panchira

Panchira (パンチラ) means upskirt in Japan. The word is a portmanteau of "panty" (パンティー pantī) and chira, the Japanese sound symbolism representing a glance or glimpse.

Panchira is an expression used by Japanese women to warn each other that their underwear is visible; the term carries risque connotations similar to the phrase "your slip is showing" in English usage.

In anime and manga, panchira refers to a panty-shot or upskirt take, frequently employed as a form of mild titillation for a largely male audience. Although dismissed by most non-Japanese observers as a childish distraction, it has been used extensively by Japanese artists and animators since the early sixties. Indeed, panchira has come to represent a virtual subculture within the otaku community in both Japan and western countries.

According to anecdotal sources in Japan, the convention is believed to have started with Tezuka Osamu, whose character designs for Uran ("Astro Girl" in English, from the Astro Boy comic strip (Japanese: Tetsuwan Atom)) incorporated an improbably brief hemline. The practice was transferred to animation when Astro Boy was adapted for television in 1963. Confined mainly to harmless children's series throughout the remainder of the decade, panchira took on more fetishistic elements during the early seventies, most notably in Tezuka's Marvelous Melmo (1971), Toei Doga's adaptions of Go Nagai's Cutey Honey (1973), and Inoue Tomo's Majokko Megu-chan (1974).

From that point on, panchira was inextricably linked with the lewd humor that would, in time, become a staple of Japanese animation and entertainment in general (see Ecchi). In the present day, panchira pervades almost every known anime genre, making it - arguably - one of the defining characteristics of the artform. It is particularly prevalent in so-called harem anime, adult romances and hentai.

Indirect Panchira

In what can be viewed as a form of self-referential parody, some anime and related productions feature jokes centred around someone's reaction to off-screen panchira. Examples include:
  • In the panchira-heavy anime Agent Aika, a man avoids an all-female patrol by hiding under a grate in the floor. After they have walked overhead he emerges with a huge grin and steam coming out of his ears.
  • Blue Seed
  • Colorful
  • Iketeru Futari
  • Najica Blitz Tactics
  • Air Master
  • Ikki Tousen
  • Kirameki Project
  • In an episode of the anime Trigun, a female hostage shoots her captor with a weapon held between her feet, since her hands are tied. The captor's last words are "They were white."
  • In the OEL-manga webcomic Megatokyo, a miniskirted schoolgirl is crouching beside an injured man who complains of seeing spots. She hits him before realising he didn't mean her underwear because she's wearing stripes.

See also

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A portmanteau (IPA: /pɔərtˈmæntoʊ/) is a word or morpheme that fuses two or more words or word parts to give a combined or loaded meaning.
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Panties are women's underwear.

Types of panties

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Osamu Tezuka
手塚 治?


Born November 3 1928(1928--)
Toyonaka, Osaka
Died January 9 1989 (aged 62)

Nationality Japanese
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"Astro Girl" in English, from the Astro Boy comic strip (Japanese: Tetsuwan Atom), who had an improbably brief hemline. She was designed by Tezuka Osamu.
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Astro Boy (鉄腕 アトム Tetsuwan Atomu
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Marvelous Melmo (ふしぎなメルモ Fushigi na Merumo
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Toei Animation Company, Limited (東映アニメーション株式会社
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Go Nagai (永井 豪 Nagai Gō
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Cutie Honey (キューティーハニー
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Ecchi (or Etchi, from the Japanese エッチ etchi) is derived from a Japanese word meaning "lewd" or "naughty" when used as an adjective, and can refer to a pervert when used as a noun or sexual intercourse when used as a verb.
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(Toraigan)
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