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Yuusuke tries to save Noelle from deportation
Source: TV
Layers: 1
Sketches: 3
Cel Number: A2
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Added 4/5/2021
Updated 4/7/2021
Cut 226. After Miruru departs (with Gabriel in tow), the Immigration Officer begins to drag Noelle away. Yuusuke grabs her arm and tries to hold her back, at the same time turning to the rest of her family and demanding they do something.

Featured is a fine “shuusei no shuusei” genga correction. The less effective genga, with a T.B. (track back) camera move planned, is added in the first thumb. The second thumb includes a first, partial attempt at improving this keyframe.

Caution! Fussy Notes

But when I saw the featured image show up randomly on YHJ, my collector’s “spidey sense” tingled and said “Get it! Hiromi Kato!” It did indeed show many of the stylistic traits that I’d associated with the work of Tennimon’s eminent chief animation director. But the set came with no layout or any other sketch with notations that would help me confirm this hunch by identifying the episode and cut. So while I scanned this trio of sketches, I delayed putting it up until I could give it a firm provenance.

But how to do this other than to watch Tennimon from start to finish watching for this cut? Well, first I looked at the sketches that I was most certain had been done by Kato. It helped too that my mystery cut also preserved the episode animation director’s partial shuusei (second thumb). So I actually had two distinctive animators' work to compare to others in my collection.

Without a lot of random hunting, I ended up looking at the sketches from one of the final scenes of Ep. 21.

That set had the first shuusei effort by the episode’s animation director (Tetsuya Yamamoto). Both this and the similar partial shuusei in my new sketch set had very similar annotations, especially the cursive “shuusei” written in one fluid stroke that ends making a circle around the ideogram.

And I was as certain as I could be that the revision of Yamamoto's revision in this Ep. 21 set had to have been done by senior AD Kato. And that and my mystery sketch showed very similar annotations, particularly the very distinctive way of writing “shuusei no shuusei” distinctly as three separate ideograms.

So -- Episode 21. Shuusei by Episode AD Yamamoto, shuusei no shuusei by Senior AD Kato. And, yeah, at one point doesn’t Yuusuke grab poor Noelle by the hand and try to prevent her from being dragged off to ICE Hades? The rest was just targeted hunting, and the cut turned up quickly.

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