The BEST episodes directed by Yukio Kuroda

Breaking Shield
star
10.00
29 votes

#1 - Breaking Shield

Blood+ - Season 3 - Episode 6

While Saya, Kai, Riku, and Hagi go on an outing and Riku tries to repair Saya and Kai's broken relationship, Diva demands Carl bring her "that boy," while Dr. Collins and Julia meet with Van about their research into chiroptera. Solomon meets with David and warns him that Diva's chevaliers plan to launch an all out attack on the Red Shield Headquarters in three days, and asks him to take Saya to safety. When David asks why, Solomon says it is because he doesn't want Saya to die. Solomon also reveals that the Red Shield has been betrayed from within. David quickly takes Saya and the others back to the ship, leaving Okamura and Mao behind. Solomon and the other chevaliers discover that Carl and Diva have disappeared. Dr. Collins reveals to Julia that he doesn't think chiroptera should be completely destroyed and that he knows about the planned attack on Headquarters. While the Red Shield prepares for the coming attack, Riku convinces Kai to play catch with Saya, which helps them finally return to normal. As they stand on the deck, Saya and Riku hear Diva singing just before Carl and Diva attack the ship. As Carl begins killing the Red Shield operatives, Diva wonders where "that boy" is.

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Tokoha vs. Rin
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9.94
30 votes

#2 - Tokoha vs. Rin

Cardfight!! Vanguard - Season 5 - Episode 41

Following Taiyou being revealed as the newest member of Team Demise, the first game of the special match between TRY3 and Demise begins with Tokoha facing off against Rin. Like the last time they fought, Rin tries to taunt and irritate Tokoha. However, Tokoha instead remains calm and has fun with the battle, which infuriates Rin. After realizing how much Rin is stuck up on Mamoru, Tokoha wins the fight with her new G unit Dream-spinning Ranunculus, Ahsha. Soon afterwards, a disgusted Rin quits Team Demise, and the special match moves on to the next game, which will be between Shion and Shouma.

A Place of Chance Meetings
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9.87
30 votes

#3 - A Place of Chance Meetings

Cardfight!! Vanguard - Season 6 - Episode 8

While Shion continues his search for Ace and Chrono visits various card shops for special training, Tokoha feels left behind. While wondering what to do, Tokoha ends up helping Misaki run a tournament at Card Capital 2. After the tournament ends, Misaki decides to have a cardfight with Tokoha. Misaki sympathizes with her after having experienced the same feelings that Tokoha is going through. When Misaki was pondering what to do with her life after graduating from high school, she saw an event where two boys have a touching reunion through Vanguard. It was that moment in which Misaki knew what she wanted to do: to watch over Card Capital, believing card shops are precious places of chance meetings where people can become friends and continue to build relationships. After the fight, Tokoha now realizes what she can do, learning from Misaki to just be herself.

Are you ready to FIGHT!!
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9.87
30 votes

#4 - Are you ready to FIGHT!!

Cardfight!! Vanguard - Season 8 - Episode 14

Before the U20 starts, Chrono, Tokoha, and Shion have their own "send-off parties" with their respective teams. Jaime Flowers relax at a spa resort, the Fukuhara Vanguard Club has lunch on a cruise ship, and Striders engage in a curry-eating contest. At the end of the day, they are all treated to a fireworks show prepared by Shion. Then, the U20 Championship begins, where the other qualified teams are introduced and Kazuma is shocked to see Onimaru...

Team Demise
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9.84
31 votes

#5 - Team Demise

Cardfight!! Vanguard - Season 5 - Episode 29

TRY3 makes it past the qualifying rounds into the top 16 of the tournament. Their upcoming opponent is Team Demise, which is coached by Kouji. While Chrono faces off against Demise's Sugiru Kariya, Shion reminisces about the time when he first got into playing Vanguard. In spite of Kariya's expert and ruthless plays, Chrono pulls off a comeback and wins the game.

Chrono vs. Leon
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9.84
31 votes

#6 - Chrono vs. Leon

Cardfight!! Vanguard - Season 6 - Episode 3

Chrono withstands wave after wave of Leon's onslaught and mounts a comeback victory. Tokoha and Shion then win their fights, meaning that TRY3 has conquered their first G quest.

