The BEST episodes directed by Yoshiko Mikami

Episode 9
48 votes

#1 - Episode 9

Diabolik Lovers - Season 1 - Episode 9

Yui experiences more chest pains and leaves the mansion in the middle of the night to seek answers and finds Shu in an abandoned church. At first, he is unhelpful but quickly becomes interested in obliging her request for answers by forcibly tasting her blood to verify that is has indeed changed somehow. Richter then appears and takes Yui to the secret room where 'Cordelia' awakens and everyone feels it especially Ayato who finds Yui's rosary on her bed.

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Blessed are the Foolish
71 votes

#2 - Blessed are the Foolish

Durarara!! - Season 2 - Episode 22

Various people begin to move around the Dollars. Learning of Mikado’s current situation, Masaomi revives the Yellow Scarves and in his determination to crush the Dollars, approaches Kyohei. Meanwhile, we learn more of Aoba’s history with his brother.

Passing Time / Spring Comes
43 votes

#3 - Passing Time / Spring Comes

March Comes in Like a Lion - Season 2 - Episode 21

Hinata has been studying intently for the high school entrance exams, when she learns in shock that Takahashi, the classmate she has long admired, will be going to a school far away. People she had assumed will always be with her keep leaving her… Depressed Hinata ends up getting a fever just days before the exam. Nevertheless, Rei comes by on the day of the exam, to walk to school with her.

44 votes

#4 - Kingdom

March Comes in Like a Lion - Season 2 - Episode 9

On the night before she leaves for a school trip to Kyoto, Hinata has dinner at home with Rei and her family, but can't finish the food on her plate because of a stomachache. Rei also leaves the same day as Hinata, but goes to Osaka to challenge Junkei Yamazaki for the Newcomer Tournament final.

Kill the Seduction
338 votes

#5 - Kill the Seduction

Akame ga Kill! - Season 1 - Episode 10

Following Tatsumi's capture by Esdeath, Tatsumi is dragged along with Esdeath and the Jaegers to raid and destroy a bandit's fortress as a backup Jaeger. Esdeath forces Tatsumi to watch the destruction as part of his training. Afterwards, Esdeath tries to seduce Tatsumi in her bedroom, but Tatsumi resists the temptation and believes he can convince her to turn against the Empire. However, Esdeath slaps him and explains her motive of "survival of the fittest" as well as her being the one to change Tatsumi, even if it meant protecting his family. After further arguing, they both decide to end the discussion and sleep, with neither convincing each other. However, Esdeath still remains in love with Tatsumi. The next day, Tatsumi meets up with Wave and Kurome. Tatsumi notices Kurome's gluttony, to which she reveals that she is Akame's sister and wants to kill her for betraying the Capital. Later, Esdeath, Kurome, Wave, and Tatsumi go on a hunt at Mount Fake, with Tatsumi and Wave paired together. Both Tatsumi and Wave fight tree-like Danger Beasts with ease and without their Imperial Arms. Upon destroying the monsters, Tatsumi attempts to escape using Incursio and Wave follows him with his Imperial Arm, Grand Chariot. Unaware of each other's identities, Wave attacks while Tatsumi tries to escape once more. Tatsumi is defeated, but he escapes using invisibility and is rescued by Akame and Lubbock. Wave is punished by Esdeath for allowing Tatsumi to escape. Tatsumi returns back to the Night Raid base and tells them about the Jaegers. Meanwhile, Dr. Stylish and his men, Team Stylish, locate the base and prepare to attack.

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10 votes

#6 - Sturm

Argevollen - Season 1 - Episode 15

The Kitazamahara base is wiped out in the battle between the Argevollen and the new enemy unit. The 8th retreats to Pudder base to recover and regroup. They chart a course through an abandoned industrial city, and bait the "Ghost" into attacking, but in the ensuing battle Tokimune loses control.

Moody Jazz’s Counterattack
101 votes

#7 - Moody Jazz’s Counterattack

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (2012) - Season 4 - Episode 6

Buccellati and Abbacchio are the only members of the gang left in the yacht. They have to find out where the enemy stand is hiding and how does it work.

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What Lies on the Opposite Shore / Black River
65 votes

#8 - What Lies on the Opposite Shore / Black River

March Comes in Like a Lion - Season 1 - Episode 12

Rei runs astray a little bit, but gets right back on track. Can he bear the cold jokes from his latest opponent, Tsujii, and emerge victorious?

Torrent / Passing Time
63 votes

#9 - Torrent / Passing Time

March Comes in Like a Lion - Season 1 - Episode 18

The Lion King Tournament is underway, although things are not looking good for the challenger. Still, he will not give up, and is determined to press forward.

June / Ladybug Bush
46 votes

#10 - June / Ladybug Bush

March Comes in Like a Lion - Season 2 - Episode 3

During a lunch break between matches, Nikaidou pressures Rei to win all his matches so they can battle in the finals. Rei looks on coolly until Nikaidou points out feelings Rei never realized he had. Meanwhile, at the Kawamoto house, Someji, Akari, Hinata and Momo have a brainstorming session about Crescent Moon’s new summer sweet creation. Momo proposes novel ideas, but the usually cheerful Hinata seems down...

