Tome Cel


This Japanese character is called tome (pronounced like the English words toe & may). You will usually find this symbol in the upper right corner of a cel. An A-tome symbol marking means the same thing as an A1-end marking, and a B-tome symbol marking means the same thing as a B1-end markng. It seems to be more of a personal preference which way the artist marks the cel.

An A-tome (A-1/end) cel is often used to film a still shot in a show. Since most still shots are done for dramatic or emotional effect, they tend to be from very memorable scenes and be high quality images. This makes them very desirable for collectors. Another thing that makes them valuable is that there are often no sequence-mates for these cels. Instead of having a series of cels that each have slight differences as the character moves, a tome stands alone. Nearly all tome cels come with the matching watercolor background. If they don’t, it is usually because the background has been lost or damaged somewhere along the way. Not only do tomes come with matching backgrounds, but many of them also come with extra sketches (layouts, artboard, gengas, timing sheet). A tome cel can be any type of cel. Most commonly they are pan or oversized cels, but I have seen standard-sized ones as well.