The BEST episodes directed by Takashi Kobayashi

Sudden Cooking! Follow the Phantom Dragon!
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9.63
35 votes

#1 - Sudden Cooking! Follow the Phantom Dragon!

Slayers - Season 2 - Episode 7

Lina and the gang stop by in a town offering a Dragon Course feast. The workers try to fool Lina and co., with imitations, or whale food. They notice it, and they go to the back and demand their food. The head chef tells them personally he'd get the dragon and make it himself, making Lina all excited. He offers them to go hunting for the dragon, and they accept. Basically they have trouble capturing the dragon, but they manage to. In the end, as Lina awaits her food, it is revealed that due to the dragon's poision, it will take long to cook (at least 2 months - 6 months a dish.) Rather waiting for their cuisine, Gourry, Amelia, and Zelgadis drag Lina out of the restaurant as she screams for the dragon cuisine.

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The Fairies' Secret Tea Party (2)
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9.50
40 votes

#2 - The Fairies' Secret Tea Party (2)

Humanity Has Declined - Season 1 - Episode 12

Mediator has settled in her role of the Wild Rose Society and is continuing her rapid ascent to becoming a 6th year. But a night spent with Y will rock her very core.

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The Fairies' Homecoming (2)
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9.22
41 votes

#3 - The Fairies' Homecoming (2)

Humanity Has Declined - Season 1 - Episode 6

Pion joins the team along with their companion Oyage. When pursued, the group lands in an underground castle where danger strikes yet again.

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LOVELY! Amelia's Magic Training!
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9.09
47 votes

#4 - LOVELY! Amelia's Magic Training!

Slayers - Season 1 - Episode 12

Lina's Dragu Slave spell works tremendously well on bandits. Impressed, Amelia insists on learning Lina's sorcery. However, Lina is concerned by Amelia's reckless ways and orders hard training for Amelia, instead. However, the training has little to do with actual sorcery. Impressed by Amelia's enthusiasm, Phil asks Lina to show his daughter the Dragu Slave. Lina's incantation breaks the seal of ghosts and throws the Kingdom into a chaos. Lina is not well versed in white magic and fights a tough battle with the ghosts. Just when they think the Kingdom is going to be destroyed, Amelia saves it with her white magic. Amelia finally understands that she doesn't have to practice a powerful incantation.

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Saturday of Variances
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8.68
81 votes

#5 - Saturday of Variances

Devil Survivor 2: The Animation - Season 1 - Episode 11

Hibiki is put into intensive care at the JP's' Tokyo Branch. As the demon summoners look on, Io can't help but feel responsible for his current condition, although she is comforted by Jungo and Airi. Meanwhile, Alcor is visited by Botis and Bilfrons, the former of whom tries to attack him because of his supportive stance on the humans. Fumi updates the JP's phones with software capable of summoning stronger demons. The next day, Io, Daichi, Airi, Jungo and Hinako have breakfast together in a single moment of peace and officially introduce themselves to each other. As they go to exchange emails, they all simultaneously receive each other's death clips. Suddenly the last Septentrione: Benetnasch appears and destroys the Sapporo barrier with a single attack allowing the Void to consume the region. As Fumi outlines that it possesses the abilities of its predecessors, the Osaka and Nagoya regions are wiped out each with a single blast. Yamato then orders everyone to begin the operation. A flashback into Hibiki's past shows him growing up with strict parents. At a playground Daichi defends Hibiki from some bullies and the two quickly become best friends. After being able to enter high school, Hibiki's father warns him of choosing his friends carefully, but he chooses to reject this ideal and remain friends with the carefree Daichi. Simultaneously, Hibiki regains consciousness and tears at his sudden reminiscence. Meanwhile, Benetnasch eradicates the Diet Building in a blast equivalent to a nuclear explosion, rocking the city and exposing the Ryumyaku seal beneath its foundations. Here, Yamato has the JP's channel all of the Ryumyaku's power through him while creating a shield to defend from Benetnasch's attack. At the same time, Makoto and co. summon their demons and launch a barrage of attacks at Benetnasch which seem to overwhelm it. However, it suddenly splits part of itself off and emits a particular frequency that forcefully cancels their demon summons. Having antici

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Blood is Thicker Than Water
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8.64
73 votes

#6 - Blood is Thicker Than Water

Durarara!! - Season 2 - Episode 28

Chikage approaches the Yellow Scarves with a choice, “Have your gang taken over, or have it destroyed.” While Masaomi decides how to respond to this, Anri learns more about Saika and must make a decision of her own.

