The BEST episodes directed by Shin Matsuo

The Wind Blows at Home, Part 3
134 votes

#1 - The Wind Blows at Home, Part 3

Full Metal Panic! - Season 1 - Episode 17

Zaied outwits Sousuke's team and interdicts their advance! Zaied's team surrounds Sousuke's team who is carrying a nuclear warhead. Zaied moves first. While Sousuke is fighting against Zaied, Gray and the team are aghast at the power of Gauron.

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Tsubaki, the Camellia Blossom – What Lies Beyond the Grief?
186 votes

#2 - Tsubaki, the Camellia Blossom – What Lies Beyond the Grief?

Soul Eater - Season 1 - Episode 11

While Tsubaki confronts Masamune inside the demon blade, Black Star gets himself beaten by the villagers, but he refuses to fight back or leave her side. Masamune states that Tsubaki is not fighting him seriously and that he always hated her passive behavior. He also claims that the fact of her inheriting their family's techniques and not him, was what led him to become a Demon God candidate. Just when Tsubaki was about to be absorbed her brother, Black Star's voice reaches her, and she gains the will to defeat him, absorbing her very first soul in the process. Back at Shibusen, Black Star shows to the rest of the gang Tsubaki's new form she obtained after defeating her brother, the form of a blade, but he ends up fainting as his powers are not strong enough to handle it yet.

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Shape of the Soul – Enter the Ultimate Meister Stein?
273 votes

#3 - Shape of the Soul – Enter the Ultimate Meister Stein?

Soul Eater - Season 1 - Episode 5

Maka, Soul, Black Star, and Tsubaki with Sid in tow tied with Tsubaki's chain arrive at Franken Stein's laboratory and upon first appearance they think him to be just an idiot. He reveals that he can see the others' souls and he makes comments on them. After the fight starts, it is clear that Stein has the upper hand, and he shows this by nearly killing Black Star. Maka gains the power to see souls during the fight which is when she loses any confidence to continue, but Soul manages to get her back to fighting. They again attempt the technique Witch Hunt, and manage to execute it perfectly, but Stein easily dispels it, throwing them both back. Stein approaches and Soul protects Maka from him. When all seems lost, Stein reveals that the entire thing regarding Sid and himself was set up by Shinigami and therefore they were never in any danger of dying. The next day, Stein makes his appearance at Shibusen as the new teacher for Maka's class.

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593 votes

#4 - Circular

Tokyo Ghoul - Season 1 - Episode 8

Touka sets out to lure the ghoul investigators, but before she can strike, she finds that Hinami has run away. When Touka and Kaneki go out looking for her, they find themselves face to face with Amon and Mado, who has a few surprises of their own.

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High Spirits
510 votes

#5 - High Spirits

Tokyo Ghoul - Season 1 - Episode 11

Kaneki is held captive by Yamori, who practices his torturous craft on him. The police and CCG move in to deal with Aogiri Tree, who have made an 11th Ward shopping mall their headquarters. In all the commotion, the Anteiku team tries to rescue Kaneki.

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Fierce Battle Aboard the Ghost Ship – The Hell inside My Head?
210 votes

#6 - Fierce Battle Aboard the Ghost Ship – The Hell inside My Head?

Soul Eater - Season 1 - Episode 16

Death the Kid wastes no time in starting his attack on Chrona. Liz observes that Chrona's attitude towards fear is like how the sisters were before they joined Kid. The fight gets interrupted when the captain of the Nidhogg fires the ship's cannons, Chrona cutting the ship in half in retaliation, and the ship starts to sink. Chrona and Ragnarok make their escape, and Kid tries to give chase, but they are able to get away. Back at Shibusen, Medusa reports to Maka that her blood test came back normal. She gives Maka some weird medicine that will speed up the effects of the black blood and reveals to Maka that Soul had come to her about his dreams. This makes Maka angry because he had not told her about it. The tension builds between Medusa and Stein when Medusa tries to find Maka's file so that she can figure out why the black blood is gone.

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774 votes

#7 - Incubation

Tokyo Ghoul - Season 1 - Episode 2

Kaneki struggles to adapt to his new nature with no success, until another ghoul, Nishiki Nishio attempts to prey on his friend Hideyoshi Nagachika and he must fight to protect him.

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The Helmet of Will
53 votes

#8 - The Helmet of Will

The Faraway Paladin - Season 1 - Episode 5

On the verge of death, Will takes an oath to Grace Feel and stands up again to challenge Stagnate. However, Stagnate deceives Will and disappears, aiming directly at Brad and Marie. Will, who realized the intention and returned to the temple in a hurry, saw that Stagnate was about to reach out to the two who were full of wounds ...

78 votes

#9 - Abjection

Gatchaman Crowds - Season 1 - Episode 7

Rui decides to face against Katze using the might of Crowds, but becomes overwhelmed when Katze uses his Gatchaman power. As Jou arrives on the scene to fight Katze, Sugane hears from Rui about the power he had received from him. With Jou becoming easily defeated by Katze, Hajime and Utsutsu arrive on the scene with help from Paiman's Gatchaman form, with Hajime questioning Katze before he retreats whilst Utsutsu heals the injured.

The Boy from the City of the Dead
61 votes

#10 - The Boy from the City of the Dead

The Faraway Paladin - Season 1 - Episode 1

Will was born in the city of the dead, where he was raised by three undead. Although he was nurtured with love, Will questions his existence in this life-forbidding place where he is the only human alive. He discovers his three parents are secretly hiding something that may explain this mystery, and as if this weren't puzzling enough, he has yet to discover that still more secrets lie within him.

The Faraway Paladin
53 votes

#11 - The Faraway Paladin

The Faraway Paladin - Season 1 - Episode 12

Will and his friends are addicted to the traps of the demons and have routed. After seeing the seriously injured Menel, Will realizes that he has unknowingly put his companion in a dangerous eye, and realizes the difference in ability between his surroundings and himself. It was Menel who showed anger that stood in front of Will who was going to defeat the demon beast alone.