The Best Episodes Directed by Shunji Yoshida

Three Vessels: Yuzuki

#1 - Three Vessels: Yuzuki

Hell Girl Season 3 - Episode 25

Yuzuki lived happily with her parents, until her father, a bus driver, died in a bus crash due to faulty brakes. The whole town accused the Mikage family of murder and being irresponsible. Sick and without means to support herself she decides to leave.

star 9.17
6 votes
Two Mirrors: Wandering

#2 - Two Mirrors: Wandering

Hell Girl Season 2 - Episode 25

Mr. Tsuyuki and Mr. and Mrs. Hasue, among others, have formed a mob. Mr. Tsuyuki convinces the others that they must kill Takuma. Hotaru looks for her brother, who is nowhere to be found, but she finds the book about Hell Girl, and runs away with Takuma.

star 9.12
8 votes
The Massacre Chapter - Part 5 - Confrontation

#3 - The Massacre Chapter - Part 5 - Confrontation

When They Cry - Higurashi Season 2 - Episode 10

The gang's struggle to help Satoko forces them to confront the village elders, including the leader of the Sonozaki family as Satoko's resilience nears its limit.

star 9.07
14 votes
Three Vessels: Trap of Temptation

#4 - Three Vessels: Trap of Temptation

Hell Girl Season 3 - Episode 16

Naowa sends a coworker to hell because of his suspicious behavior.

star 9.00
6 votes
Don't Get Me Wet!!

#5 - Don't Get Me Wet!!

Ah! My Buddha Season 1 - Episode 10

Jotoku sends Ikkou, Hinata, Sumi, Yuuko and Chitose to an old man in the mountains, because they're going to help him with cleaning his temple. The gang are persuaded by the hot springs at that temple. When they arrive, they are given arduous chores by the monk. The gang enjoys the hot springs. Hinata and Sumi notice someone watching them. It is revealed that the spirit is controlled by two rogue monks, who are against Jotoku and want to use Ikkou's "Holy Priest" power. Chitose prevents Ikkou from awakening while Sumi and Hinata successfully exorcise the spirit.

star 9.00
3 votes
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Don't Fan Me!!

#6 - Don't Fan Me!!

Ah! My Buddha Season 2 - Episode 2

Ikkou, Chitose, Sumi and Yuuko are now second-year students. Haruka and Sakura became third-year students, with Sakura being the new school council president. Hinata became a first-year student. Hinata received a charm from each of the other girls for the school entrance ceremony. At the ceremony, Kazuki represents the first-years and makes a speech. During her speech, the spirit of the school council founder creates strong winds to lift up all the female students skirts. He is subdued by five members of the Amaenaideyo gang. However, Kazuki releases him and forces Ikkou to awaken to exorcise him.

star 9.00
3 votes
Two Mirrors: Fake Hell Correspondence

#7 - Two Mirrors: Fake Hell Correspondence

Hell Girl Season 2 - Episode 8

Baba Shouko is a teacher everyone dislikes because she frequently scolds students and is very strict. A fake Hotline to Hell was created by somebody and it is circulated among students who were just scolded by Baba sensei. Tracing was carried out and they concluded that a student named Ikami Waka created and circulated the fake Hotline to Hell. However, Ikami claims that she did not do it. On the same night, another teacher named Kuriyama Mami calls Ikami and tells her that it was Baba who made the fake Hotline to Hell, blames her for it and told Ikami to come to school. Mami-sensei waits in school for Ikami to come and tried to convince Ikami to access the real Hotline to Hell to send Baba to hell. To her surprise, the one who turned up is Ai. Mami and Ai already knew each other from their pasts. The truth is Mami was the one who created the fake Hotline to Hell and blamed the students for it. It was all because Baba scolded Mami when she was young and she blames Baba for all her problems. Baba comes and types in Mami's name into the real Hotline to Hell, as a punishment for an attempt to use her students as sacrifices. Baba agrees to go to hell as she blamed herself for coaching a teacher like Mami.

