Chibi and Super Deformed characters and anime

You know what it is chibi? Or do you know the very similar stroke style called super deformed (SD)? You probably have already found these 2 drawing styles in some anime or manga. Today we are going to meet some of them.

What does Chibi mean?

The word chibi [禿び] literally means small child. In anime, the term chibi it is used to refer to strokes of a drawing in which its head is giant, usually equal to or larger than the size of its own body.

This type of trait is usually used to achieve a sentimental or comical effect, you see a lot in anime scenes where the characters are dressed up as an animal or in some funny or uncomfortable situation.

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It is used mainly in comedy scenes, but some anime end up applying this technique in the entire work, either to lower the budget or because it is just a nonsense comedy. To learn more, read our article on Chibi and Super Deformed.

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What does Super Deformed (SD) mean?

Super Deformed [SD] is a caricature style where the characters have a wider head and more relaxed features. All this to leave the scene comical or save time and work. The word can also be used to refer to chibi.

It is a Western word, in Japan it is common to recognize it as chibi. Are there differences in traits? Yes, Super Deformed are usually fatter, with less detailed limbs and wider heads, looking like children.

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Super deformed ones are generally used for faster scenes where characters are exaggerated emotions such as anger, happiness, surprise and more.

This type of technique has the most relaxed strokes and for this reason they are used in shorter scenes. This style was popularized by franchises like Dragon Ball and SD Gundam in the 1980s.

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Differentiating Chibi and SD characters

It is not easy to differentiate a chibi from a Super Deformed. Sometimes it can be easy to differentiate because we can see the deformation in the characters in the case of SD. Generally, both can be mixed in the same work.

It is also not easy to identify, but it is obvious that the chibi it is more cute and cute while the SD is usually more deformed and defective as the name says. Sometimes an SD has stranger, pointed hair and some peculiar things.

Chibi and super deformed characters and anime

Currently these two types of traits are common in Japan to serve as logos, store mascots, signs, companies and even factories to attract the attention of customers or the media. Its greatest popularity is in Japanese animations.

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There are also many chibi-shaped action figures that are cheaper than the normal ones and are called nendoroid. There are some anime that use only these deformed or chibi traits, even Shingeki no Kyojin received a chibi version.

There are other exaggerated proportions in anime, but they are considered neither chibi nor Super Deformed. It is very common for producers to reduce the amount of strokes or not respect the laws of aesthetics and start doodling to walk faster. Very common in anime that are late or comedy.

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The best anime Chibi and SD

Baka to test to shoukanjuu

The Fumizuki Academy is divided into classes classified based on skills; Class A has laptops, reclining seats and maximum comfort, while Class F is satisfied with a dilapidated classroom with rotten pillows and precarious tables.

Akihisa Yoshii recently took the entrance exam and finds herself relegated to the humble class F along with many of her friends. Classes can declare war on each other to switch rooms, fighting with summoned characters whose strength is their grades.

Class F 'stupid' students will try their best to achieve Class A luxury, even if it means facing the whole school in a draft war! The anime is pure comedy, full of scenes with characters in Chibi and SD.

Hetalia Axis Powers and Worlds Series

The main cast of this anime series are mainly the countries that made up the Axis powers and the Allies of World War II - that is, Italy, Germany, Japan, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia and China.

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Hetalia is the junction of the word hetare [レタレ] which means “useless” or “pathetic” in a cute way, along with the word “Italia”, satirizing the protagonist of the series. Venezianom Italy, a bright and sweet character, recognized as one of the weakest.

The main storyline events occur during the Second World War, but the vast majority of comics take place during other historical events, modern holidays or at no specific time.

The series often uses satire and cheerful comedy to reinterpret known events, as well as less common historical and cultural curiosities. Historical, political, economic and military interaction between countries is usually represented with social interactions.

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Sora no Otoshimono

A great comedy anime full of Chibi with two seasons. Tomoki is faced with an angel of little clothes falling from the sky called Ikaros who is said to be his pet, and who is willing to do whatever he says.

Tomoki is now able to manipulate panties and do perverted things with ease; but what are the real reasons Ikaros is with him? What other strange things await the protagonist Tomoki?

Himouto Umaru-chan

For the rest of the world, Umaru is kind, intelligent and a perfect high school student. But her brother, Taihei, knows the truth: at home, she is a naughty, sloppy, lazy girl who eats junk food, plays video games and throws tantrums.

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Now, in addition to working full time to support his home, Taihei needs to cook, clean and shop, while Umaru enjoys his carefree days as a brazen otaku in secret.

