The Best Episodes Directed by Ryuichi Kimura

Ah! Wake up! That Feeling

#1 - Ah! Wake up! That Feeling

Ah! My Goddess Season 2 - Episode 13

Belldandy rides a bicycle around and inspires Skuld to try to learn for the first time. But it proves to be difficult for the expert mechanic. Skuld is about to give up, when she meets a boy around her age, who offers to help her ride.

star 8.67
6 votes
Let's Go, This Is the Final Battle

#2 - Let's Go, This Is the Final Battle

Gurren Lagann Season 1 - Episode 23

One week after preventing the moon's collision the Great Gurren Brigade have a conference to discuss what actions they must take, to ensure humanity's survival. Meanwhile, the depressed Rossiu returns to his old underground village, to think things through. That is when he ends up meeting the old village chief.

star 8.48
109 votes
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Ah! Goddess Fights With a Date

#3 - Ah! Goddess Fights With a Date

Ah! My Goddess Season 2 - Episode 9

Keiichi accepts Peorth's invitation for a date. As always, the fourth goddess has some extra things planned. However things will not go exactly as Peorth wants, as the other three goddesses come along for the ride on the group date. After several dating situations have not gone the way she planned, Peorth has had enough and challenges Belldandy to a Goddess' Three Game Match where her own presence on Earth will be on the line.

star 8.25
4 votes
We Had A Duel

#4 - We Had A Duel

Cat Planet Cuties Season 1 - Episode 8

Aoi and Manami decide to have a showdown in a nearby forest to settle their differences, but their match is cut short when they must join forces to defeat some assassins sent to take both out, the winner was therefore Manami. In the end Aoi had to pronounce Kio Kio Kun but doesn't take notice at all Manami then acted violantly.

star 8.05
20 votes
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We've Come To Stay

#5 - We've Come To Stay

Cat Planet Cuties Season 1 - Episode 3

Elis, along with other ranking officers, negotiate with the Japanese government wearing stereotypical school swimsuits, due to misinformation on Elis' part. Upon returning to Kio's house, Manami and Aoi visit, again misinterpreting the five Catian women dressed in revealing clothing standing in Kio's living room. They state their intention to leave, since the events of the previous episode marked them as traitors to their respective factions. Elis tells them that since Kio's house is now a Catian embassy, everyone inside is protected by Catian laws, and the two girls are invited to live there as well. Later, while the robotic servants are on guard duty and Manami and Aoi are bathing together, one of the robots is abducted by members of a yet unknown faction. Manami and Aoi spring into action, rescuing the robot, although the intruders escaped by use of a stun grenade. The next morning, Manami, Aoi, and Kio are hired by Elis as official embassy employees. Manami discovers Aoi's feelings for Kio, and offers to help her out, though Manami's reactions throughout the episode lead Aoi to suspect that she may have feelings for him as well.

star 7.74
26 votes
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A Hanamaru Entrance Ceremony / A Hanamaru Mother

#6 - A Hanamaru Entrance Ceremony / A Hanamaru Mother

Hanamaru Youchien Season 1 - Episode 1

Today is Hanamaru Kindergarten's entrance ceremony, but new teacher Tsuchida sleeps in anyway. As he hurries to school, he runs into a little girl on the side of the road. Concerned for the girl all by herself, he talks to her. Thinking Tsuchida is hitting on her, the girl bursts with excitement. Afterward, Tsuchida rushes to the kindergarten and anxiously participates in the entrance ceremony. The mother of Anzu, the little girl Tsuchida ran into on his way to kindergarten, turns out to be Sakura, his high school classmate. Returning home after the entrance ceremony, Anzu listens to her mother tell old stories about her high school days, and Anzu begins calling Tsuchida “Tsutchi” just like her mother. As her parents are preparing for bed, Anzu watches her father give her mother a good night kiss. Sakura tells Anzu to get a kiss from her father too, but Anzu refuses, saying she will get one from her darling instead.

star 7.50
2 votes
Viva Las Vegas

#7 - Viva Las Vegas

Beyblade Season 1 - Episode 24

The Bladebreakers have advanced to the second round of the American Tournament where they square off against the Savage Slammers. The winner of this round advances to the semi-finals. Their competition first appears to be a bunch of slackers, but when Ray loses out in the first round, they quickly realise what they're up against. Max is next, and for some odd reason, his rival folds under pressure, so the best of three is tied at one a piece with Tyson coming in for the deciding battle. At first it looks like a quick win for the Slammers simply because of the size of his opponents enormous Beyblade and things get even more tense when Tyson begins to lose his temper and his focus. The other Breakers convince him to concentrate and when he does, Tyson pull off the victory. Next, our heroes decide to check out the American Team who are competing in another stadium. That's where they get their first taste of the ultra-inflated ego of the All Starz's captain, Michael.

