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Briar Rose Awakens from Her Sleep
Source: TV
Layers: 2
No sketches available
Cel Number: A6, C6
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Added 3/4/2007
Updated 7/9/2022
At the climax of this fairy tale, the Handsome Prince arrives and finds Briar Rose sleeping on a bed entwined with blooming red roses. "The prince was so amazed at her beauty that he bent over and kissed her," say the Brothers Grimm. But kissing in public is (as we know from the parallel scene in CCS) considered somewhat indelicate by Japanese.

So in this adaptation, the Prince muses out loud, "How shall I awaken her? Perhaps with a gentle kiss --" He leans over her and -- in one of this this version's clever moments -- does not succeed in touching her lips (rather like someone else cel collectors know and love). But he makes such a fuss as a result that Briar Rose opens her eyes in wonder, a blush infusing her cheeks. Sequence numbers: A6 (Briar Rose), C6 (airbrushed blush).

... and all shall be well and
All manner of thing shall be well
When the tongues of flames are in-folded
Into the crowned knot of fire
And the fire and the rose are one.
-- T. S. Eliot

This musty-smelling cel obviously came from a dealer's neglected file in a damp cellar -- but it captures the magical way that this moment was realized by this series. The trace lines are remarkably strong given its age, or maybe Nippon Studio made trace lines of tougher stuff in the 80s. Anyhow, this magical lady certainly won't be neglected any more!

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