The BEST episodes directed by Noriyuki Abe

The Decisive Battle
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8.72
74 votes

#1 - The Decisive Battle

The Heroic Legend of Arslan (2015) - Season 1 - Episode 24

Arslan is escorted by his subjects deep inside of the Keep of Saint-Emmanuel where he confronts Silvermask in an attempt to call his cousin to reason. However, Hilmes refuses to listen and challenges Daryun to a duel.

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His Butler, Presenting
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8.68
102 votes

#2 - His Butler, Presenting

Black Butler - Season 3 - Episode 1

Our favorite butler and master are back with more tea and cakes, more cutlery-based warfare, and more evil to rout from the London underworld.

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The Duel Before the Gods
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8.68
73 votes

#3 - The Duel Before the Gods

The Heroic Legend of Arslan (2015) - Season 1 - Episode 17

A duel is called by the king to settle the dispute between the two princes. Daryun, chosen as Rajendra's proxy, battles Bahadur, a massive and vicious warrior released by Gadevi from prison to be his representative, and wins. However, Gadevi, not pleased with the result, turns against his own father and Arslan's party must fight for their lives amidst the chaos ensued.

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Bonds Come in All Shapes
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8.64
298 votes

#4 - Bonds Come in All Shapes

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations - Season 1 - Episode 23

Determined to rescue Sakura, Sarada pursues Shin with Sasuke, Naruto, and Cho-Cho. After brutal battles with Shin's clones along the way, Sarada is surprised to see the bond of trust between Sasuke and Sakura, who haven’t seen each other in years. But suddenly, Shin orders his children to kill the intruders. Since her parents share a bond of trust and love, will Sarada's journey to learn the secret of her birth reach a conclusion?

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Once Again Across the River
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8.54
74 votes

#5 - Once Again Across the River

The Heroic Legend of Arslan (2015) - Season 1 - Episode 18

Following his father's death and his brother's execution, Rajendra is crowned the king of Shindra. Arslan and his company then return home with their army, but Rajendra decides to repay all the help he received from them with one last act of treason.

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The Graduation Exam Begins!
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8.46
201 votes

#6 - The Graduation Exam Begins!

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations - Season 1 - Episode 36

It is time for the graduation exams. Boruto and the others complete the first-round written exam and move on to the next. The second round has the students facing off against Kakashi—the previous Sixth Hokage—and the academy instructors in actual combat situations. With the goal to "steal the bell" from Kakashi, every student rushes into action. However, the going is rough against Kakashi and the teachers who guard him. Somehow, Boruto reaches Kakashi first, but the Sixth Hokage shows no mercy. After a tough fight, he coldly tells Boruto that he's not suited to become a ninja!

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Beneath the Mask
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8.44
82 votes

#7 - Beneath the Mask

The Heroic Legend of Arslan (2015) - Season 1 - Episode 9

Daryun and Narsus infiltrate the capital in search for information, coming across Silvermask in the occasion, while Arslan has another encounter with the runaway prisoner he met years before.

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The Treasonous Hero
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8.44
85 votes

#8 - The Treasonous Hero

The Heroic Legend of Arslan (2015) - Season 1 - Episode 8

Kharlan continues his pursuit of Arslan, unaware that he fell for Narsus' scheme and his forces are ambushed in an unfavourable terrain, where Arslan's party meets Gieve and Farangis, who join their cause as well. Meanwhile at the capital, Silvermask confronts the captive King Andragoras, revealing his identity and motives.

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Sasuke and Sarada
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8.43
296 votes

#9 - Sasuke and Sarada

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations - Season 1 - Episode 21

Sarada arrives at the tower where her father is, only to be hurt by Sasuke's surprising words and actions. Naruto and Cho-Cho can hardly bear to watch the awkward exchange between father and daughter, and try to think of something to help. But the party is attacked by a father-son duo who call themselves "Shin Uchiha," and who possess the Sharingan! Meanwhile, Sakura learns that Sarada has gone to meet her father.

