Movies & TV Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for movie and tv enthusiasts. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I'm watching some anime on netflix. Is there a term for when the characters get real emotional they are suddenly animated as cutesy almost childlike versions of themselves? Then they go right back? Here's a clip I just recorded from an albeit terrible show Sekirei

share|improve this question
up vote 4 down vote accepted

I believe the term you're looking for is Chibi

Chibi (ちび or チビ) is a Japanese slang word meaning "short person" or "small child".

Chibi style is usually used in depicting scenes which are cute and/or humorous, and it is extremely rare for it to be used for an entire anime series. It is quite popular in manga, however.

share|improve this answer
Someone feel free to clean that up. The mobile app doesnt make for easy editing. – MattD Jul 26 '14 at 1:43
That seems like it – Mr. Manager Jul 26 '14 at 1:46
Awesome. Without a picture to really see what you're referring to I'm just sort of taking a stab in the dark. – MattD Jul 26 '14 at 1:47
Uploaded a example clip – Mr. Manager Jul 26 '14 at 2:09
after viewing the clip do you still believe it is Chibi? – Mr. Manager Jul 28 '14 at 17:24

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.