The BEST episodes directed by Masashi Takeuchi

Muzan Kibutsuji
629 votes

#1 - Muzan Kibutsuji

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba - Season 1 - Episode 7

Now split into three, the demons have driven Tanjiro into a corner. It is then that Nezuko attacks. Now that she’s become a demon herself, she’s no longer so weak that she needs protection. His mind made up, Tanjiro follows one of the demons into the swamp now spreading across the ground. Waiting for him there is...

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The Sacred Blade Festival
106 votes

#2 - The Sacred Blade Festival

Tales of Zestiria the X - Season 1 - Episode 3

After Alisha leaves, Sorey fears that the mysterious man that appeared in Elysium is after her. So Sorey, accompanied by Mikleo, head for Ladylake, the water capital where the Sacred Blade Festival that Alisha mentioned is being held. Upon arriving in the capital, and seeing the human world for the first time, Sorey cannot hide his amazement at the people and scenery. Thanks to a young girl named Rose who comes to his rescue, he is able to enter the city. But the capital is teeming with Malevolence which causes Mikeo to grow physically weak. During that time, Sorey sees the man who was after Alisha.

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Should Have Been
264 votes

#3 - Should Have Been

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba - Season 2 - Episode 3

Trapped in Enmu's spell, Tanjiro, Zenitsu, Inosuke and Kyojuro fall closer and deeper into an eternal slumber. Faced with death, Tanjiro is forced to confront his demons to save them.

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The Boar Bares Its Fangs, Zenitsu Sleeps
583 votes

#4 - The Boar Bares Its Fangs, Zenitsu Sleeps

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba - Season 1 - Episode 12

Inside the house, where the rooms spin each time the tsuzumi is played, Tanjiro gets separated from Zenitsu Agatsuma. Without Tanjiro by his side, Zenitsu is overcome by fear and despair as he takes Shoichi through the house. Meanwhile, Tanjiro meets the master of the house, the tsuzumi-playing demon, and an odd-looking man wearing a boar’s head mask.

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247 votes

#5 - Insult

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba - Season 2 - Episode 4

With Tanjiro successfully awakening from his dream, he confronts the demon responsible, Lower One Enmu. But the situation challenges Tanjiro's resolve when Enmu proves more powerful that any demon he's ever faced.

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Alisa Ilinichina Amiella
236 votes

#6 - Alisa Ilinichina Amiella

God Eater - Season 1 - Episode 3

On its way to the Far East Branch, the transport plane from the Russian Branch is attacked by a huge flock of smaller-sized Aragami. The plane’s passenger is Alisa, a New-Type God Eater like Lenka. The 1st Unit is ordered to bring her back safely, but Alisa flatly refuses. The team is determined to guard her and render assistance when suddenly, Aragami reinforcements appear and the situation takes a turn for the worse. Lindow and Lenka set out to rescue Alisa, but she rejects them. Why is Alisa so adamant about not leaving the transport plane...?

The Plagued City
66 votes

#7 - The Plagued City

Tales of Zestiria the X - Season 1 - Episode 9

Alisha’s party and the medical unit find the bridge leading to Marlind collapsed due to the heavy rains, and start searching for a detour. Meanwhile, Sorey continues his journey and reveals to Edna the seraph that he is going to Rolance, which is rumored to have many ancient ruins where dragons were deified as gods. Sorey’s earnest faith in the writings in the Celestial Records exasperates Edna, but she opts to tag along. Later, Lailah asks Sorey, “What does ‘purify’ mean to you?” This causes Sorey to reflect on how he must confront future hellions. About that time, Mikleo, armed with a Divine Artifact, heads for Griftlet Bridge where a maelstrom of clouds swirls overhead.

