Japanese intimate apparel company that brought us Sailor Moon panties turns its eyes to another icon of the anime world.
Though it’s serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump, a manga anthology aimed primarily at pre-college-age males, pirate saga One Piece has been running for 20 years now, making it old enough to indulge in some sexy side–projects. The anime/manga franchise also has plenty of female fans, which brings us to its latest collaborative venture.
Intimate apparel company Peach John has just announced its first-ever tie up with One Piece, with the first batch of related merchandise set to go on sale later this month. Four of the series most popular female characters will be represented in a collection of bathing suits and lingerie, starting with the Nami swimwear set, which consists of a bikini top, bottom, and pair of shorts for 8,980 yen (US$81).
Slightly pricier is the 9,980-yen Robin swimwear set, which comes with a top that provides a little more coverage than Nami’s, and also replaces the short shorts with a more modest wrap.
For those not planning to spend time poolside or seaside, there’s the 7,980 yen Hancock bra set, in which it’s unclear if the included skirt is meant to be worn with a pair of panties or in lieu of them.
And finally, curvaceous mermaid princess Shirahoshi also has a bra and skirt set, priced at 7,980 yen.
Peach John has even more One Piece merch up its sleeve, with a line of roomwear saluting protagonist Luffy as well as Law, Chopper, bon Clay, Sabo, and Koala. Though the exact items won’t be revealed until April 10, the company has promised there will be items men can enjoy too.
Peach John’s One Piece bras and swimsuits go on sale April 12, and can be purchased through its online shop or its branches in Tokyo’s Shibuya and Ikebukuro, as well as the Peach John location in Osaka’s Namba. Considering how quickly its previously Sailor Moon lingerie lines have sold out, interested shoppers will want to act quickly by sending us a mail so we can get it for you.
Written by rocketnews24 and a very lightly edited by a busy/lazy employee who we want to fire, but is married to the boss….
It’s been a long time coming, we have the Miss universe, Miss world, Miss bla bla elections, but what we (collectors, game, anime/manga lovers, otaku’s) have been missing is the Miss figure election. Of course the human Misses are beautiful in their own eh human way, but they wouldn’t stand a chance against the beauty and amazing body proportions of their plastic counterparts in a stand off. I don’t want to sound sexist, so let me assure you that for me, figures are by no means a substitute for real life women..come on they are so tiny, they wouldn’t be able to fetch me my beer from the fridge!
Whack! (that was the sound of my life partner smacking me on the back of my bald head)
Figures come in all sizes and shapes, and the price is often decided on the quality, details and popularity of the figure…but I’m going to forgo these points and judge them purely on their looks and uh character.
Without further ado, let me present you the 10 candidates:
1-Fighter Sasara from the psp game “ToHeart2 Dungeon Travelers”
Sasara is a feisty blond, who loves nothing more than to take long walks on sandy beaches, drink Cola Bacardi’s and slice off some heads with her huge ax. she’s 25 centimeters tall and her favorite pet is a snapping turtle.
2-Iris Dina Bernhardt from Muv Luv alternative.
Lovely Iris is originally an East German army captain, with a weak spot for bunnies and panzerfaust hand grenades. She’s a true amazon at a length of 36 cm.
3-Saito Miohi from Love Torre
Blessed with a dynamite figure and strong love for anything bubbly, this Champagne sipping, bubble bath taking love is really into good causes, it doesn’t say what causes on her resume, but who gives a hoot, for all we care is that her presence in this world is cause for living.
4-Sakurai Aoi from RAIL WARS
Aoi chan (chan is a term of endearment, often used for younger women and girls) is not your typical miss contestant, being a bit of a tomboy, she doesn’t really like to flaunt her feminine side. More “human like” proportioned she’s likely to get a lot of votes from the ladies.
A voluptuous body and the skills to kick some serious butt, makes this brunette a very strong contender for the crown of “Miss figure” . It is said that she’s an amazing twerker and that she taught pro-twerker Jessica Vanessa all the moves.
6-Anzu Futaba from Idolmaster, Cinderella girls.
With her puppy eyes and young looks, Anzu is certain to attract the votes of “rorikon” lovers, “rorikon” stands for “Lolita complex” and is the preference some men have for under aged looking girls (please don’t call this sick, as we’re talking figures here..in real life however…)
7-Purayama of World Conquest Zvezda plot
Feisty Purayama loves to use the trick of attraction through concealing , she might be the complete opposite of Miley Cyrus! Purayama lost the use of her right eye at young age, but this has never stopped her in fulfilling her dreams and goals..instead she uses it to look more mysterious by wearing a slightly disturbing eye patch AND a mask!
