The Best Episodes Directed by Shinpei Ezaki

Tiger of Kai, The Honourable Imperial Messenger dies in the river!

#1 - Tiger of Kai, The Honourable Imperial Messenger dies in the river!

Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings Season 1 - Episode 9

Oda Nobunaga advances from Kyushu where he cuts down all in his path, killing both Shimazu Yoshihiro and Zabby, and decimating their forces. Meanwhile, the other alliance generals recoup, Date Masamune (who is now up and about) and Kojūrō are once again on equal terms, while Takeda Shingen gifts Sanada Yukimura with a new spear to replace the one that was lost during the previous battle. However, Sarutobi Sasuke bring bad news as he fills the others in on Nobunaga's movements as well as the fact that many warlords are falling to Owari forces. This includes Tokugawa Ieyasu, who has been assassinated by Akechi Mitsuhide. It is figured that Oda's vassals will soon be coming after Masamune, Shingen and Uesugi Kenshin. Yet, Sasuke feels no need to send a warning to Kenshin since the man's own scouts must have informed him of the advance by now. Meanwhile, Kenshin and Kasuga have a intellectual talk, but they are interrupted by a shinobi who professes to work for Sasuke, showing the Takeda Clan symbol. Kenshin decides to meet with her, but after only a few words, the woman shoots at him instead. The shinobi reveals herself to be Nōhime and proceeds to initiate a battle between herself and the warlord. She is quickly subdued, but Mori Ranmaru shows up as her back up, killing Kenshin's men and wounding the general himself. Nōhime takes advantage of the situation and aims her guns at Kenshin. Kasuga steps in to take the hit, but Kenshin pulls her away, taking a bullet in the chest, abdomen, and wrist. After the warlord falls, Nōhime and Ranmaru escape, leaving a devastated Kasuga holding the body of her lord in the rain. Back at Kai, Shingen rides out to the site of a dam that in breaking due to the overflow of the Midai River, due to the torrential thunderstorm. He uses a bolder to staunch the biggest of the leaks as the other villagers rush to repair it. However, none other than Akechi shows up, having been sent to take down the Tiger of Kai. Caught between trying to repair the dam and fighting off Akechi Mitsuhide, a one-sided battle ensues, and it is only after the arrival of Yukimura and some of Masamune's men (who have also come to help repair the dam), that Shingen is able to fight his enemy head on. Masamune and Kojūrō also show up, and Masamune is enraged by the sight of his enemy from the last battle. Using one of his attacks, Akechi destroys the dam, causing all the men and villagers to be swept away. While Shingen tries to hold his own against the raging water, Akechi jabs the blade of his scythe into the warlord, causing the man to lose his grip and fall into the river. Yukimura dives into the water to save his lord, but fails to reach him. Left standing on the shore, an infuriated Masamune and Kojūrō get ready to face off against Akechi, who agrees to the battle with pleasure as lightning illuminates the soon-to-be battleground.

star 10.00
1 votes
I Can Hear His Heartbeat: The Struggle for Trost, Part 4

#2 - I Can Hear His Heartbeat: The Struggle for Trost, Part 4

Attack on Titan Season 1 - Episode 8

Armin comes up with a risky plan that pits Titan against Titan as the abandoned cadets attempt to take back their headquarters. Getting into the building might be possible, but getting out alive and refueled will mean facing more of the giants.

star 8.65
1104 votes
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First Battle: The Struggle for Trost, Part 1

#3 - First Battle: The Struggle for Trost, Part 1

Attack on Titan Season 1 - Episode 5

Five years have passed since the fall of Wall Maria and Eren faces off against the Colossal Titan after it appears out of nowhere once again, and knocks a strategic hole in the gate of Wall Rose. As Titans swarm the city, the newly graduated Cadets are called in to fight a brutal battle that won't be without casualties.

star 8.51
1200 votes
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The Lost Christmas

#4 - The Lost Christmas

Guilty Crown Season 1 - Episode 12

Shuichiro teleports to the crystal tower but not before giving Segai the information he wants as thanks for his service. Meanwhile, Shu finally recognize who Gai is but he tells Shu to rescue Inori before the youngster, who Gai calls "Death", teleports away. As Shu follows them through a portal, "Death" tells Shu he still doesn't remember his past and causes him to remember.

star 8.38
65 votes
The Defeated: The 57th Exterior Scouting Mission, Part 6

#5 - The Defeated: The 57th Exterior Scouting Mission, Part 6

Attack on Titan Season 1 - Episode 22

The Female Titan has captured Eren after ripping him out of his Titan body, but Mikasa and Captain Levi give chase. Elsewhere, the Recon Corps begins preparations for the journey back home to the Wall with their numerous dead in tow.

star 8.15
967 votes

#6 - Exodus

Guilty Crown Season 1 - Episode 17

As the blockade gets closer to the school , causing fear amongst the students, Shu become more ruthless to maintain order. Yahiro warns him the students will hate him if he continues acting like this, but Shu insists it's necessary or they might end up dying like Hare. Arisa, traumatized after being attacked by Inori, is contacted by an unknown individual (later to be revealed as Segai), who convinces her to turn the students against Shu. Arisa seduces Hirohide and convinces him to secretly spread a rumor to the students that they will die if their Voids are destroyed and Shu is keeping it a secret, creating greater resentment against him.

star 8.13
68 votes
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Can't Look into His Eyes Yet: Eve of the Counterattack, Part 1

