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What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word Chibi?

Is it a small and cute anime character with an oversized head?

Because Chibi, like many other Japanese terms, does not have only one meaning, they have quite a few of them.

Chibi is a slang term that means short or little in Japanese. It may also refer to a dwarf, a child, a small animal, a small fry, shrimp, and a few others.

However, in anime, Chibi means characters with a small body and a huge head. So, Overall, Chibi represents cuteness to us otakus.

Super Deformed or SD also refers to Chibi in anime.

With that said, there are lots of chibi anime out there but it’s hard to choose the most entertaining ones. That is why I have made a list of the 20 best chibi anime that you will enjoy watching.

Without further ado, let’s begin the list of 20 Best Chibi Anime Series You Can Watch Right Now.

#20 Oh! My Goddess: The Adventures of Mini-Goddess

#20 Oh! My Goddess: The Adventures of Mini-Goddess

Belldandy, Skud, and Urd are always waiting for Keiichi Morisato to go out because that is when they can play along with Gan-chan, their rat sidekick.

The adventures consist of Gan-chan turning into a mini-Godzilla, playing baseball, travelling to the moon, a bit of romance, and other things you cannot even imagine.

Why You Need To Watch:

Oh! My Goddess The Adventures of Mini-Goddess is a chibi anime with the kawaii factor increasing a thousand folds in their chibi renditions.

The anime is hilarious, especially when Gan-chan the rat is in the spotlight of the episodes.

#19 Toradora! SOS! Hurray for Gourmands

#19 Toradora!: SOS! Hurray for Gourmands

The word “Gourmands” means someone who enjoys eating or often eats way too much than necessary, and the plot of this Toradora special is focused on that.

The whole cast of Toradora talks about their favourite food, while others state their likes and dislikes about it with reasons.

Also, they all are in the chibi version with animal ears, making them even more adorable.

Why You Need To Watch:

Even if you haven’t watched Toradora, no worries, you can simply watch these characters fight for their favourite food throughout this chibi anime.

And if you are a Toradora fan, do you need reasons?

#18 Di Gi Charat

#18 Di Gi Charat

Dejiko is the princess of the Di Gi Charat planet. Along with her sidekick, Puchiko, and her guardian Gema, they crash land their UFO in the middle of Akihabara.

Without a single yen to their name, they were homeless until they rented a place to stay in exchange for working at a shop named Gamers. While working there, Dejiko found a rival named Rabi~en~Rose who is a self-proclaimed idol of gamers.

Following that day, they began encountering strange incidents. Be it a bear simultaneously expressing all emotions or a Godzilla attacking the city, the daily lives at the Gamers shop is nothing but eccentric.

Why You Need To Watch:

Di Gi Charat was animated to advertise a store in Akihabara named Digital Gamers. But the series soon took off and got a prequel, alternative versions, spin-offs, side stories, and much more.

This chibi anime is cute, funny, fulfilling, and random is its second name. If enjoying chibi content is your way of life, then Di Gi Charat is made for you.

#17 Bikkuriman

#17 Bikkuriman

Bikkuriman is all about the good versus the evil.

The world of Bikkuriman has two different worlds, the devil world, and the angel world. Medusa leads the devils and wants to wage war against the angel world. Whereas, Zeus wants nothing but peace.

He sends Bikkuriman on a quest to find a world where both angels and devils can coexist.

Why You Need To Watch:

Bikkuriman is one of those chibi anime with a great plot and vibrant characters. Creatures with different abilities and the protagonists beating them one after the other may sound stereotypical, but for a chibi anime, it is entertaining.

The chibi characters are way too adorable and also have great character designs. It has hundreds of episodes with more than a couple of sequels.

#16 Chibi Revengers

#16 Chibi Revengers

Yes, you guessed it right. It is a mini-series of Tokyo Revengers.

In this show, we will see the daily lives of Tokyo Manji Gang members and the Mizo Middle Five led by Atsushi Sendo. Also, Takemichi Hanagaki is the second-in-command.

