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Maiken2051 Updates http://www.maiken2051.com/ Lists the most recent additions to the Maiken2051 Anime Cel Gallery en-us 00:00:00 GMT 00:00:00 GMT webmaster@maiken2051.com (Inu Yasha) [Yuu Yuu Hakusho] Pink lady http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1826&gid=10 I like Botan's expression in this cel. So serious! You'd think she was a goddess of death or something! Yuu Yuu Hakusho Mon, 02 Jan 2023 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1826&gid=10 [Yuu Yuu Hakusho] Facing the consequences http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1827&gid=10 Botan is <i>not</i> going to put up with some zombie getting grabby. You go girl! Yuu Yuu Hakusho Mon, 02 Jan 2023 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1827&gid=10 [Yuu Yuu Hakusho] Did ya see that? http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1828&gid=10 What are ya, blind???</p> Botan isn't shy when she has some guidance for the referee... Yuu Yuu Hakusho Mon, 02 Jan 2023 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1828&gid=10 [Yuu Yuu Hakusho] Ohhhhh http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1829&gid=10 Such a great portrait of Botan. It even has a plausible background! Yuu Yuu Hakusho Mon, 02 Jan 2023 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1829&gid=10 [Yuu Yuu Hakusho] Did ya see that? 2 http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1830&gid=10 An accidental duplicate, but can't say I regret it too much. Such a feisty girl! Yuu Yuu Hakusho Mon, 02 Jan 2023 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1830&gid=10 [Yuu Yuu Hakusho] Small but mighty http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1831&gid=10 Botan is pretty small on this cel but I couldn't resist the &quot;you're not gonna get away with that!&quot; energy. Yuu Yuu Hakusho Mon, 02 Jan 2023 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1831&gid=10 [Yuu Yuu Hakusho] What's in the box? http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1832&gid=10 For some reason I can't explain Botan's expression here reminded me of a scene from <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_(1995_film)" target="_blank">Se7en</a>. That probably says more about me than about Botan. Yuu Yuu Hakusho Mon, 02 Jan 2023 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1832&gid=10 [Gundam Wing] Buckle up! http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1834&gid=14 Duo in the pilot's seat with an uncharacteristically serious expression.</p> These cels always amaze me, they are solid paint&mdash;there isn't a background. This cel is impressively thick and heavy. Gundam Wing Mon, 02 Jan 2023 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1834&gid=14 [Gundam Wing] Energy drinks http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1835&gid=14 Duo's the guy who can hook you up with whatever you need to get you through the day. Gundam Wing Mon, 02 Jan 2023 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1835&gid=14 [Gundam Wing] Hello sailor! http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1836&gid=14 Duo chatting up his invisible friend.</p> I like Duo's pose and body language in this cel, it seems to capture his lively personality. Gundam Wing Mon, 02 Jan 2023 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1836&gid=14 [Gundam Wing] His brain is broken! http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1837&gid=14 Duo seems to have some doubts about your daring plan. Gundam Wing Mon, 02 Jan 2023 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1837&gid=14 [Yuu Yuu Hakusho] Nobody expects the... http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1819&gid=10 Among our weapons are fear, surprise, ruthless efficiency, and an almost fanatical devotion to the Pope! Yuu Yuu Hakusho Thu, 04 Aug 2022 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1819&gid=10 [Yuu Yuu Hakusho] Disappointed again http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1820&gid=10 Surrounded as she is by meatheads, it's Botan's fate to sit on the sidelines, wondering where it all went wrong. Yuu Yuu Hakusho Thu, 04 Aug 2022 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1820&gid=10 [Yuu Yuu Hakusho] Disc golf http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1821&gid=10 <a href='https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disc_golf' target='_blank'>Disc golf</a> might not be as popular as it once was, but Botan isn't going to let that bother her.