My Forays into Anime Cel and Original Art Collecting, a lost Otaku Hobby.

Back in around 2001 or 2002, I was poking around an internet forum and discovered the hobby of animation cel collecting. At that time, you could get some cels super cheap online so I jumped in and snagged a few. Cels (or celluloids) are paintings on transparent plastic sheeting used to create an animation. Each cel is one “frame”, and they are filmed and then put behind one another to give the illusion of a continuous motion. Since it takes hundreds of these to do a few seconds worth of film, there are ones that are similar out there, but no two are exactly alike. The cool thing (to me at least) with these was that they are all unique and original, and I that I got to own a piece of my favorite films or TV shows!

I honestly didn’t collect a ton of these because they can be pretty expensive and sometimes VERY rare. Certain shows did not keep their cels to sell; in fact, many of these cels ONLY exist on the secondary market because people fished around in studio dumpsters and hauled huge armloads out to safety. This was also the way people were able to obtain cels for bootleg Korean animation projects that I might review on here as well. At pretty much that exact same time period that I started buying these, animation had really shifted away from animation cels and into digital animation – now I know you can get digital scan sheets used in much the same way as some of the coloring sheets you are about to see, but I haven’t followed up on this, and don’t know the lingo.


Anyway here’s a few I’d like to share with you guys!

These first two are for Mobile Suit Gundam Wing (1995). Notice that  have pencil drawings for each. These are called “Douga” and are sometimes stuck to the cels they accompanied. Thankfully these are separated.

Note: these are crap pictures I took with my phone, my apologies.


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This one is from one of the Tenchi Muyo animes, probably Pretty Sammy (1995)

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These are from Great Teacher Onizuka (1999) – The one of Tomoko in the talent contest is actually multiple cels and a background, that is unfortunately stuck together. sometimes the paint from the cels acts like glue, and trying to force it could ruin the artwork.

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This one is in rough shape, but it’s from Galaxy Express 999 (1978), sadly the cel is stuck to the douga, and the black lines appear brown, meaning that the color was probably sun-bleached. All I’m concerned with is that I have it!

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Akira (1988) This is my prized cel! it appears to be a “key cel” of Kei since the number is circled, but I’m no expert in these things.

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I also have a few pieces of original artwork by two manga creators. These are in marker on  white Shikishi Boards.

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Toohru Fujisawa


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Cool T-Shirt Alert

I Just wanted to let everyone out there know about a newish trend in e-commerce and clothing – the “limited edition” T-shirt websites. Since nerds like pop culture references and the like, these sites end up being a nerd heaven as they have many sci-fi shirts. The only downside is that once the 24 hour counter hits zero, the shirt is gone forever – or at least harder to come by as I will show you:

Teefury

So far I have ordered two shirts from Teefury, both Doctor Who shirts obviously. check out there “archive gallery” to see some past shirt designs, and scope out the two I actually picked up below:

Qwertee

Just like above, just with fewer Doctor Who shirts 😛

If you like a shirt in these site’s archives but miss out on them, you may have one last chance. I found a way to possibly get them if you have some extra cash. Most of these artists also post their stuff on a site called redbubble, all one has to do is search for their name you see on the other two sites. Sadly one loses the cheap price as these bad boys sell for nearly 30 bucks! but it’s worth it when you can get stuff like this:

Finally, there is a site with even CHEAPER shirts called 6 dollar tees, that is worth a look especially if you like meme related stuff.