I've always liked this quirky anime technique, which was used in several anime around the 1990s and 2000s, but not THAT often. What is it called and how does it work?

How do you animate it and when does it get used?

magic knight rayearth - chibi

I also found other examples

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  • Are you referring to the Chibi style of drawing the characters smaller, or to the short clips which usually feature this style? The clips generally come during the middle (before and after ad breaks) or "In the next episode" segments of an episode. Commented Jun 17, 2019 at 17:50
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    @TheGamer007 as his title mentions "run" I assume he is talking about the feet turning into what seems like cloudy circles instead
    – Dimitri mx
    Commented Jun 17, 2019 at 18:17
  • @Dimitrimx ah, I completely misinterpreted that. Thanks. Commented Jun 17, 2019 at 18:28
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    is there a name for it?
    – Kenny M.
    Commented Jun 17, 2019 at 19:58
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    you might want to also add what do you mean by "how does it work?" you mean how does it work being animated or how does the run work in real life?
    – Memor-X
    Commented Jun 17, 2019 at 23:48

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It's most likely a mix of,

  • Is there any more info
    – Kenny M.
    Commented Aug 31, 2020 at 21:05

I doubt there is an actual name for this but it's likely a trope that derived from older manga works., most notably that of Fujio Akatsuka. It's best described as an "afterimage" of movement.

afterimages of Fujio Akatsuka 1

afterimages of Fujio Akatsuka 2

There are many names for such, like "ghost feet", but there's not any real agree upon terms for this trope.

ghost feet

  • WOW. Is that page online
    – Kenny M.
    Commented Oct 11, 2020 at 22:06
  • What page are you referring to?
    – кяαzєя
    Commented Oct 14, 2020 at 3:04
  • The one about that super-deformed run, can I find it anywhere?
    – Kenny M.
    Commented Oct 16, 2020 at 22:39
  • To download, not really.
    – кяαzєя
    Commented Oct 17, 2020 at 17:30
  • That's ok, I'll set up another bounty
    – Kenny M.
    Commented Oct 18, 2020 at 19:20

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