The Best Episodes Directed by Naoki Hishikawa
#1 - Diffrider
Cardfight!! Vanguard Season 8 - Episode 29
Chrono and the others meet and consult with Nome Tatsunagi, who tells them what has been going on. According to him, there are units who come from Planet Cray and possess fighters via a method called "Different World Ride", or "Diffride" for short. However, in the case of Onimaru and Noa, they have been possessed by evil units.
#3 - She Couldn't Become a Hero, so She Reluctantly Decided to Get a Job, Too
I Couldn't Become a Hero, So I Reluctantly Decided to Get a Job Season 1 - Episode 6
Airi "All A" was a straight A student, and Raul thought she'd be the one to become a hero but instead she lies to him that she has a high position while she is actually a bunny-girl at the new magic shop that is Leon's rival. Fino and Raul discover this when she bumps into him while assisting customers. Airi automatically is ashamed of this, and Raul is shocked to see that the straight A "hero" is not so much of a hero but only a part time job girl.
#4 - Beware of Food You Pick Up Off the Ground
Gintama Season 3 - Episode 30
Worried about her pet’s sudden drop in appetite, Kagura takes Sadaharu to the veterinary hospital. Katsura happens to be there as well, explaining how Elizabeth is in bad health and has been hospitalized to undergo surgery. Fortunately Sadaharu’s condition is nothing serious, but he’s kept overnight just to be safe. Around the same time, an old dog that has also been hospitalized is about to take its last breath. It seems the owner is in critical condition as well, and with only death awaiting them both, Kagura decides to take the old dog to its owner.
#5 - Verno's Challenge
Cardfight!! Vanguard Season 8 - Episode 46
Tokoha applies for a fight with Verno the day before the U20 Championship final. Verno is informed of Kazumi's identity and purpose during the fight against each other's feelings.
#6 - The God Becomes a Target
Kamisama Kiss Season 1 - Episode 2
Nanami discovers that Kurama, a famous pop star, has transferred to her high school, which spurs her to return to school. However, as a weak land god, her life may be at risk if she wanders outside the shrine alone.
#7 - It's Your House, You Build It
Gintama Season 3 - Episode 37
As always, Hasegawa, aka MADAO idles away his life. While talking on the phone with his estranged wife Hatsu, Hasegawa ends up inviting her over to his house. But thanks to a string of misfortunes, his home is now a cardboard box in the park! Having told Hatsu that he lives in a pretty nice place, Hasegawa asks Gintoki to help him look for a descent housing…
#8 - Pending Means Pending, It's Not Final
Gintama Season 2 - Episode 1
The cast goes over their ideas for the series' new direction.
#9 - Popularity Polls Can Burn in Hell
Gintama Season 4 - Episode 33
Characters unhappy with the popularity poll results begin attacking high-ranking characters. Surrounded by the low-ranking characters, Shinpachi attempts to escape across the rooftops but loses his footing and falls. Just when Shinpachi thinks he’s done for, he is saved by an unknown hand and manages to flee from Catherine and the other low-ranking characters. When everybody is an enemy, which character would be willing to lend a helping hand?
#10 - Butting into a Fight Is Dangerous
Gintama Season 3 - Episode 42
Kagura’s older brother Kamui arrives in Yoshiwara. As the Seventh Division Captain of the Space Pirate Harusame, Kamui is here to talk with the division’s former captain, The Night King, Hosen. At first everything seems to go well, but tensions gradually start to build up… Meanwhile, escaping from Kamui and his men’s attack, Gintoki and the gang take refuge at Tsukuyo’s hideout.
#11 - Always Keep a Screwdriver in Your Heart
Gintama Season 3 - Episode 24
Everyone seems to have given up on getting their original bodies back; except for Ayame, who continues to gather leads to organize one final attempt in the real world, but she'll need the others to help.
#12 - That’s How I Wish to Be, Beautiful and Strong
Gintama Season 4 - Episode 49
Consumed by negative emotions, Douman is transformed into a giant demon. He now possesses within his body Antenmaru, a demon sealed away over a millennium ago by the desperate efforts of the Ketsuno and Shirino clans. As Seimei is about to be killed by Antenmaru, Gintoki stands before him with his aura-charged wooden sword. Gintoki charges his sword with everybody's energy including Douman's in order to overwhelm Antenmaru and bring a sunny day. After Antenmaru is destroyed, Gintoki leaves so that Ketsuno Ana will not know about the fight. However, he requests Gedomaru to make Ketsuno Ana to give him her autograph. Douman appears alive and ends up having a childish fight against Seimei. As Odd Jobs leave, Ketsuno Ana expresses her thanks to Gintoki in her weather forecast.