</p> <p>Botan has one of the best wardrobes in anime. She has an endless succession of outfits, each one cuter than the last. I love her school uniform! Yuu Yuu Hakusho Thu, 04 Aug 2022 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1821&gid=10 [Yuu Yuu Hakusho] Suspense http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1822&gid=10 Botan is usually a cheerful, light-hearted girl (especially for a Shinigami), but she has her serious moments. Yuu Yuu Hakusho Thu, 04 Aug 2022 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1822&gid=10 [Yuu Yuu Hakusho] Fashion plate http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1823&gid=10 Botan in classic 1990's business casual. So many outfits&mdash;she must have a walk-in closet in the Other World. Yuu Yuu Hakusho Thu, 04 Aug 2022 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1823&gid=10 [Yuu Yuu Hakusho] Grouchy http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1824&gid=10 Botan has high standards. Too bad she's surrounded by men who could almost always benefit from a quick smack upside the head. Yuu Yuu Hakusho Thu, 04 Aug 2022 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1824&gid=10 [Yuu Yuu Hakusho] The ref's a bum! http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1825&gid=10 Botan doesn't approve of the officiating at the (endless) tournament. Yuu Yuu Hakusho Thu, 04 Aug 2022 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1825&gid=10 [Ranma 1/2] Follow-through http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1806&gid=22 As a martial artist, Akane believes that form matters in everything, especially when Ranma needs a bit of slapstick discipline. Ranma 1/2 Sun, 22 May 2022 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1806&gid=22 [Oddments] Serious? http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1807&gid=12 Akito doesn't really do serious, but he's trying here. Don't worry, a pratfall is surely only a few seconds away! Oddments Sun, 22 May 2022 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1807&gid=12 [Oddments] Startled http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1808&gid=12 I get a soup&ccedil;on of Wiley Coyote in this cel. Is Akito waiting for the anvil?</p> <p>Meep meep! Oddments Sun, 22 May 2022 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1808&gid=12 [Oddments] The Kiss http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1809&gid=12 Aww, so sweet!</p> <p>It's just so <i>nice</i> to see a wholesome, loving kiss between two anime characters. No wardrobe malfunctions, pantsu shots, or creepy brother-sister stuff, just two people falling in love. Oddments Sun, 22 May 2022 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1809&gid=12 [Oddments] Before the kiss http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1810&gid=12 One of the reasons I enjoyed Nadesico so much is the believable romance between Yurika and Akito.</p> <p>At the time Nadesico was made it was very unusual for anime romances to have a resolution—especially a happy one. In most cases the couple you wanted to get together would be separated by tragedy or last minute plot twists. Sometimes they'd just walk away from each other for no reason (cough, Escaflowne). Bah! Oddments Sun, 22 May 2022 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1810&gid=12 [Oddments] The Kamado family? http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1814&gid=12 Absolutely no idea who these guys are, but it looks like they could be gathering wood to make charcoal.</p> <p>Tanjiro? Oddments Sun, 22 May 2022 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1814&gid=12 [Oddments] A swift kick http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1815&gid=12 Another mystery bonus. Looks like somebody's about to learn the error of their ways! Oddments Sun, 22 May 2022 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1815&gid=12 [Oddments] Like my pits? http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1816&gid=12 I don't know why anime characters spend so much time showing us their armpits but it's a classic pose.</p> <p>No idea whatsoever what this is from. Oddments Sun, 22 May 2022 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1816&gid=12 [Oddments] Tsunderedactyl? http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1817&gid=12 All she needs is a slice of toast in her mouth and a carefully-contrived collision with Senpai in the high school hallway!</p> <p>Anybody know what this is from? Oddments Sun, 22 May 2022 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1817&gid=12 [Yuu Yuu Hakusho] Lil Botan http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1818&gid=10 It's tough to think of someone who rows people across the River Styx as a child but isn't Botan just the cutest? Yuu Yuu Hakusho Sun, 22 May 2022 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1818&gid=10 [Androids] Cell http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1833&gid=5 I'm not exactly sure how I got this cel of Cell, possibly a bonus?