The BEST episodes directed by Susumu Kudo

Shoot! Defeat the X Character!
30 votes

#1 - Shoot! Defeat the X Character!

Shugo Chara! - Season 1 - Episode 5

Amu and Nadeshiko attend Kukai's soccer team practice. One of Kukai's friends, Yamada, is deeply upset when the coach announces he didn't make it to the team. Nikaidou takes advantage of Yamada's feelings and extracts Yamada's Heart's Egg, turning it into an X Egg.

Snow Mountain Holiday!
30 votes

#2 - Snow Mountain Holiday!

Shugo Chara! - Season 1 - Episode 11

The Guardians go to a winter training camp and stay with Kukai's grandfather, who is the priest at a temple near a ski resort. The Guardians enter a snow-sculpting contest, each building a part of a castle. However, Amu becomes discouraged with her gate. When Amu asks Miki to do a Character Change, Miki refuses. On the way back to the temple, Amu asks Tadase about the person he said he already liked when he rejected her. Tadase explains that he was referring to his family's dog. Nevertheless, Tadase confesses that he has come to like Amu's alter ego, Amulet Heart. That night, Amu becomes depressed that Tadase likes Amulet Heart, but that Amulet Heart is not her. Ran reminds Amu that Amulet Heart is Amu's would-be self and that Amulet Heart exists within Amu. Amu then becomes determined to work towards becoming her would-be selves.

Loss and Rebirth
41 votes

#3 - Loss and Rebirth

Princess Lover! - Season 1 - Episode 10

Sunset and Ferris Wheel
129 votes

#4 - Sunset and Ferris Wheel

Princess Lover! - Season 1 - Episode 5

112 votes

#5 - King

K - Season 1 - Episode 13

Reisi and Mikoto continue their fight while Shiro tries to catch the Colorless King who's still in Kukuri's body. Helped by Kuro, who becomes his clansman, Shiro tricks the Colorless King to get out from Kukuri's body and trap him into his own body. Shiro teleports to where Mikoto and Reisi are and tells Mikoto to kill him while the Colorless King is still trapped in his body as only a king can slay another king. Mikoto does so, finally avenging Tatara's death but his Weismann level reaches its limit, which his Sword of Damocles is about to crash into the campus. Reisi is forced to kill Mikoto to prevent that which the latter shares some words with his fellow king before passing away peacefully. The Homra gang honors their late leader with a battle cry as they lose their powers. Neko and Kuroh escape the island, still believing Shiro is still alive.

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111 votes

#6 - Killer

K - Season 1 - Episode 11

After a confrontation between the Blue and Red Kings, Homra and Scepter 4 forces begin to clash. Mikoto goes off on his own to hunt down Shiro where he eventually finds him with Neko, Kukuri, and Kuroh. During the struggle between Mikoto and Kuroh, Reisi intervenes and strikes at Mikoto. Shiro, Kuroh, Neko, and Kukuri make the chance to escape when all of a sudden, Kukuri stabs Shiro. It is revealed that she is possessed by a White Fox spirit out to target Shiro. The possessed Kukuri escapes while Shiro begins to remember his memories and awakens as Adolf K. Weismann, the Silver King.

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109 votes

#7 - Knell

K - Season 1 - Episode 9

In the year 1945 at Dresden, Germany, Adolf and his older sister experiment a relic called the Slate that gives people magical powers. During a bombing raid, Adolf's sister is killed but he himself survives thanks to the power of the Slate. Distraught over her death, Adolf leaves Germany and brings the Slate into his airship Himmelreich. Back in the present, Reisi visits the Golden King, Daikaku Kokujōji, wanting to confirm if the immortal Adolf is really dead. Believing Adolf is faking his death, Reisi orders Scepter 4 to keep on eye on him. Meanwhile, a mysterious man calls Mikoto from Ashinaka where he mocks him and claims he killed Tatara. Angered, Mikoto breaks out of prison and overpowers Scepter 4. Reuniting with the rest of Homra, Mikoto and gang heads to Ashinaka.