star 8.92
12 votes
Two Mirrors: Silent Glance

#8 - Two Mirrors: Silent Glance

Hell Girl Season 2 - Episode 17

A girl named Nene, contacted the Hell Girl to send her mother to Hell, because she thinks her mother, Honami, kills her father; although the truth is, Honami sends her husband to Hell because he was abusing them (Honami and Nene) eleven years ago. Honami then finds out that Nene is trying to send her to hell, but then kills herself so that Nene doesn't need to go to Hell too. Also where Ren's past is revealed showing that he was once a sword.

star 8.74
11 votes
Night of the Itinerant Entertainers

#9 - Night of the Itinerant Entertainers

Hell Girl Season 1 - Episode 16

Yumi and Yuki, identical twin sisters, both work as circus performers. Yuki is much favored than Yumi. While Yuki is pampered, Yumi was abused, both verbally and physically. Because of this, Yumi sends her twin to hell by using the Hell Correspondence.

star 8.73
11 votes
Two Mirrors: Soft Paper Balloon

#10 - Two Mirrors: Soft Paper Balloon

Hell Girl Season 2 - Episode 21

A young woman is trying to get her ex-boyfriend to get back together with her for the sake of her and the child she's carrying. She has the straw doll in case he refuses, but she is obsessively pursuing a reunion. Her story is intersected with Hone Onna's story. Originally, Hone Onna was a young woman named Tsuyu who was sold into prostitution to cover the debts of her lover. Tsuyu used to make paper ball balloons to sell. After a few years, Tsuyu is joined by a younger prostitute named Kion. Kion feels inferior to Tsuyu and ultimately betrays her, resulting in the violent death that transforms Tsuyu into Hone Onna. Back in the present day, the young lady sends her ex to hell, then attempts to jump off a bridge. Hone Onna realizes the spirit of Kion, who was wounded by her lover after she revealed her pregnancy and then jumped off a bridge, has been possessing women and forcing them to kill themselves by jumping off bridges. Kion tells Hone Onna it was nice to see her again, then vanishes, still on her path of vengeance. Hone Onna asked Ai to please pick Kion up someday, as Ai saved her from an eternity of sorrow and anger.

star 8.67
9 votes
Two Mirrors: Bubbles Under the Surface

#11 - Two Mirrors: Bubbles Under the Surface

Hell Girl Season 2 - Episode 2

Yayoi's sister, Sumire is missing. She is constantly hearing the sound of bubbles from underwater. She after a while begins to realize her sister is dead. But because she doesn't know the identity of the killer, she can't get onto the website to get her sister's revenge. She blames herself for Sumire's death because Sumire vanished on a day Yayoi didn't walk with her. Yayoi falls into a fountain and has a vision of what happened to her sister. Sumire was kidnapped, raped, killed, and dumped in a lake, which explains the bubbles. Yayoi knows the identity of the killer and sends him to Hell for Sumire.

star 8.50
10 votes
Three Vessels: Hell Doctor vs. Hell Girl

#12 - Three Vessels: Hell Doctor vs. Hell Girl

Hell Girl Season 3 - Episode 20

Yamawaro and Kikuri approach a large mansion belonging to a client but are unable to enter due to an encircling barrier. At night, the owner of that mansion accesses the Hell Correspondence website and types Tsugumi's name. Each sensing the request, Yuzuki, Ai, and Tsugumi make their ways towards the mansion. Once they gather, he explains that he yearned to meet Ai.

star 8.50
6 votes
The Dice Killing Chapter - Part 2

#13 - The Dice Killing Chapter - Part 2

When They Cry - Higurashi Season 3 - Episode 3

Rika finally makes contact with Hanyu, who tells her that for her to return to her old world, she must find and dispose of a piece from her old world.

star 8.50
8 votes
Don't Be in Heat!!

#14 - Don't Be in Heat!!