</p> <p>He's not a character I actively collect, but I don't mind having a single example.</p> <p>Throwing him in with the Androids, even though he doesn't really belong with those delicious harmless-looking villains. Androids Sun, 22 May 2022 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1833&gid=5 [Mononoke Hime] Embrace http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1765&gid=9 At first San may hate humans but she gradually learns to make exceptions. I love this cel, showing San and Ashitaka leaning on each other. Mononoke Hime Sat, 12 Mar 2022 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1765&gid=9 [Mononoke Hime] Taking the plunge http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1766&gid=9 I love the effects on this cel, you can almost feel the motion of the water and the splashing as San and Ashitake struggle to stay afloat. Mononoke Hime Sat, 12 Mar 2022 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1766&gid=9 [Ranma 1/2] Cookbook authors are charlatans! http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1794&gid=22 It's the authors! They're doing it wrong on purpose! They have to be! Ranma 1/2 Sat, 12 Mar 2022 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1794&gid=22 [Ranma 1/2] Romantic Gesture http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1795&gid=22 Uhh... what am I supposed to do with this? Ranma 1/2 Sat, 12 Mar 2022 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1795&gid=22 [Ranma 1/2] Foiled Again! http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1796&gid=22 If insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result, Akane is relentlessly building a log cabin on the dark side of the moon. Ranma 1/2 Sat, 12 Mar 2022 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1796&gid=22 [Ranma 1/2] The Fruit of Doom http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1797&gid=22 One of the things I like most about Ranma 1/2 is that the characters are always getting into absurd predicaments that have equally absurd resolutions.</p> <p>Turn into an ultra-strong girl with whiskers? Eat a magic strawberry! Ranma 1/2 Sat, 12 Mar 2022 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1797&gid=22 [Ranma 1/2] Aintcha EVER gonna grow up? http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1798&gid=22 If you combined the maturity of every major Ranma 1/2 character &mdash; except for Kasumi and Nabiki &mdash; you might pull together enough for one rebellious tween. Ranma 1/2 Sat, 12 Mar 2022 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1798&gid=22 [Ranma 1/2] Interior decorator http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1799&gid=22 One of my favorite subtitles from Ranma 1/2 is, &quot;Akane is a sweet girl but hopelessly violent.&quot;</p> <p>If you somehow manage the difficult feat of displeasing Akane Tendo, she's not one to hold subtle grudges. She'll be sure to let you know! Ranma 1/2 Sat, 12 Mar 2022 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1799&gid=22 [Ranma 1/2] Peeved http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1800&gid=22 Ranma's got some 'splainin to do!</p> <p>Having watched a lot of anime, I've learned how tricky it is to make violence cute, funny, or even loving. Cartoonish rather than harmful. Ranma 1/2 always hits the sweet spot, so to speak. Ranma 1/2 Sat, 12 Mar 2022 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1800&gid=22 [Ranma 1/2] Poit! http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1801&gid=22 Nothing like somersaulting gracefully over the girl you love while ever-so-gently tapping the top of her head. Ranma 1/2 Sat, 12 Mar 2022 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1801&gid=22 [Ranma 1/2] A rare moment of peace http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1802&gid=22 It's really hard to find cels of Akane and Ranma that show them acting like a couple so I was really glad to find this one. Ranma 1/2 Sat, 12 Mar 2022 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1802&gid=22 [Ranma 1/2] Skating into trouble http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1803&gid=22 A prime early-period cel of Akane.</p> <p>I love the care and attention the animators put into drawing Akane's face and costume. In later seasons the art gets much less detailed and &mdash; to my eye at least &mdash; less beautiful. Ranma 1/2 Sat, 12 Mar 2022 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1803&gid=22 [Ranma 1/2] This is a boy pig! http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1804&gid=22 Ryoga would say there are upsides and downsides to turning into a pig whenever you're splashed with cold water.</p> <p>P-chan forever! Ranma 1/2 Sat, 12 Mar 2022 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1804&gid=22 [Outlaw Star] Spiteful Kitty http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1792&gid=8 <p>Aisha isn't exactly a cuddly tabby, just about anything can set her off!