It always starts the same way.
You like a show, you get a cel. Maybe you get two cels. If you're lucky,
you get another one for your birthday. Some time goes by, and you like
another show. You get another cel. Maybe two. It seems the most natural
thing in the world, right?
Ah, but after you have those first dozen or so,
when you're buying a special plastic binder to store them, or running down
to the frame shop and choosing acid-free mat board and UV-protected glass...
that day when you think to yourself that paying $200 for a single image is
not so bad... the moment you realize that if somebody outbids you for that
full-front, eyes-open, multilayer key cel with watercolor background, you're
going to curl up in a ball and cry... that first time you sell another
once-treasured possession to afford a cel of your favorite character...
my friends, that's when "hobby" has become "addiction".
There are no self-help books available for cel addicts. No Animeholics
Anonymous groups meet in the local community center on Tuesday nights. No
non-profit credit counseling agencies exist to help you plan that next big
Miyazaki purchase and still afford your mortgage payment.
And so, if you happen to be one of us, all I can do is offer this
paltry piece of wisdom, cold comfort when you're holding your wallet
upside down and wondering where all the money went:
"At least you don't collect Precious Moments figurines or something
Yes, my friends, you may have been sucked into a mighty expensive pastime,
but at least it's an extremely cool one. Short of creaky old grandmothers
with wonky vision, nobody would ever walk into your home and commend an
extensive collection of Hallmark ornaments or Red Rose tea animals. Let's
be honest here... who the heck cares about a vast display of empty vintage
beer cans unless they'd just consumed a huge amount of the beverage
themselves? But anime cels! Each one is a unique piece of animation
history -- an instant in the lives of beloved fictional characters. Hang
a few of those on your wall, and watch the admiration ooze off your friends
And if they're not properly awed, you can always make snide comments about
their ancestry, personal hygeine, and probable secret stash of Precious
So now, without further ado (or gratuitous rambling), I present the Vanous
household collection of anime production art.
Somewhat tardy NOTE: Many of the cel descriptions in this gallery
contain spoilers. This is due in large part to me being a fricking
idiot. *sigh* And I really don't want to rewrite a hundred descriptions,
so please be aware that the spoilers exist. If you haven't seen a series
yet, do not read the commentary!
Hell, if you haven't seen a series yet, just avoid that section altogether.
Run! Flee! Save yourself!
Before it's too late.