The Best Episodes Directed by Matsuo Asami

The Ninth Night

#1 - The Ninth Night

Hayate the Combat Butler Season 3 - Episode 9

While entrusted with the Black Camellia, Hayate's bad luck has gotten much worse. At the hotel they’re staying, the trio: Izumi, Miki, and Risa overreacts to help search for Ruri, as Hayate tries to cease them two cops mistake his action as of indecency, then startup panic throughout the hotel. Nagi insist Hayate to leave when Yukiji takes the clock from him, she won billions from a casino but then thieves showed up and stole the money and the clock with her car. Later, Hinagiku receive a call from Izumi to where the thieves' hideout. Nagi goes along with Isumi and Sakuya to where Ruri is supposed to be at. There they find a tree in the desert and meets a woman who appears to be a demon, when Nagi tells her the Black Camellia been stolen the woman sends out Ruri and the bird-guy—Shidou to retrieve it while taking Nagi hostage. Hayate and Hinagiku saved Izumi and Yukiji from the thieves before Ruri appears and found the blond-hair guy who has the clock. Ruri knocks out the thieves using her skills, but just as she strikes the guy with the Black Camellia it suddenly transforms into a sword, Hayate pushes her out of the way and gets stabbed.

star 9.75
4 votes
The Third Night

#2 - The Third Night

Hayate the Combat Butler Season 3 - Episode 3

At Hakuo Academy, Ms. Katsura tells Hayate to deliver student council notes to Hinagiku. Hayate finds Hinagiku napping when Miki, Izumi, and Risa appears, waking her up, judging that Hinagiku is often scary. Hinagiku decides to be nicer for Hayate. Despite hearing her favorite tea cup get broken, and her sister already spend the money that she lend to her, Hinagiku shows a smiley personality to them; much to their surprise. Hayate suddenly ask Hinagiku to see a kids’ movie with him then Ruri joins them later. The kids in the theater tease them thinking that they are a couple, the movie starts shortly after but the film cuts off. Then Hayate takes Hinagiku to an amusement park; leaving Ruri behind. They enjoyed themselves until it was time for them to leave. Hinagiku ask Hayate to why did he take her out, he explains it was Miki and the others who told him to; thought she was having a bad day. Hinagiku says that she wouldn’t go out with a guy unless she likes him, but Hayate couldn’t hear that part.

star 9.50
4 votes
Sisters

#3 - Sisters

IS: Infinite Stratos Season 2 - Episode 7

Tatenashi watches over her younger sister, Kanzashi Sarashiki, who is feeling gloomy since her personal IS was delayed due to the development company focusing on Ichika's IS. Ichika and Houki are invited to be put on exclusive magazines for personal IS pilots; during the interview, Houki exaggerates that Ichika is willing to protect her. Later tonight, walking down the hallway, Ichika, wondering about the girl, Madoka, from before, and asks Chifuyu if they have any other relatives, claiming he is her only relative. Tatenashi entrusts Kanzashi to Ichika for the upcoming tag tournament. All of the girls interested in Ichika, plan to partner with him; however, Ichika responds that he plans to partner with someone else, Houki and Cecilia assume he implying to one of them. Ichika plans to partner with Kanzashi. Following through, Ichika visits Class 1-4 only to be turned down by Kanzashi.

star 8.31
26 votes
The Eye Opening Chapter - Part 3 - Demon's Blood

#4 - The Eye Opening Chapter - Part 3 - Demon's Blood

When They Cry - Higurashi Season 1 - Episode 18

When Shion decides to investigate Satoshi's disappearance, she meets Takano at the library, who tells her more about the dark history of Hinamizawa. The very next year, the past begins to repeat itself.

star 8.17
24 votes
Young Devils Gather!

#5 - Young Devils Gather!

