The BEST episodes directed by Yutaka Hirata

A Woman Rained Upon
27 votes

#1 - A Woman Rained Upon

El Cazador de la Bruja - Season 1 - Episode 3

Ellis and Nadie take refuge from the rain in an abandoned house near the river, accompanied by the skeletal corpse of the previous owner. Shortly after, L.A. makes his entrance and informs Ellis that he has been watching her.

A Woman Who Defies
27 votes

#2 - A Woman Who Defies

El Cazador de la Bruja - Season 1 - Episode 15

The heroines meet Ricardo and Lirio in an abandoned hot spring hotel. There they learn that Ricardo is now out of a job, as Rosenberg is forced into early retirement in order to eliminate any link between Project Leviathan and the Central Intelligence Agency. Following these events, the organization that Blue-Eyes works for decides that instead of having Ellis assassinated, they would bring her in. Nadie, however, has other ideas.

A Man Who Lives With An Angel
28 votes

#3 - A Man Who Lives With An Angel

El Cazador de la Bruja - Season 1 - Episode 10

The heroines intervene when a man who runs a local franchise taco restaurant is about to get assaulted. The man offers them to stay for the night and eventually recalls the interesting circumstances as to how he met his wife.

Atonement for Loved Ones is...
37 votes

#4 - Atonement for Loved Ones is...

07-Ghost - Season 1 - Episode 11

Teito, now staying in the church, wonders what he can do to atone for Mikage's death.

Sentiments That Bind ~Fate~
35 votes

#5 - Sentiments That Bind ~Fate~

Psychic Detective Yakumo - Season 1 - Episode 8

Yakumo and Detective Gotou are still missing. Makoto and Yuutarou contacted Haruka and discussed with Yakumo's uncle, Isshin on finding Yakumo. Haruku figured out that the ghost video was not shot at the Nanase mansion and both Makoto and Yuutarou also verified that Hoshin Yukiko was a fake. Isshin revealed that the ghost in the video is Yakumo's mother, Azusa. He related the story of how Azusa was kidnapped and held captive when she was young. She eventually escaped two weeks later and was assisted by Haruka's mother, Keiko. They continued to keep in touch and Isshin had an unopened letter from Keiko to Azusa. The letter revealed that Azusa's fiancée is Shunsuke Takeda, who is a suspect in the Nanase Family Massacre. Meanwhile, Miyuki (the woman with Yakumo's father) was seen outside Haruka's apartment and is planning to capture her to torture Yakumo further. Shunsuke Takeda also appeared to protect Haruka and had lured to the police and managed to scare Miyuki away.

Beyond Despair ~Animosity~
35 votes

#6 - Beyond Despair ~Animosity~

Psychic Detective Yakumo - Season 1 - Episode 12

Haruka and Yakumo saw the ghost of the little girl over Isshin and followed it to the room of Mamiya Yoshiko, the little girl in the wheelchair that Isshin met in the hospital. Yakumo found out that Yoshiko is the daughter of the Prof Sakakibara, the attending doctor on the night that Isshin was attacked. He found further proof that Prof Sakakibara was the actual attacker of his uncle (from the damaged mirror that he side swiped when he was rushing back to the temple). His motivation for attacking Isshin was so that his organ could be harvested (Isshin is a registered organ donor) and used to save his daughter. Yakumo managed to corner Sakaibara on the hospital heli-pad. Gotou, Ishii, Haruka, Nao and Makoto arrives shortly after.

That Which Connects Spirits ~Rebirth~
35 votes

#7 - That Which Connects Spirits ~Rebirth~

Psychic Detective Yakumo - Season 1 - Episode 5

Ayaka is the daughter of Dr Kinoshita who died during a typhoon and drown in the river. The doctor was also close to Dr Andou Takashi (the ghost possessing Hijikata Makoto). Gotou and Yakumo revealed that they connect Dr Kinoshita to Andou from a photo in Andou's belongings. There was also 2 keys in his belongings. One led to a locker with a bag full of money. Gotou and Yakumo managed to track the 2nd key to a storeroom near a dam. They found a missing girl Hashimoto Rimu along with belongings of 2 murdered young girls. The police believed that Dr Andou was the murderer of the 2 girls.

Act 1
1 votes

#8 - Act 1

High School Star Musical - Season 2 - Episode 1

Hoshitani Yuta and the other members of Team Otori have successfully overcome the trials of their first year and made it into Ayanagi Academy's musical department. A new school year begins and there is much excitement in the air as the department prepares for its annual graduation celebration performance for its upcoming graduating third years, which includes Otori, Hiragi, and the other members of the Kao Council as the stars. The musical, "Shadow & Lights" even offers the second years a chance to shine but before Hoshitani and the others can stand on stage with their former coach they will need to overcome the other teams as well. Now, the curtain has risen on a new stage!

