The Best Episodes Directed by Soichi Masui

Symphony of the Protectors

#1 - Symphony of the Protectors

Scrapped Princess Season 1 - Episode 24

Pacifica dies. After Pacifica dies, she is called into Celia's world. Celia asks her advice, freeing the world from its cage. Pacifica's life is restored, and the three siblings go back to their village. Leo proposes again, and Pacifica turns him down.

star 9.97
31 votes
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The Kingdom of Cherry Blossoms

#2 - The Kingdom of Cherry Blossoms

Sakura Quest Season 1 - Episode 25

Will the festival be a success? Will Mr. Kadota make it back in time for the play? What will Yoshino do when her contract expires?

star 8.43
21 votes
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The Super Written Exam – Heart-Pounding, Reeling, and Restless. You're Kidding!?

#3 - The Super Written Exam – Heart-Pounding, Reeling, and Restless. You're Kidding!?

Soul Eater Season 1 - Episode 14

At Shibusen, tomorrow is the day of exams. Throughout the night, Maka and Tsubaki are the only ones who study diligently, although Soul seems to also be taking it seriously. Black Star attempts to steal the answers from Stein, but is caught, beat, and forced to fail. Liz and Patty attempt to study, but succumb to laziness, while Kid, confident in his knowledge as a shinigami, focuses on drawing blueprints to remove one of Liz's eyebrow hairs. During the test, it is revealed that Soul spent the whole night wiring his clothes with cheat strips, but is caught and fails from lack of knowledge and help. Kid also fails, because he spends the entire time trying to write his name perfectly, only to pass out when accidentally tearing his paper. Liz and Patty also score rather low, but Tsubaki does well and Maka ends up being top of her class.

star 8.40
215 votes
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The Warmth of Light

#4 - The Warmth of Light

Brotherhood: Final Fantasy XV Season 1 - Episode 5

Brotherhood episode 5 details the events that set the stage for young Noctis, his family and his friends. This episode also features an epic battle that Noctis takes on ten years later against the massive snake-like monster, Marilith.

star 8.09
75 votes
Dogged Runner

#5 - Dogged Runner

Brotherhood: Final Fantasy XV Season 1 - Episode 2

In this episode we get a look at how the friendship between Prompto and Noctis started when they were young.

star 8.00
114 votes
The Eternal Obelisk

#6 - The Eternal Obelisk

Sakura Quest Season 1 - Episode 24

Dark rumors of civic plotting abound as the revival of the Mizuchi Festival draws near.

star 7.95
21 votes
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The New Moon Luminarie

#7 - The New Moon Luminarie

Sakura Quest Season 1 - Episode 22

Erika continues her stay with the Ministers, and Shiori tries to convince her that Manoyama isn't such a bad place. Also, the hunt for the Golden Dragon comes to an exciting conclusion!

star 7.86
22 votes
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The Crystal of Melting Snow

#8 - The Crystal of Melting Snow

Sakura Quest Season 1 - Episode 23

Yoshino receives an offer from an Manoyama alumni to open a branch of the highly successful Belem bakery in the town. Many of the owners in the shopping district are unwilling to give up store space, as they still live above. Meanwhile, Kadota informs everybody of some unfortunate news.

star 7.74
19 votes
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The Phoenix in the Holy Night

#9 - The Phoenix in the Holy Night

Sakura Quest Season 1 - Episode 20

The Ministers open up an old school to serve hot lunch, and come up with a new plan to promote the old building when that doesn’t go so well.

star 7.68
22 votes
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The Forgotten Requiem

#10 - The Forgotten Requiem

Sakura Quest Season 1 - Episode 11

The matchmaking tour continues! Meanwhile, Ririko investigates the tale of the town's dragon, and discovers some new things about herself in the process.

star 7.65
26 votes
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The Mansion in Purgatory

#11 - The Mansion in Purgatory

Sakura Quest Season 1 - Episode 7

The movie shoot and all the activity in town forces Maki to further reflect on her acting aspirations, as well as her relationship with her father.

star 7.62
29 votes
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The Sphinx's Antics

#12 - The Sphinx's Antics

Sakura Quest Season 1 - Episode 17

The Ministers begin their search for the festival treasures, and introduce some of the more remote seniors to the Internet.

star 7.43
21 votes
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Minerva's Saké Saucer

#13 - Minerva's Saké Saucer

Sakura Quest Season 1 - Episode 18

The seniors of Warabiya stage a revolt against the Kingdom of Chupakabura, and the Queen herself is taken hostage!