High School DxD Season 3 - Episode 2

The Occult Research Club members have dinner at the Gremory residence with Rias' family members. Asia and Xenovia join him in bed, claiming that they are uncomfortable with the luxurious setting. The next day, Azazel has them each start on their 20-day training session. Issei trains with Tannin, a reincarnated former Dragon King. After finishing the training, Issei is still unable to activate his Balance Breaker, so Azazel suggests the need for a catalyst for the activation. In the evening, they go to a gathering of the major families in the underworld. Before the gathering, Issei visits Koneko and is surprised to discover her concealed Anthropomorphic features. Rias shares Koneko's true identity as a Youkai and past with him. Later, during the party, Issei learns of the identity of a figure he encountered during his training, Sairaorg Bael. Issei also encounters Ravel Phoenix, the little sister of Rias' former fiancé, and Issei's former opponent, Riser Phoenix. She introduces herself as a free bishop piece and invites him to visit her soon. Shortly after, Issei notices Koneko's abrupt departure from the party. He follows her with Rias, and it is revealed that Koneko, who was taken in by Sir Zechs and given to Rias, felt the presence of her sister, Kuroka, who killed her master and went missing passé. Kuroka and Koneko meet in the forest.

star 8.05
96 votes
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The Curse Killing Chapter - Part 4 - Something Lost

#6 - The Curse Killing Chapter - Part 4 - Something Lost

When They Cry - Higurashi Season 1 - Episode 12

After strange encounters with Takano, Dr. Irie, and Inspector Oishi, Keiichi starts to question whether the previous night's incident actually occurred.

star 8.00
25 votes
Outside the Walls of Orvud District

#7 - Outside the Walls of Orvud District

Attack on Titan Season 3 - Episode 8

When everything falls apart, Eren must believe in himself to save his friends. But Eren alone may not be enough to stop the impending doom.

star 7.99
475 votes
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The Occult Club Disappears?!

#8 - The Occult Club Disappears?!

High School DxD Season 3 - Episode 10

When Sir Zechs informs everyone about Issei's current condition, the Occult Research Club and Azazel then go to Issei's room and Azazel advises Asia to heal Issei. Using her powers, Asia is able to heal Issei of his wounds before professing her love for him. Sir Zechs and Azazel discuss the fall of the Satan Faction as well as the Chaos Brigade, as well as Great Red being in the dimensional gap as well as Ophis' plans to kill Great Red in the dimensional gap. Loki curses Ophis for her intrusion with Issei, although he has intentions for Rias. At the Occult Research Club, Issei encourages Rias to no longer think. During Issei and Rias' conversation, Asia and Issei are seen training for their three-legged race, repeatedly stepping in rhythm. Issei leaves Asia to get a stop watch, running into Koneko along the way. The two find Gasper laying on the ground, Koneko then discovers something in the other room. The Occult Research Club bursts into the room to find another Issei and Rias holding each other. Issei attempts to save Rias, but she stops him, with her magic. Issei, in disbelief, then watches as the other Issei and Rias leave together, destroying the room along with their exit. Issei, Koneko, and Gasper are seen outside, along with the other members of the Occult Research Club as well as Irina and Sona, telling them about what had happened. Azazel and Rosseweisse then join the Occult Research Club, explaining that Loki is behind the fake Issei, as he had revealed his plan to Odin sealing himself up in the process. Issei later realizes that his fear in his heart of what the girls true feelings, has allowed Loki to curse Issei. Loki also uses the same doubt in Rias' heart to inflict a curse on her. Sir Zechs and Ajuka discover that Rias is in the dimensional gap, and Issei asks Koneko if she can contact Kuroka, as he wants to go to see Vali.

star 7.92
74 votes
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Cat and Dragon!

#9 - Cat and Dragon!