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Therefore, You Pass Through The Door Of The Defeated
94 votes

#9 - Therefore, You Pass Through The Door Of The Defeated

07-Ghost - Season 1 - Episode 21

The military found out about the Eye of Mikhail and its master, Teito, and decide to search for him.

Act 11
3 votes

#10 - Act 11

High School Star Musical - Season 1 - Episode 11

Team Otori started to move forward with five people. One day, Hiiragi tells us about extracurricular activities in the field of professional musicals. What appeared at the site where Hoshitani and his colleagues went as help staff--, It was a prince of the musical world that is thrilling now! On the other hand-Hoshiya still has a stumbling block in his heart. "Why did Otori-senpai leave us ..." It turns out that the reason was to protect ourselves--!

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Maiden of Bitter Tears
83 votes

#11 - Maiden of Bitter Tears

Dusk Maiden of Amnesia - Season 1 - Episode 11

Yuuko can no longer see or hear Teiichi; he has become a ghost to her. When he reaches out for her, it only causes pain.

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Maiden of Dusk
87 votes

#12 - Maiden of Dusk

Dusk Maiden of Amnesia - Season 1 - Episode 3

Teiichi is not the only one who can see ghosts; he receives a letter to meet with the sender. They tell Teiichi he is being haunted and will be dragged down. Do they not see the same Yuuko, he sees?

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Truth Lies in the Dark Abyss Where the Light Cannot Reach
65 votes

#13 - Truth Lies in the Dark Abyss Where the Light Cannot Reach

07-Ghost - Season 1 - Episode 16

Labrador tells Castor and Teito that Fraus be given the death sentence.

The Path of Justice Leads to Light
96 votes

#14 - The Path of Justice Leads to Light

07-Ghost - Season 1 - Episode 6

The Church has its annual bazaar, and Teito, Mikage, and the sisters visit the bishops' shops.

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Yes, I Summon Death
133 votes

#15 - Yes, I Summon Death

Is This A Zombie? - Season 1 - Episode 6

Eu, the most powerful necromancer in existence, slips into a pretty pink dress and picks up the most darling little chainsaw as she prepares to go all magical girl on a pesky demon with a plethora of lives!

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Everybody, Get Together! It's a Murder Hotel!
55 votes

#16 - Everybody, Get Together! It's a Murder Hotel!

Golden Kamuy - Season 1 - Episode 11

The gang stays in a strange hotel, run by a former prisoner. This hotel has a dark secret, but even its wicked owner quickly finds herself overwhelmed when both Sugimoto's group and Ushiyama book rooms, and both Shiraishi and Ushiyama want to sleep with her!

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That's Right, Let's Go to Kyoto
80 votes

#17 - That's Right, Let's Go to Kyoto

High School D×D - Season 4 - Episode 1

Issei prepares for his school trip to Kyoto, but before he leaves, he must go with Rias and the others to the Gremory household so Rias can report the completion of her family. There, they meet Sairaorg, who requests a little hand-to-hand with Issei.

I Ate Okonomiyaki
19 votes

#18 - I Ate Okonomiyaki

Non Non Biyori - Season 2 - Episode 5

One morning, Natsumi uses a toy fortune dispenser to read Komari's fortune, and tells it her, "bad luck: beware of water." Komari says she won't be near any water that day anyway, but when they get to school, they're told that they'll be cleaning the school pool... The next day, the Koshigaya sisters are bored at home on a day off from school, so Natsumi reads Komari's fortune again and draws yet another "bad luck"...

Showdown! Gremory Family vs. Hero Faction in Kyoto
60 votes

#19 - Showdown! Gremory Family vs. Hero Faction in Kyoto

High School D×D - Season 4 - Episode 4

The Hero Faction has arrived and Cao Cao wants to cross blades with Azazel and the Red Dragon Emperor. In such a dire situation, Issei must respond quickly so all his friends make it out of this alive. Will he ever find his "potential" and release it?

To Karafuto
40 votes

#20 - To Karafuto

Golden Kamuy - Season 3 - Episode 1

Sugimoto was separated from Asirpa after the incident at the prison. Now, he's tracked her down to Karafuto, a place even further north and colder than Hokkaido.

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The Border
37 votes

#21 - The Border

Golden Kamuy - Season 3 - Episode 5

As they cross the borders into Russia, Kiroranke's group finds that there's more waiting for them than they expected.

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Act 7
4 votes

#22 - Act 7

High School Star Musical - Season 1 - Episode 7

Hoshitani and his colleagues have successfully completed the first semester as candidates for the musical department. However, the next test stage is coming up in the second semester. --so, At the suggestion of Otori, team Otori decided to hold an overnight training camp during the summer vacation. What was waiting for them in the villa area in the mountains that I visited-abandoned house? !! Bear? !! Or surprising people? !!