Wednesday of Transformations - II
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8.25
81 votes

#7 - Wednesday of Transformations - II

Devil Survivor 2: The Animation - Season 1 - Episode 8

Hibiki and the rest of the summoners fights against Megrez that have appeared simultaneously in Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya. However, Megrez will continuously revived unless the three main bodies are defeated at the same time. As the battle starts, Hibiki and Io summons their demons, along with Hinako who uses Berserker to avenge Keita's death, while Yamato uses his power that increased by the Ryumyaku tower and his demon Baal to stop Megrez' movement until the right moment. During the battle, Hibiki and Io received Ronaldo, Joe, and Otome's death clip that shows them died by Megrez' attack. Hibiki immediately tells Ronaldo to escape, but Ronaldo, Joe, and Otome decides to keep fighting since there are no summoners other than them that can defeat Megrez and resolves to avoid their fate like Hibiki does yesterday. As Megrez comes closer to the tower, Airi, who is enraged that the town where she shares her memories with her family and friends destroyed, summoned new demon, Lorelei, and stops Megrez' movements. After much effort, Hibiki, Yamato, and Ronaldo are able to land an ending blow to the three cores of Megrez at the same time, defeating it. But just before the Septentrion in Nagoya disappears, it uses the last of its strength to launch a final attack on the summoners. Airi and Jungo manage to survive the attack, however, Ronaldo, Otome, and Joe are killed in the blast, leaving everyone, especially Airi, Hibiki, and Io, devastated. As they tries to cope with the devastating loss, Hibiki is approached by Alcor who reveals that he is a Septentrion who works for a being known as Polaris, the cause of the world's destruction. Alcor proceeds to explain that he created the demon summoning app in order to give humans a chance of survival against Polaris's plan to strike judgement on humans by ending their existence. But hope seems lost as the world is slowly disintegrating into the Void.

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Hellsing III
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8.14
211 votes

#8 - Hellsing III

Hellsing Ultimate - Season 1 - Episode 3

In a bid to increase manpower following the devastating attack on Hellsing headquarters, Walter recruits the mercenary group known as Wild Geese and integrates them into Hellsing's security forces. Integra receives information from Enrico Maxwell, the fanatical leader of Iscariot, that confirms her suspicions of Millennium's origins. She soon deploys Alucard, Seras and Pip Bernadotte, leader of the Wild Geese, to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to find the whereabouts of Millennium. Alucard and Seras are later attacked by BOPE units of the Brazilian military police after being declared in public as international terrorists, a ruse perpetrated by Brazilian officials in exchange for immortality promised by Millennium. After receiving orders from Sir Integra, Alucard massacres the BOPE officers and faces off against Millennium officer Tubalcain Alhambra.

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School's Out - First Term
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7.96
153 votes

#9 - School's Out - First Term

Assassination Classroom - Season 1 - Episode 16

After two days of exams, the results are in. Both the ace A Class and the end E Class must come to terms with the outcome--and so must Koro Sensei.

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Losing Streak
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7.83
6 votes

#10 - Losing Streak

TAMAYOMI: The Baseball Girls - Season 1 - Episode 5

Hoping a training camp will fix some of their problems, the girls learn the hard way that there's no quick fix to becoming a winning team.

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Toru's Deeply Mysterious Story - Part Two
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7.80
10 votes

#11 - Toru's Deeply Mysterious Story - Part Two

Dr. Ramune: Mysterious Disease Specialist - Season 1 - Episode 11

Kuro believes he has stopped coughing up sand thanks to the founder's exorcism. Though he's been avoiding the suspicious-looking Ramune, the founder locks Kuro in a room and makes him fast. Concerned for Kuro, Ramune uses the mysterious Furoshiki Cloth of Lies to disguise himself as the leader to enter the cult and rescue Kuro. Kuro stubbornly refuses his help, but Ramune confronts him head-on, touching the core of his heart.

