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This is to show that you can animate using Paint Tool Sai or Gimp or other Layered software without the need of buying expensive softwares unless you have the money to buy it. Animation on Paint Tool Sai takes hell a lot of patience and effort. It's not easy to animate and don't think animation will be a fly since animation takes time.
If you can afford softwares such as Toon Boom, it will be best as Toon Boom is way faster than Animation on Paint Tool Sai or any software and also animation friend. Toon boom is rivaled with Retas and Retas is famous in Japan. The show such as Naruto, Bleach, Shakugan no Shana, Haruhi Suzumiya and more are all animated using Retas. TV Paint is famous in Europe and Toon Boom is a Canadian software famous in Disney Animated.
Youtube Video Samples::TV Paint Pro - [link]
Toon Boom Animate Pro - [link]
Retas Pro - [link]
Anime Studio Pro - [link]
Adobe Flash - [link]
My Samples::Toon Boom Animate Pro -
Anime Studio Pro -
Paint Tool Sai -
Buy? Here you go!
Toon Boom Animate Pro -
Toon Boom Animate -
Toon Boom Studio - $349 (They have promo now $199)
Anime Studio Pro - $299
Anime Studio Debut - $49.99
TVPaint Animation 10.0 Professional Edition - $1522.79
TVPaint Animation 10.0 Standard Edition - $638.80
Retas Pro HD - $1999