final year of high school in different classes. Eiichirō and Natsu both realize their classes seem to be moving on without them as they are getting ready for cram schools and entrance tests. STC has their own sort of ideas though. The top clubs in Japan have gotten together and decide to have their top players rotate between the top clubs. Included in the group is Eiichirō, and Natsu's top rival is also involved. The practices allow Eiichirō to focus on changing pace at all times and give him more experience. The bracket for the All Japan Junior is announced, and in order for Eiichirō to continue his goal he'll have to defeat the fifth seed. As the episode ends Takuma arrives back at STC. He had advanced to the Top 8 in Japan and is signing a bunch of contracts. Eiichirō challenges him to finish their match. Takuma agrees but points out he is headed over seas next week, so they'll have to do it as soon as the signings are done.

Where It Began
27 votes

#5 - Where It Began

Divine Gate - Season 1 - Episode 7

Lead by Arthur, the Knights of Round and the Adapters from the Academy head for the Divine Gate. Arthur explains that his wish is to destroy the Gate and return the world to its original state. However, Loki and Oz stand in their way to stop them.

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