The Best Episodes Directed by Toshiaki Kanbara

Revival of Ninja Master

#1 - Revival of Ninja Master

Cardfight!! Vanguard Season 3 - Episode 39

The fight between Ninja Master Neo and the Reversed Nagisa begins, with the latter furious at the former for standing in her way. Neo deals 5 damage to Nagisa, but she was awaiting this moment as she Crossbreak Rides Deadliest Beast Deity, Ethics Buster "Яeverse". This Limit Break Ride combo allows Nagisa's units to attack Neo 8 times, who manages to survive thanks to a heal trigger. Despite Neo having less cards to use than Nagisa, he mounts a comeback with his own Limit Break Ride combo with Shura Stealth Dragon, Kabukicongo to bind most of Nagisa's cards from being usable to land a finishing blow and win the game, thus reverting Nagisa to normal. Neo takes his leave, and Nagisa and Gouki team up to take on the other Team Handsome members in cardfights to free them of Reverse. Meanwhile, Kamui, Reiji, and Eiji continue their search throughout Miyaji Academy for Emi, Mai, and their kidnapper Rekka.

star 9.87
31 votes
Powerful Fighter at Fukuhara High

#2 - Powerful Fighter at Fukuhara High

Cardfight!! Vanguard Season 3 - Episode 13

After Naoki makes another offhand comment towards Suiko, the two start their cardfight. Suiko criticizes Naoki for being a good but uninteresting fighter. He tries to prove her wrong when he activates the Limit Break of his new ace card: Armor Break Dragon. At the cost of discarding three cards from his hand, Naoki not only eliminates Suiko's front-row rear-guard units, but he also increases Armor Break Dragon's power and critical value to unbelievable heights. Despite this, Suiko defends against Naoki's attacks with almost all of the cards in her hand. On the following turn, Suiko wins the game with Chief Nurse, Shamsiel by moving cards to and from her damage zone thus increasing most of her units' power. Afterwards, Naoki apologizes to his friends for his loss and realizes how weak he actually is. Shingo cheers him up (although with some harsh choice of words) and says that he'll train Naoki to become stronger. Then, Ren Suzugamori appears and is revealed to be the captain of Fukuhara High's Vanguard Club. Ren suggests to have a match with Aichi, showing him a glimpse of his reversioned Shadow Paladin deck. But this turns out to be a tease from Ren, who retracts his match request and dismisses everyone. As the Miyaji Cardfight Club and Team Dreadnought leave Fukuhara High, Leon tells Aichi that if he wants to fight Dreadnought at the VF High School Championship, then he will have to first defeat Fukuhara High at the regional qualifying tournament.

star 9.75
32 votes
Dark Clouds Over Fukuhara High School

#3 - Dark Clouds Over Fukuhara High School

Cardfight!! Vanguard Season 3 - Episode 26

All Ren wanted to do was check on Asaka and Tetsu, whom he swore to protect, but he'll have to defeat the Reversed Suiko first... or end up being Reversed and under Void's power himself!

star 9.75
32 votes
Luminous Lion

#4 - Luminous Lion

Cardfight!! Vanguard Season 2 - Episode 35

Aichi once again battles Chris, who uses Psyqualia to foresee his victory. Similar to their last match, Chris predicts that he will win when his new ace card Battler of the Twin Brush, Polaris strikes Aichi's Blond Ezel three times in one turn. While Chris' Psyqualia prophecies initially seem to be going the way he said they would, Aichi knows that Psyqualia is not 100% accurate nor is it just a dark power. On the turn Chris declares his victory, Aichi blocks the last two attacks from Polaris, therefore throwing off his winning Psyqualia image. Then, Aichi crossrides his new key card gained from his experience at Card Shop PSY: Blazing Lion, Platina Ezel. With its Ultimate Break, Aichi increases the power of all his rear-guards, thus overwhelming and defeating Chris. Now knowing what Psyqualia really is, Chris learns the error of his ways and is forgiven by his friends Lee and Ali. However, due to the law of the unique dimension they're in, Chris' loss forces Team SIT Genius to be transported back to Earth. Elsewhere, Team New AL4 confronts Team Dreadnought, and Kai is about to fight Leon.

star 9.72
32 votes
Feelings About Victory

#5 - Feelings About Victory

Cardfight!! Vanguard Season 3 - Episode 19

Kourin and Asaka fight each other in the second game of the final round with both of them having their own reasons to win. Kourin hopes to win for the sake of her teammates while Asaka fights for Ren. The cardfight is a seesaw battle until Kourin deals 5 damage to Asaka. However, this allows Asaka to use a Limit Break Ride combination move with Miracle Pop, Ava and Nightmare Doll, Chelsea. She superior calls more of her units to the field to launch multiple attacks, which gives her the win over Kourin. Although frustrated by this loss, Kourin is comforted by her teammates that they will win in the end. The last fight is coincidentally a rematch between Aichi and Ren, who reverts back to his Shadow Paladin deck but themed around the Revenger archetype. With both players stronger than before and Ren showing signs of his former sinister self, who will emerge victorious in the Kanto regional qualifier?

star 9.72
32 votes
Dark Dimensional Combination! Reversed Daiyusha

#6 - Dark Dimensional Combination! Reversed Daiyusha

Cardfight!! Vanguard Season 3 - Episode 33

Koutei's reign as "dark emperor" continues as he seeks to increase his Reversed subjects by three... Leon, Jillian, and Sharlene! Will Leon even make it to the VF High School Championship?!

star 9.72
32 votes
The Birth of the Cardfight Club!?

