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Chibi (pronounced chee-bee) is a slangword used in anime and manga to describe a style of drawing a character in a highly stylized way, with stubby bodies that are about the same size as the head. It can also be used as a modifier to describe a child version of a character.
Chibi is typically used in artwork to emphasize super-cuteness. To do this, detailed anatomy such as fingers are eliminated, so that their hands closely resemble those of the Powerpuff Girls or look as if they are wearing mittens. When they do have fingers, they are often shaped like baby hands. Chibi also generally do not often have feet, instead having v-shaped "nubs" rather like pointed ballerina feet. Chibi artwork is very popular in the babyfur community as well as any other furry artist who is looking for a cute factor.
- Chibi at Wikipedia