The BEST episodes directed by Takahiko Kyougoku

A Princess in Slave Clothes
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8.63
161 votes

#1 - A Princess in Slave Clothes

GATE - Season 1 - Episode 22

The Rose Knights continue to fight off the Imperial Army at the Jade Palace. Shandy discovers the Pied Piper has planned another assassination attempt on Leilei. Pina has been formally accused of high treason and jailed…

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Paratroopers
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8.50
135 votes

#2 - Paratroopers

GATE - Season 1 - Episode 23

A green light is given for the JSDF to assault the capital and protect the diplomats and pro-peace faction. Will they be able to reach the Jade Palace before the exhausted Rose Knights are finally defeated? Itami’s group hurries to the capital to rescue Princess Pina. Tyuule goads Zorzal to continue fighting as he still has one trump card remaining: Princess Pina!

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The Battle
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8.48
166 votes

#3 - The Battle

GATE - Season 1 - Episode 17

It's the final showdown with the Fire Dragon as Itami, Rory, Chuka, and Lelei join forces with a squad of rocket-launcher-equipped elves. Can swords, magic, artillery, and fighter jets defeat a dragon?

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The Flame Dragon Once Again
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8.39
168 votes

#4 - The Flame Dragon Once Again

GATE - Season 1 - Episode 16

Itami has left in search of the powerful fire dragon. The SDF prepares a force to support him. Meanwhile, Chule baits Delilah into an assassination attempt on Noriko.

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The Imperial Capital Quake
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8.39
210 votes

#5 - The Imperial Capital Quake

GATE - Season 1 - Episode 14

An earthquake strikes the empire, and the SDF visit the Imperial Palace to give advice on relief. There, they find that the Empire has been keeping Japanese slaves. An enraged Kuribayashi beats the Imperial Prince to a pulp. How will the SDF respond?

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Hope and Despair
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8.38
218 votes

#6 - Hope and Despair

GATE - Season 1 - Episode 10

Rory's attempts to seduce Itami is interrupted by a phone call by Tarou. The US Black Ops team arrives at the Inn, only to encounter the Chinese and Russia Black Ops team, leading to a fight between the three sides which Rory later joins which ends with everyone killed except Rory. After packing their things and taking a van from the Russians, Itami's group heads back to Ginza but worried that the foreign agents will attack again, Risa posts a message on the internet that the Special Region girls will be attending the Ginza memorial. As a result, a large crowd gathers at Ginza to meet the girls, foiling the foreign agents kidnapping plans. Due to the large crowd, Public Security arresting several foreign agents and Shino revealing to her news reporter sister Nanami about the attempts on them, the US, Chinese and Russian leaders call it quits and orders their men to stand down.

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The Hakone Mountain Night Battle
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8.37
216 votes

#7 - The Hakone Mountain Night Battle

GATE - Season 1 - Episode 9

Itami explains everything to his ex-wife Risa, who agrees to help him by bringing Rory, Lelei and Tuka for a shopping trip the next day while Akira accompanies Piña and Bozes to the library after both of them have taken interest in Boys-Love manga from Risa. Meanwhile, Itami meets with his old friend, Defense Minister Kanou Tarou, who orders him to bring their Special Region guests to a Hot Spring Inn guarded by the Japanese SFG. As Itami's group stays at the Inn for some fun and getting know Risa and Bozes' crush on Akira, three different Black Ops team enter the area via the forest and battle with the SFG. When the SFG manages to identity and informs Minister Tarou that two of the Black Ops operatives are foreigners, the Japanese Prime Minister is blackmailed by the US President who wants the SFG to stop attacking his Black Ops team so they can take the Special Region guests with them. The Prime Minister orders Tarou to tell his men to stand down but not before revealing he will be resigning. As the three Black Ops team heads to the Inn, Itami deals with a drunken and aroused Rory.

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Itami Might...
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8.30
218 votes

#8 - Itami Might...

