The BEST episodes directed by Masaki Matsumura

For the Longest Time
118 votes

#1 - For the Longest Time

The "Hentai" Prince and the Stony Cat. - Season 1 - Episode 10

As Yōto's cancellation of his wish only took a partial effect at his school along with the cat statue's sudden disappearance, Azusa became madly in love with Yōto, much to Mai's nuisance. Checking up on Tsukushi, Tsukushi prompts both Yōto and Mai to make amends before she leaves for Italy but fails. Later, Yōto founds Tsukiko lamenting in his room as she hides inside Yōto's dakimakura but was later found out by Yōto himself. Tsukiko later leaves Yōto's room after knowing that Yōto has met Emi long before her despite her earlier claims that she was the one who knew Yōto the longest. Yōto then found passport tickets to Rome and a letter, sent by her grandparents, both belonging to Tsukiko. Meanwhile, as Yōto takes Emi for a stroll, Emi notices that something's troubling Yōto and tells him to sort it out. At the Tsutsukakushi residence, as Yōto, who disguises himself as his "evil twin", and Tsukushi converse of the latter's deceased parents and disapproval of going to Italy to live with their grandparents, Tsukushi intended to look for concrete evidence of her late mother and them living together through old photos, but comes out empty-handed. Tsukushi and Tsukiko then claim that they'd met Yōto in the past and then search for evidences regarding it, but only finding an unfocused picture of the sibling's late mother. While tagging along with Tsukiko, Azusa came to intervene and had a pep talk with Yōto. Afterwards, Tsukiko expresses her jealousy towards Azusa as she criticizes herself to Yōto. Claiming that meeting Yōto the longest would give her the advantage, Tsukiko wishes to see the past herself, followed by Yōto. Suddenly, a rabbit, possessed by the cat god grants their wish.

Cocoa and Murderous Intent Without Malice
41 votes

#2 - Cocoa and Murderous Intent Without Malice

Is the Order a Rabbit? - Season 1 - Episode 5

The girls begin practicing for the ball sports tournament at school, with unsurprising results. Father's Day is near, and Rize takes up extra jobs to get her father a gift.

112 votes

#3 - Light

Yona of the Dawn - Season 1 - Episode 14

Yona and her companions are trapped when the cave collapses. The Blue Dragon appears to assist them, and together they begin digging through a cave wall that will lead them outside.

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119 votes

#4 - Roar

Yona of the Dawn - Season 1 - Episode 5

“The red hair of what should have been the young and weak princess appeared to be a flame consuming her...” Hak is accused of murdering King Il. In order to protect Yona and the Wind Village, he gives up his title of chief and decides to wander alone.

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The Storm Will Soon Carry Me
24 votes

#5 - The Storm Will Soon Carry Me

Chihayafuru - Season 3 - Episode 18

Both the Master and Queen matches come down to luck of the draw in an intense first round, ending in wins for Shinobu and Harada. Shinobu is shaken after learning that her grandmother, a politician, sees her as no more than a walking advertisement, as well as the fact that Chihaya chose her class trip over a chance to play in the Queen match, and she begins to break down in the second round.

Kill Fate
333 votes

#6 - Kill Fate

Akame ga Kill! - Season 1 - Episode 19

Night Raid plans to infiltrate the palace during Path of Peace's anniversary festival. Mine and Tatsumi are assigned as a diversion, and the two are eventually driven to the city's edge, where Seryu spots and recognizes them. She attacks the pair alongside the last member of the Four Rakshasa Demons, Suzuka. Mine manages to slice Seryu and Coro in half, but Seryu retaliates by setting off a suicide bomb implanted in her head. Exhausted, Mine struggles to escape the bomb, but is saved by Tatsumi, who had previously defeated Suzuka by crushing her with nearby ruins. Meanwhile, the rest of Night Raid storm the palace. Despite being told by Esdeath to stay put, Borick attempts to flee, but is quickly killed by Lubbock and Akame.

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To Restore My Faith
22 votes

#7 - To Restore My Faith

Chihayafuru - Season 3 - Episode 21

Suo and Shinobu win the Master and Queen matches, both defending their titles. Afterward, Taichi declines to return to Tokyo, staying behind alone for the Takamatsu Memorial Cup... and ends up playing against Arata. Meanwhile, Chihaya is shocked by Taichi getting the jump on her a second time, and she begins to wonder why he always makes his decisions without saying anything to her.

The Destined Meeting with Ushio and Tora
113 votes

#8 - The Destined Meeting with Ushio and Tora

Ushio and Tora (2015) - Season 1 - Episode 1

Middle-school student Aotsuki Ushio lives with his temple master father, Shigure. One day, as Ushio is cleaning around the house, he finds something unspeakable in the basement.

