The BEST episodes directed by Ryosuke Nakamura

Her First Day
77 votes

#1 - Her First Day

Aiura - Season 1 - Episode 2

On the first day of school, Ayuko has trouble reaching her shoe locker. She is approached by Saki and Kanaka who remember her from the taiyaki bar. Noticing her plight, Kanaka gets down on her knees and offers to be a step-stool for Ayuko, but is ignored by Saki who being tall enough, reaches the locker and helps Ayuko. Afterwards they introduce themselves to each other as they walk to class and then chat about nicknames after finding their seats.

73 votes

#2 - Sensei

Aiura - Season 1 - Episode 4

Kanaka shows up at Saki's house to pick her up for school and begins playing with the doorbell, angering Saki. Kanaka decides to race Saki to school, but takes a wrong turn and ends up at her brother's junior high school. When she arrives at Iroha High School, Saki is already at the gate. At the same time, nearby, Shūsaku Matsune-sensei, catches Misuzu Wakatsuki-sensei wearing a student's uniform and is initially fooled. However, as she explains to him the compliments the uniform gets her, Matsune-sensei makes her wear a lab coat to easily tell her apart from the students. He is then approached by the tardy Yamashita-sensei who tells him that their school has a lot of weird teachers. As Matsune-sensei demands an explanation for her tardiness, Yamashita-sensei asks him about his hair.

72 votes

#3 - Incident

Aiura - Season 1 - Episode 5

Kanaka calls Saki on a morning and over the phone it sounds like she is being attacked. As Saki leaves for school, she finds Kanaka on the ground seemingly dead and steps over her, as Kanaka wakes up. On their way, Kanaka remarks the Saki is the type of person who would ignore a "dead" friend, but Saki says that if it were Ayuko, she would do everything she can to bring her back to life. While at school, they bring Ayuko into the pointless discussion and Kanaka explains that she was "attacked" by a 12 foot tall man with an ax but somehow managed to overpower him and afterwards Ayuko showed up and "stabbed" her. As they ask Ayuko why she "stabbed" Kanaka, she says because she was irritated, which Saki agrees with. Finally, Ayuko apologizes for "killing" Kanaka.

42 votes

#4 - Problems

Aiura - Season 1 - Episode 10

Ms. Wakatsuki continues to wear the student's uniform, but misunderstands that Mr. Matsuno wants her to only wear the lab coat causing her to label him a pervert much to his shock. Later on, Kanaka goes around and asks Ayuko, Ms. Yamashita and Saki questions while covering their eyes, although Ms. Yamashita fails to recognize her, while Saki elbows Kanaka in the stomach. Afterwards, Kanaka asks Mei followed by Saki and Ayuko what high school girls actually do to which Mei responds that they study, to Kanaka's disbelief. Ayuko suggests that they probably talk about love, although Saki and Kanaka twist her words making it seem that Ayuko has romantic feelings for them.

See You Tomorrow
42 votes

#5 - See You Tomorrow

Aiura - Season 1 - Episode 12

Summer vacation begins and Ayuko receives a text asking to meet up with Kanaka and Saki. The girls then spend the day doing some of the same things Ayuko had done by herself at the end of the previous year's summer. Afterwards the girls spend the rest of the day at the ocean, enjoying the sunset together and promising to meet up the next day. While drying off at her home at the end of the day, Ayuko looks at the starry sky.

42 votes

#6 - Dream

Aiura - Season 1 - Episode 9

Kanaka tells Saki and Ayuko about a dream she had where they were at the beach smashing watermelons, but Saki became sad because she didn't get to smash any. Ayuko follows by explaining that in her dream, Kanaka was doing a magic trick with her hair, but when Ayuko pulled her left ponytail it resulted in an atomic explosion. Saki follows by telling them that her life dream is to marry into wealth. Saki and Ayuko are put into a state of disbelief when Kanaka reveals that she dreams of being an idol due to the low expectations of her mother and former junior high school teacher. Afterwards Kanaka asks Ms. Wakatsuki how to marry into wealth, which upsets her.