Shinonome's Joy
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9.84
31 votes

#7 - Shinonome's Joy

Cardfight!! Vanguard - Season 7 - Episode 16

With things going smoothly for the Company, Wakamizu proceeds to summon the last Zodiac Time Beast. However, Shouma wants to make his own "adjustment" to the process and cardfights Wakamizu to do so. Meanwhile, Am requests Team TRY3 to help her save Luna, but Shion refuses to forgive Am for her actions and walks away. On the other hand, Tokoha tells Am that she still considers her as a friend and accepts her request. Back at the Company's headquarters, in spite of Wakamizu's calculations, Shouma defeats him. After having Wakamizu forcibly removed, Shouma makes a slight adjustment to the summoning process.

Wall of the General
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9.76
33 votes

#8 - Wall of the General

Cardfight!! Vanguard - Season 1 - Episode 60

Although Kamui tries his hardest, Tetsu is victorious, putting Team AL4 up one game to none.

The Battle Begins! Tournament Finals
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9.75
32 votes

#9 - The Battle Begins! Tournament Finals

Cardfight!! Vanguard - Season 1 - Episode 53

The tournament finals begin and Ren delivers an egotistical speech at the beginning that angers the other teams. Team Q4 battles through the first two rounds, but coming up next is their "rivals", Team Caesar.

Team Q4, Once More
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9.72
32 votes

#10 - Team Q4, Once More

Cardfight!! Vanguard - Season 2 - Episode 3

After receiving the invitation to the VF Circuit, Aichi wants to enter with all of the original members of Team Q4 (minus Kai). He convinces Misaki to rejoin with no problem, but then Aichi learns that Kamui has joined Team Handsome. So, he goes to Card Shop Handsome to recruit him back. When Aichi tells him about the invitation, Kamui becomes torn between his own feelings of wanting to participate in the Circuit and his promise to Team Handsome to go with them to the upcoming national tournament. It is ultimately decided to settle things with a cardfight between Aichi and Kamui. If Aichi wins, then Kamui will return to Q4 and enter the VF Circuit. If Kamui wins, then he stays with Handsome. And so, Aichi and Kamui's cardfight ensues. As Aichi tries to get used to his Gold Paladin deck, Kamui puts on the pressure with his slightly-improved Nova Grappler deck, driving Aichi to 5 damage. But this allows Aichi to access the Limit Break of his vanguard Great Silver Wolf, Garmore and increase its power by 5000, thus surprising and defeating Kamui. Although Kamui is initially saddened by this loss and leaving Team Handsome, he is glad to be with Aichi again and have the chance to play in the VF Circuit.

Pride of the Elite
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9.72
32 votes

#11 - Pride of the Elite

Cardfight!! Vanguard - Season 2 - Episode 10

Kamui vs. Ali and Misaki vs. Lee Shenlon finish their matches. The results will be a 1-1 draw. As the scene shifts to Aichi vs. Chris, Takuto Tatsunagi calls out to both of them with his spirit on Cray. Aichi's Psyqualia is returned, but Chris also gains the power of Psyqualia and slowly begins to go mad. Takuto states this is the only time he can interfere in a match, and in order for Aichi to gain any additional knowledge about Cray and the Royal Paladins, he will have to win the tournament.

Legendary Fighter
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9.72
32 votes

#12 - Legendary Fighter

Cardfight!! Vanguard - Season 2 - Episode 18

After returning home from Seoul, Team Q4 runs some errands to help Aichi relax after the team's loss. Then, in front of Card Shop PSY, they meet a young blonde-haired and mysterious man named Leon Souryu, who is able to feel the "wind". The Ultra Rare trio returns, and they discover that their supposedly-closed shop is unlocked. The entire group enters, and they are surprised to find that the legendary cardfighter Daigo is there. It was believed that Daigo had gone missing for months, to which Daigo explains in a private conversation with Ultra Rare that he had been randomly teleporting from place to place. Suiko believes it is because of Daigo's deck, which is composed of Royal Paladins, one of the clans that were removed from the world, and therefore considered legendary by everyone except Aichi. Afterwards, Daigo offers up a challenge to anyone willing to cardfight with him. Before Aichi can accept, Leon steps up to be Daigo's opponent. And so, Team Q4 and Ultra Rare observe the fight between Daigo using Royal Paladins and Leon, whose deck is composed of another legendary clan: Aqua Force. Although Aichi is familiar with Royal Paladins, Daigo uses units that even he has never seen before, including White Dragon Knight, Pendragon. Leon rides Navalgazer Dragon and uses its seemingly-simple Limit Break to increase its attack power by 3000, which Daigo guards against. Daigo then utilizes the Limit Break of Pendragon to superior ride Soul Saver Dragon, using its skill to power up his rear-guards, but Leon defends and makes it to his next turn, which he declares as the "Final Turn". After activating the Limit Break of Navalgazer again, he attacks. Daigo tries to block with all of the cards in his hand, but Leon gets a heal trigger, giving the power boost to Navalgazer and breaking through Daigo's defenses. Although Daigo manages to survive thanks to his own heal trigger, Leon then reveals the other effect of Navalgazer's Limit Break; since it successfully attacked the