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I Got Motivated During the Consecutive Holidays
17 votes

#23 - I Got Motivated During the Consecutive Holidays

Non Non Biyori - Season 2 - Episode 3

It's the day before Golden Week, and the students of Asahigaoka Branch School listen to the voice of their unmotivated teacher, Kazuho, as they take tests. Natsumi struggles the most with the tests, so the others help her study during the break. Then, during Golden Week, the students agree to do their holiday homework together, so Renge decides to do something about their lazy teacher before the others arrive...

My First Happiness Training
7 votes

#24 - My First Happiness Training

Anne-Happy - Season 1 - Episode 3

Today's lesson for class 1-7 of Tennomifune Academy is a dice game?! Hanako, Hbari, and Botan form a team and set out for the finish line, but at this rate they'll finish last. Meanwhile, their competitive classmate Hagyu Hibiki is determined to win as she drags along her childhood friend Ekoda Ren with her.

Visiting Hanako
5 votes

#25 - Visiting Hanako

Anne-Happy - Season 1 - Episode 7

Hanako gets a fever and leaves class early. Hibari and Botan go to visit her at home with gifts and the day's homework. When Hanako misses school the next day, the four girls of class 7 begin creating something that makes wishes come true...

Act 3
5 votes

#26 - Act 3

High School Star Musical - Season 1 - Episode 3

After the first lesson, Hoshitani realized the difference in ability with his teammates, and every day he worked hard with the support of Nayuki. However, he couldn't keep up with the pace of training ... At last, the angry voice of Tengeji, the nobleman of the pear garden, flies to such Hoshitani! "Leave the team to survive" So pressed, Hoshiya-? And what is the mysterious secret of the angry Tengeji Temple? !!

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Act 2
0 votes

#27 - Act 2

High School Star Musical - Season 2 - Episode 2

The competition for the five second year training roles in the much-anticipated school musical "Shadow & Lights" is set to begin. This time, however, the boys are being mentored by former alumni who know the musical better than anyone. These experienced graduates are known as the Ancients and include former members of the Kao Council from Tsukigami Kaito's older brother's generation. Hoshitani and the others are ready to take on the challenge but one student, Ageha Riku of Team Yuzuriha, will stop at nothing to follow in the footsteps of his idol, Tsukigami Haruto. A new set of trials begin as each boy longs to stand in the spotlight alongside their admired mentors.

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Act 4
0 votes

#28 - Act 4

High School Star Musical - Season 2 - Episode 4

After being told by Ageha that they are not the same Hoshitani suddenly feels down wondering why they would be so different. The members of Team Hiragi point out that it's most likely because Hoshitani lacks a few things that many of the rest of them possess. Meanwhile, Tengenji invites his teammates and classmates to a performance of one of his family's Gothic Kabuki shows and come to realize he is not all talk when it comes to his professional status. The show reignites the fire in the young men to take on the training role auditions with renewed vigor.

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Act 6
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#29 - Act 6

High School Star Musical - Season 2 - Episode 6

Haruto suddenly arrives at practice, much to the surprise of everyone, and announces that he will be in Japan only for a short while. In order to make the most of his brief time with the students, Haruto announces that they will be going on a training retreat. However, upon their arrival at their camp location Teams Otori and Hiragi are less than thrilled to be back at the Hiragi Family Villa from last year. A specially planned orienteering activity begins the camp and with the promise of a special prize for those who do the best, the boys set off on their way. Of course, things don't quite go as planned when Hoshitani's team one suddenly winds up missing.

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Act 10
0 votes

#30 - Act 10

High School Star Musical - Season 2 - Episode 10

Suddenly being thrust into a main role has left Hoshitani reeling. While he is happy to finally be given the chance to perform on stage with his admired senpai, Otori, Hoshitani finds himself in an unusual slump when it comes to practicing the critical duet between Lambert and Alexis. No matter how many times they practice Hoshitani simply chokes in the middle of the song. His friends all assume it's just nerves but when Hoshitani mysteriously goes missing one day mild concern turns into panic as they each split up to find him. Will Hoshitani be able to shake off this slump and take on his new role as Lambert?

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Act 12
0 votes

#31 - Act 12

High School Star Musical - Season 2 - Episode 12

Hoshitani has fallen into the trap room and injured his shoulder; yet, even in pain, he still wishes to continue on with the show despite the next scene involving a trying dance. Uozumi attempts to talk Hoshitani out of it ordering that Inumine go on in his place, however, once Inumine goes on stage, Hoshitani cannot take back the role. As Inumine readies himself to finish the play in Hoshitani's place, Ageha comes forward with a plan that would allow Hoshitani to go back out on stage, despite his injury. The fate of Hoshitani's dream and the finale of the show hangs in the balance...

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