There is no cooler piece of anime memorabilia than original production cels.  Not only do they contain art from the original productions, each is one of a kind and it's nice knowing that the piece of unique art you own, is what millions of people all over the world have watched on television or on the big screen.  All the cels pictured below are in the possession of either myself or my girlfriend.

CEL INFORMATION...
Featuring:  Sakura Kinomoto
Series:  Card Captor Sakura
Sequence #:  A-18 (Pan)
Date:  1998
Production:  Madhouse

This was the very first cel I purchased years ago which also makes it responsible for me getting into the mess that is cel collecting and sales.  It was given as a gift to my now girlfriend for Christmas of 2003.  The background is unmatching however it is from near the same sequence / scene as the cel.
 
 

CEL INFORMATION...
Featuring:  Sakura Kinomoto
Series:  Card Captor Sakura
Sequence #:  B-14
Date:  1998
Production:  Madhouse

Yet another series that was heavily altered for US consumption and we all know that no matter how pseudo juvenile the original content may have been, when given the Pokemon treatment any anime series is bound to fail.  This is a vertically oversized pan cel (10.5" x 16") of Sakura summoning and as with the Little Nemo AiS cel, was given as a gift to my girlfriend, Christmas 2005.
 
 

CEL INFORMATION...
Featuring:  Hayoto Kazami
Series:  Future GPX Cyber Formula
Sequence #:  B-8
Date:  1991
Production:  Sunrise / Nippon TV

Cyber Formula is a bit like Speed Racer except for the older set.  There's more politics, more drama, and the whole series is built to resemble Formula-1 more closely.  I picked up this cel from Hong Kong for next to nothing and its rich detail is quite impressive.  Click here to see the matching sketch.
 
 

CEL INFORMATION...
Featuring:  Nemo, Icarus & Flip
Film:  Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland
Cut #:  H-25
Sequence #:  B-19  (Nemo + Icarus)
Sequence #:  A-69  (Flip)
Sequence #:  D-1 (Smoke effect)
Date:  1989
Production:  Tokyo Movie Shinsha

Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland was a feature film loosely based on animation legend Winsor McCay's "Little Nemo in Slumberland" comic strip first appearing in 1905.  Little Nemo: AiS had an extremely rocky production cycle with the first pilot being released in 1984, the second in 1987, and the finish film in 1989.  Hayao Miyazaki was on the original creative team however due to the troubled production he left at a rather early development stage.  Just as Robotech is a strange enigma of anime in America, Little Nemo: AiS stands as an odd hiccup in the history of anime in Japan.  Similar to The Transformers, at its core Little Nemo: AiS was designed for the American market with an all star voice ensemble such as Mickey Rooney as Flip the Clown.  I picked up this cel from a large cel dealer specializing in non-mainstream cels and cel sales to other dealers.  It was given as a Christmas gift to my girlfriend in 2004.
 
 

CEL INFORMATION...
Featuring:  Nemo & Icarus
Film:  Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland
Sequence #:  A-40
Date:  1989
Production:  Tokyo Movie Shinsha

Another cel of the title character and his furry companion from Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland.  Here Nemo converges with Icarus early in the film.  While the number of Little Nemo cels on the market spiked during the year of this acquisition, there are nowhere near as many up for sale as there were a few years ago.   Still, with a little patience quality cels from the film can still be found.  This one was given as a Christmas gift to my girlfriend in 2008.  Click here to see the matching sketch.
 
 

CEL INFORMATION...
Featuring:  Nemo & Icarus
Film:  Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland
Sequence #:  A-9
Background Layer #:  U-24
Date:  1989
Production:  Tokyo Movie Shinsha

Here is a perfect example of a cel with its matching background, something that doesn't come around all that often.  Honestly one dealer has pretty much cornered the market on Little Nemo cels and not much attention seems to be taken in paring them up properly.  However in the case of this set up I was rather fortunate.

The scene is from near the end of the film when Nemo wakes up in his room only to find he still has Morpheus' scepter.  In this scene he is looking over the incantation to learn to use the scepter properly.  Click here to see this frame as it appears in the original animation.

