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  • Code Geass: While a lot of people might bring up the season 1 finale, or the series finale with R2, I would like to bring attention to episode 21 of R2, "The Ragnarok Connection," which I think is arguably the pinnacle of the series. This episode is literally climax after climax, with Lelouch finding out that his mother's consciousness still exists, finding out that the killing of his mother was all a ploy, the defeat of Charles, gaining the second Geass eye, and finally, the Moment of Awesome at the end.
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  • Cowboy Bebop's Ballad of Fallen Angels. There are many outstanding episodes in the show but this one takes the whole cake. It builds up the tension so well; the dialogue, the atmosphere, and of course, the climax. It's CB at it's finest and I always get goosebumps whenever I rewatch it.
  • Episode 14 of the first season of Darker Than Black. One of the most beautifully emotional episodes I've seen in any anime. Especially the end, where the supposedly emotionless Yin smiles at Hei.
  • Fate/stay night. Archer v. Berserker. Badass Creed, Gratuitous English and the best fight in the series.
  • Haruhi Suzumiya: The most awesome episode is episode 12, Live Alive. It feels like the entire season is a build-up to this episode, and they finish it with Concert Climax and showing Haruhi's Character Development very nicely when she is helping the band, and her reaction after getting praised is priceless. Bonus points for her singing God Knows with freakin' Yuki Nagato on the guitar.
  • For me, the anime of Higurashi: When They Cry has a couple of episodes that stand out in particular.
    • Episode 11 is perhaps the turning-point at which this becomes a great series. Keiichi, the likable protagonist, is contemplating murder, and we can't help but sympathise. His dilemma is very well portrayed, and the atmosphere throughout the episode is beautifully created.
    • Episode 26 (the finale) is simply a masterpiece: expertly crafted tension building up to the climactic Rooftop Confrontation, awesome music, and the "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight showing just how strong both Keiichi and Rena are. (I've been a die-hard shipper ever since.)
  • Serial Experiments Lain has many awesome episodes, but the one that stands out to me is episode 2, the one that hooked me on this show and convinced me it was very worth watching. "No matter where you go, everyone is connected".

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