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An Eye for an Eye / All in Vain
217 votes

#8 - An Eye for an Eye / All in Vain

God Eater - Season 1 - Episode 5

Lenka is frustrated to learn that the Aegis Project has a long, long way to go. In order to complete the project, massive amounts of the natural resource known as Oracle must be harvested from the Aragami. As Lenka stands dumbfounded, Soma kicks him out of the way and tells him, “What we can do is hunt Aragami. That’s all.” The veteran God Eaters, Lindow and Soma, are away when the next assignment comes in, so Sakuya, who has been left in charge, decides to hunt lesser Aragami. But knowing that the bigger the core, the faster the Aegis Project can be completed, Lenka suggests that the mission target large-type Aragami. When Kota and Alisa both agree with Lenka, Sakuya decides to take three rookies on a hunt for the large-type Aragami…Vajra.

Velvet Crowe
84 votes

#9 - Velvet Crowe

Tales of Zestiria the X - Season 1 - Episode 6

Velvet escapes from the prison tower with the help of a young daemon named Rokurou. The only way to access the island prison is by ship, so she and Seres head for the harbor. But Oscar, the praetor exorcist who has been ordered by Artorius to subdue Velvet, is already there. Velvet takes him on. Oscar believes in the natural law of the world that Artorius espouses. But Velvet cannot forgive such a world that was made possible by the sacrifice of her younger brother. Completely at odds with each other, the fighting continues...when suddenly, a dragon appears.

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Operation Meteorite
136 votes

#10 - Operation Meteorite

God Eater - Season 1 - Episode 11

Operation Meteorite, a plan to lure Aragami with a newly developed guiding device, is critical to the completion of the Aegis Plan. Lenka is unable to join the unit due to adjustments that must be made on his God Arc, but Lindow recommends him to command the advance base camp. Alisa rejoins the unit, but the others seem to feel uncomfortable around her. Operation Meteorite starts successfully, but suddenly the Aragami turn away from the guiding devices and head northwest. Lindow is sent to do reconnaissance and realizes that the Aragami are converging on Asyl, the settlement that Lindow has been helping.

41 votes

#11 - Negotiation

Tales of Zestiria the X - Season 1 - Episode 18

Escorted by the Platinum Knights, Sorey and friends arrive at the residence of Doran, ruler of the Rolance Empire. Doran recounts to Sorey the legend passed down through the imperial family, about the Malevolence in the world and the “beginning of calamities.” Furthermore, he gives Sorey the disturbing news that Alisha of Hyland seems to have been put house arrest. Sorey is shocked, but decides that the Malevolence must be stopped as soon as possible and heads for Pendrago. Meanwhile, Rose who has learned from Sorey that the Malevolence is the cause of the disasters in the world, asks Dezel of a way to see this Malevolence. Then she goes to Sorey with a certain proposal for negotiation.

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Soma Schicksal
175 votes

#12 - Soma Schicksal

God Eater - Season 1 - Episode 9

A change is occurring in Lenka’s body due to over-adaptation to the Oracle Cell. Lenka is in a dilemma when told that while he cannot escape inevitable death, if he resigns as a God Eater, he may be able to prolong his life for a little while. Meanwhile, a briefing is being held on the “Meteorite Strategy,” the crucial mission necessary to execute the Aegis Plan. Lenka’s tactical skills have been recognized and he is appointed a leader. Lenka learns that members of other units avoid Soma who has been labeled a “shinigami” (harbinger of death) and is told by Sakaki, “Fate is cruel... It can be said both you and he are its victims.” Soma’s hidden past is revealed to him, but Lenka...

Sakuya Tachibana
172 votes

#13 - Sakuya Tachibana

God Eater - Season 1 - Episode 8

Lenka and Alisa make it back to the Fenrir Far East Branch. But Alisa suffers from post-traumatic stress and Lenka’s God Arc is badly damaged, so they are put on temporary leave. Flashbacks of her battle with the variant Vajra, the brutal Dyaus Pita, continue to haunt Alisa, and her inability to conquer her fears frustrate her. When Lindow questions why powerful Aragami are heading toward the Far East region, Tsubaki shows him data which shocks him. Meanwhile, Dr. Sakaki looks into how Lenka’s God Arc could possibly be broken. And despite the lack of both New-Types, the Branch Director is about to begin a new battle strategy.