The BEST episodes directed by Naoki Takeda

The Beast and the Prince
173 votes

#1 - The Beast and the Prince

DARLING in the FRANXX - Season 1 - Episode 13

In the deepest, darkest parts of a forest lived a strong and beautiful beast princess. Beckoned by the moonlight, she wandered into a land of humans, and in the moonlit garden of a small castle, she fell in love with a prince.

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A Road to Arcturus
102 votes

#2 - A Road to Arcturus

Little Witch Academia - Season 1 - Episode 24

Croix uses the emotions of the rioting mobs to activate her creation, the Noir Rod, managing to disable all magic across the country. Croix uses the Noir Rod to unseal the Grand Triskelion, but is shocked when it is not what she thinks it was. Akko and her friends arrive to help save Ursula from Croix. During the battle, she awakens the Shiny Rod's seventh and final word, allowing Akko to utilize the Triskelion's true power and transform Arcturus into a lush and vibrant forest. But while Akko and her friends celebrate, some of the leftover technomagic from the Noir Rod attaches itself to a missile.

Samhain Magic Festival
104 votes

#3 - Samhain Magic Festival

Little Witch Academia - Season 1 - Episode 13

Akko works tirelessly to try and improve her magic for the show. During her performance, Akko and the others learn what has made Vajarois a sorrowful ghost.

Intellect and Sensibility
99 votes

#4 - Intellect and Sensibility

Little Witch Academia - Season 1 - Episode 20

As Diana prepares for her ascension ritual, which can only take place once every few years during a Venusian eclypse, she is captured by Daryl who ensnares her in snakes. Meanwhile, Akko, still believing that Diana doesn't really want to leave Luna Nova midway, hears from Andrew about how Diana once lost her magic. Upon overhearing Daryl's scheme to stop Diana from performing the ritual in time, Akko decides to head into the Cavendish shrine to rescue Diana!

Night Fall
146 votes

#5 - Night Fall

Little Witch Academia - Season 1 - Episode 4

The plot of Night Fall itself started off from moment where Belle, a science teacher whom met a handsome vampire named Edgar after a time-travel mishap due to entering a mysterious portal that sent her to Middle Ages. Early premise of the story in some ways, reminiscent with Twilight Saga, but it immediately changed into time-travelling adventures, reminiscent to the Outlander series, where the said adventures would affect the world history.

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