The BEST episodes directed by Naoki Murata

The Two Criminals
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8.50
26 votes

#1 - The Two Criminals

Moriarty the Patriot - Season 1 - Episode 22

Milverton blackmails Mary, exploiting her dalliance in antigovernment activities as a student. Sherlock decides to sneak into Milverton's estate to steal his evidence, but even that act was anticipated. Sherlock finds that he is not the only trespasser.

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Snow Flurries
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8.38
21 votes

#2 - Snow Flurries

Those Snow White Notes - Season 1 - Episode 9

At last, it is time for Umezono Academy to perform. In spite of their nerves, the Tsugaru Shamisen Appreciation Club begins their performance boldly. Setsu's overwhelming sound overlaps and intermingles with the sounds of the other Umezono members who each hold their own. As the images that arise in their hearts come together, their sounds come together too. Where will their performance take them?

Uniform Change / Winter Uniform / Lunch / UFO / Night
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8.16
19 votes

#3 - Uniform Change / Winter Uniform / Lunch / UFO / Night

Teasing Master Takagi-san - Season 3 - Episode 4

Takagi finally admits defeat, but Nishikata cannot accept victory. Not when he has the chance to beat her at her own game!

Uniform Change / Winter Uniform / Lunch / UFO / Night
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8.16
19 votes

#4 - Uniform Change / Winter Uniform / Lunch / UFO / Night

Teasing Master Takagi-san - Season 3 - Episode 4

Takagi finally admits defeat, but Nishikata cannot accept victory. Not when he has the chance to beat her at her own game!

The White Knight of London, Act 1
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8.00
28 votes

#5 - The White Knight of London, Act 1

Moriarty the Patriot - Season 1 - Episode 19

Adam Whiteley, a young MP in the House of Commons working toward an equitable society, garners public support as a "White Knight." Milverton is hired by those opposed to Whiteley to oust him. William takes interest in Whiteley, and decides to test him.

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Bridge to the Turnabout - 1st Trial
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7.90
10 votes

#6 - Bridge to the Turnabout - 1st Trial

Ace Attorney - Season 2 - Episode 17

Phoenix, Maya, and Pearl go to Hazakura Temple for Maya's training, where they meet children's book author Elise Deauxnim and nuns Bikini and Iris, along with Larry, who is studying as Elise's apprentice.

It's just a joke. Plus more.
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7.89
107 votes

#7 - It's just a joke. Plus more.

Komi Can't Communicate - Season 1 - Episode 6

When Tadano gets to school, he finds Komi waiting for him in the classroom. She then nervously hands him a letter.

Payday
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7.87
67 votes

#8 - Payday

The Faraway Paladin - Season 1 - Episode 3

Turning 15, Will challenges Blood to a fight with real swords as his coming-of-age ceremony, but Gus asks Will to lose on purpose. Will doesn't get a chance to ask Gus about what happened that day in the ruins before he must head into his battle against Blood.

The City That Rejects Sorcerers
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7.80
10 votes

#9 - The City That Rejects Sorcerers

Sorcerous Stabber Orphen (2020) - Season 2 - Episode 3

Orphen and Amick head to Kimluck and Orphen finds out more about the Death Instructors.

Desolate
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7.80
30 votes

#10 - Desolate

Those Snow White Notes - Season 1 - Episode 1

Sawamura Matsugorou, the grandfather of a young Tsugaru shamisen player, Sawamura Setsu, has died. In losing the grandfather whom he'd always admired, Setsu has lost his own sound, and so he has gone to Tokyo with no plans other than to search for what he's lost. When he gets caught up in some trouble, he's saved by Tachiki Yuna, a woman who works at a hostess club. Events progress, and Setsu ends up unveiling his musical skills as the opening act for a live concert...

Family
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7.70
40 votes

#11 - Family

Kemono Jihen - Season 1 - Episode 9

Kabane and company leave Shiki and his family in the care of Ohana-basan, a vet who also sees Kemono patients, and return to the office, where they head out on a new case—parts of women's faces are being stolen, and Kon ends up tagging along as well.

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Traumatic Memory
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7.69
52 votes

#12 - Traumatic Memory

The Faraway Paladin - Season 1 - Episode 7

Menel leads Will to a village that's being attacked by monsters. As he banishes them, he learns gravity of the tragedies caused by the attack. Piled-up bodies and burnt houses are everywhere. Then, from their midst, a faint voice catches Menel's attention. The voice belongs to a severely burnt young boy who has turned undead.

