The BEST episodes directed by Taiji Kawanishi

The Seventh Night
60 votes

#1 - The Seventh Night

Hayate the Combat Butler - Season 3 - Episode 7

A story about Nagi’s father, Shin Hayek, is told how he was a thief then he met Yukariko and eventually fallen in love with her. Nagi discover the Black Camellia is in Las Vegas with Shin’s belongings. Nagi explains the Black Camellia is a clock that brings bad luck (but can grant the owner miracles for eternity). Ruri who is desperate decide to enter a quiz contest hosted by Fumi Hibino to win tickets to New York as a way to go to Las Vegas. In the end, Hinagiku and Ayumu won and want to see Ruka’s concert in Las Vegas. Ruri ran away wondering what to do next, since Nagi warned her not to do anything dangerous. Hayate comes looking for her when he, Isumi, and Sakuya witness her being abducted by a bird-like creature.

Black Baby Beel Grows Up!
71 votes

#2 - Black Baby Beel Grows Up!

Beelzebub - Season 1 - Episode 54

When Black Beel has gone missing, Zenjuro urges Oga, Furuichi, and Beel to look for him before something bad happens. Meanwhile, Himekawa who has kidnapped Black Beel for his close resemblance to a lucky statue experiences great luck and wealth. Somehow, Black Beel has grown gigantic. Can Oga and the gang stop Black Beel?

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Super Burning Combination
70 votes

#3 - Super Burning Combination

Beelzebub - Season 1 - Episode 46

The episode opens with a distinct sci-fi feel, before moving into the game, where the Ishiyama group are in the middle of getting their asses handed to them. They are unable to do anything against the tank. Then Yuka shows up, driving a giant robot called the Crazy Frog. She crushes the tank, and proceeds to kick and tap dance all over the other vehicles. Up until she steps on a mine and loses the tank. Tatsumi's training goes more like an aerobic workout, complete with lame musical accompaniment. He complains about this, calling out for being an exercise, and not training. Meanwhile the gamers run into more trouble when En's team start using an invisibility cheat. Himekawa realizes what they are doing, and goes to prepare some countermeasures. While Tatsumi does pushups, Saotome tells him that Tojo asked to be trained, and if he isn't careful Tatsumi will be overtaken. Saotome uses a recording of Tatsumi's voice to make a training partner who has all his hidden strength. Only the casette recorde Beel's voice, and they are faced with a Beel at full power. At first Tatsumi takes this as a joke, only to realize that as a Demon Lord Beel has some crazy hidden potential. Problem is he's still Beel, and easily distracted as he takes off after a bunny rabbit. En's maids fixed the Crazy Frog, and Lamia realizes that there is magic at work in the game. The rest of the Ishiyama team is killed, and without their medic they can't get back into the game. Himekawa comes back and reveals that he bought the company that makes the game for the sole purpose of getting them to put in a special cheat for him. He brings their characters back as zombies. En, who had just been allowed to actually play, gets attacked by the zombies, and his forces find themselves without their invisibility cheat, and the Ishiyama students have five Crazy Frogs, which combine into one giant Sentai robot. Tatsumi manages to capture shadow Beel, using his own stupidity as bait. Isa takes Aoi to an inner part

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Time for the Game to Begin!
79 votes

#4 - Time for the Game to Begin!

Beelzebub - Season 1 - Episode 35

The match between Ishiyama and the 6 Holy Knights is here, and this is not your usual volleyball! With their pride and their educational future on the line, the Ishiyama gang puts it all out there on the court! Will Furuichi the Strategist be their trump card?

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I've Quit Being the BoB Brawler!
78 votes

#5 - I've Quit Being the BoB Brawler!

Beelzebub - Season 1 - Episode 18

Beelzebub gets a summer cold, causing his body to give off incredible heat. As his condition gets worse, the Zebel Spell on Oga's hand disappears, leading Hilda to become frustrated towards Oga for showing little care towards him. As Oga tries to decide what to do, he encounters one of Tojo's henchmen, Shojo Aizawa, who seemingly outmatches Oga before leaving. The next morning, both Hilda and Beelzebub have disappeared. As Oga searches for them, he encounters Tojo with Beelzebub on his back, who challenges Oga to a fight. As the two fight, Oga is shocked to see what appears to be the Zebel Spell on Tojo's shoulder, before he is knocked clean into the river.

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Who Do You Think Is Ishiyama's Strongest?
82 votes

#6 - Who Do You Think Is Ishiyama's Strongest?

