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 9.30
81 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 8.78
197 votes
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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
290 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 8.35
223 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

Shinji achieved an unprecedented 400% synchronization ratio with Eva-01 during the battle with Zeruel, to horrible effect. With the Eva having ascended to the status of a living God and Shinji absorbed inside it, Ritsuko unsuccessfully attempts to recover him. In the meantime, Shinji makes contact with the resident soul of the Eva- his mother, Yui Ikari.

star 8.11
519 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 8.04
220 votes
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Rei III

#7 - Rei III

Neon Genesis Evangelion Season 1 - Episode 23

Asuka sinks into deep depression after Arael's mental probing, and is unable to pilot when the new Angel Armisael arrives. Armisael begins physically fusing with Eva-00 and threatens to do the same to Eva-01, prompting Rei to sacrifice herself to save Shinji, only to appear alive soon afterwards. Under threat by Misato, Ritsuko opens the door to a room in Terminal Dogma to reveal the dark truth about Rei Ayanami.

star 7.99
574 votes
Bust Through the Heavens with Your Drill!

#8 - 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 7.80
436 votes
Weaving a Story

#9 - Weaving a Story

Neon Genesis Evangelion Season 1 - Episode 14

This episode is in two parts: The first part being a clip show presented to the Human Instrumentality Committee of Seele, reviewing the attacks of all Angels up to this point. The second part includes a poem in which Rei contemplates her own existence, and a cross-compatibility test between Rei's and Shinji's Evas.

star 7.62
551 votes
Everybody Loves Chocolate

#10 - 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 7.00
46 votes
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The Subjectivity of Happiness

#11 - The Subjectivity of Happiness

His and Her Circumstances Season 1 - Episode 13

Tsubasa is opposed to her father's remarriage, but realizing that her opinions carry no weight, she gives in and agrees to meet her stepbrother-to-be, who turns out to be a blond punk rocker named Kazuma. His remarks burn Tsubasa, and everything goes right to hell. Later, they meet by chance in the street, with very different results.

star 6.74
42 votes
Your Voice That Changes Me

#12 - Your Voice That Changes Me

His and Her Circumstances Season 1 - Episode 6

With Summer Vacation close at hand, Arima and Yukino date one another constantly, to make up for all the time they've lost due to the troubles they've had. But the more he dates her, and learns what she is really like, the greater Arima's complex about Yukino's nature becomes. His worries build, until one evening, they meet under a blazing sunset.

star 6.57
42 votes
Their Secret

#13 - Their Secret

His and Her Circumstances Season 1 - Episode 2

Due to her own serious foul-up, Yukino finds herself in a heap of trouble. She spends days terrified of Arima's reaction. When days have passed as if nothing has happened, and Yukino lets down her guard, Arima's unthinkable retaliation begins. In exchange for not revealing the truth about her, Yukino must help Arima with all the different committee work he gets, in effect reducing her to his slave. After-school sessions go on and on, with the two of them wading through a mountain of work.

star 6.47
43 votes
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Progress

#14 - Progress

His and Her Circumstances Season 1 - Episode 18

Arima has suffered grievously at the hands of his relatives over the disappearance of his father. Before he met Yukino, his foster parents were the only positive influence in his life. Now, however, he has come to depend on her greatly for emotional support. Now, however...

star 6.33
39 votes
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The Story So Far

#15 - The Story So Far

His and Her Circumstances Season 1 - Episode 14

A recap episode, summarizing the events of episodes 1 through 6.

star 5.93
40 votes
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