The BEST episodes directed by Shintaro Itoga

Confused Mind
29 votes

#1 - Confused Mind

Blood+ - Season 4 - Episode 5

Saya wakes up in Solomon's New York penthouse apartment, while Hagi searches for her. Solomon explains that he has left everything behind for Saya, including Diva. He pledges his eternal loves and asks Saya to be his bride. He pledges to protect her and fulfill her every wish. As they talk, Solomon realizes Saya's time of sleep is coming, and swears he would kill Diva if Saya ordered him to. Hagi appears to retrieve Saya, saying she is his reason for being. Solomon won't let her go, and they begin a battle. As they fight, Saya gets dizzy and falls from the building. To save her, Hagi unleashes his true form for the first time in the series. When they land, Saya gently rejects his feelings, and tells him killing Diva is her job. She and Hagi fly off, returning to the apartment. Meanwhile, Julia goes with David to the hospital. As he is rushed to the emergency room, he asks her to come back to them. Julia keeps vigil over him as he lies unconscious in the hospital, and kisses him. Back at the apartment, Mao kisses Kai and confesses her love, but also accepts that his only thoughts are for Saya.

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Skyscraper Opera
29 votes

#2 - Skyscraper Opera

Blood+ - Season 4 - Episode 10

Saya, Hagi, and the Red Shield goes to the Metropolitan Opera House to try to stop Diva's performance. Before the show starts, Nathan tells Amshel that the world exists to showcase Diva's beauty, as was predestined before she was born. When Amshel says Nathan talks like he was there, Nathan says he was and that before Diva was born, there was their "mommy" and her faithful chevalier. Kai confronts Hagi and demands to know what else they are hiding besides the coming hibernation time and begs him to take care of her. While they talk, Saya slips the key Kai gave her into his coat pocket and whispers goodbye. Saya and Hagi go to try to kill Diva before she can take the stage, but before she can charge Diva, Saya grows woozy again and can't attack. Hagi attacks Diva, but she easily dodges him. Hagi and Saya fight against Amshel. After he knocks Hagi out, Amshel tells Saya that if she had never set Diva free, Diva could have been his and his alone. He admits he has a constant obsession with Diva, which he views as the ultimate form of love for her. Diva begins singing, and people in the audience begin changing into chiroptera. Lewis is able to blow up the relay stations, but it doesn't work because they relay the signal through the military satellite feeds. Kai, David, Lewis, and Lulu go to the relay vans and destroy all of the equipment to finally bring down the world-wide broadcast. They get surrounded by chiroptera and David is injured. Hagi attacks Amshel so Saya can go after Diva as Nathan watches from the audience with the babies beside him.

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The Volleyball Idiots
142 votes

#3 - The Volleyball Idiots

Haikyu!! - Season 3 - Episode 9

Just as Shiratorizawa gets to match point, Karasuno regains spirit as Tsukki returns to the court.. Players on both teams are at the end of their ropes, but they continue to give their all to the last part of the match!

Midnight Sun
1004 votes

#4 - Midnight Sun

Attack on Titan - Season 3 - Episode 18

While picking up the pieces from the costly battle, tensions rise when deciding which of the wounded Scouts gets to use the single syringe of serum.

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The Chemical Change of Encounters
136 votes

#5 - The Chemical Change of Encounters

Haikyu!! - Season 3 - Episode 6

Karasuno finds themselves against a wall as Shiratorizawa wins their second set easily. Needing a push, Hinata ups his defense and the two teams battle it out..

140 votes

#6 - Guess-Monster

Haikyu!! - Season 3 - Episode 3

Underway into the second match, Karasuno tries to attack, but Shiratorizawa's middle blocker is a Guess Monster. Using fast intuition, he keeps blocking all of their attempts. As he blocked Karasuno's spikes one after another, Tsukki calmly assesses the situation for a counter-attack.

