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Ep. 4: Hiro warns Karada-chan to be careful: A1
Source: TV
Layers: 1
Sketches: 3
Cel Number: A1
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Added 1/31/2018
Updated 6/13/2018
Episode 4: Please Believe [信じてほしい Shinjite hoshii], cut 229. In this episode, Hiro has taken both Shōko and Karada to a matsuri (summer festival) at the local Shinto shrine. These include games of chance and popular snack foods (like the takoyaki so beloved by Kero-chan), but can be rowdy affairs, so children are closely supervised in crowded places. The adult Karada remembers when she was taken there in a previous year, and flashes back to a moment when she was paying too much attention to her tray of takoyaki and not enough to where she was going. Hiro gently reached his hand down onto her shoulder and told her to be more careful.

This scene, rendered in sepia tone to signal it as a flashback, begins with Karada surprised for a moment by her “big brother’s” action.

I’ve featured the A1 genga above, with the layout and rough in the thumbnails.


Episodes 4 and 9 were evidently outsourced to BJ Studio, which received credit for doing the gengas, dougas, and clean-up for this episode. Both these episodes were directed by Masami Furukawa [古川 政美] with animation direction by Akiko Nakano [中野 彰子]. Furukawa has had a few credits as series director, including Dinosaur Planet (1993-94), Gene Diver (1994-95), and Inspector Fabre (2000). But in recent times he has been seen most as an episode director for a wide variety of series, including Fate/Stay Night, Full Moon o Sagashite, Getbackers, and Samurai Deeper Kyo.

Nakano has a somewhat deeper resume, mostly as key animator for many recent series, including Dragon Ball, Case Closed, Chrono Crusade, Getbackers, hack//SIGN , and Puella Magi Madoka Magica. She has seen fairly frequent service as episode animation director, including for Aria - The Natural, Bodacious Space Pirates, Honey and Clover II, and Witchblade. She has been credited recently as both Episode Director and Animation Director in the 2017 series Our Love Has Aways Been 10 Centimeters Apart. Her work was supervised by Chief Animation Director Hasegawa -- but notice an odd detail in the next item!

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