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Flipnote Studio was a free downloadable application for the Nintendo DSi. It allowed users to create both word and picture-based notes with the stylus, add sound, and put them together to create frame-by-frame flipbook-style animations. Flipnote Hatena was a website where users could upload and share their Flipnote creations, and other users could comment on them either by text, or by creating a flipnote.
In June 2010, Chris was spotted at a Fridays After Five event in Charlottesville. Among some very disturbing behavior, Chris was seen sitting down and playing with his DSi for some time while at this event. It later came to light that, after leaving the internet forever, he was now spending his time on Flipnote Hatena, drawing comments in reply to various Flipnotes. Being a retard, he helped a valiant troll to find him by registering with his full name.
After a little more than two weeks of shameless self-promotion and sharing his creepy sex fantasies with the world, Chris got himself banned. Chris's account became active again on 24 July.
The service ended on 31 May 2013, with Flipnotes now no longer visible from either the official site or the application itself; despite this closure, mirrors of Chris's Flipnotes are still available on YouTube.
Chris's Flipnote career
Predictably, Chris's first contribution to the Flipnote community was a picture of Sonichu, posted on 17 June 2010. Over the next two weeks, he added several more Flipnotes featuring a mixture of his trademarks: random-access humor and whining about the trolls.
Chris's Flipnotes freely swiped from various sources of "inspiration." He ripped off some other users' Flipnotes almost wholesale, and also plagiarized the 1983 animated Peanuts cartoon "Sally at School" to produce two of his shorts. He stole the dialogue from the first few minutes almost verbatim (the word "princess" is replaced with "sexy, beautiful woman" because Chris has a one-track mind) and used them in his crude animations.
At the same time, he also posted a number of comments on other Flipnotes (excerpted below) and added a lot of stars on his own creations to give himself praise.
On 29 June 2010, Chris first drew the attention of the site's administrators when they removed several of his rule-infringing flipnotes. For example, RomanticLabyrinth was likely taken down for being sexually explicit. Other Flipnotes were removed from the site for other reasons - Chris autographing many of his Flipnotes infringes their rule about sharing personal information, and several of his other Flipnotes infringed intellectual property rights.
Over the next few days, Chris failed to get the message and repeatedly re-uploaded several of his deleted flipnotes. On the third version of RomanticLabyrinth, Chris accused the trolls of trying to make him look homosexual, and stubbornly tried to reupload the Flipnote to prove otherwise. The site's administrators ran out of patience on 2 July 2010 and banned him.
Note that the moderators of the site were, by nature of their position, no doubt well aware of how trolling and various other forms of Internet harassment work. Despite what Chris would have you believe, they would never have punished him for what someone else did in his comments section. Unlike Chris, they didn't have an effectively infinite amount of time to dick around on the Internet, so they wouldn't take kindly to flag abuse, either. Someone didn't give him exactly what he wanted so he decided to go out of his way to flip his shit and get himself banned, without trying to be banned and without ever understanding the reasons for being banned, from yet another public venue that dozens, hundreds, thousands, or millions of people use every day without issue, proving once again that no one can troll Chris better than Chris trolls himself.
Chris's Flipnotes return
—Chris, on ban evasion
Showing once again that he never learns, on 24 July a number of Chris's Flipnotes reappeared, including the "tame" version of RomanticLabyrinth. This time, though, he disabled comments on all his submissions, perhaps working on the assumption that it was the comments from viewers (and not the content of his Flipnotes) that led to his original ban.
Within two days after Chris's return to the site, several of his Flipnotes disappeared from his account, including RomanticLabyrinth and others that had been deleted before for violating the TOS. He later reuploaded the deleted Flipnotes. After what felt like the sixth time of reuploading these animations, none of them were taken down. Either this was because the mods got tired of dealing with his bullshit, or because vigilantes had given up reporting them.
On 13 March 2013, it was announced that the DSi incarnation of Flipnote Hatena would be shut down on 31 May, in favor of another incarnation for the Nintendo 3DS, called Flipnote Studio 3D. It was released in Japan on 24 July 2013, but has yet to see a North American release. Owing to Chris's prior interest in the application and his current ownership of a 3DS, once it is released in America it is likely that he will join the new community, and that the trolls will quickly follow his every move there.
Of particular note is that while the ordinary version of Flipnote Studio 3D is free, a version that allows one to view creations from all over the globe will cost a monthly fee; owing to Chris's spending habits, it is possible he will be seen using the worldwide version.
- Main Article: List of Flipnotes
It is notable that Chris's comments on Flipnote Hatena, much like his comments elsewhere on the Internet, are self-centered and devoid of any follow-up.
"Could you make the voice louder + easier to comprehend, please?"
...from the internet. Now there is only FALSE info on me that THEY have crafted and spread to Bad-Rep me.
And worse they've found me in R. Life to catch footage of me for their gross, uncool amusement.
I WANT TO GO BACK TO A NORMAL REAL LIFE OFF THE FRIGGIN' INTERNET!!!
AND I WANT MY "REP" CLEAN OF THIER [sic] CRAP! DO you have any advice to help me clear their crap off me?
Response to comment in "Hippo on your head"
True words of geinus
Not a pedofork!
Not a quid-pro-quo!
Comment left on other videos without a picture:
- "Why can't I find THIS FlipNote on my DSi, even through YOUR Profile's Posted F.N. pages? I want to download it; it IS funny. [:)]" (In response to a flipnote that is completely ripped off from Family Guy.)
What Chris favorited should not come as a surprise. In addition to the obligatory Sonic, Pokémon and Family Guy flipnotes, Chris favorited a number of female-drawn animations, done in anime-like styling and done with a particularly shoujo-ai/yuri (lesbian, for those not into animu) flavor.
Chris apparently registered several sockpuppet accounts to favorite himself and give high ratings. For example, in the space of a few days, RomanticLabyrinth attained over 10,000 stars. This is reminiscent of his campaign to cheat in the Chop Chop Master Onion's Rap Showdown, in which he freely admitted to voting for himself multiple times.