On the occasion of Sailor Moon's 20th Anniversary, anime merchandising powerhouse Bandai announced that it was teaming up with Peach John (Japan's answer to Victoria's Secret) in order to create a line of Sailor Scout-themed underwear meant for female fans who grew up watching the show. On December 11th, they revealed the "Transformation Bra and Panty Set" and the lingerie line sold out almost-instantaneously.
Note to self: Wait 15 years before trying to pitch "Phineas and Ferb" micro-briefs.
For your convenience I've meticulously the translated product page (by which I mean I hit the Google translate button):
"Big ribbon with sailor collar has raised the seriousness! Bra low-rise moderately volume up, Panty. And be selected from among the five people in the mood of the day, also enjoy transformation secret with your friends. "
I think that means that you should buy the whole set, so you can draw upon the scout of your choice for the day ahead. Want to get organized? You better wear Sailor Mercury. Want to jump start a car with magical lightning powers? Sailor Jupiter is on the case.
Want to dress up like Sailor Pluto? Too bad. Also? You're weird.
The current price listed at $50, which sounds about right for a piece of licensed merch. It also doubles as the perfect way to test how much your significant other is willing to put up with your cartoon fetish.
It's just like the show! Except with much, much, more polyester.
For those worried about practicality, fret not, the ribbons are removable. That's way more convenient than my Batman boxer shorts with non-detachable acrylic utility belt. At this point, I'm actually wondering how much of the ad-copy is true. If the Sailor Moon franchise is so beloved that there's a market for adult women who want a pair of shiny anime underoos?
According to the website, they'll be back on sale in February 2014, so we'll just have to wait and see.