The BEST episodes directed by Naoyuki Ito

Hellsing VII
180 votes

#1 - Hellsing VII

Hellsing Ultimate - Season 1 - Episode 7

When her memories are violated, Seras becomes trapped in an illusion which forces her to relive the most horrifying moments of her life. Upon waking from the nightmare, the real pain begins as the battle nears its end.

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If I Were to Keep On Going
30 votes

#2 - If I Were to Keep On Going

Chihayafuru - Season 1 - Episode 19

As Tsutomu falls behind Kana due to his faults, he comes up with a gamble strategy to take advantage of the odds against him. However, Kana eventually manages to win thanks to her knowledge of the cards her friends use. Meanwhile, as Taichi and Yusei are left with one card each, it is Yusei who wins, leading Taichi to become downhearted. As the day ends with Kana, Tsutomu and Yusei advancing in rank, Chihaya expresses her desire to play a team match again. As Arata receives the results of the tournament, he decides to enter the Western Masters tournament.

This Beautiful Silver Moon
37 votes

#3 - This Beautiful Silver Moon

Chihayafuru - Season 1 - Episode 5

Following the call, Chihaya decides to go with Taichi to Fukui so she can confront Arata. However, Arata is not too pleased to see them and becomes aggressive when Chihaya brings up karuta again. Arata's friend, Yuu, explains to Chihaya that his grandfather died of a relapse while Arata was playing at a karuta tournament, the guilt making him unable to play karuta again. After Arata reads a letter that Chihaya wrote for him, he still holds his friendship dear and goes to see Chihaya and Taichi off as they head back towards home, with Chihaya able to make out that he doesn't completely hate karuta. On the ride back, Taichi agrees to help Chihaya form a high school karuta club, so Arata will have something to return to.

Those Who Come, Those Who Go, and Those Who Part Again
36 votes

#4 - Those Who Come, Those Who Go, and Those Who Part Again

Chihayafuru - Season 1 - Episode 10

The day of the prefectural tournament comes and Chihaya's club comes in with hakama at the ready. As their team progresses through the group stage, Tsutomu grows less confident as he continues to be beaten in his matches. As he grows irritated and chooses to skip the semi-finals, Chihaya feels downhearted that the club has not been able to become a true team, which begins to affect her karuta skills. As Taichi realises he has not been perfect himself, he helps motivate the others to get them back on track, and when Chihaya sees Tsutomu comes to support her, she regains her form and makes a comeback and helps the team to win. After the match, Kanade manages to talk Tsutomu into coming back onto the team as they prepare for the finals.

An Explosive Situation! Luffy vs Fake Luffy
87 votes

#5 - An Explosive Situation! Luffy vs Fake Luffy

One Piece - Season 15 - Episode 2

Using a fake disguise provided by Hancock, Luffy and the Kuja tribe go their separate ways and he confronts the Fake Straw Hats. At Shakky's bar, Sanji thanks Duval for his efforts in protecting the Thousand Sunny. Rayleigh tells the cook that he was the seventh to come here. However, Luffy and Robin have not shown up yet. Chopper discovers another group of Fake Straw Hats and follows them, not realizing that they are the fake ones. While Robin continues to evade the government agents from capturing her, Luffy uses his Haki techniques to defeat Fake Luffy's group. Meanwhile, the government agents capture the Fake Robin. Sanji learns about what has happened to Zoro from a fisherman. While talking to the fisherman, Sanji finally discovers Zoro as he destroys the ship he was in.

Volume Earth
5 votes

#6 - Volume Earth

Re: Cutie Honey - Season 1 - Episode 2

A mysterious woman dressed in leather named Cobalt Claw pursues and attacks Cutie Honey, destroying everything in its path, fooling the world into believing that Cutie Honey is a public enemy. Meanwhile, Scarlet Claw destroys the city, leaving a message: "We Want Cutie Honey."

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The King of Beasts that will Cross the Ocean! The Dream Ship's Magnificent Completion!
29 votes

#7 - The King of Beasts that will Cross the Ocean! The Dream Ship's Magnificent Completion!

One Piece - Season 11 - Episode 95

When the Straw Hats arrive at the coast, Iceburg shows them the ship, but Franky cannot be found. Iceburg gives his opinion: Franky is hiding because if he were asked face to face to join the crew, he would not be able to refuse; he wants to go but thinks of staying in Water 7 as his responsibility. On the other side of the island, Franky's men literally take the matter into their own hands: they steal Franky's beloved jammer-style swimsuit and attempt to lure him to the Straw Hats by passing it back and forth to each other. Midway, Sanji and Zoro seize him, put him into the Franky Family's shoot-anything-cannon, and have him shot in front of the new ship.