It turns out the schoolgirl-inspired two-piece looks just as good on anime girls as it does on real women.
In the world of manga and anime, “chira-rism” is a term that refers to the excitement of catching a brief glimpse of a woman’s underwear or exposed flesh. Fans of chira-rism don’t often get to see any peek-a-boo details in real-world garments on the mainstream market, so when this sailor suit bikini was released last week, it became so popular it sold out within hours of appearing online.
▼ The seductive tie-up bustline and striped pants in this sailor suit swimwear outfit sent chira-rism enthusiasts into a frenzy.
Simply called “Sailor Beachwear“, the cute bikini was released by No. S Project, a Japanese fashion label that’s become well-known in recent years for producing anime-style skirts and mini petticoats designed to protect your privates from prying eyes.
While the bikini remains sold-out at the company’s online store, fans smitten with the unusual design took to social media to pay homage to the garment, by sketching some of their favourite characters in the seductive two-piece.
ねこ鞠 (@neconotama) June 24, 2017
Some sketches showed off the beauty of the white-coloured sailor suit…
ライスケイカー望月 (@motimoti9353) June 24, 2017
百合子を描こうとしたら、ニコニコで「セーラービーチウェア」なるものが紹介されていたので着てもらった #ミリシタ #ミリマス https://t.co/68A1ynKJU2—
どら (@dora_galapagos) June 25, 2017
While others, like this one of Imamoe, a Kobe Shimbun character used for displaying part time-job ads, showcased the appeal of the navy blue.
例のセーラー水着、ひと目見たときから「これはいまもえさんのための水着だ！」と感じたので、セーラー水着ないまもえさん描いてみた。 あまりにしっくりきていて違和感なく描けたw https://t.co/sAcvDG9P4I—
山羊五条 (@yagigojyo) June 23, 2017
Mashu Kyrielight from online free-to-play role-playing game Fate/Grand Order brought specs appeal to the garment.
成瀬ちさと@日曜く01b (@naruti06) June 23, 2017
This fan celebrated the birthday of Aoi-chan from Doki Doki Sister Aoi-chan by gifting her with the swimsuit, which she then happily wore while riding on the back of a dolphin.
本日６月２５日は葵ちゃんの誕生日という事でラクガキUP＿φ(：3」∠)_ 少しオトナになった！とお兄ちゃんに言い張る葵ちゃんなので、セクシーなセーラー水着を着てもらいました~(=^･ω･^)ﾉ #小日向葵生誕祭… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…—
高橋哲哉@葵ちゃん第３巻発売 (@t_takahashi0830) June 25, 2017
Given that she’s from the ocean, Splatoon’s Ika-chan (“Squid Girl”) proved to be a perfect model for the swimwear.
らり / Lari (@lari_lab) June 25, 2017
Another seafaring character, anthropomorphised warship Samidare from web browser game Kantai Collection, shows that the sailor suit bikini looks good even in black-and-white.
セーラー水着五月雨ちゃん(モノクロ版) #毎日五月雨 https://t.co/jLJtolCO6p—
mae@1日目東-F30b (@maesanpicture) June 24, 2017
For some artists, the white and the navy blue designs were equally beautiful.
※女体化 セーラービーチウェアというものを見て勇利♀(24)と勇利♀(15)に着せたくなった https://t.co/oUdBMqiMVM—
ねむ (@nntnmyoi) June 25, 2017
陽綾セーラービーチウェア 二色とも描いてみたかったので。 https://t.co/UqqFTFT7sp—
Tokiwa（ときわ） (@26_sr1) June 28, 2017
No matter what colour the illustrators chose to dress their characters up in, for many it was the back view, showing anime’s glorified “panchira”, a portmanteau of “panty” and “chira” (glimpse), that was the most appealing angle for the garment.
【オリジナル】セーラービーチウェアのお姉さん #オリジナル https://t.co/XF5kIHPcIw—
春日るりと@エルフ派 (@rurito0725) June 24, 2017
Having been inspired by the world of anime, it’s only fitting that the world of anime should choose to tip its hat to the real-world costume in return. With so much love shown for the garment, hopefully it will convince the manufacturers to restock the swimsuit so more people can show it off in the real-world too!