The BEST episodes directed by Takashi Ikehata

Concerning the Existence and Non-Existence of Explanatory Duties Under Specially Confined Circumstances
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9.53
68 votes

#1 - Concerning the Existence and Non-Existence of Explanatory Duties Under Specially Confined Circumstances

Genshiken - Season 1 - Episode 9

Madarame is stuck in the club room with Kasukabe and tries to strike up a conversation, running through different scenarios in his head which parody the visual novel format.

Theory of the Individual Outside the Boundaries of the Subculture
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9.49
71 votes

#2 - Theory of the Individual Outside the Boundaries of the Subculture

Genshiken - Season 1 - Episode 6

Kasukabe tries to make herself more appealing to Kohsaka by taking an interest in his hobbies by trying to learn how to play Puyo Pop Fever. Sasahara's sister Keiko also makes an appearance and calls on her brother for help.

Aspects of Behavioral Selection in Interpersonal Relationships
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9.48
71 votes

#3 - Aspects of Behavioral Selection in Interpersonal Relationships

Genshiken - Season 1 - Episode 7

Two freshmen take an interest in Genshiken and join them for a night out on the town. Kasukabe, however, has no intention of making them feel welcome.

Comparative Research in Production Models and Processes
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9.47
70 votes

#4 - Comparative Research in Production Models and Processes

Genshiken - Season 1 - Episode 8

Ohno and Sasahara start a plamo project and get the whole club involved, while Kasukabe learns an important lesson.

Limits of Rejection and Reception as Observed in Autonomous Behaviour
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9.46
72 votes

#5 - Limits of Rejection and Reception as Observed in Autonomous Behaviour

Genshiken - Season 1 - Episode 5

Due to Genshiken's lack of "activities" as defined by the school, the club is threatened with closure; salvation comes from an unlikely source as Kasukabe intervenes personally.

Heartless Bath / Going to Asakusa / Sanada's Little Zoo
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9.44
36 votes

#6 - Heartless Bath / Going to Asakusa / Sanada's Little Zoo

Joshiraku - Season 1 - Episode 3

Marii ends up having to prove that she's not a crossdressing boy. Later, the girls visit Asakusa where they try their hand at some fortunes. This leads the girls to discuss why Tetora has such great luck and always seems to avoid danger.

Leisure Time Expenditures on Fetishism Considered as an Economic Result
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9.43
67 votes

#7 - Leisure Time Expenditures on Fetishism Considered as an Economic Result

Genshiken - Season 1 - Episode 10

The club, along with Keiko, pays a visit to the beach, much to the dismay of some of the members; Keiko decides to compete for Kohsaka's feelings and tries to become an otaku.

The Place Where the Gods Are
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9.34
41 votes

#8 - The Place Where the Gods Are

Gingitsune: Messenger Fox of the Gods - Season 1 - Episode 3

One day, Makoto discovers a turtle herald near Saeki Shrine and learns that he has lost his home. The next day, Makoto and Gintaro take the turtle to the nearby Shoubai Grand Shrine, where they meet the lion-dog heralds Utamaru and Saimaru.

Study of the Modern Visually Oriented Culture
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9.28
76 votes

#9 - Study of the Modern Visually Oriented Culture

Genshiken - Season 1 - Episode 1

An introduction episode explaining how Kohsaka, Kasukabe and Sasahara got involved with Genshiken; after some uncertainty, Sasahara decides to fully participate in the club.

Comparative Classification of the Modern Youth through Consumption and Entertainment
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9.26
78 votes

#10 - Comparative Classification of the Modern Youth through Consumption and Entertainment

Genshiken - Season 1 - Episode 2

Genshiken takes Sasahara to Akihabara for dōjinshi shopping while Kohsaka and Kasukabe go to Harajuku for clothes; Kasukabe discovers Kohsaka's hentai collection and gets an introduction on the subject from the others.