Ah! My Buddha Season 2 - Episode 7

Cats and dogs are attracted to Sumi's bosatsu, the animal realm. Sumi is locked in the temple while the rest of the gang patrol the temple at night. Kazuki finds out about the situation and joins the patrol to seduce Ikkou. Inspired by Ikkou resisting awakening by Kazuki's seduction, she recites the sutra and manages to calm the dogs down.

star 8.50
4 votes
Don't Meddle!!

#15 - Don't Meddle!!

Ah! My Buddha Season 2 - Episode 10

Kazuki's two subordinates helps Kazuki to seduce Ikkou under different guises. When most of them are foiled by Chitose, Kazuki confronts her and questions her feelings for Ikkou.

star 8.50
4 votes
Kind Neighbor

#16 - Kind Neighbor

Hell Girl Season 1 - Episode 21

Taking a break from their urban lives, Yuko Murai and her father move to a farm. Their neighbor Ryosuke Sekine helps them out on the farm. The father and daughter's crops turned out bad as they were overrun by pests. Due to alcoholism, Yuko's father dies. Yuko eventually found out that Sekine had sabotaged their crops and attempts to send him to hell, but was convinced not to by Hajime Shibata.

star 8.40
10 votes
Three Vessels: Liar

#17 - Three Vessels: Liar

Hell Girl Season 3 - Episode 7

Inuo’s father left his mother and, ashamed, the two left Tokyo. Inuo lies about the situation at his new school but confides in a friend, Washizu – which incurs his mother’s wrath. Washizu spreads the truth and tries to motivate him to seek help; it only motivates Inuo to contact the Hell Hotline.

star 8.29
7 votes
Three Vessels: The Blotted Page

#18 - Three Vessels: The Blotted Page

Hell Girl Season 3 - Episode 11

Kamisaka Rokurou is a novelist whose mystery genre book, The Skyscraper's Shadow, has gotten publicity because of strange incidents resembling its plot. The first victim's older sister, Michio Yui, meets with Kamisaka and the murderer, Chouchi Hiroto, to see which one of them is to blame. She intends to send one of them to Hell.

star 8.29
7 votes
The Eye Opening Chapter - Part 2 - Distinction

#19 - The Eye Opening Chapter - Part 2 - Distinction

When They Cry - Higurashi Season 1 - Episode 17

The recent incident at school has left Shion feeling very uneasy. She is able to muster the courage to call Satoshi, only to receive an apology from him. Something doesn't seem right.

star 8.26
23 votes
The Window on an Early Afternoon

#20 - The Window on an Early Afternoon

Hell Girl Season 1 - Episode 6

Yasuda-san is the helpless victim in this episode, and she is being bullied by a woman named Amiko Todaka-san whose husband runs a large branch office. Unfortunately, her daughter is being bullied at school as well and doesn't know why everyone is so hostile toward her. Her husband's having a hellish time at work as well and blames his wife for starting trouble with the boss's wife even though she's done nothing to cause this dilemma. As if that weren't enough, Yasuda-san is accused of cheating on her husband with another man when in actuality she was attacked and possibly even raped by the man that Todaka-san had sent to attack her. Yasuda-san's daughter doesn't understand why her entire family is being victimized by Todoka-san, but she isn't going allow it to continue any longer and summons Enma Ai to help her uncover past events that started this whole mess.

star 8.25
16 votes
Broken String

#21 - Broken String

Hell Girl Season 1 - Episode 11

Masaya Kataoka seeks revenge against journalist, Takashi Inagaki for framing him and his late father. Hajime Shibata is somehow involved as Inagaki was his former boss.

star 8.25
12 votes
Three Vessels: Caged Bird

#22 - Three Vessels: Caged Bird

Hell Girl Season 3 - Episode 2

Yuzuki is still disturbed by her encounter with Ai. Meanwhile, a middle school girl has developed a crush on a middle-aged shopkeeper -- and a grudge against her abusive husband.

star 8.25
8 votes
God's Blessing on This Wonderful Party!

#23 - God's Blessing on This Wonderful Party!

