The BEST episodes directed by Masashi Ishihama

From The New World
101 votes

#1 - From The New World

From the New World - Season 1 - Episode 25

Saki realizes that the Akki was conditioned to suffer the death feedback from killing Monster Rats instead of humans. Kiroumaru then confronts the Akki disguised as a human, resulting on the deaths of both, after asking for Saki to make sure that at least his colony is spared from the humans' vengeful wrath. With the rebellion finally supressed, Yakomaru, having renounced to his title and once more addressing himself as Squealer, is tried and sentenced to "Eternal Hell", with his body suffering excruciating pain while being regenerated indefinitely. However, Satoru later reveals to Saki that upon analyzing the Monster Rats' DNA he discovered that they were created by infusing mole rat DNA into ordinary humans to prevent them from being a threat to the humans with telekinesis. Saki then pays a visit to Squealer and sure that he was already punished enough, puts him out of his misery. Ten years later, Saki and Satoru get married, and as she expects their first child, they desire that the world soon becomes a better place for its sake.

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The Fire That Destroys the World
99 votes

#2 - The Fire That Destroys the World

From the New World - Season 1 - Episode 21

Saki and Niimi decide to head to the Temple of Purity, as Kaburagi declares war on the Monster Rats of Japan, promising to eliminate them. But the Fiend approaches, killing several humans, and confronts Kaburagi. Saki realizes the Fiend looks like Maria. Satoru appears, and tells Saki and Niimi that they have to leave as soon as possible, telling them that even Kaburagi cannot kill a Fiend. Kaburagi manages to evade the Fiend's first attack, but is soon killed by him. Saki and the rest run, confronting a Monster Rat who tells them that their race will now be the new rulers, and that their "Messiah" (the Fiend) was sent from the heavens to save them. They kill the rat, and Niimi tells them he must split up with them and go to the Town Hall. Saki and Satoru make it to the Temple of Purity, where they learn that Saki's parents have already been there, and plan to release the Impure Cats upon the Fiend.

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94 votes

#3 - Darkness

From the New World - Season 1 - Episode 19

Following the attack of the Monster Rats, Saki and Satoru join another group and accompanies them to the hospital to check on one of their injured friends who is being treated there. As they arrive, they find that the place was attacked. After clearing the place of the Monster Rats and rescue the survivors, the party is attacked by an unknown individual who kills everyone on his path with an overwhelming power. Fearing that the enemy in question may be a Fiend, the party decides to sacrifice themselves to give an opening for Saki and Satoru to escape and warn the others. However, as they flee by a river, the duo soon realize that they are being followed by the enemy.

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The Face of the Boy
96 votes

#4 - The Face of the Boy

From the New World - Season 1 - Episode 23

As Saki's group continues to make their way through the treacherous tunnels of Tokyo, they came across a underground river hidden within the caves. They split into two groups: One group with Satoru and Kiroumaru to drive away their pursuers and the other group with Saki and Inui to retrieve the submarine so that can continue their mission through the river. While making their way to the Psychobuster, they were attacked by a giant ragworm. Inui sacrifices his life so that Saki can continue with her mission. After retrieving the Psychobuster from an abandoned building, she take off towards the sun at daybreak. As she run pass the dilapidated scene of Tokyo, it reminisces her of the time with her last conversation with Shun. Then she saw an adult image of Shun right in front of her.

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A Cold and Sunlit Place
94 votes

#5 - A Cold and Sunlit Place

From the New World - Season 1 - Episode 20

Saki and Satoru create a diversion and manage to escape their boat before the Fiend incinerates it. They continue on to the village in order to warn the townspeople, but come across a mutant fish that attacks them, blowing itself up in a suicide mission. Saki is blown away by the explosion, and is separated from Satoru. While in mid air, she has hallucinations of Shun, who is faceless. She still cannot recall his name or what he looked like. She lands, and is attacked by a young boy who mistakes her for a Monster Rat. They continue to the village, which is now in shambles, with many dead or injured. The canals have been drained in order to prevent mutant fish from accessing the town, but Saki wonders if this was Yakomaru's attempt at cutting the town off from its only means of transportation. She finds an injured Tomiko, who refuses to believe that a Fiend is on the loose. She tells her to find the Security Council and warn the others, while she stays behind.

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Scarlet Flower
93 votes

#6 - Scarlet Flower

From the New World - Season 1 - Episode 18

An investigation is conducted regarding the demise of the Giant Hornets and no conclusive evidence was found about how they were defeated by the Robber Fly with such ease, but the lack of traces of any kind of weapon denote the possibility that it was the work of a human's telekinesis and a decision is taken to have the Robber Fly destroyed. Despite some concerns due to the matter with the Monster Rats, a Summer Festival is held in the village and the Monster Rats take the opportunity to attack by surprise. Satoru and Saki are caught in the commotion but they are saved by Shisei Kaburagi, the security council advisor who makes use of his outstanding power to drive away the enemy. With many casualties due to the attack and the village in state of emergency, Tomiko swears that Yakomaru will pay dearly for his treason.

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Torchlight in the Darkness
96 votes

#7 - Torchlight in the Darkness

From the New World - Season 1 - Episode 24

Kiroumaru finds Saki and informs her that Satoru is slightly injured while they were seperated. Kiroumaru then decides that they should lure the Ogre and counterattack. Satoru and Saki wait in a tunnel as Kiroumaru leaves to lure the Akki. As the Akki enters the tunnel, Saki sets a mirror in front of him. He looks momentarily then he screams and tries to attack them. To protect Saki, Satoru ends up throwing the Psychobuster at the Ogre , but Saki incinerates the Psychobuster with fire before it can infect both the fiend and Satoru, as she could not bare to lose her remaining close friend Satoru. Failing to defeat the Akki, Kiroumaru appears and quickly distracts the Ogre as they escape. They hide in a corner in the tunnels as they anticipate Yakomaru's next move. In a last attempt, Yakomaru decides to seek a renegotiation with Saki's group but in actual fact he wanted to reveal their position through their voices.

