The BEST episodes directed by Shoji Kawamori

It's Time to End This
star
9.51
69 votes

#1 - It's Time to End This

Macross Plus - Season 1 - Episode 4

Angered by the news that the Stealth Valkyrie trials have been abruptly stopped, Isamu and Yang head toward Earth to get even with the pilot-less Valkyrie, "Ghost X-9." Guld, also hearing the same news goes after them for a final battle. The two fighters clash amidst interceptor missiles being fired from Earth. During this fight to the death, Guld recalls a fateful event that had been sealed in his memory. Meanwhile, in Macross City, Sharon Apple absorbs Myung's thoughts and twists them in a terrifying fashion. She now has full control over the city as well as the minds of its citizens. Sharon sends the "Ghost X-9" after Isamu and Guld.

A Twelve Thousand Year Old Love Letter
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9.25
40 votes

#2 - A Twelve Thousand Year Old Love Letter

Aquarion - Season 1 - Episode 13

Apollo may be a beast, but Toma knows his weakness: the loyalty that will allow the Shadow Angel access to the relic.

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Brain Waves
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9.23
69 votes

#3 - Brain Waves

Macross Plus - Season 1 - Episode 2

Computer-generated mega-pop star Sharon Apple has packed in the masses again for another of her bestselling concerts. Amongst the fans are, Isamu Dyson, the maverick pilot, and Yang, who is about to pull off one of the biggest computer hacking stunts ever in front of millions. When Isamu returns to the New Edwards Test Center he is up against his old rival Guld for air supremacy as well as fighting for the affections of Myung, the discontented producer of Sharon Apple. A computer transmitted message alarms the pilots that Myung is in danger and both rush to her resuce. Guld emerges a hero and Isamu is jealous. Sparks fly and rivalry turns violent as they meet in ariel combat.

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A.D. 2040 (Deep Space)
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9.18
50 votes

#4 - A.D. 2040 (Deep Space)

Macross Plus - Season 1 - Episode 1

In 2040 A.D. on the colonial planet Eden, the Ministry of Defense is testing and developing a transforming aircraft, a new advanced defense to counter alien threats. Isamu Dyson is an extrovert jet fighter maverick assigned as a new test pilot on project Super Nova. Competition heats up when he discovers that his old rival Guld is test pilot for the competing project. The arrival of Myung, a mututal ex-girlfriend, adds mor tension to the conflict.

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Stars in the Sky, Flowers on the Earth
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9.18
40 votes

#5 - Stars in the Sky, Flowers on the Earth

Aquarion - Season 1 - Episode 10

The Shadow Angels unleash a dreadful new weapon, designed to be guided by their most powerful warrior. Elements are seriously injured and must heal while the Vectors are repaired in the field.

The Time of Amber
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9.12
41 votes

#6 - The Time of Amber

Aquarion - Season 1 - Episode 12

An artifact from a holy scripture unleashes a flood of recollection, igniting the souls of Apollo and Silvia. Toma himself visits the Earth in a war machine - and Apollo is in the crosshairs.

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The Route of Dreams
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9.10
41 votes

#7 - The Route of Dreams

Aquarion - Season 1 - Episode 9

The Mythological Beast Titania has appeared, and it abducts children in their dreams, causing them to never wake up again. Most of the Elements also gets caught, but some of them wake up again, and they need to find a way to fight this Mythological Beast.

Element School
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9.07
43 votes

#8 - Element School

Aquarion - Season 1 - Episode 3

Apollo enters the Element school, where the Elements train. The new recruits - Apollo, Jun Lee and Tsugumi Rosenmeier - then enter a training simulator, and Apollo ends up being partnered with Silvia. In the simulator, the two accidentally shares a kiss. Later on, the Shadow Angels appear yet again, and Silvia, Sirius and Raika heads out to attack them. However, Apollo accidentally winds up in Silvia's Vector, and now they need to co-operate to fight properly.

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The First Union
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9.05
39 votes

#9 - The First Union

Aquarion - Season 1 - Episode 8

Jun and Tsugumi are both worried about their first unification, and ask Pierre and Reika respectively about it. Tsugumi however, is very hesitating when it comes to going on a mission because of her powers. Later, when a new kind of Kelbim soldier appears, Jun, Apollo and Pierre are sent out to stop it; Pierre replacing a hesitating Tsugumi. However, when it seems that only her powers can save the day, will she build up the strength to do so?

