The Best Episodes Directed by Yasuhiro Takemoto

Whisper

#1 - Whisper

Air Season 1 - Episode 3

Surroundings of Yukito and Misuzu briefly change from the shrine to a cropland as a result of Kano's experience. After a confrontation with Hijiri, Yukito and others briefly go to the clinic. Yukito and Misuzu leave the clinic for home. On their way Yukito realizes he wasn't paid for his part time job and sneaks back into the clinic only to overhear Kano's other personality.

star 9.24
66 votes
Summer Illusion of Steel

#2 - Summer Illusion of Steel

Full Metal Panic! Season 2 - Episode 3

During a day at the beach, Kaname becomes upset at Sousuke's insensitivity. When she goes off alone, she is asked to have tea with a boy who is enamoured with her. Sousuke, however, believes that she was kidnapped and proceeds to rescue her from her apparent kidnappers.

star 9.15
201 votes
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Continuing Day by Day

#3 - Continuing Day by Day

Full Metal Panic! Season 3 - Episode 13

Kaname makes a surprise visit to Sousuke in Hong Kong, and assists him in using the Arbalest's Lambda Driver to the fullest. Sousuke defeats Gates once and for all, then returns to Tokyo--and high school--with Kaname.

star 9.11
140 votes
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Overdone Warcry

#4 - Overdone Warcry

Full Metal Panic! Season 2 - Episode 7

To prevent the school from disbanding the rugby team, Sousuke and Kaname help train them for an exhibition match. Upon discovering that the players are timid and passive, Sousuke subjects them to grueling basic training to toughen them up, which helps them win the match.

star 9.10
201 votes
The Man From The South / Hostage Who Requires no Negotiation

#5 - The Man From The South / Hostage Who Requires no Negotiation

Full Metal Panic! Season 2 - Episode 1

The Man From The South: A secret admirer leaves a love letter in Sousuke's shoe locker. Instead of finding the letter, he deduces that his locker was tampered with and promptly blows it up. From its fragments, Sousuke misinterprets the letter as a death threat and confronts his "stalker". A Hostage With No Compromises: After Sousuke's encounter with a gang leaves its members disrespected, their leader decides to take Kaname hostage. Instead of giving in to their demands, Sousuke holds the gang leader's little brother hostage and proposes an exchange.

star 9.06
207 votes
5th Period Hot Spot

#6 - 5th Period Hot Spot

Full Metal Panic! Season 2 - Episode 12

A classmate accidentally opens Sousuke's biohazardous container, causing a classroom quarantine. Sousuke later learns that the contents were not pathogenic, but destroys synthetic clothing instead. Relieved that there is no outbreak, he now fears the repercussions from his angry classmates.

star 9.05
210 votes
The Hamburger Hill of Art / Single Minded Stakeout!

#7 - The Hamburger Hill of Art / Single Minded Stakeout!

Full Metal Panic! Season 2 - Episode 4

The Hamburger Hill of Art: During a field trip to the park, the class selects Sousuke to be the model for their art project. However, Sousuke misinterprets the modeling advice he receives from their art teacher, turning the assignment with his classmates into a game of life-and-death. Single Minded Stakeout!: Kaname goes on a date with a former classmate to an amusmement park while Sousuke and Kyoko follow her. Sousuke seems relieved that she's simply on a date until drunken yakuza threaten Kaname. Not wanting to reveal that he was following her, Sousuke comes to the rescue disguised as a park mascot.

star 9.03
204 votes
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The Pure Yet Impure Grappler / Trespassing on Good Faith

#8 - The Pure Yet Impure Grappler / Trespassing on Good Faith

Full Metal Panic! Season 2 - Episode 5

The Pure Yet Impure Grappler: Sousuke and Kaname ask the school's karate club to vacate their dojo, which is slated for demolition. However, the club refuses to leave, challenging Sousuke to a duel where they'll leave if they lose. Sousuke defeats the club's members with relative ease until he faces the club president, Issei Tsubaki. Trespassing on Good Faith: As a test of superiority, Sousuke and Issei compete to care for the injured school janitor; however, their overzealous efforts do more harm than good. The janitor tries to be patient, but finally goes berserk when they accidentally serve his prized koi pet to him for dinner.

star 9.01
200 votes
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Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody

#9 - Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Season 2 - Episode 1

The future Mikuru tells Kyon where to find a certain person that he is supposed to help. Kyon and Mikuru travels back in time to the Tanabata of three years ago. Carrying the sleeping Mikuru, Kyon finds the young Haruhi herself from middle school. After helping her draw strange drawings on her school yard, Haruhi questions him on the existence o aliens, time travelers, espers, or sliders; and Kyon suggests that they might. After Haruhi leaves, Kyon wakes up Mikuru and finds that she has somehow lost her time traveling device, or TPDD. He takes her to the Yuki of three years ago and helps them return to their proper time. Chronologically this episode takes place after The Boredom of Suzumiya Haruhi.

star 8.86
196 votes
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Her Problem

#10 - Her Problem

Full Metal Panic! Season 3 - Episode 9

Kaname confronts the Mithril operative sent to replace Sousuke; however, as she is about to get answers, she is attacked by an Amalgam assassin. Kaname outwits her pursuer until Leonard Testarossa, another Amalgam agent, shows up and kills her assassin. He reveals that the assassin was a rogue agent acting outside of Amalgam's interests.

star 8.84
113 votes
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A Goddess Comes to Japan (Part 2: The Hot Spring)

#11 - A Goddess Comes to Japan (Part 2: The Hot Spring)

Full Metal Panic! Season 2 - Episode 9

Sousuke, Kaname, Tessa, Melissa, and their friends travel to an onsen(hot springs) for some rest and relaxation. Sousuke sets up a defensive perimeter and booby traps around the girls' bath, foiling the other boys' attempts to sneak a peek.

star 8.83
198 votes
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Episode 25

#12 - Episode 25

Nichijou - My Ordinary Life Season 1 - Episode 25

Misato and Sasahara get a little closer, Mio goes for a run, and Nakamura enters the lair of the beast.

star 8.81
31 votes
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Burning Hong Kong

#13 - Burning Hong Kong

Full Metal Panic! Season 3 - Episode 12

Sousuke meets Gauron, now crippled and about to die while Xia Yu Fan combats an SRT unit lead by Closeau in downtown Hong Kong as tensions continue to mount between North and South China.

star 8.78
112 votes
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Edge of Heaven

#14 - Edge of Heaven

Full Metal Panic! Season 3 - Episode 6

Mithril attempts to learn more about the mysterious Amalgam organization. Kaname and Sousuke's relationship begins to blossom; however, Sousuke is reassigned to another mission and is forbidden to see Kaname.

star 8.77
113 votes
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Lovely Sicilia

#15 - Lovely Sicilia

Full Metal Panic! Season 3 - Episode 5

The SRT travels to Sicily to capture the traitor from the Nanjing operation. Sousuke has difficulties balancing work and school when he tries to have a phone conversation with Kaname and drive the getaway vehicle at the same time.

star 8.76
108 votes
Left Behind

#16 - Left Behind

Full Metal Panic! Season 3 - Episode 7

Sousuke argues with his replacement about the mission to protect Kaname. Kaname wonders why Sousuke does not come to school, and starts to become worried. When she needs to see him, she finds out that his apartment is vacant and he has disappeared.

star 8.75
110 votes
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The Two Hong Kongs

#17 - The Two Hong Kongs

Full Metal Panic! Season 3 - Episode 10

Sousuke and Melissa are deployed to a divided Hong Kong in a team made up of SRT/PRT personnel of East Asian origin to locate an Amalgam Codarl (m)-type Arm Slave attacking North and South Chinese army units, but Sousuke's feelings for Kaname places his MITHRIL comrades nearly in danger, earning a sermon from Melissa.

star 8.74
109 votes
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Ending Day By Day

#18 - Ending Day By Day

Full Metal Panic! Season 3 - Episode 1

Mithril and the SRT rescue refugees from a city torn apart by civil war. However, during the fighting, they discover that the enemy possesses advanced weaponry rivaling their own. They surmise that a highly funded, well-equipped organization may be supplying their enemies.

star 8.73
113 votes
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Scenes Underwater

#19 - Scenes Underwater

Full Metal Panic! Season 3 - Episode 2

Sousuke and Kazama investigate who is posting embarrassing and revealing picture of Kaname on the Internet. Meanwhile, Amalgam operatives, led by Gates, extract their payment from their military clients.