#7 - Can't Look into His Eyes Yet: Eve of the Counterattack, Part 1

Attack on Titan Season 1 - Episode 14

A special military tribunal will decide Eren’s fate. The Military Police calls for his execution while the Recon Corps argues that he is a powerful resource for humankind, and Mikasa is put on the spot when asked about the events of the Trost mission.

star 8.02
1028 votes
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#8 - Leukocytes

Guilty Crown Season 1 - Episode 6

Gai survives the attack but reveals that his team and the mercenaries were killed by the Leukocyte blast. At the outskirts of Tsukigase Dam, Gai briefs the Undertakers that their mission is to attack the Dam where the Leukocyte control system is located but due to the Leukocyte's security system, he will have Shu use Kenji's Void to disable it. Shu doesn't want to take part of the operation as he's afraid of the people who will die if he fails until Inori goes to talk to him. Meanwhile at Tsukigase Dam, Major Segai informs the Anti Bodies director Shuichiro Keido that his men are prepared for the Undertakers attack including Daryl, who wants revenge against the Undertakers for stealing his Steiner. As Gai gets another blood transfusion in a room alone, he confesses to what he assumes is Inori that he regrets of the lives who died for him and it was difficult to act as their fearless leader until he realizes the other person was in fact Shu due to Inori. Shu admits he never wanted to see this side of Gai and agrees to join the operation. As the Undertakers distract the GHQ forces guarding the dam, Shu, Gai, and Kenji sneak into the Leukocyte control system with Inori defending them. As Gai and Shu hacks the control system with Tsugumi's help via Funell, Segai sends Daryl to stop them which Gai battles and disables Daryl's Endlave. However, Daryl damages the control system, sending one of the Leukocyte's crashing to the dam. In order to stop it, Gai makes a deal with Segai that he will stop the crashing satellite using Shu's transmitter, revealing it is actually a targeting beacon for the Leukocytes, in exchange that he destroys all records of Shu's involvement with the Undertakers. Realizing Gai is sacrificing himself to destroy the falling satellite, Shu, with Inori's encouragement, combines Kenji's and Inori's Voids to destroy not only the falling satellite but also the one still in space. With the operation over, Shu finally accepts Gai and the Undertakers while Shuichiro speaks with a mysterious blond youngster over "Cocytus awakening".

star 7.99
68 votes
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#9 - Retraction

Guilty Crown Season 1 - Episode 10

Since his failure to save Jun, Shu is suffering traumatic memories of the Apocalypse Virus and hallucinating seeing people being infected which cost the Undertakers a mission to stop a convoy. Unwilling to join them anymore, Gai kicks Shu out the Undertakers. Retuning home, Shu finds Inori leaving but not before giving him her new song but he slaps it after getting another panic attack. Depressed, at school Shu ask Hare if he can be close to her but she slaps him as she isn't his replacement for Inori and he isn't the Shu that she loves and knows. Meanwhile, Major General Yan has put Shuichiro under house arrest for stealing the Apocalypse Virus meteorite and plans to have it transported overseas which Gai and Undertakers plan to attack the plane transporting the cargo and retrieve it. However, unknown to both the GHQ and the Undertakers, Seiga and the Anti Bodies have other plans and start vaccinating themselves. As Gai and his team get inside the transport plane, they find it empty and realize too late it is a trap. Seiga activates a genetic resonance broadcast at Tokyo Tower which causes the meteorite to spread the virus all over Tokyo and causing chaos. With both the GHQ and the Undertakers in disarray due to the virus, the Anti Bodies attack both of them and rescue Shuichiro from his confinement which Shuichiro watches the chaos from GHQ Headquarters and declares he will finish what he started 10 years ago.

star 7.79
67 votes
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A Diary

#10 - A Diary

Guilty Crown Season 1 - Episode 20

Mana has almost taken control of Inori's body and Gai tells his father, Shuichiro, that the Apocalypse will be coming and announces it to the world that the Leukocyte will destroy Earth on December 25th. The remnants of the Undertakers and the Kuhouin Group escape Japan on a ship along with the students of Tennouzu where Shibungi, who was released by Gai, gives Shu a journal by his father which reveals the Apocalypse virus history. In 2013, Shuichiro was a Professor researching on Genomic Resonance and befriended Shu's father Kurosu, who the latter was interested in the former's work. In 2017, Kurosu meet his future first wife, Saeko Shijou, a fellow colleague whom he marries after she became pregnant with their first child, Mana. But in 2022, a meteorite crashes on Earth and was discovered by Mana and Saeko. Shuichiro and Shu discovered a virus inside the meteorite which reacts when the Genomic Resonance was used.

star 7.62
58 votes
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Invoking the Loyalty of the Swaying Red Flower

#11 - Invoking the Loyalty of the Swaying Red Flower

Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings Season 1 - Episode 4

Azai Nagamasa is formally introduced. He is the leader of Oumi as well as the brother-in-law of Oda Nobunaga. After he heard what misdeeds Oda is bringing across the country, he no longer wants to accept this fact and is setting out to prevent him from attacking Asakura, an ally of his. After he tries to persuade Oda from attacking their joint ally, Oda tells him to attack Asakura himself or he will kill his own sister, Oichi. In the meantime, Kasuga is with Takeda Shingen to confirm his alliance with Uesugi. After she leaves, Sasuke comes back to report his failure in persuading both Azai and Tokugawa in forming an alliance with Takeda. In the end Date, Uesugi, and Takeda formed an alliance to defeat Oda, and Azai plans to head out to prevent Date from attacking Oda's army.

star 7.60
5 votes