The BEST episodes directed by Tatsuya Shiraishi

Ace of Diamond
17 votes

#1 - Ace of Diamond

Ace of Diamond - Season 3 - Episode 52

The match between Seido and Yaya Prince is in the top of the 7th inning, and if he doesn't score this time, he will lose cold. Kawabata, who was obsessed with base, is placed on base, and the final counterattack is made by Prince Yaya. The victory of the blue road is imminent. Sawamura watches over Furuya's good throw, which he declared to "connect" before the game, from the bench while carrying his uniform number "1". The story of the two over Ace continues.

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The Batter Who Hits
24 votes

#2 - The Batter Who Hits

Ace of Diamond - Season 1 - Episode 58

Haruichi replaces his brother to bat and gets on base, scoring Furuya. Narumiya then walks Isashiki to load the bases. Yuki. comes to bat with a chance to change the game with one swing, but with Narumiya going all out against him everyone realizes this could decide the game.

Seek Diamonds
26 votes

#3 - Seek Diamonds

Ace of Diamond - Season 2 - Episode 51

It's the bottom of the ninth, and Seido leads 5-4. Furuya stands on the mound putting fear into Yakushi's batters with his pitch. This is the final moment. Seido is looking energetic with victory within reach. Coach Kataoka can't stay quiet either. Can Seido take the game?

The World Beyond
22 votes

#4 - The World Beyond

Ace of Diamond - Season 2 - Episode 35

Seiko Academy and Seidou High's match reach its conclusion. Seiko Academy is defeated and Seidou High advances to the finals.

15 votes

#5 - Encouragement

Ace of Diamond - Season 3 - Episode 46

Blue road waiting for the first match of Natsudai. Sawamura sleeps in his uniform and is teased by Kuramochi and others in an attempt to adapt the ace number to his body. Under Kataoka, there was a call of encouragement from Kataoka's teacher, Yura General Engineering Director, Sakaki, who was the opponent of the first match. Yura Comprehensive Engineering Department, which will play the first round ahead of the seed, Seido. What is baseball that the old Sakaki shows?

Only After You've Won
15 votes

#6 - Only After You've Won

Ace of Diamond - Season 3 - Episode 16

It's the spring tournament semifinal game against Ichidai. After saving his team with his perfect relief pitching, Sawamura is now the lead-off batter in the top of the sixth. Can Sawamura get on base and lead his team in a counterattack? Ichidai Third High's Amahisa's impeccable pitching hasn't allowed Seido a run since the second inning. Will the Seido batters support Sawamura and mount a comeback? Which team will advance to the final?

The Note
16 votes

#7 - The Note

Ace of Diamond - Season 3 - Episode 27

Seido’s first string returns from the golden week practice games. Due to Sawamura’s outstanding performance in the Hakuryu match, an article about him was published, making his presence known. Coach Kataoka hands out baseball journals with some comments about the practice games written in them. Sawamura’s comments from the coach serve to motivate him to work harder, while Furuya’s compels him do some self reflection. The team practices fielding with the coach.

In Pursuit
24 votes

#8 - In Pursuit

Ace of Diamond - Season 1 - Episode 75

The game remains close at 3-1. In the bottom of the eighth the 1st & 2nd year players manage to tie the game up. Miyuki brings in Sawamura to play in the ninth inning. Sawamura's first opponent ends up being none other than the subbing in Chris. Sawamura pitches to his best ability as a thanks to Chris for teaching him all he knows. The two teams remain tied at 3 at the end of 9. Kataoka calls for the game to continue until all the seniors have played, allowing Sawamura the chance to master his new pitch during the seniors final game.

Three Months
20 votes

#9 - Three Months

Ace of Diamond - Season 3 - Episode 17

After their own semifinal game the nine Seido players watch Inashiro's semifinal against Teito. Narumiya and Mukai both played at Koshien Stadium as first-years, and then received their powerhouse school's ace number as second-years, and they'll both be pitching. Meanwhile, Seido High School is analyzing their game against Ichidai Third High, focusing on Coach Kataoka. Then, Miyuki remembers a certain thought...

16 votes

#10 - Fragile

Ace of Diamond - Season 3 - Episode 38

The battle against wind youth is finally over. Including Narumiya who shows perfect relief, Carlos, Shirakawa, Yamaoka and other rice plants are very active. Miyuki once again realizes the strength of his rivals. Around the same time, Seido, who plays a practice match with Yamamori, wears a mask instead of Ono who left. However, it was a big struggle due to the overlap of walks and battery errors. Yui blames himself for disturbing Furuya's rhythm.