#7 - The Birth of the Cardfight Club!?

Cardfight!! Vanguard Season 3 - Episode 5

After Aichi tells his friends at Card Capital about how his school's student council is causing problems for the Cardfight Club, he repeatedly requests for Misaki to join as the fifth member. However, she still turns him down, having mixed feelings on the matter and being insulted by Kourin for not being serious on becoming a member. Then, to quickly shut down of the Cardfight Club, the student council creates a deadline for all potential clubs with at least five members to report to the council, or else they will not be officially recognized by the school. At the last second, Misaki declares herself as the Cardfight Club's fifth member after resolving her feelings of earnestly wanting to join the club. As an initiation test and to prove herself to Kourin, Misaki cardfights Aichi. With her new Genesis deck, Misaki uses the Limit Break abilities of both Eternal Goddess, Iwanagahime and Battle Deity of the Night, Artemis to eventually defeat Aichi and becomes a proper member of the Cardfight Club. However, when Aichi and his friends go to the student council to gain official status, the council denies them because the club does not have a faculty advisor. Nonetheless, the student council president proposes another method for the club to be recognized: produce results by winning against other high schools' cardfighting teams. Aichi agrees to the terms, and so the president arranges for the Cardfight Club's first opposing team, which has familiar-looking members...

star 9.58
33 votes
The God Catches a Cold

#8 - The God Catches a Cold

Kamisama Kiss Season 1 - Episode 6

Nanami stays home with a cold while Tomoe goes to school disguised as her in order to keep her attendance rate from slipping. Mizuki takes advantage of Tomoe's absence to pay Nanami a visit.

star 9.29
84 votes
The Familiar Goes Into Town

#9 - The Familiar Goes Into Town

Kamisama Kiss Season 1 - Episode 11

Mizuki ventures into the city alone to learn the secret to making it in human society like the super popular pop star Kurama. And Nanami drags Tomoe off on a date to the amusement park.

star 9.22
83 votes
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The God Receives a Romantic Confession

#10 - The God Receives a Romantic Confession

Kamisama Kiss Season 2 - Episode 10

The search for the Sojobo's soul leads to an unexpected place and an unexpected confession.

star 9.18
58 votes
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The God Makes Her Second Romantic Confession

#11 - The God Makes Her Second Romantic Confession

Kamisama Kiss Season 2 - Episode 5

When Tomoe reverted to being a wild fox to save Nanami, he undid his contract as her familiar. And now, he takes this opportunity to reconsider whether he wants to go back to Nanami or not.

star 8.91
56 votes
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Evolution

#12 - Evolution

Haikyu!! Season 1 - Episode 22

After being subbed back in Kageyama begins to try to communicate with each of his teammates. He begins to learn where the best setting point is for each of them, and Tsukishima comes up with a new attack that proves Karasuno can be a threat from all fronts.

star 8.36
150 votes
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Hellsing IV

#13 - Hellsing IV

Hellsing Ultimate Season 1 - Episode 4

As Hellsing and Iscariot hold a meeting with the Queen of the United Kingdom their conference is interrupted by a message from The Major (via live video transmission brought in by the ubiquitous Schrödinger) citing his intention to wage war on England. Meanwhile, a VTOL aircraft carrier called the Eagle gets hijacked by First Lieutenant Rip Van Winkle and a small squadron of SS soldiers from Millennium, Integra sends Alucard aboard an SR-71 to take care of the perpetrators and Rip Van Winkle in which he ruthlessly kills all of them and has Rip Van Winkle turned into one of his many familiars while the major begins to move to London to drive England into another war.

star 8.04
178 votes
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Tsumugi and the Long-Awaited Hamburg Steak

#14 - Tsumugi and the Long-Awaited Hamburg Steak

Sweetness & Lightning Season 1 - Episode 3

Tsumugi gets into a fight at daycare, and it spoils her mood for good cooking. Even the long-awaited Hamburg steak isn't enough to rouse her from her gloom. Can Kotori and Kouhei come up with a way to cheer her up so she can enjoy her meal? And will she find out how much her daddy really loves her?

star 7.83
36 votes
Academy Festa -FIRST LIVE-

#15 - Academy Festa -FIRST LIVE-

Hybrid x Heart Magias Academy Ataraxia Season 1 - Episode 9

The eve of the operation to retake Tokyo coincides with the school festival, and Aine is nowhere to be found! Amaterasu is supposed to be giving a big concert performance at the climax of the festival, so Kizuna sets off in search of her. Can he find her and bring her back in time, or will Sylvia have to go instead?

