Flipnote Hatena Weekly News: July 30, 2010


Hello from all of us on the Flipnote Hatena team. This is Aaron at Hatena's offices in Kyoto, Japan with another edition of our weekly news blog.

Starting this week we've made it possible for you to write comments and feedback about the Flipnote Hatena Weekly News from Flipnote Hatena for Nintendo DSi. If you tap on the link at the bottom of the news you can share your comments and feedback with us. We hope this new feature will allow us to get more feedback from users who don't access the website, and better understand how to improve the news blog for you.

If you haven't already exchanged color stars for themes in the Color Star Exchange, please give it a try. We're now having a summer campaign that will continue until August 19, 2010 (Thursday). For more information please see the link below:

Summer Campaign: Win limited edition Creator's Room themes

4 limited edition themes will be released during the summer campaign (each theme is available for 1 week only), and the 2nd limited edition theme has been released today.

Also, we are approaching the 1 year anniversary of the release of Flipnote Studio and Flipnote Hatena (August 13, 2010 will be the one year anniversary in the Americas region), and hope to bring you some fun stuff in the coming weeks to celebrate this milestone.

Music video made with Flipnote Studio by Arman Bohn

Earlier this week, musician and artist Arman Bohn got in touch with us to show us a music video that he created with Flipnote Studio for his song "Brain Games". Arman hopes his video can inspire other people to use Flipnote Studio in new ways.

For more information about how Arman made this video and to learn about almost every object he animated to create it please visit Arman's blog.

Also, Arman Bohn's album is available on iTunes, Amazon, CDbaby and directly from his site at: http://www.distropolis.com

This week's new themes

The Flipnote team has created four new Creator's Room themes that are available in the Color Star Exchange this week. Below are some screenshots and details about the new themes.

  • A theme featuring shiny rhinestones and sweets. (10 color stars)


  • This theme features a fascinating and frightening shark. (20 color stars)


  • A silhouetted dolphin swimming in the blue sea. (20 color stars)


  • A powerful, red dragon to protect your Creator's Room. (20 color stars)


The best of last week's topic: "Summer Vacation"

We've selected some of the best Flipnotes posted from around the world that we hope you'll enjoy.

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

Weekly Topic: Summer Vacation

You can also see the Flipnotes for last week's topic by entering the command via "Command Search" on Flipnote Hatena for Nintendo DSi.

Hatena's favorite "Summer Vacation" Flipnotes from the Americas region

★ This Flipnote by Star #5 (id:ALEX182) features some beautifully drawn animation about all sorts of fun summer ball games.

★ A character in this Flipnote by Inkformer☆ (id:hiphopmonk) hopes for some summer relaxation, and then something unexpected takes place.

★ We liked this Flipnote by SBDprodx (id:SBDprodx) about a water-skier enjoying(?) the summer. Excellent sound effects!

★ This Flipnote by ki@the$$$! (id:Sept-1st) contains all sorts of amazing ideas about the summer that flow together extremely well. Great work!

★ This Flipnote posted by Edgemont (id:Edgemont) features a character on a motorbike whose summer isn't going too well.

★ midnight (id:midnightisme) created this Flipnote to inspire us to try something new this summer. Good job!

Hatena's favorite "Summer Vacation" Flipnotes from Japan

★ This funny Flipnote by mayuri24 is about a traditional Japanese game called "Suikawari" (splitting watermelons open with a stick), and features a character who can't quite get it right.

★ A hungry character enjoys some watermelon and then does some gardening in this funny Flipnote by Amenohabakiri (id:yuuta1024).

★ This Flipnote by “Mizuno” (id:supica-eggs) tells the story of the everyday life of a young Japanese girl enjoying her summer vacation.

Akibin created this amazing loop Flipnote that starts with a bowl of "Kakigori" (shaved ice with sweet syrup) and transforms into many finds of Japanese summer activities and motifs.

★ Two hot characters can't seem to keep cool in this cute Flipnote by Kanapin (id:kanako0206).

★ This fantastic Flipnote by Pan tells the story of a young man in the summer in the Japanese countryside.

Hatena's favorite "Summer Vacation" Flipnotes from the Europe & Oceania region

katt (id:katt2) created this great Fliphnote about 2 characters making sand castles at the beach. We liked the cute soundtrack too!

★ Summer is the season for explosions in the sky! The excellent Flipnote by ☆Nitram☆ (id:Nitram) captures the feeling of fireworks on a midsummer night.

★ This Flipnote by Matt (id:Radarfighter98) tells the story of Fred at the beach. We especially enjoyed the fantastic original soundtrack!

★ Something weird happens in this Flipnote by omar9101 (id:omar9101) that you don't see everyday!

★ A young woman goes to the seaside to enjoy a summer day, but the weather changes her plans in this Flipnote by DragonChik (id:SemiDemiGoddess)

★ Take a virtual summer holiday in this Flipnote by ☆ Syan ☆ (id:Syan) with a cast of characters who travel the world in search of summer fun.

This week's topic: "Circles, Triangles and Squares" (7/30/2010 - 8/6/2010)

For this week's topic we'd like you to post Flipnotes about that contain circles, triangles and squares. You can create any kind of Flipnote you want, but it needs to contain these 3 shapes in order to meet the requirements. We're looking forward to seeing your Flipnotes, and will feature some of the best ones next week here in the Flipnote Hatena Weekly News. Post the Flipnotes you create to channel 7 from Flipnote Hatena on your Nintendo DSi.

Also, please do not use copyrighted music in your Flipnotes if you want them to be featured here. Check out some of the sites below for Creative Commons licensable and other royalty free music:



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: Circles, Triangles & Squares

Weekly Frog Sighting

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.

★ The photo of a frog statue was posted by id:lukieman11.


★ This illustration of a princess with a frog was made with Art Academy: First Semester by id:folsense


id:sam156e posted this photo of a frog that he saw in his garden.


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