Butterfly Entangled in a Spider's Web
180 votes

#11 - Butterfly Entangled in a Spider's Web

Overlord - Season 3 - Episode 7

The foolish workers that have entered the Tomb of Nazarick greatly anger Ains Ooal Gown. Albedo and the others have already finished preparations for their welcome and Lord Ains watches on, determined that not a single one leaves his tomb alive.

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You've Gotten Stronger
24 votes

#12 - You've Gotten Stronger

All Out!! - Season 1 - Episode 9

Second place school Todo-dai Sagami continues to impress... Not only are they strong, but their clever play produces advantageous situations for them throughout the game. Their barely legal plays and words mess with the Jinko players... The game begins going in Jinko's favor once Ebumi joins the game, but the stronger Sagami team tries to take the game back by force!! Do the savage Sekizan and the rest of the Jinko team have any chance at winning?!

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108 votes

#13 - Revenge

Blade & Soul - Season 1 - Episode 3

Alka and Hazuki continue to fight and run into the Pleasure Gang. Dan Loana, the leader of the gang, tells Alka that she's trying to take revenge against Jin. She tries to explain that revenge is about an emotion, not a rule, and uses Alka as bait to lure Jin in.

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68 votes

#14 - Partner

Ace of Diamond - Season 1 - Episode 2

Kazuya Miyuki becomes the catcher for Sawamura in a contest against Seido's dangerous clean-up batter, Kiyokuni Azuma. As Eijun tries to pitch down the middle, he finds himself tense and unable to control the ball. Kazuya immediately calls time and comes out to give him some words of encouragement. The words have the desired effect as Eijun finds more control than ever before and unveils a dangerous weapon he didn't know he had. Seeing how people like Kazuya can alter his pitching, Eijun decides to come to Seido as long as he can become the ace of the team.

Games Are Fun
29 votes

#15 - Games Are Fun

Ace of Diamond - Season 1 - Episode 17

Kiryu's ace, Hiromi Toshi, continues to dominate Seido's batters as his speed increases as the game goes on. Miyuki decides to play a game with Toshi and has Furuya pitch full out with the goal of striking out the ace. To show off more of his dominance, Furuya hits a homer off of Toshi in the bottom of the fifth. As the two teams appear to become even, we reach the sixth inning. Sawamura is brought in to pitch the remaining four innings while Furuya is sent to the outfield to give him fielding practice and additional at bats. Takahiro Matsumoto gets pissed, thinking his team is merely practice targets for Seido's first years. Sawamura experiences pitching problems similar to Furuya's. However because his previous team was weak, he is used to such situations and quickly begins to adjust.

Beyond the Dream
22 votes

#16 - Beyond the Dream

Ace of Diamond - Season 3 - Episode 1

The Seido baseball club has been invited to the spring invitational at the hallowed Koshien Stadium. Sawamura will finally stand on the mound! Standing between Seido and the national title are the winners of last year's summer tournament Komadai Fujimaki and their unstoppable ace Masamune Hongo. Can Seido triumph over Komadai? It's the start of another heated battle in youth baseball!

Footsteps to Tomorrow
25 votes

#17 - Footsteps to Tomorrow

Ace of Diamond - Season 1 - Episode 50

After the intense practice with Azuma, the coach sends the first years off the field and forces the infielders into their own brutal training with him. Rei Takashima takes this opportunity to teach the first years and Kawakami what the third years were like in their first season at Seidou. At the end of the episode the starting lineups for the game against Inashiro are revealed.

I Am Not Crying
21 votes

#18 - I Am Not Crying

All Out!! - Season 1 - Episode 19

"Renpei, you're the height of lame right now." With those words, the Tenjiku team's stagnant atmosphere begins to change. They begin closing the point gap between themselves and Jinko. In order to change the flow of the game, Jinko sends Oharano onto the field. Making ingenious use of Ebumi and Gion, Jinko regains their pace. When Gion scores his first try at the end of the battle, in his eyes are the hint of...

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Battle, Battle
18 votes

#19 - Battle, Battle

Ace of Diamond - Season 3 - Episode 9

Seido has made it to the fourth round of the Tokyo Spring Tournament. With East and West Tokyo competing, there are some interesting games coming! Teito, a school that has played many times at Koshien Stadium and defeated the reigning champions Inashiro in last year's fall tournament, is facing Ugumori who have been getting lots of attention. The winner of this game will play Inashiro in the fifth round! It will be a match to see!

Step By Step
23 votes

#20 - Step By Step

Ace of Diamond - Season 2 - Episode 27

Sawamura receives praise from the coaching staff and his teammates for his performance the last match, and motivates Furuya who asks Ochiai to teach him a breaking ball. Kawakami meanwhile, wants to keep up and thinks of throwing sinkers again. At practice, seeing that the non regulars try their best to earn a regular spot, Kataoka proposes an intra-squad match between the first string and the second string.