#13 - No Matter How Old You Get, You Still Hate the Dentist!
Gintama Season 4 - Episode 25
Gintoki’s mouth is swollen like crazy, forcing him to go to the dentist for treatment. Unable to cope with the stress and pressure of waiting, a crazed Gintoki screams for someone to just kill him and be done with it. After getting scolded by the staff, Gintoki waits for his turn when another man with a swollen mouth comes in, making things even more complicated!
#14 - The Human Body Is Like a Little Universe
Gintama Season 4 - Episode 18
After learning from Gengai that Tama has been infected by a computer virus, the Odd Jobs trio launch “Operation Midget” and enter Tama’s body to eradicate the virus. Inside, they find an injured man dressed in a white body suit who begs them to deliver a message to the king. Arriving at the Leukocyte Kingdom, the gang finds the place filled with RPG-themed shops such as weapon stores, inns, and casinos. The group decides to enjoy this RPG-like world by playing at the casino and visiting the church to save their game. Joined by Tama’s avatar, Gintoki and the gang head out in search of the Leukocyte King. Let the adventure to destroy the computer virus begin!
#15 - It's All About the Beat and Timing
Gintama Season 3 - Episode 6
The concluding finale to the (Itou) Shinsengumi Discord Arc.
#16 - The More Delicious the Food, the Nastier It Is When It Goes Bad
Gintama Season 2 - Episode 41
Gintoki, Shinpachi Kagura and Hasegawa are hospitalised (The Yorozuya gang for food poisoning from eating unfresh crabs; Hasegawa got knocked down by a car). They get themeslves involved when a young nurse falls in love with one of her patients.
#17 - The Sun Will Rise Again
Gintama Season 2 - Episode 11
Shinpachi and Elizabeth go on the ship to attack Okada. A battle rages on the ship, at which Kagura manages to escape from captivity. On the other hand, Gintoki and Tetsuko (benisakura forger Tetsuya's sister) head towards Takasugi.
#18 - You Know What Happens If You Pee on a Worm
Gintama Season 1 - Episode 42
Gintoki, along with Umibouzu, goes to combat the alien; while at the same time avoiding the Shogunate's side of attack (on the alien).
#20 - Any Place Can Become a Battlefield When Men Gather
Gintama Season 4 - Episode 7
Today’s Tsu Terakado concert is another lively success. But fan club president Shinpachi is angered because only four of the Tsu Terakado fan club members have come to the concert. He is further enraged to learn that many of the club members have left without permission and have joined the new Tsusentai fan club instead. To Shinpachi’s surprise, the Tsusentai leader is Hijikata, who thanks to the demonic sword’s curse has now become a charismatic otaku! Can Shinpachi protect his only(?) distinctive trait from Tosshi’s onslaught?!
#21 - That Matsutake Soup Stuff Tastes Better Than the Real Deal / If a Person Is Dead, They Can't Come Back to Life
Gintama Season 4 - Episode 14
Part 1 - Rumors of Yorozuya imposters gaining popularity within the city reach Gintoki’s ears. Upon investigating, the Odd Jobs Trio discover that someone is using their Yorozuya name for fishy business and making a fortune out of it. Gintoki and the gang seek out to uncover the imposters’ identities, only to discover...?! Part 2 - A man dressed in blue full-body spandex appears before Shinpachi. The “Blue Man” begins talking to a dumbfounded Shinpachi. He claims to have come from the future, but...
#22 - In Those Situations, Keep Quiet and Cook Red Rice with Beans
Gintama Season 2 - Episode 27
Otae's childhood friend, Kyubei Yagyu appears and takes Otae back to fufil her childhood promise.
#23 - Oh, Yeah! Our Crib Is Number One!
Gintama Season 1 - Episode 18
The group and Shinsengumi attempt to capture a man who's been stealing women's underwear.
#24 - Dango Over Flowers
Gintama Season 2 - Episode 17
An old dango shop owner accepts a challenge from the owner of a popular new dessert shop.
#25 - A Conversation with a Barber, During a Haircut, Is the Most Pointless Thing in the World
Gintama Season 4 - Episode 1
Gintoki visits a barber shop to get his hair cut. After Kagura mentions that the seventh volume of the manga Abu is missing, the barber runs off to buy the volume and leaves the Yorozuya to look after the shop. After a while Katsura and Kondo enter the shop to get an image change. Then the Shogun enters suddenly the shop and wants a hair cut, too. The Yorozuya fall into despair because they don't even know how to cut hair properly.
