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The Japanese adult male is widely considered to be utterly obsessed with young women’s small clothing. While we’d rather not pander to this particular stereotype, we have to admit the Land of the Rising Sun doesn’t do itself any favours. Well, not with products like these coming out of it. Exhibit A is a set of “panties for …

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WTF?

Oh, God...

Would somebody kill me now, please...

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Put your tongues away please

This is just soooooo wrong in so many ways.....

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Oh Japan, you are a strange place.

...and this isn't even the half of it.

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As far as Japan goes, this is positively banal.

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Considering that our cultures are seeming to become more and more homogenised, I for one am glad that there are still places in the world that make me think 'WTF?'. Of course, I mean the 'WTF' of delighting in finding something new and absurd, not the 'WTF' of despair generated by humanity's unending quest to find new and inventively brutal ways of being absolute bellends to one another.

What I'm saying is; Japan, shine on you crazy diamond.

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What's larger?

"up to Samsung Galaxy Note in size - the largest smartphones might have trouble though"

What smart phone is there that is larger than the Note? As a Note II owner I struggle to think how one would handle anything larger.

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Re: What's larger?

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3"

Huawei Ascend Mate 6.1"

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Re: What's larger?

Hadn't heard of those 2, they are ridiculous, especially the Mega.

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Re: What's larger?

As the Actress said to the Bishop - fnarr, fnarrr!

You have to hand it to the Japanese they are just obsessed with creating products that satisfy customers in every way!

Paris as I doubt she wears a pair

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Mega is "ridiculous", but not the Note?

Hadn't heard of those 2, they are ridiculous, especially the Mega.

The idea that anyone who owns a Note feels they can call slightly larger phones "ridiculous" seems pretty hypocritical. I think the Note is ridiculous, but you'd probably tell me "you wouldn't say that if you owned one" or somesuch. Maybe you'd get used to the Mega after using it for a bit.

I continue to find it amusing how phones keep getting bigger, while tablets keep getting smaller. This tells me there's a certain class of buyer who don't want to own both a tablet and a smartphone, but have one device that covers both uses. For that, even the Mega's 6.3" display isn't as large as it could be if you want to maximize its usefulness as a tablet. So don't be surprised if there isn't an even larger Mega II offered down the road.

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Don't see the problem ...

I really don't see the problem with this; if people want to add a bit of colour to their phone, why not? It's a bit of harmless fun.

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Uh ... didn't ElReg report on this a few weeks ago?

Just asking.

Daft concept, regardless ... I mean, honestly, "I'm speaking to you through the crotch of my telephone's panties, so sorry if it's a bit muffled" ...

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Re: Uh ... didn't ElReg report on this a few weeks ago?

they where another set of pants. larger if I recollect, mainly to cover up the button on the Iphone.

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Missed marketing angle

Ah, now Apple fanbois can buy lingerie for their girlfriends, aka iPhone for the slower ones among you of which the number seems to be growing. It'll be about the only time they get to pull on any gusset apart from their own.

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Happy

Re: Missed marketing angle

Secondary market:

Can you purchase previously used ones from a vending machine?

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Re: Missed marketing angle

Its only time before these get an USB connector of their own (assuming thats what's on the bottom of an iphone), and an app which makes Siri say naughty things to naughty Apple fanbois geeks everytime "she" dons a new outfit.

We're doomed...!

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Re: Missed marketing angle

Make edible ones for those romantic evenings too

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Hmm . . .

. . . it's all just pants!

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Re: WIN PHO 8 PANTS

Single handedly you give penguins a bad name!

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Re: WIN PHO 8 PANTS

Ignore him. I'm sure he only does it because he knows it winds everyone else up.

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Re: WIN PHO 8 PANTS

*Sigh*

Just go away and come back when you're all grown up, okay?

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Stop

Re: WIN PHO 8 PANTS

This is not the standard of trolling I expect on El Reg.

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Where's the bra? I need one for my mobes.

Otherwise those phones are topless! And that's disgusting!

Not to mention that the phones are under 2 years old. I can see the headline in the Daily Mail now: El Reg in Paedo-Phone-Shocker!

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No, it needs..

..a shirt and tie.

They are supposed to be *smart* phones, after all.

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"J Box wants $38.50 (£24.80) per pack"

Or wait a week and they will be available on fleabay for £2 delivered from HK.

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Google Glass owners need not apply!

See how much better an iPhone than Google Glass? iPhone can wear panties!

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I see what they did

It adds a whole new dimension to 'talking out of yer arse'

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So now I have my smartphone panties, can I get a tentacle-themed USB cable to complete the set?

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Needs a slit for access to the port.

USB! What did you think I meant?

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Just for the sake of completeness, you understand...

The characters on the left phone are Mio Akiyama and Ritsu Tainaka from the Japanese manga and anime series K-On!, and the character on the right phone is Utsuho Reiuji from the Touhou Project game franchise. Mio and Ritsu are ordinary schoolgirls with a musical bent, and despite their somewhat sultry appearance in this piece of unofficial fan-art, their adventures are squeaky clean enough to grace Japan's Disney Channel. Utsuho, on the other hand, is a dark creature with huge raven's wings sprouting from her back, and whose job is to regulate the fires of Hell - perhaps this should be telling us something.

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Pron

I wonder how long until pantless ports get pixelated in Japan.

Since I've lowered the level of conversation - I may as well point out this bring a whole new meaning to ATM.

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