The BEST episodes directed by Yoshitaka Makino

The Eighth Night
60 votes

#1 - The Eighth Night

Hayate the Combat Butler - Season 3 - Episode 8

Hayate, Isumi, and Hinagiku (using her Shirosakura sword) manage to save Ruri from the bird-guy, but she refuse to tell them who he was. The next morning, at the mansion they receive a ransom note for Ruri’s return in Las Vegas; nonetheless, recognize the handwriting to be Ruri’s. Wondering if she really was kidnapped or not, Nagi finally takes the motive to go to Las Vegas and retrieve the Black Camellia. Testing the misfortune clock, Maria grabs it then suddenly the ventilation went up under her skirt in an eerie timing, and so Hayate took possession of the clock for now. While killing time in Las Vegas, Hayate got lost and his smartphone battery unfortunately died. He unexpectedly meets Ayumu saying their plane had a mechanical problem, thinking the Black Camellia caused it. Maria and Nagi found Hayate, from their viewpoint seeing as if he is kissing Ayumu. Much to Nagi’s shocking surprise just to find out he was only taking a bit of fuzz off Ayumu’s eye.

To Me, You Are...!
31 votes

#2 - To Me, You Are...!

Cardfight!! Vanguard - Season 8 - Episode 11

While Tokoha's team wins a U20-qualifying tournament, Kazuma calls Chrono and tells him that he is quitting the team. Chrono goes to confront Kazuma about this, but he ends up getting captured by a gang who mistake him for Kazuma. The real Kazuma appears and challenges the gang's leader for Chrono's freedom. With inspiring words from Chrono, Kazuma manages to win, and the police (called in by Taiyou) arrive and arrest the gang.

The Decisive Battle
74 votes

#3 - The Decisive Battle

The Heroic Legend of Arslan (2015) - Season 1 - Episode 24

Arslan is escorted by his subjects deep inside of the Keep of Saint-Emmanuel where he confronts Silvermask in an attempt to call his cousin to reason. However, Hilmes refuses to listen and challenges Daryun to a duel.

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I Tried to Hide It
64 votes

#4 - I Tried to Hide It

Chihayafuru - Season 1 - Episode 9

Teacher, Taeko Miyauchi, agrees to make the karuta club official and become its advisor, but on the condition that someone besides Chihaya be club president, so Taichi is nominated as president whilst Chihaya declares herself captain. Chihaya reveals that she wants to participate in a national tournament coming in the summer, despite Kanade and Tsutomu being beginners. With not much room to practise after school, Chihaya holds a training camp at Taichi's house. Chihaya pushes Kanade and Tsutomu to become stronger players, but Taichi fears that she is overworking them and putting on too much pressure. Later that night, as Chihaya laments her pushiness, the others bring her out for a surprise birthday party, saying that they are growing to love karuta, later receiving a birthday text from Arata.

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The World-Weary Strategist
81 votes

#5 - The World-Weary Strategist

The Heroic Legend of Arslan (2015) - Season 1 - Episode 4

Arslan and Daryun seek the help of the retired tactician Narsus, but convincing him to join their cause will not be an easy task.

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Painted Red
46 votes

#6 - Painted Red

Chihayafuru - Season 1 - Episode 2

As everyone starts to ignore Chihaya as well as Arata, Chihaya stands her ground, boasting about Arata's karuta skills. Taichi makes a bet that if he can beat Arata in a tournament, he will be ignored until graduation. As both Taichi and Arata make their way to the final, Taichi steals Arata's glasses, making it difficult to see. Although Arata manages to cope on memory alone, Taichi swaps the cards around to make things difficult. It's at this point that Chihaya offers to take Arata's place in the match, using her instincts to tie with Taichi. On the final match, Chihaya starts seeing things through the eyes of a karuta player and takes the final card, winning the tournament. However, Chihaya becomes a bit upset when her family doesn't acknowledge her achievement. As Chihaya resumes her search for Arata's glasses, Taichi returns them to Arata and apologises for his foul play.

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