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Cardcaptor Sakura 09: Touya, Yukito, and Yue

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Pinched Cheeks
Source: TV
Layers: 2
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Cel Number: A5e, B8e
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Key Cel
End Cel
Original Matching Background

Added 8/4/2002
Updated 9/27/2013
Episode: 67 (Sakura, Syaoran, and the Tsukimine Shrine): While at the festival, Touya playfully pinches Yukito on both cheeks. He shyly smiles back, and reaches up to stroke where he was pinched. Sequence Numbers: A5e (face), B8e (hand).

This memorable scene allows Yuki an unusually “tender” look, and the background makes this a star of my collection.

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Sadly, this background was trimmed before sale, rather roughly, too: the ragged edges on all four sides suggest that it was creased, then torn. (The background that came with "Tako Yuki" above suffered a similar treatment.) Then the cel was taped directly to it with cheap celotape. By the time I got it in June 2002 (only two years and three months after the episode first aired in Japan) the tape had yellowed and visibly damaged the background.

Happily, one of its owners had slit the tape carefully, freeing the cel and bagging it separately. In time I was able to remove the rest of the tape, though the damage is visible in the scan of the background alone (first thumbnail).

The trimming removed any episode/scene identification from the background, and while it looked right, Anime-Chaos cautiously sold the item as "with background" rather than as "with original matching background." And the trees behind the image above (with the cel scanned in the spot it had been taped down) don't match those visible in the screen cap.

So can I be sure that the background is the original matching item?

During one of my regular maintenance checks, I removed the cel from its bag and tried out different positions against the background. The watercolor is unusually large, even with the trimming. I'd guess that it was used several times in the Touya/Yuki scene, with the cels being put in different spots so viewers would not notice the recycling of the scenery.

In the end, however, I did find the exact spot where the cel had been photographed: down in the lower left corner of the surviving remnant of the background. Matching it up meant that about an inch of the cel's left side fell off the ragged edge of the background. However, cropping the scan more heavily than usual on all sides produced an image that precisely matched the screen cap. That's included now (July 2012) as the second thumbnail.

Original matching. Case closed.

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