|The story below is originally published on Mainichi Daily News by Mainichi Shinbun (http://mdn.mainichi.jp).|
|They admitted inventing its kinky features, or rather deliberately mistranslating them from the original gossip magazine.|
|In fact, this is far from the general Japanese' behavior or sense of worth.|
Cyzo March By Ryann Connell
It's gross, filthy and disgusting, but Japanese erotic manga fans can't get enough of a comic that comes with a pair of pre-school girl's panties as a promotional item, according to Cyzo (March).
Pretty much anything goes in the world of Japanese erotic manga, but "Sekai Hatsu Shiawase Pantsu Shokai Gentei" (World's First Limited Edition Panties of Delight), one of the most wildly popular manga on the market,goes beyond being sickening.
Even Cyzo, a glossy monthly that could kindly be termed as "broad minded" is disgusted, saying "Has the world of Rorikon stooped this low?"
Rorikon, the Japanese word for pedophilia, is a contraction of the borrowed English words "Lolita," after the girl in Vladimir Nabokov's book of the same name, and "complex."
"Shiawase Pantsu" is a manga sold only to over 18s, but buyers of the January edition at least could also pick up a pair of underpants the publishers, Akaneshinsha, proudly boast of being for a 130-centimeter tall girl -- a size commonly worn by pre-schoolers.
Pointing out that Japan has been recently subjected to a spate of high profile pedophile crimes, Cyzo attempts to contact Akaneshinsha, a publisher that purveys erotic manga catering to all manner of tastes -- imaginable and unimaginable -- but the company refuses to comment on the manga.
Cyzo notes that there's nothing rare in the erotic manga or video game world for articles of girl's clothing to be used as promotional giveaways for comic purchases. Typical items are pantyhose or school-issued swimsuits.
"It's really hard to mass produce these items, so it's difficult to say whether it's a trend to have these giveaways or not," Cyzo hears from a spokesman for Circus, a company which created "Sukumizu," a video game sold with a free schoolgirl's swimsuit.
"I can't speak for other companies, but we decided on our giveaway because we wanted our readers to know what schoolgirls' swimsuits are really like."
Reaction on the Net to manga like "Shiawase Pantsu" or "Sukumizu" is, frankly, alarming. Many regard the blatantly pedophilia products with humor, but even self-professed child lovers are too red-faced to talk about it.
"Not even I can make a comment about little girls' underpants being given away," an admitted pedophile tells Cyzo.
Most alarming about "Shiawase Pantsu," however, is the reaction from consumers.
It has, the monthly notes,sold so well that reservations for advance orders have been shut off because the publishers can't keep up with demand. (By Ryann Connell)
February 27, 2006