How Well Do You Know Anime Pantsu | For Otaku Ecchi Lovers

We all love anime panties, but did you know there’s more to pantsu than meets the eye? Here’s what every Otaku should know about the panty-shot.

In this article:

  1. The Origins of Pantsu
  2. Types of Pantsu
  3. Pantsu Trivia

Anime Pantsu In All Its Glory

The Origins of Pantsu

Pantsu means panty or underwear. Though the exact origin is unclear, it most likely comes from the word Panchira.

Panchira is a Japanese word that means a brief glimpse of a woman’s underwear. In anime and manga, it refers to panty-shots.

Many debate the evolution of panchira. But, it emerged after World War 2 when Eastern and Western culture started mixing.

One source links it to Marilyn Monroe’s famous white dress photo. In other words, she might be the inspiration behind the anime panties we see and love today.

Here’s a great video on YouTube about that Marilyn Monroe moment

Not much later, trying to catch a glimpse of a young woman’s panties became a popular activity. Magazines even advised readers where and how one could view panties.

Around this time, animators started exploring more erotic themes. And by the late 1960s, anime panties were mainstream.

The term pantsu, on the other hand, is relatively new. It gained popularity after Chii from the series Chobits said it on her way to buy some.

Panties are risque enough to be indecent, but without showing any nudity. That’s why we think of panty-shots as erotic.

Yet, it can also set the tone. For example, anime panties can easily result in an awkward or funny situation.

Whether it makes you laugh or blush, there’s no denying that anime won’t be the same without pantsu.

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Types of Pantsu

Pantsu varieties are more about color and patterns than style. Anime heroines usually wear classic bikini-style briefs because it reflects reality.

For instance, some styles, such as thongs, are not as popular in Asia.

Additionally, we have to consider the context. Characters are often still in high school, and panty-shots are usually accidental. For these reasons, it’s the most realistic and age-appropriate style.

Lastly, it’s also easier to draw the classic pantsu style.

So, while there are many different styles, you might not see all of them as often.

The four types of pantsu you’ll come across most frequently are white cotton, printed, fancy, and shimapan. And each type has unique connotations.

White Cotton

a girl lying on bed and wearing white cotton pantsu | White Cotton| How Well Do You Know Anime Pantsu - For Otaku Ecchi Lovers
source: deviantart.com

It’s not surprising that many anime girls wear white cotton panties. It’s lightweight, practical, and comfortable, making it a realistic choice.

White panties represent purity, and it’s often innocent characters that wear them.

If you want to see white cotton panties in action, look no further than Aika Sumeragi.

Printed

EA_a cute anime girl wearing white pant with bear panted | Printed | How Well Do You Know Anime Pantsu - For Otaku Ecchi Lovers
source: deviantart.com

In the past, printed panties were for loli and kawaii characters. But, all that has changed. Today, prints come in a wide variety that reflects the character’s personality.

For example, Rurumo Maji Mojiruka wears printed undies that highlight her cuteness. On the other hand, Hitagi Senjougahara’s prints hint at her wild side.

Watch the scene here on YouTube:

Fancy

EA_a sexy girl wearing fancy bikini with galaxy background_heading | Fancy | How Well Do You Know Anime Pantsu - For Otaku Ecchi Lovers
source: deviantart.com

Fancy anime panties are more exotic and, as a result, more erotic. It incorporates lace, ribbons, silk, and garter belts.

Since it’s mostly associated with seduction and more mature women, you’ll only occasionally see someone flaunt lacy undies. One exception, though, is Tsubasa Hanekawa.

Shimapan

anime girl wearing shimapan pantsu with blue hair and wings | Shimapan | How Well Do You Know Anime Pantsu - For Otaku Ecchi Lovers
source: deviantart.com

Many people like shimapan or striped pantsu the most. Stripes show lots of energy, and you’ll often see moe anime sporting some stripes.

Shimapan is for girls who are too old for cute animal prints, but not quite mature enough to wear lingerie.

There’s a more practical aspect to shimapan too. Plain white panties are the easiest to animate but can lack feminine charm. And lacy frills are a nightmare to draw. In contrast, animators can easily manipulate stripes to show off curves.

There’s plenty of shimapan going around, but our top pick is Michiru Matsushima. She’s silly and charming. Plus, whenever she falls over, we get a panty-shot - and she falls over a lot.

Pantsu Trivia

Traditionally Japanese women didn’t wear panties. What’s more, after World War 2, only high-class escorts could afford panties. And so panties quickly became synonymous with promiscuity.

The Japanese celebrate Pantsu no hi, or Panty Day on 2 August. Every year otakus show their appreciation through fanart.

Used panty vending machines are an urban legend. Sure they existed. But they weren’t popular. Instead, specialty shops sold worn undies and school uniforms. And that didn’t last long, either. Authorities cracked down and made the used panty trade illegal.

In short, anime panties are so much more than just eye-candy. From the classic white cotton panties to sexy lace ensembles, we love pantsu! The next time you catch a glimpse of your favorite undies, take a moment to appreciate it and all its glory.

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