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King of the Underground Labyrinth
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9.05
42 votes

#10 - King of the Underground Labyrinth

Aquarion - Season 1 - Episode 5

Apollo wants to search for Baron, and goes missing trying to look for the Vectors. This leads the Commander to initiate a special exercise for the other Elements: Find Apollo. What they doesn't know is that the exercise has a special meaning, which is to work together as a team. When Shadow Angels attack later on, Apollo, Silvia and Pierre manage to learn this lesson, and they beat the Mythological Beast which has appeared.

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To the Other Side of Emotions
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9.05
42 votes

#11 - To the Other Side of Emotions

Aquarion - Season 1 - Episode 6

The Elements are doing the Image Power long-range projection exercise. In this exercise, they're going to make their partner, who will be 1 000 meters away, turn around with their Image Power. However, all of them fail blatantly. Aside that, Sirius and Raika is developing a closer relationship, which makes Silvia extremely jealous.

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Barefoot Soldiers
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9.00
42 votes

#12 - Barefoot Soldiers

Aquarion - Season 1 - Episode 4

At a meeting of Shadow Angels, Toma reveals his plan of creating a new world with the help of the Solar Wing. Elsewhere, at the Element school, the Elements do an exercise which includes being barefoot. Later on, when a gravity-canceling Shadow Angel attack, their exercise proves to be very helpful.

Knight of the Crimson Rose
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9.00
43 votes

#13 - Knight of the Crimson Rose

Aquarion - Season 1 - Episode 7

After a small accident, tension arise between Sirius and Apollo. Later on, a Mythological Beast attacks Memphis, and Sirius, Silvia and Sirius head out to counterattack. However, it sends out a bright light which causes each of them to experience short, painful flashbacks. When they then try to unificate, they end up trying to kill each other. Can they overcome this negative energy and win?

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Happiness at the Bottom of the Sea
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8.95
41 votes

#14 - Happiness at the Bottom of the Sea

Aquarion - Season 1 - Episode 11

A crisis of confidence has shaken Reika to the core, forcing the depressed pilot to leave the program and her partners behind.

Memories of an Angel
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8.78
46 votes

#15 - Memories of an Angel

Aquarion - Season 1 - Episode 1

Pierre Vieira and Silvia de Alisia are out on a mission in Arc City to find the reincarnation of the "Solar Wing", and their current target is an orphan named Apollo. However, Shadow Angels suddenly attack the town, and DEAVA sends out a Vector unit consisting of Sirius de Alisia, Glen Anderson and Hong Lihua to deal with the threat. When a Shadow Angel stronger than the others, known as a Cherubim, appear, can they hope to win? Also, how does Apollo relate to all this?

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Shocking Stage Debut
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8.72
60 votes

#16 - Shocking Stage Debut

Macross Delta - Season 1 - Episode 4

At a concert on the nearby planet Randall, Freyja makes her official debut as the newest member of Walküre. The Aerial Knights of Windermere interrupt the festivities and finally make their true intentions known.

The Beast of Darkness
star
8.67
46 votes

#17 - The Beast of Darkness

Aquarion - Season 1 - Episode 2

After the battle, Apollo has been put into detention until DEAVA can find out more about him. Meanwhile, Sirius, Raika and Silvia head out to battle more Shadow Angels, but trouble arises as yet another Cherubim arrives. It is revealed though, that these Angels are but mere soldiers, as this one is controlled by a human-like Shadow Angel known as Toma. What's more, Toma has a connection to Apollo's previous life...

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Whirlwind Dogfight
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8.67
63 votes

#18 - Whirlwind Dogfight

Macross Delta - Season 1 - Episode 3

Mirage is assigned to train Hayate, who has become the newest recruit for Delta Flight. Freyja continues her Walküre training. As Hayate and Freyja both struggle through their respective initiations, they soon discover that they are stronger together than they are apart.

Passionate Diving
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8.41
22 votes

#19 - Passionate Diving

Macross Delta - Season 1 - Episode 13

The Windermerean attack continues and the fate of the inhabitants of Planet Ragna hangs in the balance.