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Two Princes
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8.42
76 votes

#10 - Two Princes

The Heroic Legend of Arslan (2015) - Season 1 - Episode 13

Arslan and his companions reach Peshawar in safety, but there is some discord among the generals regarding the prince's request for aid. Uncertain if he is up to the task of liberating the kingdom, Arslan is attacked by Silvermask.

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A Shinobi's Resolve!
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8.41
217 votes

#11 - A Shinobi's Resolve!

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations - Season 1 - Episode 37

Boruto was the first to challenge the graduation exam’s proctor Kakashi, after being the first to arrive at his location, however, he is easily held down. Furthermore, Kakashi criticized not only Boruto himself, but also all his classmates, leading Boruto to become extremely frustrated. Boruto’s classmates arrive, and manage to free Boruto through a combined effort, allowing him to escape from Kakashi. Boruto is uncharacteristically depressed, so his classmates do their best to restore his spirits. Finding himself again, Boruto proposes a strategy to everyone.

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The Boy with the Sharingan
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8.41
302 votes

#12 - The Boy with the Sharingan

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations - Season 1 - Episode 20

Sasuke sends a message to Naruto about a man possessing the Sharingan. Upon receiving the intel, Naruto rushes to meet with Sasuke. Meanwhile, Sarada, who has doubts about who her real mother is, joins Cho-Cho, who is about to set out on a journey to find her “real parents.” Upon learning that Naruto is on his way to meet Sasuke, they go after him. But danger looms when they come under attack.

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The Lord and Master of Kashan Fortress
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8.40
77 votes

#13 - The Lord and Master of Kashan Fortress

The Heroic Legend of Arslan (2015) - Season 1 - Episode 10

Arslan and his subjects seek refuge in the Kashan Fortress, governed by Lord Hodir, but it does not take long for the party to realize Hodir's true intentions for sheltering them.

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Confessions
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8.39
38 votes

#14 - Confessions

Great Teacher Onizuka - Season 1 - Episode 41

Eikichi orders his class to walk through a derelict hotel as a test of nerves. Anko and Noboru make it past Eikichi's test, but when confronted by four local hooligans, Anko stands up for Noboru against the bullies and confesses her feelings towards him.

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A Knight's Loyalty
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8.39
74 votes

#15 - A Knight's Loyalty

The Heroic Legend of Arslan (2015) - Season 1 - Episode 12

Silvermask slaughters a band of thieves and when the leader's daughter is about to be killed as well, Narsus appears to rescue her. Meanwhile, the rest of Arslan's party regroups and fights Xandes' forces, including the mysterious sorcerer that aids him.

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The Path Lit by the Full Moon
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8.38
220 votes

#16 - The Path Lit by the Full Moon

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations - Season 1 - Episode 39

Mitsuki was originally from another village, the Village of the Hidden Sound. But since meeting with Boruto and the others, Mitsuki has decided that he will now remain at the Village of the Hidden Leaf and become a ninja. In the past, Mitsuki has had his memory taken away from him, and had lost his identity, along with what he wants to achieve in life, only to awaken in an unfamiliar laboratory. The mystery that surrounds Mitsuki, and the plethora of thoughts that surround him, has now cleared up for him.

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The Demon Beast Appears!
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8.37
300 votes

#17 - The Demon Beast Appears!

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations - Season 1 - Episode 13

After Mitsuki reveals more information about the Ghost incidents, Boruto is determined to find and stop the culprit! Meanwhile, Seventh Hokage Naruto and his top advisors are shocked to learn who the perpetrator is from the results of Sai's investigation. Just then, Nue—an enormous otherworldly beast—appears! The imminent danger to the village forces the Sixth Hokage, Kakashi, out of retirement!