</p> <p> <div>John Steed: &quot;Shall I put the cat out?&quot;</div> <div>Emma: &quot;Do!&quot; </p> Outlaw Star Sat, 29 Jan 2022 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1792&gid=8 [Outlaw Star] Dancin' fools http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1793&gid=8 When you get right down to it, both Aisha and Jim are effectively children, so why wouldn't they have fun doing a victory dance in gaudy costumes? Outlaw Star Sat, 29 Jan 2022 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1793&gid=8 [Mononoke Hime] Om nom nom http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1763&gid=9 Nothing like a little pre-chewed meat when you're feeling under the weather! Mononoke Hime Mon, 17 Jan 2022 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1763&gid=9 [Mononoke Hime] Prepare to fire! http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1764&gid=9 Ashitaka seems to be taking inspiration from Goku, which is always a good idea (except when it comes to parenting). Mononoke Hime Mon, 17 Jan 2022 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1764&gid=9 [Ranma 1/2] Try or die! http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1805&gid=22 Not really a way to win here &mdash; with Akane's cuisine it's more a question of try <i>and</i> die! Ranma's still going to eat the tainted baked goods, though. Ranma 1/2 Mon, 17 Jan 2022 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1805&gid=22 [Mononoke Hime] Small but smiling http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1767&gid=9 Ashitaka doesn't take up much space on the big Ghibli cel but I couldn't resist because it's so rare to see him looking happy.</p> <p>This cel went for a bargain price even for a tiny image. I found out why when I received it: there's a big paint chip. I was heartbroken, someone was careless handling the cel. I Photoshopped the chip out for this image but you can see it stuck to the sketch. Mononoke Hime Sun, 21 Jul 2019 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1767&gid=9 [Mononoke Hime] Well-rounded 2 http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1768&gid=9 Nice profile of Our Hero -- simple and elegant. Mononoke Hime Sun, 21 Jul 2019 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1768&gid=9 [Oddments] That was easy! http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1769&gid=12 I absolutely love Asuka's character design and her plug suit.</p> <p>Asuka's story is one of the reasons I have such mixed feelings about Evangelion, she's not given any time or hope to be happy. Oddments Sun, 21 Jul 2019 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1769&gid=12 [Inuyasha Villains] Bad boy 2 http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1770&gid=32 Bankotsu is ticked that he's an almost completely virtual creation -- no luscious cels, just a handful of sketches.</p> <p>Love his "gonna chop ya" expression! Inuyasha Villains Sun, 21 Jul 2019 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1770&gid=32 [Inuyasha Villains] Resurrection http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1771&gid=32 Labor shortage? Lots of interviews but nobody worth hiring? Naraku's got the solution -- put the dead to work! They're just lying around anyway.</p> <p>Why train a new hire from scratch when you can get somebody qualified and ready to provide value from the first day?</p> <p>Be sure to check out the sketches! Inuyasha Villains Sun, 21 Jul 2019 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1771&gid=32 [Inuyasha Villains] Swordplay http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1772&gid=32 I was really happy to get this OP cel of Bankotsu, even though it doesn't show his whole face. He's normally CGI only, curse it, so this is about all there is.</p> <p>Still, the cel does give a nice sense of Bankotsu's "dead and loving it -- why don't you join me?" attitude. Inuyasha Villains Sun, 21 Jul 2019 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1772&gid=32 [Oddments] Princess? http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1773&gid=12 Another mysterious bonus.