After a year away from giving anime cels to my girlfriend for Christmas (2009 was a Mr. DNA cel from Jurassic Park), this cel was given as a gift for Christmas 2010.
 
 

CEL INFORMATION...
Featuring:  Umi Ryuuzaki & Fuu Hououji
Series:  Magic Knight Rayearth
Sequence #:  A-8 (Umi Ryuuzaki)
Sequence #:  B-5 (Fuu Hououji) (Key)
Date:  1994-1995
Production:  Tokyo Movie Shinsha

Undoubtedly one of the more popular magical girl anime series of the 1990's, Magic Knight Rayearth tells the story of three girls whisked away to a magical world while on a school field trip.  The three are destined to become the Magic Knights and save the mystical world of Cephiro.  While not as popular as Pretty Soldier Sailormoon due to lack of television airing, Rayearth managed to build a strong following in the United States on video and quickly became a secondary series to those who enjoyed the adventures of the sailor senshi.  This cel was given to my girlfriend as a gift for Christmas 2007.  Click here (Umi) and here (Fuu) to see the matching sketches.
 
 

CEL INFORMATION...
Featuring: Ferio & Fuu Hououji
Series:  Magic Knight Rayearth
Sequence #:  A-1 (Ferio + Fuu) (End)
Sequence #:  B-2 (Ferio's mouth)
Date:  1994-1995
Production:  Tokyo Movie Shinsha

The second Magic Knight Rayearth cel I purchased presented itself as an amazing opportunity to acquire an incredible piece of animation art.  While nice Rayearth cels are plentiful (due to the majority of the series containing large images of the small primary cast) this one in particular rises as a showpiece of the series' art design.  It is a two layer cel with everything on one sheet with the exception of Ferio's mouth, which is on the other.  This cel was given to my girlfriend as a birthday gift in 2008.  Click here (Ferio + Fuu) and here (Ferio's mouth) to see the matching sketches.
 
 

CEL INFORMATION...
Featuring:  Makoto Kino
Series:  Pretty Soldier Sailormoon R
Sequence #:  C-1
Original Air Date:  06/17/1993
Episode #:  56 - "Steal Mamoru's Kiss! Ann's Snow White Strategy"
Production:  TOEI / TV Asahi

A rather infamous scene in Sailormoon R is why this cel may seem familiar.  The girls are having an argument over who will play Snow White in an upcoming performance starring Mamoru.  When it came time for Makoto to say why she thinks she would be ideal for the part, she states the reason she should be cast is because she has the largest breasts.  This was reworked into her saying she has the most "talent" in the English dub.

While the artwork in Sailormoon R was rather inconsistent during the first half of the season, this is a beautiful oversized key cel.  An extra strip of acetate with the registration holes and sequence number was taped to the bottom by the studio due to the cel being an oversized pan, as Makoto slides into the scene camera left.  The cel is from late in the scene, Makoto overlapping Rei and getting a final few words in about her bust size.  Click here to see this frame as it appears in the original animation.  This cel was picked up for a bargain price on eBay during June 2010.
 
 

CEL INFORMATION...
Featuring:  Diamon "Dieheart"
Series:  Pretty Soldier Sailormoon S
Sequence #:  A-3
Original Air Date:  05/07/1994
Episode #:  95 - "Leave it up to Moon to Aid in Love"
Production:  TOEI / TV Asahi

This was the first animation cel I ever purchased for myself years ago.  It was part of a large sell off of Monster Of The Day (MOTD) cels from all five Sailormoon series.  It's from the love contest episode of Sailormoon S and is from Dieheart's death sequence at the end of the episode.  Sailormoon S was always my favorite Sailormoon series and Dieheart one of my favorite Diamons, with her unique design of her hat and clothing made of overlapping hearts.  Click here to see this frame as it appears in the original animation.  Click here to see the matching sketch.
 