GATE - Season 1 - Episode 12

Yao Ha Ducy pleads with the SDF to help defeat the Fire Dragon, but to no avail. Everyone begins to wonder what Itami would do in this situation

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Thus They Fought
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8.30
121 votes

#9 - Thus They Fought

GATE - Season 1 - Episode 24

Itami and his team launch their last assault on the palace to recover the captured Princess Pina. The empire begins to take on a few face, and some surprising relationships are revealed...

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The Rainbow of Albion
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8.29
58 votes

#10 - The Rainbow of Albion

Captain Earth - Season 1 - Episode 3

Yomatsuri Akari who is the only daughter of the Globe commander - Nishikubo - applied to the new team, they're enjoying the full summer of Tanegashima. In front of such four, a new enemy -Amarok- appears. Plateau with shaking off the restraint of Nishikubo,

Antarcticite
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8.29
48 votes

#11 - Antarcticite

Land of the Lustrous - Season 1 - Episode 8

Pho has lost their arms, but Master Kongo believes them to be at the Chord Shore. Antarcticite makes it their mission to piece Phos back together.

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The Dead Line
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8.21
131 votes

#12 - The Dead Line

GATE - Season 1 - Episode 21

Tensions escalate as Zorzal uses the Japanese acceptance of the Sherry and other refugees as a warrant an attack. The Japanese Prime Minister refuses to evacuate the Jade Palace while the foreign media is in the Special Region. Meanwhile, Itami's crew continues to come under attack by assassins.

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Shiro
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8.21
43 votes

#13 - Shiro

Land of the Lustrous - Season 1 - Episode 10

To help them get a better grasp of their new-found abilities, Bort and Phos team up. Dia on the other hand feels a bit left out.

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Rondel, the City of Magic
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8.20
163 votes

#14 - Rondel, the City of Magic

GATE - Season 1 - Episode 18

Following the battle with Fire Dragon, Lelei is about to present her thesis at a prestigious academy in the magic city of Londol. Elsewhere, peace talks between the Empire and Japan are about to commence…

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The Party Begins
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8.12
172 votes

#15 - The Party Begins

GATE - Season 1 - Episode 13

The SDF hold a banquet in the imperial capital to try and bribe the senators to their side. Yao plans to do something nice for Itami.

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Tuka Luna Marceau
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8.05
172 votes

#16 - Tuka Luna Marceau

GATE - Season 1 - Episode 15

Chuka has gone insane and refuses to face the fact that her father is dead. She thinks that Itami is her father. The only way to snap her back to sanity is to kill the Fire Dragon, but engaging it would mean getting most of Itami's squad killed.

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New Work
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8.04
48 votes

#17 - New Work

Land of the Lustrous - Season 1 - Episode 12

Phos must now decide to follow their instinct or back down. What will happen if they try to investigate further?

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Soul - Flesh - Bone
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8.04
49 votes

#18 - Soul - Flesh - Bone

Land of the Lustrous - Season 1 - Episode 4

Phos is attacked, but manages to make a new friend out of the attacker. Together, both travel to the ocean where Phos learns more about the past.

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Check It Out!!
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8.00
8 votes

#19 - Check It Out!!

Love Live! Superstar!! - Season 1 - Episode 10

The girls decide on the group name "Liella!" and enter the Love Live. For the regional prelims, they find out that they have to rap. While the others struggle, Sumire displays impromptu rap skills and Kanon nominates Sumire as the center, but...

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Secrets
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7.95
44 votes

#20 - Secrets

Land of the Lustrous - Season 1 - Episode 11

A recent incident has ignited some internal questions in Phos' mind. Who's Shiro and why is Sensei so kind to this Lunarian?

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The Dangerous Sisters
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7.91
136 votes

#21 - The Dangerous Sisters

GATE - Season 1 - Episode 19

Lelei's sister, Arpeggio, is jealous of her success and challenges Lelei to a duel, which threatens to burn down the entire city! In the Empire, Zorzal begins arresting the pro-peace faction on charges of accepting bribes from Japan.

