The BEST episodes directed by Noriyuki Kitanohara

68 votes

#1 - Dream

Air - Season 1 - Episode 7

There are a number of flashbacks that Yukito has of his mother telling him about the girl with wings, about how she will forget everything and die when she dreams her final dream, and about how the person close to her will also die. Misuzu's foster mother leaves, leaving Yukito and Misuzu alone. Misuzu tells Yukito about her last dream, and Yukito comes to the decision to stay by her side, knowing the consequences. Yukito suddenly disappears and after Misuzu wakes up feeling better, she wonders where Yukito has gone or if he will come back.

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The End of the World
184 votes

#2 - The End of the World

Clannad - Season 2 - Episode 21

Ushio's fever does not back down and Tomoya decides to stay home to take care of her. In case he had to leave home, he calls for both Akio and Sanae to take his place. Ushio tells Tomoya that she wants to go on a trip again like last time, but he declines and tells her that it will happen once she gets better. After resigning from his work, Akio offers him some money, but Tomoya declines his kindness and Akio states that every man has something to protect. After several months, winter arrives, and Ushio's fever still does not back down, and Tomoya seems to be getting sick too. Ushio once again ask Tomoya to go on a trip, and he ultimately accepts thinking that he might not be able to fulfill another promised wish. After they leave the house, Ushio's fever worsens, and she dies in his arms right after telling her father that she loves him. Soon after, Tomoya collapses as well.

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69 votes

#3 - Plume

Air - Season 1 - Episode 4

Kano strangles Yukito in her zombie-like state near the shrine hard enough to leave a mark before falling unconscious. Back at the clinic, Hijiri apologizes for Kano's behavior and explains when and how Kano's unusual symptoms started, with a single bright feather at the shrine.

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A Confused... Chaos Heart
142 votes

#4 - A Confused... Chaos Heart

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! - Season 1 - Episode 9

The school festival is on, and amidst Shinka's attempts to turn their club into something legitimate, Rikka battles strange feelings that she only experiences when Yuta is around. Shinka decides to help her understand these feelings, but Rikka's full blown case of chunibyo keeps getting in the way.

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Along the Path
130 votes

#5 - Along the Path

Clannad - Season 2 - Episode 9

Tomoya and his friends are nearing graduation, and are discussing what they will be doing after they graduate. Kyou wishes to be a kindergarten teacher, Ryou hopes to go to a nursing school, Kotomi wants to study in America, and Youhei aspires to be a model. Tomoya still has not decided on what to do yet. Nagisa's sickness returns, making her unable to go to school and take exams. On the day of graduation, Tomoya returns home to Nagisa who wishes to take a walk with him, while holding hands.

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Marathon Tournament!
206 votes

#6 - Marathon Tournament!

K-ON! - Season 2 - Episode 15

Upon returning to school after summer vacation, the girls learn of a school-wide marathon, which Yui is not keen on participating in. Seeing the marathon course while riding in Sawako's car does little to make her look forward to it. During the marathon, Yui constantly gets distracted and later everyone starts getting tired, trying to come up with various ways to keep them motivated. After reaching the top of a steep hill, the girls discover Yui has gone missing and go search for her. When Ui hears about this, she deduces that Yui had been staying at the old lady's house after scraping her knee. At the final stretch, Yui assumes that there will not be a rice cake for the person in last place, causing everyone to make a dash for the ending, resulting in Mio, who did not want to finish last due to it being embarrassing, performing an extravagant roll upon tripping at the finish line. While everyone enjoys red bean soup and rice cakes, Sawako is still searching for Yui.

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The Heretical... Pigtailed Girl
152 votes

#7 - The Heretical... Pigtailed Girl

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! - Season 1 - Episode 3

Yuta tries to decide what club to join, but Rikka is already a step ahead of him. She creates the "Far-Eastern Magic Society" and manages to rope in two members. Given a provisional club status, Yuta revokes his membership... until Shinka joins the club, too.

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Travelling to the Island of Tsukushi... of Hesitation
74 votes

#8 - Travelling to the Island of Tsukushi... of Hesitation

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! - Season 2 - Episode 6

The class trip is here, and while Rikka and Dekomori must separate, now is a good time for her to get some alone time with Yuta... if their class mates let them!