star 7.25
4 votes
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A Lesson for Tyson

#8 - A Lesson for Tyson

Beyblade Season 1 - Episode 47

The Bladebreakers are stranded on the barren Russian Tundra after their run-in with the Demolition Boys when the Majestics mysteriously show up in their bus. After picking our heroes up, they stop at an abandoned palace where Robert challenges Tyson to battle. At first it seems strange that Robert would do this, but Tyson accepts and a battle ensues with Tyson losing two straight. He becomes infuriated! Robert then tells Tyson that he must harness his power back into his blade, which totally confuses Tyson. Finally, Kenny tells Tyson to remember the battle he had against Robert back in his castle. That's where Tyson realised he must work together with his Bit Beast. With this knowledge, a third battle takes place and Tyson defeats Robert. But the question still remained, why did the Majestics want to challenge our heroes to a battle for no apparent reason? In the end, it turns out that Mr. Dickenson set this whole 'lesson' up to get the Bladebreakers ready for the final match with the Demolition Boys. Without accessing their 'power from within', the Bladebreakers wouldn't stand a chance against the Demolition Boys in the finals at the World Championships.

star 7.25
4 votes
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Live and Let Kai!

#9 - Live and Let Kai!

Beyblade Season 1 - Episode 43

It's the first day of the Beyblade World Championships in Moscow, and as our heroes leave their hotel, they still haven't been able to locate Kai who's been missing for some time now. Regardless, they arrive at the tournament and meet up with both the White Tigers and the All Starz who invite them to watch their first match against the Demolition Boys. At first things seem fairly normal, that is, until they start to battle. Things go from bad to worse for the All Starz who are no match for the Demolition Boys who quickly go up 2-0 in the best of five events. In the next match, Michael has to square off against a mystery member of the Demolition Boys and it turns out to be none other than Kai, who has defected from the Bladebreakers. In the final battle, Kai takes on all the All Starz at once... and wins!! After his victory, he commands the All Starz Bit Beasts to enter his blade and he announces to the world that he now possesses the most powerful Beyblade in the world!!

star 7.20
5 votes
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A Hanamaru Christmas / Hanamaru Feelings

#10 - A Hanamaru Christmas / Hanamaru Feelings

Hanamaru Youchien Season 1 - Episode 12

It's Christmas time and everyone is going to Anzu's house for a party. But during preparations Anzu falls asleep, asking Santa to grant a wish for her. In her dream she becomes an adult and heads off to meet Tsuchida, but gets distracted along the way and forgets what she came there to do. In the midst of her distraction she is directed by an adult Hiiragi and Koume to board a bus that Tsuchida would board later. They both end up getting off at the same spot and dancing in the snow together before sharing a kiss. While kissing Anzu wishes to be able to actually be with Tsuchida one day. Later, Anzu and the gang went to an art gallery where there is an exhibition showing Anzu's father's paintings. Part of the collection is a painting depicting Sakura and Anzu as a baby. This leads to the story that tells that Tsuchida was the one who encouraged Sakura to continue pursuing her husband. It is also revealed that Tsuchida originally told Sakura "Nothing is stronger than the power of love," which is the same thing Sakura likes to tell Anzu in order to encourage her to not give up on Tsuchida. In effect Tsuchida's words back then are the reason Anzu was born and is still pursuing Tsuchida. After they leave the gallery, Tsuchida has been asked to watch over Anzu temporarily, though he also wants to spend more time with Yamamoto-sensei. However, with Anzu around (and he cannot really be alone with Yamamoto-sensei), he loses his courage and tells Yamamoto-sensei that he will see her tomorrow. That made Anzu very upset and said that Tsuchida shouldn't give up on Yamamoto-sensei. Tsuchida is confused by this but Anzu insists that she wants to be his bride and for him to be happy and that he shouldn't give up on Yamamoto-sensei. Feeling encouraged Tsuchida rushes back to Yamamoto-sensei and attempts to confess. However, Yamamoto-sensei accidentally misinterprets what he means and thinks that he is talking about something work related, effectively foiling Tsuchida's confession. The next day we see Tsuchida and Yamamoto-sensei putting on a puppet show portraying the tale of Prince Clumsy and Princess Dense and they seem to be quite happy.

star 6.50
2 votes