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First Battle
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7.89
46 votes

#22 - First Battle

Land of the Lustrous - Season 1 - Episode 6

Phos has recovered from the disaster at sea and has gained a new ability! What will happen to Phos as they put their skill to use as a lookout?

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No School Idols Allowed?!
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7.89
9 votes

#23 - No School Idols Allowed?!

Love Live! Superstar!! - Season 1 - Episode 2

Realizing that she still loves singing, Kanon decides to become a school idol. However, Ren Hazuki insists that school idols are not needed at Yuigaoka. Kanon tries to find Ren's weakness with Chisato's help only to find out that many students trust her.

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Kuukaa
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7.88
8 votes

#24 - Kuukaa

Love Live! Superstar!! - Season 1 - Episode 3

The girls have to place 1st at a local festival to stay school idols. Chisato & Keke try to help Kanon get over her fear but nothing works. Keke tells Kanon she'll sing alone this time. Meanwhile, one of the most prominent groups, Sunny Passion, joins the festival.

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Once Again, At That Place
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7.86
7 votes

#25 - Once Again, At That Place

Love Live! Superstar!! - Season 1 - Episode 11

lovelive! Liella !, who showed her presence on the stage of the district qualifying, successfully passed the qualifying. At that time, Kanon and Chisago's alma mater's elementary school asked me to sing "Liella!". I agree, but I'm afraid. The elementary school stage was once the stage where the first incident that triggered Kanon to be unable to sing in public occurred. Chisago, who knows Kanon at that time, tells everyone about it again.

Hibernation
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7.85
48 votes

#26 - Hibernation

Land of the Lustrous - Season 1 - Episode 7

It's winter time and everyone is discussing the best way to make it through the cold. Meanwhile, Phos gets roped into Antarcticite's yearly duties.

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Spring
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7.85
46 votes

#27 - Spring

Land of the Lustrous - Season 1 - Episode 9

Spring comes with a bitter taste for Phos as they try to cope with the kidnapping of Antarcticite. In the meantime, the gems are trying to come to terms with the new Phos.

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Return
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7.82
44 votes

#28 - Return

Land of the Lustrous - Season 1 - Episode 5

Phos is captured by the Lunarians. King reveals the truth behind the deception but is interrupted by their slumbering brother.

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Metamorphose
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7.76
51 votes

#29 - Metamorphose

Land of the Lustrous - Season 1 - Episode 3

Unable to find Phos the group is concerned of what happened to them. However, Diamond is determined to bring Phos back.

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Song for All
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7.71
7 votes

#30 - Song for All

Love Live! Superstar!! - Season 1 - Episode 12

Did you succeed in the solo stage at your alma mater? The survival of the school has been decided, and love live with the five enthusiastic people! The outline of the Tokyo tournament arrives. The content was a remote format, and each district representative used the net to relay the live broadcast live. In other words, you have to prepare the stage yourself. It seems that Kanon isn't very particular about what kind of stage he should make while everyone comes up with ideas.

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Visitor
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7.71
217 votes

#31 - Visitor

GATE - Season 1 - Episode 11

Five months since the Gate's opening, the Alnus refugee camp develops into a town while Piña introduces Kouji Sugawara from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to Lord Cicero, one of the most important nobles from the Empire, and obtains his cooperation with the peace talks in exchange for the release of his nephew, who is currently in Japan's custody as a prisoner. Back in Alnus, Tuka keeps wandering the city looking for his father and refusing to accept the fact that he is already dead. As Itami and his friends discuss about it in a tavern, Mari claims that they must make her face the truth, but Itami objects, certain that they can not be responsible for her as they don't know when they will be called back to Japan, much to Mari's dismay. Left alone with Rory, Itami keeps drinking with her until a Dark Elf woman appears and mistaking Rory as a child, reprimands Itami for having a drink with her. With her plans to spend the night with Itami ruined, Rory mischievously plays along with the Dark Elf's misunderstanding, forcing Itami to flee, with the elf unaware Itami was one of the "Men in Green", the JSDF soldiers, she was looking for. The Dark Elf introduces herself as Yao Haa Dusi and offers a huge Adamantium stone as a reward for helping her village that is being attacked by the Fire Dragon, which is why she has come to Alnus to seek the JSDF's aid. Having no success, Yao looks for a place to rest outside the town when she watches two F4 fighter jets maneuvering in some exercises and a helicopter taking off with Itami with some goods from the base heading towards the Imperial capital, renewing her hopes that the Japanese forces will help save her people from the dragon.