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Onizuka's Final Battle
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8.37
41 votes

#18 - Onizuka's Final Battle

Great Teacher Onizuka - Season 1 - Episode 43

Miyabi's friends and teachers work to protect her from the corrupt teacher's union whose pressure on Mr. Saitou over his unprofessional relationship drove his student lover to suicide. Eikichi decides to take the blame for the stabbing to clear Miyabi of any wrongdoing.

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Connected Feelings
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8.36
283 votes

#19 - Connected Feelings

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations - Season 1 - Episode 22

Sarada is in shock after Sakura is captured by Shin's jutsu. Even Naruto, with his exceptional tracking skills, is unable to locate her. Then Sasuke discovers countless Sharingan embedded in Shin's arm. Following clues gleaned from Shin's arm, they come upon the laboratory of the heinous Hidden Leaf criminal, Orochimaru, who has been conducting research on Forbidden Jutsu. There, Sarada meets her father's former partners Suigetsu Hozuki and Jugo. She then asks Suigetsu to look into who her real mother is.

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The Battle for the Keep of Saint Emmanuel
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8.34
69 votes

#20 - The Battle for the Keep of Saint Emmanuel

The Heroic Legend of Arslan (2015) - Season 1 - Episode 23

The battle for the Keep of Saint-Emmanuel begins and Xandes has his face-off against Daryun. Meanwhile, Etoile has another encounter with Arslan and learns his true identity.

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The Path that Boruto Can See
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8.32
301 votes

#21 - The Path that Boruto Can See

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations - Season 1 - Episode 14

The late Danzo Shimura was the founder and leader of the Foundation, an elite branch of the ANBU Black Ops. The recent incidents have been masterminded by someone who had sworn to carry on Danzo's wishes. Boruto is able to enter another world with his strange "eye." The perpetrator wields the Gozu Tennou, a weapon that relies on the power of the beast Nue, and is set on destroying the village. Boruto desperately tries to dissuade them, but can Boruto's thoughts unleash a curse from the past?!

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Fierce Fighting Concludes? Towards a New Battle!
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8.28
244 votes

#22 - Fierce Fighting Concludes? Towards a New Battle!

Bleach - Season 12 - Episode 14

Allon goes into a rage upon seeing the wound Yamamoto inflicted, and immediately regenerates it. He enlarges his right arm into a gigantic size and tries to punch Yamamoto, demolishing several buildings in the process. But Yamamoto blocks the attack easily, releases Ryūjin Jakka and cuts Allon in half. When it seems over, one half of Allon attacks once again and Yamamoto finishes him off by incinerating him. Mila Rose, Sun-Sun and Apache attack Yamamoto in unison but are burnt to crisp before the might of Ryūjin Jakka. Meanwhile, Hitsugaya continues his heated battle with Harribel. Harribel releases a torrent of energy from her weapon and reveals herself as Tercera Espada. Shunsui and Starrk watch the pair's battle. Shunsui guesses Barragan must be the Primera Espada, but Starrk corrects him and reveals his "1" tattooed to the back of his left hand. The three most powerful Espada unleash pillars of energy, readying themselves to fight at top strength. Meanwhile Rukia, Renji and Sado dispatch the last of the Exequias and Rukia faces down Rudobone, the Exequias' leader. Ulquiorra tells Ichigo that it is useless to resist but Ichigo swears to keep fighting for the sake of everyone. The episode ends with Ulquiorra firing a cero and Ichigo slamming his blade against it, fading to white.

Strength in Unity
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8.28
202 votes

#23 - Strength in Unity

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations - Season 1 - Episode 41

Ninja who were disguised as bandits have kidnapped Kiri. As Genin, Boruto and the others are not originally meant to be given missions that involve fighting other ninja. However, due to the pleading of the village and through Konohamaru’s judgement, Team 7 now has their mission changed from “Repelling Bandits” to “Rescue Kiri”.

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The Byakuya Gang Surfaces!!
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8.26
189 votes

#24 - The Byakuya Gang Surfaces!!

