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Chibi (ちび?, can also be written 禿び[1]) is a Japanese word meaning "short person" or "small child". The word has gained currency amongst fans of manga and anime. Its meaning is of someone or some animal that is small. It can be translated as "little", but is not used the same way as chiisana [小さな] (tiny, small, little in Japanese). A prototypical example of the former usage in the original Japanese which brought the term to the attention of Western fans is Chibiusa, a pet name for the diminutive daughter of Sailor Moon formed from Chibi Usagi ("Little Usagi").[2]

In English-speaking anime and manga fandom (otaku), the term chibi has mostly been conflated with the term super deformed or it can be used to describe child versions of characters.

See also


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  2. "Sailor Moon volume 3 translation". Retrieved 2008-05-23. 

External links

nl:Chibi (manga)ru:Тиби fi:Chibi sv:Chibi uk:Тібі (термін)

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