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78 votes

#9 - Breeze

Air - Season 1 - Episode 1

Yukito Kunisaki arrives to the town in hopes of making money for food with his puppet show. He meets Misuzu Kamio, a strange girl living in the town. Misuzu manages to lure Yukito to her house with food at which after a discussion she offers him residence. Soon after Haruko Kamio, Misuzu's foster mother, arrives to the house. Haruko initially opposes Yukito's stay but later decides to allow him to stay in the shed.

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184 votes

#10 - Drummer!

K-ON! - Season 2 - Episode 3

After noticing how badly she shows up in videos of the band's performances, Ritsu decides she does not want to be the drummer anymore as she does not stand out enough. She tries playing the guitar but cannot get beyond the basics. She tries the keyboard next, but only goes as far as playing with all the sound effects. The next day, Yui tries coming up with various ways to make Ritsu stand out, with no such luck. Later that night, Ritsu recalls when she first started drumming and practicing every day. After watching a DVD of The Who, she realizes that even though she is not always in the spotlight, she loves playing the drums. The next day, Tsumugi shows off a new song that Ritsu helped her come up with.

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67 votes

#11 - Light

Air - Season 1 - Episode 10

The events of the Dream arc are retold from the point of view of a crow Misuzu found and named Sora.

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153 votes

#12 - Finals!

K-ON! - Season 2 - Episode 9

As the finals approach, Yui is struggling with her studies. One of Yui's neighbours, a kindly old lady who's always taken care of her, tells Yui about an upcoming talent show event taking place right after the finals. Wanting to pay her back, Yui decides to enter, though the others are concerned about her juggling two priorities. Azusa decides to join her act and help her study for the finals. After their tests, Yui and Azusa perform their routine. Though they didn't win, Yui gives her participation prize to the old lady as thanks. Yui manages to pass her test with high scores.

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Graduation Yearbook!
207 votes

#13 - Graduation Yearbook!

K-ON! - Season 2 - Episode 21

With photos for the graduation yearbook coming up, Yui uses Ui as a model to determine the best hairstyle, though feels weird when she leaves her hairpin on her. Although the seniors have finished their clubs, the girls decide to use the music room to study for their entrance exams, though Yui and Ritsu still have yet to decide on their university choices. While trying to trim her bangs for her yearbook photo, Yui sneezes and accidentally cuts them off, giving her a completely different look. After their pictures are taken, the girls learn Mio had turned down a recommendation for a university because she wanted to study together with everyone. Upon hearing this, Yui, Ritsu and Mio turn in their university preference applications to Sawako, opting to go to the same women's university as Tsumugi.

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The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya V
156 votes

#14 - The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya V

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya - Season 1 - Episode 13

Haruhi enlists the help of Kyon to attempt to investigate what happened to Ryoko, as Haruhi believes it strange that she would transfer without notice. After a fruitless search, Haruhi tells Kyon about her earlier years, and how she changed from an ordinary girl into her present state. Later that day, Itsuki tells Kyon his organization's theories about Haruhi, and shows him some of his powers within a sealed reality.

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In the Remains of Summer
157 votes

#15 - In the Remains of Summer

Clannad - Season 2 - Episode 15

Nagisa becomes increasingly bedridden due to morning sickness. Nagisa wants to give birth at home, so Sanae introduces Yagi, a midwife who is to assist in the delivery. Sanae later tells Tomoya that giving birth will be difficult because of Nagisa's weak physique and may even put Nagisa's life in danger, so they might have to choose abortion. However, Sanae leaves the choice up to Tomoya and Nagisa. Nagisa learns of her mother's worries, but she decides to go through with the birth. Akio takes Tomoya to a meadow and tells him more about the day when Nagisa nearly died. Akio carried Nagisa to the meadow and prayed for her life, and Nagisa miraculously regained consciousness. Akio tells Tomoya that while many painful and difficult things will happen, he and Sanae will always be there for Tomoya and Nagisa since they are family. Nagisa and Tomoya take a walk by the river and decide on the name Ushio for their child.

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Winter Days!
194 votes

#16 - Winter Days!

K-ON! - Season 1 - Episode 13

As the cold winter weather creeps in, and despite Yui's offer of having nabe with everyone, each of the club members have individual duties. Tsumugi gets a part time job at a fast food restaurant, Mio goes to the beach to get inspiration for her lyrics, Ritsu has to entertain her little brother and Azusa is asked to look after her classmate's pet cat, despite not being good with cats herself. However, Mio cannot think of anything to write, Tsumugi buckles under the pressure, Ritsu ends up by herself and Azusa is left uncertain what to do when the cat starts throwing up. A random text from Yui cheers up the others and she comes to help Azusa with the cat. They all meet up for burgers where Ritsu is shocked to find what she thought was a love letter addressed to her was actually a set of lyrics Mio wrote.