Make My Past Disappear, Assassin
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7.67
21 votes

#13 - Make My Past Disappear, Assassin

Sorcerous Stabber Orphen (2020) - Season 1 - Episode 10

Claiomh is kidnapped by the assassin, and Orphen faces off with the assassin that calls himself Krylancelo once and for all in order to save her.

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Labyrinth in Akiba
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7.64
36 votes

#14 - Labyrinth in Akiba

Log Horizon - Season 3 - Episode 10

One morning, the Adventurers wake up and realize that the Akiba they're currently in isn't the Akiba they know. With reduced levels, they start to feel helpless, but Shiroe notices there's still hope.

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Valley of Despair
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7.59
49 votes

#15 - Valley of Despair

The Faraway Paladin - Season 1 - Episode 11

Will, who was appointed as a paladin, was responsible for the reconstruction of the village and the extermination of demons. One day, he goes to "Beast Woods" with Reistov and Menel, who have two names, "Tsuranuki", in order to search for a unit that has not returned. He feels something is wrong with the scattered bodies and proceeds to the valley in the back ...

The Strongest Sage Saves the City.
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7.58
52 votes

#16 - The Strongest Sage Saves the City.

The Strongest Sage With the Weakest Crest - Season 1 - Episode 8

Matthias and his party easily dispatch the assassins sent against them by the corrupt local lord. Then, with the king's permission, they formulate a plan to take that lord in!

The Kids Are Alright
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7.47
60 votes

#17 - The Kids Are Alright

Carole & Tuesday - Season 1 - Episode 14

Upon finally meeting the legendary music producer Tobe, Carole & Tuesday are somewhat taken aback. The girls begin recording their debut song. Meanwhile, the ever successful Angela is stalked by a suspicious figure. In between these events, Tuesday meets Kyle, a mysterious journalist doing a story on Valerie, and Carole gradually opens up to Dann after he helps her out of another tight spot.

Now That We're All Connected, Let's All Get to Know Each Other Better, 'Kay?
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7.39
59 votes

#18 - Now That We're All Connected, Let's All Get to Know Each Other Better, 'Kay?

Kiznaiver - Season 1 - Episode 4

The kids get to know Hisomu and Sonozaki promises to let them know a secret about Kiznaivers if they agree to go to a summer training camp.

The Invisible Blade
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7.31
32 votes

#19 - The Invisible Blade

Talentless Nana - Season 1 - Episode 10

Jin interrogates Nana, trying to learn more about her and the organization that sent her to the island. During these talks, the door to Nana's soul cracks open and she starts to remember things she would rather forget.

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The Story of the Pro and the Expert of Happiness
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7.25
8 votes

#20 - The Story of the Pro and the Expert of Happiness

Amanchu! - Season 2 - Episode 3

Futaba takes the underwater navigation tutorial but is brought crashing back to reality by the realization that she may be holding Hikari back - but is able to successfully complete it after she remembers all the lessons she had been taught by her friends. After watching the twins go on a night time dive, Futaba wrestles with the feeling that she may be holding Hikari back.

A Fairy's Power
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7.14
35 votes

#21 - A Fairy's Power

Full Dive: This Ultimate Next-Gen Full Dive RPG Is Even Shittier Than Real Life! - Season 1 - Episode 9

Hiro's mentally gruelling time training with the City Guard continues. As the difficulties continue, Hiro grows discouraged. Can he find a way to turn things around and endure until the second goblin assault?

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A Secret That No One Can Know
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6.67
15 votes

#22 - A Secret That No One Can Know

Majimoji Rurumo - Season 1 - Episode 9

Masako Shimomura, who is the chairman of the discipline and is called a serious girl, had a secret that she loved anime and made her own cosplay costume. Masako who brought a cosplay item to school drops it. It was Harumo who witnessed it. Masako, who originally misunderstood the witch clothes as cosplay and had a sense of intimacy, was impressed by Rurumo who did not make a fool of her hobby, and invited Rurumo to a cosplay event. Rurumo will watch her recommended anime and make cosplay costumes together. Then, Rurumo tells Kota that the other party is Masako. Without knowing that Masako kept that secret ...

The Story of Fleeting, Unfulfilled Desires
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6.38
8 votes

#23 - The Story of Fleeting, Unfulfilled Desires

Amanchu! - Season 2 - Episode 8

After meeting Peter in an encounter straight out of fantasy, Ai now gets transported to a fantasy world, where she meets someone she never expected to meet.