The Best Episodes Directed by Satoshi Shimizu

Homecoming, are You My Friend or Enemy?

#1 - Homecoming, are You My Friend or Enemy?

Kämpfer Season 1 - Episode 6

star 8.85
95 votes
The Hares Break Promises Beneath the Morning Sun

#2 - The Hares Break Promises Beneath the Morning Sun

Gosick Season 1 - Episode 3

The trap closes and the architect behind it is revealed or is he? Victorique picks up on a larger scheme that set much larger things in motion. The question is are the still in motion to this day?

star 8.80
20 votes
Girl With Cold Dreams of Her Stubborn Friend

#3 - Girl With Cold Dreams of Her Stubborn Friend

Gosick Season 1 - Episode 10

Kujo encounters the same girl he met at the department store, and with the help of hers and a bright homeless boy, he manages to put the police back on the case. Kujo and Grevil then ask Victorique's opinion about the store, just to find that she already had made some research about it, and she comes with a plan to expose the culprits.

star 8.80
10 votes
Clothes That Embrace the Mountain

#4 - Clothes That Embrace the Mountain

Mushi-Shi Season 1 - Episode 18

This story is about a mysterious genius artist named Kai who left his family to become better known for his talents and as a parting gift his sister made him a Haori (Man's Kimono). One day he got bored and made a Haura (painting inside the jacket) on his Haori. His master saw this and recognized his talents, so he gave Kai jobs with clients and he quickly started to become well known for his work but his fame came at a price.

star 8.32
50 votes
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Reach the Sky Above

#5 - Reach the Sky Above

Fairy Tail Season 1 - Episode 18

Erza recruits Natsu to help her "destroy the moon" as Lucy and Gray look on with disbelief with the rest of the villagers. Afterward Erza reminds Lucy, Natsu, Gray, and Happy of their impending punishment!

star 8.28
161 votes
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The Bells of Cristmas Eve Toll at the Heels of Time

#6 - The Bells of Cristmas Eve Toll at the Heels of Time

Gosick Season 1 - Episode 21

Upon investigating the grave of a woman with a striking resemblance to Queen Coco Rose, Victorique manages to put together the truth behind her mysterious demise. The truth of the Coco Rose case and the disappearance of Nicole Lulu is made clear, and Albert frees Victorique when she is unable to conclusively identify the murderer. On the way home to the Academy, Victorique and Kujo encounter a seemingly ordinary couple who are actually the still-living Coco Rose and her son fathered by Leviathan. Cordelia watches over them as they arrive home, and is soon joined by Brian and then a man who seems to be Brian's twin.

star 8.27
11 votes
If Only I Had Thorns Like a Thistle

#7 - If Only I Had Thorns Like a Thistle

Kill la Kill Season 1 - Episode 1

Ryuko Matoi transfers into Honnouji Academy, a high school dominated by its fearsome student council, who wear powerful Goku Uniforms that grant them superhuman abilities. Searching for clues to her father's murder, Ryuko confronts the student council president, Satsuki Kiryuin, saying she is looking for the owner of the other half of a giant scissor blade she wields.

star 8.09
351 votes
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The Cursed Island

#8 - The Cursed Island

Fairy Tail Season 1 - Episode 11

S class quests... Requests so dangerous only wizards that the master gives permission to go on them. And yet, Natsu, Lucy and Happy go off on one of these S class quests on their own without permission! They head out to "Galuna, the cursed island," and it turns out the people there are turning into demons from the evil spell of the moon! They learn that there is only one way to undo the curse, and that's to destroy the moon itself! But how in the world are they going to complete a request to "destroy the moon?"

star 8.08
183 votes
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Happy Love Carnival

