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The Best Episodes of Orange

Every episode of Orange ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of Orange!

One day, Naho Takamiya receives a letter written to herself from ten years in the future. As Naho reads on, the letter recites the exact events of the day, including the transfer of a new student into her class named Kakeru Naruse. The Naho from ten years later repeatedly states that she has many regrets, and she wants to fix these by making sure the Naho from the past can make the right decisions—especially regarding Kakeru. What's more shocking is that she discovers that ten years later, Kakeru will no longer be with them. Future Naho asks her to watch over him closely.

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Top Episode Highlight

The best episode of "Orange" is "LETTER 13", rated 8.7/10 from 107 user votes. It was directed by Keiko Oyamada, Yuichiro Yano and written by Yuko Kakihara. "LETTER 13" aired on 9/26/2016 and is rated 0.3 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "LETTER 07".

  • LETTER 13
    8.7/10 107 votes

    #1 - LETTER 13

    Season 1 Episode 13 - Aired 2016-09-26

    Naho can't give her Valentine's Day chocolate to Kakeru. Ever since what happened on New Year's Eve, Kakeru keeps putting distance between Naho and himself. But, through all the hardships, Naho refuses to give up and fully intends to tell Kakeru how she feels. And so, the time comes for everyone to face the fateful day outlined in the letters from the past, "Kakeru's Final Day."

    Director: Keiko Oyamada, Yuichiro Yano

    Writer: Yuko Kakihara

  • LETTER 07
    8.4/10 94 votes

    #2 - LETTER 07

    Season 1 Episode 7 - Aired 2016-08-15

    The letter from the future details the regret felt by everyone for being unable to celebrate Kakeru's birthday. As such, high school Naho and the gang pester Kakeru about what he wants until the big day. On the other hand, 26 year-old Naho and the gang gather at the late Kakeru's grandmother's house to celebrate his birthday, like they had promised in the past.

    Director: Toshihiro Kikuchi

    Writer: Ayumu Hisao

  • LETTER 12
    8.1/10 82 votes

    #3 - LETTER 12

    Season 1 Episode 12 - Aired 2016-09-19

    Kakeru moves to Matsumoto with his mother mother after she decides to move there for her own reasons. When she passes away on the first day of school after Kakeru transfers, Kakeru blames himself and thus refuses Suwa's invitation to join the Soccer club. Kakeru sees some old classmates from Tokyo, but none of them understand what Kakeru is going through. In the end, Kakeru becomes so distressed that he feels that he has no way out.

    Director: Takahiro Tamano, Nobuo Tomizawa

    Writer: Ayumu Hisao

  • LETTER 03
    8.0/10 86 votes

    #4 - LETTER 03

    Season 1 Episode 3 - Aired 2016-07-18

    In the letter, it says Kakeru won’t join the soccer club, but in reality, he does. This difference between the letter and reality fills Naho with hope, as she believes it may mean that the future is starting to change for the better. But just as she begins to think that, she has to deal with the letter detailing how Kakeru and Ueda-senpai begin to date...

    Director: Taku Yamada

    Writer: Mariko Kunisawa

  • LETTER 06
    8.0/10 82 votes

    #5 - LETTER 06

    Season 1 Episode 6 - Aired 2016-08-08

    It's the last day of the school festival. Naho and Kakeru have promised to watch the fireworks together. However, just before they start, Ueda-sama gets in Naho's way. Will Naho get to experience watching the fireworks with Kakeru like her future self did?

    Director: Taku Yamada

    Writer: Mariko Kunisawa

  • LETTER 02
    7.9/10 88 votes

    #6 - LETTER 02

    Season 1 Episode 2 - Aired 2016-07-11

    Kakeru enters the soccer club as a provisional member, just as the letter says. When the topic of lunches comes up after practice, Kakeru jokingly asks Naho to make lunch for him as well. Naho finds herself bewildered by his words, but feels pushed to act by the letter from herself 10 years in the future, which tells Naho that she wishes she had made lunch for Kakeru.

    Director: Takayuki Kuriyama

    Writer: Yuko Kakihara

  • LETTER 05
    7.9/10 81 votes

    #7 - LETTER 05

    Season 1 Episode 5 - Aired 2016-08-01

    Kakeru gives Naho a hairpin. And on the weekend, Kakeru invites Naho to study with him for the upcoming exams. As the pair begin to grow closer together, Naho gets up the courage to invite Kakeru to see the fireworks together with her at the end of the school festival.

    Director: Nobukage Kimura

    Writer: Yuko Kakihara

  • LETTER 10
    7.8/10 82 votes

    #8 - LETTER 10

    Season 1 Episode 10 - Aired 2016-09-05

    It's the athletic festival. Kakeru hurt his ankle during the pole-toppling game, and hid that fact from everyone else. Kakeru tries to keep his suffering to himself, when Suwa and the gang call out to him. Met with everybody's kindness, Kakeru begins to tell them what he's been keeping pent up inside. And then, the class relay begins.

    Director: Takanori Yano

    Writer: Ayumu Hisao

  • LETTER 11
    7.8/10 79 votes

    #9 - LETTER 11

    Season 1 Episode 11 - Aired 2016-09-12

    Naho got into a fight with Kakeru on New Year's Eve, and never managed to apologize to him before he passed away. At least, that's what the letter from the future says. However, Naho now believes that she's capable of dealing with whatever may come up, and faces New Year's Eve head-on.

    Director: Hideki Tonokatsu

    Writer: Mariko Kunisawa

  • LETTER 08
    7.7/10 79 votes

    #10 - LETTER 08

    Season 1 Episode 8 - Aired 2016-08-22

    Up until now, Naho had been doing everything the letter from the future had told her to do, but is the letter always right? The letter from the future asks Naho to make sure Kakeru doesn't run the relay race at the athletic festival, but what does Naho decide to do?

    Director: Ryuta Kawahara, Takahiko Kyougoku

    Writer: Yuko Kakihara

  • LETTER 04
    7.6/10 80 votes

    #11 - LETTER 04

    Season 1 Episode 4 - Aired 2016-07-25

    Naho is so concerned about Kakeru’s date with Ueda-senpai over the holidays, she can’t help but seem preoccupied and unable to focus on her friends’ conversations. Ever since Kakeru started dating Ueda-senpai, Naho has found it difficult to have a proper conversation with him. Naho regrets not directly telling Kakeru how she really felt the day Ueda-senpai asked him out, but what will she do now?

    Director: Takanori Yano

    Writer: Ayumu Hisao

  • LETTER 01
    7.4/10 102 votes

    #12 - LETTER 01

    Season 1 Episode 1 - Aired 2016-07-04

    It’s the spring of Naho’s second year in high school, and Naho receives a letter from herself, 10 years in the future. The letter accurately depicts what’s about to happen, including details on a transfer student from Tokyo, Kakeru Naruse, who ends up sitting beside her in class. On top of that, the letter also begs Naho not to invite Kakeru out with her group of friends on that day alone, but why?

    Director: Kazuhiro Ozawa

    Writer: Yuko Kakihara

  • LETTER 09
    7.4/10 77 votes

    #13 - LETTER 09

    Season 1 Episode 9 - Aired 2016-08-29

    Naho feels relieved now that she has the support of all her friends. On top of that, Kakeru and Naho begin to get even closer. Finally, the day of the athletic festival comes. What do Naho and the gang do to insure Kakeru can enjoy the festival from the bottom of his heart?

    Director: Hideki Tonokatsu

    Writer: Mariko Kunisawa