Resolute Audition
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8.36
66 votes

#20 - Resolute Audition

Macross Delta - Season 1 - Episode 2

In the aftermath of the Var Syndrome Outbreak on Al Shahal, new opportunities present themselves for Freyja and Hayate. They make their way to Planet Ragna where Freyja auditions to be the newest member of Walkure, and Hayate receives an intriguing offer from Delta Flight.

The Birdman
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8.25
16 votes

#21 - The Birdman

Macross Zero - Season 1 - Episode 5

In the South Pacific, two military forces prepare to fight a nuclear war. In desperation, Shin and Sara decide to sacrifice themselves . . . in order to protect the Mayan people.

Battlefield Prologue
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8.18
71 votes

#22 - Battlefield Prologue

Macross Delta - Season 1 - Episode 1

Looking to escape the confines of an arranged marriage on her home planet, Freyja Wion stows away on a cargo ship, hoping to follow her dreams and audition for the Walkure Tactical Music Unit. She's discovered by Hayate Immelmann, a young dock worker and drifter with no particular dreams of his own. After an outbreak of the deadly Var Syndrome strikes, the Walkure Unit appears on the scene, and the power of Freyja's music is awakened.

Flash of AXIA
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8.08
26 votes

#23 - Flash of AXIA

Macross Delta - Season 1 - Episode 10

At the Jellyfish Festival on Ragna, Messer says goodbye, as he reveals that he has been reassigned as a training instructor due to his worsening condition. Meanwhile, the Windermearans have developed a new system to amplify Prince Heinz' wind song. The Aerial Knights launch a surprise attack and Var Outbreak on Al-Shahal to test the new system. The Delta team must protect Al-Shahal from the Knights' attack even though they are one man short...

The Star of the Surface
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8.07
15 votes

#24 - The Star of the Surface

Macross Zero - Season 1 - Episode 2

The Alliance have developed their own transforming fighter, the VF-0 (or 'Zero'). It first sees action in the skies above Mayan, placing the lives of Mao & the other islanders at risk but giving Shin his opportunity to return.

The Day of No Return
star
8.00
2 votes

#25 - The Day of No Return

Earth Girl Arjuna - Season 1 - Episode 10

Juna travels alone to a laboratory endangered by a biohazard disaster. However, the man in charge is none other than Tokio's father. He dismisses Juna's concerns, seeing them only as the vague visions of one little girl. Tokio arrives, but the friction between him and his father only heats the debate even more.

Jellyfish Reminiscense
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7.84
25 votes

#26 - Jellyfish Reminiscense

Macross Delta - Season 1 - Episode 11

Delta Flight and Walküre take time out to mourn the loss of one of their own. The grand plan of the Windermereans is revealed and set into motion.

Decision Overload
star
7.84
31 votes

#27 - Decision Overload

Macross Delta - Season 1 - Episode 6

Hayate and Freyja continue to be put through their paces as the war with the Windermere Kingdom begins. Mikumo challenges Freyja to find what she's fighting for, while Messer gives harsh criticism to both Mirage and Hayate hoping to strengthen their resolve for the war to come. When the Aerial Knights attack, Hayate is put in an impossible situation and is forced to make a decision that will change his life forever.

Singer of the Stars
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7.82
17 votes

#28 - Singer of the Stars

Macross Delta - Season 1 - Episode 25

Windermere's endgame is set into motion, as the ultimate plan for the Singer of the Stars is revealed. Xaos gets recalled to Ragna to prepare for the final showdown against Windermere.

Escape Resonance
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7.81
27 votes

#29 - Escape Resonance

Macross Delta - Season 1 - Episode 8

Hayate, Freyja, and Mirage have been captured by the Aerial Knights, and it's up to the rest of Walküre and Delta Flight to stage a daring rescue. Freyja and Hayate discover what happens when they are truly in sync. Meanwhile, Messer must deal with his worsening condition.

Eternal Walküre
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7.74
19 votes

#30 - Eternal Walküre

Macross Delta - Season 1 - Episode 26

Roid attempts to control the Singer of the Stars as the final showdown against the Aerial Knights takes place at the Protoculture Ruins on Ragna.