Beelzebub - Season 1 - Episode 21

Furuichi is woken up by Alaindelon at 4:00 A.M. and is teleported to Ishiyama High to watch Oga and Tojo's fight with Hilda, Lamia, and Forcas Rachmaninoff. Meanwhile, Kanzaki, Himekawa, and Shiroyama confront Aizawa and Karou and begin to fight, but are quickly beaten by them, but they refuse to give up because of their stubborness. Natsume shows up and defeats Karou in one blow, and is about to deal with Aizawa. Kunieda and the Red Tails finish dealing with the delinquents and go to watch Oga and Tojo's fight, with Oga at a disadvantage. Beelzebub activates the Zebul Spell, thinking Oga cannot win, shocking everyone. Lamia accidentally sets off one remaining firework and it's aimed at Oga and Tojo. Oga easily stops the firework and causes a giant flaming Zebul Spell to appear on the ground. Oga orders Beelzebub to not interfere in his fight, promising he will win and Beelzebub erases the Zebul Spell. Oga and Tojo resume their fight, which goes on until dawn, and just as it looks like Tojo is about to win, Oga spins around and performs a suplex on Tojo, winning the fight. Oga tells Beelzebub he won the fight and Beelzebub tackles Oga to the ground. Tojo's past is revealed, showing a man he looked up to who taught Tojo the ture meaning of fighting and had a Zebul Spell on his shoulder, which Tojo got tattooed on his shoulder in order to look like him, and Tojo tells Oga he is now the strongest at Ishiyama High.

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Called the Magical Girl
80 votes

#7 - Called the Magical Girl

Beelzebub - Season 1 - Episode 27

In order to make up for forgetting his daughter's birthday, Alaindelon brought Angelica to Furuichi's house for a tour of the Human World. Unfortunately while the gifts were being retrieved from Alaindelon, a Yople alien teleported into the human world and escaped. Angelica resolves to track down the Yople, using a demon wand that transforms its user into a Magical Girl. Gathering 4 other girls - Hilda, Azusa, Honoka and Aoi, they form the 5 Fairies of Light and manages to track down the Yople at an amusement park where Tojo was working as part of the cast in a Gohan-kun theatre drama. A rival girl gang challenges Aoi while they were capturing the Yople and a fight ensures. Eventually, Furuichi manages to pin down the Yople and both of them are teleported away with Angelica's ability. Furuichi eventually returns back to the human world through Alaindelon, leaving him to wonder if he was even inside Angelica at all in the first place. Unfortunately, Angelica left before Furuichi could ask her about it.

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The Secret of the Chingo Stone
73 votes

#8 - The Secret of the Chingo Stone

Samurai Girls - Season 2 - Episode 10

Kojiro questions the ghost in the cemetery about the reason for the revival of the Dark Samurai; Matabei, Hanzo, Kanetsugu and Gisen wait in the dojo; and Muneakira, Jubei, Jubei, and Yukimura question Sen about the Chingo Stone. It's revealed that the Chingo Stone lies at the base of Mt Fuji and controls Japan's accumulation of ki thus protecting it from unstable ki. Great Japan was founded by the Chingo Stone being placed there and is continually held together by the stone, however the ghost wishes to use the Dark Samurai to destroy the Chingo Stone. The ghost's only desire is for war due to their unapproval of the Tokugawa's power. Yoshihiko's master samurai have thus far stopped them but in their defeat against the Dark Samurai, Charles dropped the name of Jubei as the real identity of the one who defeated Amakusa. This gave Yoshihiko a month for repairs but the ghost was angry because Musashi got hung up on the battle allowing Yoshihiko that time. Mataemon heard everything and becomes enthused about her condition. Inshun is plagued by being an "empty vessel". Mataemon goes off on her own to find the Chingo Stone while Musashi vows to kill Mataemon. At the dojo, everyone desires to become the Samurai Bride until Yukimura reveals the conditions for it. First, a General must possess seven Master Samurai; second, the seven must share a bond of trust centering on one Master Samurai; and third, the other six must pour their all of their ki into the trusted Master Samurai channeled through the General. Should everything work (as historically, there's precedence that everyone died one time conducting the procedure) when the Samurai Bride is born, everyone else dies.

Unable to Unlock!
104 votes

#9 - Unable to Unlock!

Samurai Girls - Season 2 - Episode 7

Keiji continue to train the girls in the arts of "qi". Jubei is stuck in master samurai mode and her "qi" is fading fast. Will she able to control her "qi"?

Love and Kiss
105 votes

#10 - Love and Kiss

Samurai Girls - Season 2 - Episode 3

Kanetsugu introduces the Battle for the title of Number One Maid in a malevolent attempt to get rid of Sasuke.

Baby Beel's Assessment Test / Hilda: Dear Great Demon Lord
111 votes

#11 - Baby Beel's Assessment Test / Hilda: Dear Great Demon Lord

Beelzebub - Season 1 - Episode 13

As Ishiyama High holds an assessment test for its studyphobic students, the Great Demon Lord also holds a test for Beelzebub, requiring him to earn points by beating up various things, or run the risk of both he and Oga facing remedial classes in the Demon World. With Beelzebub not showing much hope, Oga decides to try and dump Beelzebub on whoever scores highest on the test. When a rival school interrupts the test, Oga fights them off to allow the other students to keep on the test, earning enough points to avoid remedial lessons, later learning that the smartest student it actually Takayuki. Later, Hilda prepares a letter to the Great Demon Lord, writing reports on Oga, his family and the Tōhōshinki.

