The BEST episodes directed by Masami Hata

The Anti-Dempsey Perfected
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9.05
36 votes

#1 - The Anti-Dempsey Perfected

Hajime no Ippo - Season 3 - Episode 12

Ippo mounts a desperate, full frontal assault as Sawamura continues to toy with him. Determined to take back the pace, Ippo begins to dodge the Bullets and get into a rhythm as he strikes back. Almost naturally he falls into the Dempsey Roll pattern, and Sawamura makes his move!

Fearless Challenger
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8.26
34 votes

#2 - Fearless Challenger

Hajime no Ippo - Season 3 - Episode 11

Sawamura's blatant fouls and bullet-like left jabs leave Ippo scrambling to establish some kind of rhythm. He stubbornly forces his way inside, but is he charging headfirst into a trap?

The End of the Death Match
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8.25
60 votes

#3 - The End of the Death Match

Hajime no Ippo - Season 3 - Episode 21

Both Takamura and Eagle are bleeding from their eyes, the doctor is about to stop the match but Takamura tells him to continue the match. Takamura can hardly see, one eye is swollen, the other is covered in blood.

Hot Winds and Furious Driving
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8.20
166 votes

#4 - Hot Winds and Furious Driving

Initial D - Season 1 - Episode 18

The race has begun on Mt. Usui. With Mako driving chase, the Impact Blue team hopes to see how Takumi and his Eight-Six handle the pressure. Takumi struggles to keep up with the SilEighty, wondering if he is in over his head.

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Akagi's White Comet!
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8.16
165 votes

#5 - Akagi's White Comet!

Initial D - Season 1 - Episode 24

Everyone across Gunma has been waiting for this moment, when Akagi’s White Comet comes face to face with Akina’s Eight-Six. In preparation for this upcoming battle, Bunta tests out the stability of the Eight-Six.

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The FR Killer
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8.09
147 votes

#6 - The FR Killer

Initial D - Season 1 - Episode 12

Takumi has managed to arrange a double date with Natsuki, Itsuki, and Natsuki's friend. Iketani invites Takumi to drive his S-13, but this time he’s going to try to stay awake the whole time. Then the NightKids arrive with Shingo leading the pack, issuing the Eight-Six a challenge next Saturday night for a gum-tape death match!

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The Mad Dog and the Red Wolf
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7.90
31 votes

#7 - The Mad Dog and the Red Wolf

Hajime no Ippo - Season 3 - Episode 8

Ippo's next title defense is confirmed to be against Sawamura Ryuuhei, and after realizing the Dempsey Roll is vulnerable to counter punches, Ippo realizes he doesn't stand a chance. His only option is to somehow evolve the Dempsey Roll into a more effective move, but as he mulls over exactly how to do it, a surprisingly familiar face appears in front of him.

New Hope
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7.84
51 votes

#8 - New Hope

Garo: The Animation - Season 1 - Episode 9

After learning his mother is the youngest sister of León's mother Anna, Alfonso trained under Rafael to become a Makai Knight in order to defeat the Horrors plaguing his kingdom. But Alfonso soon learns that must kill a powerful Horror in his final test.

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Demon Lord Army
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7.79
48 votes

#9 - Demon Lord Army

How Not to Summon a Demon Lord - Season 2 - Episode 6

Diablo resolves to return to Zircon Tower at once after learning the city was under attack by the Demon Lord Army. Meanwhile the desert becomes a battlefield as Laminitus and her soldiers wage battle against the Demon Lord Army's Commander, Varakness. Laminitus struggles against the overwhelming might of the Fallen, and just as the final blow is about to be dealt to her, Diablo appears with a flash.

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Even If That Isn't the Right Way
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7.76
34 votes

#10 - Even If That Isn't the Right Way

Girlfriend, Girlfriend - Season 1 - Episode 1

Mukai Naoya is in a relationship with Saki Saki, but another girl, Mizuse Nagisa, asks him out. He makes the unthinkable decision of asking them if they would be up for both dating him at the same time.

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Bloodville
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7.71
59 votes

#11 - Bloodville

Garo: The Animation - Season 1 - Episode 4

On the way to Santa Bard, León and Germán take a side trip to a village under the guise of pilgrims due to the rumors of people disappearing.

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Tsun Is Dere
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7.70
20 votes

#12 - Tsun Is Dere

Girlfriend, Girlfriend - Season 1 - Episode 6

Rika starts her not-so-laid-back solo camping life in Naoya’s yard. Naoya and his girlfriends decide that enough is enough, and try to have her camping gear taken away.