Wall: Assault on Stohess (3)
2124 votes

#7 - Wall: Assault on Stohess (3)

Attack on Titan - Season 1 - Episode 25

Eren, spurred on by his promise to kill every single Titan, unleashes the full power of his Titan form in the fight with the Female Titan. As their bloody battle draws to a close, it seems humanity may finally have a chance at survival. However, with many mysteries still left unsolved, what will await Eren, Mikasa, and Armin?

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The Other Side of the Wall
952 votes

#8 - The Other Side of the Wall

Attack on Titan - Season 3 - Episode 22

Though it's met with hope and despair, the truth is made public. The Scouts then venture beyond the walls to see if it's everything they dreamed of.

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The Destroyer
131 votes

#9 - The Destroyer

Haikyu!! - Season 2 - Episode 21

Karasuno is facing a completely different Seijoh now that they've called in Kyotani. Karasuno can't seem to gt their rhythm together, meanwhile, Seijoh seems to pick themselves back up. When the flow of the game seems like it's going to change drastically, Karasuno...

161 votes

#10 - Next

Haikyu!! - Season 2 - Episode 16

Johzenji's carefree rhythm almost breaks Hinata and Kageyama, but they manage to regain their cool with Sawamura's help, and continue the match. Meanwhile, Johzenji's manager, Misaki, tells the team how she really feels about them.

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Farming's Five Top Four
14 votes

#11 - Farming's Five Top Four

No-Rin - Season 1 - Episode 5

Through a series of unfortunate events Ringo meets three of the schools top farming students, the Yaoi obsessed class rep of the Biotechnology department, Akari "Bio" Suzuku, the forever lonely class rep of the Forestry department, Rintaro "Woodman" Miyamoto, and the strangely effeminate class rep of the Landscaping department, Kaoru "Rose" Hanazono.

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The View From the Summit
207 votes

#12 - The View From the Summit

Haikyu!! - Season 1 - Episode 4

The practice match that will determine the future of Kageyama and Hinata begins as Kageyama, Hinata, and Ryuunosuke battle Tsukishima, Yamaguchi, and captain Sawamura in a 3-on-3 first years match. Kageyama begins to fall into his old setting habits, making it hard for Hinata and Ryuunosuke to spike the ball. When he does get in tune, Tsukishima is predicting his moves and is managing to block all their points. It looks like it will be an easy win in set 1 for the captain's team, but then Kageyama and Hinata start to succeed with their quick attack, which could completely change the outcome of the match.

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The Moment of Release
31 votes

#13 - The Moment of Release

Run with the Wind - Season 1 - Episode 19

The Tokyo-Hakone Round-Trip College Ekiden Race finally begins. Haiji was right, and Section 1 moves at a slow pace while the teams try to feel each other out. Prince, who bears the heavy responsibility of starting the race, takes up his position behind the other runners and conserves his strength. It's all part of Haiji's plan to take the top. Haiji also sends a message to Prince through Tazaki in the coach's vehicle and heads to the Tsurumi Relay Station where Musa waits. The group raises its pace. Prince desperately hangs on. And in the back of his mind, he recalls a conversation he once had with Haiji...

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The Two Detectives, Act 1
44 votes

#14 - The Two Detectives, Act 1

Moriarty the Patriot - Season 1 - Episode 10

Holmes is frustrated at the thought of there being a mastermind behind the Noahtic and Drebber cases whose identity eludes him. After an unsatisfying investigation into a third nobleman death, Holmes has a chance encounter on a train.

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Dreams and Reality
35 votes

#15 - Dreams and Reality

Run with the Wind - Season 1 - Episode 16

A runner from another school trips and falls right in front of Haiji. Fortunately, he's able to avoid crashing into him, but he puts all his weight on his right leg. The fall causes a commotion at the water station. The cold rain mercilessly pounds down on the runners and the fans watching over them. Eventually the races moves into the city streets, and the runners' race for survival accelerates.

