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Karin with the Spiky Bats
Source: TV
Layers: 1
Sketches: 1
Cel Number: A3 END
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Key Cel
End Cel
Original Matching Background

Added 10/5/2007
Updated 7/5/2017
This is the A3 END cel with the original matching background that goes with the previous rough. The rather bilious yellow and green background really makes Karin’s fiery red hair also “pop."

I don't know exactly what Karin is reading, but thanks to my friend Red Conri (aka Redwolf), I can now identify the spiky bats. They are actually kanabō, huge oak staffs with the handles reinforced with metal and covered all over with studs. They were used in historical times by Japanese warriors, particularly to dismount and cripple cavalry soldiers.

Kanabō were so heavy and difficult to wield effectively, however, that Wikipedia says they were used more often in storytelling situations than in battle, especially when the legend or folktale concerned oni, the ogre-like demons common in Japanese folklore.

So Karin is probably reading a traditional Japanese fairy tale where the hero or heroine is being confronted with a belligerent oni holding a wicked-looking kanabō.

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