Hooray! It’s the first week in more than a month that we’ve had a full set of six new bitmojis released, so it’s finally starting to feel like old times again. But did you notice? Three of this week’s newmojis were released on Monday! (This occasionally happens when one or more of the new bitmojis are related to a holiday that week, but in this case, there’s no obvious reason for it.) Let’s see how the new batch rates:
Frolicking with Unicorn
Who is this charming and adorably plump unicorn with the sparkly pink mane and tail that features in half on this week’s newmojis? I have no idea. My family and friends have no idea, and the internet at large seems to be shrugging its shoulders as well. But goddamn if it isn’t cute as all hell. And sure, I could be more critical about the Bitmoji artists simply recycling the art from “Spring Forward” which in turn simply recycled the art from 2016’s “Oh Happy Day” (right down to the identical placement of the flowers and butterflies), but… but… unicorn!!
On the other hand, for the three non-unicorn-featuring new bitmojis, I’m far less willing to overlook the low level of effort that seems to be going into the art of late (maybe the Snapchat-only Bitmoji Stories feature is taking up all their time?). Similar to last week’s “I’m on the Fence”, this week’s “I’m Lost” is a great phrase for a bitmoji, but in both cases it’s a squandered opportunity to pair it with equally compelling new art. The avatar could have been put in a hedge maze, a mythical labyrinth, or at least be holding a map upside-down or something. Instead we get just a worried expression and question marks floating about. Decidedly meh.
Riding a Unicorn
Doesn’t your brain just melt a little when you look at this one? I’ve never even been super into unicorns, but still… awwwwwwwww. I’m not sure where this unicorn falls on Emilie Chiang’s internet-famous Chonk Chart (Megachonker perhaps?), but with that sort of heft it’s a miracle it can lift itself up off the ground, much less fly skyward with an avatar on its back. And OK, sure, I could complain that the series of bitmojis-where-the-avatar-rides-on-the-back-of-an-animal needed more variety before it needed a second unicorn instance, but OMG JUST LOOK AT THAT CUTE LIL FAAAAAAAACE. Plus now you can choose between riding a unicorn bareback or sidesaddle! Such convenience!
Cheers to Us!
Then there’s this one. I mean, thank goodness this bitmoji came along, because up until today folks who wanted a “cheers” bitmoji with their avatar raising a glass of alcohol to make a toast have only had eight options to choose from. And this new one was clearly needed because the addition of the words “to us” is a total game-changer. It’s a tacit admission that all previous “Cheers” bitmojis are meant to be toasts to some other unspecified set of people who aren’t the ones sending or receiving it. Glad that’s cleared up.
Nuzzling a Unicorn
Even though all three new unicorn bitmojis rated equally, I’m giving this last one the edge in the competition for the prestigious BotW award because it’s the most unique of the bunch. We’ve just never had a nuzzling-an-animal bitmoji of any sort before, and well, it’s just nice.
This isn’t the first bitmoji in which the avatar is staring out at you and smiling with a big knife in hand, nor is it the first bitmoji to promote eating healthy veggies. But at least the art here is all-new, and sadly that’s become pretty much enough to get a >5 rating these days. I’m happy to see the addition of a second (and quite different) food prep themed bitmoji after last month’s “Mixing Bowl”, because before that we hadn’t had one since they retired “Stirring the Pot” which was one of the original set of bitmojis released with the app back in late 2014.
NOTE: While the 10-rating, 5-rating, and 1-rating are actual official bitmojis, the rest of the ratings (0, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, and 9) are unofficial custom creations, so you don’t expect to find them in the Bitmoji app or The Bitmoji Museum Archives. Names applied to particular bitmojis are entirely unofficial and used only for convenience.