74 votes

#7 - Homeroom

Aiura - Season 1 - Episode 3

As Home Room begins, their teacher, Sumiko Yamashita gives them a surprise pop quiz which contains the question, "What is your teacher's name?" Mei Yanase is the only one to answer correctly and is made the class representative as such. Kanaka is also made the MVP for her answer "Hikaru Jingūji." which Sumiko feels suits her better. Afterwards, at lunch, the girls once again discuss nicknames. After school, Ayuko tries to get Sumiko's attention by calling her "Jingūji-sensei," but switches to "Yamashita-sensei" when she doesn't respond.

42 votes

#8 - Rain

Aiura - Season 1 - Episode 11

On a rainy morning Saki lazily decides to skip school and become a NEET but grudgingly gets out of bed when Kanaka postulates that a NEET is beneath herself. Saki teases Kanaka's rain boots although they keep her dry while Saki is forced to remove her own soaked socks. When Kanaka takes a picture of Saki's bare legs, Saki breaks her phone. Afterwards, Ms. Yamashita contemplates the pros and cons of the commute to school before declaring the semester over without teaching her students a single thing. Later Kanaka laments that the rain should wash away all of her non-existant problems. Summer vacation begins the next day and Kanaka continues to play with Saki's doorbell much to her irritation.

The Day Before
79 votes

#9 - The Day Before

Aiura - Season 1 - Episode 1

Ayuko Uehara spends her last day of summer by going around town for a bit. She soon meets two girls at a Taiyaki bar, Saki Iwasawa and Kanaka Amaya, the latter of whom bumps into her and knocks her taiyaki over. Kanaka apologizes by offering Saki's spicy taiyaki and they both run off. Ayuko overhears that they are starting high school the following day and remarks that she is as well. That night Ayuko ponders that her school uniform is a bit to large for her but that she'll probably grow into it.

The Amaya Household
43 votes

#10 - The Amaya Household

Aiura - Season 1 - Episode 7

Sōta tries to study while Kanaka and Ayuko continue playing Jenga. Kanaka invites Sōta to take a turn in the game, and while he tries to move a brick, the tower crumbles. Being the loser, Sōta is pressured by Kanaka and Ayuko to buy snacks and drinks. He even discovers that Saki isn't really asleep since she tells him what drink she would like. Later, Sōta returns with the snacks and drinks and he and Saki play a PSP game, with the latter remarking that if she scores badly in her tests it'll be Sōta's fault. The next day, the girls once again show up in Sōta's room. Irritated he goes to clean Kanaka's room so she can entertain guests there, to Kanaka's appreciation but Saki remarks that Kanaka is a terrible sister.

Younger Brother
43 votes

#11 - Younger Brother

Aiura - Season 1 - Episode 6

Kanaka continues to pretend she's dead in front of Saki's house, but this time, Saki ties her up. As Testing Week begins at Iroha High School, the students are let out early and Kanaka invites Saki and Ayuko over to her house to "study". Since Kanaka's room is not particularly welcoming to guests, the girls spend their time in her brother Sōta Amaya's room, much to his mild irritation. As Sōta is introduced to Ayuko, he asks her if Kanaka is giving her any trouble to which she responds that she is "alot of fun" after a long pause. Sōta eventually settles down to study for his own tests, while the girls continue relaxing, with Kanaka claiming they're just "warming up".

Extracurricular Activity
44 votes

#12 - Extracurricular Activity

Aiura - Season 1 - Episode 8

Kanaka tries and fails to get Saki to join any school club with her, since she aspires to be called the "Captain" of something. Ayuko comes along and agrees to try out for clubs with Kanaka. At lunch, Kanaka tells the girls about her failure to find a suitable club. Ayuko and Saki try to narrow down what type of club Kanaka would be best suited for but Kanaka reveals to them that she has no particular talent. While Kanaka sulks, Saki and Ayuko call her "Captain" to lift her spirits. Kanaka then decides to aim to become the Student Council President, although Saki teases that the government may not allow that.

