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Cardcaptor Sakura 09: Touya, Yukito, and Yue

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Yukito and Touya after the film screening
Source: TV
Layers: 1
Sketches: 3
Oversize, 14W x 10H

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Added 7/11/2022
Updated 7/11/2022

Cut 35. At the end of the film, the audience exits, chattering about how good Yukito and Touya had played their parts. Finally the two leads come out to appreciative compliments. Yuki is appropriately bashful about the praise, but Touya at first appears distant and impassive.

This scene includes a huge pan from Yukito over to the exhausted Touya’s face, which required this monumental rough sketch by episode animation director Hisashi Abe. As in the previous sketch, the artist took especial care with Touya’s eyes, which are both weary and deeply emotional. (He’s just had a very emotional whispered conversation with his partner, who has finally come to terms with his inhuman identity.)

Actually, the Yukito side of this sketch was worked out on a separate sheet, which was then cut and taped onto the side of the Touya sketch, as you can just see by the rippling in the scan above. Happily, Madhouse used the “good stuff,” a low-acid celotape that does not burn the paper, so I’ve let it be.

Visit the thumbs for two interesting extras. One is the layout on which this rough was based. Very preliminary in style, it still signals Touya’s exhaustion, but in a sketchy way that makes him look a bit like a zombie. The other is an art board for Cut 46, showing directions for an equally huge pan, this time from right to left. Its inclusion in this lot puzzled me until I got my copy of the episode out and counted the cuts ahead from C-35. Indeed: same background, pan between the two faces, this time from Touya back to Yukito. This means that the super-sized cels that were made for both cuts were based on a single sequence of gengas/dougas created at the same time and using these sketches as their basis.

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