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Nagisa Time
147 votes

#16 - Nagisa Time

Assassination Classroom - Season 1 - Episode 22

Before Nagisa completely gives into his anger, Terasaka throws a stun-gun at him, urging him not to become a murderer and think about what's truly important. Despite being heavily beaten by Takaoka, Nagisa uses what he learned from Lovro to perform his secret technique; shocking Takaoka with a sudden clap before using the stun-gun Terasaka gave him to bring him to his knees, leaving him with the smile he fears so much before shocking him unconscious. Afterwards, the three assassins from earlier reveal the virus they used is nothing more than an enhanced food-poisoning bug that will wear off eventually, as they didn't agree with Takaoka's methods. The next day, after the affected students recover from their symptoms and Koro-sensei emerges from his crystallized state, the students makes the most of the remainder of their vacation before returning to school for the second term of their assassination classroom.

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173 votes

#17 - Yearning

Haikyu!! - Season 1 - Episode 10

The practice match between Karasuno and the Neighborhood Association continues with Karasuno down 1-0. Ukai manages to see firsthand how Hinata can be the ultimate decoy and learns how quickly Kageyama and Hinata have grown together as a duo. He also witnesses firsthand how Hinata's speed is difficult to keep up with. However an off-speed serve allows the Neighborhood Association to get four straight aces and take a 24-18 lead. On the final point Ryuunosuke finally gets the chance to spike, but Yu manages to save the spike, and Azumane ends the game with a killer spike. Now Ukai must decide whom the regular starters will be. One thing is for certain, the duo of Kageyama and Hinata seem to have their fates tied together. Will they be in the starting lineup, or will they come off the bench. Ukai also decides practice for the first and second years will focus mainly on receiving serves to address the teams biggest weakness.

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Winners and Losers
166 votes

#18 - Winners and Losers

Haikyu!! - Season 1 - Episode 16

Karasuno's boys team wins set one 25-12, but the Captain's old friend delivers one phrase that makes Karasuno stay serious for set 2. Kageyama gets five quick service aces, and Karasuno's boys team wins set two 25-14. The girls team isn't so lucky as they fall in two sets and wonder what they could've done to be able to keep playing. After some promises are made to those who have lost, Karasuno's freshmen learn how just three months before Karasuno was shutdown by Dateko, their second round opponent. Ukai goes with the same lineup from game 1 and Yu deleivers a speech that boosts the morale of the upperclassmen. It's now time for match 2. Can Karasuno find a way to defeat the Iron Wall of Dateko?

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Erwin Smith: The 57th Exterior Scouting Mission (4)
2000 votes

#19 - Erwin Smith: The 57th Exterior Scouting Mission (4)

Attack on Titan - Season 1 - Episode 20

With the help of Levi's squad, the Recon Corps has successfully captured the Female Titan. As Commander Erwin and Captain Levi begin preparations to extract whoever is inside the Titan, will the Recon Corps discover its true identity, or does the Female Titan have one last trick up its sleeve?

886 votes

#20 - Friends

Attack on Titan - Season 3 - Episode 10

Kenny recalls the life which has brought him to death's door, but he gets to decide whether to live on or not.

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Oikawa Toru Is Not a Genius
164 votes

#21 - Oikawa Toru Is Not a Genius

Haikyu!! - Season 1 - Episode 20

Oikawa and Kageyama continue to match up head-to-head a s they try to prove whose the superior setter. Their junior high days competing against each other are shown, and when Aoba Johsai begins to predict Kageyama's moves a shocking move is made as Sugawara is subbed in for Karasuno. Will this be a blow for Kageyama's ego that he can't overcome?

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1012 votes

#22 - Pain

Attack on Titan - Season 3 - Episode 2

The Scouts take a stand against a new enemy, but it's not just Titans they'll be fighting anymore.

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Harmony of One's Heart – My Mission, Your Future
51 votes

#23 - Harmony of One's Heart – My Mission, Your Future

Vivy: Fluorite Eye's Song - Season 1 - Episode 9

“Hey, can you hear me? Don’t you think this song I’m singing sounds beautiful?” The ugly truth behind the tragedy that has befallen Ophelia, is that her support AI, Antonio, has taken over her body. With his identity blown, Antonio attacks Matsumoto in order to hide Ophelia’s truth. Kakitani captures Diva and confesses his hatred for AIs while forcibly trying to awaken Vivy who is inside of her. Will Diva and Matsumoto be able to safely fix the Singularity Point…?