#26 - People with Dark Pasts Can't Shut Up
Gintama Season 1 - Episode 36
A colleague of Otae has been scammed of her money by a cult. The Yorozuya and Otae goes to uncover the secret of the cult.
#27 - Even Teen Idols Act Like You Guys
Gintama Season 1 - Episode 30
Otsu receives a threat letter. The trio goes to investigate.
#28 - Rank Has Nothing to Do with Luck
Gintama Season 2 - Episode 34
The cold/flu season hits hard; Yorozuya is enlisted to help out at Otae's workplace.
#29 - Cleaning the Toilet Cleanses the Soul
Gintama Season 3 - Episode 14
A member of the Shinsengumi suggests a "washroom revolution". Eventually it evolves into a battle of Shinsengumi vs. washroom germs.
#30 - Cute Faces Are Always Hiding Something
Gintama Season 1 - Episode 24
Gintoki and Katsura get dragged into being cross-dressers.
#31 - Look, Overly Sticky Sweet Dumplings Are Not Real Dumplings, You Idiot!
Gintama Season 1 - Episode 11
The trio helps an old man to track down a woman whom he met when he was young. Shown as a one hour special with episode 12.
#32 - That song once again
IDOLiSH7 Season 1 - Episode 14
IDOLiSH7 continued to play an active role and appeared in the popular live music program "Soundship". The bleachers in the studio were all fans of TRIGGER, who is also a performer, but the seven people who tried their best to entertain the people in front of them were surrounded by big applause and cheers. Around that time, behind the scenes, a trouble occurred between the program side and the Yaotome office, and TRIGGER could not appear. IDOLiSH7 decided to act as a bird of the program on their behalf ...
#33 - Keep Your Promise Even If It Kills You
Gintama Season 1 - Episode 6
A man tries to break out of jail, to attend a pop star's concert.
#34 - Exaggerate the Tales of Your Exploits by a Third, So Everyone Has a Good Time / Men Have a Weakness for Girls Who Sell Flowers and Work in Pastry Shops
Gintama Season 2 - Episode 48
Part 1 - Old gangmates of Catherine try to convince her to join them on a heist. Part 2 - Gintoki gets sick. Kagura takes over running odd-jobs for the day.
#35 - You Guys!! Do You Even Have Gintama?! (2)
Gintama Season 1 - Episode 2
Gintoki's group goes to take back a house for a man who's been conned.
#36 - You Guys!! Do You Even Have Gintama?! (1)
Gintama Season 1 - Episode 1
Gintoki, Shinpachi, and Kagura receive a request from a man who wants them to make him stronger.
#37 - Turnabout Big Top - 2nd Trial
Ace Attorney Season 1 - Episode 19
The trial for the murder of the circus ringmaster begins, and a shocking fact is revealed to the court.
#38 - Snow Rondo
Patlabor: The Mobile Police Season 2 - Episode 14
Asuma discovers a postcard inviting him to a school reunion. However, he doesn't remember receiving it. He goes to the reunion and sees Yuki Kasama, a girl whom he once had a crush on when he was at school. He feels rather embarrassed and doesn't speak to her, but she goes over to talk to him after the reunion. After talking to her, he reluctantly asks her on a date. The next day they go to the museum and planetarium. Asuma has to go to the toilet but when he returns to his seat Yuki has gone. In the seat where she sat there is a postcard from an exhibition of photographs. Rather confused, he goes to the exhibition the following day and meets Yuki, who is looking at the photographs. She apologizes for leaving and they both sign the guest book. While walking her out, she mysteriously disappears again. The following day at a crime scene, Noa is about to fire upon a criminal labor. Suddenly Asuma sees Yuki standing behind the labor and orders Noa not to shoot. Noa eventually stops the labor, but his team mates are confused at his actions. They could not see anybody behind the labor. Later that night, Yuki comes to the SV2 hanger to apologize for actions that day. She tells him that she will be leaving the country and she'll never see him again. She runs out, but Asuma can't catch up with her. The next day, he finds the invitation to the school reunion again, but the date is the following day. At the reunion, he asks about Yuki. His old school friends tell him that she hasn't been seen in years and no one could get in contact with her. Asuma goes to the exhibition and cannot find his or Yuki's name in the guest book. Did she actually meet him or is it all just a dream?