KonoSuba: God's Blessing on This Wonderful World! Season 2 - Episode 10

Evading the angry mob, the gang discover that the source of the town's water is being poisoned by the man from earlier, who is revealed to be one of the Devil King's army leaders, Hans the Deadly Poison Slime.

star 8.20
104 votes
A Conclusion to This Worthless Fight!

#24 - A Conclusion to This Worthless Fight!

KonoSuba: God's Blessing on This Wonderful World! Season 1 - Episode 6

Annoyed that Megumin had still been using his castle for explosion practice, Verdia, after proving easily susceptible to Aqua's purification magic, summons an undead army which is quickly defeated by Megumin's explosion magic.

star 8.18
147 votes
The Temple of the Sand! The Secret of the Giga Slave!

#25 - The Temple of the Sand! The Secret of the Giga Slave!

Slayers Season 2 - Episode 18

Lina is fed up for looking and getting unexpected results for the Claire Bible, but Xellos reveals ontop of that mountain, in the temple holds the Claire Bible Manuscript. After a hike up to the mountain, they enter the temple, and find out they entered another dimension-- a desert like place. Xellos manages to reveal a tablet that is an actual manuscript of the Claire Bible. The only problem is, it's written in code, which is very confusing... and that 1,000 more tablets have been brought up by Xellos. They don't know where to start, but they get help when a mysterious old lady, Auntie Aqua, tells them she is the keeper of the tablets. They ask for her help, and she reveals the tablet they seek is a three-day journey to the other side. They decide to camp out the first night, and while Lina can't sleep, she sees Auntie Aqua by herself. Auntie Aqua reveals the tablet that Lina was looking for, and tells her to touch it. Lina does and gets a glimpse, if she used a Giga Slave spell th

star 8.17
6 votes
Reunion

#26 - Reunion

When They Cry - Higurashi Season 2 - Episode 1

In 2007, after the Great Hinamizawa Disaster, Akasaka and Oishi return to the ruined village, and reflect on the events that happened twenty-four years before.

star 8.10
20 votes
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A Final Flame for This Over-The-Top Fortress!

#27 - A Final Flame for This Over-The-Top Fortress!

KonoSuba: God's Blessing on This Wonderful World! Season 1 - Episode 10

With their members being perfectly suited for the job, Kazuma's party, along with Wiz, are chosen to lead an attack against the Destroyer.

star 8.09
131 votes
Servitude for This Masked Knight!

#28 - Servitude for This Masked Knight!

KonoSuba: God's Blessing on This Wonderful World! Season 2 - Episode 5

As a result of a magic circle that Aqua had drawn in Keele's dungeon, strange explosive doll monsters have started to appear, putting the town at risk.

star 8.08
102 votes
On a Journey With a Pack of Scoundrels?! Take Back That Magic Power!

#29 - On a Journey With a Pack of Scoundrels?! Take Back That Magic Power!

Slayers Season 2 - Episode 10

After the battle (Kanzel and Mazenda got away), Lina can't use her powers, so she (by herself) decides to see the doctor (at mount Rune) who is famous for curing problems. Lina manages to get Xellos (and Martina as a stowaway) up there as well. When they get there, they find out that is doctor is a 10 year old kid, who is actually a relative's real doctor who died long ago. When mixing up a sensitive potion together, Martina manages to slip something in, in hopes of killing Lina only to have the potion blow up and house and everyone in it. In the midst of the debris, they are attacked by monsters. Lina notices that Xellos is using some magical orbs/amplifers to give a power up on his magic. Lina manages to convince Xellos to give her the ampliers, and she puts it one. After killing the monsters, Martina stumbles out of some debris, only to have something ontop her head... The Claire Bible Manuscript!

star 8.00
6 votes
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The Daybreak Chapter

#30 - The Daybreak Chapter

When They Cry - Higurashi Season 3 - Episode 5

During a picnic with Keiichi, Rena accidentally swallows one of the mysterious "Fuwazaru Magatama" which falls from the sky, and begins acting lovesick.

star 8.00
9 votes
Peace for the Master of This Labyrinth!