Why You Need To Watch:

As the title suggests, it is a chibi anime that stands up to its name with fun and silly episodes.

This one is just perfect for those who want more Tokyo Revengers while chilling.

The contents of this mini-series are not present in the original version of the anime. Also, they look like their age in this one. They look rather cute than scary.

#15 Kaginado

#15 Kaginado

Remember Isekai Quartet? Kaginado is like Isekai Quartet. But instead of Isekai characters, it consists of KEY anime characters. Key is a Japanese visual novel studio.

Kaginado has characters from Air, Kanon, Kanon (2006), Clannad, Rewrite, Planetarian Storyteller of the Stars, and Little Busters.

Like Isekai Quartet, the characters from these anime come across each other in the Kaginado Academy. However, they are not in their original sizes but in chibi versions.

If you want to know what happens in that high school with a group as lively as this one, go and watch it. Also, there is a second season of Kaginado that is currently airing.

Why You Need To Watch:

If you love KEY anime characters and have enjoyed their anime, you need to watch Kaginado for the humour and overloaded cuteness.

Kaginado might make you want to rewatch shows like Clannad, Air, and Kanon. It has a nostalgic factor to it. Believe me, This chibi anime is worth watching.

#14 Damekko Doubutsu

#14 Damekko Doubutsu

The title Damekko Doubutsu means Useless Animals in Japanese, and this chibi anime portrays that.

While searching for a new home, a wolf named Uruno comes across a forest full of useless animals who do not live up to their characteristics as a species.

And in that forest, Uruno encounters a smoking rabbit with a bad temper and gets into a fight.

After the fight, The wolf decides to leave the forest. But, when struck by love at first sight, he decides to stay.

Right now, He is in love with a clumsy cheetah girl named Chiiko.

Will Uruno win over Chiiko while living with an alcoholic unicorn, a weak-visioned eagle, an orca who can’t swim, a smoking rabbit, and a timid pegasus

Why You Need To Watch:

This chibi anime has adorable character designs which you’ll fall in love with.

Not to forget their contrasting personalities, which means you will not be able to settle down. If you are an animal lover, you should watch it.

It’s a short, hilarious, and adorable series.

And lastly, not many anime can use the word useless in the title, or synopsis and then pull off such an entertaining anime with chibi characters.

#13 Koro Sensei Quest!

#13 Koro Sensei Quest!

In this spin-off of our beloved Assassination Classroom, the students of Class 3-E have the same mission as the original series with a little bit of twist to it.

They have to kill the evil Demon King Koro-sensei. He is also their homeroom teacher.

The only thing that is quite different is that they are all chibis with skills of sorcery and swordsmanship.

They all have that Dr. Strange cloak around them, and all they have to do is kill the Yellow Octopus. Wait, why does it sound like Spider-Man: No Way Home?

Anyway, moving on.

Why You Need To Watch:

If you are someone who loved Assassination Classroom and have rewatched the series a lot of times, this spin-off might be the one you were searching for.

There is a prequel movie of this spin-off. So you can watch quite a lot of Assassination Classroom.

Another reason to watch this chibi anime is its solid animation and top-notch humour that it carries on from the original version.

#12 Ninja Girl & Samurai Master

#12 Ninja Girl & Samurai Master

Chidori is indebted to Nobunaga Oda, often known as Japan’s first great unifier. Why?

Nobunaga Oda saved her from drowning in a river. Since then, all she wants is to serve the warlord.

Don’t get fooled by Chidori’s innocent looks. In reality, she is a ninja whose skills are second to none. Five years later, Chidori and her friend Sukezou go to serve under the man who saved her life.

And thus, she is given the crucial task of gathering information and assassinating the leaders that hold the key to lands Oda has his sight on.

The rest of the time, she is seen around Nobunaga Oda’s family and trying her best to pay back his kindness.

Why You Need To Watch:

Ninja Girl & Samurai Master is quite accurate with its historic events. It will entertain you and educate you throughout the three seasons.

