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Sakura Wakes up in Sakunoshin’s Cave
Source: TV
Layers: 1
Sketches: 2
Cel Number: B2
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Added 11/10/2007
Updated 1/12/2016
Episode 14: Samurai Japan, cut 133. This very interesting cut shows Sakura awakening groggily from the blow she took earlier in the episode, then gradually realizing that she is now completely naked.

Nearly each genga came with a series of widely differing alternative sketches, and it’s clear that the studio went through several stages of thought over how risqué this cut would be.

Seen above is one of the racier early drafts, the B2 key, done on light green paper. Initially, the animator (likely the episode's animation director, Kazumi Ikeda) wanted Sakura’s right breast to be more prominent, though veiled by a lock of her hair.

This was evidently over-ruled by the studio (even though the series ran late at night and contained a number of much racier images in other episodes). The shuusei (see thumbnail) kept the same posture, but hid the breast more fully by placing this part of Sakura’s body in shadow and filling out the hair strand.

As you can see in the screen cap it now takes both Sakura and the audience a long time to realize that she’s lost her clothes.

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