#31 - Peace for the Master of This Labyrinth!

KonoSuba: God's Blessing on This Wonderful World! Season 2 - Episode 3

Wanting to earn some real money, Kazuma and Aqua go to explore a newly discovered pathway in Keele's Dungeon, coming across gremlins, mimics, and the undead along the way.

star 7.97
102 votes
Hidden Ambitions! The Shocking Confession?

#32 - Hidden Ambitions! The Shocking Confession?

Slayers Season 2 - Episode 9

Lina and company find out that Kanzel and Mazenda, who are loyal subjects of Christopher (Phil's brother and who is next in line for King if Phil died) and Alfred (Christopher's son) are behind it. They (Lina and Mazenda) get into a fight making Lina loses her magic at the end of the episode.

star 7.83
6 votes
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Shaman Clan: Calling the Dead

#33 - Shaman Clan: Calling the Dead

Tokyo Ravens Season 1 - Episode 3

Harutora and Natsume interrupt Suzuka as she tries to bring her older brother back from the dead.

star 7.80
41 votes
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An Invitation for This Knucklehead!

#34 - An Invitation for This Knucklehead!

KonoSuba: God's Blessing on This Wonderful World! Season 2 - Episode 7

Vanir gives Kazuma the choice of either selling the intellectual rights for his real world products for a one-off payment of 300 million eris, or maintaining a profit-sharing contract of 1 million eris a month.

star 7.77
102 votes
Two Mirrors: The Calm Lake Shore

#35 - Two Mirrors: The Calm Lake Shore

Hell Girl Season 2 - Episode 14

A washed up writer decides to take revenge on a producer friend of his who became famous. During his attempted revenge the producer's wife is killed and their son is framed. The son contacts Hell Girl but decides not to go through with it. Shortly after this the producer is killed by the writer, but before the writer can kill the son a woman whose child he killed sends him to hell. This show is significant because it introduces character Takuma Kurebayashi, whom Ai empathizes with.

star 7.64
11 votes
The Shame Exposing Chapter

#36 - The Shame Exposing Chapter

When They Cry - Higurashi Season 3 - Episode 1

Realizing that he forgot to pack his bathing suit while rushing to meet his friends at the pool, Keiichi borrows a pair of trunks from Mion's uncle, who claims that these trunks have the magical ability to make women attracted to whoever writes their name on them.

star 7.64
11 votes
This Self-Proclaimed Goddess and Reincarnation in Another World!

#37 - This Self-Proclaimed Goddess and Reincarnation in Another World!

KonoSuba: God's Blessing on This Wonderful World! Season 1 - Episode 1

Gamer Kazuma dies in a freak accident, and is met in the afterlife by a crass goddess, Aqua.

star 7.62
163 votes
Yes, I'm a Magical Garment Girl

#38 - Yes, I'm a Magical Garment Girl

Is This A Zombie? Season 1 - Episode 1

Ayumu is a boy with a problem. He’s dead. Well, actually he’s a zombie, and he’s about to be chopped in half by a magical girl in pink dress with a matching chainsaw. Some guys just can’t catch a break.

star 7.60
57 votes
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Fourth Twilight: Can't Be Seen, Can't Be Heard

#39 - Fourth Twilight: Can't Be Seen, Can't Be Heard

Hell Girl Season 4 - Episode 1

Shizuka Mayama is bullied by her classmates. She finally decides to call on Hell Girl to put an end to this hellish torture.

star 6.75
12 votes
Silent Tears

#40 - Silent Tears

Ikki Tousen Season 4 - Episode 7

Determined to unleash Gentoku's inner dragon, Kentei launches a demonic attack on the Seito team, who now realize the tournament is a trap.

star 5.66
9 votes
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Burning Castle

#41 - Burning Castle

Ikki Tousen Season 4 - Episode 11

After Hakufu's battered body is restored and Kentei's identity revealed, the epic conflict between the ancient warriors comes to its brutal climax.

star 5.50
10 votes