star 8.72
112 votes
His Problem

#20 - His Problem

Full Metal Panic! Season 3 - Episode 11

While Sousuke continues to wander in Hong Kong, Tessa is "forced" by Admiral Borda to deploy her M9s to the island after sightings of the Codarl (m)-type Arm Slave were confirmed.

star 8.72
107 votes
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Daylight

#21 - Daylight

Full Metal Panic! Season 3 - Episode 4

Mithril is perplexed at how the enemy is able to follow their movements. Once they realize that their communications have been compromised, Tessa and Kalinin give false orders to facilitate the rescue and turn the tables on Amalgam.

star 8.71
107 votes
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The Dungeon and The Dragon

#22 - The Dungeon and The Dragon

Full Metal Panic! Season 3 - Episode 3

In Nanjing, Amalgam kidnaps peace delegations from Northern and Southern China and fortify themselves in an underground tunnel beneath the Yangtze River. Mithril attempts a rescue in the tunnel's dangerous confines, but falls into Amalgam's trap.

star 8.71
110 votes
Hostility Passing-By / A Fruitless Lunchtime

#23 - Hostility Passing-By / A Fruitless Lunchtime

Full Metal Panic! Season 2 - Episode 2

Hostility Passing-By: After Sousuke causes a panic at the school's bread stand, Sousuke and Kaname have to fill in for the stand's lunchtime duties, which raises the ire of the physical education teacher. He attempts to sabotage their bread, but he falls for Sousuke's booby traps, when Sousuke was expecting that someone would tamper the bread. A Fruitless Lunchtime: Sousuke forgets Kaname's notes at home and they make a frantic dash to retrieve them and return before lunchtime ends. Despite their tardiness, they find out that the notes were not needed since their teacher coincidentally fell sick.

star 8.69
203 votes
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Jungle Groove

#24 - Jungle Groove

Full Metal Panic! Season 3 - Episode 8

Tessa berates Sousuke for emotionally involving himself with Kaname and neglecting his other duties. The SRT receives a new leader who stages an AS duel to help Sousuke properly operate the Arbelast.

star 8.68
111 votes
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Episode 16

#25 - Episode 16

Nichijou - My Ordinary Life Season 1 - Episode 16

Yukko can't order a cup of coffee, Mio has to fight to keep her secret. And Nano gets a suprise visit at home.

star 8.67
41 votes
A Goddess Comes to Japan (Part 1: The Suffering)

#26 - A Goddess Comes to Japan (Part 1: The Suffering)

Full Metal Panic! Season 2 - Episode 8

During a lull at the Mithril base, Tessa decides to spend the time as an exchange student at Sousuke's school to learn more about school life. Sousuke, however, finds the stress of guarding her overbearing and collapses from fatigue.

star 8.64
171 votes
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Uncontrollable Bluebird

#27 - Uncontrollable Bluebird

Full Metal Panic! Season 2 - Episode 11

The school's social science club holds a contest to see which club can recruit the most members of the opposite gender. Sousuke participates, but his poor social skills fail to attact anyone to his club. Kaname, feeling sorry for Sousuke, decides to help out so he can avoid a bet he made with another club.

star 8.63
200 votes
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The Hard Sell Fetish / The Patient of Darkness

#28 - The Hard Sell Fetish / The Patient of Darkness

Full Metal Panic! Season 2 - Episode 6

The Hard Sell Fetish: Sousuke and Kaname investigate bizarre incidents where a masked predator attacks schoolgirls and gives them ponytails. With the help of a local policewoman, they set-up a trap to catch the attacker using Kaname as bait. The Patient of Darkness: To teach a stoic Sousuke the meaning of fear, Kaname takes him into a haunted hospital, but she becomes more scared than Sousuke. They learn that the haunted hospital rumor was perpetuated by the mother and son living there who wanted peace and quiet.

star 8.57
200 votes
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A Fancy Without Honor or Humanity

#29 - A Fancy Without Honor or Humanity

Full Metal Panic! Season 2 - Episode 10

Sousuke and Kaname discover that Ren Mikihara is a yakuza daughter whose members ask for their help to deal with a rival gang. Sousuke, in his mascot disguise, trains the yakuza members. When the rival gang kidnaps Ren and Kaname, Sousuke and his recruits rescue them wearing special mascot AS's.

star 8.37
201 votes
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Episode 22

#30 - Episode 22

Nichijou - My Ordinary Life Season 1 - Episode 22

Tsuyoshi attempts to disprove exorcisms. Fe-chan tries to look on the bright side of life, while Sakamoto and the Professor are surrounded by terrifying dogs.

star 8.21
29 votes
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The Grab Start of Hope!

