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Rozen Maiden Zurückspulen (Studio Deen, 2013), Eps. 1-9

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Shinku reads the play poster
Source: TV
Layers: 1
Sketches: 3
Cel Number: B2, C2
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Tale 8, cut 178. The first part of the story arc focuses on a play that Elder Jun is helping his new friends put on. These “play-within-a-play” moments always mean trouble in an anime series. On top of that, Copy Shinku is aware that the time she’s been given to inhabit the new body Elder Jun has fabricated for her will soon expire. Here she reads one of the posters advertising the play, then looks up from it with an anxious expression.

Featured above is a fine nearly complete shuusei genga, scanned against the genga (first thumb) for context. If you compare the two, you’ll appreciate the subtle way in which the sakkan adjusted Shinku’s eyes so that she realistically seems to be looking over to the right, where Elder Jun is working, rather than at the viewer. That seemed to have been the original idea, as seen in the rough (second thumb) and the layouts (see next item), but shifting her gaze made the moment a little less stiff, though Shinku’s nervousness still is palpable.

This episode, like the crucial Tale 12, was outsourced to Hanjin Animation in Korea, where the animation was overseen by Bum-Chul Chang and Hye-Ran Shin. I can’t say which artist was responsible for the featured shuusei, but in sketch sets from Ep. 12 I noted that one of the two used a rather brash pencil stroke, while the other sketched in a delicate “fine line.” This one seems to come from the “fine-line” sakkan.

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