Investigation
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7.71
17 votes

#31 - Investigation

Macross Plus - Season 1 - Episode 3

A firestorm of emotion ignites when the dangerous rivalry between hotshot renegade Isamu Dyson and ice-cool Zentradei helf-breed Guld Bowman reaches the boiling point amid the pressure of the Super Nova test program. Former singer Myung Lone, now the manager of the computer-generated virtual idol Sharon Apple, is torn between her feelings for the two men as her memories of days gone by on planet Eden are shattered by harsh reality. After an investigation into the so-called 'accident' that left Dyson hospitalized, the UN Government in charge of the test program unveils its hidden agenda and cancels both Dyson and Bowman's experimental star fighters in favor of a new artificially intelligent aircraft. Myung leaves them behind, heading for Earth and an uncertain future, while Dyson, with the help of hacker genius Yang, hijacks the YF-19 fighter and heads after her. Only one other plane can catch him -- the rival YF-21. Bowman climbs aboard and the chase is on... Meanwhile on Earth, on the eve of her greatest concert, the computerized Sharon Apple has become self-aware for the very first time ... and the consequences can be murder...

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King of the Wind
star
7.70
20 votes

#32 - 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.

Eternal Songs
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7.67
21 votes

#33 - Eternal Songs

Macross Delta - Season 1 - Episode 19

While Mikumo and Hayate are both recovering from the infiltration on Voldor, Berger Stone from the Epsilon Group meets with Delta Flight and Walküre and reveals how the power of song and the Var Syndrome are related.

Reluctant Birthday
star
7.65
20 votes

#34 - Reluctant Birthday

Macross Delta - Season 1 - Episode 16

Makina and the rest of the gang decide to throw Freyja a surprise party for her 15th birthday. Hayate has trouble finding a birthday gift and enlists Mirage for help.

Drifting Embrace
star
7.55
22 votes

#35 - Drifting Embrace

Macross Delta - Season 1 - Episode 14

In the aftermath of the the battle for Ragna, Ragnan evacuees adjust to life in space. When an airlock explodes, the entire team must work together to find a solution.

Jungle
star
7.54
13 votes

#36 - Jungle

Macross Zero - Season 1 - Episode 4

After crash-landing, Shin finds a priestess in the Mayan jungle. Although they both are captured and tortured, they manage to escape but they are relentlessly chased by their enemies.

Scatter On Stage
star
7.52
23 votes

#37 - Scatter On Stage

Macross Delta - Season 1 - Episode 17

Delta Flight and Walkure devise a plan to interrupt the Windermeran Mind Control in the Brisingr Cluster, using a special Walkure concert as a distraction. Hayate learns the shocking truth about his father.

The Ocean, The Wind, And...
star
7.52
48 votes

#38 - The Ocean, The Wind, And...

Macross Zero - Season 1 - Episode 1

Having come off second-best in his first battle with an Anti Alliance transforming fighter, Shin awakes to find himself on stranded on an island, Mayan. Stuck with them while his wounds heal & while he tries to find a way to signal his base, he strikes up a friendship with island girl Mao, and an understanding of sorts with Mao's older sister, Sara.

Behind Enemy Lines
star
7.52
29 votes

#39 - Behind Enemy Lines

Macross Delta - Season 1 - Episode 7

Walküre and Delta Flight infiltrate the planet Voldor, which has been occupied by the Aerial Knights of the Windermere Kingdom. The source behind the increased Var Syndrome Outbreaks is revealed.

Uncontrollable Limits
star
7.50
26 votes

#40 - Uncontrollable Limits

Macross Delta - Season 1 - Episode 9

The extent of Messer's condition is finally revealed. The Aerial Knights make a move on Ragna while most of the Elysion squadrons are out on patrol, and a weakened Messer must fight through his illness to protect the others. Meanwhile, rumors begin to circulate about a blossoming romance between Hayate and Mirage.

The Invisible Words
star
7.50
2 votes

#41 - The Invisible Words

Earth Girl Arjuna - Season 1 - Episode 7

Confused by Juna's transformation, Tokio begins pulling away from her and spending more time with another girl named Sayuri. To make matters even more surreal, Juna can now see Tokio's uneasy thoughts take physical form! Meanwhile, Chris's body wilts and falls ill after confronting the Raaja all over the world. Cindy, his companion, summons Juna to S.E.E.D's underground sanctum to rescue him. When Juna reaches Chris, a mysterious power envelopes them all ...