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Unprecedented Aid
18 votes

#12 - Unprecedented Aid

Kingdom (2012) - Season 3 - Episode 23

Reinforcements arrive for Qin, and not a moment too soon. But even the most ferocious mountain warriors are no match for one of Zhao's Three Greats.

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The Battle of Hangu Pass
21 votes

#13 - The Battle of Hangu Pass

Kingdom (2012) - Season 3 - Episode 3

Qin sends its troops to defend Hangu Pass, sole gateway to the kingdom. An impressive array of military might is on display as the battle kicks off.

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A Wasteland Riddled with Holes
17 votes

#14 - A Wasteland Riddled with Holes

Kingdom (2012) - Season 3 - Episode 7

The horrors of Changping nearly two decades ago have spurred Wan Ji and his army to seek revenge against Qin, with Xianyang slated for annihilation.

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A New Battlefield
33 votes

#15 - A New Battlefield

Initial D - Season 5 - Episode 2

The first stage of Project D's Kanagawa expeditions is against Team 246: Satoshi Omiya and Kobayakawa. Although racing for their own pride, 246 are actually part of a grand plan initiated by Team Sidewinder's Go Hojo and Eiji Kubo. As the uphill race begins, Kobayakawa is about to be shown the true ability of Keisuke Takahashi.

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Reversal Rush
18 votes

#16 - Reversal Rush

Kingdom (2012) - Season 4 - Episode 23

Qin army high commander Lord Changping shows what he's made of on the battlefield with an all-or-nothing maneuver meant to immobilize Duke Rongdi.

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Sword and Shield
13 votes

#17 - Sword and Shield

Kingdom (2012) - Season 4 - Episode 5

A wounded Cheng Jiao confronts Pu Ge, then has a heart-to-heart with Liu Yi and shares words of wisdom with Xin as the fighting in Tunliu subsides.

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Here Comes the Warrior of Love!
232 votes

#18 - Here Comes the Warrior of Love!

Samurai Girls - Season 1 - Episode 5

With suspicions that his sister is harboring Yukimura, Sen's older brother sends in a spy to discover the truth. Meanwhile, at the dojo, a new enemy appears, and she seems to have a long time grudge on Yukimura...

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The Grim Reaper and the Transfer Student
20 votes

#19 - The Grim Reaper and the Transfer Student

My Clueless First Friend - Season 1 - Episode 1

Nishimura Akane is always alone, teased by her classmates as the "Grim Reaper". But Takada Taiyou, a new transfer student, quickly takes an interest in her and her rumored deadly curse. Now it's up to the new kid to shake things up in the class!

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Beyond Hangu Pass
15 votes

#20 - Beyond Hangu Pass

Kingdom (2012) - Season 3 - Episode 15

The Qin army is riding high when Wa Lin's elites arrive at Hangu Pass. An unpredictable Qin general steps in to assist. Diao is cautiously optimistic.

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Seven Nations, After the War
15 votes

#21 - Seven Nations, After the War

Kingdom (2012) - Season 4 - Episode 1

The seven nations of the Middle Kingdom come to grips with the fallout of the massive coalition army war as internal disputes move to the forefront.

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Training Days
14 votes

#22 - Training Days

Kingdom (2012) - Season 4 - Episode 11

The Fei Xin Unit has only half a day left to reach Wu Feng Ming's headquarters. The strategists of both sides test their skills.

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Three Sides, Unyielding
16 votes

#23 - Three Sides, Unyielding

Kingdom (2012) - Season 4 - Episode 17

A supersized Ai army approaches an underdefended Xianyang. The Queen Dowager and Lü Buwei both have their own epiphanies during the crowning ceremony.

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I Picked Up The Devil King
185 votes

#24 - I Picked Up The Devil King

Beelzebub - Season 1 - Episode 1

Tatsumi Oga, a delinquent student at the worst high school in Japan, arrives at school with a small baby who emits massive shocks of electricity whenever it cries. Oga claims he found after splitting open a strange man who came floating along the river, though his friend Takayuki Furuichi doesn't quite believe.

Meng Wu's Proclamation
17 votes

#25 - Meng Wu's Proclamation

Kingdom (2012) - Season 3 - Episode 9

Rumors about Qin reach Qiang Lei on her journey. Li Mu calculates the best time to strike, and the Battle of Hangu Pass reaches its turning point.