The Moon and Determination, Determination and Friends
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7.59
17 votes

#13 - The Moon and Determination, Determination and Friends

Adachi and Shimamura - Season 1 - Episode 11

Adachi decides that she does want to spend time with Shimamura and builds up the courage to approach her again.

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Geste
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7.57
14 votes

#14 - Geste

Garo: The Animation - Season 1 - Episode 14

Splitting his time between managing the Kingdom in his father's place and hunting down the Horrors, Alfonso, now donning the Garo Armor joins forces with Germán to unveil the mystery of a fortress which became a thieves' den.

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Divine Flame
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7.57
69 votes

#15 - Divine Flame

Garo: The Animation - Season 1 - Episode 2

On their return to Valiante, León and his father come across a group of inquisitors.

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Knights
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7.50
18 votes

#16 - Knights

Garo: The Animation - Season 1 - Episode 21

Despite Germán's warnings, León and his friends still pursuit after Mendoza, and both father and son must settle their differences in a duel.

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Shigechi's Harvest (2)
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7.24
102 votes

#17 - Shigechi's Harvest (2)

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (2012) - Season 3 - Episode 19

Josuke and the others head to the bank with their lottery ticket, but the bank is suspicious if that ticket really belongs to them. Josuke insists that they bought the ticket, but they find out that someeone else's name and phone number are written on the back of the ticket, and the bank clerk decides to call the number. Seeing that they can't get out of this situation, Josuke takes action...

Spread Your Wings, Pro Boxer
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7.00
2 votes

#18 - Spread Your Wings, Pro Boxer

Tomorrow's Joe - Season 1 - Episode 31

Setting Out Today
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7.00
2 votes

#19 - Setting Out Today

Tomorrow's Joe - Season 1 - Episode 74

Gaia
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6.97
61 votes

#20 - Gaia

Garo: The Animation - Season 1 - Episode 5

Forced to flee his kingdom when Mendoza takes it over, Alfonso tracks down a man he believed to be the legendary Knight of Light. But his search brings him to an abandoned cathedral where he confronts the man, who introduces himself as Rafael Banderas while revealing to Alfonso truth of his family's connection to the Knight of Light.

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Worst
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6.89
9 votes

#21 - Worst

Garo: Crimson Moon - Season 1 - Episode 15

No matter what era, there are always problems between husband and wife. Especially when that husband is a man like Masamune, who is well-known for his cheating ways. Izumi Shikibu tries to help her friend and enlists the help of Raikou and Kintoki.

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Eleki's Shocker and Papaya's Coconut
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6.88
56 votes

#22 - Eleki's Shocker and Papaya's Coconut

Hajime no Ippo - Season 3 - Episode 17

It's time for Kimura and Aoki to step into the ring at the Yokohama Arena! Kimura's up first, and nerves come into play as he stands before a huge crowd for the first time. Then when Aoki's turn comes up, he finds himself perplexed by a boxer every bit as unorthodox as himself! Can the duo set the right tone for Takamura's title match?!

For the Sake of Tomorrow! Part 1
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6.75
4 votes

#23 - For the Sake of Tomorrow! Part 1

Tomorrow's Joe - Season 1 - Episode 5

Brothers
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6.71
7 votes

#24 - Brothers

Garo: Crimson Moon - Season 1 - Episode 8

The Fujiwara household is the next to be attacked by a Horror. Yorinobu visits Seimei in hopes of aid, but Raikou ends up going with Yorinobu alone. Yorinobu unawaringly leads Raikou back to his birthplace and Tadano Shinbochi's darkness is revealed.

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Curse
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6.63
8 votes

#25 - Curse

Garo: Crimson Moon - Season 1 - Episode 3

Someone has placed curses throughout the mansion of Michinaga, Minister of the Left. The police magistrate immediately begins to investigate, taking all onmyouji that are not from the Onmyouryo into custody in order to find the culprit.

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Resonance
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6.63
8 votes

#26 - Resonance

Garo: Crimson Moon - Season 1 - Episode 21

With the help of Haruaki, Raikou enters Seimei's mind to drive Rudra out and bring her back. Of course, Douman will have none of that and comes to get into their way. Kintoki tries to keep Douman at bay as Haruaki rushes to reopen the gate.

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Is it Time for the KO Gong Yet!?
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5.00
2 votes

#27 - Is it Time for the KO Gong Yet!?

Tomorrow's Joe - Season 1 - Episode 14