Mixing some anime techinques with the more “realistic” kind of render, gives much more push to the explosions.

Here is the ¬†original compositing of the explosion, that I didn’t like.. is missing strenght and timming, also the amount of smoke didn’t make sense at all with that small explosion…. Needed to be more violent.
There is different elements in this explosion:  Sparks, Fire of the explosion, and post smoke )

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In here is a finished version of the explosion, Playing with the same exact elements, but exagerating some sizes and, giving some Black and White frames inbetween, gives this flashing effect that makes much more sense on the eye.

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I love this kind of anime techniques… mental note: “I have to do more!!”