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Alcyone surrounded by the curse: Cut 87
Source: TV
Layers: 3
Sketches: 1
Cel Number: A13 END, B1, C1
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Added 6/5/2020
Updated 6/7/2020
Cut 87. Now totally enfolded in the curse, except for her head, the villainess relaxes and with eerie calm tells the others, “This is how I choose to die. No need to mourn for me.”

This set-up involved three layers: A13 END (Alcyone), B1 (mouth layer), and C1 (curse plus airbrushing on top of cel) plus an extra blank sheet to protect the delicate airbrushing. When it arrived, all of these were stacked together, and I at first presumed that the curse, with its thick layer of black cel paint, was permanently cemented to the middle layer with Alcyone’s lips.

Much to my surprise, the layers separated with minimal pressure and no damage; it looks as if the layers had been put together at about the time the cel was put up for auction. (And the C1 layer had shreds of paper on its back, which also helped prevent it sticking, suggesting that it had been stored separately for much of its existence.) So it was possible to scan the bottom two layers separately, showing how the villainess looked without the curse layer. (See first thumb.)

Interestingly, the only part of the image that was ever intended to be seen by viewers was Alcyone's head from the chin up. But in fact the animators fully depicted what lay under the curse: Alcyone's bare shoulders and her ample form, loosely wrapped by her white blouse. I presume this involved sketchwork from the rough and genga onward: in any case, the A13E douga (second thumb) shows Alcyone's full form except for the mouth layer.

After all, even though the curse on the C-layer was designed to cover her whole body, Tezuka-sama would see what was on the A and B layers. And now you can too.

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