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Saki Sawanoguchi winks at Sae: layout and rough
Source: TV
Layers: 1
Sketches: 2
Cel Number: B2
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Added 12/10/2023
Updated 12/10/2023

Episode 10: "Snow, the Colt, and a First Kiss." cut 266. This episode involves Sae and her older sister Saki being invited back to their family estate in Hokkaido for the wedding of a cousin. In previous episodes, we’ve learned that Saki has been having difficulties with her boyfriend, but when she arrives to meet Sai, the younger sister sees the two exchange a rather torrid kiss. The cousin’s wedding is celebrated with all the usual glamor, and when the bride gets up to do a special ceremonial dance in her wedding gown, the guests remark on how beautiful she looks.

Saki leans over to Sae and whispers, “When I get married, I’ll be even more beautiful!" That sets Sae back: it’s the first time her sister has mentioned that marriage is in the works for her and her boyfriend. Saki, seeing the reaction, puts a finger over her lips and gives Sae a mischievous wink.

Except that in the first version of this cut, Saki doesn’t lift her finger. This is the rough by the episode animation director, Itou Yoshiaki. Notice that the copy layout on which this sketch was based likewise has no finger over the lips. Move a step ahead to show how this pose got that roguish character.


Yoshiaki Itou [伊藤良明] began as an inbetweener in 1987, quickly working up to key animator and then to episode animation director for the 1995-96 adventure series Juuni Senshi Bakuretsu Eto Ranger. This artist also supervised animation for Ep. 11 of Mahou Tsuki Tai!. He subsequently did a lot of work for the Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica series, doing key animation and supervising the animation of two episodes. Later, he served as chief animation director for two of the Magia Record spin-offs from this hit series.,

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