The Best Episodes Directed by Tsuneo Kobayashi
#1 - Reunion
Kurokami The Animation Season 1 - Episode 11
Keita, Kuro and Akane were hidden in Daichi's cottage, revealing that he was supposedly trying to undermine the Kaionji Group and the Shishigami Clan when he told him that his real name as Sawamura, who was supposedly dead when he had jumped in front of a train. He also told him that he wishes to defeat the clan due to their totalitarian dreams of making the Earth fit for Tera Guardians to rule. Kuro voiced her objections to Daichi's plans, saying the Doppleliner system is not a weapon to be used. Meanwhile, Kakuma was killed by a Tera Guardian to gain access to the Tera Stone.
#2 - Cataclysm
Kurokami The Animation Season 1 - Episode 18
Mikami Hojo has previously agreed to form a Contract with Excel for hire. Keita goes with Kuro, who senses two Tera Guardians deep within the forest. Meanwhile, Nam is able to heal Yakumo by altering his flow of Tera Energy. Keita and Kuro is having to deal with the two unknown Tera Guardians, later being able to defeat them. Encountering Reishin, Excel and Mikami recall of the deaths of Steiner and Shingo, their respective former Contractees. The two engage in battle against Reishin, soon being able to absorb his Tera Energy. However, as Mikami attempts to give the final blow, Reishin causes an explosion, leading to her defeat.
#3 - Abyss
Kurokami The Animation Season 1 - Episode 19
Keita and Kuro are now on deep pursuit of Kuro's brother. Keita cannot believe what he has just seen... Akane is alive and has formed a pact with Reishin. As the battle continues on, Keita and Kuro feel stronger than ever, but Reishin and Akane's Terra is growing by the second. Keita and Kuro strive to defeat them both and to find out what has caused Akane to join Reishin. Despite their efforts, they are defeated by Reishin and become unconscious while appearing dead.
#4 - Awakening
Kurokami The Animation Season 1 - Episode 20
Reishin and Akane enter a shrine which contains the Masagami, to which Reishin begins to absorb the power of the Master Tera Stone before destroying it. Ghosts filled with dark auras emerge as some begin to scatter throughout the forest, in which Yakumo and Riona synchronize to fend them off. As Keita regains consciousness, it is revealed in the past that Kuro was to be sacrificed to the Master Tera Stone to prevent the rage of the Masagami. However, Reishin, having been against the matter, was forced to slaughter his tribe. Therefore, he had chosen to form a Contract with Akane to break the curse of the Masagami once and for all. As Kuro awakens from her stasis, a surge of Tera Energy is released, soon unveiling that she is the source of the Masagami.
#5 - Carnage
Kurokami The Animation Season 1 - Episode 15
While Kuraki manages to disarm Yuki and prevent her from shooting Akane, Kuro and Keita were able to meet up with an injured Yakumo after his previous encounter with an unknown Tera Guardian. Kuro finds out that the new enemy was Shinra, another one of Reishin's followers before he went renegade after he massacred the entire tribe and went to be recruited by Kuraki. In the fight by Kuro and Shinra, she was able to destroy the ceiling above Akane's room. Keita, Kuro and Akane try to escape with Yuki in tow, but Raiga appears and attacks them. Kuro and Keita assist Yakumo while Yuki and Akane evacuate by helicopter before it began to malfunction while in the air. Kuraki confronts Keita with Raiga and surprised him when he showed him his Master Root.
#6 - Deity
Kurokami The Animation Season 1 - Episode 21
The Pure Place is enshrouded with flames and with bitter cold as the battle between Reishin and the Masagami begins. Kuro awakens from her stasis soon after Keita does, and is shortly suppressed of her inner Masagami. She and Keita now know that Reishin was not the one to really slaughter his own clan and has done all he has done up to this point in order to protect Kuro from awakening as one of the Masagami and contributing to the destruction of the world. Reishin is pounded by attacks of magma and glaciers, but with the aid of the Thousand Iolite Abyss, he unleashes the powered-up Exceed Tera Cannon to destroy the body of the two Masagami. With his last-founded attack, he uses up all his Tera and dies while impeding the Masagami's ability to regenerate.
#7 - Fated Reunion
Midori Days Season 1 - Episode 11
After Seiji tries to get Midori to take a math test for him, Seiji and Midori play rock-paper-scissors over it, but Seiji loses... Midori decides that for her reward, Seiji has to say he loves her. Will Midori get what she wants? Will this change their relationship even more?
#8 - Outcome
Kurokami The Animation Season 1 - Episode 10
Keita heads off to rescue Kuro, held as a prisoner by Hiyou while Makane runs off to rescue Kakuma as he was held hostage by Reishin. Shinobu, however, survived the attack by Keita back at the beach and tries to drain off his Tera energy while telling him that she was responsible for killing Keita's mother due to her miserable life under the Doppleiner system before and after making a contract wit Hiyou. After Kuro and Keita were able to synchronize and defeat Hiyou, Shinobu dies as she was not able to tap into Keita's Tera to make herself stronger. When the two leave the cave with Shinobu's body, Keita encounters Daichi who he knows as Sawamura before he collapses due to coughing up blood.
#9 - Destiny
Kurokami The Animation Season 1 - Episode 22
Armed with the power of the Masagami, Keita and Kuro synchronize and head into battle. The Masagami, having lost the ability to regenerate after being hit with Reishin's Exceed, merge their bodies into one to escape death and attain a new power. They battle Kuro, but ultimately are finally destroyed when Keita and Akane combine their Tera to give Kuro an ultimate exceed. Life begins to return to normal and Keita discovers that the Doppeliner system has not been stopped. Kuro, blaming herself for the Masagami's curse, decides to isolate herself from the human world and live in the Holy Land for eternity to put an end to the curse. Kuro bids a tearful farewell to Keita and leaves to return to the Holy Land. On the way to the Holy Land alone, she cries while professing her love for Keita; she says that she will not be able to see him again. As she does, Keita contacts and bonds with her through Syncro and she cheers up.
#10 - Masagami
Kurokami The Animation Season 1 - Episode 17
Kuro and Keita arrive at the Pure Land alongside Yakumo and Riona after being warned by Bernhard to stay off when they found out the people who had fainted are in the state due to the absence of a Tera Guardian. The four confront Aragi and Sora, a team consisting of a human and a Tera Guardian under a Synchornization contract. The two clash with Kuro and Keita, hoping to keep them away from the Pure Land at all costs. Meanwhile, Bernhard and some of the surviving German High Council Tera Guardians had encountered Reishin in another part of the Pure Land. Even with superior numbers, Reishin was able to defeat most of them with the exception of Jean. Meanwhile, Kuro and Keita were able to defeat Aragi thanks to Kuro's Exceed skill.
#11 - Ruin
Kurokami The Animation Season 1 - Episode 16
Kuro faces off against Shinra and Raiga, defeating the former due to a surge of Tera from Keita. Later on, Raiga faces Kuro and was appearing to win thanks to the strength of his Exceed. Keita collapses from exhaustion due to overuse of his Tera, but dual synchronization seals appeared on both of his hands that enabled Kuro to defeat Raiga. As Keita and Kuro celebrated their victory with the Kaionji Group hotel secured by Bernhard, the Pure Land island appears near Japan. With its appearance, a majority of people who didn't have contracts with Tera Guardians collapsed all over the world leading to chaos with a near collapse in society. Reishin appears on the Pure Land, his appearance based on his pre-Earth days.
#12 - Shadows of My Mother
Kurokami The Animation Season 1 - Episode 9
Steiner and Excel leads a group of Noble One members in raiding the Kaionji Group's main headquarters in Tokyo, only for Reishin to flee to safety after engaging Steiner in combat. Kuro trains in martial arts under Keita's grandfather in order to improve her skills. Keita, by chance, encounters his mother's double before she attempts to steal his Tera energy. While Keita defeats her, Kuro is kidnapped outside the resident of Keita's grandfather by Hiyou himself after attacking Makana.
#13 - Breakthrough
Kurokami The Animation Season 1 - Episode 14
Kuraki was officially to be engaged to Yuki after Reishin's disappearance, to the disgust of most of the Kaionji children. Meanwhile, Keita remains in hiding in the flooded portions of Okinawa via building ruins to avoid detection by Kaoiji Group intelligence despite his wish to save Akane from Kuraki. Bernhard leds a group of Noble One operatives alongside Yakumo and Riona to infiltrate the Kaionji Group Hotel to rescue Akane while Keita and Kuro personally confront Kuraki during a ceremony at the ballroom. In the confusion, Yuki confronts Akane with a pistol and tells her that she must be killed to end her misery as a substitute.
#14 - Confrontation
Kurokami The Animation Season 1 - Episode 12
Kuro, Yakumo and Riona escape to ensure Keita's safety while Excel and Steiner engage Reishin in battle with Kaionji Group bodyguards ambushing the escapees on their way out of the cave where the Tera Stone was hidden. Excel was made unconscious with Steiner being unable to defeat him as Reishin plans to use the Tera Stone to begin his plans to conduct genocide. Daichi appears with his Tera Guardian named Raiga and ambush Reishin while he was still using the Tera Stone with the Exceed called the Shidin Sword. Raiga reveals that he killed Kakuma to access the Pure Land. Reishin was then sucked into a wormhole following his defeat with its shockwave reaching mainland Okinawa.
#15 - The Hiba Clan
Kurokami The Animation Season 1 - Episode 8
Kuro, Keita and Akane head to Okinawa, staying with Keita's grandfather in order to confirm whether Keita's mother had really died when he was young or not and what to investigate in the island. Reishin had started plans to gather all Master Roots under the protection of the Kaionji Group, led with the assistance of Kuraki. As the trio continue to enjoy their Okinawa vacation, Hiyou and his contractee arrive in Okinawa as well, preparing for another mission.
#16 - New World
Kurokami The Animation Season 1 - Episode 13
Kuraki begins his plans to establish his own brand of utopia through the whole world as the Kaionji Group's influence reach out even to the Noble Ones, "forcing" them to leave Japanese soil for good. A few Noble One agents remained in Japan, disobeying orders, alongside Yakumo and Kuro to protect Keita as he was still unconscious and to defeat the company by themselves without any help. Pro-Kaionji Tera Guardians raided the Noble One compound in an attempt to capture Kuro and Keita alive. However, Keita unleashes his full potential with Kuro to defeat the attempted infiltration of the compound.
#17 - Pact
Kurokami The Animation Season 1 - Episode 2
Keita and Kuro encounters a Tribal End sent to capture her alive after the previous encounter at the ramen stand was deemed to be a failure due to the Tribal End's defeat at Kuro's hands. In the midst of the fighting, Keita is killed when his heart was pierced by the Tribal End's mysterious Exceed energy in an attempt to fight Kuro. To save Keita before he dies from his fatal wounds, Kuro decides to create a pact between them by exchanging their hearts after she was able to bring him to safety. Kuro was once more able to defeat the Tribal End by electrocuting him after she created the pact with Keita successfully.
#18 - Synchro
Kurokami The Animation Season 1 - Episode 3
Keita had some new issues with Kuro, regarding the concept of Synchronization as he felt his entire life had changed after Kuro created the pact. It was until the encounter with Keita's teacher and covert Tribal End agent, Tsubota-sensei, that Keita realizes that Kuro was right all along and thus teamed up with her to defeat him after Tsubota initially gains the upper hand against Kuro due to issues of synchronizing properly with Keita. The two escape from school, leaving an unconscious Tsubota behind after Kuro was able to incapacitate him by sychronizing together in order for Kuro to use her Exceed abilities against her opponent.
#19 - Distance of the Hearts
Midori Days Season 1 - Episode 10
Kouta, a childhood friend of Midori's, has a strange dream that makes him believe that she is in a Snow White like coma. He finally asks Seiji to come with him to Midori's house to try to wake her up. Will a kiss from Seiji wake up the life size Midori? If so, what will happen to 'his' Midori?
#20 - Sudden Parting
Midori Days Season 1 - Episode 12
Kouta, Midori's old school friend soon discovers Seiji and Midori's secret. He pleads with them to let her mother know what has happened to her...but with no luck. Elsewhere, a shaman explains to Midori's mother that Midori's 'spirit' does not want to return to her full-size body yet, and all they can do is wait. Will Midori return to full-size soon? Will Kouta tell Midori's mother his secret?
#21 - The Days of the Couple
Midori Days Season 1 - Episode 13
One morning, Seiji discovers that Midori is gone and his right hand is back to normal. Later, Ayase finally tells Seiji she is in love with him, but he can not return the remark because...he has fallen in love with Midori!! Midori is now awakened from her coma, but remembers nothing about the past weeks. Will Midori and Seiji end up together? Can their relationship go back to what it was when she was his right-hand?
#23 - Lily of the Valley
Emma: A Victorian Romance Season 1 - Episode 12
William leaves a surprised Eleanor behind to go to the train station and stop Emma from leaving. However, he arrives too late.
#24 - Sub Contractee
Kurokami The Animation Season 1 - Episode 6
Keita is kidnapped from the streets of Tokyo by Mikami Houjo after getting her orders from Hiyou in order to get Kuro to her. Once at the mansion, the two Tera Guardians challenge each other to a fistfight. Both use their Exceed moves in order to overpower each other and gain an advantage, but Mikami loses the match when her contractee Shingo collapses and dies due to health complications when he became very old despite his difference with his age and looks from his time with Mikami in using his contact powers. Seeing that he had die, Mikami no longer wishes to fight them and allows them to leave the mansion grounds for good.
#25 - Exceed
Kurokami The Animation Season 1 - Episode 5
Steiner faces off against Kuro in a one-on-one match, to the point where the two Tera Guardians were able to show off their Exceed skills and place the match evenly before Steiner was able to subdue Kuro for the count due to his superior skills against her. Despite Kuro and Keita's defeat by Steiner, Excel offers to bring them home with Akane. The two Noble One operatives disclose information regarding the death of Keita's mother when they show a photo of her supposedly in a covert operation conducted in Okinawa under Hiyou's command, bringing Keita bad memories regarding the death of his mother years ago as a child.
#26 - Tracker
Kurokami The Animation Season 1 - Episode 4
Excel and Steiner conduct a covert mission to test Akane if she has strong Tera energy flowing throughout her body after the two had arrived in Japan. Later on, Akane meets with Keita and Kuro in a small restaurant after being followed secretly by Steiner and Excel from the local bank where she works as a teller. However, the three are ambushed by Tribal End bikers sent to apprehend Kuro and eliminate Kuro and Akane. With Steiner's intervention, he engages Kuro in a fighting match to test their fighting strength after driving the Tribal End bikers away from them when Kuro was not able to defeat the bikers herself.
#27 - First Date
Midori Days Season 1 - Episode 7
After Ayase tricks Seiji to go to a movie with her she completes a carefully planed day for the couple. As Seiji gets to the date, Midori sees Ayase all dressed out, to her surprise. Will Seiji and Ayase end up together?
#28 - Shiori's Love-Love Battle!
Midori Days Season 1 - Episode 6
Seiji's neighbor Shiori decides she doesn't want to go out with her father and stepmother for the day, because she hates her stepmother. So Seiji ends up watching her instead. Ayase, still trying to get the courage to ask Seiji out, sees them walking together and soon believes Seiji is a pervert. How true are her fears? Is Seiji really a pervert?
#29 - Takki no Hibi
Midori Days Season 1 - Episode 9
Seiji catches Shuichi Takamizawa taking pictures of him and Midori throughout town. Soon they find out that he has created a popular internet website, and Midori is the star! Is Midori ready for fame? Will Seiji let Shuichi continue to follow them without recourse?