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations - Season 1 - Episode 43

An incident occurs in Hidden Leaf Village and the Byakuya Gang is suspected. The gang steals from the rich to give to the poor, and they've been active recently in several villages. Boruto disapproves of them, because he believes stealing is stealing no matter how noble the reason.

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Boruto and Kagura
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8.24
220 votes

#25 - Boruto and Kagura

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations - Season 1 - Episode 31

Boruto urges his friend Kagura to return with him, but Kagura rejects him and begins to attack. Although Boruto is desperate to save him, Kagura once again falls under a spell and is unable to defy Shizuma. Then someone steps in between the two as they battle. It's Mitsuki, and he has obtained intel about the rebellion. Just what is the intel, and can Boruto save his friend?

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Boruto Uzumaki!
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8.24
492 votes

#26 - Boruto Uzumaki!

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations - Season 1 - Episode 1

Prior to entering the Ninja Academy, Boruto meets a boy named Denki, who is being forced to join the academy for the sake of his father's company.

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The Foreign Prince
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8.22
76 votes

#27 - The Foreign Prince

The Heroic Legend of Arslan (2015) - Season 1 - Episode 14

Taking advantage of the crisis in Pars, Prince Rajendra from the Kingdom of Shindra commands an army to take over Peshawar, just to be defeated and captured by Arslan's subjects thanks to another of Narsus' stratagems. Knowing that Rajendra is contending for the throne of his own country with his older brother, Arslan convinces him to form an alliance.

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The Highway of Blood and Sweat
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8.22
75 votes

#28 - The Highway of Blood and Sweat

The Heroic Legend of Arslan (2015) - Season 1 - Episode 25

The Keep of Saint-Emmanuel is captured by the Parsian army, and by Arslan's request, the Lusitanian survivors are taken with them as they keep marching towards Ecbatana, including Etoile, who starts to act more friendly with him. Meanwhile, Silvermask returns to the capital and forms a treacherous alliance with prince Guiscard from Lusitania.

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Search and Rescue
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8.22
41 votes

#29 - Search and Rescue

Great Teacher Onizuka - Season 1 - Episode 33

To teach Miyabi and her friends a lesson, Urumi orchestrates their kidnapping to hold them for ransom. Eikichi literally flies in to save the day and foils Urumi's plans.

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Formation of the Three Man Squad?
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8.22
204 votes

#30 - Formation of the Three Man Squad?

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations - Season 1 - Episode 38

Boruto and his friends are successful in becoming apprentice ninja, ‘Genin’, their first step. Firstly, they must form their basic teams to carry out missions in, a three man cell. Boruto expected to group up with his close friend Shikadai; however, Shikadai is forming a cell with Inojin and Chocho, following in their parents’ footsteps of the ‘Inoshikacho’ trio. Boruto then becomes grouped with Sarada and Mitsuki…….

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To Be Idolized by a Nation
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8.21
119 votes

#31 - To Be Idolized by a Nation

Great Teacher Onizuka - Season 1 - Episode 11

At the talent beauty contest, Tomoko's clumsiness makes her a long shot to win, but discovers that being herself is her special talent. Despite losing, she gains newfound respect from her classmates.

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A Day in the Life of the Uzumaki Family
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8.18
274 votes

#32 - A Day in the Life of the Uzumaki Family

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations - Season 1 - Episode 18

[Filler] The Uzumaki household is thrown into chaos when Himawari, Boruto's younger sister, catches a cold. Naruto rarely comes home since he became Hokage, and Boruto's anger toward him grows especially because his sister is so sick.

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The Corpse That Wanders the Night: Shirotabi
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8.17
22 votes

#33 - The Corpse That Wanders the Night: Shirotabi

Ghost Stories - Season 1 - Episode 9

Satsuki's school pet keeper, Mio, brings a rabbit, Shirotabi, back to life through a black magic ritual. The spell works, but with a terrifying side-effect...