Let's Fire a Big Firework
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9.16
104 votes

#11 - Let's Fire a Big Firework

The Pet Girl of Sakurasou - Season 1 - Episode 8

Sorata receives a letter from a computer game company stating that his proposal passed the initial screening and that he will be presenting it to the company. He spends time drafting and practicing his presentation with Sakura's residents. When the appointed day comes, though, Sorata is overwhelmed by the pressure and botches his presentation. Back at Sakura Dormitory, a depressed Sorata sulks and turns away comfort from Mashiro. To cheer him up, Misaki plans a late welcoming pool party for Nanami. Running from the school security that crashes the party, Sorata overcomes his dejection and becomes determined to succeed.

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A Little My Way
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9.15
32 votes

#12 - A Little My Way

Listen to Me, Girls. I Am Your Father! - Season 1 - Episode 9

The mental and physical stress is starting to show and Miu’s classmates are concerned. As Miu wonders around Ikebukuro thinking, she runs into Nimura who treats her to a date.

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The Serious Girl of Sakurasou
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9.11
106 votes

#13 - The Serious Girl of Sakurasou

The Pet Girl of Sakurasou - Season 1 - Episode 5

Mashiro is doing very poorly in classes and Sorata tries to help her study for makeup exams, but she turns out to have an excellent memory and very quickly memorizes the practice tests. The following morning, after Mashiro aces her tests, she and Sorata run into an overworked Nanami and learn that she works so many jobs because her parents will not pay for her voice acting dreams. Sorata suggests that she move into the cheaper Sakura Dormitory and Nanami agrees. After arriving at Sakura, Nanami insists that she be the one to take care of Mashiro and encounters a lot of troubles when she tries to do so. Sorata takes advantage of the extra time to work on a game to submit to a competition, but after asking Ryūnosuke's opinion on his work, discovers that he has a long way to go. That night, Sorata leaves his room to find Nanami asleep at a table and gets into an argument about how she works too much.

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The Furry Spy
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9.09
139 votes

#14 - The Furry Spy

Outbreak Company - Season 1 - Episode 4

While Myucel is recovering from the terrorist attack, Shinichi is still haunted by the last words of Alessio. “Am I an invader?” he’s wondering while teaching the new students. One day, an alarm is triggered in the mansion perimeter and a furry spy is discovered. Is Erubia Hanaiman really a spy?

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The Theory of the Existence of Malice Within Urban Crimes
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9.06
98 votes

#15 - The Theory of the Existence of Malice Within Urban Crimes

Genshiken - Season 1 - Episode 11

Kasukabe decides the club room needs a cleanup, but an accident causes Genshiken to be banned from the university fair. As an apology, Kasukabe takes Ohno's place in the fair's cosplay contest.

We Went Moon-Viewing Together
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9.02
46 votes

#16 - We Went Moon-Viewing Together

Non Non Biyori - Season 2 - Episode 9

Natsumi's mother asks Natsumi to go catch something to live in the family's pond, and Natsumi agrees when she's told she'll be paid. She lends Natsumi a watch and tells her to be home by curfew, and all the kids go out for a day of fishing. Later, Konomi sees that Natsumi still doesn't seem like a girl at all even now that she's in middle school, and brings some of her old outfits over for her to try on...

The Sublimating Effects of the Dissimulation Brought on Through Makeup and Costume on Mental Obstacles
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8.98
102 votes

#17 - The Sublimating Effects of the Dissimulation Brought on Through Makeup and Costume on Mental Obstacles

Genshiken - Season 1 - Episode 4

Ohno is introduced as she joins Genshiken, while Genshiken takes part in a university club fair and Kasukabe's ex-boyfriend pays her a visit.

Durandal
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8.74
108 votes

#18 - Durandal

Aria the Scarlet Ammo - Season 1 - Episode 8

As Aria makes an entrance claiming that she will arrest Durandal, the culprit retreats and chains Hotogi to a post as the room starts filling up with water. Kinji urges Aria to go ahead and pursuit Durandal since she can’t swim, who does so. As the water level rapidly increases, Kinji tries his best to pick the locks and free Hotogi as she asks him to leave her behind so he wouldn’t be killed. When a wave fills up the room, Kinji uses his last resort and kisses Hotogi in order to ‘summon’ his badass side. Aftering freeing her, they get swept off separating the two. Kinji returns to the surface where he finds Hotogi, who however is actually Durandal who had successfully tricked Aria, putting her at risk. The real Hotogi shows up and confronts Durandal where as she demands that she will fight herself and use a forbidden technique.