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The Superior Contract... of Twilight
66 votes

#17 - The Superior Contract... of Twilight

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! - Season 2 - Episode 12

Rikka is acting strangely around Yuta, and it takes all of her courage to confess her true feelings to him.

The Season You Were There
127 votes

#18 - The Season You Were There

Clannad - Season 2 - Episode 5

Tomoya and Nagisa visit Youhei, and spend some time talking with Misae and Tomoyo who comes over after them. Later, when Tomoya and Nagisa are talking with Misae privately, Tomoya starts falling asleep. It is shown how when Misae was a first-year in high school, she met a strange boy named Katsuki Shima who says he can grant her one wish in return for her cheering him up years before when he was in the hospital. Misae has a boy she likes named Igarashi, but who unknown to her already has a girlfriend. Igarashi asks Katsuki to tell her this, but he cannot tell her directly and starts crying. Misae sees Igarashi with his girlfriend, and realizes the truth; she runs away, leaving Katsuki behind.

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Moonlight Purple
160 votes

#19 - Moonlight Purple

Beyond the Boundary - Season 1 - Episode 3

The Hollow Shadow is drawing near. Akihito knows that Mirai wants to risk her life in a fight against the powerful youmu. The only way to stop her is to learn more about her past and confront her, but she’s been avoiding him...

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Color of Clouds
145 votes

#20 - Color of Clouds

Beyond the Boundary - Season 1 - Episode 7

At long last, Sakura is ready to confront Mirai. Now Mirai must decide whether she will fight to live or die for atonement. What would Yui want for Sakura... and for Mirai?

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205 votes

#21 - Instruments!

K-ON! - Season 1 - Episode 2

The members of the new light music club join forces in order to get Yui Hirasawa a guitar, an expensive Gibson Les Paul which costs ¥250,000.

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Someday in the Rain
212 votes

#22 - Someday in the Rain

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya - Season 1 - Episode 9

The skies are overcast with a high chance of rain, and Haruhi instructs Kyon to go pick up a heater. With Kyon gone, Haruhi takes pictures of Mikuru in various costumes for the movie's DVD cover, Itsuki helps how he can, and Yuki is left alone to read. After Kyon returns, he finds only Yuki in the clubroom and decides to wait for the others, but falls asleep. When he awakens, he finds Haruhi alone with him, waiting for him to wake up so they can leave. It has already started raining, so Haruhi borrows an umbrella from school for them to use.

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Premium Seat (No Extra Charge)
55 votes

#23 - Premium Seat (No Extra Charge)

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid - Season 2 - Episode 11

Miss Kobayashi's hips have seriously started hurting. She buys up a bunch of health products to try and improve it, but she hardly uses any of them... Even Tohru loses her patience and tries to get her to eat tail meat, but she sadly refuses. Tohru then begins her search for what Miss Kobayashi considers a "typical remedy."

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Episode 15
42 votes

#24 - Episode 15

Nichijou: My Ordinary Life - Season 1 - Episode 15

Everybody's out to prove that Nano's really a robot — especially the science teacher. The Professor gives Nano a machine gun arm and a new "Reaction function." Meanwhile, Mr. Takasaki sets his sights on the student advisor, Ms. Sakurai.

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214 votes

#25 - Christmas!

K-ON! - Season 1 - Episode 7

Ui remembers how Yui once attempted to give her a white Christmas by sticking pillow stuffing on the tree outside. Ritsu decides to hold a Christmas party for the club, and while her initial plans of holding it at Tsumugi's house fail, they eventually decide to have it at Yui's house, also inviting her friend, Nodoka Manabe. They also decide to do a gift exchange, and go shopping for various gifts. Ui prepares a lovely Christmas dinner for the group, which gets a little out of hand when Sawako shows up out of no where. During the gift exchange, Yui and Ui give each other some warm things for the winter. After the rest of the group leaves, snow falls and Yui and Ui decide to sleep together, although Yui ends up hogging the sheets. In the New Year, the club decides to go to the shrine to make their New Year wishes.

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Episode 24
35 votes

#26 - Episode 24

Nichijou: My Ordinary Life - Season 1 - Episode 24

Yukko has big news! Mihoshi and Misato share a sister moment. And who does Nano love more?