</p> <p>I've arbitrarily decided that this girl looks sort of princessy... Oddments Wed, 19 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1773&gid=12 [Oddments] My kingdom for a horse? http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1774&gid=12 No idea what series this is from but it <i>might</i> be a traffic warden happy to see her, uh, whatever that is... Oddments Wed, 19 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1774&gid=12 [Oddments] Who am I? http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1775&gid=12 This young man is wondering who he is. Sadly, I can't tell him... Oddments Wed, 19 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1775&gid=12 [Androids] Ready to Go http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1744&gid=5 People in the Dragonball universe aren't too big on diplomacy. A punch in the face that leaves a bus-sized crater always gets your message across. Androids Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1744&gid=5 [Ranma 1/2] Supervolcano http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1745&gid=22 "A sweet girl, but hopelessly <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supervolcano" target="_blank">violent</a>."</p> <p>Looking at this image you'd never guess Akane believes that any good relationship involves punching your partner so hard he flies up into the sky.</p> <p>This is one of my favorite Akane cels. I like the "normal girl" look but I recognize that short hair and a <i>gi</i> are her natural style. Ranma 1/2 Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1745&gid=22 [Ranma 1/2] The Pick http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1746&gid=22 In Japan extending the pinky as Ranma is doing is a way of referring to a girlfriend or mistress, but doesn't it look like he's examining the results of a recent excavation? Ranma 1/2 Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1746&gid=22 [Ranma 1/2] UnSuperGirl http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1747&gid=22 In Rumiko Takahashi stories, nothing's ever simple, that's a key component of the fun!</p> <p>In this case a complex chain of events has caused Akane to become stronger than Ranma, and that will never do. Eating the berry will return her to normal (or at least as normal as she ever is) but will she take it?</p> <p>I love Ms. Takahashi's work but I wish she'd let her characters show more affection for each other. This is a nice moment that says a lot about their relationship -- Ranma doesn't want Akane to be stronger than he is, but he also wants what's best for her. Akane enjoys having the upper hand for once but she trusts Ranma (though she'd never admit it) and wants things to go back to the way they are "supposed" to be.</p> <p>Of course there are also those troublesome side-effects of super strength... Ranma 1/2 Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1747&gid=22 [Ranma 1/2] Studious http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1748&gid=22 I really like Akane's expression and body language in this image, and I'm always on the lookout for cels from the early seasons of Ranma 1/2 where the characters are carefully drawn and look more "human." Ranma 1/2 Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1748&gid=22 [Oddments] Akiko http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1749&gid=12 The straightforward relationship between Masahiro and Akiko is one of the main reasons I enjoyed Shonen Onmyouji: they like and respect each other from their first meeting. There's no anime-style angst and no drawn-out love triangle or other nonsense. Oddments Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1749&gid=12 [Oddments] Dang it! http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1750&gid=12 Akito's probably my favorite sad sack in all of the anime I've watched. He just wants to be a cook but keeps getting involved in mecha fights and all manner of other disasters. Even better, he ends up happy (as long as you ignore the Nadesico movie, which you definitely should)! Oddments Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1750&gid=12 [Oddments] I'll shoot! Really I will! http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1751&gid=12 Poor Akito, he's pretty much the antithesis of &quot;credible threat.&quot; You can bet he's imitating a shooting stance he saw in an old cop show... Oddments Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1751&gid=12 http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1752&gid=12 Don't be fooled by Akito trying to be cool. He's just saving the world so he can get back to the kitchen where he belongs.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stubbsbbq.com/our-story/" target="_blank">Stubb's Story</a> Oddments Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1752&gid=12 [Mononoke Hime] Action Hero http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1753&gid=9 Ashitaka isn't beefy enough to pull off <i>&quot;I'll be back&quot;</i> but he's doing his best determined tough-guy look.