First of all, what is Zettai Ryouiki?
To be exact, the term originated from Neon Genesis Evangelion for Absolute Terror Field (AT Field) which powers the Eva units. BUT BUT BUT!!! Our topic right now have nothing to with it, got the idea? Yes or no? Are you sure? Really? Exactly confirm? Alright, good!
Let’s us take a look what others had to say about it:
“Zettai Ryōiki (絶対領域) (lit. Absolute Area/Domain/Region/Territory) is an anime/manga related term for describing the area of bare skin exposed on the thighs between the skirt and socks for female characters.” – Wikipedia
“It’s defined by the area of bare skin seen between a skirt and thigh highs.” – ADD
“絶対領域 today has more to do with knee socks than angst-filled mecha pilots.” – DarkMirage
Absolutely correct! We’re going to discuss about socks!
What are so mesmerizing about Zettai Ryouiki?
“The reason why i think Zettai Ryouiki is so powerful can be explained via analogy. The socks and and skirt are usually darker shades than the skin. Therefore the light skin is a light at the end of a dark tunnel, gleaming in an aura of brilliance. Who wouldn’t want to seek the light? ALWAYS seek the light!” – weew
As for me, I would relate it to human psychology. Let me explain, a naked body may let oneself to go crazy but a body semi covered by clothes (A woman wearing a collar shirt with just 1 button on, a body with semi transparent laced dress and etc.) surprisingly would pump one’s adrenaline into a much higher level. This is because when some important parts were covered, we would start to imagine, gain curious and in the end, attracted.
In a nut shell, when we can’t see something clearly, we tend to look at it more so we could get to know it better. In addition, it is also a moé attribute, similar to megane and nekomimi.
How to achieve Zettai Ryouiki?
Apparently, Zettai Ryouiki is not just about running around with a thigh high socks, we have a draconian rule to adhere. As given, the golden ratio of ultimate Zettai Ryouiki is 4:1:2.5 (length of skirt : zettai ryouiki : length of socks above knee) and the acceptable margin for error is ±25％.
“Memorizing this formula is as important as knowing that π = 3.14159 26535 89793 23846 26433 83279 50288 41971 69399 37510 or 22/7.” – ADD
“The ratios are generally off because it is thought that the ultimate zettai ryouiki would generate so much moé that the equivalent energy would be enough to vaporize the planet.” – DarkMirage
The types of Zettai Ryouiki
There are officially 5 types of Zettai Ryouiki ranking from A to E. Of course, it is a piece of cake to find the worst Grade F (Ankle socks) here, there and everywhere in Malaysia. To make life easier, here is a picture to compare the ranks:
Grade A – Thigh high socks
Grade B – Over knee sock
Grade C – High socks
Grade D – Three quarter socks
Grade E – Crew socks
and the lowest Grade F – Ankle socks
Another special Grade S can be achieved too. No, not by pulling your socks higher but by combining 3 factors:
1. Grade A – Thigh high socks
2. Twin tails hairstyle
3. Tsundere personality
Trust me, Grade S is the greatest! People would swarm around and adore you and treat you like a god!! Does Grade S exist? Yes, it does! The best example would be Rin Tohsaka (The prophet I mentioned above) and Hiiragi Kagami.
And now the argument starts…
They say Zettai Ryouiki are for girls and only exist in anime and manga. That’s a wrong statement my friend! Zettai Ryouiki DO EXIST in real life. As a prove, look at this picture or spend some of your time googling. I’m sure you can find something good out there.
See what I mean? Zettai Ryouiki is not purely made for anime, manga, cosplayer or meido! Is a style, a fashion, a symbol, a religion and our PRIDE!! Fine, I guess I’ve gone too far *cough*.
Let’s get back to the first arguement – Zettai Ryouiki are for girls. Would you believe if I say there are boys wearing it? Probably not but again, I’m right. I’m sorry for the football fans out there but..
First, take a deep breathe and replace your jaw and eye balls into the right position. Done? Good. It seems our fellow football stars wear Zettai Ryouiki too! And now you know why David Beckham and Maradona are famous throughout the world. This also proves Zettai Ryouiki had been around for ages (Before the existence of manga and anime I believe).
For the great Zettai Ryouiki
Zettai Ryouiki is a stroke of art! We must spread the LOVEEEE~!! All hail Zettai Ryouiki! All hail Zettai Ryouiki!! All hail Zettai Ryouiki!!!
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