8-Queen Sukasaha (Fate Grand Order)
This blue blooded royalty is all about style and class, giving “human” royalty a run for its money. If this was the queen of some country, I’d be emigrating there in jiffy.No flower printed Laura Ashley dresses for Sukasaha..the last person who suggested this, ended up on the sharp end of her spear!
9-Super Sonico (Beach Queens)
What would a Miss figure election be without presence of one of the Beach Queens? This year’s representative is Super Sonico, a cute fun loving girl who likes to sunbath on the sandy beaches of Cancun while listening to the latest vocaloid tracks. If she wins, she wants to use the money to go to Nice in France, and get rid of those tan lines.
10-Marie Rose (Dead or Alive)
If there had been earlier Miss Figure elections, than the ladies of action game Dead or Alive, would have been regular participants, with their beauty, skills and other bouncy attributes. It comes as a big surprise than that their entree lacks the two points which made this franchise so famous.
No bikini clad lady, Marie Rose like to wear Goth styled Lolita maid clothes and is therefore no participant in the famous Dead or Alive volleyball games. This stunning blonde brings character and style to this Miss election.
Choosing between these ladies might be hardest thing ever, therefore we let you decide who will be our Miss Figure 2016. One person will receive the winning figure on courtesy of JWS.
Some “contestants” are only up for pre-order, in which case we will order and once it’s “ready”, ship it to you.
Voting will end on the first of October and the results will be announced on the fifth of October.
The new instrument is also perfect for confusing your bandmates when you tell them that your biggest musical influence is a skeleton.
Fans of One Piece‘s “Soul King” Brook should be pleased to know that the jammin’ skeleton’s very own Shark Guitar is now available for preorder!
This guitar is a welcome collaboration between Premium Bandai and Shimamura Music, and is made entirely in Japan with a body crafted from American basswood. In addition, the parts are produced by Gotoh, a Japanese guitar hardware and accessories company known for their top-notch quality. In other words, this isn’t just some cheap anime tie-in product, but a bona fide musical instrument fit for the pros.
Check out the Shark Guitar’s sleek design, faithfully replicated from the One Piece anime:
▼ Amusingly, the output jack is located right in the mouth area.
▼ This sweet official plate adorns the head.
▼ The Shark Guitar also comes with a hard case, a leather strap, and a certificate of authenticity acknowledging your own guitar’s unique serial number.
▼ Detail of the leather strap
▼ Guitar specifications
Both Premium Bandai and Shimamura Music are now taking preorders for the Shark Guitar, with an expected shipping date of September. Shoppers should be warned that the guitar will set them back 270,000 yen (US$2,640), tax included, but that’s a small price to pay for dedicated fans of Brook…right?
If not, Shimamura Music is also selling 27 collectible One Piece-themed guitar picks. A pack of two randomly selected picks goes for just 450 yen ($4.40), which should make your wallets just a teensy bit happier:
Enjoy jammin’ the Seven Seas on your very own quest to become the best guitarist there ever was!
Let me first thank you all dear customers/friends who have been putting your trust in our service, without your help we’d all be working for other companies and we wouldn’t enjoy our jobs/lives as much as we do now.
We’ve been getting the most surprising and unusual requests and thereby expanding our horizon in what you want and we learn what makes our fellow human being tick. Communicating with folks from all around the world has been a challenging at times (we had to bring in a part-time Spanish speaker/translator and on a rare occasion a Russian translator), but besides these rare hiccups, chatting with you through Skype/WordPress/mail and Facebook has been a blast.
We also value your input a lot, and a common complain was that our website loaded like snail…our mistake was that we tried to put as much information and connecting links in it as possible, thereby creating a headache for those without high speed internet access.
So we went a bit simpler this time, and changed the look to a more material/metal look. The pages load a bit faster and it’s definitely easier to the eye. Our love for manga and anime are also more present this time around.
This dark metallic look continues in the separate product pages.
We still haven’t completed the whole site yet though(especially the Japanese section), but we’re working hard to have it finished before Christmas.
Thank you all so much for your patience and in the meantime we will continue to be the best/safest/cheapest (and most personal) personal shopper for you.
18 years after it first appeared in comic form, creator Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece is more popular than ever. But while fans might be happy to see the Straw Hat Pirates keep sailing forever, the manga’s current editor says that not only has Oda mapped out how the story will end, but also that he thinks he knows about how many more volumes the manga has to go before its finale.
However all good things must come to an end, but instead of crawling in a corner and bawling your eyes out you can find comfort in knowing that its current editor Taku Sugita has announced that the series is now 70% till completion..which means that there will be another 60 estimated volumes!
You also still have the time to look around for some interesting collectibles, that are worth showing your grandkids….when they sit on your lap while you tell them Luffy’s adventures in front of the (digital) fire place.