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Adolf K. Weismann
106 votes

#8 - Adolf K. Weismann

K - Season 1 - Episode 12

Shiro, with his recovered memories as the Silver King reveals that his current body was once possessed by the new Colorless King (White Spirit Fox) who wanted to take over his original body to gain his power, but to no avail instead just possessing his body and not his powers. At that moment, his spirit had jumped to the Colorless King's recent body where he got amnesia. He uses his power to let the students of Ashinaka escape, at the same time cooperating with Kusanagi and Awashima to stop the two clansmen from fighting. Shiro asks Neko to become his first clansmen, and uses her power to find the Colorless King. After she successfully locates him, she passes out and Shiro leaves to confront the Colorless King.

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Fiancee and Flower Petals
125 votes

#9 - Fiancee and Flower Petals

Princess Lover! - Season 1 - Episode 7

Boy Meets Girl
58 votes

#10 - Boy Meets Girl

Blood+ - Season 3 - Episode 7

Saya and Hagi search for Diva as Kai and Riku go to join David. Kai hears men screaming and goes to investigate, leaving Riku alone on one of the decks. He can hear Diva calling for him, but Kai returns and they head to the conference room. Saya finds Carl, but leaves Hagi to deal with him and so she can continue looking for Diva. Kai and Riku join some of the operatives at and elevator that will take them to the conference room, but when it arrives Diva is in it. Kai grabs Riku and runs, taking refuge in a storage room, while the men try to stop Diva. Saya finds the men's bodies, but Carl appears again and she's forced to fight him. Joel and David agree to activate the ship's self-destruct sequence to try to entomb Diva in it. Kai and Riku hear the warning about the self-destruct sequence, but Diva finds them. Kai shoots her, but she instantly heals and she knocks him away, leaving him barely conscious while Diva rapes Riku. Saya and Carl's battle takes them to the same room, where Diva is holding Kai and threatening to give him her blood. Saya stabs her, but as she forgot to add her blood to her sword, Diva just laughs and shoves her away. When she falls, Saya spots Riku's naked, cracking body near by; Diva taunts Saya that she gave him her blood, killing him. As Hagi holds off Carl, Kai and Saya watch helplessly as Riku's body shatter completely. David and Lewis find them and lead them back to the ship deck. They had tried to seal Diva and Carl in the ship's hold, but they easily break out and Carl seriously wounds Joel. Saya and Hagi stay to fight them while the others get away to safety. As Kai watches from the departing helicopter, the ship explodes.

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89 votes

#11 - Karma

K - Season 1 - Episode 6

Shiro begins to question his own identity after realizing there is an inconsistency between what he remembers and what actually happened. Meanwhile, Lieutenant Seri Awashima of SCEPTER 4 makes a visit to the bar owned by Izumo Kusanagi.

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80 votes

#12 - Kindling

K - Season 1 - Episode 8

Shiro finds out from his recovered memory about being involved with the Silver King. He contacts Reisi about his findings, while the rest of Scepter 4 tracks his location. When they reach the location they find out that the phone call was rigged by Shiro. Meanwhile, Reisi send his forces towards the Silver King's airship to take him into custody, unaware that Shiro, Kuroh, and Neko are secretly on a plane also heading to the ship, but as they approach, the Silver King sets off an explosion.

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89 votes

#13 - Key

K - Season 1 - Episode 7

Scepter 4 has finally tracked down Shiro as they prepare to arrest him. Neko creates an illusion in order for Shiro to escape, but is easily thwarted by Reisi who reveals that she has the power to manipulate people's minds by giving them false memories. While Kuro fights Reisi, Neko escapes with Shiro. When Kuro is nearly defeated, Shiro appears and reveals his true identity to them as the new Colorless King, using his power to let him, Kuro, and Neko escape. After they get away, Shiro convinces Neko to undo the amnesia spell on him to find out the truth.