#9 - Happy Love Carnival

Itazura na Kiss Season 1 - Episode 24

The episode begins with Kotoko messing around with her C-cup breasts. She later on goes to see Kin-chan and finds out that Chris is 3 months pregnant. Kotoko, after coming back home, tells Irie-kun about the news. She later doesn't feel good and thinks it is because of the iron tablets she's been taking to replenish her blood. She doesn't tell Irie-kun about this because she doesn't want to disturb him while he's writing this thesis. The next day, Kotoko and her friends are discussing when Kotoko is going to take maternal leave. She refuses quickly, stating that she wants to work as much as possible and goes to see Irie-kun. Later on, her friends from work go home and leave Kotoko to walk home with Irie-kun but he informs her that he will be working late that evening as he wants to do more of his thesis. It then shows Kotoko on the tube where she thinks that she feels a bit light-headed. As she is walking up the steps from the tube she collapses at the top not feeling well, she is spotted and then an ambulance is called, Kotoko is unconscious. Irie-kun is then seen writing when his mobile phone starts ringing. We seen him running through to the hospital where Kotoko is, all the family are there. It turns out she was excerting herself too much during pregnancy. One month later Kotoko presuades Irie-kun to go to Pregnancy Classes with Kin-chan and Chris. It's there where she goes into labour. Kotoko, Irie-kun and Oba-san are at the vending machines at the hospital when Matsumoto is rushed in with Sudou. She has been coughing up blood due to her illness. Irie-kun has no option but to operate and thats when Kotoko gives birth, Irie missing it. They have a baby girl and call her Kotomi. It then shows a few years later and it is clear that Kotoko and Kotomi are rivals for Irie's love. It ends flicking through scenes of the friends and family of Kotoko and Irie-kun.

star 8.00
8 votes
Dawn of a Miserable Morning

#10 - Dawn of a Miserable Morning

Kill la Kill Season 1 - Episode 4

While Senketsu is laundered, Ryuko is faced with "No-Late Day", a school event where students must navigate a trap-filled obstacle course and reach school on time, or else they will be expelled. She and Mako make their way across the perilous course, along with an injured girl named Maiko Ogure, while Mako's family attempt to deliver Senketsu to Ryuko. After hijacking an armored bus, the girls manage to make it to the school grounds with 15 minutes left. However, Maiko is revealed to be a member of the disciplinary committee, who steals Senketsu and puts it on herself in a bid to overthrow Satsuki. However, she is immobilized by the freshly washed Senketsu's starchiness, allowing Ryuko to retrieve him. With five minutes remaining, Maiko sets off one more trap to send Ryuko and Mako back to the start of the course. They two fortunately reach class on time using an express cable car, while Maiko is expelled for her treachery.

star 7.98
257 votes
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The Doctor Has Arrived

#11 - The Doctor Has Arrived

Beelzebub Season 1 - Episode 19

Oga returns home after being defeated by Tojo to find that Hilda has returned from the Demon World with the imperial doctor, Forcas Rachmaninoff, and his assistant, Lamia, to help determine the cause of Beelzebub's illness. He diagnoses the illness as King Fever and when Beelzebub was trying to draw out massive amounts of demonic power, he accidentally severed the link between him and Oga and found Tojo similar to Oga and connects to him. Oga begins a treatment to try and reconnect with Beelzebub and enters a dream world through the effects of a Demon World drug that is shot into his head where he eventually finds a sleeping Beelzebub in the middle of several inscribed circles that are shrouded in an electrical field. After about 6 hours of treatment, Oga still has not waken up and Lamia assumes that he has died and becomes happy. Oga suddenly wakes up and spanks Lamia and claims he is teaching her some manners. Hilda asks Oga how he feels after having gone through the hard part of reconnecting with Beelzebub and Oga says he is in the mood to get Beelzebub back.

star 7.89
19 votes
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The Return of the General

#12 - The Return of the General

Samurai Girls Season 1 - Episode 9

Yoshihiko makes his long awaited (dreaded?) return. Gisen lets her true colors be known, much to Jubei's dismay. A new threat arises, and the shadow looming over Great Japan begins to take shape!

star 7.42
25 votes
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