Full Metal Panic – Kaname Chidori Rilezu Cel & Douga

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:

Kaname Composite

Kaname Composite

This is the pencil line drawing on the front of the first sheet:

Kaname Douga Front

Kaname Douga Front

This is the color line drawing from the back of the first sheet:

Kaname Douga Back

Kaname Douga Back

This is the coloring on the front of the second sheet:

Kaname Douga Color

Kaname Douga Color

Chobits Douga (Chi)

I ordered this Douga of Chi from the anime series “Chobits” last month from Anime Museum in Japan. It is my first actual piece of anime production art, and the way it is created is really quite interesting. The image above is actually a combination of the drawing on the front of piece, and the rough coloring on the back. When the paper is put on a light table, or held up in front of a light, the color comes through from the back to give an indication to the colorist of how to color the final image.

Normally this line drawing would be transfered to a piece of clear acetate and the colorist would apply the paint to the back of the cel. Very much the same way this drawing was done. Chobits is a computer generated production, however, so the coloring is all done on computers and no cels are ever made. It is interesting though, that they seem to do the line drawings by hand, and scan them into the computer for coloring. Perhaps this practice is to prevent the animation from looking too “CG”.

This is the line drawing on the front of the piece:

Chi Douga Front

Chi Douga Front

This is the rough coloring on the back:

Chi Douga Back

Chi Douga Back

Hat Tip: Alan Baker for help with combining the two scans in Photoshop!