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Saki Punches Sasahara (Second version)
Source: TV
Layers: 1
Sketches: 3
Cel Number: A3
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Added 12/30/2008
Updated 9/24/2017
This image is one of a series of really impressive rough sketches on light green paper that rework the unsatisfactory first version of this cut. Notice that the animator has started with a very faint series of gray pencil strokes that outline the characters’ heads and bodies, then, with a minimum of darker graphite strokes, has much more incisively brought the scene to life. Note how Saki’s eyes are much higher than half-way on the oval of her head, suggesting that she’s looking down her nose at the oblivious Sasahara, her right arm ominously cocked behind her back.

This is a drawing by a master animator, and while I don’t have any other work to confirm my suspicion, I’d like to think it was either by series director Takashi Ikehata or, more likely, by the episode’s animation director, Junichiro Taniguchi. A widely experienced artist, Taniguchi’s credits included key animation for series ranging from Pokemon 2000 - The Movie to Fullmetal Alchemist (TV and movie). Most recently, he’s worked as animation director and key animator for xxxHOLiC (movie and both TV seasons), a series with luscious, effective artwork.

The thumbs show a copy layout with an earlier, less effective version of this moment, along with a scan combining two interesting planned in-betweeners showing how Saki suddenly unloads that powerhouse punch. The artist obviously watched someone swing such a punch, as a lesser artist wouldn’t have seen that to do so, Saki would need to raise her left arm (as seen in the A3’’ sketch on the left) and rotate it back behind her as the right arm rotates forward toward poor Sasahara's cheek.


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