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The best episode in anime
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Out of every show you've seen, which episode was the best?
You can use any criteria you like.
I'd also like at least a brief explanation of why you think that particular episode is the best.
You can go into as much detail as you like.

I'll start off with the episode in One piece where Nami accepts Luffy's help.
My explanation will be simply because the scenes are burned into my memory.


So, choose your episode.
Posted 9/30/14
That's an impossible question. I've seen so many anime episodes I've forgotten most of them, so if there ever was one favorite, I've forgotten it and need to be reminded of it to remember why I thought it was my favorite.
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AiYumega wrote:

That's an impossible question. I've seen so many anime episodes I've forgotten most of them, so if there ever was one favorite, I've forgotten it and need to be reminded of it to remember why I thought it was my favorite.


Which is precisely why I'm asking.
If you'd like you can just say an episode you thought was really incredibly good.
Eventually somebody might say that episode you've forgotten, and at a minimum you could remind others of episodes they really liked and would want to rewatch.
Posted 9/30/14

Nobodyofimportance wrote:


AiYumega wrote:

That's an impossible question. I've seen so many anime episodes I've forgotten most of them, so if there ever was one favorite, I've forgotten it and need to be reminded of it to remember why I thought it was my favorite.


Which is precisely why I'm asking.
If you'd like you can just say an episode you thought was really incredibly good.
Eventually somebody might say that episode you've forgotten, and at a minimum you could remind others of episodes they really liked and would want to rewatch.


Okay, episode 8 of Akame Ga Kill where...
...is one that I really liked.

The first episode of Black Bullet.

The last episode of Golden Time

These were ones I enjoyed a lot, not so much all time favorites.
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Episode 13 of Free! ES

It was damn perfect, heart wrenching and has all the FEELS
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Really quite fond of the last episode of Hyouka.
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One episode that stood out for me as being great was Bleach season 3 episode 54. Well, the last seven minutes or so.

Now I have my reservations on bleach as a series (pretty much after the rescue arc is over it's all downhill from there for the most part). But episode 54 is pretty much the culmination of all the buildup in the series since episode 17. The show up until that point allowed for the cast of characters to bond and give a believable reason for the events that followed to happen. The fact that it takes thirty seven episodes to reach point B from point A meant that if you were still watching at that point you were most likely invested in the story. It all comes to a head when the you see in the span of a few minutes the results of all the obstacles the MC has overcome.

This is a pretty common event in Shonen anime/manga, but if it is done well it really makes for a powerful moment. The storyline and the pacing up to that point were excellent (for the most part, "oh we can all fly now" and random filler aside). It really all came together at that point. While not the best episode in all of anime (not by a long shot, that would probably go to bebop/kenshin/[insert masterpiece anime here]) I would 100% say it was the best moment, if not episode in Bleach as a series.

To give reference to my own tastes, I'd probably put the first three seasons (only) of Bleach in the top 20 of my favorite anime.

TLDR: EP54 Bleach was great. Flaming chickens, missiles made out of diminutive Asian women, comic relief characters getting gut-punched to Japanese gospel rock music, and lots of bandages.
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For me the episode that comes to mind of best episode in anime would be ep 12 of Katanagatari. To me it symbolizes how every anime should strive for a well developed and awesome ending like this one had, especially shounen animes or animes of the same genre.

http://myanimelist.net/anime/6594/Katanagatari
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Kibbles, that episode of Bleach is def one of my all time faves. Such an epic Arc in general, let alone that particular moment.

Cowboy Bebop Episode 5 - Ballad of Fallen Angels. Classic!
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Death Note - The episode where Light admits he is Kira to that female fbi agent.

Attack on titan - episode 8
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I can answer in another way. I can name the exact scene I like most. It is from a movie though, hence I cannot offer an episode and description.

Millennium Actress - When Run by Hirasawa Suzumu plays. That sequence was better than many whole series. I actually didn't have to think about it for this thread - I often bring that up with a friend. It is just too beautiful. A non-anime loving friend that watched it with me had watery eyes during it, my response to it.


If I must be pegged down for an episode...
The Third Part of 5 Centimeters Per Second


If I must be pegged down for a REAL series episode.... I can't just say any single one was the best. I can just say one I liked a lot at this time...
From White Album 2,


Edit - I reread the title of the thread. "Best episode" --- LOL... Those were just some of my favorites, not saying best. Everyone likes different things.
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The episode of Kimi ni Todoke where Ayane and Chizuru tell Sawako that before she knew it they were already friends and then they group hug in the girls bathroom and then they all start to cry and then I start to cry and it's beautiful ;-;
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Every. Single. Episode. In. Gintama.

I could NEVER choose one.
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One of the Tachikoma episodes from Ghost In The Shell: 2nd Gig, where Batou's Tachikoma is following a little girl around looking for her lost dog. If that episode doesn't move you, you don't have a soul.
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