If you are into historical events, especially those in Japan, this chibi anime is the one you are looking for.

This is a well-animated series with humour that will brighten up your day.

Ninja Girl & Samurai Master is easy to recommend and has a great binge-watching value.

#11 The Melancholy of Haruhi-chan Suzumiya

#11 The Melancholy of Haruhi-chan Suzumiya

Teacher: Is everyone present here?

Students: The whole cast of The Melancholy of Haruhi-chan Suzumiya is present.

Teacher: What happened to all of you? How did you shrink down like this?

Students: it’s not just us, you have shrunk down too, sensei. (everyone giggles)

Teacher: Anyway, you all look adorable. So let’s begin our classes. (whispers to herself – I look kawaii too)

Why You Need To Watch:

The chibi anime, The Melancholy of Haruhi-chan Suzumiya is cuter and has double the fun.

You’ll get to see Haruhi Suzumiya being louder than ever, Mikuru Asahina being emotional to the power infinity, Yuki being an eroge, and Kyon being Kyon.

#10 Poyopoyo

#10 Poyopoyo

What can I say about this legend of a chibi anime?

Poyopoyo is a round cat. He was a stray until a drunk Moe Satou picked him up from the street and decided to keep him as a pet. She named the cat Poyo.

Getting instant approval from the household, Poyo leads a relaxed lifestyle. But that doesn’t mean Poyo is always quiet.

Instead, Poyo is seen getting into various misadventures.

Why You Need To Watch:

If you like cats, this one is a must-watch chibi anime. If you don’t then I would ask you to watch the first episode before judging it because it will make you laugh like hell.

With each episode only a couple of minutes longer, Poyopoyo is the chibi anime for cat lovers.

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#9 Isekai Quartet

#9 Isekai Quartet

This chibi anime is a treat for those who worship Isekai anime and the ones who have gobbled up every isekai anime there is.

Overlord, Re: Zero, The Saga of Tanya the Evil, and Konosuba, the cast of these four renowned isekai anime are transported to another world.

In this new world, they are all classmates of Isekai High, and as you have guessed already, it’s absolute chaos.

The irony is from getting transported to another world, they are getting transported to another world. Once again.

Why You Need To Watch:

There are several reasons, but the most important one is the interactions between this eccentric bunch of students from different worlds.

Undoubtedly, it’s an isekai fest, a good one. So good that the Isekai Quartet has two seasons and a movie that will be released in June 2022.

#8 Lucky☆Star

#8 Lucky☆Star

Lucky Star is a story about the daily lives of four high school girls. Konata Izumi, the otaku; the Hiiragi twins, Kagami and Tsukasa; and the polite Miyuki Takara.

Their lives aren’t as ordinary as their character introductions. Their conversations can start from anything. Be it food, academics, Japanese traditions, otaku culture, or anything that meets their eye, contemplating is their way of life.

Why You Need To Watch:

Kyoto Animation is the studio behind Lucky Star. They have a great record when it comes to nailing these slice-of-life narratives.

Remember, Nichijou, K-On, Sound Euphonium?

If you enjoyed them, you’ll most probably enjoy Lucky Star too. Besides that Lucky Star is fluffy and cute. The animation is on point.

#7 Mo Dao Zu Shi Q

#7 Mo Dao Zu Shi Q

Mo Dao Zu Shi Q (The Founder of Diabolism Q) is the spin-off of the critically acclaimed Mo Dao Zu Shi donghua. (Donghua means Chinese animation)

This spin-off is about the mischievousness of Wei Wuxian throughout his adolescence, adulthood, and rebirth.

Be it making Lan Wangji break one of the three thousand strict rules of the Gusu Lan Clan or deceiving him, Wei Wuxian has done it all.

Though he creates nothing but trouble for Lan Wangji, they share a strong bond.

Why You Need To Watch:

This spin-off is animated for those who were overwhelmed by the sadness of the main storyline of the donghua.

Mo Dao Zu Shi Q is adorable, warm, and most importantly, this will help you heal those wounds.

