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Tohru learns Kyo is The Cat: A1
Source: TV
Layers: 1
Sketches: 3
Cel Number: A1
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Added 4/22/2019
Updated 4/22/2019
The three Sohmas having returned to human form (and put their clothes back on), Tohru is left contemplating the burden of having learned the dark secret that rules them. But her solemnity breaks into joy when Kagure explains that the orange-haired guy sulking in the corner is the Sohma possessed by The Cat, the zodiac animal she has grown up loving in her transgressive way.

And so the romance begins....

This quick cut contains a pan in, during which Tohru’s eyes and smile expand, while her hair spreads out behind her. Featured above is the A1 genga; move ahead to see how this look of happy surprise goes over the top as the cut develops.

This cut, one of many that was scattered by dealers soon after this popular series premiered in 2002, retained only the gengas, plus a rough (first thumb) and a two sets of partial shuuseis, one on yellow paper, the second on light green paper. The A1 shuusei in the second thumb is unusually complete; I think it is a pre-genga revision of the rough as flickering it with the genga reveals no important changes.

It did not identify the cut, but the simple style of the rough looked so much like one I got in the same set of lots from Ep. 6 that I assumed that it was by the same animator, Takashi Sokabe, who had supervised Ep. 2. A quick review of this episode proved that my guess was right: Tohru wears the same outfit in the opening scene, and the cut popped up in short order.

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