Dawn of the End
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7.79
58 votes

#12 - Dawn of the End

Fate/Apocrypha - Season 1 - Episode 19

The Hanging Gardens of Babylon are quickly leaving Romania, forcing the remaining Yggdmillennia masters, Ruler and Kairi Sisigou to formulate the best plan of action to intercept the flying fortress.

Doubles
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7.72
44 votes

#13 - Doubles

Grand Blue Dreaming - Season 1 - Episode 7

Iori and the others dream about going diving at a beautiful location after seeing an article on Miyakojima in a magazine. However, Tokita and Kotobuki decide the club is going to join a tennis doubles match! They explain that they're joining the match to get everyone to build trust with their diving buddy, but the real reason is to get back at the tennis club and take away their prize money!

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Test Time
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7.71
199 votes

#14 - Test Time

Assassination Classroom - Season 1 - Episode 6

Time for midterms! Koro Sensei gives his aspiring assassins an ultimatum as they battle a grueling test and the disdain of the rest of the school.

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School Trip Time, First Period
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7.67
223 votes

#15 - School Trip Time, First Period

Assassination Classroom - Season 1 - Episode 7

The students go on a school trip to Kyoto, where they must still keep assassination foremost in their minds. Kanzaki faces trouble from her past.

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Baseball Time
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7.59
233 votes

#16 - Baseball Time

Assassination Classroom - Season 1 - Episode 2

The reasoning behind the E Class's segregation is revealed. Nagisa tracks Koro Sensei's weak points in the hopes of using them to take him down.

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The Moon Flower Blooms Twice
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7.43
7 votes

#17 - The Moon Flower Blooms Twice

Maerchen Maedchen - Season 1 - Episode 10

Idea 1
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7.32
34 votes

#18 - 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...

The Corruption and the Maiden
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7.31
123 votes

#19 - The Corruption and the Maiden

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side: Sword Oratoria - Season 1 - Episode 8

Bete confronts Filvis about her bloody past while Lefiya tries harder to integrate her into their team. Meanwhile, the Hermes Familia tries to reclaim Ais from the Tamer.

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Popcorn Head (Part One)
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7.25
12 votes

#20 - Popcorn Head (Part One)

Dr. Ramune: Mysterious Disease Specialist - Season 1 - Episode 7

Kuro's classmate Aona is troubled by the popcorn that keeps popping out of his head. Aona says it makes him sad when the popcorn disappears, so Ramune lends him a bag that can be used to store the popcorn. Why is Aona's head producing popcorn, and why does he feel sad when it disappears? Ramune tells Aona that the treatment method will become clear if he asks himself those questions...

The Chikuwa Penis
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7.18
17 votes

#21 - The Chikuwa Penis

Dr. Ramune: Mysterious Disease Specialist - Season 1 - Episode 2

Ramune is visited by Kengo, a young man whose penis has turned into a chikuwa fish cake. Though there must be some reason for it, Kengo refuses to talk. When Kengo begs Ramune to fix it, even if it's only temporary, Ramune hands him a certain mysterious item. Kengo accepts the item and begins talking to a woman named Yui about going on a date, but...

Pot Sticker Ears (Part One)
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7.15
13 votes

#22 - Pot Sticker Ears (Part One)

Dr. Ramune: Mysterious Disease Specialist - Season 1 - Episode 5

A boy named Rio comes to the shrine. His mother is afflicted by a mysterious disease that has turned her ears into pot stickers. His mother claims not to know what the cause is, but she is distraught because they are preventing her not only from hearing the voices of others, but Rio's voice as well. Ramune explains that there are voices she can hear and voices she can't, and that it's an emotional problem. He decides to wait and see how her condition changes.

Idea 9
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7.13
16 votes

#23 - 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?

Idea 6
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7.05
19 votes

#24 - 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"?!

Idea 12
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6.93
15 votes

#25 - 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...

Kin of the Gods
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6.67
97 votes

#26 - Kin of the Gods

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side: Sword Oratoria - Season 1 - Episode 12

The Loki Familia run into a formidable foe, even together, will they still be able to defeat the monster?

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