Blue Storm Dragon, Maelstrom
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9.72
32 votes

#13 - Blue Storm Dragon, Maelstrom

Cardfight!! Vanguard - Season 2 - Episode 26

Aichi uses Psyqualia to gain a winning image. Although things seem to go just as he envisioned, his attacks are foiled by Leon's perfect defense and Sharlene's tag guard. On the next turn, Sharlene again uses the Limit Break of Navalgazer Dragon and forces both Kamui and Aichi to use a lot of their cards to defend against its attack. Then, Kamui says that his turn will be the last as he rides another Perfect Raizer, bringing its power up to full potential. However, the usually-mellow Sharlene easily blocks Kamui's attacks and grows angry with his indirect "Final Turn" declaration. On Leon's turn, he follows his "wind" and calls another Blue Storm Dragon, Maelstrom as a rear-guard, now having two Maelstroms as Aichi had seen through Psyqualia. Leon attacks him with his vanguard Maelstrom powered up via its Limit Break, and Kamui tries to tag guard for Aichi. However, Leon's drive check reveals a stand trigger, giving his vanguard Maelstrom enough power to penetrate Q4's defenses and win the match for Dreadnought. Shortly afterwards, the two teams argue over the value of losing. Leon asks Aichi about what is the path he takes, and Aichi is reminded to make his own path. Leon bids farewell to him and says that they will battle each other again someday. Privately, Jillian asks Leon why he would console his opponents like that, to which he answers by saying it was the "wind" that told him to do so. He and Sharlene take an interest in Aichi's gentle "wind", which Leon sees as potentially becoming a great "windstorm" eventually. After Team Dreadnought is transported away, Shin informs Team Q4 about the next and last stage of the VF Circuit; it will be in their home country, Japan.

The Truth of the Wind
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9.72
32 votes

#14 - The Truth of the Wind

Cardfight!! Vanguard - Season 2 - Episode 34

As Team Dreadnought stops everyone from moving forward, Leon reveals that his true purpose for entering the VF Circuit was to thwart Takuto's plan of freeing Cray from the enigmatic enemy. Leon also says he was the one who let the Royal Paladin, Shadow Paladin, and Kagero clans be sealed away by the enemy. His reasons for doing so are to set the Aqua Force clan free (which was also captured by the same foe), restore the Souryu family to its former glory, and then rule the world. Leon's Psyqualia is amplified by the dark powers of the enemy and blows everyone away. Later, after being knocked unconscious, Q4 awakens and speaks with an injured Takuto, who gives more revelations. He discloses the name of the mysterious enemy: Void, an evil power of emptiness that is currently encompassing the majority of Cray and will make its way to Earth if not stopped. Takuto also states that he manipulated everyone's memories to make them forget about the past relating to the 3 sealed clans in order to introduce the new clans, Gold Paladin and Narukami, for Aichi, Kai, and Ren to later use and get stronger for this upcoming battle to free Cray. After Takuto restores everyone's rightful memories, Q4 leaves him to find and confront Leon, who is currently allowing himself to be engulfed by Void's power. Resolute on saving Blaster Blade after remembering all that the card has done for him, Aichi receives a card that contains Blaster Blade's spirit, which aids the group in their search for Leon. Then, Q4 runs into Team SIT Genius' leader Chris attacking his comrades Lee and Ali. Falling under the negative influence of Psyqualia which is magnified by Void, Chris' obsession with being "number one" makes him go mad with power and prevents Q4 from going any further. To save Chris from what he once had undergone, Aichi engages him in a cardfight.