It also shows a cute and shy side of Stone Cold Steve Austin. I mean Lan Wangji.

#6 Chibi Maruko-chan

#6 Chibi Maruko-chan

Momoko Sakura is known as “Chibi Maruko-chan” for her young age and small stature.

Maruko-chan likes reading manga and loves the well-renowned idol, Momoe Yamaguchi.

Leading a simple life with her parents, grandparents, and elder sister, Maruko-chan is quite the popular one in school.

She always plays around with her friends, especially with her close-friend Tama-chan, and studies with them too.

The other friends being Migawa-san, Maruko-kun from the student committee, the trio of Class-B, Hanawa-kun, Hamaji-Bu Taro and Sekiguchi-kun.

Good luck remembering these names with the longest chibi anime on this list. But don’t misinterpret it as a weak entry. It is one of those chibi anime deserving the throne in this genre.

Why You Need To Watch:

Chibi Maruko-chan is just a normal girl from a simple family.

But, the daily life of this simple-looking family isn’t that easy. They are hilarious and often remind you of funny interactions you might have experienced yourself.

Momoko Sakura is also the pen-name of Chibi Maruko-chan’s mangaka. Not only are some stories inspired by her own life, but some characters are also inspired by her family and friends.

Slice of Life x Chibi, nothing better than this.

#5 Attack on Titan: Junior High

#5 Attack on Titan: Junior High

In this peaceful world of Attack on Titan, humans, and titans attend the same junior high school with two different buildings.

Unfortunately, in this world too, titan took away something very precious to Eren Yeager, his lunch. And it wasn’t an ordinary lunch. It was a Cheese Hamburg Steak.

Following that day, he vowed to eliminate Titans, all of them, once and for all.

The popular trio, Armin Arlert, Mikasa Ackerman, and Eren Yeager, are part of the Wall Cleanup Club. Yeah, there is a 50 meters tall wall here too.

The one thing that is quite different in Attack on Titan: Junior High is how characters are bold about their love interests from the very beginning. Be it Mikasa Ackerman showing her feelings for Eren or Ymir safeguarding her kawaii Christa Lenz.

And as usual, Sasha being Sasha, shares an equal interest with the titans in this parody. Food.

Why You Need To Watch:

You don’t need reasons to watch this absolute banger of a parody of Attack on Titan.

Besides being animated by Production I.G, Attack on Titan Junior High is everything you want from Shingeki no Kyojin’s chibi anime.

Be it the animation quality, voice acting, or the perfectly placed cast in the parody, Shingeki! Kyojin Chuugakkou will leave you wanting more.

It also has Eren Yeager shouting, “Yameroooooo…”

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#4 Magical Circle

#4 Magical Circle

Kukuri is the Migu Migu Tribe’s last descendant. While raised by an old witch, she was taught about the secret magic of the tribe, but Kukuri wasn’t the attentive one.

Living in the same village as Nike, A boy raised by strict parents who were determined to make their kid a hero, which he had no interest in.

But, when the King was recruiting heroes to go on a mission to defeat the Demon Lord Giri, both Kukuri and Nike joined the adventure.

To defeat the Demon Lord, they had to learn the Guru Guru magic to seal the evil, once and for all.

Note: There are two versions of Magical Circle.

Magical Circle (2017) has one season with 24 episodes. It was animated by Production I.G whereas Magical Circle Guru Guru (1994) has two seasons with a total of 83 episodes. It was animated by Nippon Animation.

Both the adaptations were well received. So, choose the one that suits your time and taste.

Why You Need To Watch:

Magical Circle is neither a spin-off nor a short anime that will end in a blink of an eye.

It has a proper storyline that is well animated. It is silly, high-spirited, and charming. What else do you need from a chibi anime this good?

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#3 One Piece: Straw Hat Theater

#3 One Piece: Straw Hat Theater

One day Eiichiro Oda’s Editor gave him three blank papers and asked him to draw anything he wanted.

