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“Did you make a friend yet?”
Source: TV
Layers: 1
Sketches: 3
Cel Number: A1
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Added 5/3/2012
Updated 11/9/2014
Cut 253. The two start to go, but Kotomi calls to them. “Did you make a friend yet?” she asks. That’s a reference to the way she’d encouraged the little-girl Shōko to join the other children’s games. But again the scene is ambiguous: the previous cut shows her facing the others but not clearly looking at either one. So Karada thinks she’s being addressed and is a little non-plussed. Without responding, she turns again to go.

(But then she looks to the right sees that Shōko, the one whom Kotomi was really addressing, is silently pointing at her...)

This scene throws a surprising amount of weight in this episode, and it was well realized by the animator. I’ve featured Masahiro Fujii’s rough above, which really is a lovely portrait of Karada, puzzled as she is by Kotomi’s question. (Itō did a shuusei rough for it, but a partial one, only reworking the eyes.) The thumbs add the layout (better than most for this episode, and good in working out the woodland background for this image) and the finished A1 genga.

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