The Best Episodes Directed by Ono Manabu

Alien - Anytime

#1 - Alien - Anytime

A-Channel Season 1 - Episode 12

Tooru is worried about the prospect of being left alone after Run and the others eventually graduate. While cleaning up leaves, Yutaka attempts to rescue a cat stuck up a tree. Later, Yūko collects point cards at a fast food restaurant for a free prize, while everyone does impressions of each other. After having a weird dream about Run, Tooru becomes more worried about her fears until she spots Run outside her apartment building, feeling happy that she hasn't changed.

star 9.77
31 votes
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Classmate - All Good to Go

#2 - Classmate - All Good to Go

A-Channel Season 1 - Episode 3

In her first year class, a classmate named Yutaka becomes overly friendly towards Tooru, which bothers her a bit. Meanwhile, a new health teacher, Mr. Satō, becomes attracted towards Run due to her forehead, which naturally bothers Tooru. It is later revealed that Satō is physically weak himself. As Yutaka becomes increasingly clingy to Tooru, her friend Miho tries to keep her in check, though this admittedly makes Tooru feel lonely.

star 9.77
30 votes
New Term - Abnormal Circumstances

#3 - New Term - Abnormal Circumstances

A-Channel Season 1 - Episode 8

As summer vacation ends and school resumes, Tooru's homeroom teacher, Ms. Kito, is unusually energetic. Meanwhile, Yutaka continues to harass Tooru, with Miho explaining why they became such fans of her. Later, Tooru and Run end up having an argument, which lead their respective friends to become concerned for them the next day. As Run notices that Tooru had anonymously bought her a drink, she finds her on the roof where they make up with each other.

star 9.77
30 votes
Present - Abstract Art

#4 - Present - Abstract Art

A-Channel Season 1 - Episode 9

As Halloween approaches, the girls decide to hold a small get-together. Nagi receives a strange plush doll from Run, which she has trouble identifying. While Run and Yūko attempt to make food for the party, with messy results, Tooru and Nagi go to buy some snacks, where they find a dirty manga with a heroine that looks like Yūko. After Run's failure at trying to make hotcakes from a mix, the girls decide to make some together from scratch.

star 9.77
30 votes
Birthday - Allow Me

#5 - Birthday - Allow Me

A-Channel Season 1 - Episode 11

As Tooru's birthday approaches, Run remembers how Tooru helped her study for her high school entrance exams two years ago. Run brings in some cake into school for Tooru's birthday, some of which she spikes with wasabi. As they go home that day, Tooru starts to worry that at the end of the next school year, Run will graduate.

star 9.77
30 votes
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Kilogram - Attention to Your Weight

#6 - Kilogram - Attention to Your Weight

A-Channel Season 1 - Episode 4

As the students clean the school up, Miho gets to know Tooru, much to Yutaka's chagrin, while the other girls have some fun cleaning the pool. Later, Nagi becomes concerned that she's gaining weight and goes on a diet, but is later convinced that she shouldn't force herself to do so.

star 9.72
32 votes
Sea - An Ocean Far Away

#7 - Sea - An Ocean Far Away

A-Channel Season 1 - Episode 5

After noticing the first years hanging around the pool, Run suggests a trip to the beach for summer vacation. Yūko and Nagi go swimsuit shopping, while Run gives Tooru her swimsuit from elementary school, do to Tooru's small stature. They soon arrive at the beach, where they have fun playing in the sea and sand.

star 9.68
31 votes
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A Midsummer Night's... - A School in Summer

#8 - A Midsummer Night's... - A School in Summer

A-Channel Season 1 - Episode 6

Run ends up giving Tooru an undesirable haircut, but manages to fix it into something she appreciates. Tooru has trouble dealing with her erratic teachers while Yuko mistakes Yutaka's way of dusting out her neckerchief as a cry for help. When Yuko forgets a form she needs to fill in at school, the gang decide to sneak into the school at night to retrieve it, as well as do some exploring. As Nagi and Yuko go to the bathroom, they spot a strange glow outside, which they later discover to be Mr. Satō who then collapses, forcing the others to carry him to the nurse's office. At the end of the day, Yuko still forgets to collect her form.

star 9.68
31 votes
Summer Festival - August's End

#9 - Summer Festival - August's End

A-Channel Season 1 - Episode 7

The girls go to a karaoke bar, where Tooru is nervous about singing in front of Run, but Run helps her out by singing a duet with her. Later, the girls go to a matsuri festival, where they become so engrossed in one of the stalls that they almost miss the fireworks.

star 9.68
31 votes
Carbonic Acid - Act Up

#10 - Carbonic Acid - Act Up

A-Channel Season 1 - Episode 10

As Winter settles in, Tooru finds an abandoned kitten and decides to take care of it. After showing the cat to the others, Tooru goes with Run to visit a pet shop and a family restaurant, where Run comes with a name for the cat, Tansan. The next day, snow falls at school and the students have fun playing in the snow, except for Nagi who is noticeably bothered by the cold. By the next day, however, everyone but Nagi catches colds.

star 9.65
31 votes
A Bath on a Rainy Day - As Rain Fell

#11 - A Bath on a Rainy Day - As Rain Fell

A-Channel Season 1 - Episode 2

Run gets into a little trouble when she forgets to put on her underwear in the morning. Yūko goes into a little panic when Run collapses, though it turns out to be just a bit of sleep deprivation. After having to deal with heavy rain, the girls spend the evening at Nagi's house to dry off. While Run and Nagi take a bath, Tooru forces Yūko to sit through a scary movie before continuing to tease her during their bath time. A little while later, the girls leave with some umbrellas they borrowed, but soon return after Yūko gets herself dirty again.

star 8.90
62 votes
Love - An April Day

#12 - Love - An April Day

A-Channel Season 1 - Episode 1

Upon visiting her friend, Run, to tell her she managed to get into her high school, Tooru finds her in a compromising position with one of her classmates, Yūko, who Tooru takes an instant disliking to. School soon begins, with Tooru showing hostility to anyone who gets too close to Run, and Yūko and their other friend, Nagi, making sure Run doesn't hurt herself with her aloofness. After school, Tooru admits she feels lonely being in a separate class from Run, but Run assures her that nothing's changed between them.

star 8.77
66 votes
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#13 - Meeting

Saki Season 1 - Episode 1

Saki Miyanaga is a skilled mahjong player, but she hates the game since she would be punished by her family whether she won or lost when she played with them. Upon entering high school, Saki's friend, Kyōtarō Suga, takes her to their school's mahjong club so Saki can be a fourth player. There, she meets Nodoka Haramura, a very skilled mahjong player and previous junior high champion, and Yūki Kataoka, an energetic first-year who is skilled in mahjong though has trouble staying focused. Saki only plays a few hands and leaves shortly after the club president and student council president, Hisa Takei, wakes up. Hisa notices Saki managed to keep her score at zero, a difficult feat. Hisa manages to get Saki to come back the next day to play a couple more games with Nodoka, Yūki, and Mako Someya, a second-year member of the club. Saki shows her skill in mahjong by attaining the zero score in the first game.

star 7.50
58 votes
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