The Distant Rain
star
7.50
2 votes

#42 - The Distant Rain

Earth Girl Arjuna - Season 1 - Episode 8

Will down pouring rain fill a person's heart with sorrow? The stress of the ongoing crisis is wearing down the bond between Juna and Tokio. Although she may wield the holy Gandiva weapon, Juna is still a teenage girl at heart. Since Juna became the chosen one, she and Tokio have been acting more awkward around each other. Despite their mutual feelings, the couple seems to only disagree. Sayuri, Juna's rival, seizes the opportunity to make her move. Only the rain embraces a distraught heart...

The Here and Now
star
7.50
2 votes

#43 - The Here and Now

Earth Girl Arjuna - Season 1 - Episode 12

The cataclysm begins. Huge droves of Raaja invade Japan, plunging the human population into chaos. However, driven by the will to survive, humanity perseveres in the vortex of the brewing storm. Tokio refuses to believe that hope is lost and resolves to save Sayuri and the others. Meanwhile, S.E.E.D. is virtually holding Juna captive in its American branch. Juna anguishes over her inability to rescue Tokio, her mom, or her sister. Can she release herself and save those she holds dearest?

Blue and Desperate Battle
star
7.44
16 votes

#44 - Blue and Desperate Battle

Macross Zero - Season 1 - Episode 3

Shin discovers that Sara and Mao have strange abilities connected to the island. Tension between Sara and Aries intensifies when Sara's mentor was the same professor that drew blood from her at a younger age. Meanwhile, Mao brings Shin into the ocean to show him the island's "secret treasure" - a large fragment of the ancient relic known as "AFOS." There, Shin learns more about adapting to different environments by observing a school of flying fish and a flock of birds that also swim. But Mayan and the ocean surrounding it once again become a war zone when anti-U.N. forces attack the Asuka II fleet and the island in hopes of taking away the heavily-guarded AFOS. Shin and Edgar - aboard their VF-0D - must protect the AFOS fragment discovered by Mao from the invading forces.

Fatal Judgment
star
7.44
16 votes

#45 - Fatal Judgment

Macross Delta - Season 1 - Episode 24

Hayate, Freyja, and Mirage have been captured and are put on trial by order of King Heinz. Meanwhile, Commander Arad and the rest of Walküre plan their rescue.

Parting Resolution
star
7.40
20 votes

#46 - Parting Resolution

Macross Delta - Season 1 - Episode 15

Prince Heinz is crowned the new King of Windermere. Roid reveals King Grammier's grand plan to expand the Windermere Kingdom across the galaxy.

Scarred Requiem
star
7.39
18 votes

#47 - Scarred Requiem

Macross Delta - Season 1 - Episode 23

Delta Flight and Walküre finally land on Windermere, on a mission to destroy the Protoculture system with a Tactical Live show. Their plans go awry when the Aerial Knights discover their presence and move to intercept them. Meanwhile, Roid has bigger things planned for Mikumo.

Impulse Experiment
star
7.38
21 votes

#48 - Impulse Experiment

Macross Delta - Season 1 - Episode 20

Hayate and Freyja's fold resonance is put to the test. When both become discouraged, Mirage steps in to straighten things out. Keith begins to suspect Roid's true intentions. Makina, Reina and Kaname search for answers about Mikumo.

Extreme Bravery
star
7.35
20 votes

#49 - Extreme Bravery

Macross Delta - Season 1 - Episode 22

Xaos goes on the offensive and pushes on with their plan to invade Windermere. Freyja and Hayate return to active duty, under special orders from Major Arad, leaving Mirage responsible for the two of them. Keith and Heinz clear the air. Cassim rides the wind.

The First One
star
7.33
3 votes

#50 - The First One

Earth Girl Arjuna - Season 1 - Episode 6

Recovered from the virus, Juna and Tokio are ready to adjust to normal life again when Juna's father shows up, leading to a strained conversation between father and daughter. When school starts up again, Raaja appear during Juna's math class, and Chris shows up once again in the middle of the battle. When Juna and Tokio follow the math teacher home, Juna learns about his life and passion for teaching, but Tokio, as does the rest of society, sees his discussion as worthless and confusing.