Oda did just that, and so did the animation crew at Toei. They did justice to the side comics with a great adaptation.

One Piece Straw Hat Theater consists of 5 shorts with fun scenarios.

The first one titled “Chopper Man” is about Chopper Man stopping Dr. Usodabada from taking over the world.

The second one titled “Report Time” reports about the not-so-normal food practices the Straw Hats had before our beloved cook Sanji joined the crew.

The third one titled “Obahan Time” shows how the Straw Hat Pirates would look like if they were “Obahan” (Obahan means middle-aged women who are ill-mannered and impolite).

The fourth one titled “Ruthless Time” is a brilliant display of each Straw Hat being a Mafia Boss fighting to become the one above all.

The fifth one titled “Monster Time” is just a fun episode with all Straw Hats as different kinds of monsters.

These five mini-episodes aired along with episodes 279 to 283.

Why You Need To Watch:

One Piece: Straw Hat Theater is worth watching because the Straw Hats are cuter in the chibi rendition, and their actions stand out even more.

Besides being a chibi anime, the shorts are enjoyable, refreshing, and will make you laugh.

If you are into One Piece theories, you might see something familiar in the fifth short of this chibi anime. So, keep an eye on it.

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#2 Bungou Stray Dogs Wan!

#2 Bungou Stray Dogs Wan!

For a consistent series like Bungou Stray Dogs, this chibi anime version is another feather in the franchise cap.

Atsushi has finally adapted to being with the Armed Detective Agency, especially Osamu Dazai.

Bungou Stray Dogs Wan! displays that the days in the agency are not ordinary.

It shows all the weird encounters one might face. On top of that, the Port Mafia is active in this chibi anime, which makes it even more fun to watch from the very first episode.

Why You Need To Watch:

Even if you are a Bungou Stray Dog fan and are currently reading this section, I am looking at you.

What reasons do you need to watch these critically acclaimed cuties They release you from your fatigue and make you laugh.

The animation is on point, the humour hits the bullseye, and they nailed being chibis. So, go and watch it if you don’t want me knocking on your door.

Don’t forget that we’re getting Bungou Stray Dogs Season 4 too.

#1 NARUTO Spin-Off: Rock Lee & His Ninja Pals

#1 NARUTO Spin-Off: Rock Lee & His Ninja Pals

There is always that one character you wanted a spin-off for, but it never happened.

But, if you are a fan of Rock Lee, you are in for a treat.

Nothing can bring down his morale. Maybe he isn’t blessed with ninjutsu, but his willpower is eightfold more than usual. (the eightfold is the creative freedom I took, don’t go google searching on me)

And he has the best trainer in the Shinobi World. The guy with might in his name, Might Guy.

That’s it, Lee! Let the power of youth explode!! – Might Guy.

You can see Bushy Brows honing his skills to master Taijutsu and going on missions with his teammates Tenten and Neji Hyuga.

I miss Neji too 🙁

Why You Need To Watch:

This Naruto Spin-Off not only has a star-studded cast but also has fights that you always wanted to see in the original anime but never could due to obvious plot restrictions.

And believe me, when I say this, There are some well-choreographed and animated action sequences that you definitely need to see.

This spin-off is non-canon and has more cuteness with chibi characters walking all over you.

Honourable Mentions

I am back again with something extra for you to watch. Here are a few more chibi anime that you will enjoy watching.

  • Squishy! Black Clover
  • Re: ZERO – Starting Break Time From Zero
  • With a Dog AND a Cat, Every Day is Fun (Just 24 mins for the whole anime series, you can thank me later)

These are the 20 Best Chibi Anime Series you need to watch to fill up your hunger for some chibi-tainment (chibi + entertainment).

I hope you have found at least a handful of chibi anime to watch from the list tailor-made only for you.

And, If you know of any other chibi anime, feel free to let us know on our social media handle here.

That’s all for today my fellow otaku. Keep visiting averagebeing.com for more such awesome anime listicles and see you again with another interesting topic.

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