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Syrius no Densetsu/The Sea Prince and the Fire Child (Sanrio, 1981)




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“Malta the Amazing”
Source: Movie
Layers: 1
No sketches available
Cel Number: A68
Oversize, 13.25W x 10.5H

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Added 1/26/2012
Updated 11/16/2013
The two awkwardly begin a conversation, exchanging names. Syrius finds “Malta” a funny name, but the fire child proudly retorts that she is “Malta the Amazing,” priestess of the sacred flame that keeps the oceans at peace. “Sea children aren’t allowed here,” she says, making two slow aerial turns surrounded by sparkles. As she does, she slowly closes her eyes in this sly look and adds “... but for you I’ll make an exception!”



Whoa! As a number of critics note, she is portrayed as discreetly and inexplicitly furry but otherwise totally naked, and this fact is not lost on the equally furry-but-unclothed sea prince. This image reminds me of Botticelli’s famous “Venus on the Half Shell” painting. Certainly it makes a sensuous impact on the amazed Syrius, especially Malta’s foxy look and plump red lips. It’s clear that she (like Ariel in Disney’s reborrowing) is the forward party in this romance and the prince is the one in danger of being seduced. Which makes sense as he is the one out of his element.

This was another of the “Golden Age” anime cels that pulled me over at once during one of my random wanderings on Yahoo Japan. It is on a single layer but is labeled “B42 C A68” in the top corner. While not sure, I suspect that the “B42” part must refer to the airbrushing, which was done on the front of the cel.

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