#31 - The Grab Start of Hope!

Free! Season 3 - Episode 10

Rin reunites with Sosuke and learns about his recovery. Rei and Nagisa qualify for Nationals. Influenced by Nao and Ryuuji, Makoto's future path switches from coaching to professional training.

star 8.14
14 votes
The Day of Sagittarius

#32 - The Day of Sagittarius

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Season 1 - Episode 11

Hoping to reclaim the computer Haruhi extorted from the Computer Research Society earlier in the year, the Computer Research Society President challenges the SOS Brigade to a computer game they created for the cultural festival entitled "The Day of Sagittarius III." Haruhi accepts their challenge, but soon finds out that playing the game is much harder than she thought.

star 7.83
119 votes
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Revenge in the Medley!

#33 - Revenge in the Medley!

Free! Season 1 - Episode 8

Haruka, Makoto, Nagisa, and Rei swim in their individual events. Rin becomes irritated as he remembers watching them swim back in grade school. Afterwards, the four Iwatobi Swim Club members must prepare for the medley relay.

star 7.60
136 votes
First Swim in Another Country!

#34 - First Swim in Another Country!

Free! Season 3 - Episode 3

Rin, now living in Australia, trains hard every day with swimmers from all around the world. Then a Japanese guy shows up where his team is training, challenging each of his teammates to races and beating them one by one. Even Rin is surprised when this newcomer reveals his identity...

star 7.46
13 votes
The Girl Genius' Challenge

#35 - The Girl Genius' Challenge

Clannad Season 1 - Episode 10

Since no new members have joined the drama club, Tomoya goes to talk with Kotomi once again about joining. Tomoya takes her around school and helps her introduce herself to people to make more friends. Tomoya takes Kyou, Ryou, and Kotomi to the drama room after school, and after a round of introductions, Tomoya asks them to join the club. Kyou initially passes on the chance, but ends up giving in after her sister says she wants to join, and Kotomi joins as well. During the meeting, Kotomi leaves when she hears someone playing the violin, though when she is given the chance to play it, she is painfully horrible.

star 7.26
211 votes
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Summer Standards

#36 - Summer Standards

Lucky Star Season 1 - Episode 6

The group, plus Cousin Yui and Nanako, go to the beach for some summer fun. After Yui races down the road, and Nanako gets really lost, they finally make it and spend a night in a Japanese inn. After a day at the beach, and Nanako becoming too drunk to drive, they go back to the inn for a shower and to spend another night. After arriving home, the twins have to clean their bedrooms, Konata discusses cleaning tactics with Kagami, and Miyuki is told she has to go see the dentist, or her mom is bringing the dentist to their house.

star 7.21
74 votes
Let's Go to the Festival

#37 - Let's Go to the Festival

Lucky Star Season 1 - Episode 12

Konata persuades Kagami and Tsukasa to come along with her to a festival of sorts: a convention called ComiKet. There, Konata tells the twins to follow her plan of buying new manga, Kagami learns how intense some manga can be, and Tsukasa gets swept into the crowds and ends up lost. Later that day, the girls go to another festival, with this one celebrating New Year. The girls discuss why Kagami is in a different class than everyone else, Konata draws a bad fortune, and the origin of Kagami's name is revealed. Konata pesters her father for money, and apparently he likes when she does that. Konata wishes her online friends a happy new year, including her teacher Kuroi. Konata starts to believe that the reason why her teacher doesn't have a boyfriend is because she's always online playing games. On Lucky Channel, it was previously announced that Akira would appear in the actual show starting with this episode, but she was unable to because she got sick.

star 7.19
69 votes
Episode 8

#38 - Episode 8

Nichijou - My Ordinary Life Season 1 - Episode 8

I've got an explosive desire to visit an air-raid shelter! Everything you own is garbage! Just let me take it off when I'm ready. He made a snot bubble. A masterpiece.

star 6.79
67 votes