The BEST episodes directed by Masahiro Sonoda

Solar Eclipse
30 votes

#1 - Solar Eclipse

Cardfight!! Vanguard - Season 5 - Episode 39

Jaime returns to Japan and gives Chrono a new Gear Chronicle card. Then, Chrono gets an idea to bring Taiyou along with his friends for a day of fun in an effort to have Taiyou smile again. Near the end of the day, Doujima, a top-ranked Dog Trainer from the United Sanctuary branch, appears to take Taiyou back. Chrono decides to fight Doujima, using the new Gear Chronicle card, Chronodragon Nextage, to win the long and difficult battle. However, Taiyou still feels the need to become stronger and returns to the branch with Doujima. Although Chrono failed to change Taiyou's perspective, he stays determined to show him how fun Vanguard can be. But unbeknownst to Chrono, Taiyou is selected to undergo a special training program...

31 votes

#2 - Messiah

Cardfight!! Vanguard - Season 5 - Episode 22

After the incident at the team tournament, Chrono decides to leave his deck at the card shop and quit playing Vanguard, despite encouragement from his friends. However, after passing by many children happily engaging in Vanguard, Chrono rushes back to the shop, only to see Kouji there with the deck in his hands. Kouji reveals that he had previously met someone who had used the Gear Chronicle deck and notes its special power. Not wanting Kouji to have the deck, Chrono challenges him to a fight with the winner getting the deck. As he battles Kouji's Link Joker Messiah deck, Chrono realizes that while his fighter points are gone, the fond memories he has with his friends through Vanguard are still with him. Nevertheless, Kouji wins the fight, who decides to leave Chrono with the deck.

Special Aqua Force
31 votes

#3 - Special Aqua Force

Cardfight!! Vanguard - Season 6 - Episode 2

Team TRY3 heads to the Magallanica Branch for their first venture in the G Quest. After learning more details about the G Quest, they partake in the branch's quest, a team tournament in which the winning group will face the Special Aqua Force team, composed of Jaime and Team Dreadnought. TRY3 makes it to the finals with Tokoha facing Jaime, Shion against Sharlene, and Chrono fighting Leon, the Aqua Force clan leader.

Legendary D
31 votes

#4 - Legendary D

Cardfight!! Vanguard - Season 6 - Episode 10

To truly clear the Zoo branch's quest, TRY3 goes through more challenges. First, they defeat a hundred Megacolony soldiers in a short amount of time (using toy weapons). Then, while forced to cosplay as Card Warriors Vangamen, they face off against Team Trinity Dragon in a battle of wits. Finally, Chrono cardfights the "final boss", Daigo. Learning from Daigo's words, Chrono regains his resolve and wins against him. With that, TRY3 officially completes the Zoo branch's G Quest.

Chrono vs. Ren
31 votes

#5 - Chrono vs. Ren

Cardfight!! Vanguard - Season 6 - Episode 19

Ren beats both Tokoha and Shion, which means it is all up to Chrono. Using the cards left by his teammates, Chrono defeats Ren, thus completing the branch's G Quest. At that moment, one of Chrono's Depend Cards becomes inhabited by a new Gear Chronicle unit. As a reward, Ren informs TRY3 about the true purpose of Plan G: to pinpoint Ryuzu's location and put a stop to his ambitions. Furthermore, he tells them that once they fully complete the G Quest and awaken Chrono's last Depend Card, Plan G will move on to the next phase: GIRS Crisis.

Deus Ex Machina
31 votes

#6 - Deus Ex Machina

Cardfight!! Vanguard - Season 7 - Episode 19

Kouji fights Ryuzu, who slowly binds each of the twelve Zodiac Time Beast cards. In doing so, he is able to stride Deus Ex Machina, Demiurge, use its effect to stack his deck with triggers, and defeat Kouji. Then, Kouji activates a device that causes Chrono Dran to be awakened. In response, Ryuzu summons Chronofang Tiger to stop Kouji. Although Kouji is knocked out by the Tiger, he successfully frees Chrono Dran, which returns to Chrono's possession.

Aria of a Mother`s Sorrow
29 votes

#7 - Aria of a Mother`s Sorrow

Scrapped Princess - Season 1 - Episode 19

Pacifica is captured by Chris and his unit. She is placed in a dungeon cell next to her mother. Without realizing she's talking about herself, she tells her mother of her life. After seeing her daughter for the first time in 15 years, Pacifica's mother dies.

