The BEST episodes directed by Taku Yonebayashi

Heaven's Treasure
6 votes

#1 - Heaven's Treasure

Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac - Season 2 - Episode 11

Phoenix Nero fights a losing battle against Gold Knight Virgo Shaka. To have any chance of overcoming Shaka’s unlimited power, Nero must dig deep into his soul and face his own death.

209 votes

#2 - Void-Sampling

Guilty Crown - Season 1 - Episode 3

Shu is still shocked that not only has Inori transferred to his school but is living at his home as well. Gai reveals to Shu that he sent Inori to protect him because a student at his school who is secretly a drug dealer nicknamed Sugar saw him during the Undertakers battle with the GHQ at Roppongi and confirms Shu's suspicions that Gai can see other people's Voids. Because Gai only recognize Sugar's Void as pair of large shears, Shu has to confront his fellow classmates one by one and take out their Voids to confirm their identities. After several failures and escaping the wrath of class representative Kanon Kusama, Shu soon figures out Sugar is actually his friend Yahiro Samugawa, after figuring out Yahiro knows a lot of things he shouldn't know and his taste of horror films. His identity exposed, Yahiro angrily shows his true self before Shu subdues him by pulling out his Void. Inori tries to kill Yahiro but Shu stops her as Yahiro is still his friend where both he and Yahiro resolve their difference and not reveal each other secrets. But the next day, Yahiro betrays Shu by selling him out to the GHQ led by Major Makoto Waltz Segai.

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The Tyrant
152 votes

#3 - The Tyrant

Guilty Crown - Season 1 - Episode 16

Argo is airdropped into Loop 7 as part of his mission to rescue Arisa as the head of Shanghai's Ming Hua Group, who is in love with her and in exchange for rescuing her, promises her grandfather that he will have the Association of Asian Nations intervene in Japan. As he explores the area, he witnesses Tennouzu students with Void weapons attacking another group of survivors for vaccines and has one of them follow them to Tennouzu to see her Void. Recognizing Argo as a member of the Undertakers, they take him to meet Shu, where he is shock to see how much Shu has change. Since Hare's death and implementing the ranking system, Shu has ruled the school with an iron fist by making students with Void weapons as his Secret Service who enforce his rule and maintain order while searching for other potential void users in the area to join Tennouzu while the F-ranked void users remain infected with the virus and are ordered to work repairing a battleship they will use to escape Tokyo in exchange of getting vaccines.

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163 votes

#4 - Prey

Guilty Crown - Season 1 - Episode 9

Hare and Kanon notices how much Shu has changed and is more active. In order to help Hare get close with him, Kanon lies to Shu that Hare needs his help for her shopping. As Hare is about to confess to Shu on the train, Yahiro suddenly appears which Shu tell Hare to go shopping herself as he wants to talk with Yahiro. Yahiro brings Shu to his hideout where his brother, Jun is also staying and reveals that he and his brother have been on the run from the GHQ because they wanted to euthanize Jun. While Shu won't forgive Yahiro for betraying him, he will help Jun escape for Yahiro's sake and calls the Undertakers to pick them up. However, the GHQ have been following them and sends Seiga and Daryl. Cornered in a warehouse, Shu forcibly takes Yahiro's Void before telling Yahiro he will never betray his friends just like him. Daryl's Endlave arrives and fight Shu using a new weapon that targets his Void while Seiga watches. But when Jun stands up, the weapon target him instead. Suddenly, the crystals on Jun's body migrate to Daryl's Endlave and takes control of it and proceeds to attack the GHQ and Yahiro. Shu stabs the infected Endlave with Yahiro's Void and enters Jun memories where Jun himself shows Shu his and Yahiro's past before the "Lost Christmas" incident. Jun also reveals because of the crystals on his body, he could see people's true self including his brother, who while loves and cares about him, also hates him for burdening him as well. Wishing for his final memories of loving Yahiro and not hating him, Jun begs Shu to use Yahiro's Void to end his life before he kills Yahiro which Shu is forced to do so which Jun thanks him. With Jun's death, the infected Endlave breaks down while Seiga leaves. As Yahiro regains conscious and asks where Jun is, a mortified Shu confess to Yahiro that he killed him, unaware that both of them were followed by Hare.

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The Land of the Dead
9 votes

#5 - The Land of the Dead

Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac - Season 2 - Episode 5

Shiryu goes ahead and arrives at the House of Cancer, where his corresponding Gold Knight is waiting for him ready to kill him.

Battle for the House of Leo
8 votes

#6 - Battle for the House of Leo

Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac - Season 2 - Episode 7

Already gripped in a life-and-death struggle against Gold Knight Leo Aiolia, Seiya is forced into even more danger when an archenemy returns.

Andromeda Island
10 votes

#7 - Andromeda Island

Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac - Season 2 - Episode 3

While Seiya and the others have trouble dealing with Gemini, the action also takes place on Andromeda Island.

I Won't Do It
111 votes

#8 - I Won't Do It

Ajin - Season 2 - Episode 10

Nagai and the group return after being defeated by Sato. Nagai struggles to deal with his failures. Sato continues towards his third and final wave, an Ajin run Japan. Tosaki tries to mobilize everyone once more to stop Sato, but Nagai refuses.

The Twelve Houses
19 votes

#9 - The Twelve Houses

Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac - Season 2 - Episode 1

Athena is attacked by a godslayer arrow and Seiya and company must fight against the Gold Knights to save her.

But I'm Always Scared
117 votes

#10 - But I'm Always Scared

Ajin - Season 2 - Episode 3

Sato is able to assassinate another off of the list. Nagai and Tosaki begin planning their counterattack against Sato. Nagai begins to struggle with the behavior of his IBM, wondering if he himself has to change. Tosaki also let's Nagai know Kaito's current condition.

7 votes

#11 - Reflections

Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac - Season 2 - Episode 9

Marin, Genet, Aldebaran, and Mu begin to investigate Star Hill, and find unexpected danger at every turn.