Sexy fairy tale heroine swimsuits from Japan will turn the beach into fantasyland this summer

Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, and Alice in Wonderland are ready to hit the sand and surf.

As part of a fashion-conscious society that’s not averse to a splash of playful sexiness, Japanese swimsuit designers draw inspiration from a number of sources, such as Japanese school uniforms (both women’s and men’s), Shinto shrine maidens, and anime characters. But for its latest creations, Japanese fashion label M Kigyo (also known as Emu Project) is taking its cues from Western sources, with a trio of bikinis based on the fairy tales of Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, and Alice in Wonderland.

The Little Red Riding Hood swimsuit bundles a hooded parka, bikini top, skirt, and bikini bottom together in a four-piece set that enables the wearer to mix and match the components for various looks.

▼ There’s also a black version, which we guess would make this Little Black Riding Hood.

Less extensive, but also less expensive, than the 23,950-yen (US$220) Little Red Riding Hood is the two-piece Alice in Wonderland set, for 19,900 yen.

This swimsuit actually provides a lot of coverage, with a blouse-like top connected to a high-wasted skirt-style bottom by a pair of overall straps with frilly shoulder accouterments, which are removable if you’re worried about getting cross-shaped tan lines on your back.

While Alice is usually depicted in storybooks and cartoons wearing blue, the suit is also offered in red and black.

Finally, the three-piece Snow White set is priced at 16,970 yen, getting you a white-colored top with a chest ribbon, removable skirt, and bikini bottom.

▼ Alternate colors this time are all-navy and sky blue.

If you’re finding yourself drawn to components from different sets, most of the bundled items can also be purchased separately, as can M Kigyo’s swimsuit cover overalls.

All items can be ordered here directly from M Kigyo, with delivery scheduled for mid-July, right as Japan comes out of its rainy season and prime beach weather begins.

Source: M Kigyo via IT Media
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Osaka University professor: “The prince from Snow White is a sex offender”

Are these stories teaching boys that it’s okay to go around kissing sleeping women?

Imagine a loved one, say a sister or daughter, is lying comatose in a hospital bed when suddenly the son of a prominent politician walks past and sees her. Infatuated with her beauty, this fortunate son walks over and plants a big kiss on her lips. Probably most of us out there would suddenly feel inclined to press either charges or a fist against this joker.

But that’s exactly what happens in the celebrated fairy tales Snow White and Sleeping Beauty, according to Professor Kazue Muta of Osaka University – a specialist in historical sociology and gender theory and the author of Sir, that love is sexual harassment! a book detailing the problems of sexual harassment in the workplace.

In a tweet posted on 11 December Prof. Muta accuses the princes in each story of sexual assault and links to a news story of a real incident in which a man in Wakayama was arrested for kissing a sleeping woman on the train.

“When you think rationally about Snow White and Sleeping Beauty, that tell of a ‘princess being woken up by the kiss of a prince,’ they are describing sexual assault on an unconscious person. You might think I’m ruining the fantasy of it all, but these stories are promoting sexual violence and I would like everyone to be aware of it.”

The comment triggered a wave of response on Twitter and elsewhere on the Internet, both in support and opposition of Prof. Muta’s point of view.

“No matter how you interpret those stories, what the princes did is not sexual assault!”
“You can’t apply modern law or ethics to fairy tales.”
“In these cases it’s more like artificial respiration than sexual assault.”
“She’s right – you can’t go around kissing unconscious people; the fact that they woke up is incidental.”
“This kind of dismantling of our culture and traditions does more harm than good.”
“I’m a lawyer and since Snow White doesn’t press charges there are no grounds for sexual assault charges.”
“But if they are thought to be dead, are they still victims?”
“Meh, since they’re handsome they get a pass. That’s how it always works.”
“So if we can apply real-world laws to fiction, can the reverse also apply?”

Prof. Muta has done a good job at raising awareness with regards to sexual assault with her tweet, but are the princes in these stories really guilty of the charges laid before them? Off the cuff, I’d say definitely yes, because my foggy recollection of these stories is that these guys just happened along and took the liberty of violating these women’s personal space just because they felt like it.