Our Place
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9.72
32 votes

#15 - Our Place

Cardfight!! Vanguard - Season 4 - Episode 28

With Serra gone, the Quatre Knights and Kourin turn their attention towards Kai and his group. When Kourin steps up to fight, Naoki volunteers to face her. As the battle continues, Kourin reveals how she came to be by Aichi's side. She resolved to support Aichi by absorbing the seed's power whenever it would try to seep out of Aichi; Kourin's absorption resulted in her being able to use Link Joker for herself. Nonetheless, Naoki is determined to bring both Aichi and Kourin back and reform the Cardfight Club. He defeats Kourin, who is about to fall over but is saved by Aichi. After Kourin faints, Aichi and Kai stare intensely at each other...

Atonement
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8.96
48 votes

#16 - Atonement

xxxHOLiC - Season 1 - Episode 20

A desperate customer seeks Yūko's help because she is being haunted by a strange photo that she can't get rid of.

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Date? Versus Chaste!
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8.81
94 votes

#17 - Date? Versus Chaste!

Ladies Versus Butlers! - Season 1 - Episode 9

After witnessing Selenia kissing Akiharu, Tomomi's feelings for Akiharu reaches a breaking point. Tomomi invites Akiharu to take her on a date, while Selenia spies on their little affection around in town. By the end of the day, Tomomi and Akiharu talk about their childhood conflicts that Akiharu confirms he wanted to be her "bride".

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Boy Versus Lady
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8.64
141 votes

#18 - Boy Versus Lady

Ladies Versus Butlers! - Season 1 - Episode 1

A suspicious-looking boy, Akiharu Hino, transferred to Hakureiryō Academy, a boarding school once known for only high-class young ladies. However upon his arrival, he encounters Selenia Iori Flameheart who accuses him a delinquent and causes uproar throughout the campus, until Akiharu meets his wicked childhood friend Tomomi Saikyo who clears the misunderstanding by telling everyone an embarrassing future goal of Akiharu's.

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Lady Versus Lady!!
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8.40
98 votes

#19 - Lady Versus Lady!!

Ladies Versus Butlers! - Season 1 - Episode 5

Upon seeing the score result for an exam, Selenia and Tomomi remark their days since their first year meeting at Hakureiryō Academy, where they eventually become rivals to see who's the most diligent and growing lady. Meanwhile, the academy's water system goes out-of-order, and have to use a indoor natural hot spring for the time being, where the servants and uppers are getting into perversions.

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Seal
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8.18
103 votes

#20 - Seal

xxxHOLiC - Season 1 - Episode 14

Watanuki and Doumeki meet a pair of twin sisters and even go to a date with them, but Watanuki can't shake the feeling there is something strange about the older one.

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Despair Gives Courage to the Cowardly
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8.09
47 votes

#21 - Despair Gives Courage to the Cowardly

Megalobox - Season 2 - Episode 2

Joe gets his motorcycle stolen by a boy named Mio and ends up at a settlement for immigrants where he runs into Chief again.

So Be It! 2D It Is!
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8.00
14 votes

#22 - So Be It! 2D It Is!

Date A Live - Season 4 - Episode 2

Shido tries to woo Nia whose heart is firmly set on 2D. In order to get Nia to read their manga, the crew challenges her to see who can sell more copies at Comico.

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The Promised Land Answered, There is No Messiah
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7.98
42 votes

#23 - The Promised Land Answered, There is No Messiah

Megalobox - Season 2 - Episode 5

Joe heads back home to face his past.

Nightmare's Seduction
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7.83
12 votes

#24 - Nightmare's Seduction

Date A Live - Season 4 - Episode 9

Shocked by Kurumi's appearance at school, Shido and crew try to deduce her intentions. This time, Shido's date with a Spirit is a matter of life and death.

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Your life shouldn't be built from someone else's blueprint. No matter how unskilled you may be, you should draw it yourself.
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5.78
9 votes

#25 - Your life shouldn't be built from someone else's blueprint. No matter how unskilled you may be, you should draw it yourself.

Caligula - Season 1 - Episode 8

Mobius was supposed to be an ideal world, but with μ still asleep, the Musicians start growing anxious as they become unable to the lives they wanted for themselves. IkeP finds his spot as #1 in the coordination rankings stolen by Izuru, and when he loses his fans as well he attacks Izuru. Meanwhile, KagiP approaches Ritsu, the president of the Go-Home-Club, about something...