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Cardcaptor Sakura 03: Sakura In Action

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Sword A34 alternate
Source: TV
Layers: 1
Sketches: 1
Cel Number: A3
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Added 8/5/2002
Updated 4/15/2017
Episode: 11 (Sakura, Tomoyo, and the Mansion): Now here’s a puzzle: this is the same image as Sword A34, but painted in normal colors without the dramatic front lighting of the previous cel.

Visual inspection of the broadcast show shows that the other cel was the one used -- and this cel’s sequence number is A3 rather than A34. So where did this cel come from? Intriguingly, the outlines of the two are obviously the same but not identical, as they would be if this one was a fan cel painted from a copy of the other’s douga or from a screen capture. Look carefully at the lines on Sakura's blouse just above her left thumb: they're quite different in the two cels.

And there are many other little differences. Each cel came with its own douga, which likewise are not identical, and the douga for this one is shaded on the back rather than on the front. The second thumbnail shows the back of this douga (with the contrast cranked up to show detail--the shading isn't really this dark).

Both seem to be genuine studio products, so I’m guessing that this is a test cel, and that, after looking at it, the animation director decided to go with starker, more dramatic colors.

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