Hiro Shitaku

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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.


A great lesson on anime and its origins!

Learning something on Newgrounds is actually enjoyable, you know. And this history was cool! But I think there was something about the eyes, which have a meaning of "windows to the soul" in Japan.

I would have fifened you, but two things.

1. You begged for a 5 at the end. That is not wise.
2. You inserted and honored Sailor Moon in this. This is what gave anime a bad name!!!


This could be the dawn of a new age for Educational animations...

now if only my classes would use the same technique, I'd be the happiest guy around :P

very educational indeed

What a cool informative movie. Most of us know much about the history of the western animation and comics (Stan Lee, Walt Disney, etc), but for many the history of the japanese style anime is really unclear.

I myself for example, like anime alot. Iv watched many manga movies including classics like Akira, Ghost In The Shell, Street Fighter and Spirited Away. But i never really wondered where the actual eastern style came from. Thanks for explaining!

U seem to know alot about animation. Why not use this knowledge to make an awesome anime flash yourself? Final Fantasy A+ is probably the best example of how to do it right. Were u inspired by his preloader for yours?

Ur flash itself was cool and reached goal. Even though the thing could have brought into a more original, spectacular way at times. U used alot of movieclips more than 1 time for example and backgrounds were often lacking :/ I know its a pain to animate all those small details, but when the creation is finished, then it really paid off.

What im really glad of is that u used a clear voice to speak things in, so that it was all very understandable...even for us europeans. Like i said, i hope to see anime work from you in the future, because when u know everything about the styles and techniques, its a must to realise and make something beautiful urself! Let me know when u made something.

- ALoneInTheDark

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Nice nice nice, nice lesson for an anime fan.

Yep, this was cool.. only thing that bothers me was that censored part.. =P, anyways cool job I liked, always come here for funny and cool clips, this wasnt funny but it still rocked, though the word "rocked" doesnt suit it. Yeah well I liked it lol.. :P

very interesting

this submission was very interesting to me.

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4.20 / 5.00

Oct 5, 2004
7:29 PM EDT