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Fujiwara Zone
57 votes

#26 - Fujiwara Zone

Initial D - Season 5 - Episode 5

As the battle heats up, both Takumi and Kai both use all of their ability, and then some, to battle for the win. In the next battle, Keisuke puts his new accelerator techniques to the test against Minagawa's Supra. But as Ryosuke explains, there is another purpose of this training that would allow him to beat the "super-orthodox" pro racer.

Pandora's Box
140 votes

#27 - Pandora's Box

Arifureta: From Commonplace to World's Strongest - Season 1 - Episode 2

Hajime’s classmates struggle with the aftermath of Hajime’s fall. Hajime descends even further into the Labyrinth, where he makes a fateful encounter.

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Determination to Kill
28 votes

#28 - Determination to Kill

The Dawn of the Witch - Season 1 - Episode 11

After what happened with Kady, Saybil and the gang learn that further assaults against the village are coming. Everyone does what they can to prepare for the battle ahead.

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White Devil
58 votes

#29 - White Devil

Initial D - Season 5 - Episode 8

The downhill battle between Takumi and Hiroya "Zero 1" Okuyama's S15 starts, with Okuyama waiting to attack until the later section because of the fog. However, he hasn't considered the ability of Takumi's adaptibility skills. Whilst this is on, another battle is in the midst: Ryosuke's inevitable battle with the driver known as 'Shinigami', Rin Hojo.

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16 votes

#30 - Confrontation

Isuca - Season 1 - Episode 3

Sakuya's younger sister, Suseri, shows up. She also works to rid the world of monsters, and is a rival to the head of the Shimadzu family. She wants to bring Shinichirou over to her side, so she attempts to seduce him, and eventually kidnap him, but they run into a bit of trouble with monsters on the way...

15 votes

#31 - Promise

Isuca - Season 1 - Episode 6

Shinichirou tries to cheer Sakuya up after he finds out that she might lose her right to become next head of the family. The secret behind Sakuya's birth, and why she's so hung up on taking over the family becomes evident. But then a monster shows up which will test her allegiances to the past, to the present, and to herself.

A Dream Nation
16 votes

#32 - A Dream Nation

Kingdom (2012) - Season 4 - Episode 20

Xin pushes onward to Xianyang's Inner Palace as Xiang and Yang are taken to safety. Lü Buwei explains his views to Zheng and how he would rule Qin.

I'm Not Afraid to Die
39 votes

#33 - I'm Not Afraid to Die

The Dawn of the Witch - Season 1 - Episode 4

Now that Saybil and the gang have reached their destination, they can begin their studies in the field program. Or so they thought. It turns out that the beastfallen mercenary in the forest is the least of their problems. Can they find a solution, or will they have to risk being expelled from the Academy?

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Fresh: Eve
206 votes

#34 - Fresh: Eve

Tokyo Ghoul - Season 3 - Episode 3

Urie speaks to Chief Washu about having his Frame level increased. With a mission coming up, the Quinxes try to get Saiko to come to work. Donato asks Haise about his missing memories. The squad goes undercover.

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High School Girls on Holiday
26 votes

#35 - High School Girls on Holiday

Adachi and Shimamura - Season 1 - Episode 4

Shimamura just happens to run into Adachi's mom at the gym and they have an awkward encounter. Later on, Shimamura invites Adachi to karaoke with Hino and Nagafuji.

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16 votes

#36 - Trials

Isuca - Season 1 - Episode 8

Sakuya is in a coma now that she's lost her spiritual energy, and Shinichirou would like nothing more to save her. Suseri decides to undergo the exorcism ritual after seeing Sakuya in her state. She must subdue a lightning beast on her own in order to make it into a shikigami, and during the fighting we learn about Suseri's hidden past and her feelings towards Sakuya.

The Boy on Hiatus Descends and Flees, and the Girls from the Church
4 votes

#37 - The Boy on Hiatus Descends and Flees, and the Girls from the Church

Angel's 3Piece! - Season 1 - Episode 3

Kyo discovers that Jūn and the others are classmates of his younger sister Kurumi, but for some reason do not get well with the other kids at school. He also finds out that his childhood friend Sakura Toriumi is also an orphan from Little Wing, and asks him to keep it a secret.

The Languid Diva
28 votes

#38 - The Languid Diva

Seven Mortal Sins - Season 1 - Episode 5

Astarotte, the Second Mortal Sin, is a net idol with a decent following, but Lucifer is ready to take her on with her own performances. Lucifer has a different style than Astarotte, starts to outshine Astarotte. As the crowds get bigger, and more is on the line for both Demon Lords, just who will come out on top?

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The Reason for Love
5 votes

#39 - The Reason for Love

Ange Vierge - Season 1 - Episode 8

The team receives a distress signal from Code Omega 46 Xenia in the White World, System White Eguma. Saya and the others immediately head to rescue her, but Code Omega 33 Carene stands in their way, and has a dangerous virus that threatens to destroy the White World.

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