Well let us help you…Tokyo based company HKDS has started accepting pre-orders for their latest and last piece out of their 5 (one)piece woodcut art products.
After Sabo, Ace. Luffy and Trafalgar Law, they’ve now released Roronoa Zoro, the fierce swordsman. This absolutely beautiful piece of art depicts Zoro with trademark fearless smile, just before he starts to chop up some enemies.
It is printed on Ishi-shu rice paper, which is handmade and registered as cultural heritage by UNESCO..it even carries a “tradition”stamp as issued by the ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry as a testimony to its traditional craftsmanship. Each print carries its own serial number (each print is limited to 200)
As of now the other 4 wood prints are still available, but upon our request we were told that one (not identified) print has only two copies left and the other ones are bound to sell out soon too, now folks can buy the whole collection in one time.
We guess the one that’s almost sold out is of course Luffy.
But we could be wrong, Ace’s sinister look was the biggest hit under the ladies here at the office…I tried this look (I’m a bit of a cosplayer) but the missus wasn’t impressed, it made me however father of the week with my sons (the father of the year badge is impossible to obtain).
Sabo is one freaky looking dude, but he’s one my favorite characters in this show.
And last Trafalgar Law who surely is going to give your grand kids bad dreams with his finger beckoning to you to have a fight or he’ll haunt the rugrats in their dreams..
Body: about 225 × 295mm
frame: about 348 × 424mm thickness of about 38mm
A pretty major difference between anime and western animation is the amount of detail Japanese productions put into character profiles and backstories. For just about any significant anime character, you can be sure the creators have decided on things such as a family name, exact height in centimeters, favorite food, and, in the case of sex-appeal female characters, bust, waist, and hip measurements.
If nothing else, characters almost always have an official birthday, even if there’s never an episode highlighting it or any other part of the story affected by, for instance, Attack on Titan’s Levi being born on December 25. Now, a fan-produced website has compiled a database of anime birthdays, allowing you to plug in your own to see which characters you could conceivably share a cake with.
Called Kyaratan (a mashup up of kyarakuta/character and tanjobi/birthday), the site currently has data for almost 10,000 anime characters available here. Scrolling down from the top page presents you with three different ways to sift through the listings. If you want to bring up a list of all the characters from a series, you can search by the first syllable of the series’ title in Japanese.
▼ Across the top, from left to right, that’s a, ka, sa, ta, na, and ha, and along the bottom it’s ma, ya, ra, wa, and English letters and numbers
Users can also search by the first syllable of the character’s name.
▼ Characters that are Japanese seem to be listed under their family names, while other characters are listed under their given names.
Where things really start to get fun, though, is when you search by calendar date.
▼ January to June on the top, July to December on the bottom.
Clicking on any of the months brings up the same page, which has a calendar for the entire year. Simply click on the date you want to check, and the site will produce a list of characters born on that day.
For example, as I’m writing this it’s August 3, so…
…we should be wishing a happy birthday to one piece’s Marshall D. Teach and some other characters further down the list.
While the site’s navigation is all in Japanese, the results happily include the series title in English and the character’s name spelled out using the Roman alphabet.
So what character do you share your birthday with?
One Piece is being adapted into a fully-fledged kabuki play. With the performance dates coming up within a few short months, the official kabuki website Kabukibito has released a Laboon-sized amount of new details.
Although a warning before you click ahead: if you have not read or watched One Piece up until the time skip, be aware that thar be spoilers ahead!
For those unaware, kabuki is a traditional form of Japanese theater that combines drama, dance, elaborate costumes, thick makeup, lavish scenery, and the bizarre. As opposed to “higher class” Japanese Noh drama, kabuki is intended for the common man and typically involves a lot of shouting, making One Piece the perfect candidate to become a kabuki play of its own.
▼ Basically it will be like every One Piece character acting like Kumadori. Yoyoi!
The time period of the play’s story will be from the rescue of Ace from Impel Down, up until the great war that led up to his execution. It should also be noted that all actors inkabukiare male, which is going to make, uh, certain parts of One Piece a lot harder to reenact.
▼ Yeah, it should be interesting to see how they pull that off.
The show will run from October 7 until November 25 at the Shinbashi Enbujo in Ginza. Tickets for the October shows will be available starting August 20, while tickets for the November shows will be available September 20. If you’re lucky enough to live nearby and want to go, we recommend camping out the ticket website the day they go up, because they’ll move faster than Luffy at an all-you-can-eat buffet.
The kabuki world has really been making an effort to reach out to wider audiences recently, and with One Piece being adapted into a show, we wonder what they’ll come up with next. What are your predictions? Let us know in the comments section below!