</p> <p>Ashitaka's pretty small on this cel but the price was low enough to make him irresistable. Mononoke Hime Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1753&gid=9 [Mononoke Hime] Glowering http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1754&gid=9 Ashitaka is looking understandably nervous -- he's already been mistaken for a tasty snack once. Mononoke Hime Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1754&gid=9 [Mononoke Hime] Bend your bow http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1755&gid=9 Ashitaka preparing his ranged attack. Better keep your head down unless you don't mind seeing it sail away! Mononoke Hime Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1755&gid=9 [Mononoke Hime] Feverish http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1756&gid=9 Back in the days before antibiotics there was nothing to do but try to sweat out an infection. The way drug resistance is spreading, we might all soon be joining Ashitaka under the bearskin, hoping for the best... Mononoke Hime Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1756&gid=9 [Mononoke Hime] Getaway http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1757&gid=9 If you need to be elsewhere <i>right now</i> you couldn't ask for a better, more loyal friend than Yakkul! Mononoke Hime Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1757&gid=9 [Mononoke Hime] Take-out #2 http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1758&gid=9 Another one of those cases where my appetite for Mononoke cels outran my memory for what I already had...</p> <p>At the time I wrote this caption I was working in Cambridge, MA and the area around my office was infested with hipster food trucks nearly every day from late morning until mid-afternoon -- vegan, holistic, gluten-free, you name it. Somehow I'd rather have a nice, simple serving of rice, even if I had to wear a haystack to get it. Mononoke Hime Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1758&gid=9 [Mononoke Hime] Glub glub glub! http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1759&gid=9 Poor Ashitaka, he keeps getting thrown in that darn river...</p> <p>I love the water effects in this cel -- I dream of someday getting an appropriate background to show them off. Mononoke Hime Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1759&gid=9 [Mononoke Hime] Happy! http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1760&gid=9 Something you don't see very often: Ashitaka smiling!</p> <p>OK, OK, he's a man of destiny, I get that, but even men of destiny deserve a break now and again.</p> <p>I was happy to snag this cel because it includes Ashitaka's mask. His mask-and-haystack look from early in the film is probably my favorite. Mononoke Hime Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1760&gid=9 [Mononoke Hime] Incognito http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1761&gid=9 Nothing to see here, just a haystack trundling along on the back of a reindeer-like creature!</p> <p>I love Ashitaka's mask-and-haystack look, it's just so odd. It's got to be itchy and uncomfortable, and it's certainly not anything you could call camouflage. In fact, it's incredibly conspicuous.</p> <p>If you saw Ashitaka like this, you'd immediately think, "Wow, what a suspicious guy!" Still, he makes it work somehow. I guess some people have it and some don't.</p> <p>I've noticed that Hayao Miyazaki is very partial to the shade of red on Ashitaka's hat. It recurs again and again in his films -- look for it in <i>Spirited Away</i> among others. Mononoke Hime Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1761&gid=9 [Mononoke Hime] Lost http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1762&gid=9 Ashitaka stopping to ask for directions? He must not have cell coverage. Mononoke Hime Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1762&gid=9 [Flame of Recca] Eyes down http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1741&gid=23 Poor Yanagi, she ends up being kind of a cute wet blanket in Flame of Recca. She occasionally shows signs of being more than a hostage, but her basic job is to give Team Recca something to fight for. Flame of Recca Fri, 06 Jul 2012 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1741&gid=23 [Flame of Recca] Yanagi meets Mikagami http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1742&gid=23 Unsurprisingly, I like the early parts of Flame of Recca quite a bit more than the endless martial arts tournament. This is from a nice scene where Mikagami sees Yanagi for the first time and realizes she looks like his late sister. Flame of Recca Fri, 06 Jul 2012 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1742&gid=23 [Yuu Yuu Hakusho] Fists of fury http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1743&gid=10 It's not quite the "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire" attack but it's close! Yuu Yuu Hakusho Fri, 06 Jul 2012 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1743&gid=10 [Sango and Miroku] Hitching a ride http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1715&gid=30 Myouga may be annoying, but he's not stupid. If you're a flea and you have to travel, Sango's kimono is the place you want to be! Sango and Miroku Thu, 05 Jul 2012 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1715&gid=30 [Sango and Miroku] Young Sango http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1716&gid=30 I just love this cel. Not only is young Sango instantly recognizable, you can see the woman she will someday grow into. Even better, the cel has a classic Sango expression, "are you sure about that?"