The BEST episodes written by Masahiko Otsuka

That Vase Is 5 Million...
88 votes

#1 - That Vase Is 5 Million...

He Is My Master - Season 1 - Episode 2

Yoshitaka convinces the girls to come back inside, then hands them the bill for all the things Pochi and Izumi broke the previous day. Between needing to pay off their debt and needing a place to stay, the girls end up employed by Yoshitaka.

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Let's Go, Buddy
203 votes

#2 - Let's Go, Buddy

Gurren Lagann - Season 1 - Episode 26

With the sacrifice of one of their important comrades, the Super Galactic Great Gurren is finally able to transform into the "Super Galactic Great Gurren Lagann". Now they stand a fighting chance against the Anti-Spirals. However the enemy then creates an "Alternate Space Labyrinth", to use their own memories and desires against them but an old friend appears to help.

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Changing at the Edge of the World
114 votes

#3 - Changing at the Edge of the World

Little Witch Academia - Season 1 - Episode 25

The girls learn that the remnants of the Noir Rod have taken control of a nuclear missile that threatens to destroy the country Great Britain is currently in conflict with due to Croix's machinations. Unable to stop it by conventional means, Akko and her friends bundle their brooms' power with the Shiny Rod's magic and chase after it! Can Akko and Diana stop the missile in time?

I Will Head Towards Tomorrow
227 votes

#4 - I Will Head Towards Tomorrow

Gurren Lagann - Season 1 - Episode 15

The last of the Divine Generals have fallen and all that stands before the Great Gurren Brigade and victory, is the Imperial City Teppelin. However right before their eyes Teppelin collapses and reveals its true form, as a Gunman of gigantic proportions. Nia request to go along with Simon, in the Gurren-Lagann, to confront her father Lord Genome. First they must penetrate the impregnable defense.

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A Road to Arcturus
106 votes

#5 - A Road to Arcturus

Little Witch Academia - Season 1 - Episode 24

Croix uses the emotions of the rioting mobs to activate her creation, the Noir Rod, managing to disable all magic across the country. Croix uses the Noir Rod to unseal the Grand Triskelion, but is shocked when it is not what she thinks it was. Akko and her friends arrive to help save Ursula from Croix. During the battle, she awakens the Shiny Rod's seventh and final word, allowing Akko to utilize the Triskelion's true power and transform Arcturus into a lush and vibrant forest. But while Akko and her friends celebrate, some of the leftover technomagic from the Noir Rod attaches itself to a missile.

107 votes

#6 - Yesterday

Little Witch Academia - Season 1 - Episode 23

Following the painful news about Chariot and her magical ability, Akko disappears. Diana confronts Ursula about being Chariot and her history. After learning the truth that Akko did, Diana and others begin searching for her. After finding a desolate Akko, Diana admits that she and Akko are kindred spirits and Akko has the talent to actually live up to Chariot's ideals; and with that revelation and the support of her friends, Akko's spirits are rekindled. In the meantime, Chariot decides to confront and stop Croix, who is about to initiate the final stage of her sinister plan.

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We Will Survive by Any Means Necessary
221 votes

#7 - We Will Survive by Any Means Necessary

Gurren Lagann - Season 1 - Episode 19

With news that the moon will fall in 3 weeks known across the city, riots have broken out. So to soothe the public opinion, Rossiu puts Simon him under arrest. Meanwhile Leeron is trying figure out a way to defeat the Mugan without causing so much destruction. Later on Simon is taken to trial but during this the Anti-Spirals launch a large scale attack on Rittona.

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Tell Me the Secrets of This World
218 votes

#8 - Tell Me the Secrets of This World

Gurren Lagann - Season 1 - Episode 18

Following the shocking declaration by Nia, everyone is in disarray, especially Simon who can't seem to find her. Rossiu has finally completed his secret project, to awaken Lord Genome in the form of data and learn some of the mysteries of the world.

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Fighting Puppet
219 votes

#9 - Fighting Puppet

DARLING in the FRANXX - Season 1 - Episode 3

After their failure in the startup trial, things are awkward between Ichigo and Hiro, who decides to ask to ride with Zero Two again.

