The Best Episodes Directed by Noriaki Akitaya

Don't Be Frightened!!

#1 - Don't Be Frightened!!

Ah! My Buddha Season 1 - Episode 4

Chitose's love for horror movie is shown when she forces Sumi, Ikkou, Hinata and Yuko to watch them with her. A little girl requests help from the gang and they enter a haunted house. Chitose narrates the scenarios that occurred in the respective rooms and scare the wits out of Sumi, Ikkou and Yuko. It is revealed that the little girl is a spirit and Jotoku punishes them for not realising that sooner.

star 9.00
3 votes
Don't Sing!!

#2 - Don't Sing!!

Ah! My Buddha Season 1 - Episode 9

Ayako is the ghost haunting a recording studio. Her creepy voice has been recorded into some CDs and the studio request help from Ikkou and Chitose. Ayako said she died in a car crash before she made her debut album so she became a restless ghost. Ikkou tells Chitose to lend Ayako her body to sing. With the cooperation of the studio, Chitose/Ayako's album was ranked first and Chitose is invited to sing publicly. On the stage however, Ayako refuses to pass on because she has not sang it to her love interest. Jotoku brings her boyfriend to the stage and Ayako passes on.

star 9.00
3 votes
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Carrot and Stick

#3 - Carrot and Stick

Bakuman Season 1 - Episode 6

Mashiro and Takagi meet with Akira Hattori, one of the editors at Shonen Jack. He notes that their work has flaws, as it is too text-driven and not drawn in manga style, but they have potential. He tells them that they are better suited to figuring out what could be a hit and drawing that, rather than drawing what they want, and while they are less likely to get a smash hit with that skillset, they are more likely to follow up on one if they do. Hattori gives them his contact information, encouraging them to come to him with their work. At school, the teacher decides to seat boys and girls next to each other, resulting in Mashiro sitting next to Azuki. 

star 8.68
22 votes
Uncertainties and Expectations

#4 - Uncertainties and Expectations

Bakuman Season 1 - Episode 8

Takagi comes up with some more ideas, including One Hundred Millionth, a story about people being ranked according to their abilities, and Hattori is impressed with the story, causing Mashiro to wonder if his art is good enough. The story is chosen as one of the finalists, but does not make it to the four chosen for the award or honorable mentions. Shortly afterward, Ishizawa, a classmate, claims that Mashiro's art is holding Takagi down. Takagi gets angry and punches Ishizawa. 

star 8.50
20 votes
Don't Tempt Me!!

#5 - Don't Tempt Me!!

Ah! My Buddha Season 2 - Episode 1

Chitose and Ikkou are tasked with helping the Toudou family. There, Ikkou meets Kazuki, a special monk from a rival temple to Saienji. They try to exorcise the spirits together but create embarrassing situations for themselves. Later, when Ikkou and Kazuki are alone, she tries to awaken him to "the right path".

star 8.50
4 votes
Summer and Names

#6 - Summer and Names

Bakuman Season 1 - Episode 5

Recalling when he and Azuki turned back to look at each other at the same time, Mashiro tells Takagi that he and Azuki have been on the same frequency for years, indicating that they are connected without having to say anything about it. Azuki's best friend Kaya Miyoshi goes to Takagi to complain about him telling Azuki about her dream, and as she does so, gives indications of romantic interest in Takagi that Mashiro and Miyoshi notice. During the summer, Mashiro and Takagi stay at Mashiro's uncle's office, and work on a manga called The Two Earths. When it is complete, they call the Shonen Jack editorial department. 

star 8.45
22 votes
Hitomiko's Barrier

#7 - Hitomiko's Barrier

InuYasha Season 7 - Episode 16

The priestess Hitomiko loses her life at Naraku's hands, but she is resurrected and locks Kagome within a barrier. Then, the true spiritual power of Mount Azusa's bow reveals itself!

star 8.20
10 votes
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Idiots and Geniuses

#8 - Idiots and Geniuses

Bakuman Season 1 - Episode 2

Mashiro chats with Takagi, who tells him that he chose Mashiro because he is smarter than many of his peers in matters outside of scholarship, and that he believes Azuki has a similar kind of intelligence, with the ability to be appealling to others. Mashiro tells Takagi that he believes his uncle committed suicide, and thus suspects that his parents will oppose him becoming a manga artist. Mashiro's mother says his uncle did not commit suicide, but still opposes his decision until his father and grandfather show support for his dream. Mashiro's grandfather gives him his deceased uncle's studio apartment, and Mashiro brings Takagi to see it. 

star 8.19
26 votes
Dreams and Reality

#9 - Dreams and Reality

Bakuman Season 1 - Episode 1

Moritaka Mashiro, an average student with a talent for drawing, forgets his notebook at school, where his classmate Akito Takagi finds and looks through it. Takagi likes his drawings and asks Mashiro to team up with him to create a best-selling manga. Mashiro refuses because his uncle was a manga artist until he died from overworking, while deeply in debt, which derails his dream. Takagi soon invites him to visit Miho Azuki, the girl Mashiro has an unrequited crush on, and Takagi tells her of his plan to create a manga that will become an anime, in which she will play the heroine. Mashiro also proposes to marry Azuki when both their dreams come true, and she agrees that they will, but shall not see each other until then. With this motivation, Mashiro decides to become a manga artist. 

star 8.08
39 votes
Parents and Children

#10 - Parents and Children

Bakuman Season 1 - Episode 3

Mashiro and Takagi arrive at Mashiro's uncle's apartment, where they look around and Mashiro shows Takagi the manuscripts and storyboards, that the author of a manga series produces before drawing it. Mashiro realizes that his uncle was working extremely hard until his death and vows to approach it with the same resolve. Mashiro and Takagi find letters between his uncle and his friend from childhood, which stop before his hit manga was serialized, and looking at a yearbook photo of her, realized that he had been in love with Azuki's mother. They go to visit Azuki's mother the next day, and learn that she was also in love with him, but never could admit it and fell in love with someone else. Mashiro asks Azuki's mother not to tell her about the relationship between her and her uncle, and he then sets out to make a manga. 

star 8.07
27 votes
Heart Pain Killer

#11 - Heart Pain Killer

IS: Infinite Stratos Season 2 - Episode 2

After sparring with Lingyin, Ichika runs late to class and is punished by Chifuyu. Officially meeting Tatenashi at the school assembly, Ichika oversees the selection of his class' activity for the school festival wherein Laura suggests a normal maid cafe. After receiving approval, Ichika is unwilling to receive Tatenashi as an instructor and challenges her ultimately losing. Dreaming upon the grasslands, Ichika appears to see Houki before awaking in Tatenashi's lap. Tatenashi takes Ichika training in shooting stances with Charlotte and Cecilia. Ichika returns home to find Tatenashi who incites Houki as he enters into a new training routine with Tatenashi. In the end Houki, Cecilia, Lingyin, Charlotte, and Laura all try to comfort Ichika as he falls asleep from exhaustion.

star 8.00
39 votes
The Day a Demon Awakens

#12 - The Day a Demon Awakens

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion Season 2 - Episode 1

One year after the Black Rebellion, Lelouch Lamperouge has resumed his normal school life with no apparent memories of the year before. After skipping remedial gym class, he sets off with younger brother Rolo to gamble at Babel Tower. Led by C.C., the Order of the Black Knights launches an attack on the complex to retrieve Lelouch. C.C. reawakens Lelouch's memories, and he resumes his identity as Zero. Suzaku Kururugi declares to the Emperor that he will personally kill Zero.

star 8.00
145 votes
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Farewell to Hakufu and the Days of Fighting

#13 - Farewell to Hakufu and the Days of Fighting

Ikki Tousen Season 1 - Episode 13

Hakufu and Ryoumei go after Ouin Shishi, who manages to enrage Hakufu. But instead of her dragon spirit manifesting, Hakufu channels the remaining influence of Toutaku and gets out of control. Can Koukin save her from her fate? Ukitsu also comes back for a final challenge.

star 7.99
29 votes
Time and Keys

#14 - Time and Keys

Bakuman Season 1 - Episode 4

Mashiro shows Takagi all that he has drawn and points out all the mistakes he has made, as well as the finer points of using tools for drawing manga. When Takagi questions him, Mashiro tells him about G-Pens and Kabura pens, making manuscripts, and Taro Kawaguchi's three rules to a successful manga: conceit, doing your best, and luck. When they go to a convenience store, Takagi notices that the latest issue of Jack has a semi-finalist named Eiji Nizuma, a fifteen year old manga creator. The two discuss their high schools, manga, and editors, thus coming to the conclusion that they would finish the manuscript for a manga by summer's end and show it to an editor of Jack. While walking home with Takagi, Mashiro encounters Azuki by chance; while the two are unable to look at each other as they pass, they both turn back to look. 

star 7.79
24 votes
Elegance In The Moonlight

#15 - Elegance In The Moonlight

Fate/Stay Night Season 1 - Episode 9

Saber is eager to go to the temple but Shirō has insisted that they won't be going because it seems too dangerous. Nonetheless, as soon as Shirō falls asleep, Saber heads off by herself to the temple, not only to be confronted by the servant identified as Assassin. Unlike any other servant, Assassin actually reveals his true identity to Saber, as Sasaki Kojirou. Although the talking ends here and the fighting begins but while this is going on Rider sneaks past them and enters the temple to fight some woman. Who is this mysterious woman and was Shinji planning this all along?

star 7.73
75 votes
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The Day a New Demon was Born

#16 - The Day a New Demon was Born

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion Season 1 - Episode 1

On August 10, 2010, a.t.b., Japan was conquered by the Holy Empire of Britannia. Seven years later, teenage student Lelouch Lamperouge finds himself pulled into a battle between anti-government terrorists and the Britannian Army in the Shinjuku Ghetto. In the midst of the conflict, a mysterious, green-haired girl saves him from death by granting him "the power of the king", which allows him to compel others to do his bidding.

star 7.58
264 votes
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A Confrontation With Destiny

#17 - A Confrontation With Destiny

Ikki Tousen Season 1 - Episode 7

Hakufu and Koukin manage to fend off the crazed snake-like Kannei Kouha. Ryofu continues to pursue her own relationships with the possibility of betraying Tontaku. Shimei Ryomou fights the beautiful but deadly schoolgirl-uniformed Kanu Unchou of Seito Private School on the rooftops. Hakufu gets in another battle as well.

star 7.56
31 votes
A Confrontation at Nanyou

#18 - A Confrontation at Nanyou

Ikki Tousen Season 1 - Episode 2

Fighters from Rakuyo High School have been found hanging around near Nanyou Academy. Rakuyo is headed by the fierce Fighter Totaku, who has conquered a couple of the schools in Kanto. Other schools have been banding together against him. Meanwhile, while running late for school, Koukin reveals to Hakufu that he would be willing to sacrifice himself if it meant protecting her. Gakushu questions Saji over Nanyou Academy's leader, Enjyutsu, whom he has not seen in months. Gakushu feels that there is something going on that he has been kept in the dark about. Enjyutsu sees Hakufu as a threat and issues the order to Big Four member Kannei to execute her to prevent her destiny from being fulfilled. This order is given to the whole of Nanyou Academy, and results in Hakufu doing battle with Kannei and Ryomou, while Koukin fights all of the students and Saji. Will they all survive? And what is Saji planning?

star 7.53
39 votes