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Nocturne of Bonds and Prayers
31 votes

#24 - Nocturne of Bonds and Prayers

Scrapped Princess - Season 1 - Episode 8

Zeferis explains that Sim is really Cz, a Peacemaker, and an enemy of the group. Pacifica refuses to kill her, and Sim runs off. Pacifica goes after her, and finds her with Steyr. Steyr changes Sim into Cz, but Shannon and Zeferis force them to retreat.

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A Study in "S", Act 1
39 votes

#25 - A Study in "S", Act 1

Moriarty the Patriot - Season 1 - Episode 8

After receiving the approval of Miss Hudson, landlady of 221B Baker Street, John H. Watson, recently returned from the Afghan War, becomes the housemate of consulting detective Sherlock Holmes, who himself is soon implicated in a serious crime.

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VS. Umbrella
165 votes

#26 - VS. Umbrella

Haikyu!! - Season 2 - Episode 9

The members of Karasuno continue to strengthen the new things they've learned while at the Tokyo training camp. However, Hinata and Kageyama still can't get their quick down. Kageyama is anxious about Hinata losing his spirit and tries to do a normal toss during a practice match, but...

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Wound: The Struggle for Trost (8)
1953 votes

#27 - Wound: The Struggle for Trost (8)

Attack on Titan - Season 1 - Episode 12

The plan to reclaim Trost falls apart when Eren’s newfound powers turn him into a mindless giant. As Titans continue to swarm the city, it’s up to Armin and Mikasa to make sure the cadets massacred during the mission haven’t died in vain.

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171 votes

#28 - Moonrise

Haikyu!! - Season 2 - Episode 7

In order to achieve a new form, Hinata and Kageyama start practicing on their own. The other members of Karasuno have also started practicing on their own to better themselves, and they have shown some evolution. However, Tsukishima seems indifferent about change and one day after practice, he is asked to serve as blocker...

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Overflowing Drops
35 votes

#29 - Overflowing Drops

Run with the Wind - Season 1 - Episode 11

The twins and Musa achieve official records, and the residents of the Chikusei-so feel there's hope for them. However, Shindo and Yuki begin to panic as they fail to beat their personal records for close to a month. Haiji tries to reason with them, but words alone aren't enough to save them. Meanwhile, the heavy rains continue, impeding the progress of the residents. The other residents grow concerned as Shindo continues to work hard at practice and his studies. Meanwhile, Kakeru and Haiji spot champion Fujioka Kazuma in a track and field magazine...

School Festival Time
119 votes

#30 - School Festival Time

Assassination Classroom - Season 2 - Episode 10

Each class at Kunugigaoka Academy is competing for the highest sales totals in the school festival. How can the E Class even hope to stand a chance?

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End-of-Term Time - Second Period
110 votes

#31 - End-of-Term Time - Second Period

Assassination Classroom - Season 2 - Episode 11

It's exam time again, and the cream-of-the-crop A Class is a bigger threat than ever before. Top-ranking Asano, however, has something up his sleeve.

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Kaede Time
120 votes

#32 - Kaede Time

Assassination Classroom - Season 2 - Episode 2

Kaede comes up with a delicious plan of attack, Class 3-E plays an intense game of Cops and Robbers, and Koro Sensei is accused of a serious crime.

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Raging Battle
24 votes

#33 - Raging Battle

Kingdom (2012) - Season 1 - Episode 19

The Fourth Army's victory against the chariots gives Lord Biao an idea. How far can he push behind enemy lines if the infantry's survival is no object?

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Outer Space Time
115 votes

#34 - Outer Space Time

Assassination Classroom - Season 2 - Episode 19

Class 3-E has agreed to try and save Koro Sensei. In order to do this, they must track down confidential information -- information that takes the class to another height.

