It has been a while since I last shared my Turn A Gundam animation cel collection. I’ve slowly amassed a very sizable selection over the years, including cels from cuts by notable animators. In this post however I’d like to highlight my current collection of cels featuring Dianna Soreil. She’s my favorite character, so when shopping around I tend to prioritize items featuring her.
Turn A Gundam is the last TV Gundam to be mostly filmed with camera and painted on cels, marking the end of an era, so collecting cels from it almost feels like a double-honor to me.
My advice for potential cel-shoppers: Yahoo! auctions is your friend. In general it is the go-to site for Japanese auctioneers and resellers. In addition to animation cels, Yahoo!’s a good place to potentially find episode scripts, storyboards, production materials/sheets, and the like. You do, however, have to stay vigilant and search tags on a regular basis. Mandarake Auction is another site to keep tabs on, but listings are sparse and can come-and-go quickly. eBay’s an okay resource, though their selection tends to be thin in comparison. Cel shops at anime conventions and local anime stores are also good resources and criminally underrated.
Below I’ve put together comparison images of animation cel vs. animation frame. Haven’t been able to pin-point every single cel I have, but it’s a start.