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107 votes

#14 - Kaleidoscope

K - Season 1 - Episode 10

Homra takes over Ashinaka campus as they search for Shiro, Totsuka's killer. Scepter 4 also arrives and are ordered to stand by before they attack. Reisi confronts Mikoto, telling him his actions have gone too far. Reisi is willing to forgive Homra if they leave the campus and Scepter 4 will hunt down and punish Shiro for them but Mikoto refuses. Reisi warns Mikto if he kills Shiro, a King, he will lose control of his powers. Meanwhile, Shiro, Kuroh, and Neko manages to sneak into campus and decides to rescue their friends.

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88 votes

#15 - Knife

K - Season 1 - Episode 5

Shiro, Neko and Kuroh heads to the city to buy more fireworks for the festival. Meanwhile Seri and Saruhiko arrives at Ashinaka and orders the principal to give them all their information on Shiro, unaware he had just left. While Saruhiko illegally access the student council's computer to find Shiro in the student database, Misaki and Rikio asks the students for information about Shiro but due to their looks and Misaki's temper, they only scared them. Saruhiko soon encounters Misaki and Rikio, where he mocks and insults his former friends which angers Misaki to fight him. The fight is soon stopped by Seri who orders Saruhiko to returned to Scepter 4 as neither the school or it's database has a record of Shiro being a student at Ashinaka. When Misaki asks a female student about Shiro before leaving, the student, Kukuri tells him she has no idea who Shiro is.

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Knock-on Effect
91 votes

#16 - Knock-on Effect

K - Season 1 - Episode 4

Shiro desperately tries to find a possible alibi in order to prove to Kuroh he was not there during the time of the video. Meanwhile, Homura and Scepter 4 are able to close in on Shiro's whereabouts. Thanks to Kukuri who is able to provide proof that Shiro was with her during the time of the shooting, Shiro and his friends prepare for the school festival. When he goes to his dorm and opens his closet, he is shocked to discover a bloody school uniform that matches the murderer's picture which leads Shiro to rethink the whole situation. As he contemplates, Yata and Kamamoto arrives at Ashinaka.

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95 votes

#17 - Kitchen

K - Season 1 - Episode 3

In a flashback, Mikoto surrenders to Reisi rather than fight him. As Reisi interrogates Mikoto, he wonders why the Red King has yet to choose his successor. Meanwhile Shiro asks Kuroh who were the people with powers chasing him and the "Kings". Kuroh reveals Japan is secretly being ruled by seven psychic clans called the Seven clans of Color, each ruled by a King. Unlike the Red Clan Homura and Blue Clan Scepter 4, whose clans posses the power of fire and ice respectively, his late master's clan, the Colorless Clan, have the power of premonition. Before his master, Ichigen Miwa passed away, he had a vision that his successor, Shiro, might become evil, which Kuroh is tasked to kill him if there is proof. Shiro convinces Kuroh the video released by Homura might be a fake and he shouldn't use that to quickly judge him that he is evil without knowing him first. Kuroh agrees to stop attacking him and get know to Shiro but if he ever turns evil, he will kill him.

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In My Memories with You
121 votes

#18 - In My Memories with You

Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash - Season 1 - Episode 8

Haruhiro and his party are finally facing the same group of goblins that killed Manato. Will they be able to avenge Manato?

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139 votes

#19 - Kitten

K - Season 1 - Episode 2

Shiro manages escape from Kuoh by tricking him. As he heads back to Ashinaka in disguise, Homura offers a 10 million Yen reward on Shiro. As he heads to his dorm room, his pet Neko, suddenly transforms into a naked girl. However, Kuoh manages to track him down but is lead into a wild goose chase throughout the campus no thanks to Neko who uses her illusion powers to confuse him. After an exhausting chase, Kuoh gives up the notion of killing Shiro and cooks dinner for him and Neko.

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Confidential File 701, Past and Future
21 votes

#20 - Confidential File 701, Past and Future

Joran: The Princess of Snow and Blood - Season 1 - Episode 11

Sawa confronts Jin Kuzuhara about the truth behind what happened to her family and her village, but before she can get real answers a squadron of the shogun's troops arrives to try and capture her.

Confidential File 614, The Enemy Within
23 votes

#21 - Confidential File 614, The Enemy Within

Joran: The Princess of Snow and Blood - Season 1 - Episode 3

Asahi and Yukimura struggle with the nature of their relationship, while the mole leaking Nue secrets is found... or is he?

