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Hiro Shitaku

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Oct 5, 2004 | 7:29 PM EDT

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Author Comments

Yes... while Hiro Shitaku is fictional (means, not real...), the remaining goodness in this "edu-mation" (at over seven minutes long) is accurate, and with a bit of comedy, will explore the history and techniques of the Japanese animation industry. I had a lot of fun making it, and I hope everyone enjoy's watching it!

** Disclaimer: to avoid confusion, Hiro was not a real person. However, all of the techniques discussed in this film were instead created by the industry as a whole to deal with their insane production quotas. Learn, laugh, but please don't take this film 100% seriously. Sorry.



Rated 5 / 5 stars

Love it

I love it. Its awesome. Cmon you can make more. I love Anime. Man you can do it. i know you can. Man I love this flash. The Graphics were awesome. Simply everything about this is Great!!!!!!


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Not bad, just one problem with the preloader.

It wont play. I just right clicked and clicked play. Other than that, not bad.

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Rated 5 / 5 stars

I loved it

Great animation, great sounds, funny unrealistic attempt at an educational film. I liked how you just made up the guy as a semi poke at japanese animation. I assume you meant nothing bad towards anime artists. This is very funny, and I liked the style it has and I liked how it both truthfully and non-truthfully uncovers anime.


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

I like

Only problem is the preloader, other than that I thougth it was very cool, and an interesting look at the History of Anime. Nice Job my friend.


Rated 4 / 5 stars

Excellently Done, but...

This flash was excellently done, but I'm worried that mixing historical lessons with fictional ideas is dangerous. It was not always clear what was real and what was your creation.

For instance, while swooshy background do indeed make for simplier animation, I doubt they were invented for that reason. Scott McCloud explores this subject in "Animating Comics" -- his reason for it is that using speedlines allows the "camera" to focus on the character, connecting the viewer with him or her. This is unlike, say, an American superhero cartoon, where Superman zips by the "camera" almost unseen.

Now, I know this, and you might know this, but someone else might not. And they might walk away thinking that swooshy backgrounds are just a cheap trick. They tell their friends, their friends tell their friends' friends, and confusion spreads.

If you were to update this Flash animation as a serious exploration of Anime -- its motifs, its icons, its history -- it would be one of the best things Newgrounds has ever seen. I hope you consider doing so.

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CirrusEpix responds:

Wow! You sure really know a good deal. I love Scott McCloud's work and agree with you whole-heartedly. I never really meant this to be a definative work, but more an interesting and humorous launching point into more education. I hope your butterfly effect of misinformation does not occur that harshly, but I will certainly include a sort of disclaimer on any future films I do. And thanks for the kind words!