The BEST episodes directed by Masayuki Yoshihara

IN:  Return to Patriotism; ENDLESS∞GIG
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8.85
212 votes

#1 - IN: Return to Patriotism; ENDLESS∞GIG

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - Season 2 - Episode 26

Kuze and the Major come up with a plan to save the refugees, but the chances of its success are slim. Realizing this, the Tachikomas disobey the Major's orders and come up with a plan of their own. Batou has also disobeyed the Major's orders to go to the bridge and is desperately searching for her in the ruins of Dejima. Meanwhile, the Prime Minister is frustrated with being spurned by the Chief Cabinet Secretary. Determined to be remembered as more than a mere figurehead, she takes matters into her own hands.

The Red String of Fate
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8.79
14 votes

#2 - The Red String of Fate

The Eccentric Family - Season 2 - Episode 12

Yasaburo fights with Jyurojin over who rules the skies of Kyoto and Benten appears. Benten tells him to stop and once all seemed to be lost, the sight that appeared before Yasaburo’s eyes was a mixture of conspiracy and utter chaos. A fun thing is a good thing.

Mom and Raijin, God of Thunder
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8.75
65 votes

#3 - Mom and Raijin, God of Thunder

The Eccentric Family - Season 1 - Episode 2

Yasaburo visits Yajiro, who lives in the bottom of a well as a frog and forgot how to transform back into himself. When a storm comes, the three non-frog Shimogamo brothers race to help their mother, who is terrified of thunder.

The Strings Pulled by Ebisugawa Soun
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8.67
21 votes

#4 - The Strings Pulled by Ebisugawa Soun

The Eccentric Family - Season 1 - Episode 10

The meaning of Kaisei's mysterious apology becomes clear as the Ebisugawa plot to boil Yaichiro in a hot pot is revealed on the day of the Nise-emon election. The day is also the anniversary of Soichiro's death, for which it turns out Soun was responsible.

The False Eizan Electric Railway
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8.61
23 votes

#5 - The False Eizan Electric Railway

The Eccentric Family - Season 1 - Episode 12

Yashiro comes up with a plan to get Yajiro back in the game, leading to the trouncing of Kinkaku and Ginkaku. Yashiro stalls the Nise-emon decision meeting while Yasaburo saves Yaichiro, but their mom is still in danger of becoming Friday Fellow hot pot.

The Blood of the Tengu, the Blood of the Fool
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8.57
14 votes

#6 - The Blood of the Tengu, the Blood of the Fool

The Eccentric Family - Season 2 - Episode 11

The day that the tanuki in Kyoto pick the Trick Magister has arrived. Yaichiro, Gyokuran, and the other head tanuki head to Nidaime’s mansion. Meanwhile, Tousen gets an emergency message from Yashiro, who’s working at the Ebisugawa Trick Denki Brand factory and she quickly heads over to the Ebisugawa power plant.

DI:  Beware the Left Eye; POKER FACE
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8.54
322 votes

#7 - DI: Beware the Left Eye; POKER FACE

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - Season 2 - Episode 14

While on an assignment guarding the Prime Minister, Saitou and the Tachikomas pass the time playing poker with a few policemen who are also assigned to the case. Much to the chagrin of the other men, Saitou wins hand after hand. The Tachikomas take notice of Saitou's uncanny accuracy and start to comment. Their constant chattering quickly gets on the other player's nerves, so to smooth things over Saitou recounts his time working as a sniper for mercenaries in Mexico.

The Eccentric Family
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8.52
23 votes

#8 - The Eccentric Family

The Eccentric Family - Season 1 - Episode 13

Tanuki and human worlds collide as both the Nise-emon ceremony and Friday Fellow year-end bash descend into chaos. The scale of the disturbance increases when Prof. Akadama starts brandishing the Fujin Raijin folding fan, but by New Year’s everything settles down and Yasaburo and co. are able to calmly consider their hopes for the future.

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The Day of Dad's Departure
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8.43
23 votes

#9 - The Day of Dad's Departure

The Eccentric Family - Season 1 - Episode 8

Yajiro tells Yasaburo and Yaichiro his account of the night their father was eaten. Later Yasaburo hears a continuation of the story Yajiro doesn't know: Soichiro bumped into Prof. Akadama on his way to the afterlife.

The Various Nidaime
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8.33
12 votes

#10 - The Various Nidaime

The Eccentric Family - Season 2 - Episode 9

The Shimogamo brothers and Gyokuran see Yajiro off at Kyoto Station, however their mother was nowhere to be found. Yasaburo is a little disheartened by his brother’s departure, but then is met with even more trouble when he finds out that Akadama-sensei refuses to be the observer to see who will be the next Trick Magister.

The Friday Club Once More
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8.31
13 votes

#11 - The Friday Club Once More

The Eccentric Family - Season 2 - Episode 7

Yasaburo manages to escape Hell and ends up having to participate in a Friday Club banquet along with Benten in Jyurojin’s train. Before the banquet, Yasaburo is asked to rid himself of the smell of Hell and he goes to an outdoor bath, where he sees the Friday Club and Professor Yodogawa.