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Godspeed of the East
71 votes

#8 - Godspeed of the East

Freezing - Season 1 - Episode 9

Kazuya is invited to East Genetics Academy to meet the #1 ranked third-year Pandora, Cassie Lockheart, who possesses Stigmata from his late sister, Kazuha. Despite her potential, she explains she plans to retire after graduating to become a novelist. As Kazuya returns home, Sister Margaret reveals that Satellizer also possesses six of Kazuha's Stigmata, but showed little compatibility with them. Cassie reveals to her teacher Milena that the reason she doesn't want to join the Chevaliers, the Pandora elite, was because she was there when Satellizer attacked the playboy Limiter when she was still a student at East Genetics, and Satellizer's resolve to never give up no matter how many times Cassie put her down made her scared and realize how weak she was. Just then, East Genetics is attacked by a group of Type S Nova who exhibit abilities that have never been seen before, overwhelming the students and absorbing some of the Pandoras, including Cassie and Milena. Meanwhile, Satellizer overhears Kazuya talking with Arthur and Kaho, believing that Kazuya only chose her because she reminded him of his sister. 

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Dance in the Vampire Bund
143 votes

#9 - Dance in the Vampire Bund

Dance in the Vampire Bund - Season 1 - Episode 12

Two beastly warriors shed blood in defense of identical princesses, and Mina learns the shocking secret behind the legacy of the true bloods! Mina then made a pledge to Akria to stay with him forever like Akria did as a young boy.

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Shadow of Vampire
168 votes

#10 - Shadow of Vampire

Dance in the Vampire Bund - Season 1 - Episode 5

It becomes known, by some students, that Nanami was attacked by vampires. Akira and Yuki are attacked by vampires wearing the same school uniform as them, and they are saved at the last moment by Meiren who takes on the band of vampires with ease. Mina sends Nella to kidnap the grandson of the Prime Minister when he refuses to accept Mina's plan.

From Dusk Till Dawn
168 votes

#11 - From Dusk Till Dawn

Dance in the Vampire Bund - Season 1 - Episode 6

Akira is confronted by Meiren, and Akira begins doubting Mina. He finds out about Mina kidnapping the Prime Minister's grandson and confronts her about it and about the fact that vampires have infiltrated the school. She says that the vampire society rests on her shoulders and that she will do whatever necessary to make sure that the Vampire Bund plan is fulfilled. After hearing this, Akira teams up with some of the kids from school to eradicate the vampires inside the school.

Lost Boy
145 votes

#12 - Lost Boy

Dance in the Vampire Bund - Season 1 - Episode 9

Akira's curiosity about the concept of eternity leads him to ask Mina questions that are difficult to answer. Though it may sound promising, eternity is not without its harsh realities.

Kill the Little Sister
272 votes

#13 - Kill the Little Sister

Akame ga Kill! - Season 1 - Episode 22

Even with Esdeath's efforts, the Revolutionary Army draws close to the capital, where the people start rebelling as well. Meanwhile, Kurome knows that she does not have much time left and sends a message to Akame, challenging her to a duel. Tatsumi attempts to dissuade her, but she leaves to confront her sister nonetheless. Once they meet, Kurome expresses all of her resentment for being left behind when Akame defected to Night Raid. Then, they begin fighting, but a giant beast interrupts their duel. After defeating the beast together, the two resume their fight. Wave appears and assists Kurome, but Tatsumi arrives to stop him, claiming that no one must interfere in their fight. Eventually, Akame defeats and kills Kurome. As Wave departs, taking Kurome's body with him, Akame mourns over the loss of her sister. Meanwhile, the Revolutionary Army surrounds the capital, and the prime minister instructs the Emperor to activate the Ultimate Imperial Arm in order to stop the revolution.

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Walpurgis Night
168 votes

#14 - Walpurgis Night

Dance in the Vampire Bund - Season 1 - Episode 10

The Bund is finally enjoying some well-earned peace when chaos visits once more - the Three Clans have appeared in the Bund, putting Akira's life in grave peril.

Innocent Blood
139 votes

#15 - Innocent Blood

Dance in the Vampire Bund - Season 1 - Episode 7

Despite their differences, Mina and Akira must learn to work together in order to save some student council members from the rogue vampires who've taken them hostage.

210 votes

#16 - Howling

Dance in the Vampire Bund - Season 1 - Episode 2

Kaburagi Akira is a seemingly normal high school student at the time that Mina Tepes creates the Vampire Bund.

Requiem for the Heretics
59 votes

#17 - Requiem for the Heretics

Scrapped Princess - Season 1 - Episode 9

The group meets a Mauser priest at a restaurant and travels with him. They discover a hidden village of Browning heretics who imprison Bergens. The leaders of the village, Lenard and Elfetine, ask them to watch as they correct the world in a ceremony.

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Teen Wolf
175 votes

#18 - Teen Wolf

Dance in the Vampire Bund - Season 1 - Episode 3

The day after saving Mina, Akira wakes up in bed with her and has regained some of his memories.

141 votes

#19 - Underworld

Dance in the Vampire Bund - Season 1 - Episode 11

Killers-for-hire stalk Akira, and the werewolf's inability to transform puts his life in jeopardy. Meanwhile, Mina raises the stakes of her wager after a particularly unpleasant test of her purity.

Interview with Vampire
173 votes

#20 - Interview with Vampire

Dance in the Vampire Bund - Season 1 - Episode 4

With the establishment of the Vampire Bund, Mina Tepes is ready to hold a press conference, so many members of the press have come to the island.