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Isekai Quartet

The anime chibi comedy mixes characters from Re: ZERO, Overlord, Konosuba and others isekai anime in a classroom. Although it looks like a generic anime that uses the fame of others, it was quite successful and has already won two seasons.

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Chibi and SD character products

Characters chibi are cute and draw attention, I have a lot of chibi action figures myself. Below we will recommend some characters chibi that can be purchased at Amazon Brasil for you to decorate your room or living room.

List of Chibi Manga

We don't have many chibi manga in Brazil, but you can find them in the list of previous products. Now let's just display a list of Japan's most popular manga that use Chibi and SD as dashes:

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Nome do Mangá ChibiYear
Hachune Miku’s Everyday Vocaloid Paradise Manga2009
Bungou Stray Dogs Wan!2015
Overlord: The Undead King Oh!2017
The Bride was a Boy2016
Himouto! Umaru-chan2013
KonoSuba: Megumin Anthology Aka2018
Cry for Me2016
Himouto! Umaru-chan S2014
Naruto: Chibi Sasuke’s Sharingan Legend2014
They Say I was Born a King’s Little Daughter2017
Fairy Tail S: Tales from Fairy Tail2007
Angel Beats! The 4-koma: Bokura no Sensen Koushinkyoku2009
Full Metal Panic! Overload2000
Attack on Titan: Junior High2012
Minidura2013
One Piece Party2014
Bleach 4-koma: Komaburi2011
A Certain Magical Indexchu2008
Record Of Lodoss War: Welcome To Lodoss Island!1995
Moonlight Sculptor 4-koma2015
Puchimas! Petit [email protected]2008
Metroid: Shounen Ou! Shorts1994
Gakuen Psycho-Pass2014
Yu-Gi-Oh! D Team ZEXAL2012
Mini! KIZNAIVER Theater2016
Negiho: Mahora Little Girls2010
Moonlight Sculptor 4-koma – Part 32020
Hamefura x Arte2020
Guraburu Jersey Bu!2016
Black Clover SD: Asta-kun Mahou Tei e no Michi2018
Mini Vanguard2011
DD Fist of the North Star2010
One Piece Gakuen2019
The [email protected] SideM: Wake Atte Mini! Returns2018
The [email protected] SideM: Wake Atte Mini!2016
Hidan no Aria-chan2011
Petit Adonis2018
Nora Swipes Right2019
Tell Me Your Wish2018
Fudanshi Kakumei2012
Nyoron Churuya-san2008
We Won’t Die Easily!
Mini Toji: Shucchouban2019
Shobo Nyan2011
Moonlight Sculptor 4-koma – Part 22018
Peleliu: Rakuen no Guernica2016
Lucky Star: Boo Boo Kagaboo2008
HiGH&LOW g-sword2017
Kakegurui Kakkokari2016
Koha Ace2011
Grimoire of Zero Nano!2015
Damekko Doubutsu2001
Katatsumuri-chan2004
Kanpachi2010
P.S. Triple2006
Kitsune to Aburage2009

Chibi Anime List

Below we will share a list of anime chibi on television. Specials and OVAs, these follow below in another subtitle. The list of anime chibi is in the most popular order, make good use of it below:

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Animes ChibiYear
Baka and Test – Summon the Beasts 22011
Heaven’s Lost Property: Forte2010
Hetalia: The Beautiful World2013
Baka and Test – Summon the Beasts2010
The Royal Tutor2017
Isekai Quartet2019
Isekai Quartet 22020
Mahoujin Guru Guru (2017)2017
The Wallflower2006
Himouto! Umaru-chan R2017
Heaven’s Lost Property2009
www.Working!!2016
Poyopoyo Kansatsu Nikki2012
BanG Dream! Girls Band Party! Pico2018
Himouto! Umaru-chan2015
Ninja Girl & Samurai Master 3rd Season2018
Ninja Girl & Samurai Master 2nd Season2017
Damekko Doubutsu2005
Potemayo2007
Ninja Girl & Samurai Master2016
Maria Holic2009
Clean Freak! Aoyama-kun2017
Anne-Happy2016
Maria Holic Alive2011
Binchou-tan2006
The [email protected]: Cinderella Girls Theater Climax Season2019
Attack on Titan: Junior High2015
The [email protected]: Cinderella Girls Theater 2nd Season2017
Hinako Note2017
Di Gi Charat Nyo2003
Hakuouki: Otogisoushi2016
Ghost in the Shell: Nyuumon Arise2014
The [email protected]: Cinderella Girls Theater 3rd Season2018
Di Gi Charat1999
Etotama2015
Panyo Panyo Di Gi Charat2002
The [email protected]: Cinderella Girls Theater2017
Yurumates 3D Plus2012
Tokyo Pig1997
Oh! My Goddess: The Adventures of Mini-Goddess1998
Naruto Spin-Off: Rock Lee & His Ninja Pals2012
Mini Vanguard2013
Bikkuriman1987
DD Fist of the North Star2013
Hi-sCool! Seha Girls2014
BanG Dream! Pastel Life2018
Mini Hama2015
Yurumates 3D2012
Bottle Fairy2003
Panda-Z: The Robonimation2004
Happy Lucky Bikkuriman2006
Kaijuu Girls 2nd Season2018
DD Hokuto no Ken2011
Mobile Suit Gundam-san2014
SD Gundam Sangokuden Brave Battle Warriors2010
Bikkuriman 20001999
Days of Urashimasakatasen2019
Gakkatsu! 2nd Season2013
Mini Vanguard 22015
Gakkatsu!2012
DD Fist of the North Star II2015
Ikemen Sengoku: Bromances Across Time2017
Shin Bikkuriman1989
Katana Maidens: Mini Toji2019
The [email protected] SideM: Wake Atte Mini!2018
Lychee DE Light Club2012
Tanken Driland: 1000-nen no Mahou2013
Chou Shounen Tanteidan NEO2017
Ao Oni The Blue Monster2016
Alice or Alice: Siscon Nii-san to Futago no Imouto2018
Taishou Mebiusline: Chicchai-san2017
The Glass Mask Year 3 Class D2016
Tenka Hyakken: Meiji-kan e Youkoso!2019
Mini Moni Yaru no da Pyon!2001
Forest Fairy Five: Fairy Tale2017
Forest Fairy Five2017
Pugpug1998
Girl Gaku. Sei Girls Square Gakuin2020
Kaijuu Step Wandabada2019
Umayon2020

List of OVAs, Specials and Chibi Films

Now let's see a list of OVAs, specials and Chibi Movies starting with the most popular:

