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Maki Matsumoto of Twin Bells Toy Store: B3
Source: TV
Layers: 1
Sketches: 3
Cel Number: B2, B3
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Added 2/4/2018
Updated 2/24/2018
Episode 28 (Sakura and the Enchanted Cards), cuts 132, 134, 136, 138.. Visiting Maki-san’s toy store, Twin Bells, Sakura senses the aura of a Clow Card that has been recent sold from a display of (non-magical) lucky cards. Realizing that this means potential trouble, she urgently asks Ms. Maki what kind of card it was and who bought it. The store owner, a little puzzled by the little girl’s sudden seriousness, stops putting new toys on the shelf and tries to recall.



I’ve featured the shuusei genga of the B3 keyframe, with the genga it corrected in the first thumb. (Notice how the original had Maki’s eyes much too close together.) The second thumb adds the B2 keyframe, showing the store owner just turning around to look at Sakura, the whimsical “King” plushie in her arms. Notice the reference numbers of the episode and cuts at the top, the sort of thing that makes the life of even the most devoted CCS collector a whole lot simpler.


SENSEI CHECK!

This rather simple series was special for retaining the full series of shuusei gengas by the episode’s animation director, Makoto Koga [古賀 誠], one of the regulars for the series (11 episodes). A veteran of Kiki’s Delivery Service (dougas), Koga later was chief animation director for Galaxy Angel A and has since contributed character design and animation direction for many series, notably Aria (2005-15), and Sola (2007). She has recently been credited for character design in Modern Magic Made Simple (2009) and as overall animation director for Tantei Kageki Milky Holmes TD (2015).


SENSEI CHECK EXTRA!

During my unforgettable initiation into CCS back in 2000-01, (by way of uncensored fansubs on VHS tape!), I remember watching Episode 5 for the first time, in which this character is introduced. It was striking to me how dark and dramatic the mood suddenly got when Sakura and Tomoyo returned to the store after Chiharu’s plushie has disappeared. There Maki sadly explains that this is an old story for her: similar things have ruined her previous business efforts. But this time, she continues, she is determined to succeed to honor the memory of the promise she made to her now-deceased husband.

Listening to this monologue in Japanese, I could feel the intense emotions of this backstory, a feeling that I never got watching the silly English-language adaptation by Nelvana that was still running on TV. And that taught me volumes about the depth of art that was lavished on even minor roles by the original voice actors.

It was somewhat later that I earned that Maki was created by Kotono Mitsuishi (三石 琴乃), a famous and wide-ranging seiyuu best known as Usagi Tsukino/Sailor Moon/Princess Serenity/Chibi-Chibi in the long-running Sailor Moon series. In the minor role of Fonne Valkyre in Hyper Police, she similarly uses a short but intense monologue to supercharge a key scene toward the end of the series.


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