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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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  1. Ketlan

    Oh, God...

    Would somebody kill me now, please...

  2. Khaptain

    Put your tongues away please

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

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  3. Richard 81

    Oh Japan, you are a strange place.

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

    1. Loyal Commenter Silver badge

      As far as Japan goes, this is positively banal.

    2. Fibbles
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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.

  4. Phil W

    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.

    1. Piro Silver badge

      Re: What's larger?

      Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3"

      Huawei Ascend Mate 6.1"

      1. Phil W

        Re: What's larger?

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

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          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.

    2. Why Not?
      Paris Hilton

      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

  5. Gray Ham

    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.

  6. jake Silver badge

    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" ...

    1. wim

      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.

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    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.

    1. Peter Simpson 1

      Re: Missed marketing angle

      Secondary market:

      Can you purchase previously used ones from a vending machine?

    2. Trev 2

      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...!

    3. Darryl

      Re: Missed marketing angle

      Make edible ones for those romantic evenings too

  8. Elmer Phud

    Hmm . . .

    . . . it's all just pants!

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    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: WIN PHO 8 PANTS

      Single handedly you give penguins a bad name!

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: WIN PHO 8 PANTS

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

    2. RyokuMas

      Re: WIN PHO 8 PANTS


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

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    3. Fibbles

      Re: WIN PHO 8 PANTS

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

  10. I ain't Spartacus Gold badge

    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!

  11. philbo

    No, it needs..

    ..a shirt and tie.

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

  12. Tachikoma

    "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.

  13. David Kelly 2

    Google Glass owners need not apply!

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

  14. Hardcastle the ancient

    I see what they did

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

  15. JeevesMkII

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

  16. Paul Hovnanian Silver badge

    Needs a slit for access to the port.

    USB! What did you think I meant?

  17. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    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.

  18. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    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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