The Best Episodes Directed by Naoki Hishikawa

Diffrider

#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.

star 10.00
30 votes
Our Vanguard

#2 - Our Vanguard

Cardfight!! Vanguard Season 8 - Episode 37

In spite of the high stakes, Chrono and Shion thoroughly enjoy their cardfight which reminds everyone of how fun Vanguard can be.

star 10.00
0 votes
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She Couldn't Become a Hero, so She Reluctantly Decided to Get a Job, Too

#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.

star 9.67
101 votes
Beware of Food You Pick Up Off the Ground

#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.

star 9.01
85 votes
Verno's Challenge

#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.

star 9.00
1 votes
The God Becomes a Target

#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.

star 8.99
94 votes
It's Your House, You Build It

#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…

star 8.91
87 votes
Pending Means Pending, It's Not Final

#8 - Pending Means Pending, It's Not Final

Gintama Season 2 - Episode 1

The cast goes over their ideas for the series' new direction.

star 8.90
111 votes
Popularity Polls Can Burn in Hell

#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?

star 8.85
92 votes
Butting into a Fight Is Dangerous

#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.

star 8.83
91 votes
Always Keep a Screwdriver in Your Heart

#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.

star 8.77
91 votes
That’s How I Wish to Be, Beautiful and Strong

#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.

star 8.74
85 votes
No Matter How Old You Get, You Still Hate the Dentist!

#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!

star 8.71
84 votes
The Human Body Is Like a Little Universe

#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!

star 8.57
89 votes
It's All About the Beat and Timing

#15 - It's All About the Beat and Timing

Gintama Season 3 - Episode 6

The concluding finale to the (Itou) Shinsengumi Discord Arc.

star 8.54
127 votes
The More Delicious the Food, the Nastier It Is When It Goes Bad

#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.

star 8.48
121 votes
The Sun Will Rise Again

#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.

star 8.46
135 votes
You Know What Happens If You Pee on a Worm

#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).

star 8.45
149 votes
The One Who Lit a Fire Inside Alice Was Me

#19 - The One Who Lit a Fire Inside Alice Was Me

Anonymous Noise Season 1 - Episode 10

star 8.43
14 votes
Any Place Can Become a Battlefield When Men Gather

#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?!

star 8.41
86 votes
That Matsutake Soup Stuff Tastes Better Than the Real Deal / If a Person Is Dead, They Can't Come Back to Life

#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...

star 8.39
86 votes
In Those Situations, Keep Quiet and Cook Red Rice with Beans

#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.

star 8.35
157 votes
Oh, Yeah! Our Crib Is Number One!

#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.

star 8.34
136 votes
Dango Over Flowers

#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.

star 8.32
100 votes
A Conversation with a Barber, During a Haircut, Is the Most Pointless Thing in the World

#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.

star 8.30
89 votes
People with Dark Pasts Can't Shut Up

#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.

star 8.25
120 votes
Even Teen Idols Act Like You Guys

#27 - Even Teen Idols Act Like You Guys

Gintama Season 1 - Episode 30

Otsu receives a threat letter. The trio goes to investigate.

star 8.23
128 votes
Rank Has Nothing to Do with Luck

#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.

star 8.17
154 votes
Cleaning the Toilet Cleanses the Soul

#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.

star 8.16
121 votes
Cute Faces Are Always Hiding Something

#30 - Cute Faces Are Always Hiding Something

Gintama Season 1 - Episode 24

Gintoki and Katsura get dragged into being cross-dressers.

star 8.14
126 votes
Look, Overly Sticky Sweet Dumplings Are Not Real Dumplings, You Idiot!

#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.

star 8.00
141 votes
That song once again

#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 ...

star 8.00
4 votes
Keep Your Promise Even If It Kills You

#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.

star 7.96
159 votes
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

#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.

star 7.73
149 votes
You Guys!! Do You Even Have Gintama?! (2)

#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.

star 7.72
132 votes
You Guys!! Do You Even Have Gintama?! (1)

#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.

star 7.63
218 votes
Turnabout Big Top - 2nd Trial

#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.

star 7.33
12 votes
Snow Rondo

#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?

star 7.00
2 votes