However, upon reading into these tales there is a little more going on. In the Grimm version of Snow White no kiss takes place at all. Instead the Prince just moves her glass coffin which jostles her, dislodges the poison apple, and wakes her up. Granted the fact that he wanted her corpse in the first place is suspicious, but not enough to condemn him outright.

▼ “Aye she shall make the fairest compost in all the… Zounds!”

In the Grimm version of Sleeping Beauty, the prince is told beforehand that kissing her would reverse the eternal sleep and sent out on a mission to do just that. You could make the argument that even under these circumstances he has no right to kiss her without permission, but then you’d also be against mouth-to-mouth resuscitation which this is essentially a magical variation of.

In the Disney version of Sleeping Beauty too, the prince is led to kiss Princess Aurora by the fairies on the belief that he can cure her, and is not motivated by his own pervy will. Again, if you’re going to take a hard-line stance on his actions, then those fairies ought to take a major part of the accountability.

Now, the Disney version of Snow White is open for debate. In this case, the prince does just happen along and kisses the unconscious Snow White. This version also attempts to soften the act by establishing a prior relationship between them in which she and the prince fall in love at first sight.

However, after their encounter they lose contact for about a year. That’s kind of like saying you met this girl at a party and really hit it off, then a year later you find her laid out at a funeral and decide to passionately kiss her body. Sure there’s a certain romantic and tragic element to the gesture, but you can’t be surprised if her family doesn’t give you a stink eye at the very least.

Many people commented that it isn’t fair to apply our values, laws, ethics, etc. on fairy tale characters, but that’s not really the point of Prof. Muta’s message. In a relatively lighthearted way, it brought the issue further into the light in Japan and has people now discussing the very nature of sexual assault so that we may reach a better understanding and consensus about it – because if 2017 has taught us one thing, it’s that a lot of us don’t get it.

Sources: Twitter/@peureka, J-Cast News, Hachima Kiko
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Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen creator Piko Taro to get the anime treatment

Piko Taro‘s comedy gets a fairy tale animation makeover.

Piko Taro, whose song Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen (PPAP) catapulted him to worldwide fame, has been managing to ride his celebrity status pretty well with TV appearances on Sesame Street and collaborations with other artists .

And Piko Taro’s next collaboration will be one of his most odd yet… and for him, that’s saying something. He’ll be mixing voice acting and ad lib comedy to create an animated version of, you guessed it, himself.

Piko Taro’s Lullaby Luullaby will feature the man himself sleeping outside,
with his eyes open, blowing snot bubbles made of dreams. Seems about right.

The animation is due to be broadcast this summer and will feature Piko Taro playing all the voice parts. He is one of the producers for the piece, alongside being responsible for the planning and the music, so we can probably expect it to contain some fruit-based comedy fare, possibly of the get-into-your-head-and-never-let-go variety that he’s so good with.

Piko Taro’s Lullaby Luullaby is based on a three-minute improv sketch by Piko Taro in the style of a fairy tale. The animation style is inspired by the work of animator Takashi Taniguchi, creator of such animated shorts as as Dappys and Mori no Ando.

Dappys, a short about… well… dappi-ing —
shedding your skin/cocoon and turning into someone new.

▼ And if that wasn’t horrifying enough for you,
Mori no Ando will be sure to satisfy.

Based on that precedent, we can surely expect something very interesting for Piko Taro’s Lullaby Luullaby.

Piko Taro has said that getting involved in animation has been a dream of his ever since he first started producing. He added that a normal animation wouldn’t be particularly Piko Taro-like, so we can be sure to get something a little unusual.

▼ Just looking at Piko Taro’s animated form is
enough to see that he’s already succeeded.

We’ll just have to wait and see if Piko Taro’s Lullaby Luullaby can live up to the man’s high standards. Will it end up like his “I Like Orange Juice,” or will it enjoy internet fame like “Pen Oppai (Breast) Oppai Pen?” Only time will tell.

Source: Cinema Today via Otakomu
Featured image: Twitter/@ga6ha