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95 votes

#8 - Tokyo

From the New World - Season 1 - Episode 22

Inui also revealed to them that it was Kiroumaru who rescued him after he collapsed and then he was put under custody. Saki receives a pack from her mother where she learns of an ancient weapon called the "Psychobuster", devised by normal humans with the intention to kill psychics. Saki and Satoru then pay a visit to the imprisioned Kiroumaru, who offers them his help and the trio depart with Inui to the ruins of Tokyo, where the Psychobuster is located. However, they fail to bypass the Monster Rats' blockades undetected and soon after arriving in the city, they learn that they are being followed by the enemy, led by Yakomaru and the Fiend.

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Footsteps of Destruction
92 votes

#9 - Footsteps of Destruction

From the New World - Season 1 - Episode 17

Several years later, Saki, now 26 years old is working in the "Department of Exospecies Control" when she is visited by Satoru who brings her news about an unprovoked attack among the queerats, whose colonies are now divided into two large alliances. Kiroumaru and Yakomaru, the leaders of each alliance, are summoned to be questioned about the incident, but with both leaders exchanging accusations, no conclusion is reached and some time later, the conflict between both parties escalate into war. In the first battle, Kiroumaru and the Giant Hornet's army defeats their opponents, which for some reason did not include members of the enemy main colony, Yakomaru's Robber Fly. Some time later, Saki is visited by Satoru again who informs her that the Giant Hornets were annihilated.

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Depravity City
77 votes

#10 - Depravity City

Speed Grapher - Season 1 - Episode 1

A decade after a global economic collapse, the gap between the rich and the poor has widened even more. Tokyo is a nexus of corruption and decadence where the winners have gathered to spend their fortune. When Saiga, a former war photographer, infiltrates a secret pleasure-club for Tokyo's elite, he will ignite a chain of events that could force the entire ruling class to their knees.

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Pool, Pool, Pool!
118 votes

#11 - Pool, Pool, Pool!

Azumanga Daioh - Season 1 - Episode 4

16, "A Fun Profession" We meet Kimura-sensei, the girls' creepy Classical Lit. teacher. 17, "Pool, Pool, Pool" As the girls gather at the school pool for gym class, we get to see more of their physical limitations, as well as a few personality quirks. 18, "Ribbon" Nyamo is trying to teach swimming technique to her class at the pool, when Yukari (naturally) rudely interrupts. 19, "Just the Two of Them" At Yukari's insistence, she and Nyamo face off in a pool relay race. 20, "A Good Person?" The aftermath of the class relay race. Also, the girls spot Kimura in the park after school and start wondering what kind of person he really is.

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Let's take back what's dear to you
50 votes

#12 - Let's take back what's dear to you

Persona 5 the Animation - Season 1 - Episode 2

Ren begins his new school life, but it's tough being a transfer student, especially when he comes with seemingly shady baggage. He meets Ryuji, a classmate who's similarly isolated, and they use a mysterious app to enter a world in which their gym teacher, Kamoshida, is a sadistic king.

I am thou, thou art I
68 votes

#13 - I am thou, thou art I

Persona 5 the Animation - Season 1 - Episode 1

After high school student Ren Amamiya gets in trouble with the police, he’s labeled as a juvenile delinquent. As part of his probation, he is forced to start living with Sojiro Sakura, a stranger who agreed to take him in. While walking to his new school Shujin Academy, Ren becomes lost in another world…

A beautiful rose has thorns!
46 votes

#14 - A beautiful rose has thorns!

Persona 5 the Animation - Season 1 - Episode 3

The members of the volleyball team are terrified of the tyrannical Kamoshida's irrational violence. Meanwhile, Ren's classmate, Ann Takamaki, has been protecting her best friend from being cut as a regular player on the volleyball team, but she's at a loss as to what to do about the persistent approaches of Kamoshida, who lusts for her with his twisted desires.

Steal it, if you can!
43 votes

#15 - Steal it, if you can!

Persona 5 the Animation - Season 1 - Episode 4

The first heist of the Phantom Thieves of Hearts is underway, as the group sends Kamoshida a calling card, threatening to steal away is twisted desires. Ren and the gang begin prepping for their dangerous delve into the cognitive world, and encounter a couple potential allies in the process. Will they be successful in taking the terrible King Kamoshida’s precious Treasure?

Our next target is...
40 votes

#16 - Our next target is...

Persona 5 the Animation - Season 1 - Episode 6

The gang meets young artist Yusuke Kitagawa. They also learn that Ichiryusai Madarame, an artist, used to teach someone they helped in Mementos, and is currently teaching Yusuke, but he abuses and plagiarizes from his students.

He is my other self
31 votes

#17 - He is my other self

Persona 5 the Animation - Season 1 - Episode 7

After confirming the existence of the Palace and learning Yusuke's true feelings, Ren and his partners decide on Madarame as their next target. While Ren and Ryuji infiltrate the Palace, Ann plays the role of decoy, as the model for Yusuke's painting. She finds something unexpected in Madarame's storage room.

The Phantoms
40 votes

#18 - The Phantoms

Persona 5 the Animation - Season 1 - Episode 5

After safely changing Kamoshida’s heart, Ren and friends decide to continue changing the hearts of selfish, clueless adults. And no sooner are the "Phantom Thieves of Hearts" established than a fan website springs up, soliciting requests from troubled teens who want the heart of an adult in their life changed.