The Dark Warrior
347 votes

#9 - The Dark Warrior

Overlord - Season 1 - Episode 9

Momonga and Narberal begin their respective battles against Clementine and Khajit. Momonga takes this chance to learn about the mechanics of fighting in this world, but in the end, he must show Clementine the consequences of offending him.

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When Winds Send Waves Crashing
22 votes

#10 - When Winds Send Waves Crashing

Chihayafuru - Season 3 - Episode 24

Taichi has told Chihaya about the feelings he had kept secret for so long. Now he's left the karuta club, and Chihaya's regret over failing to notice how he felt leaves her unable to play. But some new members have joined Mizusawa's karuta club, and among them is Tamaru Midori, a Class A player. She is a promising new member, but also a troublemaker.

Nine Schools Competition Part VIII
128 votes

#11 - Nine Schools Competition Part VIII

The Irregular at Magic High School - Season 1 - Episode 15

Tatsuya is asked to compete in Monolith Code. He picks Leonhard and Mikihiko to be his team members. Kichijoji advises Ichijo to figure out a way to force Tatsuya into head-to-head combat to win Monolith Code. Will Tatsuya take the bait as expected?

Yokohama Disturbance Part VI
131 votes

#12 - Yokohama Disturbance Part VI

The Irregular at Magic High School - Season 1 - Episode 24

After terrorists attack the Thesis Competition, the students have to fight to survive.

The Ultimate Trump Card
200 votes

#13 - The Ultimate Trump Card

Overlord - Season 2 - Episode 13

The guardsmen and adventurers face a daunting array of demons until Momon arrives and takes charge. Brain once again comes face to face with Shalltear. While Evileye is occupied, Demiurge reveals his plan to Ains.

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The Ruler of Conspiracy
113 votes

#14 - The Ruler of Conspiracy

Overlord - Season 4 - Episode 4

While Albedo and the others make their moves toward world domination, Ains has his own little plan. He wants to cultivate true adventurers to explore the unknown, like the players in Yggdrasil. His recruitment efforts bring him to the Baharuth Empire...

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Ruler of Death
367 votes

#15 - Ruler of Death

Overlord - Season 1 - Episode 4

Momonga finds that the attackers of Carne Village were Slane Theocracy soldiers dressed as people from the Baharuth Empire. As the attack to lure and eliminate Gazef Stronoff continues, Momonga takes this chance to continue his tests...

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Enrollment Part I
200 votes

#16 - Enrollment Part I

The Irregular at Magic High School - Season 1 - Episode 1

A brother and a sister enroll at the Magic High School. In this school, the students are divided into two distinct groups as "Weeds" and "Blooms." Tatsuya, the brother, has a secret…

The Bloody Valkyrie
331 votes

#17 - The Bloody Valkyrie

Overlord - Season 1 - Episode 12

Though Shalltear's skill set puts Momonga at a complete disadvantage, he steps forward into battle. He gave various world items to his guardians to ensure the safety of Nazarick in his absence. Now, all that is left is a battle of life and death!

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In Pursuit of the Land of Dwarves
109 votes

#18 - In Pursuit of the Land of Dwarves

Overlord - Season 4 - Episode 5

After his visit to the Empire, Ains decides to go and create a friendly relationship with the Dwarf Kingdom. Sadly, he only finds an empty city when he gets there. Deep within the tunnels, he meets a dwarf named Gondo who tells him happened.

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Countdown to Extinction
118 votes

#19 - Countdown to Extinction

Overlord - Season 4 - Episode 9

The Sorcerer Kingdom declares war against the Re-Estize Kingdom and gives them exactly one month to prepare. Ains plans to show the world what happens to the enemies of Ains Ooal Gown. However, a few in Nazarick consider this massacre excessive.

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Going Down the Road to the Touno Youkai Battle ~Part One~
50 votes

#20 - Going Down the Road to the Touno Youkai Battle ~Part One~

Ushio and Tora (2015) - Season 1 - Episode 12

Ushio and Tora leave Touno and head to Hokkaido once again, but they're attacked repeatedly on the way by Youkai.

Nine Schools Competition Part I
136 votes

#21 - Nine Schools Competition Part I

The Irregular at Magic High School - Season 1 - Episode 8

Nine Magic University Affiliated High Schools around the country are preparing for the upcoming Nine Schools Competition. The Student Council needs to select engineers. Since Tatsuya knows how to fine-tune CADs, will he take on the role of an engineer?