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Ball Game Tournament Time
167 votes

#35 - Ball Game Tournament Time

Assassination Classroom - Season 1 - Episode 12

A baseball tournament is to be held, in which Class 3-E are forced to play an exhibition match against the top players of the school's baseball club, which Sugino used to be a part of. Despite knowing the odds are against them, particularly when pitted against the club captain Shindo, Sugino remains determined to win, prompting Koro-sensei to coach them for the match, teaching them how to go up against his mach speed fastballs. On the day of the match, Class 3-E use a bunting strategy to load the bases, allowing them to get an early lead. Not willing to let this slide, Asano takes over as the baseball club's coach to put a stop to Class 3-E's bunting strategy, using the power of hypnotic suggestion to turn Shindo into a bloodthirsty warrior. With the bases loaded against them, Class 3-E manage to use some provocations Karma made concerning some unfair play earlier to their own advantage, placing some of their player up close to Shindo to prevent him from swinging without hurting them, allowing Class-E to win the match. Afterwards. Sugino expresses how he wanted to show off the friends he made in Class 3-E, managing to rekindle his old friendship with Shindo.

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A New Trial
17 votes

#36 - A New Trial

Kingdom (2012) - Season 1 - Episode 24

When Xin approaches Wang Yi looking for a mentor to make him stronger, he discovers that the great general doesn't make things easy.

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King of the Wind
20 votes

#37 - King of the Wind

Macross Delta - Season 1 - Episode 12

The Windermerans and the Sigur Berrentzs go on the offensive and launch an attack on NUNS forces. The Macross Elysion is ordered to leave its post on Ragna and to meet the Windermerean threat in space. Mirage receives surprising news from Major Arad about her status in Delta Flight.

The Emperor's New Clothes
33 votes

#38 - The Emperor's New Clothes

Run with the Wind - Season 1 - Episode 6

King rebels against Haiji's escalating demands. His job search continues to go poorly, causing him to close himself off to even Shindo, who is concerned for him. Eventually King begins acting independently. The other residents are also unable to hide their befuddlement at being told they can't work. Meanwhile, Kakeru goes to Nico-chan in order to dispel his doubts about Haiji, but he's unable to find a definitive answer. While this is happening, Shindo has an idea and suggests it to the other residents, but...

12 votes

#39 - Advent

Hamatora - Season 2 - Episode 6

After Gasquet's funeral Nice and his friends start investigating who attacked the prison of Minimum Holders and find his killer. Nice and Murasaki meet local information broker Mao who informs them how Gasquet contacted him to request him information about Saikyo. Although the culprits managed remove evidence of them, the group manage to find a video involving the members from Freenum. They try going to the club to confront them but learn they have already left. As Nice leaves Murasaki, Murasaki has an internal conflict as he admits detesting his own weakness for being always with Nice. He is then approached by Art and Murasaki claims he wants to join him. In Art's hideout, Art realizes Murasaki is just using him to aid Nice and allows Murasaki to beat him up while Freenum records and leak the scene. When Murasaki shoots Art, Freenum's Ishigami Shunichi activates Art's Regeneration Minimum revealing him to the public as a messiah-like figure. Hours later, Nice and Hajime find a bag with Murasaki inside.

Island Time
154 votes

#40 - Island Time

Assassination Classroom - Season 1 - Episode 17

The E Class trains intently under a pro killer to prepare for their island assassination. Once there, they must make sure everything falls into place.

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L and R Time
177 votes

#41 - L and R Time

Assassination Classroom - Season 1 - Episode 10

Irina is greeted by her former master, retired assassin Lovro, who thinks she should give up as she has no chance of killing Koro-sensei. Hoping to prove him wrong, Koro-sensei proposes a match between Irina and Lovro to see who will be the first to 'kill' Karasuma, offering Karasuma his own incentive should neither win. Despite Lovro's doubts after he fails to kill Karasuma himself, Irina manages to use what she's learned targeting Koro-sensei to get close, with Karasuma accepting defeat at her hands and Lovro acknowledging her efforts. Later, Nagisa, Karma, and Ritsu accompany Koro-sensei on a mach speed trip to Hawaii to watch the premiere of a new movie, getting a lecture along the way and learning a lot more about Koro-sensei's point of view. On their way back, a man in a while cloak observes alongside a boy, the second transfer student who claims to be Koro-sensei's brother.

