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Zettai Ryouiki (絶対領域) is a term used in anime series for the area of exposed thigh when a girl is wearing a miniskirt and thigh high socks. It literally means "Absolute Territory" in Japanese.

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Zettai Ryouiki 

Etymology[]

The term comes from the anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion. To be exact, the term originated from the Absolute Terror Field (AT Field), a sort of energy barrier that makes Angels (main antagonists of the series) impervious to common physical attacks. It also denotes the barrier of people's souls.

As a Moe Attribute[]

Zettai ryouiki is usually present in characters with the tsundere archetype, like Tohsaka Rin from Fate/stay night, Louise from Zero no Tsukaima, and Shana from Shakugan no Shana.

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Tohsaka Rin and the Zettai Ryouiki from the anime Fate/Stay Night

The presence of the zettai ryouiki, however, does not exclude non-tsundere characters. Also, it is a moe attribute, alongside megane, nekomimi, and tsundere mentioned above.

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