I'll Keep This Secret!
26 votes

#21 - I'll Keep This Secret!

Actually, I Am - Season 1 - Episode 2

Asahi tells his friends that he decided to be just friends with Yōko for now. Meanwhile, Nagisa reflects on how she brutally rejected Asahi the previous summer to prevent him from getting too close to her, but now acts jealous after seeing him with Yōko. Later, Yōko eats her lunch with Asahi in an otherwise-empty classroom, and finds some cream puffs that Nagisa left on his desk, but the puff is too spicy for her to eat. She inadvertently reveals her wings as Nagisa steps into the room, but Nagisa in turn accidentally reveals herself to be a tiny alien, stepping out of her human-sized "External Unit" while holding a tiny raygun at Yōko. While worrying about her own secret getting out, Nagisa chases after Asahi with a hammer she refers to as a "Memory Erasure Apparatus," but Yōko saves Asahi from getting hit by it. In the end, the three decide to keep each other's secrets safe, while Mikan is shown digging a listening device out of an uneaten cream puff.

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Kill the Hinderance
292 votes

#22 - Kill the Hinderance

Akame ga Kill! - Season 1 - Episode 13

The prime minister assigns Esdeath to track down the Danger Beasts from the previous episode and kill them. Later, the Jaegars attack some of the Danger Beasts when they attack a wagon of supplies. The next day, Wave recalls the incident and notes that the present merchants were terrified of Bols despite his kind personality because of his otherwise fearsome appearance. However, Bols tells him that despite his personality, he had killed many people in the past, which understandably earned him a lot of hate. Then, the group is visited by Bols's wife and young daughter who support his work, which surprises Wave. Meanwhile, while doing some training with Susanoo, Tatsumi tells him that he should be considered one of Night Raid, not as a tool. Later, Night Raid travels to another hideout and are given their newest mission: to kill the modified Danger Beasts, essentially helping the Capital they have been fighting. When Chelsea states her belief that the Jaegers should take care of the problem, Tatsumi counters that by aiding the Capital, they would be able to save more lives. Chelsea later confides to Najenda that she believes Tatsumi's kindness will eventually lead him to his death. Esdeath and Run express to each other their beliefs that, since the new Danger Beasts were revealed to have once been human, they were possibly the result of one of Dr. Stylish's experiments, and assume they somehow managed to escape their containment. The following night, while patrolling the mountains, Tatsumi learns about Lubbock's reasons for joining Night Raid, which involved Najenda. Later, Tatsumi travels to the summit of a mountain alone and is suddenly confronted by a wandering Esdeath, who is shocked to see him.

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Oratorio of the Mortals
29 votes

#23 - Oratorio of the Mortals

Scrapped Princess - Season 1 - Episode 23

Prince Forsis requests to meet with Pacifica before her 16th birthday. When they meet, he stabs her, and then himself. They are then attacked by the military, and Shannon goes to fight Socom.

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Lullaby of the Troubadour
32 votes

#24 - Lullaby of the Troubadour

Scrapped Princess - Season 1 - Episode 5

The group encounters Kidaf Gillot the Silencer who can control electronic bugs. A bug poisons Pacifica, and Leo and Racquel go to Sir Barrett for aid. They confront the minstrel and his bugs at the bug's lair, defeating them and obtaining a curative plant.

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Near Dark
141 votes

#25 - Near Dark

Dance in the Vampire Bund - Season 1 - Episode 8

On the surface, things appear to have calmed down at the academy, but among the students there are deep physical and psychological scars that have not yet healed.

Prom Night
268 votes

#26 - Prom Night

Dance in the Vampire Bund - Season 1 - Episode 1

On the live talk show Astraea no Tenbin, the topic of the day is the existence of vampires after a series of attacks that have left distinctive bite marks on the victims.

Hidden Truths
776 votes

#27 - Hidden Truths

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood - Season 1 - Episode 7

When Ed and Al arrive at the Central Library they discover that it has been burnt to the ground and instead are taken to see Sheska, a former employee who may have the information they seek. Meanwhile, in East City an unexplained explosion causes Colonel Mustang to restart his search for Scar.

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The Strange Tale of Maison Izumo
216 votes

#28 - The Strange Tale of Maison Izumo

Sekirei - Season 1 - Episode 4

Minato, Musubi and Kusano are startled by strange events at Izumo Inn. Unknown to him, Minato is being secretly watched by a mysterious girl. When Musubi leaves to gather groceries, she is attacked by a satellite weapon controlled by the mysterious girl who then surprises Minato in the washroom.

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The End of the Sky
7 votes

#29 - The End of the Sky

The Pilot's Love Song - Season 1 - Episode 12

The Sky Clan agrees to a peace treaty with Isla, but they want Nina Viento, the wind girl. Ignatio gives Kal-el a chance to meet her, and he tells her how much he loves her. Isla finally reaches the end of the sky.

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