 

CEL INFORMATION...
Featuring:  Makoto Kino
Series:  Pretty Soldier Sailormoon S
Sequence #:  B-5
Original Air Date:  05/14/1994
Episode #:  96 - "The Cruel Uranus?  Makoto in a Pinch"
Production:  TOEI / TV Asahi

From the Sailormoon S episode in which Makoto gets her Pure Heart Crystal extracted by the Death Busters.  This frame is from early on in the episode, just after Makoto shoves Usagi clear of Haruka's speeding motorbike.  Upon noticing that the rider was Haruka, Makoto goes into a daze.  This cel is from just before she snaps out of it.  As with many TOEI cels of this era, the background for this cel is unmatching but I like it much more than the original.  Additionally the cel is stuck to the background.  Click here to see this frame as it appears in the original animation.  As with many cels, this one was given to my girlfriend as a gift for Christmas of 2006.  Click hereto see the matching sketch.
 
 

CEL INFORMATION...
Featuring:  Rei Hino
Series:  Pretty Soldier Sailormoon S
Sequence #:  A-15 (Key)
Original Air Date:  06/18/1994
Episode #:  99 - "A Man's kindness! Yuichiro Heart Broken by Rei?"
Production:  TOEI / TV Asahi

From a small lot purchase of Sailormoon cels comes this cel from my all time favorite episode.  This is the episode in which Yuichiro incorrectly assumes that Rei is dating Haruka and that he is no match for "that other guy."  This frame features Rei on Haruka's motorbike, holding onto her as they zoom away.  Rei's hair is tied back with a ribbon Yuichiro gave her to keep her hair out of the ceremonial fire when she is chanting.  Of course the highlight of the episode is the battle against my favorite MOTD, Todeen, the possessed city train.  Click here to see this frame as it appears in the original animation.  I wanted this cel so much I purchased a grouping of a few cels to get this one alone.  Click here to see the matching sketch.
 
 

CEL INFORMATION...
Featuring:  Eudial
Series:  Pretty Soldier Sailormoon S
Sequence #:  Unknown
Original Air Date:  08/20/1994
Episode #:  104 - "Looking for Friends!  Busy Chibi Moon"
Production:  TOEI / TV Asahi

This is a cel that I've wanted for a very long time, my favorite of the Witches 5: Eudial.  This cel was of particular interest to me since it's of her firing her Heart Buster, in full view with no obstructions.  She's also in her civilian outfit as opposed to her more elaborate Witches 5 ensemble, which gives a really nice contrast to the Heart Buster.  This cel was up for sale at Luna Art for quite some time and when a sale came up, my girlfriend purchased it for me as an anniversary gift.

Of all the non MOTD villains in the entire Sailor Moon series, Eudial was always my favorite.  In the scene she takes aim at Tamasaburou, the young boy that performs the traditional Japanese tea ceremony - and Chibi-Usa's first new friend interest of the S series.  The cel itself is quite large, a massive pan cel 10" wide x 13.75" high.  The cel is irregularly trimmed down a little, as is the matching sketch, which explains the missing sequence number.  Both the cel and sketch are trimmed in exactly the same way, almost in the shape of a parallelogram, possibly to help in setting up the pan shot.  There is also some purple correction paint on the Heart Buster, done by the studio as part of the production process.  Click here to see this frame as it appears in the original animation.  I had to be quick to get this one, the frame isn't around for long.
 
 

CEL INFORMATION...
Featuring:  Tiger's Eye & Makoto Kino
Series:  Pretty Soldier Sailormoon SuperS
Sequence #:  Unknown
Original Air Date:  09/02/1995
Episode #:  147 - "A Destined Partner?  Makoto's Pure Heart"
Production:  TOEI / TV Asahi

Although I've never been a big fan of the SuperS season of Sailormoon, the episode this cel is from has always stood out.  It's of course from the episode in which Makoto is targeted by the Amazon Trio, specifically Tiger's Eye.  It's most well known for the gown that Makoto wears to a school dance, with a large rose on the front.  She waits all night for a second dance with a disguised Tiger's Eye, only to have her heart broken once he reveals his true identity.

Cels of her in this dress are hard to find since the design was only used in this episode.  So whenever a cel from this episode comes up for sale all the Mako-chan fanatics come out.  Click here to see this frame as it appears in the original animation.