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The Dream's Revelation!
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8.16
300 votes

#34 - The Dream's Revelation!

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations - Season 1 - Episode 8

The shadowy, warped chakra that only Boruto can see takes over more people, causing them to rampage. It only affected people within the Academy at first, but now it’s extending its reach into the village. Can it be stopped? And later, a Visual Jutsu places Boruto within a dream—and afterward, Boruto declares the dream has awakened his Byakugan, the Kekkei Genkai unique to his mother’s Hyuga Clan. Naruto does not believe him, so Boruto seeks advice from his grandfather, Hiashi Hyuga.

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The Sharingan vs. the Lighting Blade, Kiba the Fang!
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8.15
236 votes

#35 - The Sharingan vs. the Lighting Blade, Kiba the Fang!

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations - Season 1 - Episode 30

Chojuro leads Boruto and Sarada to the location where Shizuma and his "New Seven Shinobi Swordsmen" are based. Shizuma uses his jutsu to create a fog that clouds the trio's vision, and they end up getting separated. Sarada is forced into one-on-one combat with a kunoichi, Buntan Kurosuki, who wields the Lightning Blade, Kiba the Fang! In the thick fog, Sarada uses her Sharingan, but her enemy is stronger than expected. Driven into a corner, she comes up with a counterattack. Meanwhile, Boruto goes up against none other than Kagura.

The True Face of a Knight
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8.14
74 votes

#36 - The True Face of a Knight

The Heroic Legend of Arslan (2015) - Season 1 - Episode 20

The forces loyal to Arslan gather in Peshawar in preparation for the battle to retake the capital. However, with the issues regarding Silvermask's past and his own birth in his mind, Arslan's resolve falters, until he meets a young girl unaware that she is actually Etoile, the same Lusitanian captive he met when he was a child.

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A Song of Farewell
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8.13
70 votes

#37 - A Song of Farewell

The Heroic Legend of Arslan (2015) - Season 1 - Episode 21

Arslan begins his march to retake Ecbatana but must separate himself from one of his allies and face his lords' sentiments.

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Boruto and Sarada
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8.13
285 votes

#38 - Boruto and Sarada

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations - Season 1 - Episode 24

The Hidden Leaf Village is filled with excitement upon the arrival of the Kage for the Five Kage Summit. Boruto knows that security is tighter than usual, but he still plans on pulling a big prank. Meanwhile, Sarada has found a new goal, to become the Hokage, and trains hard. Behind closed doors, the Five Kage discuss highly classified intel that Sasuke has obtained involving Kaguya Otsutsuki.

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The Hokage's Son!
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8.12
412 votes

#39 - The Hokage's Son!

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations - Season 1 - Episode 2

After being suspended for the uproar he caused at the entrance ceremony, Boruto makes his way to the academy for the first time. His classmates ostracize him for being the son of the Seventh Hokage and for being suspended. Iwabe Yuino, one of Boruto's classmates, picks a fight with him. Iwabe is an older student who has a keen sense for battle, but was held back a year for his bad behavior. At first, Boruto ignores him no matter what he says. But when he sees Iwabe punch Denki for telling him to stop, Boruto can't ignore him any longer.

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Boruto and Mitsuki
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8.11
281 votes

#40 - Boruto and Mitsuki

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations - Season 1 - Episode 12

The Ghost incidents suddenly come to an end and Boruto and his classmates are puzzled, but Mitsuki seems to know something they don't. Mitsuki himself realizes he's been undergoing some puzzling changes and questions his classmates in order to figure out his predicament. Soon after, a mysterious chakra begins to spread throughout the village.

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The Talking Mary Doll: The Shadows of Horror
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8.09
21 votes

#41 - The Talking Mary Doll: The Shadows of Horror

Ghost Stories - Season 1 - Episode 11

Satsuki is stalked by a ghost called "Mary" which resembles a beautiful European-looking doll, asking her if she wants to play with her.

