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Vulnerable Hikaru
Source: TV
Layers: 2
Sketches: 1
Cel Number: A1 B1
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Added 5/11/2007
Updated 3/12/2017
This powerful image of Hikaru in an emotionally vulnerable moment comes from cut 142 of an unidentified episode. Painted nearly corner-to-corner, it shows her in quite a different mode from my "Fire Arrow" cels, with brimming eyes and a bitten lip as she tries to control her feelings. Sequence numbers: A1 (face and hair), B1 (eyes and mouth).

This lovely cel went for a relatively low price because the YJ seller honestly described it as stuck to sketch and damaged. It actually wasn't tightly stuck, I found, and the damage isn't instantly visible. Clearly, though, the B1 layer was at one point stuck out of registration, a little to the left and slanted down that way. You can see how a previous owner managed to separate the layers and put the top one right, but at a cost. Under both eyebrows are lines of dots where paint stuck to the top of the A1 layer; and in Hikaru's left eye you can see a spot where a patch of red paint broke away completely and remains below the eye, a little to the left.

Still, even with these flaws, it remains a compelling crowd-stopper of a cel, a strong addition to my modest collection of Hikaru cels.

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