Also an interesting cel as in there is no sequence number and the registration holes are at the bottom.  The scene does match a frame in the episode and the image takes up the entire cel.  It's honestly a pretty complex shot in the series that would require larger art for short pans.  Line fading is consistent with cels from this age and spot in the series.  More than likely the sheet was flipped over to maximize space so a thin strip with registration holes was taped on the top.  I've come across this before where that top strip became lost over the years and with it the sequence number.
 
 

CEL INFORMATION...
Film:  Robot Carnival
Short:  Star Light Angel
Sequence #:  B-16
Date:  1987
Production:  Studio A.P.P.P.

Robot Carnival could be considered an anime version of Disney's Fantasia - featuring robots that is.  The masters of Japanese animation at the time pulled their talents together to create a series of short films with one common element: robots.  Robot Carnival has always been one of my all time favorite works of anime and Star Light Angel has always been my favorite short of the anthology.  Set at a robot themed amusement park, a young girl is left heartbroken after finding out her lover is also dating her friend.  In tears she finds her way onto a virtual reality ride where her sadness causes the ride to create a robotic representation of how she saw her former boyfriend - as a horrible monster.  One of the park's robot performers follows her in and attempts to save her from the danger her grief conceived.  This cel features the main character, looking down at the robot performer as he falls away after being struck from behind by the robotic monster.  Click here to see this frame as it appears in the original animation.  In something of a odd twist, this cel was given to me for Christmas by my girlfriend in 2007.
 
 

CEL INFORMATION...
Featuring:  Kei Katsuragi & Mome
Series:  Super Dimension Century Orguss
Sequence #:  A-10
Date:  1983
Episode #:  5 - "Lovers"
Production:  Studio Nue / T.M.S.

Orguss was the second of the unrelated "Super Dimension" series released in the early 1980's, Southern Cross and the insanely popular and influential Macross being the other two.  Since Orguss never had an audience outside of Japan finding anything to do with the original series is somewhat difficult.  As with my first Orguss cel purchase, I simply can't pass a cel of Mome.  This cel is especially desirable in that it features the main character, Kei, as well.  This is from early in the series, shortly after Mome is purchased for Kei.  At this point Kei still has trouble thinking of Mome as a machine, seeing instead the little girl that she resembles.  I purchased this cel on eBay from my favorite cel dealer out of Hong Kong.

Mome and Kei stand as two of my favorite anime characters and they go hand in hand.  Mome is a loyal counterpart to both Kei's ship the Orguss and Kei himself, referring to him as "Mister Kei" - a compromise agreed upon after Kei refused to have her refer to him as "Master."  Kei on the other hand dismisses Mome as a bit of a nuisance but also always as a friend to hang around with.  Kei stands up for her when others treat her as a replaceable machine and almost sees Mome as a daughter-like attachment.

In the previous episode a fight breaks out and Kei has no choice but to defend himself, however due to the battle the Chiram military will now have a presence in the area.  Due to this the Emaan, a band of gypsies that deal in high technology, turn over all their wares as an apology to the group of villagers that will now be bothered.  The scene in the cel is from near the beginning of episode five, when Kei and Mome bow to the villagers along with the Emaan.  Click here to see this frame as it appears in the original animation.
 
 

CEL INFORMATION...
Featuring:  Mome
Series:  Super Dimension Century Orguss
Sequence #:  B-20
Date:  1983
Episode #:  34 - "Battlefield"
Production:  Studio Nue / T.M.S.

Without any doubt this has always been my favorite animation cel that I own.  Having always loved Super Dimension Century Orguss, the chance to pick up a piece of production art from the series is something I would never pass up.  This goes even more so for a cel featuring my favorite character from the series.  This cel is of the robotic girl, Mome, who befriends the lead character Kei early on in the series.  The image in the cel is from just before Mome's "death" in the second to last episode.  To save Kei's love interest, Mome plugs a beam cannon into her power supply, knowing it will drain her un-rechargable battery and cause her death.  This moment of self-sacrifice shocks Kei, who never realized how much Mome had meant to him.  It was the second cel that I ever purchased for myself and ran me a little over $30.00 from an eBay seller in California.  Sadly the seller left their account long ago but if they happen to be reading this, thank you for an amazing opportunity!
 
 


 

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