See You Tomorrow...
117 votes

#13 - See You Tomorrow...

Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash - Season 1 - Episode 12

Haruhiro and his party are in the Cyrene Mine. Ranta got separated from the party and is fending off kobolds alone. Can they all get out alive?

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The Fugitive
164 votes

#14 - The Fugitive

Monster - Season 1 - Episode 8

Eva tries to threaten Dr. Tenma — unless he gets back together with her, she will reveal to the police that the tie that was found at the scene of the crime is his!

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18 votes

#15 - Bambola

Gunslinger Girl - Season 1 - Episode 4

With Christmas coming, Henrietta asks Jose to spend Christmas with her. While on a mission, Triela shoots a suspect against the orders of her handler, Hilshire. At base, she mulls over the fact that Hilshire always gives her the same Christmas presents. They are then sent on a mission to apprehend Mario Bosh, a retired Mafia leader. They succeed in finding him, but he manages to escape. As he is about to be killed by the Mafia, Triela saves him, and allows him to leave to be with his daughter. Overhearing this, Hilshire asks her what she wants for Christmas, and she asks for another bear. On Christmas day, however, she receives a present from Mario as well.

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305 votes

#16 - Downfall

Monster - Season 1 - Episode 2

The price for disobeying Dr. Heinemann's orders to instead operate on the boy proves costly for Dr. Tenma and his career.

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Sky Dancing with Ash
125 votes

#17 - Sky Dancing with Ash

Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash - Season 1 - Episode 4

Haruhiro and his party continue to grow stronger and learn new skills, but an unexpected challenge changes everything.

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They Were Called Goblin Slayers
111 votes

#18 - They Were Called Goblin Slayers

Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash - Season 1 - Episode 7

Haruhiro and his party now know Mary's past and try to have better teamwork within the party.

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Her Circumstances
116 votes

#19 - Her Circumstances

Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash - Season 1 - Episode 6

Haruhiro and his party are figuring out how to continue fighting without Manato, and we learn about Mary's past.

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Crying Doesn't Mean You're Weak. Enduring Doesn't Mean You're Strong.
115 votes

#20 - Crying Doesn't Mean You're Weak. Enduring Doesn't Mean You're Strong.

Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash - Season 1 - Episode 5

Haruhiro and his party are dealing with Manato's death and figuring out what's next. Will they get their party back together to survive?

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I'm Not Fit to Be a Leader
109 votes

#21 - I'm Not Fit to Be a Leader

Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash - Season 1 - Episode 10

Haruhiro and his party go into the Cyrene Mine where they encounter kobolds and have to deal with Ranta's lack of cooperation.

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How to Rest
108 votes

#22 - How to Rest

Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash - Season 1 - Episode 9

Haruhiro and his party take the day off and use this time to rest and prepare for their next challenges.

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Whisper, Chant, Prayer, Awaken
230 votes

#23 - Whisper, Chant, Prayer, Awaken

Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash - Season 1 - Episode 1

Haruhiro awakens in the world of Grimgar. We follow him and his party as they become Volunteer Soldiers and struggle to earn a living.

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Youth of Fire
29 votes

#24 - Youth of Fire

Hajime no Ippo - Season 1 - Episode 63

The past of Aoki and Kimura is shown.

Are Goblin Pouches Filled with Our Dreams?
128 votes

#25 - Are Goblin Pouches Filled with Our Dreams?

Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash - Season 1 - Episode 3

Haruhiro and his party are enjoying their first earnings. They are getting used to life here, but continue to work hard to live.

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Long Day of the Trainee Volunteer Soldier
175 votes

#26 - Long Day of the Trainee Volunteer Soldier

Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash - Season 1 - Episode 2

Haruhiro and the others find a goblin they might be able to defeat. Will they finally beat their first monster?

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