The Best Episodes Directed by Masahiko Otsuka

That Vase Is 5 Million...

#1 - That Vase Is 5 Million...

He Is My Master Season 1 - Episode 2

Yoshitaka convinces the girls to come back inside, then hands them the bill for all the things Pochi and Izumi broke the previous day. Between needing to pay off their debt and needing a place to stay, the girls end up employed by Yoshitaka.

star 9.27
86 votes
Let's Go, Buddy

#2 - Let's Go, Buddy

Gurren Lagann Season 1 - Episode 26

With the sacrifice of one of their important comrades, the Super Galactic Great Gurren is finally able to transform into the "Super Galactic Great Gurren Lagann". Now they stand a fighting chance against the Anti-Spirals. However the enemy then creates an "Alternate Space Labyrinth", to use their own memories and desires against them but an old friend appears to help.

star 8.81
201 votes
Later, Buddy

#3 - Later, Buddy

Gurren Lagann Season 1 - Episode 8

Kamina, Simon and the rest of the Great Gurren Brigade plan to take down Thymilph, one of the Four Divine Generals of the Spiral King, and his massive mobile Gunmen fortress, the Dai-Ganzan. Their plan involves having Simon using Lagann to take over the Dai-Ganzan the same way he fuses with the Gurren, but an something unexpected causes a great tragedy in the following battle.

star 8.48
297 votes
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I Will Head Towards Tomorrow

#4 - I Will Head Towards Tomorrow

Gurren Lagann Season 1 - Episode 15

The last of the Divine Generals have fallen and all that stands before the Great Gurren Brigade and victory, is the Imperial City Teppelin. However right before their eyes Teppelin collapses and reveals its true form, as a Gunman of gigantic proportions. Nia request to go along with Simon, in the Gurren-Lagann, to confront her father Lord Genome. First they must penetrate the impregnable defense.

star 8.33
227 votes
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Weaving a Story 2: oral stage

#5 - Weaving a Story 2: oral stage

Neon Genesis Evangelion Season 1 - Episode 20

After achieving an unheard of synchronization rate, Shinji merges with Unit 01. While he has an out of body experience, NERV works to salvage him.

star 8.14
553 votes
You Don't Know Anything

#6 - You Don't Know Anything

Gurren Lagann Season 1 - Episode 17

Seven years have past, since the capture of Teppelin and under Simon's leadership, a new capital city has been built from the remnants of the royal capital. As the humans being to prosper and including the lives of those who helped make it all happen. However, these peaceful times come to end when the threat mentioned in Lord Genome's last words starts to reveal itself.

star 8.03
224 votes
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Rei III

#7 - Rei III

Neon Genesis Evangelion Season 1 - Episode 23

Despite her struggles, Asuka is ordered to assist Rei in battle against Armisael. When she fails, Rei makes a desperate move in order to save Shinji.

star 7.98
607 votes
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Lilliputian Hitcher

#8 - Lilliputian Hitcher

Neon Genesis Evangelion Season 1 - Episode 13

An Angel infiltrates NERV, quickly taking over the MAGI supercomputer, Ritsuko proposes writing a program to forcibly evolve Ireul to its extinction.

star 7.89
603 votes
Bust Through the Heavens with Your Drill!

#9 - Bust Through the Heavens with Your Drill!

Gurren Lagann Season 1 - Episode 1

Kamina is jailed for trying to escape to the surface. Suddenly, a mysterious woman named Yoko comes from aboves to the underground village while fighting a giant robot. Simon helps fend off the robot with the help of his new "Gunmen", which he found while drilling around.

star 7.79
443 votes
We Have To Contact Each Other And Confirm Our Feelings. Because We're Friends!

#10 - We Have To Contact Each Other And Confirm Our Feelings. Because We're Friends!

Kiznaiver Season 1 - Episode 11

Katsuhira finds out what happened to the friends from his childhood and Sonozaki is intent on making the Kizna Experiment successful no matter what.

star 7.77
48 votes
The Elder

#11 - The Elder

Star Wars: Visions Season 1 - Episode 7

A Jedi and his Padawan pursue a dark and powerful presence.

star 7.67
203 votes
Weaving a Story

#12 - Weaving a Story

Neon Genesis Evangelion Season 1 - Episode 14

As Seele reviews NERV and Gendo's actions with the Third through Eleventh Angels, Ritsuko conducts a test in which the Eva pilots switch Units.

star 7.60
586 votes
Everybody Loves Chocolate

#13 - Everybody Loves Chocolate

Fruits Basket Season 1 - Episode 11

It's Valentine's Day, and Tohru has given all the Sohma's chocolates. But it seems that after finals, she's also working harder than ever earning money. Could something be the matter?

star 7.33
47 votes
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The Subjectivity of Happiness

#14 - The Subjectivity of Happiness

His and Her Circumstances Season 1 - Episode 13

Tsubasa decides to go home, but her loathing for her father getting remarried is renewed upon meeting her future stepbrother... a punk-rocker named Kazuma. How could she ever possibly relate to someone so completely different?

star 6.77
43 votes
Your Voice That Changes Me

#15 - Your Voice That Changes Me

His and Her Circumstances Season 1 - Episode 6

Arima and Yukino lead very similar lives despite their differences... but how will their bond stand against the test of time? While Yukino feels as if she's been liberated of her guise of perfection.

star 6.57
42 votes
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Their Secret

#16 - Their Secret

His and Her Circumstances Season 1 - Episode 2

Yukino's inadvertently made a fool of herself in front of Arima and now he's blackmailing her! Getting her to do his work, act as his slave... she's just about at her wit's end!

star 6.52
46 votes
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Progress

#17 - Progress

His and Her Circumstances Season 1 - Episode 18

Arima's feelings for Yukino are beginning to build up and he knows now, more than anything, he wants to take their relationship to the next level...

star 6.38
40 votes
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The Story So Far: Part 1

#18 - The Story So Far: Part 1

His and Her Circumstances Season 1 - Episode 14

Yukino and Arima's story up to this point is revisited.

star 5.88
41 votes