Ebisugawa Kaisei's Secret
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8.31
13 votes

#12 - Ebisugawa Kaisei's Secret

The Eccentric Family - Season 2 - Episode 8

After what happened at Arima Onsen, the Ebisugawas have a funeral for Soun at the Trick Denki Bran factory. Most of the tanuki have no idea what happened and start talking, but then Mother starts talking about what happened when Soun married into the Ebisugawa family.

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IN:  Escape in Defeat; EMBARRASSMENT
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8.27
232 votes

#13 - IN: Escape in Defeat; EMBARRASSMENT

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - Season 2 - Episode 21

Much to the chagrin of Batou, Motoko, and the rest of the team, Kuze and the refugees manage to escape in one of the camouflaged boats. They are further hampered when an explosion causes heavy losses, leaving them unable to follow the fleeing boat. Regrouping, the team decides to refocus the investigation to the events surrounding Kuze. They start a secret investigation into Sagawa Electronics, the company responsible for the nuclear material transaction, and find that Gouda was involved. Meanwhile, as the boat heads for Dejima, Kuze makes his own unsettling discovery.

Daimonji Luxury Liner Battle Continued
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8.25
16 votes

#14 - Daimonji Luxury Liner Battle Continued

The Eccentric Family - Season 2 - Episode 5

Yasaburo manages to get Yaichiro and Gyokuran together, but then a new problem arises. They had still not procured a ship to fly the skies during the Gozan Farewell Bonfire. Yasaburo tells everyone to let him handle it, and heads over to Akadama-sensei’s apartment.

The Day the Trick Magister is Chosen
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8.25
12 votes

#15 - The Day the Trick Magister is Chosen

The Eccentric Family - Season 2 - Episode 10

Before choosing the next Trick Magister, the tanuki go and greet Hesoishi-sama. The feud between Benten and the Nidaime ends somewhat peacefully, but Yasaburo incurs Benten’s wrath and goes into hiding once again. Meanwhile, Yajiro travels to Shikoku and goes to meet the Kincho clan, but...

Back in the Game
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8.17
23 votes

#16 - Back in the Game

The Eccentric Family - Season 1 - Episode 11

After Yasaburo gets a hand from Benten to escape Soun and his Elite Guard, the Ebisugawas manage to nab him anyway through a clever Kinkaku-Ginkaku plot. Meanwhile, Kaisei helps Yashiro escape the Electric Brandy factory and Yaichiro is handed over to the Friday Fellows as the primary ingredient for their year-end hot pot.

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The Conjurer Tenmaya
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8.13
15 votes

#17 - The Conjurer Tenmaya

The Eccentric Family - Season 2 - Episode 2

The day after the rather chaotic night, Yasaburo was watching over the antique shop when the owner suddenly came in and asked him to do a favor. Yasaburo heads over to the Teramachi Shopping District and a mysterious little ramen stand seems to have popped up on the roof of another shop without permission...

Escape From
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8.11
383 votes

#18 - Escape From

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - Season 1 - Episode 12

Early in the morning Batou's Tachikoma self-activates and leaves the Tachikoma storage bay to explore the outside world. While roaming the streets of Niihama, the Tachikoma encounters a young girl named Miki who is searching for her lost dog. The Tachikoma decides to help the girl, and together they manage to find the dog. While on their journey, the Tachikoma stumbles upon a cyberbrain being sold in a market that contains a ghost, and brings it back to the storage bay. When the Tachikoma returns to Section 9, technicians begin extensive tests to determine why the tank went AWOL in the first place, while Section 9 members turn their attention to the cyberbrain in an effort to determine what the brain contains. When one of the lab technicians investigating the brain links with it and becomes "lost," Kusanagi volunteers to go after the missing man, leading her find the technician watching a movie that lacks a beginning or ending which brings her to tears.

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Arima Hell
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8.08
13 votes

#19 - Arima Hell

The Eccentric Family - Season 2 - Episode 6

Professor was once a member of the Friday Club, but then ends up saving Tousen from becoming a tanuki hot pot. He then creates the Thursday Club to go against the Friday Club. Yasaburo goes to visit him one day and finds out that the Friday Club will be meeting at Arima Hot Springs...

The Daimonji Leisure Cruiser Battle
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8.00
30 votes

#20 - The Daimonji Leisure Cruiser Battle

The Eccentric Family - Season 1 - Episode 4

During the traditional Daimonji leisure cruise, the Ebisugawas come to pick on the Shimogamo family. Yasaburo fights bravely, but loses the Fujin Raijin folding fan. Fearing Benten's wrath, he goes into hiding after the inner parlor crashes.

