The Best Episodes Directed by Shin Misawa

It Really Doesn't Matter

#1 - It Really Doesn't Matter

Gingitsune: Messenger Fox of the Gods Season 1 - Episode 10

As the summer cleansing ceremony approaches, Tatsuo tells Satoru to invite some friends, which leaves him flustered. He continues to practice hard as a member of the kendo club, but he hasn't managed to break the ice with the other members. One day, he gets in a fight with Kosugi, another member, and ends up in a kendo match against Kinugawa, the captain.

star 9.60
35 votes
I'm Sorry

#2 - I'm Sorry

Gingitsune: Messenger Fox of the Gods Season 1 - Episode 9

One afternoon, while Makoto and Satoru are at school and Tatsuo happens to be out, Aki and Sachina visit the Saeki shrine. They are joined by Yuuya and two other boys. Eventually, they begin splashing each other with water by using the shrine dippers, until one is accidentally broken. An enraged Haru gives chase as the children flee the scene, but she quickly gets lost.

star 9.54
35 votes
Summer Cleansing

#3 - Summer Cleansing

Gingitsune: Messenger Fox of the Gods Season 1 - Episode 12

It's time for the Summer Cleansing. At the Saeki Inari shrine, Makoto, Yumi, and Hiwako wake up early so Tatsuo's sister, Etsuko, can help them change into shrine maiden outfits. Tatsuo drops by to mention that a foreign-looking boy has arrived. When they step outside, they find the student council president Kirishima. People continue to gather for the semi-annual event

star 9.53
36 votes
Humans are Strange

#4 - Humans are Strange

Gingitsune: Messenger Fox of the Gods Season 1 - Episode 8

After hearing that her father will soon return from a trip overseas, Hiwako needs to pick a fitting birthday present. She asks Yumi and Makoto for advice, and they end up going to a new shopping moon in the area to buy a present.

star 9.50
36 votes
Makoto's Future

#5 - Makoto's Future

Gingitsune: Messenger Fox of the Gods Season 1 - Episode 11

Makoto continues to worry about what she should do in the future. Tatsuo tells her to do what she wants, but Makoto doesn't know what she wants to do and turns to Gintaro. And on the day before the summer cleansing, Tatsuo's friend Takami Yoshitomo and many other people gather inside Saeki Shrine to prepare.

star 9.46
37 votes
How Do I Look?

#6 - How Do I Look?

Gingitsune: Messenger Fox of the Gods Season 1 - Episode 6

Satoru has left girls swooning after his first kendo practice. Everyone is talking about him, and there's a clamor when they discover that he's living with Makoto. But at home, his stiff demeanor makes it very awkward.

star 9.41
37 votes
Shrines and Temples

#7 - Shrines and Temples

Gingitsune: Messenger Fox of the Gods Season 1 - Episode 7

Makoto, Gintaro, and Satoru are accompanying Haru on a walk through town when they happen to pass by a large temple. Makoto overhears a familiar voice and it turns that the temple is the home of Yumi's boyfriend Shohei. Inside, they're introduced to Shohei's unique family.

star 9.39
36 votes
Season of Warmth

#8 - Season of Warmth

Gingitsune: Messenger Fox of the Gods Season 1 - Episode 5

Haru, the herald from Satoru's family shrine, wants to be with Satoru and refuses to go home. After an argument, Haru runs away from the Saeki shrine. Makoto asks Gintaro to divine Haru's location, but Gintaro tells her not to interfere.

star 9.36
39 votes
The Place Where the Gods Are

#9 - The Place Where the Gods Are

Gingitsune: Messenger Fox of the Gods Season 1 - Episode 3

One day, Makoto discovers a turtle herald near Saeki Shrine and learns that he has lost his home. The next day, Makoto and Gintaro take the turtle to the nearby Shoubai Grand Shrine, where they meet the lion-dog heralds Utamaru and Saimaru.

star 9.34
41 votes
Learning to Compromise

#10 - Learning to Compromise

Gingitsune: Messenger Fox of the Gods Season 1 - Episode 2

Makoto's classmate Funabashi Hiwako is a member of the student council who comes from an elite family. One day, she gives fellow classmate Yumi a dressing down about her behavior, but she turns other girls in the class against her in the process. The next day after school, Makoto walks into a restroom to find a bunch of girls surrounding Hiwako.

star 9.29
41 votes
Satoru and Haru

#11 - Satoru and Haru

Gingitsune: Messenger Fox of the Gods Season 1 - Episode 4

Makoto is left in shock after her father suddenly tells her that they will be welcoming a new family member. And it turns out to be a boy from another shrine who's the same age. At school, she hears talk about a new transfer student. At the shrine, Gintaro is napping when he notices a boy in a high school uniform looking at him.

star 9.21
42 votes
The 15th Successor and Gintaro

#12 - The 15th Successor and Gintaro

Gingitsune: Messenger Fox of the Gods Season 1 - Episode 1

Saeki Makoto is a high school student who happens to be the 15th successor of a small Inari Shrine that has been around since the Edo period. As a true successor, Makoto has the ability to see the fox spirit Gintaro who serves as a herald, a messenger of god. One day, Makoto asks Gintaro to help tell the fortune of Ikegami Yumi, a classmate. However, she fails to properly communicate that fortune to Yumi.

star 9.00
46 votes
The New Downhill Legend!

#13 - The New Downhill Legend!

Initial D Season 1 - Episode 26

The thrill of street racing has finally caught up to Takumi. He still has a couple of tricks available to him, as the thrilling conclusion of Akina’s Eight-Six and White Comet of Akagi’s undefeated record is settled in one dynamic finish to remember.

star 8.62
167 votes
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The FR Killer

#14 - The FR Killer

Initial D Season 1 - Episode 12

Takumi has managed to arrange a double date with Natsuki, Itsuki, and Natsuki's friend. Iketani invites Takumi to drive his S-13, but this time he’s going to try to stay awake the whole time. Then the NightKids arrive with Shingo leading the pack, issuing the Eight-Six a challenge next Saturday night for a gum-tape death match!

star 8.08
143 votes
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The 5 Consecutive Hairpins

#15 - The 5 Consecutive Hairpins

Initial D Season 1 - Episode 10

Nakazato has underestimated Akina’s Eight-Six, and he might just be in trouble as the five consecutive hairpins are upon him. Also to everyone’s surprise, Itsuki buys a new car.

star 7.82
146 votes
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Shingo Arrives!

#16 - Shingo Arrives!

Initial D Season 1 - Episode 11

To prove the potential of Itsuki’s new car, Takumi drives it against a minor racing team from Gunma. Members of the NightKids has been appearing more often, so on the night that Iketani drives out his S13, Shingo appears from behind with deadly intents.

star 7.70
145 votes
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Challenge from a Superstar

#17 - Challenge from a Superstar

Initial D Season 1 - Episode 21

Ryosuke has now issued a challenge to the Eight-Six's driver, but for some reason Takumi has been acting more spaced out than usual. Itsuki and Iketani are worried, believing that their friend may be suffering from lovesickness.

star 7.70
168 votes
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