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149 votes

#10 - Inhumanity

DARLING in the FRANXX - Season 1 - Episode 19

Dr. Franxx confronts the APE brass about what they did to Kokoro and Mitsuru, and their attitude makes him reflect on his past, the choices he and humanity made, and the path they took.

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Who Do You Think You Are, Having Two Faces!!
371 votes

#11 - Who Do You Think You Are, Having Two Faces!!

Gurren Lagann - Season 1 - Episode 3

Simon, Kamina, and Yoko encounter a beastman by the name of Viral while they are hunting. They get into a fight and learn that his Gunman has 2 faces, the normal Gunman head and another head on top. He dispatches them at the field, but Viral says he will destroy them at the village tomorrow. Kamina and Simon have to find a way to beat a person who is a far superior pilot...

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The City of Eternity
163 votes

#12 - The City of Eternity

DARLING in the FRANXX - Season 1 - Episode 10

APE decide to give Squad 13 a reward in order to accelerate their development. The ceremony is held in a place Zorome has always dreamed of living in, and there he meets someone he has always wanted to meet.

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What, Exactly, Is a Human?
306 votes

#13 - What, Exactly, Is a Human?

Gurren Lagann - Season 1 - Episode 9

The death of Thymilph has brought about the concern of the Spiral King (Lord Genome), meanwhile the Great Gurren Brigade managed to take control of the enemy fortress, but are still mourning other the death of one of their own. Simon is greatly affected by it and falls into a deep depression. After falling off a cliff and into a deep valley, he later notices a Gunman throw a capsule into the murky valley. He manages to open it only to discover a young human girl named Nia.

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Amanda O'Neill and the Holy Grail
107 votes

#14 - Amanda O'Neill and the Holy Grail

Little Witch Academia - Season 1 - Episode 17

Learning from Ursula that history and tradition are the clues needed to unlock the Shiny Rod's fifth word, Akko and Amanda sneak into Andrew's school, Appleton Academy, where a relic known as the Holy Grail is being kept.

The Elder
639 votes

#15 - The Elder

Star Wars: Visions - Season 1 - Episode 7

A Jedi and his Padawan pursue a dark and powerful presence.

Everybody Loves Chocolate
49 votes

#16 - Everybody Loves Chocolate

Fruits Basket - Season 1 - Episode 11

It's Valentine's Day, and Tohru has given all the Sohma's chocolates. But it seems that after finals, she's also working harder than ever earning money. Could something be the matter?

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The Subjectivity of Happiness
44 votes

#17 - The Subjectivity of Happiness

His and Her Circumstances - Season 1 - Episode 13

Tsubasa decides to go home, but her loathing for her father getting remarried is renewed upon meeting her future stepbrother... a punk-rocker named Kazuma. How could she ever possibly relate to someone so completely different?

Pact of the Dragon
136 votes

#18 - Pact of the Dragon

Little Witch Academia - Season 1 - Episode 5

An argument between Akko and Amanda in the midst of potions class triggers the explosion of one of the class' concoctions, causing them both to get detention. While cleaning the academy's tower as part of their punishment, the two girls witness a horde of dragons carrying off the Sorcerer's Stone. Strangely, the academy staff does not react to this theft, instead accidentally revealing that this is part of an anticipated prophecy involving a dragon. Lotte recalls the legend of a white dragon who resides in the nearby Ruins of Rastaban, which inspires Akko and Amanda to retrieve it themselves. Accompanied by their friends, they proceed to the ruins, where they discover that the culprit is a loan shark dragon named Fafnir, who has repossessed the Sorcerer's Stone from Luna Nova for their failure to pay off their debt. Luckily, Diana is able to decipher that Fafnir's promissory note (written in dragon language) does not actually mention paying back interest, meaning Fafnir had tricked the school into paying back more than they actually owed. Caught in his deception, Fafnir is forced into nullifying the contract and returning the Sorcerer's Stone to Luna Nova.

Their Secret
49 votes

#19 - Their Secret

His and Her Circumstances - Season 1 - Episode 2

Yukino's inadvertently made a fool of herself in front of Arima and now he's blackmailing her! Getting her to do his work, act as his slave... she's just about at her wit's end!

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