Man o man what an episode.
Aya Komaki is simply too good of a director. So many creative shots and absolutely monstrously good storyboarding. I could not imagine what for example the 1st half of the episode could've ended like under a weaker ED, but Komaki's expertise with framing scenes in an interesting manner, amazing compositing and clever shot composition really made it enjoyable to watch. While others are playing checkers, Komaki is here playing 4D chess.
Flawless animation this week. Some fantastic sword play from Junwen Tan. After his effects centered stuff on 915 loved seeing something movement-based stuff from him on the show.
Takashi Kojima's contribution was absolutely a masterclass of a sequence. Just love the dynamic poses and the loose movement. Definitely among his best work overall.
Midori Matsuda's corrections were on point as expected in this episode. I love how malleable her approach to supervision is. She adapts her style to the key animators she's correcting and I absolutely adore this approach.
Even Toshio Deguchi provided some of his best work in terms of key animation, even though some bits from him were a tiny bit more awkward.
Also huge shout out to the staff for including the Ryuma panel of the Monsters one shot into the episode. That was such a great addition.