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Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne 2: Rivals and Demons


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Hijiri-sensei
Source: TV
Layers: 1
Sketches: 2
Cel Number: B1
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Added 2/27/2006
Updated 8/1/2019
S-S-Smokin’!

Things get still more complicated when Hijiri-sensei, Maron's mysterious and extremely hot history teacher, turns out to be . . . well . . . without spoiling too much, let’s just say he transforms into an even hotter guy who dresses in a Victorian-style full-length black cloak and who seduces fangirls all the way from Finland to Argentina.

It doesn't hurt that the role is voiced by Yamaguchi Kappei, the seiyuu who also did the role of Inuyasha (and also, for the record, Ranma Saotome in his male avatar). Shall we simply leave it that, if KKJ were ever to be licenced in North America, Dilandau and Sesshomaru had better keep a close watch on their respective congregations of female adorants?

This singleton genga came with a larger set and comes from an unidentified episode. The thumbnails show the B1 douga (the A1 layer shows reflections from the windshield glass of the extremely expensive car that Hijiri is using to stalk Maron). I've scanned both sides to show the unusually elaborate shading that was added to the back.


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After I became interested in the sketch side of animation art, every so often I'd search Yahoo Japan globally for "gengas," just to see what was available. Once in a while, I'd find something that would simply stop me cold, even if I had to do follow-up searches to identify the series. Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne was one of the first of these "OMG" moments in a random search: in July 2005 I found myself looking at a large lot of gengas from this series, about which I knew absolutely nothing: opening bid 1400 yen. The more I looked, the more I liked the look of the series, and, not knowing much about how desirable they were, I plunked down a largeish reserve bid.

When I auction-sat the ending, my eyes bulged as I watched the bidding go from the 1400 start to well over 10,000 yen within a matter of seconds. This lot, I think, went to a dealer, who broke up the sets for individual sale. I'm fairly certain I've seen individual sketches from this big lot show up in other RS galleries and in the sale inventory of Anime Asylum. As dougas from this series are, if anything, even nicer than the gengas, I'm sure that the winner eventually turned a handsome profit on his stratospheric bid.

Anyhow, I figured I'd better bookmark this series on YJ and start checking for it on a weekly basis, and, sure enough, smaller batches began showing up in January 2006. This wonderfully steamy image, showing Hijiri-sensei spying on Maron, was one of these first acquisitions, and it's been one of my favorites ever since. Yes, the actual series is, as I commented to one collector, "St. Tail on acid," quirky rather than cute, and with a dark emotional undertone that makes it well worth knowing.

It's just one of many interesting animes that I've come to learn about through the quality of the art for sale, rather than the usual route of liking the series and then hunting up the art.

Besides, I always suspected that history teachers had more fun.


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