High School DxD Season 3 - Episode 3

Koneko reunites with her sister Kuroka once again. Rias recalls a conversation she had before with Koneko about not overworking herself. Koneko did not believe much in her powers and abilities in comparison to the other members of the club. Meanwhile, back at the party/event, Lord Odin arrives and is greeted by Lord Zechs. Most of the original party attendees appear happy with the arrivals to the party. Rias and Issei catch up with Koneko and Kuroka. They defend Koneko from Kuroka, who wants to take her back to their party. Loki arrives to the party to object to a new pact between Zechs and Odin. Loki's objection is that Ragnarok will never be achieved if the pact is completed. He admits to working with the Chaos Brigade before a battle breaks out. In the battle Akeno’s father helps her and threatens Loki and in the meantime Beelzebub sends Loki away. The previous Dragon King from Issei's training helps with Rias and Issei's fight against Kuroka and her partner, Son Goku. Rias explains Koneko's painful past while living without any family save for the Gremory clan. Issei also swears to protect Koneko as a family member. Unfortunately, Kuroka uses a poison that severely weakens Rias and Koneko. Things intensify at the castle as Loki attacks the guests. Issei tries to use his usual methods of fighting but they have changed since training. He ends up taking a full blast to protect Rias and Koneko. Koneko encourages Issei and he realizes he has to touch Rias' breasts to upgrade his power. After poking both of her nipples and gains his Juggernaut Drive powers. The battles are won and the girls take a bath. Koneko seems to feel better about her position in the club. Issei and Rias run into each other in the hallway and Issei is amazed at how well Rias takes care of the group. Meanwhile, the Lords realize they have a problem in the form of Loki.

star 7.86
84 votes
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Bystander

#10 - Bystander

Attack on Titan Season 3 - Episode 11

Having seen a glimpse of his father's memories, Eren attempts to track down a man hoping they might shed some light on his father's secrets.

star 7.74
465 votes
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Viva Hot Springs!

#11 - Viva Hot Springs!

Ikki Tousen Season 1 - Episode 9

Aunt Goei takes Hakufu and Koukin to a mountain hot springs that seems to attract some of the other female fighters including Ryoumou and Ryofu who are also hoping to recover. Hakufu catches up to Ryoumou and they spar with Hakufu's old teacher Choukou.

star 7.70
30 votes
The Atonement Chapter - Part 3 - File No. 34

#12 - The Atonement Chapter - Part 3 - File No. 34

When They Cry - Higurashi Season 1 - Episode 24

While studying Takano's scrapbooks, Rena starts to uncover the the truth behind Oyashiro-sama's curse and Hinamizawa's dark past.

star 7.58
19 votes
Overture of the Abandoned-Cat Princess

#13 - Overture of the Abandoned-Cat Princess

Scrapped Princess Season 1 - Episode 1

Pacifica, Shannon and Racquel meet Christopher Armalite for the first time. Raquel Casull saves Pacifica from a Mauser priest. In a quiet moment, Pacifica tells Shannon that she loves him and he tells her that he knows.

star 7.23
18 votes
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The Champions

#14 - The Champions

Ikki Tousen Season 1 - Episode 1

Seven schools are competing for complete control over the region of Kanto. The students are known as "Fighters", and each carry a sacred bead, or Magatama, and enclosed in it is a spirit of an ancient fighter from 1800 years ago in Chinese history. The Fighters are destined to the fates of their Magatama. Enter Hakufu Sonsaku, a big-breasted, air-headed bimbo, who joins the ranks of Nanjou Academy, alongside her cousin, Koukin. Encassed in her Magatama is the spirit of a fierce warrior who conquered the lands 1800 years previous, but was killed at an early age. The Big Four of Nanyou Academy see her as a threat and wish to prevent history from repeating itself.

star 7.16
52 votes
At First Like a Young Virgin

#15 - At First Like a Young Virgin

Ikki Tousen Season 3 - Episode 7

Possessed by a mysterious girl in a cape, Ryofu wreaks havoc on her new friends. He scandalous behavior with Gentoku may push Kanu over the edge.

star 6.73
11 votes