Hand Painted Background

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Even though studios have been creating CG backgrounds for a longer time than they have been creating CG characters, there are a lot of shows that still use hand painted backgrounds. I guess this is because it gives the show a similar appearance to older cel-based anime. I do not know much about CG, but I suspect it is easier this way too. The lines on characters are clear cut, and there are a lot fewer colors needed to fill in the spaces. The backgrounds would require a lot more detail and shades of colors to look believable.

I should point out that the tree behind Tohru is a second layer of the background. It is a thin cutout piece that was hard to line up with the rest of the background, so I did not scan it for this example.