</p> <p>It's tough having to be the most responsible person in the room... Sango and Miroku Thu, 05 Jul 2012 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1716&gid=30 [Sango and Miroku] On duty http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1717&gid=30 I bought this cel because I especially liked Sango's expression. I normally prefer cels where she's wearing her kimono, but something about this one caught my eye. Sango and Miroku Thu, 05 Jul 2012 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1717&gid=30 [Sango and Miroku] Oh please... http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1718&gid=30 That expression can only mean that Miroku is up to his old tricks again... Sango and Miroku Thu, 05 Jul 2012 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1718&gid=30 [Sango and Miroku] Cause for alarm http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1719&gid=30 Darn those youkai! No matter how many you kill there are always more! Sango and Miroku Thu, 05 Jul 2012 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1719&gid=30 [Sango and Miroku] Smiling in the rain http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1720&gid=30 Kikyo may be the coolest and most interesting character in Inuyasha, but Sango is the most charming. Isn't this cel adorable? Sango and Miroku Thu, 05 Jul 2012 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1720&gid=30 [Sango and Miroku] Thinking of Inuyasha http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1721&gid=30 This cel is really gorgeous in person, and it has a matching background. Isn't the characters' body language interesting? You can tell they're worrying about someone, and the scrap of red cloth is a great symbol for Inuyasha. Sango and Miroku Thu, 05 Jul 2012 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1721&gid=30 [Sango and Miroku] Sleeping beauty http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1722&gid=30 Such a restful scene, you can practically hear Kirara purring in her sleep. I love the neatly-folded kimono... Sango and Miroku Thu, 05 Jul 2012 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1722&gid=30 [Oddments] Teen angst http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1723&gid=12 Shinji enduring a stressful moment in his plug suit.</p> <p>I grabbed this cel both for the classic Evangelion "oh noes!" expression and the costume. Since I already had a cel showing Shinji in his school clothes I wanted one showing him in his plug suit. Oddments Thu, 05 Jul 2012 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1723&gid=12 [Inuyasha's Allies] Freedom http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1724&gid=24 Now that the sphere is shattered, Shiori is finally free...</p> <p>I really like Shiori's character design, and I think hers is one Inuyasha's better story arcs. Inuyasha's Allies Thu, 05 Jul 2012 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1724&gid=24 [Big Dog] Immaturity http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1725&gid=25 Hair-pulling? Really? This isn't kindergarten! Or, maybe it is... Big Dog Thu, 05 Jul 2012 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1725&gid=25 [Rurouni Kenshin] Bath, sir? http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1727&gid=16 If you go to a Japanese bath house and this guy offers to help you, watch out. Ask Soji for a list of bath accessories and you'll get answers along the lines of toasters, piranhas, and toxic bath salts. Not to mention his old favorite, the traditional katana.</p> <p>I love all Sojiro cels but this one has a special place in my heart. Not only does it include the matching background (notice the watercolor shadow behind him) but it's the only Seta Sojiro cel I've ever seen where he's not wearing his nerdshirt under his kimono. Rurouni Kenshin Thu, 05 Jul 2012 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1727&gid=16 [Rurouni Kenshin] Luxury http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1728&gid=16 I paid way too much for this cel but I just could't resist it. Like all Rurouni Kenshin characters, Soji is drawn a little differently in every episode; this is my favorite style. The cel even has Soji's patented "death is my business, and business is good" smile.