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The Lovers
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7.65
100 votes

#32 - The Lovers

GATE - Season 1 - Episode 20

Itami’s group deal with assassination attempts. With the Emperor bedridden, Zorzal is free to run things as he sees fit, establishing a reign of terror over the empire. The Oprichnina kill Sherry’s parents and she is forced to flee to safety, but the Japanese embassy refuses to take her in.

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I Was Dreaming
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7.63
8 votes

#33 - I Was Dreaming

Love Live! Superstar!! - Season 1 - Episode 6

Kanon and her friends train with Sunny Passion for their next concert. Meanwhile, Chisato is training for her dance contest, and Ren spots Chisato's withdrawal letter to the school. Kanon and Chisato talk that night over the phone, but they seem distant.

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Battle! The Student Council President Elections
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7.63
8 votes

#34 - Battle! The Student Council President Elections

Love Live! Superstar!! - Season 1 - Episode 7

After a successful show at Kozushima, the School Idol Club welcomes Chisato, their 4th member. They are now starting a new term and find out there will be an election for the student council president. If Ren becomes president, it may affect their club.

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This Yet Unknown Feeling
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7.60
15 votes

#35 - This Yet Unknown Feeling

Love Live! Superstar!! - Season 1 - Episode 1

Kanon Shibuya takes the entrance exams for the music program at Yuigaoka Girls' High School. But she fails her singing test and ends up taking the general curriculum. She is approached by Keke Tang from her class who asks her to be a school idol with her.

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Connected Feelings
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7.57
7 votes

#36 - Connected Feelings

Love Live! Superstar!! - Season 1 - Episode 8

Ren is carrying the burden of Yuigaoka all alone since it's the school her late mother left behind. She asks Kanon & the others not to mention this even though she's facing backlash for saying that the school festival would be put on by the music program.

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Diamond
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7.51
55 votes

#37 - Diamond

Land of the Lustrous - Season 1 - Episode 2

Phos is looking for ideas for the encyclopedia but is struggling to come up with anything. They go to Diamond for help as they have been working on a new technique.

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Street Corner Galaxy☆彡
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7.25
8 votes

#38 - Street Corner Galaxy☆彡

Love Live! Superstar!! - Season 1 - Episode 4

Kuukaa wins the special newcomer award at the Yoyogi School Idol Fes and the director allows them to continue their school idol activities. Meanwhile, Sumire Heanna joins the club to fulfill her showbiz dreams, but when they try to decide the center...

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Phosphophyllite
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7.17
65 votes

#39 - Phosphophyllite

Land of the Lustrous - Season 1 - Episode 1

Master Kongo finally decides to give the young Phos an assignment. Much to Phos dismay the assignment is to write an encyclopedia about the world.

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What's Your Name?
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7.13
8 votes

#40 - What's Your Name?

Love Live! Superstar!! - Season 1 - Episode 9

Ren joins the School Idol Club, making the member count 5. Meanwhile, the next Love Live is announced and the finals will be at Jingu Stadium. Even getting to the prelims will be hard, but the girls decide to enter. They have to input a group name and...

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Passion Island
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6.86
7 votes

#41 - Passion Island

Love Live! Superstar!! - Season 1 - Episode 5

With the addition of Sumire, the Yuigaoka School Idol Club now has 3 members. As they're cooling off from the heat at Kanon's house, they are unexpectedly visited by Sunny Passion, who invites the girls to perform with them at their home, Kozushima.

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