The BEST episodes directed by Masakazu Hashimoto

A Rondo that Transcends Time
29 votes

#1 - A Rondo that Transcends Time

Scrapped Princess - Season 1 - Episode 22

The group, along with Chris's unit, camps in the woods. Celia appears and asks Pacifica if a caged bird (humans) wants to fly in the sky. Cz shows second thoughts about killing Pacifica.

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Shijima's Girl (Broken Heart MIX)
69 votes

#2 - Shijima's Girl (Broken Heart MIX)

Hanasaku Iroha: Blossoms for Tomorrow - Season 1 - Episode 13

The staff members of Kissuisō wait and try to mentally prepare for Satsuki's arrival. Sui places Nako in charge of taking care of Satsuki, while the others speculate on whether or not that is a good idea. Arriving, Satsuki comments on how the inn hasn't changed at all from her years as a child, and criticizes constantly on how everything is done. However, Sui states that, in order to properly satisfy a customer that one must observe them on their first stay to see what that customer prefers, adding that even though it is Satsuki's first stay in the inn, it is not her first time being there. Sui and Ohana work together to make a list of what Satsuki likes. After a night of drinking, Satsuki, Ohana, and Sui all begin to understand each other a little better, and Satsuki leaves the next morning after writing a new, positive and praising review of Kissuisō. Ohana sorts out her feelings about Ko and, after a tearful realization, shouts her thanks to him for watching over her and says her farewells.

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Created Human
457 votes

#3 - Created Human

Fullmetal Alchemist - Season 1 - Episode 22

Ed reaches the heart of the Fifth Laboratory and learns that it was used as a biological research facility for the military. There, he is nearly fooled into doing an unspeakable act. He manages to escape, but then discovers that Envy has taken Al hostage. Meanwhile, Hughes has ordered Armstrong and the others to find out what is going on in the Laboratory.

His Name Is Unknown
350 votes

#4 - His Name Is Unknown

Fullmetal Alchemist - Season 1 - Episode 42

Al’s body has been transmuted into a bomb by Kimblee just before his death, and Scar, in a fit of compassion, prepares Al to be saved by turning him into the Philosopher’s Stone. Scar sacrifices his right arm, melding it with Al, and making Al a container waiting for the army’s invasion of the city. Ed manages to fight off the two homunculi and with Ryla and Rose, they escape, but Ed knows he has to go back, and returns to the city. Mustang, using information gathered by Armstrong in his mock service of Archer, goes down to Tucker’s research room to put a stop to the madness. They are beset by chimeras and though they have little trouble fighting them off, Archer gets away. Before anyone can stop him, he sends the army into Lior. There Scar sacrifices himself to transmute the army into Al’s body, making him the Philosopher’s Stone.

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Assault on South Headquarters
409 votes

#5 - Assault on South Headquarters

Fullmetal Alchemist - Season 1 - Episode 30

Under suspicion of being a Homunculus conspirator, the strange wild boy from Yock is taken into custody by Lt. Col. Archer. Enraged by the arrest, Izumi takes on the military with the full force of her alchemic powers. Meanwhile, Scar has been spotted in the Southern Slums by a retired military officer.

That Which Is Lost
436 votes

#6 - That Which Is Lost

Fullmetal Alchemist - Season 1 - Episode 16

Injured from their latest battle, the brothers decide to return to Risembool for repairs. They make plans to meet up with Winry, but along the way a mixup occurs and Al vanishes from one of the train stations. Now Al must make a detour to find him, and in the process question his deepest held belief.

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321 votes

#7 - Goodbye

Fullmetal Alchemist - Season 1 - Episode 48

The army’s camp in the north, led by Armstrong and headed by Havoc posing as Mustang, starts a military coup. This distracts the attention of the Fuhrer and his minions, while the real Mustang plots his attack on the Fuhrer in Central. Al has been abducted by Envy. Sensei and Ed are forced to pursue the only lead they have on the Homunculi, the Fuhrer himself. They assault the headquarters to find the Fuhrer has gone home early, but they are fortunate in their timing, and are able to help the Tringham brothers (imposter Elrics) escape from prison there. Ed goes off to fight the Fuhrer while sensei battles with the new and improved Frank Archer.

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The Sinner Within
349 votes

#8 - The Sinner Within

Fullmetal Alchemist - Season 1 - Episode 36

Ed, Al, and Winry continue on their travel to Ishbal in hopes of finding out how they made the fabled philosopher's stone without alchemy. Along the way the trio uncovers more and more about the truth of the Ishbal war. But are Ed and Al ready to hear it? Meanwhile Winry receives a startling revelation about the death of her parents.

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The Phantom Thief
413 votes

#9 - The Phantom Thief

Fullmetal Alchemist - Season 1 - Episode 10

Not wanting to face Mustang with the news that they still have no new information about the Philosopher's Stone, Ed and Al decide to visit a small tourist town on the pretext of learning more about the Stone. While there, they become involved in the manhunt for a "Robin Hood"-like thief. While Ed has his doubts about her true agenda, does she have any real knowledge about the Stone's whereabouts?

