It may seem strange, but there is a Japanese word called Zettai Ryouiki [絶対領域] used to refer to the exposed thighs and legs that appear between the miniskirt and the stockings or other combinations of clothing.
The translation of the word Zettai Ryouiki is Absolute Territory where zettai [絶対] means territory and ryouiki [領域] means area, domain, territory, field and region. Why do the Japanese consider this area to be absolute?
As always, it all started in anime and manga where this combination of words became otaku slang for attributing kawaii and moe characters from Japanese works. Nowadays this term is recognized by the population of Japan as a fashion style.
How does Zettai Ryouiki fashion work?
There are 5 levels that define Zettai Ryouiki, everything depends on the length of the socks and the skirts. The image below can better explain how this classification works:
4: 1: 2.5 is the ideal measure of the exposed thigh portion and the knee part, with a tolerance of 25%. The ratings are from E that shows more leg to A that shows less legs. Some put hairstyle and deredere personality as criteria for creating an S ranking.
How did the term Zettai Ryouiki come about?
This term appeared in Anime Neon Genesis Evangelion under the name Zettai Kyoufu Ryouiki [絶対恐怖領域] or Absolute Terror Field. A type of protective energy shield dubbed the sacred area where no one can invade privacy.
This simple influence of Anime Evangelion created this term Zettai Ryouiki. The term was first used to praise the legs of Mayura (on the left), a character created as Ukagaka, a kind of computer software.
The term appeared around 2001 and became popular over the years, becoming a common word to refer to this area of the body. It is not an otaku word, even girls usually use that expression after popularizing it.
In the past the word was used only to refer to the combination of miniskirts and stockings, nowadays the term has become popular for the thighs and other combinations such as a bathing suit.
Curiosities involving the Zettai Ryouiki
In 2009 an online survey was carried out on men’s favorite fetishes and Zettai Ryouiki won first place in the survey. Several advertising agencies conduct research and promote events or advertisements involving this style.
November 28th became the day of stockings, a special date for those who appreciate Zettai Ryouiki fashion. Although not an official holiday, since 2013 this has been an annual event celebrated by a gigantic internet community.
On the internet there are thousands of fanart and showing perfectly the application of this Japanese fashion and the exhibition of the absolute area. Some companies have even gone so far as to tattoo girls on their thighs to advertise in the absolute area.
If you found this term a bit heavy, know that the Japanese have also created another term to refer to the glimpse of women’s panties known as panchira.
Even some members of the otaku community find this term offensive, while others do not consider it too much, and many girls still use the term. What do you think about this subject? I hope you enjoyed the article and thank you for the comments and shares.