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Cardcaptor Sakura 09: Touya, Yukito, and Yue

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“And . . . I suppose I should say . . .”
Source: TV
Layers: 1
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Cel Number: A2
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Added 3/22/2008
Updated 9/3/2022
“. . . ‘Thank you.’ ”

A close-up shot of Yue, in one of his tenderest moments, brings “The” Scene to a fine, emotional close. Yuekito now owns the A1/B1/E3 combination that is the focus of this tender moment. This cel is its immediate sequence-buddy, the A2, and shows Yue just about to break mood and look sharply to his right, where his renewed powers tell him someone’s hiding behind the door.

And if you go to this treasure-trove item in Gecko Blue Gallery, you’ll see what happens next!

(Red Eye also has a “traffic cop Yue” from just before Gecko Blue’s, the A5.)

This touching cel didn’t get much attention when it sold on YJ, even though the seller in fact identified the episode/scene and even quoted the line above. Perhaps it being the A2 made other collectors want to wait for the A1 to appear for sale. But it’s beautifully painted with sharp, fine trace lines that don’t show a trace of fading even on the flesh tones, so I’m happy to add it to my very modest collection of Yue portraits. I expect it to become (like my first “Scene” cel) a much clicked-on spot in my gallery.

I also have to acknowledge the curator of Sakura Bunnies, who located the missing douga for this cel among some items she bought from the same source and helped reunite it with the cel. Click the second thumb to see the unusual shading drawn on the back of the sketch.


Volume 9 of CLAMP’s manga ends with Yue’s tender “Thank you,” and this cut is based closely on the volume-ending image.

Interestingly, the studio flipped the image, so that in the manga Yue is facing left but in the cel facing right. One guesses that this was a consequence of projecting the image from the manga onto tracing paper as the scene was being conceptualized.

My cel of Syaoran’s first appearance, too, is odd in that the complicated design of his compass is obviously copied directly from the manga -- only in mirror image!

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