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Possessed Sango
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Added 3/18/2017
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Ep. 132: Priest Miroku's Most Dangerous Confession. This episode is part of a two-part canonical story concerning the growing mutual attraction of Miroku and Sango. In this second part, Sango is possessed by the spirit of a monstrous salamander, and when the priest attempts to exorcise her, she impassively attacks him with all of her skill.

A series of well designed action scenes form the climax of the action, and when Miroku manages to knock away her sword, she activates a switchblade in her right arm and continues her assault. This sequence shows her final attack, during which the plucky priest takes a serious wound but manages to knock loose the salamander egg that is the source of her murderous rage.

This set, made up of five rough sketches, came without any identification; however, KinoLRB, curator of the fine RS gallery Celluloid Central, at once recognized the strange look in the eyes and traced down the cut for me. Three sketches show her face rapidly closing on the viewer. Featured is the fullest and most dramatic, with the other two in the thumbs. Two others in the set (not imaged here but included in the reanimation in the next item) show her face moved toward the upper right corner, as she makes her pounce.

The use of white paper and the overall dramatic style suggest that the sketches are “foul papers” or discards from an animator’s ongoing work. Notice the way that each begins from a set of intersecting vertical and horizontal lines, a normal way for an animator to begin drawing a face. You can also see faint blue lines that form the general outline of Sango’s face and hair.

The animation director for this episode was Mamiko Nakanishi [中西 麻実子], who took this role for eleven other episodes. As the details of the sketch featured above seem to match the screencap, it is logical to assume that these sketches were done by this artist, who perhaps discarded them after cleaning up the image in a rough or (more likely) shuusei genga.

An interesting Inuyasha Director Guide at the website Rumic World comments that she “brought an very high quality to the episodes she worked on,” which are “extremely detailed and beautifully rich in color.” Most of her other credited work has been as a key animator for a huge variety of series, ranging from Cardcaptor Sakura to Attack on Titan. She has contributed art to projects as diverse as Pokemon 2000 - The Movie, Fullmetal Alchemist, NANA, two of the Naruto movies, XXXHOLIC, first and second seasons, and the big hit Puella Magi Madoka Magica (2011).

Elsewhere in my gallery you can find examples of Nakanishi’s work from Episode 117, from Episode 137, and from Episode 144 . Plus the next sketch set in this gallery.

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