#30 - The Day of Discoveries
Midori Days Season 1 - Episode 3
Seiji's older and very cruel sister comes home for a 'visit,' after she takes all the money Seiji recieved from his parents, her and the members of her former motorcycle gang decide to take Seiji along to a bathhouse. Will she discover Seiji's secret?
#31 - The Power of Love
Midori Days Season 1 - Episode 5
The school physical education instructor has a grudge against Seiji and plains to take it out on him in gym class. Seiji has another problem after he mistakenly takes some of Orin's [his sister's] booze thinking it was medicine, to fight his cold, but soon passes out. How will Midori handle an afternoon with no Seiji? And who keeps ringing the doorbell?
#32 - Discovery of the Secret!?
Midori Days Season 1 - Episode 4
After an accident, Seiji and Midori relize she needs some new clothes. So after some thought, they go to a doll shop. After Takamizawa Shuichi, a fellow student discovers that Seiji collects dolls, Seiji pretends to be his friend and have the same hobby to keep his mouth shut. But how long before Takamizawa discovers thier secret?
#33 - The Right-Hand Girlfriend
Midori Days Season 1 - Episode 1
The lonely and frustrated Seiji Sawamura ["Mad Dog Sawamura"] wakes up one morning and finds his right hand has turned into a girl named Midori. Midori, who has been deeply in love with him for three years, and who has been watching him from afar, is not as upset with the current situation. Now Seiji must find a way to deal with his new life with Midori. But right now, Sawamura is more interested in two female admirers who would like to come over and meet him...but after being rejected 20 times in a row, Sawamura cannot believe his good luck...
#34 - Right-hand Seiji
Midori Days Season 1 - Episode 8
Seiji wakes up one morning and discovers that he has switched places with Midori! Midori is now actually sized, and Seiji is her right hand! How or when will they turn back to 'normal?'
#35 - Two People's Feelings
Midori Days Season 1 - Episode 2
Just as Seiji is learning to deal with the fact that his right hand is now Midori, a group of thugs from a nearby high school begin to start trouble as to force Seiji to fight. Can Seiji really fight without his "Demon Right Hand?"
#36 - Embrace
Emma: A Victorian Romance Season 2 - Episode 5
Mrs. Molders and Emma are out shopping when they come across Mrs. Trollope. Mrs. Molders insists on Emma attending Mrs. Trollope to an engagement party for her eldest son. Meanwhile, William and Eleanor plan their engagement party.
#37 - Evening Waves
Emma: A Victorian Romance Season 2 - Episode 7
After spending the night with William, Emma flees to Mrs. Jones first thing in the morning and tells her the whole story. William chases after her but arrives just too late. He decides to cancel the engagement with Eleanor. Emma, full of regrets, runs off from the Mölders household after overhearing the other maids gossiping about the cancelled engagement and Hans is sent to bring her back.
#38 - Flower
Emma: A Victorian Romance Season 2 - Episode 12
Emma tries to save the handkerchief which William gives to her but is stopped by Hans. William continues to find more investors. Finally, he collect enough money for his company. He rushes to the Crystal Palace. Emma runs to the Crystal Palace after knowing her true desire. Again, William asks Emma to marry him. Emma agrees and is later blessed with 4 children.
#39 - Two Worlds
Emma: A Victorian Romance Season 1 - Episode 2
William meets Eleanor as she debuts in society at a ball he is forced to attend by his father. When he buys a parasol for Emma later on when together with Eleanor, Grace, Vivi and Eleanor misunderstand, thinking the parasol is for Eleanor.
#41 - Pocketwatch
Emma: A Victorian Romance Season 1 - Episode 8
Emma takes Kelly's pocket watch for repair. However, when she returns, Kelly has already passed away. William tells his father about Emma and meets with strong opposition.
#42 - Kuro's Past
Kurokami The Animation Season 1 - Episode 7
Kuro encounters Yakumo, the ex-ward of Reishin before he massacred most of his tribal clan, in the streets of Tokyo with his new contractee named Riona. Kuro tells Keita how she came to Earth, revealing her origins as the princess of his tribe and the tragic history of her tribesmen after Reishin was told by her mother that he could alter the destiny of the world to either lead it to prosperity or lead it to its doom. Hiyou appears at the airport and fights Kuro before he decides to retreat. Excel and Steiner see Keita and the others at the airport before she gives him the Hex Ring as a gift to help him fight alongside Kuro.
