What is an anime cel ?

A cel, short for celluloid, is a transparent sheet with three holes on the upper part, on which characters are painted for traditional, hand-drawn animation. They are filmed and then put behind one another to give the illusion of a continuous motion.
Each anime cel is unique, hand made and coming from animation studios.
Anime cels have been used until 2000/2001.

Regular anime cel's size for TV is 10inch/9inch (26,5cm x 23cm).

Regular anime cel's size for movie animation is 14inch/9inch (35cm /23cm).

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Harmony Cel (ハーモニーセル画)

It’s an anime cel representing a special or important moment in the story of an anime.

The anime cel has just  the black lines on it.

The character is painted on the background.

Hanken cel (

It’s an anime cel realized for the cover of the dvd, posters, trading cards…

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