star 7.76
21 votes
Imperial Knight

#16 - Imperial Knight

How Not to Summon a Demon Lord Season 1 - Episode 5

The Kingdom of Greenwood demands that Faltra City hand over Princess Shera. If they refuse, it will lead to war, so Diablo meets with Galford, the Lord of Faltra City, and accepts a quest to prevent war from breaking out.

star 7.60
96 votes
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Holy Knight Tale

#17 - Holy Knight Tale

How Not to Summon a Demon Lord Season 1 - Episode 9

Alicia returns to the Imperial Capital to give her report on the incident between Faltra and the Kingdom of Greenwood. There she encounters the Paladin, Saddler.

star 7.56
91 votes
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Let's Be Honest!

#18 - Let's Be Honest!

Actually, I Am Season 1 - Episode 10

Okada, Sakurada and Shimada invite Asahi and Yoko to join them at a buffet restaurant, but Yoko is reluctant for fear of revealing hber secret. However, Asahi convinces her, and although there is constant danger of Yoko's being exposed (such as the bats hovering outside or her wings appearing), things seem to bwe going wqell...until Mikan (who is working at the restaurant as a waitress) appears with her latest batch of Russian Cream Puffs for Yoko to try! To protect Yoko, Asahi (joined by Shimada, who doesn't know the lethal effects of Mikan's pastry) eat them all, with the expected result! The next day at school, Mikan is distraught, having lost her "Heathen Queen" glasses; Asahi, Yoko and Nagisa join her in searching for them. It turns out that Akani stole them, and a major chase through the school begins with Akani using her magic tricks, culminating in her creating clones wearing identical glasses, but Akari breaks up the chase, returns the glasses and drags Akani off for punishment! Later, by the riverside, Nagisa learns the truth about the glasses: that they are inhabited by a fukunokami, a god of good fortune (in this case, a god-in-training!) and that this fukunokami inhabited the glasses because they were filled with the good memories about Mikan's childhood and her true feelings for Asahi. Rather than admit to her true feelings, Mikan repeatedly tries to throw the glasses away, but is stopped by Nagisa, who challenges her to face Asahi without them. The glasses tell Mikan that if she won't admit her feelings to Asahi it will just as Asahi and Yoko join them. In a panoic, Mikan tries to put the glasses on again, and in the ensuing confusion Nagisa winds up wearing the glasses just as the fukunokami blurts out, "Asahi-kun, the truth is I am in love with you!", making it sound (to everybody's shock) that Nagisa had spoken!

star 7.55
22 votes
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The characters who become your friends after you clear a hard event usually have high stats

#19 - The characters who become your friends after you clear a hard event usually have high stats

Bottom-tier Character Tomozaki Season 1 - Episode 5

Tomozaki makes a new friend, then goes on a shopping trip for Nakamura's birthday--of all things. Naturally, Hinami turns it into a teaching moment.

star 7.41
27 votes
This Isn't the First Time

#20 - This Isn't the First Time

ReLIFE Season 1 - Episode 6

Onoya An and Oga Kazuomi suddenly visit Arata for a study session, after which Onoya puts the moves on Arata?!

star 7.32
136 votes
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Yotsuya Yuusuke Dies

#21 - Yotsuya Yuusuke Dies

I'm Standing on a Million Lives Season 1 - Episode 10

After successfully delivering their cargo to Radodorbo, Yotsuya and the others part ways with Kahvel and split up to cover ground in four different directions so they can complete their quest to cover 5% of the map. It shouldn't be a difficult task if all went as expected, but a sudden blizzard impedes their progress...

star 6.88
48 votes
Beware Childhood Friends!

#22 - Beware Childhood Friends!

Actually, I Am Season 1 - Episode 3

Mikan tortures Asahi and his friends for more information about Asahi's meeting in the classroom with Yoko, but he refuses to tell her anything, fearing that she would spread the information around school like she did in the past. Later, Asahi's teacher asks him to deliver homework to Yoko, as she is sick and can't come to school. Mikan decides to follow him, but Nagisa appears to help him off her trail. Asahi decides to stop for a brief visit at Yoko's student apartment, but gets a call from Nagisa that Mikan managed to get past her and run to Yoko's house. Mikan is accidentally knocked unconscious after being buried under a pile of Yoko's junk from the closet, but decides to photoshop a romantic encounter between Asahi and Yoko and threatens to display it throughout the school. Asahi confronts Mikan on the rooftop and begs her not to do it, but the pleading only makes her stronger, so Asahi takes the opposite route and decides to let her put up the pictures, draining her resolve as she didn't want him to feel happy. After school, a spirit residing in Mikan's glasses assumes that she secretly has feelings for Asahi, but Mikan angrily denies this as she twists her own glasses around.

star 5.33
43 votes