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The Royal Capital Burns ~Part Two~
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8.08
84 votes

#42 - The Royal Capital Burns ~Part Two~

The Heroic Legend of Arslan (2015) - Season 1 - Episode 6

Gieve escapes Ecbatana after having a clash with Silvermask, who makes use of the underground tunnels to strike the palace from within, while the Lusitanian forces, assisted by the slaves, break into the capital and conquer it.

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A Ninjutsu Battle of the Sexes!
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8.08
336 votes

#43 - A Ninjutsu Battle of the Sexes!

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations - Season 1 - Episode 4

At the suggestion of Shino Aburame, their homeroom teacher, Boruto and his classmates split off into gendered teams to capture flags placed on the roof. Boruto and the rest of the boys' team quickly head for the roof, but they struggle with traps and the girls' team, led by Sarada Uchiha and Chocho Akimichi. Desperate to capture a flag before the girls' team, Boruto tries out a Summoning Jutsu, but he ends up summoning something unexpected!

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The Final Lesson!
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8.08
315 votes

#44 - The Final Lesson!

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations - Season 1 - Episode 6

Boruto, Shikadai and Mitsuki arrive at the location they are told to go to by Shino. They notice their teacher is acting different than he usually does— and Shino suddenly attacks them! Shino belongs to the Aburame clan, a clan of Insect Users. He unleashes a swarm of Parasitic Insects. Boruto and the others can't match the skill of someone who's a jonin. But even in this situation, Mitsuki remains calm and coldly stares at Shino.

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The Mizukage’s Successor
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8.06
267 votes

#45 - The Mizukage’s Successor

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations - Season 1 - Episode 26

Boruto and his friends are being led through the Village of the Hidden Mist by Kagura and the 6th Mizukage, Chojuro, visiting their Academy. The Hidden Mist have increased their attention on sword techniques, and Boruto, seeing this intense view of the lesson, becomes excited. He then requests a bout with Kagura from Chojuro.

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The Mother of All Crushes
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8.06
121 votes

#46 - The Mother of All Crushes

Great Teacher Onizuka - Season 1 - Episode 7

While preparing for parent-teacher meetings, Eikichi learns that one of his students, Kunio Murai, has a very young mother. He decides that "dates" are an excellent way to get to know the parents, much to Kunio's dismay.

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The Shadow of the Mastermind
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8.06
275 votes

#47 - The Shadow of the Mastermind

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations - Season 1 - Episode 11

During a tour of workplaces for their school assignment, Sumire, Wasabi Izuno and Namida Suzumeno get wrapped up in the Ghost Incident and are hurt. Boruto feels bad that he wasn't there to prevent their harm, and becomes more determined to solve the case. With the help of Tayori Kuroyagi the postal worker, along with Shikadai and Mitsuki, the team scans the village more closely. Then Shikadai and Mitsuki realize one possibility from something Boruto says casually.

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Alone in the Dark
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8.06
36 votes

#48 - Alone in the Dark

Great Teacher Onizuka - Season 1 - Episode 39

Separated, Anko and Noboru are forced to find their way to safety together. Eikichi, however, believes their disappearance was a ruse to conceal their discovery of the treasure, and searches for them in hot pursuit.

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Matters of the Heart
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8.05
37 votes

#49 - Matters of the Heart

Great Teacher Onizuka - Season 1 - Episode 40

Following her ordeal, Anko is conflicted over the new emotions that she feels for Noboru. To teach Anko to be true to her heart, Eikichi plans a special nighttime lesson for the class.

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The Soul Stealing Mirror: Utsushimi
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8.04
26 votes

#50 - The Soul Stealing Mirror: Utsushimi

Ghost Stories - Season 1 - Episode 7

A rumor about mysterious occurrences concerning mirrors begins to float around. It is said that victims of the mirrors begin to act very strange. One by one, strange things begin to happen to people.

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