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Happy Hina-Ichigo
Source: TV
Layers: 1
Sketches: 3
Cel Number: B3/C1
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Added 4/22/2019
Episode 8: Sōseiseki 「蒼星石」: Lapisalazuri Stern, cut 98. This characteristic image of Hina-Ichigo expressing her usual over-the-top delight at a treat she expects to get comes from an otherwise dark scene focusing on Suiseiseki, who’s been glum and uncommunicative all day, for reasons that puzzle the rest. Hoping to cheer her up, Nori has given her a special glass of juice with her dinner, which overjoys Hina, for she knows that she’ll soon get the same treat.

This remnant from a now-dispersed sketch set preserved the rough of the A3 keyframe by the episode’s animation director, Toshihiro Kikuchi [菊池 聡延]. Though faint, it shows a clear sense of this character’s design and gives a complex, layered image of her hair bangs and curls. The thumbs add the matching layout (first thumb) and an art board (second thumb) showing the back of Hina’s dinner-table chair.


Episode 8 was Kikuchi’s only contribution to Rozen Maiden’s first season. Kikuchi, however, supervised animation for three episodes of the second season (Träumend) plus Ep. 2 of Ouvertüre. Like many of the animation team, he had previously worked on Revolutionary Girl Utena (TV and movie, gengas) and Cardcaptor Sakura (Movie 2, assistant animation director). He also was animation director for four episodes of the Key the Metal Idol OAV and for four episodes of Galaxy Angel A. Later, Kikuchi moved up to overall episode director for a variety of series, most notably for Attack on Titan, for which he also served as episode animation director and key animator. (More recently, he was an episode director for Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card.)

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