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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

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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.

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    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

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