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Cross Cube
20 votes

#10 - Cross Cube

Haruchika – Haruta & Chika - Season 1 - Episode 2

The brass band club is recruiting new members! Haruta hopes to enlist fellow first year student and former oboist, Miyoko Narushima. She wil join on one condition: Haruta and Chika must first solve an unsolvable Rubik's cube.

Elephant's Breath
15 votes

#11 - Elephant's Breath

Haruchika – Haruta & Chika - Season 1 - Episode 5

Akari Goto, a junoir high bass trombonist, comes to the high school in search of Haruta and asks him to help her solve the puzzle of her grandfather's time abroad. Their clues include three paintings and a mysterious color called "Elephant's Breath."

Vernacular Modernism
14 votes

#12 - Vernacular Modernism

Haruchika – Haruta & Chika - Season 1 - Episode 4

It's Christmas Eve and the brass band club has nowhere to practice. And, even worse, Haruta is homeless! Haruta's sister, Minami, shows up to help him find a new apartment and the listing they find presents them with a mystery and a miracle.

The Frequency is 77.4MHz
11 votes

#13 - The Frequency is 77.4MHz

Haruchika – Haruta & Chika - Season 1 - Episode 7

The band club is growing. In order to get a budget increase, Chika and Haruta agree to track down one of the student council's problem club leaders. Why is the geology club leader on the run? What is her connection to a mysterious radio station?

Exit Game
14 votes

#14 - Exit Game

Haruchika – Haruta & Chika - Season 1 - Episode 3

It's now fall and the brass band club has grown. Haruta, Chika, and Miyoko stumble upon Sei Maren, a former saxophonist, at the drama club. The brass band club and the drama club engage in dramatic battle to help Sei come to terms with his past.

The Gaze of Asmodeus
9 votes

#15 - The Gaze of Asmodeus

Haruchika – Haruta & Chika - Season 1 - Episode 9

Mr. Kusakabe has collapsed from exhuastion! To help out Mr. Kusakabe, Chika and Haruta investigate the mystery behind the Fujigasaki High School brass band club advisor's suspension and the peeping Tom known as Asmodeus.

Melodious Cipher
26 votes

#16 - Melodious Cipher

Haruchika – Haruta & Chika - Season 1 - Episode 1

High school brass band club members and newly reunited childhood neighbors Haruta and Chika decode a mysterious message hidden in the music of Bach and become rivals in love.

Serenade of the False Princess
33 votes

#17 - Serenade of the False Princess

Scrapped Princess - Season 1 - Episode 10

Lenard has brainwashed Elfitine into helping him destroy the village as a tribute to Mauser. The group helps foil his plan and continue on towards Giat. Chris goes to visit Pacifica's mother, the queen.

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10 votes

#18 - Springraphy

Haruchika – Haruta & Chika - Season 1 - Episode 6

It's spring break and the clubs are on the prowl for new members as students get ready to enter high school. During the break, there's been a tresspasser in the music room. Can the brass band club members figure out what she's been doing there?

Jabberwock's License
9 votes

#19 - Jabberwock's License

Haruchika – Haruta & Chika - Season 1 - Episode 10

The day of the district contest has arrived! When Haruta goes missing, Chika goes to look for him and runs into a writer who's interested in Mr. Kusakabe's past. Can the mystery of a lost dog's true owner appease the writer's curiosity instead?

Sympathy Triangle
9 votes

#20 - Sympathy Triangle

Haruchika – Haruta & Chika - Season 1 - Episode 12

Haruta deduces that their teacher has been offered a job with a symphony and follows him with Chika, learning more about why he left professional music.

Valley of Eden
9 votes

#21 - Valley of Eden

Haruchika – Haruta & Chika - Season 1 - Episode 11

According to the will of Mr. Kusakabe's former teacher, his granddaughter, Makoto, is the only one who knows the whereabouts of the key to his beloved piano. Can they figure out the secret of the key's location?

First Love Sommelier
10 votes

#22 - First Love Sommelier

Haruchika – Haruta & Chika - Season 1 - Episode 8

Naoko volunteers to help Chika rehearse for the upcoming qualifying round, but wants her help in return. Her aunt has returned to Japan in search of information on her first love and goes to the school's First Love Sommelier for assistance.

A Chanson for Fleeting Moments
4 votes

#23 - A Chanson for Fleeting Moments

Scrapped Princess - Season 1 - Episode 17

Pacifica continues to enjoy her life with Fulle, while the military is close to catching her. Cz, more passionate than a typical Peacemaker, explains to Shannon why the status quo should be left alone.

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Sweet Dreams
4 votes

#24 - Sweet Dreams

Kemonozume - Season 1 - Episode 9

Once again on the run, Toshihiko and Yuka take a hike with a kind old couple. While traveling with them, they try to sort out their feelings for each other.