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Nome do Anime ChibiYearType
Hetalia: World Series2010Internet
Hetalia: The Beautiful World Especials2013Special DVD
Hetalia: World Series Extra Episodes2011Internet
Melancholy of Haruhi-chan Suzumiya2009Internet
Himouto! Umaru-chan OVA2017OVA
The [email protected] SideM: Wake Atte Mini! Especials2019Special DVD
Hetalia: The World Twinkle Especials2015Special DVD
Black Clover: Petit Clover Advance2018Special DVD
BanG Dream! Girls Band Party! Pico: Ohmori2020Internet
Hetalia: The Beautiful World Extra Disc2014Special DVD
Hetalia: Axis Powers2009Internet
Attack on Titan 3rd Season: Part II Especials2019Special DVD
The Royal Tutor Filme2019Movie
Koro-sensei Q!2016Movie
One Piece: Straw Hat Theater2006Special DVD
Hetalia: The World Twinkle – Surprise Halloween!2016Special DVD
Hetalia: The World Twinkle2015Internet
Tanaka-kun wa Kyou mo Kedaruge2016Internet
The [email protected] SideM: Wake Atte Mini! OVA2019OVA
Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Especials2017Special DVD
Hetalia: Axis Powers Fan Disc2010OVA
Kimi ni Todoke – From Me To You 2nd Season Especials2011Special DVD
Potemayo Especials2007Special DVD
HameFura: Catarina Nounai Kaigi2020Internet
Shakugan no Shana II Especials2008Special DVD
Koro-sensei Quest!2016Internet
Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu: Spinout! Sore ga Bokura no Nichijou2011Special DVD
Overlord III: Play Play Pleiades2018Internet
Shakugan no Shana Filme Especial2007Special DVD
Attack on Titan 3rd Season Especials2018Special DVD
Ninja Girl & Samurai Master Episode 02016Special TV
Cells at Work! Especials2018Special DVD
CB Chara Go Nagai World1991OVA
Shakugan no Shana S Especials2009Special DVD
Shakugan no Shana III Especials2012Special DVD
Shakugan no Shana Especials2006Special DVD
Carnival Phantasm: Illya’s Castle2011Other
The Testament of Sister New Devil BURST Especials2015Special DVD
Maho-Yome2017Other
Puchimas! Petit Petit [email protected]2014Internet
Manga de Wakaru! Fate/Grand Order2018Internet
Dragon Half1993OVA
Baka and Test – Summon the Beasts 2: Magical Hideyoshi Hideyoshi2011Special DVD
Puchimas! Petit [email protected]2013Internet
My Wife Is the Student Council President! Okusama Gekijou2015Special DVD
Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Character Theater2007Special TV
Overlord: Play Play Pleiades2015Special DVD
Himouto! Umaru-chan S2015Special DVD
Oreimo Animated Commentary2010Special DVD
Overlord: Ple Ple Pleiades Theatrical Version2017Special DVD
Overlord: Play Play Pleiades OVA2016OVA
Overlord II: Play Play Pleiades2018Internet
No Game No Life: Zero – Manner Filme2017Other
Overlord: Ple Ple Pleiades – Clementine Toubou-hen2018Internet
The Testament of Sister New Devil Especials2015Special DVD
Puchimas! Petit [email protected] OVA2013OVA
Place to Place Youchien2012Other
The [email protected]: Cinderella Girls Theater 3rd Season Especials2018Special DVD
Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Memory Snow – Manner Filme2018Other
Di Gi Charat Summer Especial 20002000OVA
Nura: Rise of the Youkai Clan – Jump Super Anime Tour Especial2010Other
Saki Biyori2015OVA
Di Gi Charat Ohanami Especial2001OVA
Symphogear AXZ Especials2017Special DVD
Utawarerumono: The False Faces Especials2016Special DVD
Mini Sengoku Basara Two: Tsukiyo no Katakura-kun2010Special DVD
Susume! Godzilland1994OVA
Barakamon: Mijikamon2014Internet
Re:ZERO -Starting Break Time From Zero-2016Internet
Youjo Shenki2017Internet
Mayoi Neko Overrun! Especials2010Special DVD
Puchimas! Petit [email protected] – Takatsuki Gold Densetsu Especial!! Harukasan Matsuri2013Special DVD
Di Gi Charat Natsuyasumi Especial2001OVA
Mini Sengoku Basara: Chousokabe-kun to Mouri-kun2009Special DVD
Di Gi Charat Christmas Especial2000OVA
The [email protected]: Cinderella Girls Theater 2nd Season (Web)2017Internet
Puchimas! Petit Petit [email protected] OVA2018OVA
Nadia: Secret of the Blue Water Especials2003Special DVD
Hakuouki: Otogisoushi Especial2016Special DVD
The [email protected]: Cinderella Girls Theater (Web)2017Internet
Oreimo 2 Animated Commentary2013Special DVD
Puso Ni Comi: Phantasy Star Online 2 Comic2019Other
Mobile Police Patlabor Minimum: Minipato2002Other
Leave it to Piyoko!2003OVA
Di Gi Charat Tsuyu Especials2001Special DVD
The [email protected]: Cinderella Girls Theater 2nd Season Especials2017Special DVD
Ozmafia!! Especial2016Special DVD
Mobile Suit SD Gundam’s Counterattack1989OVA
Danganronpa 3: Monokuma Gekijou2016Special DVD
Sword Art Online II: Sword Art Offline II2014Special DVD
Di Gi Charat Filme – A Trip to the Planet2001Movie
Chiba Pedal: Yowamushi Pedal to Manabu Jitensha Koutsuuanzen2016Internet
Lord Marksman and Vanadis: Tigre and Vanadish2014Internet
Shakugan no Shana: Naze Nani Shana2006Special DVD
Tales of the Rays Theater2018Other
Sword Art Online Filme: Ordinal Scale – Sword Art Offline2017Special DVD
Re:Petit Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu2016Internet
Sword Art Online: Sword Art Offline – Extra Edition2014Special DVD
Sengoku Basara Filme: 4-Koma Gekijou – Another Last Party2011Other
Beyond the Boundary: Idol Trial!2013Internet
Yurumates2009OVA
Tokyo Ravens Especials2013Internet
A Sister’s All You Need Especials2018Special DVD
Symphogear XV Especials2019Special DVD
Toradora SOS!2009Special DVD
Miyakawa-ke no Kuufuku2013Internet
Sword Art Online: Sword Art Offline2012Special DVD
Nyoron! Churuya-san2009Internet
Ghost in the Shell: Arise – Logicoma Especials2013Special DVD
My Wife Is the Student Council President! OVA: Okusama Gekijou2016Special DVD
Super Deformed Double Feature1988OVA
Isekai Quartet Relay PV2018Internet
Attack on Titan Picture Drama2013Special DVD
Symphogear G Especials2014Special DVD
God Eater Rezo Nantoka Gekijou: Episode EX2018Other
.hack//GIFT2003OVA
Macross Delta Especials2016Special DVD
A Sister’s All You Need (Web)2017Special DVD
Akame ga Kill! Theater2014Internet
Guilty Crown: 4-koma Gekijou2012Special DVD