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Heavenly Legs – Which Grade of Zettai Ryouiki Is Best?


Natsuru displaying Grade B zettai ryouiki.

As every otaku knows, the true pinnacle of anime fashion (and Japan's most popular fetish) is that heavenly bit of flesh between the top of a girl's kneesocks and the bottom of her skirt... the absolute territory, better known as zettai ryouiki. Now, the power of SCIENCE tells us that the ultimate ratio of length of skirt : zettai ryouiki : length of socks above knee is 4:1:2.5 ±25%. However, I say TO HELL WITH SCIENCE! Zettai ryouiki is all about passion, not mere mathematics. The very notion that certain "grades" of kneesock length are superior strikes me as far too absolutist. Each grade has its own strengths, its own appeal!

The question I pose to you, dear readers, is which grade of zettai ryouiki do you find the most appealing? Do you agree with the conventional wisdom that Grade A is the true "golden ratio," or do you prefer a more exposed leg? Using the chart I've provided, cast your vote in the poll below. Don't hesitate to leave your opinion in the comments below as well. This is one of the most pressing issues facing otakudom today, so now is your chance to let your voice be heard!

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Which grade of Zettai Ryouiki do you prefer?

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About Jon

Jon is a Japanese culture enthusiast, professional pervert and roleplaying fanatic who appreciates flexible gender identities. He enjoys science fiction, Gunpla, classical music and Red Stripe.
  • Guest

    Thigh High or GO HOME!

    • I am with you on this

    • Kei

      Are you denying the appeal of the Space Bikini / Moon Boot combo? Because it’s pretty damn sexy, despite being “only” Grade B.

      • how can that even count? They aren’t even wearing a skirt! D:

        Also wouldn’t the picture for this post be grade A, not B? I swear her socks are thigh high, it’s just that the tiny skirt is blowing up to reveal more, making them look lower.

  • Ryu

    In olden days a glimpse of stocking
    Was looked on as something shocking,
    But now, God knows,
    Anything goes.

    Good authors too who once knew better words,
    Now only use four letter words
    Writing prose, Anything Goes.

  • Thigh highs, as their rarity in everyday life only serves to strengthen its appeal in their brief, but wholly acknowledged appearances.

  • That picture is less about the height of socks and more about comparing frumpy skirts to miniskirts.

    • David

      Wrong. While that definitely does factor in, the length of the socks sort of determines the length of the skirt because of the fact that you must be showing flesh in between them both!

      Please, adopt this style for all of mankind! It is our only hope!

      GRADE A

  • Jigsy

    A or B only…

  • ThY

    Voted Grade B !
    And go to the Deviant Art ZR group ^^^^^

  • Hate-Chan

    DAMN YOU TORADORA WITH YOUR FIRST OP. That made me like the thigh-high kneesocks.

  • Anonymous

    I voted E but I meant A. For some reason, the hawtness jumps up to incredible levels from B to A, though the biggest jump is from C to B.

  • Me likes all. ALLLLLLLL

  • Vic

    Awww, B is very smexy too~ x3

  • Hmm. . . B, the ratio of flesh to sock is perfect 😉

  • Thigh highs baby! Classy and sexy. Leave something to my imagination. My dirty, dirty imagination.

  • sra

    i like it very much

  • Anony Moose

    what is this measured in? I know I’m a little late, but I NEED to know. I’ve been staring at that ratio for about an hour searching all over google, but what does that ratio relate to? It must be in some kind of unit inches? Centimeters? What?