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Countermeasures for Issues that Arise during the Reorganization of a Group
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8.71
98 votes

#19 - Countermeasures for Issues that Arise during the Reorganization of a Group

Genshiken - Season 1 - Episode 12

The club is depressed due to their punishment of community service. Sasahara becomes the new President and proposes that the society attend Comifes as a circle.

Problems and Merits of Local Culture Promotion
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8.48
102 votes

#20 - Problems and Merits of Local Culture Promotion

Genshiken - Season 1 - Episode 3

Genshiken goes on a club trip to Comifes, a large comic convention; Madarame seriously injures his hand, but pretends to be fine in the name of fandom until the pain becomes too great to bear.

Sacrifice
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8.29
292 votes

#21 - Sacrifice

No Game, No Life - Season 1 - Episode 7

Intending to challenge the Werebeasts, the siblings discover that it's hard to come with a strategy to defeat the latter, as all memories regarding the games are erased from their challengers, until Stephanie entrusts Sora a key left by the former king, leading to his secret research on how to outwit them.

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Challenger
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8.22
382 votes

#22 - Challenger

No Game, No Life - Season 1 - Episode 2

Sora and Shiro have been abandoned in another world by Tet. In this world all war is forbidden, and everything is determined by games whose rules are determined by the "Ten Pledges" that Tet established. They find themselves in the country of humanity, the weakest of the 16 races in this new world.

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Takamiya-kun and His Mean Little Sister
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8.15
39 votes

#23 - Takamiya-kun and His Mean Little Sister

Witch Craft Works - Season 1 - Episode 4

Someone in the Takamiya household isn't happy about his relationship with Kagari: his younger sister and fellow Fuyutsuki High student, Takamiya Kasumi. She tailed her brother and Kagari on their date, and grows increasingly irritated by the relationship between them.

Classmates!
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7.93
89 votes

#24 - Classmates!

Girls und Panzer - Season 1 - Episode 10

The final battle is coming up and students are approaching Nishizumi in hopes of joining Tankery. The Tankery club is on the lookout for new tanks.

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Holding Hands to Tomorrow
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7.78
18 votes

#25 - Holding Hands to Tomorrow

ISLAND - Season 1 - Episode 12

Rinne and Rinne... A truth about these two girls is brought to light by a photograph, and Setsuna makes a decision. Will it make everyone happy? A new future awaits once this great mystery is solved. No more hesitating. It’s the eternal finale.

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Love Me When We Meet Again
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7.25
20 votes

#26 - Love Me When We Meet Again

ISLAND - Season 1 - Episode 8

When they awoke, they were looking up at the blue sky from five years ago. It was the mysterious island where Rinne and the real Setsuna had been before parting ways forever. Rinne feels excited to see the real Setsuna again and finally settle things, but what they find are more riddles, tears, and darkness.

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Cotton-Deceiving Chapter, Part 4
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#27 - Cotton-Deceiving Chapter, Part 4

Higurashi: When They Cry - Season 1 - Episode 8

Keiichi, who regrets having entered the ritual hall, is frightened that he may also be hidden by demons like Takano and Tomitake. Meanwhile, a new missing person appears following the village mayor.

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God-Entertaining Chapter: Part 3
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#28 - God-Entertaining Chapter: Part 3

Higurashi: When They Cry - Season 2 - Episode 14

A person with witch's eyes points the muzzle at Rika who knows all the truth. It was the beginning of an eternal battle between repeaters, with only two.

God-Entertaining Chapter: Part 4
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#29 - God-Entertaining Chapter: Part 4

Higurashi: When They Cry - Season 2 - Episode 15

At the end of a long battle, Rika holds a sword, Onikari Yanagisakura, who can truly kill those who repeat. Rika makes the final decision while various thoughts come and go. This is the story of "graduation" of girls who resist their destiny as non-human things.