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The Power of Unity
19 votes

#42 - The Power of Unity

Kingdom (2012) - Season 1 - Episode 31

Pang Nuan is still unleashing the wrath of the gods on all around him, and at this point he seems almost untouchable. But this is the Fei Xin Force's camp, and they're not giving up without a fight.

Go! Go! My First Mission
217 votes

#43 - Go! Go! My First Mission

Black Clover - Season 1 - Episode 8

The Magic Knights: heroes that everyone in the kingdom looks up to and dreams of becoming one day. But the new recruit, Asta, has yet to do anything that seems like what a Magic Knight should be doing, as he’s stuck doing random chores.

The Ones Not Chosen
32 votes

#44 - The Ones Not Chosen

Run with the Wind - Season 1 - Episode 5

After being challenged by Tokyo Sport University's Sakaki, Kakeru and the other residents of Chikusei-so have grown closer. As they celebrate the renewal of their resolve, King comes home wearing a suit for a change. Meanwhile, Kakeru voices his objections to participating in a track meet so soon. What point is there in forcing the amateurish residents to face reality? In response to Kakeru, Haiji asks his own question. Kakeru's doubts remain unresolved as Haiji begins holding proper practices. However, King refuses to participate because he's busy looking for a job... Under a cloud of anxiety, their proper training begins.

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Someone Important
44 votes

#45 - Someone Important

Arifureta: From Commonplace to World's Strongest - Season 2 - Episode 6

Hajime and Kaori, separated from the others, move deeper into the labyrinth. They encounter an even more disturbing illusion, but Kaori has more important concerns - does she really want to continue this relationship with Hajime?

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The Ogre’s Arrival
35 votes

#46 - The Ogre’s Arrival

Run with the Wind - Season 1 - Episode 2

"The residents of the Chikusei-so will run in the Hakone Ekiden together." Kakeru responds strongly to Haiji's rash suggestion. All the residents are amateurs when it comes to long distance running. Nobody takes Haiji's words seriously. The residents attempt to carry on with their college lives, but Haiji's shadow approaches. Threatened by Haiji's mysterious pressure, several tragically fall to Haiji's hand. Kakeru tries to leave the Chikusei-so, but he runs into Nico-chan in the city. Meanwhile, the Chikusei-so's bath breaks for unknown reasons, and they decide to go to the "hellish" public bath instead...

Fall Down in the Infirmary
67 votes

#47 - Fall Down in the Infirmary

Green Green - Season 1 - Episode 5

Sanae misplaces her medicine box, but Yuusuke helps her find it. His good deed is seen and misinterpreted by Reika, who decides to try to bring the two together; and by a jealous Tazio, who enlists the help of the other members of the Baka Trio to come up with a way to win Sanae's heart.

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37 votes

#48 - Outbound

Gatchaman Crowds - Season 2 - Episode 7

Japan undergoes rapid change as Gelsadra continues his reforms based on his slogan, "Our Hearts as One, Create Our World, Together." With his popularity on a meteoric rise, his constituents are full of smiles. Tsubasa firmly believes that their shared dream will soon come true, but some cannot help but feel a sense of disquiet over the rapidity of change...

Delicate Tear Concealer
6 votes

#49 - Delicate Tear Concealer

I My Me! Strawberry Eggs - Season 1 - Episode 4

It's parents weekend and when it's Hibiki's turn, the parents are asked to join the class. But who will be there for Fuko? Mori and Tofu attempt to enter the school as parents.

Bemusing Love Palette
2 votes

#50 - Bemusing Love Palette

I My Me! Strawberry Eggs - Season 1 - Episode 10

Fujio Himejima tries to confess her feelings to Akira Fukae with the help of Miho Umeda, but things don't go as planned.