</p> <p>I've watched countless hours of anime but when it comes to Harmless Looking Villains no other character even comes close... Rurouni Kenshin Thu, 05 Jul 2012 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1728&gid=16 [Oddments] Spike http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1729&gid=12 This is Spike, a character from an anime almost nobody has seen called <a href=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eden%27s_Bowy target="_blank">Eden's Bowy</a>. It's quite a strange series, of a genre I can only describe as "kitchen sink." It has gods, cyborgs, floating cities, and just about anything else you can imagine. There were quite a number of series like it made in the late 1990's, shows where (often pretentious) ideas and comedy combined in an odd brew.</p> <p>Like most shows of its kind, Eden's Bowy doesn't make a lot of sense. The story changes direction constantly, to the point of feeling like it could really use some Adderall. Still, it has its moments, and if you're willing to ride along it can be fairly entertaining.</p> <p>There are certain shows that feel like missed opportunities because they take the easy path. For me, <i>Last Exile</i> and <i>Eden's Bowy</i> are two such shows. They both pass up some obviously interesting story paths in favor of familiar anime cliches.</p> <p>Even given its weaknesses, I enjoyed Eden's Bowy and I'll probably watch it again someday. It's a worthwhile "deep track" if you're looking for something that isn't a harem comedy or a ninja snorefest.</p> <p>I like Eden's Bowy's character designs, though they're quite mutually inconsistent. I'm especially taken with Spike's character design -- I always wonder why so few anime characters have patterns on their skins (beyond the obvious cost of drawing such patterns). Oddments Thu, 05 Jul 2012 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1729&gid=12 [Cowboy Bebop] Facepunch http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1730&gid=13 Spike was never one to mind taking a punch. For him, a little rough stuff is all part of a day at the office. As long as he gets a chance to hit back, he's Zen with it. Cowboy Bebop Thu, 05 Jul 2012 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1730&gid=13 [Flame of Recca] Is serious business!! http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1731&gid=23 From the way they delight in mocking poor Tatsuko, you'd never know that Team Recca is involved in a to-the-death martial arts tournament. Flame of Recca Thu, 05 Jul 2012 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1731&gid=23 [Inuyasha's Allies] Cowboy http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1732&gid=24 Totosai is no Clint Eastwood, but he does ride around on a cow, so that makes him a cowboy, right? Inuyasha's Allies Thu, 05 Jul 2012 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1732&gid=24 [Trunks] Rogue hair http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1733&gid=2 Toei characters almost always have one hair that refuses to play well with the rest of the team. In this case Trunks seems to be staring at his outlier, hoping it will learn to do its best and fight for the good of its friends. Trunks Thu, 05 Jul 2012 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1733&gid=2 [Trunks] Third wall http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1734&gid=2 Doesn't this cell look as though Trunks were breaking the third wall and addressing you directly? Nice attitude, too.</p> <p>Be sure to check out the sketch! Trunks Thu, 05 Jul 2012 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1734&gid=2 [Ranma 1/2] Hey! http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1735&gid=22 Ukyo is probably my favorite among Ranma's "other" wives. She's a great cook, and how can you not like a girl who carries around a giant spatula everywhere she goes?</p> <p>Stamina <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Okonomiyaki" target="_blank">Okonomiyaki</a> for the win!</p> Ranma 1/2 Thu, 05 Jul 2012 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1735&gid=22 [Rurouni Kenshin] UnYahiko not http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1736&gid=16 This is Yahiko pretending to be the mysterious prince. You can tell by his eye color, the prince's eyes are green.</p> <p>Needless to say the background is incredibly non-matching. The Rising Sun flag was not much of a feature of Meiji Japan... Rurouni Kenshin Thu, 05 Jul 2012 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1736&gid=16 [Trigun] Train repairs http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1737&gid=6 Awesome pan cel of Vash in the engine room of a train. The matching background really makes this cel sing, though I also like the kid assistant's expression. On top of that, Vash seems happy for once. Trigun Thu, 05 Jul 2012 00:00:00 GMT http://www.maiken2051.com/gallery/cel.php?id=1737&gid=6