A Ruler's Melancholy
205 votes

#21 - A Ruler's Melancholy

Overlord - Season 3 - Episode 1

With the events of Re-Estize Kingdom and the Lizard Men behind them, the loyal servants of Nazarick return to their daily routines. Ains, however, is worried about the work/life balance of his NPCs. They work day in and day out without rest...

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It's the Semifinal
28 votes

#22 - It's the Semifinal

Ace of Diamond - Season 1 - Episode 41

The results of the quarterfinals are shown. Seido learns they will be facing a giant who is a curve ball specialist in the semifinals. Furuya is informed he won't pitch in the semifinal. Instead they hope he recovers from his fatigue. The team only has 1 day to prepare for the semifinal match. In an effort to help the team advance, the seniors raise the mound and the coach acts as the pitcher for a special batting practice. As the morning of gameday arrives, one of Seido's players accidentally shaves his head bald. Sawamura also learns his friends from home will be attending the semifinal to root for him. Meanwhile Haruchi's brother reveals only 18 players can move on to nationals, and he reveals if he doesn't make it to nationals, he will retire from baseball. This episode covers chapters 121 to 123.

The Kick
23 votes

#23 - The Kick

Ace of Diamond - Season 1 - Episode 67

Only two games remain before the final drawings for the spring tournament will occur, but when Yakushi calls Coach Katoka and asks for a practice game Katoka realizes he needs to make his team realize how far they need to grow if they are to have any chance of winning the spring tournament. An unexpected double header is made for the final day of practice games.

All Out
19 votes

#24 - All Out

All Out!! - Season 1 - Episode 25

The bad blood between Matsuo and the other third-years remains... but right now... right now making the "Strongest Team in Kanagawa" standing before us remember our name comes first!! Despite their inconsistent coordination, Jinko desperately holds on, finally drawing that man to the field... The Jinko VS Ryoin game heads towards is magnificent conclusion!

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An Uncompromising Challenge
23 votes

#25 - An Uncompromising Challenge

Ace of Diamond - Season 2 - Episode 19

Seidou pulls off a double play to beat Ugumori High. In a different stadium, Shunshin decides to face Raichi head-on at the bottom of the eighth. He corners him but Raichi eventually hits a home run. The Ugumori team reflects on the last pitch and remain optimistic for the summer. At Seidou, Miyuki and Zono are still at odds and later, Furuya's injury is found out.

What's Most Important
25 votes

#26 - What's Most Important

All Out!! - Season 1 - Episode 3

The practice game against Keijo High, one of Kanagawa's top four teams, begins. Iwashizumi faces off against Miyuki Atsushi, the friend he injured during middle school. Will Gion's words reach Iwashizumi's soul as he's unable to wholeheartedly take on his old friend? As the fierce battle rages on, Sekizan's unparalleled determination to win leads him to tackle his rival Taira Tadakazu...!

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The Underdog Story
24 votes

#27 - The Underdog Story

Ace of Diamond - Season 2 - Episode 11

Sawamura regains the use of his inside pitch to stun Nanamori. Nanamori is forced to leave the bases loaded in the first inning. Afterwards Seido's batters continue to dominate the plate, and Sawamura refuses to let anyone on base. Seido ends with a called 11-0 game in 5 innings. After the game Miyuki comes up to Sawamura and announces he can finally contend for the ace spot. Over at another stadium Hisashi Watanabe watches the Inashiro game against Ugumori and is stunned to see Inashiro has only scored 1 run. Umemiya's aggressive yet reckless plays seems to spark Ugumori as the game goes on, despite him being picked off at the plate on what would be the tying run. As Inashiro reaches the seventh with a batter of second Umemiya, who has pitched nothing but a slow curve, is forced to unveil his power curve, which the opposition thinks is a slider. The pitch stuns Inashiro and forces a quick 3-outs. The two teams head into the eighth with the score 1-0 and the winner getting Seido in the next round.

Let's Go To Ryogoku Together
22 votes

#28 - Let's Go To Ryogoku Together

All Out!! - Season 1 - Episode 13

Though Gion has decided to become a flanker, he doesn't know what to practice. While watching Iwashimizu offer him advice, Hachioji is reminded of Sekizan's past... The unknown story of how Sekizan, who now leads the Jinko rugby team, joined the rugby team is revealed!

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Champion of Midsummer
21 votes

#29 - Champion of Midsummer

Ace of Diamond - Season 2 - Episode 3

Monthly Baseball Kingdom finishes their recap of the Summer Tournament by finishing the review on the Seido, Inashiro regional championship game. The recap covers all of Eijun's pitches right up until Inashiro gets the game-winning hit off of Kawakami.