White Storm
44 votes

#11 - White Storm

March Comes in Like a Lion - Season 2 - Episode 15

The commemorative match begins between Rei and Meijin Souya. There’s a clear gap between their levels, but Rei holds on tight to his opponent, which causes a lively discussion among staff members who are watching the match in a waiting room. However, during the middle stage of the match, Rei makes a move that will probably cost him the game. Even so, he doesn’t give up and continues to play, searching for the best possible move each turn. How will the match turn out in the end?

We Are
3 votes

#12 - We Are

Revue Starlight - Season 1 - Episode 11

Fate is cruel and harshly deals with any deviation from the pre-established script. What happens to those who dare defy the system the day after the performance?

Turnabout Sisters - 2nd Trial
40 votes

#13 - Turnabout Sisters - 2nd Trial

Ace Attorney - Season 1 - Episode 3

The trial for the chief's murder begins. Will Phoenix be able to get Maya out of this trouble?

I'm Not Fit to Be a Leader
109 votes

#14 - I'm Not Fit to Be a Leader

Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash - Season 1 - Episode 10

Haruhiro and his party go into the Cyrene Mine where they encounter kobolds and have to deal with Ranta's lack of cooperation.

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War Cry of Secrets and Contrarines
8 votes

#15 - War Cry of Secrets and Contrarines

Dance with Devils - Season 1 - Episode 9

After Azuna's death, Lindo takes Ritsuka to the Exorcist Association for protection. Meanwhile, Urie, Mage and Shiki realise that Ritsuka was the grimoire all along and they start to search for her. The Exorcist Association then betray Lindo's trust, by deciding to kill Ritsuka in order to get rid of the grimoire, but Lindo interferes. They also reveal to Ritsuka that her brother is actually a 'dhamphir'; half-human, half-vampire. Lindo escapes with his sister and they hide in a Japanese shrine while Urie, Mage and Shiki hold off their pursuers. While hiding, Lindo reveals to Ritsuka that they are not siblings; but cousins. His father was a vampire, and his real mother is actually their deceased maternal aunt, Marta. He then confesses to Ristuka that he is in-love with her and attempts to kiss her, only to be interrupted when Rem arrives. Assuming that Rem has come to obtain the grimoire, he and Rem decide to settle their matters once and for all in a battle using their powers. Rem injures Lindo and is about to finish him off until Ritsuka yells at him to stop. She tells Rem that she can no longer stand watching her close ones get hurt and killed just because he wants the grimoire. When Rem doesn't say anything, Ritsuka yells that she hates him and Lindo repels Rem with his magic. Rem leaves heartbroken while Ritsuka takes Lindo to Shikō Academy's infirmary to treat his wounds. She then decides to forget her feelings for Rem so she can protect her family. Meanwhile, Jek visits his master, Lord Nesta to tell him about the grimoire.

Jitterbug of Secret Doubt
17 votes

#16 - Jitterbug of Secret Doubt

Dance with Devils - Season 1 - Episode 2

Ritsuka meets the rest of the student council before leaving with Rem, its president, to pursue a promising lead in the search for her mother.

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Silver Hope
28 votes

#17 - Silver Hope

The Perfect Insider - Season 1 - Episode 5

In a flashback, Shindō tells Magata that his dream is to live a self-sufficient life in the mountains, equipped with only a knife. His widow Yumiko Shindō recalls for Saikawa and Nishinosono that the last words of Magata's father were "I won't let you do this." Yamane learns that Magata had scheduled an interview with a journalist for two days hence, so the lab will have another opportunity for outside communication. In another flashback, Magata buys a hunting knife and presents it to Shindō for his birthday as they have dinner with her parents.

Breakin' of Self-Conceit and Impulse
10 votes

#18 - Breakin' of Self-Conceit and Impulse

Dance with Devils - Season 1 - Episode 5

Mage bursts in while Ritsuka is in class, kidnapping her and taking her to the Tokyo Tower. He threatens her in his true demonic form in an attempt to extract the location of the grimoire, but is repelled by her ring. He then attempts to seduce her into telling him by treating her to a meal, but she runs away. In a back alley, she is threatened by a gang of thugs, but Mage catches up with her, allowing her to escape while he fights the thugs, devouring their souls. As she runs, she is found by Rem, who brings her to a helipad to send her back home. Still believing that he helped her out of kindness, she confronts him, and he reluctantly admits that he only needs her as a pawn in his game for power. Mage then finds them, taking Ritsuka and escaping through a portal. In an attempt to cheer her up, he takes her to watch the sun set over the ocean, but accidentally drops her in the water when he becomes captivated by her smell. Passing through a portal again, they find Lindo waiting for them. Seeing that Ritsuka is soaking wet, his eyes become red and he goes into a rage, attacking Mage. The two battle with magic, forcing Ritsuka to jump between them. Mage decides to withdraw, promising that he will return to claim her. ▽ B-Boying of Vainglory and Impulse [Int'l: renamed English title] ▽ Breakin' of Self-Conceit and Impulse [Japan: literal English translation] ▽ Dokuson to shouhaku no bureekin [Japan: original Romaji title]

Is “Shine” Even Possible?
4 votes

#19 - Is “Shine” Even Possible?

Revue Starlight - Season 1 - Episode 5

Mahiru becomes increasingly dejected and jealous as Karen’s bond with Hikari strenghtens. Karen is spurred on with new determination, but where will this leave Mahiru?