star 7.43
21 votes
The Pixie in the Town of Ice

#14 - The Pixie in the Town of Ice

Sakura Quest Season 1 - Episode 21

Erika attempts to escape from Manoyama, but ends up staying with the Ministers. Meanwhile, Yoshino and Sanae try to gather support from shop owners for the Mizuchi Festival revival.

star 7.36
22 votes
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Bittersweet Memories

#15 - Bittersweet Memories

Brotherhood: Final Fantasy XV Season 1 - Episode 4

As the prince's aide, Ignis has cared for Noctis every day since they were in their youth. Noctis can't hide his annoyance as Ignis preaches what is expected of the future king. But the two are tied by a certain "sweet" – and Ignis is secretly struggling to recreate it.

star 7.36
104 votes
The Budding Yggdrasil

#16 - The Budding Yggdrasil

Sakura Quest Season 1 - Episode 5

Yoshino recruits a local artist to help the team design a big project for Manoyama Sculpture. Meanwhile, Sanae reflects on her work and its meaning.

star 7.35
34 votes
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The Lady's Scales

#17 - The Lady's Scales

Sakura Quest Season 1 - Episode 9

Shiori reveals her plan to bring together the Board of Merchants and the Tourism Board, along with the rest of the town.

star 7.35
23 votes
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The Queen, Convicted

#18 - The Queen, Convicted

Sakura Quest Season 1 - Episode 14

It's summer break! Yoshino reunites with old friends and family when she visits her hometown. Maki and Sanae go back to Tokyo, while Shiori and Ririko work on a B and B proposal.

star 7.35
23 votes
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The Fairy's Recipe

#19 - The Fairy's Recipe

Sakura Quest Season 1 - Episode 8

Yoshino and the Ministers struggle to find the right dish for their new C-Rank Gourmet plan. Meanwhile, Shiori finds that her sister has a mysterious relationship with an old classmate.

star 7.35
26 votes
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The Harlequin on the Pond

#20 - The Harlequin on the Pond

Sakura Quest Season 1 - Episode 16

Ushimatsu's desperate attempts to pull something from the pond reveal a dark past.

star 7.33
24 votes
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The Dragon's Soft Spot

#21 - The Dragon's Soft Spot

Sakura Quest Season 1 - Episode 10

The singles in the local Community Club organize a matchmaking tour with women from the city, with Yoshino and the Ministers as tour guides.

star 7.30
23 votes
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The Rural Masquerade

#22 - The Rural Masquerade

Sakura Quest Season 1 - Episode 6

A film crew has arrived to film a zombie movie. The Tourism Board attempts to cater to their demands while turning it into an opportunity to promote the town wherever possible. Maki is having issues with her own aspirations as an actress.

star 7.29
31 votes
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Idea 5

#23 - Idea 5

Heaven's Design Team Season 1 - Episode 5

Ueda was ordered by God to go to hell after the "panda riot". A mysterious man appears in front of Shimoda and the members of the design department who are worried that he may have been transferred to hell because of himself. Building a darkness and fire theme park in hell, he asks the design department to build a "hell mascot."

star 7.28
18 votes
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The Dawn Guild

#24 - The Dawn Guild

Sakura Quest Season 1 - Episode 12

Yoshino and the Ministers prepare for the Kingdom of Chupakabura's Founding Festival, and are repeatedly surprised at who signs on to help out!

star 7.24
25 votes
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The Gathering of the Five Champions

#25 - The Gathering of the Five Champions

Sakura Quest Season 1 - Episode 2

Yoshino faces her first trial as queen: sell one thousand boxes of the tourist board's mistakenly-ordered snacks before their expiration date is up!

star 7.23
40 votes
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The Lone Alchemist

#26 - The Lone Alchemist

Sakura Quest Season 1 - Episode 4

The Queen and her Ministers come up with some exciting ideas to promote Manoyama wood-carving! Unfortunately, not all of the locals are thrilled.

star 7.22
36 votes
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The Queen's Return

#27 - The Queen's Return

Sakura Quest Season 1 - Episode 15

A group of Spanish cryptid enthusiasts visit Manoyama in search of the Chupakabura. Meanwhile, Yoshino and the others work to find b and b's for Manoyama.

star 7.17
23 votes
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The Cry of the Mandrake

#28 - The Cry of the Mandrake

Sakura Quest Season 1 - Episode 3

Yoshino investigates the town's passion for kabura, which leads to a strange showdown between their two kabura-based mascots!

star 7.17
35 votes
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Idea 1

#29 - Idea 1

Heaven's Design Team Season 1 - Episode 1

Shimoda is a new angel who was just hired into Heaven's Design Firm. Right as he goes to introduce himself to the Design Team, they begin a meeting. The order from God is for an animal that "eats only leaves from really high places". Right away, the designers begin to pitch various ideas...

