I’m all excited because I just got this Rilezu cel of Kaname Chidori from Full Metal Panic! FMP is my absolute favorite anime series of all time, and I’ve been looking for a nice cel of Kaname for a while now. I first saw this piece in a past auction on ebay, and was kicking myself for missing it. A few weeks ago, I saw it pop up for sale on Rubber Slug and I quickly bought it.
Full Metal Panic is a CG show, so there are no production cels available. There have been a limited number of these relezu cels (hand painted post production cels) made, but they are very hard to find, and tend to cost a lot when they are available. You are especially lucky if you find one that comes with Douga, because it is the only actual production material available from the show. Needless to say, I was thrilled to find this cel, and even more thrilled to find that it came with two pieces of matching douga.
The cel itself is amazing! No flaws aside from a small piece of clear tape which I have carefully removed. The douga is really interesting because it is composed of three pieces. The front of the first sheet is the normal pencil line drawing that you normally see. The back of it has just a few color lines, and the front of the second sheet is a more complete color guide. Like my douga of Chi from chobits, the colors on the drawings are not the same as the colors on the final product, so I have no clue what they actually mean, or how they tell the colorist what to do. It’s very interesting though.
If you are looking for a FMP cel, there are still some available here.
This is a composite of the pencil line drawing on the front of the first sheet, the color lines on the back, and the color guide on the front of the second sheet:
This is the pencil line drawing on the front of the first sheet:
This is the color line drawing from the back of the first sheet:
This is the coloring on the front of the second sheet: