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Mayuko Looking at a Rainbow: A1 Rough and Genga
Source: TV
Layers: 1
Sketches: 2
Cel Number: A1
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Added 8/30/2006
Updated 10/11/2023
Episode: 9 (Close Encounter and After the Rain Bath). The rain stops, and on the way home from seeing Genzo to the bus stop, Mayuko sees a beautiful rainbow ahead of her. In this gentle set of sketches, she looks up at the sight, her face full of light for the first time in several episodes; then she gives a deep, peaceful sigh.

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This is one of those chock-full-of-zen cuts at which this series excels: a small event, a little pleasure, but in the gray context of Mayuko's hardscrabble world, a little piece of heaven. Featured here is animation director Hideo Shimosaka’s luminous rough for the A1 image. The nice but faint A1 genga is included in the thumbnail.

It is interesting that all of the gengas were first sketched on standard-sized studio paper, which was then enlarged to pan size with the help of liberal amounts of celotape (the better grade, I was happy to find when I got it all off).

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