#43 - Cool Rain
Emma: A Victorian Romance Season 2 - Episode 3
Dorothea Mölders visits her friend Mrs. Trollope together with Emma. William, scolded by his father for neglecting his duties, attends a charity performance of Romeo and Juliet in Grace's stead, not knowing that Eleanor will be there too. Eleanor chases after William.
#44 - The Gift
Emma: A Victorian Romance Season 1 - Episode 1
William Jones meets the maid Emma at his old governess', Kelly Stownar's house. William falls in love with Emma and looks for opportunities to meet her again, wanting to give her a present.
#45 - Success and Loss
Emma: A Victorian Romance Season 2 - Episode 6
Emma and Mrs. Trollope attend the engagement party for her son, who turns out to be William, Mrs. Trollope's real name being Mrs. Jones. When Emma, not wearing her glasses, finds out whats going on, she faints in front of William.
#46 - Whereabouts
Emma: A Victorian Romance Season 2 - Episode 8
Emma runs away from Hans. Hans follows Emma to the place she has born.They spend the night together. Eleanor goes to Williams' house with Prince Hakim. Eleanor cries and runs away after talking to William. After returning home, Emma and Hans are called. Hans covered up Emma.
#48 - Mudie's
Emma: A Victorian Romance Season 1 - Episode 4
Hakim and William meet Emma while browsing the erotic literature section at Mudie's. William coaches Eleanor in tennis.
#49 - Dinner Party
Emma: A Victorian Romance Season 1 - Episode 5
Kelly is fixing up her apartment in preparation for visitors, but ends up having dinner with Emma and Al as the Knoxes had to cancel their appointment.
#50 - By the Window
Emma: A Victorian Romance Season 2 - Episode 10
William tries hard to save his father's company. William visits Emma and sends her letters. Emma does not meet and open his letters. Hans brings Emma to town on her day off. Hans ask Emma to marry him. William visits Emma again. He talks to Emma through the windows of her neighbour. He wants Emma to meet him in Crystal Palace in one weeks time to give him answer.
#53 - A New House
Emma: A Victorian Romance Season 2 - Episode 1
Eleanor, still in love with William, runs into him at an outdoor party. Meanwhile Emma, who has taken up work at a large countryside estate belonging to the Mölders family, immigrants from Germany, is being falsely accused of theft.
#54 - Resolution
Emma: A Victorian Romance Season 2 - Episode 9
Mrs. Trollope visits Mrs.Molders and asks about Emma. Eleanor tries to forget about William. Viscount Campbell formally annul the engagement between William and Eleanor. William visits her mother, Mrs. Trollope,asking where Emma is. William finds Emma and ask her to marry him.
#55 - Moonlight
Emma: A Victorian Romance Season 2 - Episode 2
William visits the Crystal Palace with Eleanor and his siblings, but memories from his last visit together with Emma prevent him from concentrating on Eleanor. Meanwhile, the Mölders celebrate Ilse's birthday. That evening, the servants of the estate have a private feast.
#56 - Confession
Emma: A Victorian Romance Season 1 - Episode 3
Prince Hakim comes to visit William in London. On an elephant ride through town, William becomes motion sick and ends up recuperating at Kelly Stownar's house. Hakim also falls in love with Emma, and confesses to her.
#57 - Courtship
Emma: A Victorian Romance Season 2 - Episode 4
The Molders plan on visiting London and intend on taking Emma. Emma tries to get out of it. William begins to court Eleanor. Eleanor's fiery, older sister, Monica, comes to London for vacation.
#58 - Time
Emma: A Victorian Romance Season 2 - Episode 11
Viscount Campbell push on to the investors, making Jones Company facing hardship. However, William tries to finds more investors for the sake of his family. After visiting her former employer,Kelly Stowner's house, she finds that Molders house is on fire. She runs back to the house.