The Friday Fellows
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7.97
31 votes

#21 - The Friday Fellows

The Eccentric Family - Season 1 - Episode 5

Yasaburo had been hiding from Benten in Osaka, but thanks to Kinkaku and Ginkaku she catches him during a visit to Kyoto and makes him perform tanuki tricks for the Friday Fellows. It is revealed that Yasaburo's mother was saved by a man who gave her onigiri and also that one of the Friday Fellows, Hotei, has loved tanuki ever since he saved one and fed it onigiri...

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The Tanuki Shogi Tournament
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7.93
15 votes

#22 - The Tanuki Shogi Tournament

The Eccentric Family - Season 2 - Episode 4

The tanuki world is abuzz after they hear that Benten had returned and had clashed with the Nidaime. Another thing they were excited about was the Nanzenji Tanuki Shogi Tournament that Yaichiro was trying to bring back. The second brother, Yajiro, had learned shogi from their departed father, and was going to enter the tournament.

Goddess of the Noryoyuka
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7.91
99 votes

#23 - Goddess of the Noryoyuka

The Eccentric Family - Season 1 - Episode 1

Yasaburō Shimogamo, a young tanuki living in Kyoto, is tasked by Professor Akadama, a tengu and his teacher, to deliver a love letter to his former lover, a young woman known as "Benten", a task that is no easy giving how dangerous Benten can be, and the confliting feelings that Yasaburō himself has for her.

Yukushibou's Inner Parlor
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7.88
32 votes

#24 - Yukushibou's Inner Parlor

The Eccentric Family - Season 1 - Episode 3

In order to uphold a Shimogamo family tradition, Yasaburo needs to do what Yaichiro could not and come up with a leisure cruiser for them to launch. He asks to borrow Yakushibo's flying inner parlor, but ends up having to make a dangerous deal with Benten.

Kaisei, Daughter of Ebisugawa
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7.86
21 votes

#25 - Kaisei, Daughter of Ebisugawa

The Eccentric Family - Season 1 - Episode 9

Yasaburo gets interrupted while warming his butt and sent to convince Prof. Akadama to attend the council where the new Nise-emon will be decided. He later succeeds in his quest for warmth, but over the wall splitting the men's and women's baths, he receives an ominous apology from Kaisei; her brothers are plotting something.

The Scent of Europe
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7.86
14 votes

#26 - The Scent of Europe

The Eccentric Family - Season 2 - Episode 3

One early summer day, Yasaburo goes with his mother to Tanukidani Fudo-in Temple to see his grandmother to ask for a medicine that could cure Yajiro’s inability to turn back into a tanuki. When he arrives, he finds his mother looking at the stone steps nostalgically.

Taking in Fall Colors
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7.83
29 votes

#27 - Taking in Fall Colors

The Eccentric Family - Season 1 - Episode 6

Professor Yodogawa chases down Benten and Yasaburo, and they check out some autumn foliage. When she ditches them, Yodogawa has a lot to say about his philosophy of eating and Yasaburo also gets told a story about a conversation between Yodogawa and Benten's first tanuki hot pot victim (i.e. Shimogamo Soichiro), which he promptly reports to Yajiro.

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The Nidaime's Homecoming
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7.76
17 votes

#28 - The Nidaime's Homecoming

The Eccentric Family - Season 2 - Episode 1

There are humans, tanuki, and tengu living in Kyoto. The tanuki, Yasaburo, had been going to a rundown apartment every day in order to take care of his master, the great tengu, Akadama-sensei. One day, Yasaburo goes to Nyoigatake with his little brother Yashiro in order to find some tsuchinoko...

Lost Heritage
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7.56
318 votes

#29 - Lost Heritage

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - Season 1 - Episode 18

After a five-year wait, Chinese vice foreign minister Jin has been allowed access to the Kagoshima War Memorial in Japan. Jin is the first Chinese dignitary to be granted access to the site, but not everyone is happy with the decision, and before long a death threat is made against Jin. Elsewhere, Aramaki visits the grave of one of his deceased comrades, a Colonel in the GSDF. While at the cemetery, Aramaki encounters the Colonel’s daughter, who voices her concern over her brother Yu’s sudden behavioural changes. When Section 9 determines Yu to be the prime suspect in the assassination attempt, Kusanagi and Togusa are sent to apprehend him, but arrive too late to arrest Yu. Soon after, Aramaki receives a disturbing phone call from his dead friend, who has cheated death by merging his own ghost with his son's, and intends to avenge his wife's death during the war by assassinating Jin.

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Android and I
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7.48
473 votes

#30 - Android and I

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - Season 1 - Episode 3

A series of android suicides prompts Section 9 to investigate the manufacturer.

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Bathouse Rules
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7.46
24 votes

#31 - Bathouse Rules

The Eccentric Family - Season 1 - Episode 7

Yasaburo, Yashiro, and Yaichiro convince Prof. Akadama to take a much-needed bath, but they run into the Ebisugawa twins at the bathhouse. After a brief scuffle it is revealed that Yajiro was at least partly responsible for Shimogamo Soichiro's death in the Friday Fellow's hot pot.