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I’d probably insure them first - or at least check likely value if (and it’s a big if) you can verify that they’re actually original used cells. No idea what 2020 ha done to the market but prices on cells had been trending upwards (esp for significant films) in recent years given the shift to digital animation etc. 

 

(Also obviously be wary of framing and hanging in direct sunlight; given age and painted status they’re not the most robust things. I have a decent collection of random cells - mostly just stuff I or my better half likes, but nothing as neat as what you’ve got there)

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I have nothing to add beyond saying those cells are awesome, and that I'm very jealous. If they're genuine, how on earth did they end up in a video rental shop in Sheffield?

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Just went digging, and this Reddit thread is illuminating on how Akira cells got out there — a US distributor got a whole lot of them as premium enticements to order the laserdisc and VHS versions, went bankrupt and box after box of cells ended up going all over the place. Not entirely outside the realms of possibility for a few to head to the UK that way, I guess.

 

Which indeed it appears they did.

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13 minutes ago, loathsomeleopard said:

Just went digging, and this Reddit thread is illuminating on how Akira cells got out there — a US distributor got a whole lot of them as premium enticements to order the laserdisc and VHS versions, went bankrupt and box after box of cells ended up going all over the place. Not entirely outside the realms of possibility for a few to head to the UK that way, I guess.

 

Which indeed it appears they did.

Ahh. That sounds familiar, I remember something similar coming from the shop owner.

It was a sort of movie memorabilia store called playhouse (still got the bag), before such things were a thing, mostly specialising in ex rental tapes. This was a time before the regular commercial release of films at affordable prices, his store was full of old tapes that rental shops had gotten rid of because they weren’t popular any more. He had a few posters, one or two framed Disney cells and this box of akira stuff. Can’t believe I forgot about them for so many years.

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1 hour ago, erhgiez said:

I have a few cels, the crown jewel is an original production cel of the flying machine full of sky pirates from Laputa. I also have about 6 from Hunter X Hunter, one from Lupin 3rd. I also have some original ghibli film posters and Evangelion advertising posters. The price is getting pretty steep now so haven’t got any for a while now, but the seem to have appreciated significantly since I got them. Nothing like £2 each though! Not at home atm but can get pics when I do. I’ve never met anyone else who collects them, so nice thread!

 

I took mine to a framers and got a black wooden outer frame with a few inches of mount. I placed sketch and cel side by side. 
 

I bought them all from the Japanese Gallery in Kensington which host them here https://www.cel-ga.com but the prices have recently quadrupled on it. Not sure what’s gone on.

 

Ghibli Laputa one very similar to this

 

 

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Laputa is my favourite Ghibli film , thanks to ITV airing it on New Year's day but dayum if I had money I would buy some cells for sure. Didn't even know they were available for sale at all.

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49 minutes ago, erhgiez said:

I have a few cels, the crown jewel is an original production cel of the flying machine full of sky pirates from Laputa. I also have about 6 from Hunter X Hunter, one from Lupin 3rd. I also have some original ghibli film posters and Evangelion advertising posters. The price is getting pretty steep now so haven’t got any for a while now, but the seem to have appreciated significantly since I got them. Nothing like £2 each though! Not at home atm but can get pics when I do. I’ve never met anyone else who collects them, so nice thread!

 

I took mine to a framers and got a black wooden outer frame with a few inches of mount. I placed sketch and cel side by side. 
 

I bought them all from the Japanese Gallery in Kensington which host them here https://www.cel-ga.com but the prices have recently quadrupled on it. Not sure what’s gone on.

 

Ghibli Laputa one very similar to this

 

 

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Thanks for the advice. What a fantastic scene by the way, I bet the colours really pop on the real thing.  
There’s something really special about Ghibli artwork, you’re very lucky, that can only go up in value.  
I’m an idiot, my in-laws live only a few minutes away from the Ghibli studio museum and we drive past it all the time when we go on holiday, but we’ve never gone in. It’s always been one of those rainy day things that we never get around to.


Turns out my wife has some cels back at her parents house as well, but can’t remember what they’re from or how she got them; She used to be a graphic designer working in the movie and TV industry.

Wish I hadn’t looked at that cel site, the prices are scary.

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I like how your cels and outlines are framed side by side. I think I’ll do mine the same way.

And those sketches look fantastic, it doesn’t matter that they’re reproductions.

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  • 4 months later...

'Cel'

 

But other than that, nice! And I'd repeat the advice from loathsome leopard:

 

On 22/02/2021 at 18:10, loathsomeleopard said:

be wary of framing and hanging in direct sunlight; given age and painted status they’re not the most robust things.

 

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4 hours ago, smac said:

'Cel'

 

But other than that, nice! And I'd repeat the advice from loathsome leopard:

 

 

Bloody auto spell. 

 

I've got 99% UV blocking glass and they're being hung in a area out of direct sunlight.

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Weird that this should come up. I was talking to someone just the other day about an Akira cel I was given. I think it was seeing it on Netflix that reminded me. 
 

Anyway, in the mid ‘90s my sister went out with a guy who worked at Playhouse video and he got a load of these somehow and gave me one. I had no idea what it was really but I knew of Akira, having read Super Play. I never quite believed it was real as how could it be? Seemed weird. I guess there are way more of these per film than people think. 


I don’t think I’ve still got it but I never knowingly threw it out. Might be at my mum’s somewhere. 

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16 minutes ago, Pockets said:

Anyway, in the mid ‘90s my sister went out with a guy who worked at Playhouse video and he got a load of these somehow and gave me one. I had no idea what it was really but I knew of Akira, having read Super Play. I never quite believed it was real as how could it be? Seemed weird. I guess there are way more of these per film than people think. 

 

See @loathsomeleopard's post earlier in this thread about how so many Akira cels made it to the public!

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16 minutes ago, Pockets said:

I guess there are way more of these per film than people think. 

 

12 per second if they're animating on twos, for film!

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Amazing! I was literally just watching some YouTube videos on animation, as I watched The Rescuers Down Under this morning, and it was the first of Disney’s films to entirely use CAPS (Computer Animation Production System), whereas the first film 13 years before was a traditional cell animation. 
 

I literally cannot believe the work needed to go into cell animation. At all. What an absolute triumph of skill animation was before things progressed with computers.
Not to discount the skill applied to animation since then, but the tools they were working with were so humble. Bloody photocopiers and hand painting and multiple checks. Crazy. 
 

One of the things I never realised was how few colours were used. Characters rarely had more than 3 or 4 colours each (including Disney Princesses like Ariel), because of the physical limitations of paint. Especially keeping colours consistent. Never even noticed. 

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3 hours ago, NexivRed said:

Amazing! I was literally just watching some YouTube videos on animation, as I watched The Rescuers Down Under this morning, and it was the first of Disney’s films to use CAPS (Computer Animation Production System), whereas the first film 13 years before was a traditional cel animation. 
 

I literally cannot believe the work needed to go into cell animation. At all. What an absolute triumph of skill animation was before things progressed with computers.
Not to discount the skill applied to animation since then, but the tools they were working with were so humble. Bloody photocopiers and hand painting and multiple checks. Crazy. 
 

One of the things I never realised was how few colours were used. Characters rarely had more than 3 or 4 colours each (including Disney Princesses like Ariel), because of the physical limitations of paint. Especially keeping colours consistent. Never even noticed. 

There's a lot of great youtube videos on the production of Akira. This short one is about the colouring of the cells and backgrounds. They had a few more colours to work with than Disney.:

 

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