Sea of the Ayakashi
89 votes

#22 - Sea of the Ayakashi

Ushio and Tora (2015) - Season 1 - Episode 6

On a beach trip, Ushio encounters a little boy who seems determined to ruin everyone else's fun. Meanwhile, Tora encounters a gigantic ayakashi that seeks to devour humans and yokai alike.

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Two Leaders
191 votes

#23 - Two Leaders

Overlord - Season 3 - Episode 5

The "Giant of the East" has come to attack Carne Village, but the villagers are willing to put their lives on the line to protect their home and families. While the goblin troop defends the front gates, Enri and Nphirea defends the village from behind.

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The Fools Gather at the Banquet
48 votes

#24 - The Fools Gather at the Banquet

Ushio and Tora (2015) - Season 1 - Episode 24

Mayuko is invited to a strange dinner party and Tora eats crab gyoza burgers.

Revival~And Finally...
57 votes

#25 - Revival~And Finally...

Ushio and Tora (2015) - Season 1 - Episode 18

The girls keep working on trying to turn Ushio back to normal. Meanwhile, the hiyou horde heads toward Ushio and the Beast Spear to destroy them both once and for all.

Preparation for War
175 votes

#26 - Preparation for War

Overlord - Season 3 - Episode 10

Re-Estize Kingdom prepares for war after receiving a declaration from the Empire that they will claim the land near E-Rantel for the Sorcerer King Gown. Gazef knows the magic caster's strength, but he cannot stop what has already been set into motion.

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Two Are One
94 votes

#27 - Two Are One

Alderamin on the Sky - Season 1 - Episode 5

"Welcome to the world of science!" When Yatori was 9 years old, she was sent to study with the general Bada Sankrein, and met a young boy her age, Ikta. The world he shows her is new and exciting, like nothing she's ever seen.

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In a Twilight Empire
84 votes

#28 - In a Twilight Empire

Alderamin on the Sky - Season 1 - Episode 13

Ikta suffers a serious setback at the hands of the unsleeping, shining officer from the Kioka republic. His lines have been broken and the retreat is in disarray. To salvage an increasingly desperate situation, he leads a small, handpicked force to lure Jean into a trap. But Jean's proven himself for than a match for Ikta already, and the Alderan military outnumbers his own forces by over a dozen times. How can he handle such overwhelming numbers when his opponent has shown to be his equal?

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The Fate of a Small Honor
87 votes

#29 - The Fate of a Small Honor

Alderamin on the Sky - Season 1 - Episode 9

The war against the mountain people continues, and the imperial forces are about to make one last march to their final staging ground. The incompetent imperial commanders pick a route that leaves their flanks exposed to an attack, but fortunately Ikta persuades them to dismount and use their shields. In the midst of the Sinack attack, a group of unknown assassins appears out of nowhere and heads straight for the Lieutenant General! They're heavily armed and highly trained, but can Yatori stop them in time?

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A Stormy Encounter
116 votes

#30 - A Stormy Encounter

Alderamin on the Sky - Season 1 - Episode 1

Ikta is a brilliant, but lazy and unmotivated boy. His childhood friend, a high-ranking daughter of a noble, offers him an easy position at a library if he can help her get the top score on a military exam. But their lives take a sudden turn when the boat carrying them to the exam runs aground, and Ikta rescues a mysterious girl on board. When she turns out to be a princess, and they all find themselves behind enemy lines, Ikta is going to start having to work hard for real...

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The Fate of Ushio and Tora
30 votes

#31 - The Fate of Ushio and Tora

Ushio and Tora (2015) - Season 2 - Episode 13

Despite its fear toward the Beast Spear, Hakumen no Mono goes in for its final attack against Ushio and Tora. Tora tells Ushio his plan to deal counter Hakumen no Mono's high-speed attacks. Will the two be able to prevail against Hakumen no Mono in their final battle? Only the fate between Ushio and Tora will be able to tell.

The Journey of No Return
0 votes

#32 - The Journey of No Return

Ushio and Tora (2015) - Season 2 - Episode 4

A mysterious ghost appears in front of Atsuzawa and calls herself Jie Mei. She says she has a favor to ask him in regards to Hakumen no Mono... Meanwhile, Ushio and Tora are asked to come meet some people who want to see them. While they are on the way to meet these people, they run into Nagare, and Ushio can't hide his surprise. The happy reunion is cut short by some shocking news...

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To the Promised Night
0 votes

#33 - To the Promised Night

Ushio and Tora (2015) - Season 2 - Episode 10

Ushio begins to inspire hope amongst humans and youkai, which causes Hakumen's power to weaken. Surrounded by everyone's hope, Ushio reemerges wielding the revived Beast Spear. In the distance, the fateful battle between Hyou and Guren continues.

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