star 7.17
30 votes
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The Foggy Folklore

#30 - The Foggy Folklore

Sakura Quest Season 1 - Episode 19

Maki receives a reply about her application for a role in a movie, and must once again reflect on her dreams. Meanwhile, Yoshino tries to figure out how the town can use one of their old, shut-down schools.

star 7.15
20 votes
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Idea 2

#31 - Idea 2

Heaven's Design Team Season 1 - Episode 2

When Ueda takes Shimoda to the Insect Department to introduce himself, he's overwhelmed by everybody being a character. That's when a vague order from God comes in, this time for an "animal that's cute, but not". Meido, the self-designated expert for designing cute creatures, raises her hand and out comes...

star 7.12
26 votes
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Idea 7

#32 - Idea 7

Heaven's Design Team Season 1 - Episode 7

One evening, after hearing Neptune explain that he felt like someone was watching him in the bath, God puts in an order for an "animal that's watching even though it looks like nothing's there". As always, the order is ridiculous and makes the design team agonize, but then they decide to experiment with the squid that Pluto designed in the past...

star 7.07
15 votes
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Off to Magical Manoyama

#33 - Off to Magical Manoyama

Sakura Quest Season 1 - Episode 1

After being rejected in over 30 job applications, Yoshino Koharu finally gets an offer. She probably should have read the contract more carefully...

star 7.06
47 votes
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Idea 3

#34 - Idea 3

Heaven's Design Team Season 1 - Episode 3

Under a dark and ominous sky, pierced by lightning, a man wearing a sinister hood summons a... "dragon"! Shimoda and some of the designers were trying to fulfill the order "has not wings but flies anyway" and were checking out the dragon for inspiration. However, a harried looking Mizushima rushes onto the scene.

star 7.00
21 votes
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Idea 9

#35 - Idea 9

Heaven's Design Team Season 1 - Episode 9

The new order from God is for an "animal that tickles the maternal instincts". Shimoda and Pluto research different animals to see what their maternal instincts, or 'love', look like. What is the 'love' that Pluto's distinct sensibilities land on?

star 7.00
14 votes
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Idea 11

#36 - Idea 11

Heaven's Design Team Season 1 - Episode 11

The life form time accelerator device exploded and Shimoda and the others are blasted to Galapagos. To make it worse, the entire team got turned into children! Being attacked by the animals being tested is just one danger there, but Shimoda, Saturn, Mars, and one member of the Insect department use the "insect that can smell an SOS signal" to search for the designers.

star 7.00
11 votes
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Idea 6

#37 - Idea 6

Heaven's Design Team Season 1 - Episode 6

Out of gratitude for their work, God decides to arrange a company vacation to Galapagos. While they are enjoying the hot springs and the banquet, a bloody Mercury is found. Jupiter, the self-named eats-himself-broke detective, claims that the perpetrator is definitely amongst them and sets off to find them... The key to solving this mystery is the order Venus is working on, an "animal where the male breastfeeds"?!

star 6.94
17 votes
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Idea 4

#38 - Idea 4

Heaven's Design Team Season 1 - Episode 4

"I managed to fly the horse." Kanamori is nominated by God and faces the challenges alone, but the retake hell that makes the designer cry, saying "You can be free" and "Something is different"! What is the final plan that has been improved and improved ...!?

star 6.89
19 votes
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The Marionette's Banquet

#39 - The Marionette's Banquet

Sakura Quest Season 1 - Episode 13

The day of the Founding Festival finally arrives. Will the help of the TV network pay off? How will it change Manoyama?

star 6.88
24 votes
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Idea 8

#40 - Idea 8

Heaven's Design Team Season 1 - Episode 8

The ability to have a concealed weapons inside your body... isn't that the dream?! Tasked with the order for an animal that uses "bones as weapons", Jupiter begins to alter his own ribs like mad. Due to this, his ribs break, or he runs out of oxygen. After he put his body on the line this much, surely the new creature will be really cool, right?!

star 6.86
14 votes
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Before the Storm

#41 - Before the Storm

Brotherhood: Final Fantasy XV Season 1 - Episode 1

Brotherhood delves into the extraordinary friendships between Crown Prince Noctis and his three comrades, setting the stage for the adventure players will set out upon in the action-packed RPG - Final Fantasy XV.

star 6.78
94 votes
Idea 12

#42 - Idea 12

Heaven's Design Team Season 1 - Episode 12

As a gift for Hell's celebratory party, God orders the designers to come up with "an animal that can be used in Hell's attraction and also sent to Earth". Yokota's idea of making it something that "surprises angels" is also tacked on, which really puts the team's abilities to the test...

star 6.77
13 votes
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