March 29, 2013: Flipnote Hatena Weekly News


Hello, this is Aaron at Hatena in Kyoto, Japan with the latest news about Flipnote Hatena.

The first weekly topic we posted for users in the Americas and Europe and Oceania regions was "Say Hello to the World" on August 14, 2009. Since then we have had over 187 weekly topics, and never done the same topic twice.

One of my favorite things about working at Hatena is watching everyone's Flipnotes about the weekly topics -- it really makes coming to work everyday fun! Last time I checked, I have added over 33,900 stars to Flipnotes, and most of those were Flipnotes posted for the weekly topics.

There are still over 2 months left for us to enjoy Flipnote Hatena together, and I hope that everyone can continue to develop new animation skills and come up with creative ideas. Even though Flipnote Hatena will be closing on May 31, 2013, I am certain that the animation skills and experiences we have here are something that will stay with us forever.

This Sunday many people around the world will be celebrating the holiday of Easter. The new topic this week ties in with this holiday, and I hope it inspires everyone to post some new Flipnotes.

Lastly, this week we added a new feature that allows you to upload your Flipnotes directly from the Flipnote Hatena website to YouTube. For more information please see the following page:

System update: Upload your Flipnotes to YouTube directly from Flipnote Hatena

Thanks for checking out the news blog, from all of us at Hatena.

Flipnote of the Week

★ Learn how to make a perfect picnic in this funny Flipnote by josecandel (id:goomer) from the Europe & Oceania region.

The best of the last week's topic: "Picnic"

There were over 500 Flipnotes posted about last week's topic, and here are some of our favorites from around the world.

You can see all of the Flipnotes posted about last week's topic by clicking on the link below (be sure to set your content preference to Worldwide to see Flipnotes from all regions):

Weekly Topic: Picnic

"Picnic" Flipnotes from the Americas region

★ Ants invade a picnic basket in this wonderful Flipnote by Hallelu (id:Cacaduck).

★ Some uninvited guests turn up for the picnic in this excellent animation by Najat.T.S (id:gold69).

★ Bugs don't ruin the picnic in this funny Flipnote by Jouigi (id:Jouigi).

★ A young couple enjoy a picnic in this nice animation by Miyako-San (id:SkyNight).

★ Ants prepare to attack a picnic in this cool Flipnote by Stranger (id:Stranger500).

★ Red ants cause some big trouble at a picnic in this funny animation by Cosmirage (id:Cosmirage).

"Picnic" Flipnotes from the Europe and Oceania region

★ Picnics are best enjoyed with a friend in this nice animation by DSITEROL (id:Classic-Angels).

★ A couple enjoys a picnic on a warm spring day in this Flipnote by Gr (id:mvlsg).

★ Don't let birds ruin your picnic, like in this animation by Se!y☆ (id:Sely).

★ We enjoyed this beautifully drawn picnic animation posted by ×TâsFïìàä× (id:toffee11).

★ A teddy bear is late for the picnic in this cute Flipnote by Ghostie (id:FallenWarpstar).

★ Check out this funny picnic animation with excellent sounds by Licanka (id:Licanka).

"Picnic" Flipnotes from Japan

★ We liked this story about some people enjoying a picnic by Shiitake.

★ Check out this amazing Flipnote titled "Magical Cherry Blossom Viewing War" by Foomin (id:wrbyno10).

★ A young woman and a rabbit have a picnic in this animation by Chiisa Na Oimo (id:handle-with-care).

★ A doll to prevent rainy days called a "Teru teru bozu" appears in this animation by Tako Death (id:rabbit_thankyou).

★ What will happen at the picnic in Dream Park in this funny animation by Johnny 3 (id:a3735963)?

★ It is not easy to set up a picnic blanket in this animation by kei (id:m1a2r3i4o5).

This week's topic: "Rabbits"

This week we would like you to post Flipnotes about rabbits. Animate stories about rabbits in the wild, pet rabbits, chocolate bunnies, magicians pulling rabbits out of hats, or the Easter bunny. See where your creativity takes you!

Please submit your weekly topic Flipnotes by 9:00 PM on April 4, 2013 (Thursday) US Pacific Time, and we will present some of our favorites on April 5, 2013 (Friday).

You can see all of the Flipnotes currently posted about this week's topic at the URL below (be sure to set your content preference to Worldwide to see Flipnotes from all regions):

Weekly Topic: Rabbits

Frog Sightings

If you are interested in having your frog photo or illustration featured in the 'Weekly Frog Sighting' section of the blog please post them on Hatena Haiku and we might feature it here.

Please submit only original photos/illustrations that you have created yourself.

Tadi (id:Tadi) drew this cool picture of a frog looking up.



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