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Saki Punches Sasahara (First version)
Source: TV
Layers: 1
Sketches: 3
Cel Number: A3-A5
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Added 12/30/2008
Updated 9/24/2017
Episode 1: Study of the Modern Visually-Oriented Culture, cut 190. Sasahara, the new member of Genshiken, has just been “outed” by the older members as a typical otaku with an healthy interest in doujinshi and fan service. When Saki-chan enters, looking for Kousaka, Sasahara makes the tactical error of asking if she’s a member of Genshiken too. Her instinctive response is this brutal roundhouse punch to poor Sasahara’s cheek.

Yow! This set of sketches, which seems to be the first post-storyboard version of this scene, show that Saki-chan was supposed to be wearing brass knuckles! And the realistic approach to the character design suggests that Sasahara-kun really gets seriously decked by her. See the thumbs for the A3 and A5 keys, in the last of which the poor initiate is obviously headed down for the count, while Saki’s hair swishes dramatically behind her as she follows through with that killer punch.

Ah, but she’s not supposed to be Meilin working over the Fight Card, and clearly someone, presumably either the episode director or, more likely, the animation director (Junichiro Taniguchi), vetoed this approach as too graphic for the light-hearted series. So, if you move ahead to the next series, you'll see how this cut was thoroughly reconsidered during production before arriving at the final stage.

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