Confidential File 623, Daybreak
21 votes

#22 - Confidential File 623, Daybreak

Joran: The Princess of Snow and Blood - Season 1 - Episode 6

It's become clear that Nue agents don't leave the shogun's service and live to tell the tale, so it's up to Asahi to find a way for Sawa to break free of the life of violence she's become trapped in.

Confidential File 099, Kuchinawa
23 votes

#23 - Confidential File 099, Kuchinawa

Joran: The Princess of Snow and Blood - Season 1 - Episode 4

Asahi has been kidnapped by Janome, and loyalties are called into question all throughout Nue. Will Yukimura be able to save her adopted sister in time? And will her employers in the Tokugawa government even let her try?

156 votes

#24 - Knight

K - Season 1 - Episode 1

Ashinaka High School is known for its unique setting: the entire campus is built on an island. Yashiro Isana, aka Shiro, is having lunch with a cat on one of the school rooftops. Shiro goes on an errand for his classmate Kukuri but on the way he gets chased by several men. He was the saved by Kuro Yatogami who claims that he wants to put an end to all evil.

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Confidential File 033, The Treasurer
29 votes

#25 - Confidential File 033, The Treasurer

Joran: The Princess of Snow and Blood - Season 1 - Episode 2

With confidential Nue files having been leaked to their enemies at Kuchinawa, a search is underway for the traitor who provided the information.

Confidential File 101, The Blue Flower of Carnage
41 votes

#26 - Confidential File 101, The Blue Flower of Carnage

Joran: The Princess of Snow and Blood - Season 1 - Episode 1

The year is 1931, the 64th year of the Meiji era. The 15th Shogun, Yoshinobu Tokugawa, continues to wield absolute power thanks to complete monopolization of a special natural resource known as "Ryumyaku." Supporting the Tokugawa regime from the shadows are the deadly agents of the covert organization known as Nue.

Confidential File 668, Ethereal Love
22 votes

#27 - Confidential File 668, Ethereal Love

Joran: The Princess of Snow and Blood - Season 1 - Episode 9

With her life in tatters, Sawa struggles to find a reason to keep going. Accompanied by another Nue executioner, she decides to look to her past while considering her future.

Confidential File 637, A Fleeting Spring
21 votes

#28 - Confidential File 637, A Fleeting Spring

Joran: The Princess of Snow and Blood - Season 1 - Episode 7

After faking Sawa's death, she and Asahi have fled Tokyo for a peaceful life in the country... but can they really escape the cycle of killing?

Confidential File 089, Star Sign
15 votes

#29 - Confidential File 089, Star Sign

Joran: The Princess of Snow and Blood - Season 1 - Episode 10

Jin Kuzuhara is the ruthless, enigmatic head of the shogun's personal group of assassins, Nue. But how did he come to serve the Tokugawa regime? And what is his secret connection to Sawa?

Confidential File 620, Divine Right
22 votes

#30 - Confidential File 620, Divine Right

Joran: The Princess of Snow and Blood - Season 1 - Episode 5

Now that her revenge is complete, Sawa doesn't know what to do with herself. With Tsukishima on the run and Elena facing a major change, what will become of the agents of Nue now that their primary target has been dealt with?

Confidential File 642, The Witching Hour
17 votes

#31 - Confidential File 642, The Witching Hour

Joran: The Princess of Snow and Blood - Season 1 - Episode 8

Sawa's brief respite from the cycle of violence has been irreversibly shattered. But even if she defeats the monster who brought an end to her dream, will she have anything left afterwards?

Confidential File 707, The Land of Blessed Words
18 votes

#32 - Confidential File 707, The Land of Blessed Words

Joran: The Princess of Snow and Blood - Season 1 - Episode 12

Asahi is alive, but Sawa has seen too much to ignore the crimes perpetrated by Jin Kuzuhara in the name of the Tokugawa regime. Hoping to secure a brighter future for the girl she has adopted as a sister, the assassin once known as Yukimura takes up her sword once again...