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Episode 7
76 votes

#27 - Episode 7

Nichijou: My Ordinary Life - Season 1 - Episode 7

This is simply our just God's punishment, Albert. Are you dating anyone right now? If I don't pawn this scythe and buy some food, I'll die. If you get this question right, you'll receive an arm!

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Together With You (Well, If We Get Along)
58 votes

#28 - Together With You (Well, If We Get Along)

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid - Season 2 - Episode 5

Elma and Tohru snarl at each other every time they meet in the shopping district. Miss Kobayashi is exasperated at that typical scene, but they mention it wasn't like that when they first met. Even though they get along like oil and water now, their first encounter took place long, long ago. It happened way back when Tohru was traveling by herself through the other world...

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Episode 12
37 votes

#29 - Episode 12

Nichijou: My Ordinary Life - Season 1 - Episode 12

It's hot... It's so hot! I'm just hoping aliens invade... 5,000,000 yen per shot.The sleeping princess woke, without a kiss.

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Summer's Staples! (The Fanservice Episode, Frankly)
118 votes

#30 - Summer's Staples! (The Fanservice Episode, Frankly)

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid - Season 1 - Episode 7

Miss Kobayashi and the others go to the beach. But Lucoa's immediately dragged off by one of the lifeguards for her overly skimpy swimsuit. After regrouping, they put sunscreen on each other, split a watermelon, go swimming together, and enjoy summer to the fullest. After the beach, it's comiket! Tohru and Miss Kobayashi both head for the otaku's battlefield, and even Tohru gets shivers from the incredible aura surrounding those otaku. While helping Takiya with his circle, Tohru's horns and wings are mistaken as cosplay?!

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Extracurricular Activities (Of Course They're Not Normal)
63 votes

#31 - Extracurricular Activities (Of Course They're Not Normal)

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid - Season 2 - Episode 3

Saikawa visits Miss Kobayashi's home to play. However, there's a girl that's unfamiliar to her (Ilulu)... Even after inviting her to join their games, Ilulu coldly refuses. Then Lucoa happens to stop by and she notices Ilulu's feelings as she tries to avoid them, so she makes an effort to help the dragon out.

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Start of a New Life! (That Doesn't Go Well, of Course)
124 votes

#32 - Start of a New Life! (That Doesn't Go Well, of Course)

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid - Season 1 - Episode 3

Kanna starts living with Tohru and Miss Kobayashi. While the livelier residence is nice, sharing a tiny apartment with three people becomes cramped. So Miss Kobayashi decides to move. She winds up inviting Takiya to her new apartment for a party, but Tohru also invites her dragon friends, Fafnir, who lives in a cave, and Lucoa, who's lived in this world since ancient times, to visit their new home.

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The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya II
266 votes

#33 - The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya II

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya - Season 1 - Episode 3

Haruhi starts the SOS Brigade with four members: Kyon, Yuki Nagato, Mikuru Asahina, and herself. Haruhi begins to improve the clubroom's appearance, but still feels that it is missing something — a computer. Going next door to the Computer Society's clubroom, Haruhi manages to obtain a computer through dubious means. She enlists the help of Mikuru to help promote the SOS Brigade by dressing up as a bunny girl and handing out fliers. Later, Yuki invites Kyon to her apartment, where she begins to unveil a secret about Haruhi and herself.

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A Solitary Medley!
22 votes

#34 - A Solitary Medley!

Free! - Season 3 - Episode 7

With the college championships approaching, all the swimmers are training hard on their own in addition to their official club practices. Haruka is also undergoing some extra training, with coaching from the mysterious man they've been seeing around campus. Makoto is concerned about the arrangement, but Haruka assures him that he asked for the help himself.

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Crouching Start of Revenge!
122 votes

#35 - Crouching Start of Revenge!

Free! - Season 2 - Episode 7

After Rin choose his team for the medley relay event, which includes Sousuke and Momotarou, Nitori feels downhearted over not making the team, but receives some encouragement from Sousuke. The next day, as the relay gets underway, Samezuka manages to win the race, though Iwatobi manage to make it through to the regionals as well. Afterwards, as Haruka and Rin are both scouted, Rin confronts Sousuke about his recent behaviour, to which he responds that he hasn't yet found what he is looking for. After receiving some encouragement from Rei, who tells him to be true to his 'free' self, Haruka comes up with a training regime to improve their relay times. Later, Gou spots Sousuke as he skips his team practise.

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