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Puni Plush
An art style alternative to the tall, skinny design that is so common in Bishoujo Series. Puni Plush avoids straight lines, emphasizing a character's curves, especially the face and hips, that can give to the cast an overall short, young look. Most common in romantic or slice-of-life anime, but sometimes used in less obvious ways. Often leads to Artistic Age of the "looks younger" variety.

Take this trope to its extreme and you get Super-Deformed. Contrast Noodle People. See also Thick-Line Animation, both styles are not complete opossites by definition, but Puni Plush favors soft, thin lines while the later tend to add emphasize in angles and points and it generally looks very flat and sharp in comparison, but there's no rule that says that something can't have bold lines and a rounded design. Not to be confused with the species from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.

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  • Taral Wayne's art style is a western, anime (and Cats Don't Dance) influenced, version of this.

     Live Action TV 
  • The Korean soap opera I Love You featured as its protagonist a struggling cartoonist who drew his friends and family members in this style, which led to his successful I Love You serialized manga.

    Video Games 
  • While Akira Toriyama may have moved away from this style in his print and animated works, it's still quite evident in the game series with his character designs, such as Blue Dragon and Dragon Quest.
  • Battle Arena Nitoshinden, featuring certain fighters from the main franchise (and a few exclusive to this game) as kids.
  • Most of the heroes of the EarthBound series are 13 years old, but it's very hard to notice. There's a reason why the likes of Ness and Lucas may be classified as adorable children. (Lucas's woobiness in the Subspace Emissary doesn't quite help either.) The American version of the figurines has them aged up. This is especially visible on the Ness figurine (Super Smash Bros. uses the original Japanese version world-wide)
  • Yggdra Union poses an interesting example in that even the items get some puni. Perhaps not surprisingly, the game (and the entire Dept Heaven series, since its release) was art-directed by the creator of GA and Kuro above; Kiyudzuki is famous for her puni-moe characters (though she doesn't always draw this way).
  • Early Harvest Moon games had art like this. It's mostly been dropped since Island of Happiness in favor of Bishōnen and Bishojo. If you didn't know any better, you'd think the protagonists were preteens at most. Yet, they're supposed to be in their 20s and up. The hint drops when you're expected to get married. It's especially jarring in games like Harvest Moon 64 and Magical Melody.
    • A similar problem occurs in Animal Crossing. The player doesn't even look pubescent but can move out, drink coffee, pay taxes, and is heavily implied to be an adult. Averted in New Leaf, where everyone more resembles Noodle People, but due to their face stays the saame as ever, so to some this isn't totally a good thing.
  • Etrian Odyssey has this too. Quite jarring given the scenario, but very charming too.
  • Eternal Sonata
  • Most of the character art in the original Panel de Pon is done in this style. It's toned down for the 2-Player and Vs. mode portraits, though.
  • Final Fantasy IX. Exceptions seem to be limited to named characters (civilians exhibit this on a massive scale, even the furry ones.)
  • Ontamarama
  • All Touhou characters, at least in the official art. Fanart depictions vary considerably.
  • Senran Kagura uses a very curvy puni plush art style, which fits nicely for the Slice of Life parts of the story... and creates some interesting Art-Style Dissonance during the dramatic parts.

    Western Animation 
  • The Princess and the Frog was deliberately given a rounded style, more reminiscent of older Disney movies, such as Lady And The Tramp and 101 Dalmations. The excuse for this is that the director believed those movies were the pinnacle of Disney's style.
  • Lilo & Stitch. This is because the art is style used is the director's style. This makes the movie very unique; almost no straight lines are used, and even pointed objects are dull. This also tend to seep into other movies he has storyboarded/directed, such as The Croods, and Beauty and the Beast.
  • Magi-Nation, at least in its original incarnation. Even the fierce Hyrens were kind of cute and chubby.
  • Fionna from Adventure Time has a lot more curves than the typical Noodle People in that show. Her designer says she's meant to look 'chubby cute.' Considering she's the Distaff Counterpart of Finn, it makes sense. He's kind of a chunky kid (?) and women hold their weight in different places.
  • Class of 3000 use a style that favors curves above straight lines, especially noticeable in the character desing as everybody looks super rounded.

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